Frank (91) Chicago, Illinois | March 14, 2004| Updated February 8, 2010
The first thing you need to know about Resi’s is though they don’t have the glasses out, you can buy masses. That’s right, beer by the liter. Other than that, what’s amazing about Resi’s is the freshness of the beers they stock. A brew that I purchased at a typical bottle shop in found to be unmemorable might taste vibrant and complex from the taps at Resi’s Really, the primary reasons to go to this place is the good German food and the nice beer garden in the summer. You can get pretty much any other selection that have at whatever Binny’s you might stop into on your trip (or probably other liquor stores across the country).
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.
A pretty cool little bar not far from the Brown line stop. They had a nice lineup of German beers on tap and a few in bottles. The prices seemed pretty decent for the beer, but the food was pretty steep. The bar pretzels are imported from Munich, and were a little expensive. We sat in the beer garden, which was pretty relaxing (but dead) on a warm afternoon. The owner seemed pretty cool. I enjoyed my time here.
cubs (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | October 22, 2010
Another pretty cool German hangout in North Chicago.
Well it isn’t cheap, but if you love German food and ambiance, you’re going to enjoy Resi’s. I was served (and I do mean served) by the very friendly owner, and served the owner’s wife’s potato pancakes (though looking back I should have gotten the veal brat like my boyfriend). The selection was overwhelming for someone not versed in German beer but I had nothing to fear because the owner walked me through everything on his tap, gave me a couple samples, and coached me on strength and food pairings. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience, even if the potato pancakes were too filling to finish. Unlike the bartender, the hired waitstaff was slow and relatively forgetful. I’ll be back anyway-- apparently they have a sweet patio in the summer!
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | January 6, 2010| Updated January 21, 2013
little to like about this place. very uninteresting and dull taplist, mostly easy-to-find german bottles. dive-bar atmosphere, blue-collar, noisy, kinda dirty.
Nothing beats Resi’s biergarten on a beautiful summer day! They have a fantastic selection of German beers, and very authentic German food. (Although I feel the food is a little overpriced.) Biergarten is small and very quaint. Easy to relax and drink a few.
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.
emerge077 (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | December 17, 2008| Updated March 12, 2014
Resi’s prides themselves on having a large German tap selection, and it’s probably the biggest one in the city. Bottles come and go, it’s best to look in the coolers behind the bar for the current ones. There is always a current German seasonal on draft, and usually a few Pilsners, Weisses, an Alt, and a Doppelbock. The food is great, and service is generally good, but expect it to slow down when crowded. Decor is truly vintage and classic, nearly 50 years old. They have the best biergarten in the city to boot. Any clueless yuppie transplant claiming Resi’s is "nothing like a German bar" is utterly laughable.
It was started by first generation immigrants 40 years ago, making it the very definition of "a German bar".
Old school place that reminded me of a yellow themed O’Brians (as opposed to the green theme of there)...bartender was super friendly and the food smelled great...only German beers here and nothing amazing, but I will definitely be back...