240 Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111Neighborhood:
Financial District / Embarcadero
GermanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.schroederssf.com/
- Phone: 4154214778x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: M-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Beer Garden, German, Californian
- Executive Chef: Manfred Wrembel
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
A word from Schroeder's
Originally founded in 1893, Schroeder’s longstanding history has made the Bavarian inspired beer hall a favorite of San Francisco for the past 120 years. With a new page beginning in Schroeder’s history, the restaurant is reinventing the way San Francisco views German Fare. Chef Manfred Wrembel’s passion for the cuisine of his ancestry and love of California’s seasonal styling is embodied in the dishes he creates. The restaurant’s décor pays homage to its Bavarian Heritage with Herman Richter murals, Historical Wall of Steins, and the original millwork throughout. A rosewood bar stretching the length of the beer hall with 22 German beers on tap is sure to captivate the thirsty. Prost!Continued
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Schroeder's reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since June 4, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
good for groups (29)vibrant bar scene (28)great for lunch (17)fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (11)special occasion (8)hot spot (8)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)romantic (1)Show More
- 1st timersroyalteamDined on 9/27/2014just do not think that if you ask the waiter about the food whatever your answer is I 'm new here and no one else to explain the support menu .
- Go for the beerReliableVIPDined on 9/15/2014The room is beautiful - wonderfully reimagined in a manner that enhances the old features but makes it seem fresh, in a style that does indeed feel like a classic German beer hall. The beer is great. There's an excellent selection, many German, all served correctly. The service was excellent too. Our waitress could not have been nicer. Sadly, the food was an entirely different matter. It truly was horrible. Honestly, it was among the worst meals I have had anywhere. Granted, we only had two dishes (the duck pastrami "wrap" and sauerbraten on toast), but if those are representative this place is in trouble. It's a shame, because it could be so great. Until they get a new chef I plan to stick to the beer.Special Features:
- Great serviceFantasticserviceDined on 9/15/2014I think what makes a great restaurant besides its food, is its service. The waitress was polite, kept an eye on us and took care of all of our needs. She even did exactly what I requested with welcoming my co-worker on her first day at work. She deserves a raise, she's great.Special Features:
- Good days are gone away.SchroederDined on 9/12/2014I was a semi-regular at Schroeder's for thirty years, when it had all the elements of old Germany: walnut paneling, an unchanging menu, beautiful murals, and terrific food! Now under new management, the first thing that struck me was a sense of worry. The staff seemed uneasy. And no wonder! The chalkboard lunch menu was gone. My bratwurst came to me on a hot dog bun(!), and much smaller than before. The sauerkraut was limp. The chicken & dumpling soup was too salty, and the accompanying bread had been burned during toasting. Worst of all, my favorite German chocolate cake was replaced by a Yuppie chocolate bar with caramel corn! Yuck! Both the dining room chairs and the entire bathroom are made of metal, now. Why? The place is ersatz!Special Features:
- Best German food everOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 9/4/2014I've never had better potato pancakes or sauerbraten. Can't wait to try the weiner schnitzel. Great beer list. Beautiful and unique decor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Two Minus ThreeSFCAVIPDined on 9/4/2014The wiener schnitzel was good. The spaetzel was a small bowl wet mess with corn and tomatoes. The black forest dessert was a block of dark chocolate with what tasted like caramel popped corn on top with some stewed cherries. Anyone expecting traditional German food will be disappointed. I noticed most diners were having hamburgers and sausages. My companion liked his potato pancakes though to my eye they did not look like the traditional ones.
- too noisy!barbaraVIPDined on 8/7/2014Way too noisy for us. My husband was here some 60b years ago and I guess he expected it to be the same. Not sol. The food was very good though, but the noise level was terrible. Of course, we were the only ones there with grey hair!Special Features:
- nickname256Dined on 7/31/2014While it was a great overall experience, the menu selection was very limited; i.e. Brats only one option, for a German restaurant there should be at a minimum three (3) options. The portions were satisfying for lunch, but the salmon did not state beets were part of the items that came with the dish. Just little items that need to be worked out but I would definitely go again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great reno, but small menuOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 7/22/2014Returned since the renovation. LOVE the look of the place, but the lunch menu was SERIOUSLY LIMITING. All there is to pick from is salad, sausage or burger. The burger is not regular burger size, it's more a slider size but includes fries. My dining partner said it was very tasty and worth $14. I had the bratwurst and it was wonderful, but came with no fries. $14 for one sausage with a nice bun plus pickles & sauerkraut is way too much money for what was served. The beer was wonderful, and we would return just for brews. Otherwise this restaurant is overpriced for what is served. Service was wonderful. We got there early and loved the place when we were alone, but it filled up and got louder around lunch time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch reviewDininghoodDined on 7/16/2014Nice interior and great service but dishes are wildly overpriced (for their quality). Duck salad had 4 tiny duck pieces. Chocolate ganache dessert was a tiny square - 1-1/2" by about 1/4" high. Spatzle was excellent but other dishes were so-so.
- Out with the olddiggetyVIPDined on 7/14/2014The new Schroeder's is a terrific looking beer hall, with new lighting, cleaned-off art work and a generally spiffier look. The food is upscale and serviceable, though pricey -- and the lunchtime menu is quite limited. What's a German menu without sauerbraten?
- Great Recreation, Mainted CharacterAvoiditVIPDined on 7/10/2014I never realized there were these great murals on the walls. The renovations bring out the beer hall character. The food was excellent; sort of a combination of California modern with a German twist. The service was extremely friendly, if not in your face while also very attentive. The "new" Schroeder's is amazing.Special Features:
- An ImprovementlalaVIPDined on 7/10/2014The new Schroeder's is brighter - an improvement in ambiance.Special Features:
- The new SchroedersLongtimeSFDinerandDrinkerVIPDined on 7/7/2014Just went. Wonderful and creative beer list. Great food. Fun yet sophisticated atmosphere. Its terrific!!Special Features:
- disappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 7/3/2014Weinerschnitzel was dry. Pork belly not worth buying. Server did not keep our water glasses full.
- Snitzel is just so-soRussianHillVIPDined on 7/2/2014The snitzel is just so-so. They need to pound it flatter. That is just a question of effort. Then, they should cook the snitzel ahead of time and microwave it (which is what I fear happended). Snitzel -- when pounded flat -- takes 2 minutes (max) in hot oil. So, they should be able to serve a fresh, hot snitzel. I don't mind paying $12 for a beer if the snitzel rocks, but I don't think I'm coming back for the food.Special Features:
- Great AtmosphereCat108Dined on 6/27/2014First time there and it really had a great atmosphere. It felt like I was in Germany at a beer hall with the long shared tables, and low lighting. Really great atmosphere inside and friendly staff. Food was great too - I had the duck pastrami salad which was fantastic. It had a great smokey and mustardy flavor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great beer and great service...mfacusseDined on 6/21/2014The beer was awesome, the staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The pretzel tools were very good, but the food was just okay.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Updated venue great; food tweaksascotladsfVIPDined on 6/21/2014In general, we had a great time there. The server began a little sullen but got more friendly through service. We ordered the $55/head family style for 5 people. Tons of food. Pates - mousse was the best of the group; salad - voluminous and a little too heavy on the fennel, but good otherwise; schnitzel good though ever so slightly soggy; wurst - not great... they looked great but didn't taste great; spaetzle - amazing. Chocolate cake was great and coffee like treacle. Overall a good experience with a few food tweaks needed.Special Features:
- Serious fun, serious foodeatingsfVIPDined on 6/19/2014I went for lunch with a friend during the England / Uruguay game for the the World Cup. It was a very busy scene, with many people gathered to eat, drink and watch the game in the middle of the week. We had the spatzle, potato pancakes, baby artichokes and bratwurst. All were excellent and a great take on German food. Usually I am worried that it is too heavy and will knock me out but they do a great modernization of the German cuisine while staying true to the culture. Will definitely be back. Great beer list too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Surprisingly excellent foodAntjeDined on 6/18/2014Clearly upper-end cuisine, portions not large but excellent. Large tables create a lively Bierhouse atmosphere, with a bar area in the front and large tables in the back. Can be noisy so better suited for larger groups. Spaetzle were perfect, but Schnitzel is served with beans rather than Bratkarfoffeln and the Panade coating was not as fluffy as it should be (there need to be air pockets between meat and coating, the panade is not meant to stick to the meat).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- kim4325VIPDined on 6/17/2014We were skeptical about the renovation and change of the old Schroeder's vibe but we were wrong. The Decor was tastefully done with separation of four separate rooms. We had 3/4 different German beers and several dishes including Pretzel Knot and Pork Rinds; Potato Pancakes and Fried Brussel Sprouts; Liberty Duck Breast treviso, spelt, cherries, chocolate and Wiener Schnitzel veal, smoked onion, green beans, almonds, preserved lemon. Everything was gorgeous and tasty. Pork Rinds was fresh and tasty. The first dessert on the menu was perfectly paired with drunken cherries and kernel popcorn and chocolate - yummy. We can't wait to come back and try other dishes, and maybe some of their exotic cocktails. Suri provided superb service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very annoying place to dine outmellowVIPDined on 6/13/2014Get rid of that security at the front please. Nothing is more annoying than going to a fine dining place, and there's a security to question you 3 times before you can even go to the front desk to check in. By the time I made it to the front desk to tell them I had a dinner reservation, I felt like a criminal begging for food. Not exactly how I want to spend a Friday night.
- Great new look and menuRobroxsfVIPDined on 6/12/2014The new Schroeder's looks and tastes much better than the old one. The family style menu was perfect for our group of 5 and was enough food to feed an army. Pretty loud in there, but the bar was hopping and was lots of fun.Special Features:
- Upgraded Parts; Downgraded OthersMarkVIPDined on 6/10/2014It's easy to find faults in restaurants and I prefer not to. Whoever came in and restored Schroeder's did an incredibly nice job but even if I were to not have gone to the old Schroeder's (and had fond memories of the old fare and style) I believe I would still be hard-pressed to say the meal we had was worth the price. I had my parents in town for the week and we went to many restaurants. I was thrilled to take try with them the new Schroeder's. Food was pretty good, if small. Service was kind and with a few gaps in service. We each had one to two drinks, an entrée, and most of us had a small dessert - nothing crazy. Yet the price was far more than our other bills and my parents don't bring Schroeder's up as they do the other dinners.
- interesting mixvinsfDined on 6/10/2014went for a work lunch and ordered the schnitzel which was ok but not the best. But it came on a bed of onion puree which was REALLY DELICIOUS. Beer was good (hefeweissen) but I already knew that. Service was a little slow but everyone was really nice.Special Features:
- a great updatetsl94107VIPDined on 6/4/2014the redone restaurant is really lovely..it really feels like a modern beer hall, but with good food. the spaetzle is amazing as is the duck. It is both friendly and inviting. good jobSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 5 reviews are from the Schroeder's reviews archive.
- Fantastic serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/27/2014The entire staff was incredibly attentive and friendly. The food was excellent. The cost did not match the $$ rating, however.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not Ready for Prime TimePriorFanVIPDined on 5/20/2014Although we loved the food at the old Schroeders, this menu is very different and very abbreviated. My dinner was fair but my guest's was not good at all and he did not eat it. They need to put the old sausages back on the menu and pay more attention to the preparation.
- Yum! Fun! Close!KitkristaDined on 5/15/2014We had excellent service, very good food and a wonderful time. The only issue was that a few members of our party had to wait outside due to a miscommunication with the front of the house. Hopefully that little item gets ironed out. The rest was great. Especially the meat and cheese platter, spatzel and pork loin. Great portions and amazing server.Special Features:
- Schroeder's MakeoverShayDined on 5/9/2014My boyfriend and I loved the old Schroeders. When it reopened we were excited to taste the revamped menu. We shared a boot; das boot. I ordered the cheese and meat platter and he ordered the chicken roulade. The chicken was a little buttery for my taste, he loved it. My platter was delicious. We wished they still had Jaeger Schnitzel. It was our favorite item on the old menu and better than either of our meals. Overall it was fine, but not necessarily worth going again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go for the beerOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 5/9/2014This SF original has been lovingly reinterpreted. Much thought and care went into remodeling the space, and the beer selection is amazing. There was an enormous kitchen staff for a menu lmited to about 8 items; the great service was let down by the food offering: sausage and schnitzel may be pedestrian, but they are at the heart of German cuisine and deserve to be served, especially at a place like this.Special Features: