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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2034 W Irving Park Rd
phone: (773) 472-1749
Monday - Friday: 2pm - 2am
Saturday: 2pm - 3am
Sunday: 2pm - 12am
Kitchen opens at 5pm (closed Monday)
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 22
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A small piece of Munich dropped into Chicago's north side. The inside is chintzy but the beer garden is very comfortable, and reminded me a little of the backyard behind our apartment off Bryn Mawr when I was a kid. The beer garden is smallish, ~15 tables, seating for maybe 40. There were two large oak trees in the middle providing ample shade.
I saw 8 taps, serving BBK Kutscher Alt, BBK Gold Export, Bitburger, Julius Echter weisse, Hacker Pschorr lager, Konig pilsner, Kostritzer schwarzbier, Spaten Optimator. The food tasted authentic and was sort of cheap, most things on the menu were <$10. A very good stop for German beer and food.
06-11-2008 13:38:17 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Here is another great German institution in the St Bens neighborhood. While not shiny, bright and new inside, it does have some charm that really grows on you.
I have always had top-notch service here. The bartenders are respectful of beer and their customers. The waitresses are efficient and friendly. Who knows, they may even pull-up a seat at your table for a chat!
A fantastic selection of German beers. There are 20+ taps and man I dont know how many bottles (I would hazard a conservative guess of 75+, maybe over a 100). There is always something new to try. Tap lines seem to be kept in immaculate condition. Glasses are always clean.
They serve good, inexpensive German food. It is easy to pair a favorite food with a good beer. Try the schnitzel, thuringer plate, or the hunters stew.
The beer garten is great, I wish it were bigger. Lots of tables to share and nice shade trees. I have met some interesting people here while sharing tables.
Nice bonus, If your at Resis, make sure you cross the street to visit Laschetts Inn, another great local German bar.
This is a fun bar and gives you a taste of what the ethnic places in Chicago used to be like. Now, if they would only make it nonsmoking ..
03-06-2003 11:36:46 |
More by Redrover
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Old-fashioned German decor and 70's diner (seats, tables) make this an interesting stop in Chicago.
BBK and others that aren't on tap at many places can always be found at Resis. In the past, I've noticed servers speak fluent German, as well as the kitchen staff. They've hired a more diverse set of employees on my 2008 visit though.
No food on current visit, but in the past I found it to be traditional Bavarian, and worthwhile if you like the cuisine in general.
Usually on my list for places to go when visiting Chicago. Small, intimate, and always a great German beer selection.
11-10-2008 03:38:26 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Trying to tick all the top rated Chicago places, and this joint is somehow on the first page. Just around the corner from WLV we stopped here after a WLV tasting. A Friday night, we figured it would be busy, walked into a basically empty spot. The atmosphere is something I would like to call homey and nostalgic, but coms across as trashy and chessy. Very old inside, not much updating at all. Some generic German knick knacks, but its forced. Ugly old tables, stools are huge and clunky and make it difficult to sit at the bar....The service is severely lacking and outright weird. Sitting at the bar you have to order and pay from two different people, one for your beer, one for food. The server had a decent but fairly limited knowledge. Neither food nor beer service were attentive...The beers on tap were mostly German, a few things that are not common, but most was easy to find lagers. Bottle list of about 20 beers, more common beers, but mixed with quite a few bmc's...The food that everyone raves about was ok. Potato pancakes are pretty good but too thick and a tad plain. The schnitzel was big but plain. I got a brat but the bun was totally soaked. A plus was some really good sauerkraut....To me this is NOTHING like a real German bar. I would not venture here ever again.
01-22-2011 02:53:09 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon. Small and old looking on the inside. A bit dark, and worn but gives it a nice touch. Bartender greeted us immediately, and told us what was on tap. He told us to have a seat out in the beergarden if we wanted, and someone would take our order. The outside, althoug small was quite comfortable. Several trees provided shade, while there were a dozen or so tables with umbrellas. Very comfortable, although I couldn't believe there place was practically empty.
Beers were German. Nothing outstanding, but some good solid choices. Julius Echter Heferweizen, Spaten Optimator, and BBK were the ones that stood out. All served in appropriate glassware, and tasted pretty nice.
Our waitress was frinedly and attentive. We split some potato pancakes that were very good. Standard German fare on the menu. Prices were reasonable. Overall, a good stop. Love the beer garden.
05-10-2009 19:24:55 |
More by Bierguy5
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Second stop on the German Pub Walk. This is located right across the street from Laschet's. Cool old world German styling on the exterior with a big Warsteiner sign leading you in. Upon entering you sorta feel like you stepped back in time a bit. Brown vinyl chairs, wood paneling, German knick knacks and plenty of steins adorn the well lit interior. The bar is on the right and features cool beer castles. The interior is really laid back and casual, but as previous posters have said it does have a sort of VFW hall vibe as well.
Lots of good German brews on tap again here..Spaten, BBK, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, and many more. Probably around 20 in total. There were some coolers with bottles but I didn't really look them over that closely. I grabbed a big ol glass of the Schwarzbier and headed out back to the wonderful beer garden. Lots of shade is provided by the mature trees and there are plenty of picnic tables and small tables, which made it really easy for our large group to hang out and drink in the wonderful sunshine of a beautiful Chicago afternoon.
Our bartender was nice and our glasses were kept full. Again, I didn't try the food here...might have to do that on my next trip. A great place to go for some tasty German beers and to hang out with friends. Pick a nice evening, grab some food and a big mug of beer and enjoy the beer garden...that'll be my itinerary for the next time I stop in. Check this place out if you're in the city...an easy one/two stop if you wanna hit Laschet's as well!
06-05-2006 03:23:57 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
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