The Berghoff is a family-owned and operated restaurant in Chicago. A slice of American history, the restaurant is a classic American dream story. Herman Berghoff emigrated to Illinois from Germany and after mild success slinging beers at the 1893 World’s Fair, Berghoff’s dream of opening a restaurant, now a Chicago institution, burgeoned. In 1898, The Berghoff first opened its doors, selling nickel beers with a free sandwich on the side. Berghoff innovatively survived Prohibition by brewing what he termed “near beer” and expanding his menu.
More than 100 years since opening its doors, The Berghoff is still as well-trafficked as it was in its infancy. Its enduring popularity through the ages is a testament to the establishment’s delicious and consistent cuisine. What’s more is that The Berghoff has created a legacy for so many: The Berghoff family who still operate the restaurant today, the employees, some of whom have been with the establishment for decades, and the families who have patronized the restaurant for generations.
Did someone say schnitzel?
The Berghoff’s authentic German menu serves up world-class cuisine. With full lunch, dinner, and drink menus, they’ve got it all. From the delectable Bavarian Pretzels served with cheese and sweet mustard to Schnitzel you’ll die for. There is something to satiate anyone’s appetite. What’s more, is that the knowledgeable staff can help you pair any one of the restaurant’s German delights with a house-brewed beer like a hoppy IPA or bold stout. Cheers!
Where to Find The Berghoff
Although its flagship establishment is situated in Downtown Chicago, be on the lookout for its sister establishment, Berghoff Cafe O’Hare, as you catch your next flight out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport. And in homage to its roots, you can also experience The Berghoff at the new Adam Street Brewery, a 15-barrel brewery located in the heart of the Loop. At any of their establishments, you won’t want to miss their epic happy hour specials where you can unwind with friends and family at an establishment that feels like a second home. If you’re planning on being in Chicago, you have to be sure to stop at The Berghoff, an American Institution.