Bernie's Chicago

4.5
500 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
With bold flavors, seasonal vegetables, sustainably sourced meat and fish, Bernie’s brings a new take on American cuisine to Chicago's River North neighborhood.

* It's our goal at Bernie's to provide each and every one of our guests with a unique, and memorable experience. We aim to be a meeting place, a center for gathering with friends and family. A place where every person walks away satisfied. Not just happy with the cuisine, but by the time spent with us.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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Bernie's Lunch & Supper doesn't make a whole lot of sense on paper, but it comes together nicely. It's great for a number of occasions.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 500 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great patio and menu full of unique options. Something for everyone!

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JT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and nice rooftop. Great place for a meal on a nice day in Chicago

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for a brunch date. We sat on the rooftop and it was absolutely amazing. Will be back!

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DF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent! We came for the Bernie Burger (which we are obsessed with) and ended up obsessing over a new favorite - hummus with Lamb! Our server was super and even surprised us with a little something sweet after dinner.

Bernie’s hits the mark again! 5/5 a must!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We didn’t have a server for a while when we first got there but we weren’t in a rush. Eventually got helped. Good service really good food great rooftop

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Really liked it! But was a little bummed by the table we were sat at on the roof top. Would have liked to not have been so close to where the food comes out - and there were multiple tables open as well. But overall very good. The turkey burger was 100!

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EJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food and ambiance were delightful. We could have sat inside but the patio was too tempting and we were rewarded. I would definitely visit again, however, I'd visit when I had no where to be. We visited for lunch and it took 70 minutes to order and get our food so everyone should try Bernie's but not if you need to get back to work. Thanks!

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MF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was there for lunch and ate on the rooftop. Cute space! Had the turkey burger which was great! We were in and out in 1 hour. Thanks!

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FD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very pleasant experience eating outside on their rooftop patio. Will be back again.

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a
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was horrible. Food way overpriced.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

enjoyed the rooftop ambiance. fun atmosphere. delicious drinks

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PA
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I have been there several times, and I Love it! My only concern is the last 3 times they have missed something on someone's order. Food is Fantastic! Pleasant servers.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Only complaint...they should add heaters to the roof top dining. Food was fab!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

You're paying for the outdoor view and nice balcony. The portions of food are very small, the sides are overpriced, a cup of black coffee costs $4.50, and the service does take a long time. The staff is nice, which helps a bit, and the balcony makes it much more tolerable in nice weather, but it's not the best value.

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E
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We went for the happy hour— and the happy hour prices were great, especially for the area. The rooftop was very nice. Only reason for the star was service was a bit patchy. Otherwise, great vibe and we had the flatbread which was incredible! Also highly recommend the gin and tonic on happy hour menu for a really good refreshing summer drink— they add some orange and make their own tonic, so not a traditional gin and tonic but it is delicious!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff on rooftop was fantastic!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my all time favorite restaurant ...
The staff the food the ambience.
I see that all their guests are treated like royalty..
I feel like I am at home here

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CF
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bernie’s was great, the food was fabulous, the server so kind to tend to our every need. Next time your in Chicago go out of your way to visit Bernie’s.

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TL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant, the food and the atmosphere. Definitely a neighborhood gem.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Great area, decor, vibes. The service is really slow. They should really work on this!

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R
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, very nice clean décor and good service. Will definitely be back.

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SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only drawback to eating on the rooftop deck was the construction jackhammering below. Food was amazing!!!!

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RS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was tasty, hot, and I enjoyed the texture (skillet). Service was attentive. Vibrant crowd. We were seated promptly for our 12:15 pm reservation. Nice job!

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R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The rooftop is awesome ! I would recommend this place to my friends.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bernie’s was fantastic! Great atmosphere, even better drinks, and the food really is delicious. The staff is kind and attentive; I had an especially good experience with the bartender, Nick. Definitely coming back here again!

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K
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! I love Bernie's for lunch and look forward to going back for happy hour on the rooftop when the weather gets nice!

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SV
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Bernie’s is a great place for anytime of day. The service is awesome! I absolutely love their rooftop patio. It’s always so breezy with great views. The food & drinks are flavorful and high quality. I highly recommend Bernie’s!

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e
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this patio so much.
Fried egg sandwich is always perfect

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DF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated Mom’s birthday by taking her for her favorite burger in Chicago. Excellent service, delicious food and even surprised us with some donuts to say happy birthday. Thank you for making this such a special day! 🤗

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k
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great brunch for mom’s birthday! Easy street parking. Our server seemed a little new but was polite and attentive...and gave us a complimentary mimosa for mom! I’ve been to Bernie’s several times and will be back!

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A
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Friendly staff. Delicious brunch options
served at one’s table

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C
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

From the bland appearance on the outside we were a bit worried. But, once we got seated and started in on the house made charcuterie plate, our concerns were abated. Great service, great wine, creative presentations, well done all round.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly incredible experience - the team at Bernie’s made our proposal really special! Mark and Nicole and Alexandra particularly made it such a special night, and Bernie’s is already one of our favorite Chicago spots...it was absolutely perfect. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! We sat on the rooftop and it was lovely.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The cocktails were amazing, Charcuterie board was alright. The caesar salad was watery and the flatbread was forgettable

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Food and decor were amazing as usual. Service was very off which I am going to attribute to the fact that we came in after two large brunch parties. Hoping the staff can be their usual attentive selfs the next time I return.

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a
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food at Bernie's has always been fantastic, the quality of the ingredients is great and the kitchen does a great job with the menu. No complaints there. However, the service at Bernie's is just downright awful. If you go there, don't expect much. While they are nice people, the servers clearly have no idea what they are doing, and I'm guessing there is no real coaching from managers as I have been twice in the last 6 months and have a lot of the same complaints for different servers (maybe shame on me for going back and expecting something different). This last time we went, we were a nice party of six, and the restaurant was not crowded whatsoever (on a Saturday evening, so I'm going to venture a guess that the rest of Chicago also is aware of the service problem). First, the server takes awhile to even come over to the table after we have already sat down (no biggie, we're still catching up), and then takes our drink and appetizers order. Appetizers come out first as the bar is still "making" our drinks, aka 4 beers and one cocktail (not sure why this took so long). Then, the drinks come out and our server has an extra beer and says, oh I made a mistake here's an extra one. Sets the wrong one down as an extra at the opposite end of the table (gave my other friend the wrong beer, which was really the extra one). We finish all our appetizers and the table is cleared already, and THEN she comes back over to take our dinner order. Fine, we're not in a rush, so no biggie. Then the food comes out, and the wrong dish has been split and she just completely forgot to put in the bucatini for my friends to share. Lesson in food service: if you can't remember the order, just write it down! It's not that big of a deal. Then, we all wanted another round of drinks, and had to flag our server down to get those ordered. Again, not sure what was going on at the bar, but took awhile to get those. There's more, but overall it was just not a great experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food at decent prices,
I’ll be back for sure.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff and great food. Wasn't too busy or expensive.

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Good food! Great make your own salad options and the Salmon burger was great. Service was really slow and seemed somewhat unorganized.

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