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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 35
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2034 W Irving Park Rd
phone: (773) 472-1749
Monday - Friday: 2pm - 2am
Saturday: 2pm - 3am
Sunday: 2pm - 12am
Kitchen opens at 5pm (closed Monday)
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
What a place!
I walk in to down a few liters in preparation for the next days 2nd CTA Pub Crawl and I couldnt possibly be more pleased.
This place looks like it was carefully pieced together in the sixties and then left untouched. Cute little orange tables line one wall. A simple bar lines the other. In the center of that bar are several huge German beer engines. A couple coolers in the corner boast an impressive selection of German bottles. Classic shtick is everywhere.
The bartenders lamb chops greet me and shortly thereafter I am greeted by the bartender himself who kindly pours me a half liter of Jever, followed by another of BBK, and then a cute little ¼ liter of some other German pilsner Ive never heard of. Im amazed by the number of German beers here that Ive never seen anywhere else in America. I mean, the BBK only has one review on BA and this place seems to have a limitless supply of fresh barrels of it. Most of the taps are pilseners but Aventinus, Kostritzer, and Optimator smile proudly at me to round out the list.
Prices were a touch high but so were the pours and the bartender threw in the last round on the house. What service! Solid rock was playing the whole time we were there. Propper glassware was used. I didnt try any food but I would like to. It looks like a fun place to eat.
Ill definitely be back and am very excited that one of my best friends is living just down the block.
03-20-2007 15:20:58 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of the last of a sadly dying breed of true German bistro/beer gardens in Chicago's near northside. Gets big numbers for me for atmosphere because of its authenticity. I love the history in places like this. It is owned and operated by the same friendly family who opened it in the early 50's and they still live upstairs. Doesn't look like it has changed much since. The centerpiece behind the bar is a large old display of a German beer wagon being pulled by horses. Apparently it was given to them by the Pschorr brewing company before the merger with Hacker.
All the beers served here are German, and the selection is excellent. About 12 are on tap, and run the gamut from a kolsch, an alt, weiss, and pils. One of the them, BBK pils (stands for Bayerische Brauerei Kaiserslautern), was a beer I had never even heard of much less tasted - and I am a real German beer fan. Even more are found in the bottle in two large coolers beside the bar.
I did not eat during my visit, but the menu appeared good and offered all sorts of German fare. Most of the other patrons, all of whom appeared to be locals, were eating - a sure sign of good food.
Overall, a place that I really enjoyed. Look forward to going back sometime in the warmer months to enjoy the outdoor bier garten. Prost!
11-30-2006 01:26:03 |
More by marksto
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A buddy and I went to Resi's early on a Friday evening (10/20) and had a great time.
They had around 10 German beers on tap (many more in bottles) and the obviously knowledgeable bartender (Sonny) was quick to recommend specific beers when we asked about a particular style.
The food is not fancy but very good, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs German fare. The potato pancakes were particularly good and are available every day, contrary to a past beerfly review.
The service was very good: prompt, polite, but not overbearing.
Atmosphere, as mentioned in other reviews, isn't the best, especially when it's too cold for the beer garden, but when the service, selection, and quality are top notch, I'm not going to split hairs over the decorating style, or lack thereof. A highly recommended stop if you're looking for quality German beer.
10-24-2006 20:21:01 |
More by tjdemon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Two of the my favorite and most authentic Chicago/Germanic experiences are found on this block on Irving Park. Resi's and Lachet's are conveniently located across the street (Irving Park) from each other are the venerable remaining veterans of a host of fine German bars that used to populate the near northside of Chicago. They are easily reachable via the Irving Park brown line stop (walk three blocks west).
When you walk into Resi's you enter bar in a small town somewhere in southern Germany. The bar runs the length of the side you enter on, and the bar wall is covered with German postcards and beermats. The other side of the room has a half dozen booths with are a few free standing tables in the center of the room. The kitchen is at the back of the one room bar/restaurant and the hallway to the back patio is between the kitchen and the bathrooms. The patio is not a "beer garten" in any authentic German sense, but it is a nice outdoor backyard with eight tables round plastic tables.
Resi's has about a half dozen German beers on tap at any given time. Steins are 8-10 dollars which can seem pricey, but they are also about a pint and a half. The quality has always been good, the lines are clean and they go through their beer at a decent pace.
Service has always been good here, although sometimes the waitresses have sort of a friendly gruffness about them.
Resi's is a Bierstube moreso than a restaurant. Their food is german, good and satisfying (and they offer potato pancakes on Fridays, whereas Laschet's does not offer potato pancakes at all). Its a little more expensive than most bar food, but as you might expect, it is homemade, hardy and filling.
The back patio which can be delightful on summer nights with a breeze. In all other respects I have to say the food is a cut above at Lachet's, but Resi's feels more like you are in a bar in a small town in Germany.
If Resi's is more of a bar than Laschett's, both of them seem more German than Glunz's (around the corner on Lincoln) which is pretty much primarily a restuarant in this incarnation. We had a fine meal at Glunz's, but there is more German spoken by the clientele at both Resi's and Laschet's.
Between Resi's and Lachet's you will experience the best of Germany in Chicago. Berghoff downtown recently closed, but they were a shadow of their former selves for quite a while before they did. Another great German restobar (Edelweiss in Norridge) is much further out and harder to get to unless you are driving. (Mirabell has a nice beer selection but I wouldn't rate them as highly for their food).
Resi's is a fine stop for German beer and food, especially potato pancakes. The ambiance is not black forest German kitsch (which Edelweiss, Mirabell and even Glunz have more of). It is more real German like the bars we experienced in small towns around Frankfurt, Munich and Bamberg. German VFW is dead on. If you love German beer, it's a cheap trip to Germany.
08-22-2006 00:54:26 |
More by 4thoseabout2bock
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What can I say about this place? It's one of my favorite bars anywhere.
A bar since 1913, Resi's first opened in 1965, and the Stober family has owned it since 1971. They were instrumental in introducing German craft beer to Chicago, and in fact the first to import Weiss bier to the US. Now Resi's is one of very few last holdouts in the neighborhood, still carrying the torch.
Right down the road, where O'Donovans is now, was once the oldest operating bar in Chicago (c. 1881), Schulien's.
If you crave authentic German cuisine paired with a hefty liter maßkrug of fresh Hefe, Maibock, or Doppelbock, this may be your kind of place. The seasonal biergarten in the back is easily the most quaint and intimate I have ever visited. It feels like a laid-back backyard party, with vintage beer lanterns, flowerboxes, and two giant trees towering over the patio.
Inside the decor relies heavily on wood paneling and decades-worth of vintage kitsch. Deer and antelope horns are mounted alongside old German beer signage, woodcuts, a cuckoo clock, and assorted photos. A vintage bottle collection sits above the back coolers, including Tannenzapfle, and other oddities. Clay krugs line the back wall near the kitchen. Behind the bar is a wooden slat roof, under which dozens of vintage oddities decorate the wall. There is a classic worn-in vibe to it, but updated to the present somewhat by the varied clientele and tunes from the bartender's ipod. If you arrive late after the kitchen closes, and still happen to be hungry, don't worry. Ask for a couple Landjager sausages which are smoky and truly excellent with a giant liter of lager. Thuringer dinner can't be beat either. Laschet's may have a more extensive menu, but Resi's definitely satisfies the craving for hearty German comfort food. All meats are sourced locally from nearby Paulina Market.
Beer wise, Resi's has a well-rounded and medium-sized collection of quality German imports. Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr are the staples, plus a few others that rotate on tap. Always a rotating seasonal (Maibock, Zwickl, Oktoberfest, etc), but nothing too obscure on draft. Bottle selection is best represented on the menu (or by looking in the coolers), it's more current than what's listed on the boards in the back, and you may find occasional hidden gems in there (1809 Berliner Weisse for example). Check out the vintage porcelain beer towers here as well. My home away from home...
Any yuppie transplant claiming Resi's is "nothing like a German bar", is so completely full of it I don't know where to begin. Utterly laughable really.
08-17-2006 16:58:35 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Second stop on the German Pub Walk. This is located right across the street from Laschet's. Cool old world German styling on the exterior with a big Warsteiner sign leading you in. Upon entering you sorta feel like you stepped back in time a bit. Brown vinyl chairs, wood paneling, German knick knacks and plenty of steins adorn the well lit interior. The bar is on the right and features cool beer castles. The interior is really laid back and casual, but as previous posters have said it does have a sort of VFW hall vibe as well.
Lots of good German brews on tap again here..Spaten, BBK, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, and many more. Probably around 20 in total. There were some coolers with bottles but I didn't really look them over that closely. I grabbed a big ol glass of the Schwarzbier and headed out back to the wonderful beer garden. Lots of shade is provided by the mature trees and there are plenty of picnic tables and small tables, which made it really easy for our large group to hang out and drink in the wonderful sunshine of a beautiful Chicago afternoon.
Our bartender was nice and our glasses were kept full. Again, I didn't try the food here...might have to do that on my next trip. A great place to go for some tasty German beers and to hang out with friends. Pick a nice evening, grab some food and a big mug of beer and enjoy the beer garden...that'll be my itinerary for the next time I stop in. Check this place out if you're in the city...an easy one/two stop if you wanna hit Laschet's as well!
06-05-2006 03:23:57 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The 4.0 I gave the atmosphere is a combination of the beer garden and the inside. The beer garden is great with lots of tables and chairs and two huge trees. The inside (minus the actual bar) looks like a german VFW hall with lots of brown paneling, brown chairs, brown stained ceiling, etc. with lots of beer kitsch knick knacks and flourescent lighting. Not my idea of great "atmosphere." The bar itself is pretty fun and all the great beer on tap makes it beautiful. Obviously the room outside the bar isn't attractive, but it could be fun in a kitschy kind of way. The bartender is friendly and asks if you want a lemon in your weiss or not. Plus! I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Lots of beer on tap. Probably a total of 30 differnt German beers with maybe 10 on tap. The food is decent German food which is filling, but I'm not a fan of everything being brown. Try the schnitzel and an Erdinger Weiss!
03-31-2006 00:20:25 |
More by silenius
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
While one might be shyed away by some of the prices, it was some incredible food. I had their schnitzel platter and had to loosen the belt and sit back to fully enjoy everything. I had an oktoberfest brew and a Samuel Smith India Ale with my meal and enjoyed it. We sat in the resturant enjoyed our beers and let our food settle, I really wanted to go out to their beer garden and have one more, but we still had one more german place to hit, and I had to save the little space I had. Really the only thing you could gripe about is prices, I believe my meal was $14, as delicous as it was, it was a shade high. I was impressed by their bar, they had a decent liquor selection and thier german beer selection wasn't bad either. The real gem was their authentic beer castle's, you just don't see those anywhere.
All in all, I reccomend everyone try this place once, I wouldn't say I'd make it a regular stop by way of price, but it's a good meal.
09-08-2005 20:11:02 |
More by Bumpon10s
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm German. It's no secret. I love German culture, beer and food!
I took my friends here for dinner one night. Irving Park stop off the brown line. In a neighborhood like this one, Resi's classic German facade stands out. On the inside it's a little restaurant. It's not very big at all. Very cozy. Some people would call this place dank, sparse, or some other unkind work. I disagree. It's very warm and cozy. It very much reminds me of my grandfather's home. Wood paneling, vinyl covers chairs, knick-knacks and flower boxes. Steins hanging about. Add some old cans and a small dog and you have the traditional German-American house. I love it.
The bar...the bar! The bar mostly runs from the front to the back of the dinning area. It's smaller than it sounds. It's topped with tap castles with German beer tap handles coming out. I'd say at least a dozen. Behind the bar is a large, bearded bald fellow who looks like he's straight out of Bavaria if you didn't talk to him. Beer is everything from BBK, Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, etc. Mostly what you'd expect. Germany is well represented in these taps. There's also a fridge or two filled with bottles. I didn't see an actual list, but my friends also got some Samuel Smith's and some bottles of various Dopplebocks. I would guess you could get just about any German style style here.
The food! The food is great! I had the jagerschnitzel. A big portion of pork schnitzel covered in a peppery mushroom sauce and a big lump of Spätzle on the side. After a liter or two, it was obvious that I was not going to finish. That's a good meal.
Resi's does allow smoking in the dining room. It wasn't bad at all. At least until someone lit up a cigar. But what the hell. I was feeling too good to care. If the smoke does bother you, there is a beer garden out back. It's shaded by two large trees. It would be great on a warm summer night or a crisp fall day. Resi's is going to be a new regular for my nights on the town. Prost!
09-07-2005 23:58:40 |
More by 12vUnion
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
If you're looking for a German meal with a wide selection of German beers to go with it, this is the place to go in Chicago. Thier beer selection is the biggest I've seen for a German bar anywhere. Spaten-Fransikaner, Weihenstephaner, Bitburger, Paulaner, and other big breweries were represented on the tap handles while some other lesser known goodies were in the fridge including Augustiner Maximator which I was able to try for the first time. Huge portions of food for a good price and tasty German beers more than make up for the bar's diner like atmosphere.
10-20-2003 20:01:06 |
More by Longstaff
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