One of Chicago’s oldest restaurants, this classic 1898 bar and downstairs café is a popular spot for lunch, dinner and after-work drinks. L, D (M-Sa).
The Berghoff tale is the quintessential American success story of an immigrant who built a hugely successful business that has stayed in one family for more than a hundred years.
Herman Berghoff began selling his beer outside the World’s Fair in 1893. He then opened The Berghoff’s doors in 1898 as a men-only saloon, serving free corned beef sandwiches with the purchase of a stein of Berghoff Beer. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the City of Chicago issued The Berghoff liquor license No. 1. The Berghoff once again became a part of history in 1968 when Gloria Steinem sat at the bar and demanded service as the first female patron.
At today’s Berghoff, diners will find lighter and more contemporary dishes (including many that are certified gluten-free) alongside treasured old world favorites. Under the helm of fourth generation Peter Berghoff, The Berghoff Group includes the historic Berghoff Restaurant, Berghoff Café, and Berghoff Café O’Hare. The 50,000 square foot building includes four fully functioning kitchens, a bakery and in-house wood working studio. As one of the oldest restaurants in Chicago, we delight in bringing you a dining experience that is always fresh, always homemade, and always memorable. Prost!