I really enjoy Himmels and have been there at least three times now. My chicken schnitzel was very good and it was a generous portion. My mom really enjoyed her rahmschnitzel (sp?) too. My husband thought the salmon was a bit undercooked, and not as good as usual. My niece was served the wrong pizza - not the one she ordered - but they took care of that. Then, she ordered a brownie and I think she was a little disappointed with it, not enough chocolate? I thought it was fine, though. All in all, it was a good experience and I expect to be coming back, next time I’m in town. Reservation was in Dale’s name, but review by Vita.
I took my sales team to this excellent restaurant mainly because I really like the name! Ha ha
It’s a real shame about the current mess that Chicago is involved with but if this place is still open and not affected by problems associated with crime.
I would definitely recommend having a nice Wiener schnitzel or sauerbraten. I lived in Vienna for 10 years and the schnitzel will hold its own against any wienerish gasthause.
Please stay safe and a tip of my hat to the very entertaining accordion player. He was fantastic!
Always a fantastic meal at Himmel's.
You can't go wrong with any of the chicken or veal entrees and the pizza us delicious.
Great staff, good food and excellent entertainment
We went to Himmel’s on a Sunday to celebrate a birthday. The server was first-rate, extremely attentive, cheerful, and warm for our party of 9. the food is made-to-order, so it takes some time for it to get to the table, but it is well worth it. The chicken schnitzel platter is enough for at least two people. If German food is not your thing, the wood-burning oven will give you a perfectly cooked pizza. Our server recommended a hot German brandy rum drink that was perfect for a snowy Chicago day. We hung out for 2 hours and just truly enjoyed ourselves.
Well, we have been coming to Himmel for many years and have always had a good meal and service. This time was an exception: food was dropped at the table in no particular order and it was lukewarm, the service was not that good - not a pleasant experience overall. That said, I am hoping this was just an aberration and will give it another try.
I probably would recommend solely based on food/drinks, just not on New Year's Eve. Prices went up 33%, staff seemed in a rush to get people out and although the live music was nice, the place was really loud. I made a reservation, but we got seated by the bathrooms and a (cute but) very loud train that overpowered the live music, while half the restaurant was empty. The groups that attended made up for that though... the Riesling was amazing, the chicken schnitzel was great. Cranberry sauce would have made it even better.
We went with a group of 10 friends and tried a wide variety of dishes and it was wonderful! The atmosphere was full of Christmas cheer, live music, decorations and fabulous service. I want to go back with my family so they can experience the fun.
My 2 brothers and I took our 87 yr old mother out for a some Christmas time fun with just her boys.
The food, atmosphere and service here are exemplary. There is a friendly, family vibe that makes you feel at home--you cannot do better in terms of food, either. I cannot say enough about this gem.
This was our first time at Himmel's. We were very happy with the food and service. Our server was very personable and helpful. We will definitely come back. (We were lucky to get a parking space right in front, but I can see where that might some time be a problem.)
People should know that the once 1/2 Italian 1/2 German menu days are over. Menu is 90% German.
First time there. Brought Mom,aged 90. We all loved it.
Had a blast, had accordionists when we were there Saturday. Regulars made it even more fun experience. There was a dance floor to polka! Food was authentic and delicious! Portions very generous! Their bread was out of this world!
Food outweighs service. I recommend they ditch the iPad or tablet table service; it's a matter of personal opinion. Need more servers on busy evenings.
The food was very good, with generous portions, but the service was terrible. To be clear, we had a great busboy who was friendly and attentive, but our waiter completely forgot about us (a table of six!). Things reached the height of absurdity when we were trying to leave. I must have waited for twenty minutes and asked at least two other employees before the waiter brought me our check. By that time, I had long sent the rest of my dining party home, because my one year old had started getting cranky. Really soured an otherwise pleasant evening.
Love Himmels especially on the nights with their accordion player - it’s impossible not to feel happy when you’re there! The food is a treat and it’s got a wonderful “neighborhood place” feel to it.
Wiener schnitzel is outstanding! Service was friendly and prompt.
This was our second time and the four of us had a nice time. We were early so it was quiet and got busy later. We all had German dishes which we all liked. Next time may try the Pizza or an Italian dish.
Table cloths and Friday night guitar entertainment make for a pleasant outing.
Himmel's was a delight! The German atmosphere was tasteful and most authentic, as was the food. The Wiener schnitzel was thin, well-seasoned, and tender and the Bavarian potato salad was light and flavorful. The pork shank and liver dumpling soup also evoked memories of our travels to Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and the spätzle was homemade. There is no luncheon menu at this time and dinner portions were huge, but we enjoyed our meals the next day. We would prefer a luncheon with smaller portions. Service was excellent and friendly. There is live music on selected evenings and we hope to try their specialty pizzas in the future. We would highly recommend Himmel's to anyone who would enjoy a lovely European meal.
We just LOVE Himmel’s!! VERY consistent on the food...huge portions, delicious and authentic (both pizzas and German food.). Nice pours on wine. Lovely atmosphere with fun live music on many days. A real gem, we will keep coming back!!
Food was delicious. Service was friendly but very understaffed.
Always kind of quirky when you go . . . kind of like you don't belong. This being said, they have some of the better German food around (so difficult to find good examples of this cuisine in Chicago).
We were very pleased to find such excellent and authentic German cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Service was excellent and friendly. We truly enjoyed this experience.
It was an extremely hot evening and just after our food arrived, my wife asked if the air conditioning could be turned up a bit. Although our waitress tried, she was met with a blank "No" from the bartender (in charge of the A/C, I assume).
That, plus the overly loud accordian player, (and I get that people go there for the music, it was just too loud from my point of view) meant that we asked for our food to be boxed up and we left. I swear it felt more comfortable in the 90 degree heat outside.
Our server was not attentive. It was extremely busy that evening which could have been the issue, however she did not check on us once we ordered. I had to ask the busboy to find her to order a beer and also for the check.
The level of noise was terrible. It was very difficult to carry on a conversation.
Having said this, the food was amazing and I will return and continue to recommend Himmel's.
Wonderful service, friendly wait staff, friendly environment for small children and delicious food!
Great German food! I’ll be returning. The pizza is quite delicious as well and not your run of the mill standard offerings
Outstanding Schnitzel ! I wish the two sisters would reopen the Brauhaus !
Dinner was wonderful and our server was very knowledgeable and guided us through the menu. It was a bit difficult to understand.
We go here for the pizza and the schnitzel, which were great as always but today the service was less than ideal. The waitress was either new or very unsure of herself and unfamiliar with the promotional schnitzel-fest menu that was in place this day.
The food is fabulous. I really love the potato pancake appetizer. My steak was cooked perfectly. My husband had the pork tenderloin in cream sauce and loved it. Plenty of food. Large portions. Will definitely return
We always come out of Himmel's satisfied. Great food, wonderful drinks and fabulous staff. I recommend Himmel's to everyone!
Good food, German atmosphere,friendly service
Celebrated a birthday. Great food. Great service. Fun atmosphere. They even worked with me and let me drop off a cake early to set up the surprise. Will definitely be back.
Fantastic and kitsch. Food was traditional German and great.
It was my mom’s birthday and I wanted to treat her to dinner. It was a great experience; the food was delicious and the staff helped me set up a nice birthday dessert and asked the musicians to play happy birthday. The whole place sang and my mom was so happy!
My favorite place to chill out Friday night: good food, great music.
Great spot for German food and atmosphere. We had a wonderful meal and loved the live music.
We are frequent diners at Himmel's. Food is always excellent and portions are more than generous. Service is inconsistent and busy times make it worse. The best time to go is for an early dinner to get the best service. The owners are really friendly and will always greet you or walk to your table to check on you when they are there.
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