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Peoria Hofbrau

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6 Ratings
Ratings: 6
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: 50
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2210 NE Jefferson Ave
Peoria, Illinois, 61603
United States
phone: (309) 686-9739

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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 4
Photo of MelCMadison
1/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

We are from out of town and were not aware that they "required" reservations. We arrived at 5:20 and were told that we would be "put on the list." I counted 6 empty tables when we arrived. The person I was with asked how long it would be and the hostess, who I assume was the owner, stated that she did not know. She gestured toward a table and stated that she was waiting for those currently seated to leave.

We had to stand at the end of the bar because all seats at the bar were taken and there was not enough room to stand anywhere else. We were thus were in the way of the servers and as a result, every time they came by we had to shuffle out of the way.

While we were waiting, a group of 4 walked in and experienced the same problem as us. During our waiting, the table the "owner" referred to got up. The "owner" then proceeded to set the table for reservations. By this time it was 5:40 and we had been standing there for 20 minutes. The group of four walked out the door.

The "owner' then came to the end of the bar and I asked her when she thought we might be seated. She again stated she didn't know. I asked about the table that just left because she implied that we would be seated there when we arrived. She stated that the table was reserved for 6:00 pm along with the other 6 empty tables that had been sitting empty for 20 mintues already and were still sitting empty.

I mentioned to her that we had arrived at 5:20 and if she would have seated us right away we would have had our food and been out the door at or close to 6:00. She stated, in a very unfriendly tone, that she didn't think that was possible and that it would take away from the "atmosphere." The cooks in the kitchen were in full view and were standing around. I think they could have booked our food in 10 to 15 minutes and we certainly could have eaten it in 15 minutes!

After that we left. That was a total of 6 people who left in the span of a half an hour. That would be the equivalent of at least over $100 in business that she let walk out the door while she had 6 empty tables reserved for people who wouldn't be there for 40 more minutes. The behavior that was displayed to us was terrible. The ability of the hosting staff was severely lacking and if that woman was really the owner, shame on her. What a horrible way to run a business and disgusting customer service.

Photo of Geiseman
4.83/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Peoria HofBrau is "Gemutlichkeit"!
The place you want to go with a small group of friends or family - well the family that you like. In the evening there is a warmth and almost instant feeling of welcome when you walk in the door, at noon it is more business feel as patrons are grabbing a quick lunch sans the beer.

The decor says, small neighborhood tap, but the beer menu says you have entered beer heaven. The beer selection is large with 50+ offering - with it greatest breadth in German Lagers and Hefe-Weisse. I wish they would offer more Belgian Ales. see brackets for ideas (Westmalle Dubble, Corsendonk, De Konick)

The dinner menu does not fit the paneled walls, everything is great and I don't mean Pub Fare great I mean big city bistro great. The fish (yes fish in a German Place) might be the best in town. You expect their traditional German specialties like wiener schnitzel to be good and they are, but if you order the 24 once pork chops they will ruin you for all others. The menu does not list a Vegetarian selection, but they make a nice Spätzle (German Noodle) with steamed vegetables, you have to ask. Dinner prices seem a bit high because your in a bar, but the reality is your in big city bistro disguised as a friendly neighborhood beer bar.

Photo of mportsch
4.3/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Hofbrau House has 5 or 6 beers on tap, including their Hofbrau line, which I've been told is brewed by Berghoff. The Hofbrau Bock is very tasty! All other taps are German, except for an "import of the month" from another country - O'Hara's Irish Red was the selection when I was last there. There's a large selection of bottles, including Belgians, Germans, Brits, and a smattering of American micros.
The atmosphere is great - dark and cozy with oompah music playing at all times. There's a bar running up the right side of the room, and a dining area to the left full of small tables that can be moved around to suit different sized groups.
The service is outstanding - the waitresses are very experienced and know their stuff - Annie is the best waitress in Peoria. You can tell her what style you're in the mood for - or even describe some flavors - and she'll bring you something good. And they always seem to notice when you're almost finished with your beer - and ask what you'd like next.
The food is very good, and very German, with entrees in the $15-20 range, but I generally only go to Hofbrau for happy hour on Fridays (with an ok selection of free food).
The Hofbrau is THE place to go in Peoria for German food and beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Hofbrau, as the name implies, is pure German in style but its beer selection travels the world. On any night you walk in to this little bar/restaurant/deli you will hear the German polka playing over the radio and if you stay long enough you will fine yourself humming along. On one side is about 14 tables for diners and on the other is the long narrow bar with a small deli case on the end. The entire room is covered with German steins, beer coasters and other bric-a-brac.

The food is very good but I usually stay with the bierkase or some sausage sampler. You can get duck and rabbit along with pork and beef that comes with typical sides of spaetzle, red cabbage and red potatoes. The dinner crowd is often an older generations that soon files out and the beer hunters file in.

The beer list is impressive and always changing but they don't really have a lot of hard-to-find beers. On tap they usually have a Hofbrau Lager, Hofbrau Red, Hofbrau Bock, Hofbrau Seasonal along with Dab Reg. and Dark and Isenbeck dark. I'm not sure who brews their Hofbrau line but they are not brewed on site. They also have a "World Beer Tour" which gets your name on the wall and a T-shirt when you finish. You get a card which is stamped with the name of every beer you drink and after you drink, something like 100 different beers you get to write a saying and your name on a bronze plaque that is put on the wall with all the other "world travelers". They are getting new seasonal beers so its not difficult to find 100 beers over the course of several months. They also have a vodka infusion in the mix that is a nice flavor of in-season fruit.

The staff is very personable and they seem to know a good amount about the beers that they sell but don't ask if they enjoy listening to polka everyday, day in and day out. The Hofbrau also closes for a week in late summer for holiday so you may have to call ahead just to be sure they are open. If you are ever in Peoria and looking for something a little off the beaten path, the Hofbrau is a good alternative.

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Peoria Hofbrau in Peoria, IL
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