German Restaurants San Francisco
This is, of all the German Restaurants in San Francisco, my favorite. The food is superb (definitely meat heavy – it is a German restaurant after all), the simple interior is appealing, there is a great selection of German beers, and the service is friendly and efficient.
It’s also like a party inside.
It’s set up inside with long communal tables, so definitely don’t expect a private dinner for two. This is a place to come drink beer, be merry, and make friends with your neighbors.
It is always busy, and as a result, usually super loud. It’s not unheard of for a bunch of guys, well lubricated on boots of beer, to begin shouting drinking songs at the top of their lungs in the middle of dinner. If you are up for it, it can be a very festive atmosphere to be a part of. If you are hoping for a quiet evening, or you are warding off a headache, this is not the place to come.
They don't take reservations, so if you don’t want to wait at least an hour for a table, make sure to get there early - that means by six o’clock or earlier.
Try the potato pancakes – I personally think they are the best you can get anywhere.
Location: corner of Hayes and Laguna
Hours: open daily for dinner from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, and brunch on Sundays from 10:00am – 2:30pm.
Walzwerk has food that is comparable in quality to Suppenküche, but with an East German emphasis, and without the rowdy vibe. It’s a smaller location, but here you can actually make a reservation in advance, and enjoy a quieter dinner experience, but with the same caliber of quality German fare.
The fact that the wait staff at Walzwerk are mostly German definitely adds to the authenticity of the place.
Location: 381 S Van Ness Ave between 14th and 15th St.
Hours: daily from 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
This spot is clean, casual, and cheap, and offers tasty sausage meals. I'm a fan of their side offerings as well, like the baked beans, split pea soup or salad with walnuts and blue cheese. And for folks who love beer, this place has 70 varieties to choose from, 25 of them on tap. They have two locations in the city, one in the Mission and one in the Haight, as well as online delivery.
Locations: 2832 Mission btwn 24th & 25th, 545 Haight Street btwn Fillmore & Steiner
Hours: open M-F 11:30am - 11pm, Sat+Sun 9am - 11pm
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