Speisekammer
Speisekammer

Speisekammer

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.speisekammer.com/
  • Phone: 5105221300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch & Dinner Tuesday - Sunday
    Closed on Mondays
    open at 11:30 - serving lunch until 3pm
    Bar menu in between lunch & dinner
    Dinner served
    5-9pm Tues
    5-10pm Wed-Sat
    4-9pm Sun
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, German, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Peter Kahl
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Speisekammer offers full catering featuring German and European food. Holiday parties, Oktoberfest parties, Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Office Parties.
    Speisekammer has many repeat clients including the German Consulate of SF. Peter Kahl is a European trained chef and his skills are not limited to German cuisine.
    In-house we can accommodate groups of 2-200.
    The back room seats 60 people and has a projection screen TV with wireless internet for company presentations.

    Ask for Cindy to plan you event - cindy@speisekammer.com
  • Private Party Facilities: There is a private room for up to 60 people. Private parties from 10 - 200 people available. Rental of the entire restaurant is possible for larger events.
  • Private Party Contact: Cindy Kahl 5105221300
  • Entertainment: Live music Fri and Sat nights (and some Thursdays)
    8:30 - no cover charge
  • Special Events:
    Closed on July 4th

    Closed on Thanksgiving

    Closed on Christmas Eve

    Closed on Christmas Day

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park St.
  • Public Transit: A.C. Transit, Park & Lincoln
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The lot is available until full and is located to the immediate right of the restaurant. After 6:00pm, parking across the street at Oil Changers is allowed.
    Also - The library on the other side of Park St. has a parking lot
A word from Speisekammer
Speisekammer serves up the best German cuisine this side of the pond! Cooking up original German recipes, pouring an outstanding selection of German beer, crafty cocktails and an extensive wine selection, Peter and Cindy will provide you with an experience you'll be eager to repeat. Listen to local musicians play Thursday through Saturday. Come by and sit in the Biergarten or by the fireplace and enjoy what's on tap!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Speisekammer reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)great for outdoor dining (50)good for groups (41)kid-friendly (35)vibrant bar scene (25)great for lunch (24)fit for foodies (23)special occasion (20)hot spot (12)notable wine list (8)great for brunch (7)romantic (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Excellent German Cuisine
    Jayson
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place is absolutely amazing. It's every bit as delicious as Suppenküche in SF. The Cheese and Fruit plate is an outstanding appetizer. The Sauerbraten and Jägerschnitzel are amazing. I love to split the Gegrillte Fleischplatte, too. It's all just awesome. And they have an incredible selection of German Beers. Just go already.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Speisekammer
    CAnne
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was fantastic, enjoyable wine list, pleasant service, very much 1950s German. Very loud though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you want German, this is it!
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Wow. Great food, great service, great ambiance. This is not "classy" or "romantic" but it's fun as hell with so much to explore on the menu. It's was extremely quiet while we were there - too much so. The place begs for vibrant, social sharing over great German people's food and beer! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in the rough
    SullyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Was introduced to Speisekammer by a friend who lives in Jack London Square (I'm in Fremont). Was not expecting much but have to say that the food was outstanding and the pricing was great. Traditional German food with a large variety to pick from on their menu. Eating in the front of the building is the best, out back is more for families with kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nzuck
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great potato pancakes and awesome German beers on rap.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • danke schön
    grace
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Friendly, lively atmosphere. Authentic, delicious German food: Wiener Schnitzel, creamy Spätzle and beet salad are a wonderful combination. Portions are HUGE. Full bar. Excellent service. Staff works together to ensure rapid service to all. Delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cateintracy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent food, friendly staff, locals too. Went to hear music and enjoy the food, got exactly what I went for.
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  • Amazing German food
    thankfulldinner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    If you are looking for authentic German food this is the place. The menu is very complete with lots of variety - hard time choosing so we ordered half orders so we could taste everything!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greaat German Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was excellent. The beer ist great. The Band was great. A bitt noisy from the table next to us. Good service. Would recommend this restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delightful
    PariscopeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The German dishes are spot-on. I think they may have the best sauerkraut I've ever tasted and my partner and I both think it's the best German food we've had in the Bay Area. I love the crispiness of the Wienerschnitzel. Potatoes are done with onions and bacon. I've never had a dish that wasn't excellently prepared. Wines are reasonably priced and well chosen. The service is efficient, friendly, and charming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Great German food and beer!
    MargaretBVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The beer list is impressive. The menu contains all the traditional German food you would expect, plus a few vegetarian options that are delicious. I had the veggie strudel and my daughters had the cheese spaetzle. Both were delicious. The traditional German entrees were also very good,
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    food was as expected: spaetzle wtih ham & wienerschnitzlel were good. chicken dish was overcooked and DRY. pretty good beer list but need to include sour beers. ambience was not german (steins on a shelf and posters are not enough), making the experience seem inauthentic & "off." just a few touches & details would make a huge difference. our server (from maui) was likable and helpful. many patrons were dressed waaaay down. almost seemed like they came straight from outdoor chores/activities. unappetizing! parking was difficult. probably won't return.
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  • One of the best in Alameda!
    PunkieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been dining at Speisekammer for years and have always had the BEST experiences. The food is phenomenal and the service is generally wonderful. We love bringing out of town guests or going in groups to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions. We love that it's so kid-friendly too! We also enjoy the live music on Fridays and Saturdays. They really know how to showcase good local music!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best !!
    BoBo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I'll keep this simple....some of the BEST German food this side of Germany !! We drive from San Francisco JUST to eat here !! And, ALWAYS wonderful !!! RUN...don't walk to Speisekammer !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    Regular
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We come here regularly and are never disappointed. Best German food in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1, 2, g'suffa!
    gonzo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent selection of German food & beer. Full bar. Music is great on live entertainment nights and its not polka: Rockabilly, jazz, country, blues, Irish drinking songs, sea shanties, etc. - many different groups - check the schedule: http://www.speisekammer.com/music.pdf
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tink
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Potato pancakes -- great! Sausage -- very good! salad -- very good! Schnitzel -- dry, too much coating, tasteless! Will probably go again to try one more dish that isn't brat-based. Otherwise, it's a great place for brats, beer and very friendly ambiance. (And I will definitely tell this to anyone who asks for a recommendation.)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better this time
    WeEatOutVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We've been to Speisekammer at least 4 times for dinner. Our last visit suffered from an inattentive server, but this visit was back to the high standard we have come to expect. Food is excellent and the German beers are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Germany fpod
    wunderbar
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Beirgarten. Good spot. Tasty food and imported beer!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude hostess and so-so service
    Maya
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Reservation was for 9:15. Arrived at 9:11 and was scolded by the hostess that we were too early and they weren't ready for us. Huh?? We don't mind waiting for a little while, but do you have to make us feel unwanted? The service was so-so. Seems like we were an after thought to the larger table that was sat 15 minutes after us.
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  • MmmFood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A wonderful date night out- delicious food, great beer, and an exciting ambiance. Although we waited for a table- and the hostess's attention- despite a reservation, our waitress quickly made up any shortage in the service department. We settled in with two brews from an expansive draft list and started with the potato pancakes- perfect golden brown and served with a succulent apple compote (much better than the standard applesauce garnish) and a tasty beet soup. Dinner came another beer later: mouth-watering creamy spatzle and bacon (and the taste to match) and a very flavorful (if a bit salty) sauerbraten with exquisitely pickled red cabbage. Pair the attentive waitress and delicious food with live jazz, and you have a perfect night.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And they have great food!
    CapnEddy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went to Speisekammer primarily to hear one of our favorite musical groups, however, the food and service was beyond our expectations. We advised our server that we weren't in a big hurry and just wanted a leisurely dinner while listening to the band. She paced the dinner perfectly, brought our beverages in a timely fashion, and made several suggestions from the daily and standard menu. My wife ordered the halibut special, which was done perfectly, and I had the delicious jagerschnitzel, which was better than any I have had in Germany. We usually don't do desert, but our server suggested that we try the apfelstrudel with homemade ice cream - it was superb. Finally, the check was surprisingly affordable.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cant go wrong with this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great German food. I have yet to have a bad meal here in my years of dining with them. The staff is always super friendly they have an amazing beer selection, a great patio for when its warm enough to sit outside and a beautiful fire place in the back for cold nights. A+ all around
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Wonderful neighborhood spot
    SF415
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Speisekammer is a great neighborhood spot for any type of meal, whether you want to come with friends or by yourself. Really nice, down-to-earth atmosphere with welcoming and caring service. I thought it was kind of funny because what they call the "beer garden" out front really looks like it used to be the patio of a former taqueria… just a funny combination. ;-) Homestyle food with lots of space to enjoy sports on TV, or a quiet meal in the corner. I also really enjoyed the fact that there were people there of all ages and all ethnicities. For German food! Would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Very Nice Place
    FamilyDinner2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Went for a memorial dinner for my brother and the place fit the needs perfectly. However, we found the service to be a bit slow. One poor girl handling the whole room of tables. Could have used help.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perenial Favorite!
    NightOut
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Out-of-town friends wanted to take us out for dinner "pick your favorite place"....so we did. The food is always good with an interesting menu. They chose different entrees then half way thru the meal switched plates...very cute. They would love to eat here again. My steak was a bit overcooked, which surprised me; usually the orders are perfect. However, I won't let that stop me from coming back often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Hearty Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Good Food, Good Service, Nice Place, Good Food, Good Service, Nice Place, Good Food, Good Service, Nice Place, Good Food, Good Service, Nice Place, Good Food, Good Service, Nice Place, Good Food, Good Service, Nice Place, Good Food, Good Service, Nice Place
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED SPEISEKAMMER!!
    amaazingraceb
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed the gravlax, and the lovely bread dumpling in a delicious mushroom sauce; my husband raved about his potato-leek soup, and his bounteous portion of lamb shanks. Our waiter was personable and efficient. We'll definitely return. A delightful evening all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • festive atmosphere
    dbromon
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I brought my parents here, and now they want to go back every time they visit. They have a large German beer selection, the food is good, and the atmosphere is festive. The music, when they have it, makes you move in your seat as you are smiling and enjoying your dinner. The music does make it a little hard to talk if you are by the band, so if you may want to sit in one of the back rooms if you don't want to listen to the music.
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad We Tried It
    OutnAbout
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We've been wanting to try this restaurant for a while and are glad we did. It was a fine experience and we would probably come back. Our experience with the food was mixed. We both had sauerbrauten. I enjoyed it more than my wife. We agreed on the desserts. They were excellent. Parking is an issue even with their small parking area, so plan a little extra time to find a place and walk to the restaurant. It is obviously a popular spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    German restaurants aren't as omnipresent as others, so I'm always happy to find one--and this one was GOOD! The menu has everything you would expect being an American--potato pancakes, sausages, spaetzle, apfel strudel, weinerschnitzel, great beer selection--and others I hadn't heard of that seem authentic. All of the food was excellent. It was pretty dead on a Memorial Day Sunday night ~8pm, which was fine for us. Compare that to a German restaurant we went to in SF, where we waited an hour for a table in a tiny, loud room. Service lost 1 star as at the end the waitress seemed to be totally done--I'm not sure if we did something (used a LivingSocial deal?) or if she got some bad news, but her attitude completely changed once we paid.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 515 reviews are from the Speisekammer reviews archive.
  • A gem in Alameda
    CheapThrills
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great hearty German food, with a good wine list featuring German Rieslings and a deep and well chosen beer selection. The best part is they book music on weekends by some of the best local bands: a little blues, a little gypsy jazz, a little country, and all free-no cover. Should be better known.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reviewing speisekammer
    Gemini
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Love this place; the hostess was very accommodating when we wanted to sit outside, even though we had reserved a table inside, at 6:30 on a Friday night. When it was getting chilly, we asked if it was possible to be seated inside. The hostess found us a table right away. We were lucky that it wasn't as crowded as it usually is on a Friday night, possibly it being Memorial Weekend and crowds being out of town but the hostess still deserves many accolades for her help. Waitstaff friendly, delicious food, one of the best restaurants this small city has to offer. Crazy crowded during Oktoberfest.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good beers
    Frank
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We love this restaurant, it has a unique atmosphere, good food and great music on some days.
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    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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  • Mix it up a bit, please?
    Leslie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It's been a few years since our last visit to local spot, Speisekammer. It's still a good restaurant but we've evolved our tastes a bit and generally enjoy new places or tend to do repeat visits to restaurants with consistent quality but a bit more experimental. The vegetarian offerings here are the same as they were 12+ years ago. I remember back then feeling gratitude for the one entree and sides...but I've been to Germany since then -- and ate at first rate vegetarian restaurants -- and the SF Bay Area has lots of restaurants with interesting vegetarian options. I invite the chef to broaden his horizons...why not put a German twist on another vegetarian option? Why not make pea soup without meat? And you got rid of the German bread? ;-(
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    good for groups
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  • Fun 2 order as Mezze plates &share!
    MeekoB94501VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The sausage/smoked pork chop platter couldn't be passed up, gravlax good (a bit tough and heavy on the dill sauce), potato pancakes great. Make sure to know their modified menu if going late in the afternoon. Great service and food, as always.
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Germany on the bay
    dineouttoomuch
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This may be my favorite Alameda restaurant. Very good modern German food with friendly service in authentic European style. They have a very comfortable bar with many beer, wine, and cocktail choices. Eclectic styles of live music with no cover charge on weekend nights. The customers seem to be a blend of friendly locals and international ex-pats. I feel a little guilty not giving them five stars but I'm afraid the prices will go up and I won't be able to get in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had Mother's Day lunch here and the food was good. Most of us had the Sauerbraten and it was tender and sauce was quite good. The service was good. Really not much to complain about.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Great, authentic German food
    Esschmekt
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Everything tasted great and was cooked to perfect. Highly recommend this restaurant for the food. It gets a little loud as more people arrive, but not unpleasantly do. Every time I've been there, small children have been present, but this hasn't spoiled an evening so far.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and service
    RsGoOutToEat
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went there on a recommendation of a friend and loved it! Never had German food and we really liked it. Loved that we could talk without telling across the table. Super evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.