THE SECOND GENERATION
Its historical facade, which has remained unchanged since 1950, both belies and hints at the extensive restaurant operation inside. Housed on four floors --- three of which contain vast kitchens --- The Berghoff is a modern, full-service restaurant complete with bakery, butchery and even a woodworking shop all on site.
Beyond the front doors, diners find a turn-of-the-century interior with bold woodwork, stained glass and checkered floors throughout the main-level dining rooms. Original brass light fixtures hang from high ceilings, and hand-crafted murals overlook the famous stand-up bar. Throughout the restaurant hang photographs of the Columbian Exposition and Old Chicago from the Chicago Historical Society's archives.
Fixtures of The Berghoff in their own right, the restaurant's professional waiters, known for their briskness and decades-long tenure, take diners' orders from The Berghoff Restaurant menu, which changes daily and seasonally. The Berghoff has one of the most varied menu selections in Chicago and features innovative American cuisine, outstanding seafood and salads, and hearty German house specialties.
No meal at The Berghoff is complete, of course, without some of the selections that have made it famous. From a cold stein of Berghoff beer, a side order of the legendary creamed spinach or a piece of freshly baked apple strudel for dessert, The Berghoff Restaurant is a Chicago tradition. Because of a strong dedication to this tradition and The Berghoff's unique historical presence, many diners have made the restaurant their chosen place for banquets and private functions, making The Berghoff staff one of the most experienced in serving special occasions.