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Teske's Germania Restaurant
Teske's Germania Restaurant

Teske's Germania Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.teskes-germania.com
  • Phone: (408) 292-0291
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: German, American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Baumann
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Cynthia Johnson (408) 292-0291
  • Entertainment: Teske's Germania features music and dancing once a month and during September and October several times per month for Oktoberfest. Please visit www.teskes-germania.com for the current entertainment schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Devine Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Teske's Germania Restaurant
First we would like to give you our "hearty welcome." Our ambiance and personal attention should give you an evening of pleasure in German dining. We will do out best to fulfill your wishes, so that you will have fond memories of our establishment. If we have succeeded in meeting your expectations, please recommend us to your friends and fellow workers. However, if we have failed to meet your expectations do not hesitate to tell us.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is authentic. The outdoor area is great. Old school building, Bavaria style inside. Overall very good dining experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My friend & I came to Teske's at 11:30 on. Friday. We were welcomed & seated immediately. It was early & we were the first customers, so we got a table at the only window on First street. Lots to look at as the light rail goes by here. Our waiter came right away & explained the lunch specials. We both chose the German beefsteak - a spicy 1/2 pound patty of ground beef, veal & pork with a delicious wine mushroom sauce with mashed potatoes. Everything was very good. The price of $8.25 was very reasonable for lunch. The restaurant began to fill up as it got later. There is a very nice patio (Bier Garten) outside. The ambience of this old building makes you feel like you are in Germany! I will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "There is something for everyone at Teskes-Germania restaurant. If you want AUTHENTIC German food, go here. The Jagerschnitzel is to die for, as is their Sauerbraten, and Paprikash. Not into German food, then try one of their specials. Wild Boar, venison, and other game meats frequently are on the menu. Oh, and for value you can't beat it - all dinners come with soup, salad, and the BEST apple struedel for desset!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife, a friend and I were excited to find an authentic German restaurant in the area. We felt positive as we anticipated our evening at Teske's Germania Restaurant..... we were sadly disappointed! The atmosphere was wonderful. The outdoor beer garden was the perfect place to spend an evening with friends. Unfortunately the food was a let down...not the selection on the menu but the quality of preparation. My wife is German, she knows what good German food is and knows how to make it. She has eaten at other German restaurants and was amazed....not at Teske's! The owners of Teske's need to spend time developing the quality of their menu items so the taste of the food is as good as the setting in which it is served."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The music, celebrations, and menu were fabulous. I love the group seating and it took no time at all to be seated. The band was great, the beer delish, and everyone loved their food. Can't wait to come back. Nice place for a nice dinner and drinks."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Teske's has really slipped over the years. The mid-week night we dined outside to celebrate a birthday. . . and had tired service as they seemed to be short-handed & the food was a disappointment: salad was sad, Weiner schnitzel (breaded pork cutlet) was clearly not cooked to order. . . ours was dry and very tough because it had been sitting in a warming oven, I imagine. It was difficult to not send all three entrees back to the kitchen. They need to seriously dust off their act."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is probably the loveliest place for outdoor dining in San Jose downtown. We always enjoy the quiet atmosphere in the courtyard, the good beer and authentic German food."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Very authentic. Choices from very moderate (under $15) to higher end $30. Everyone in our group of 7 was very happy with their choices. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was a great find; enormous portions of authentic German dishes. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining and their beer garden is a very pleasant place to enjoy their food. Lunch prices reasonable, everyone in the group enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Brought some friends their for dinner with a german background and they all loved it. Some said it brought back memories of growing up in a german household. I will go back many more times and bring more friends to enjoy great food."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Good beer and schnapps selection. Food is not like eating German in Milwaukee or Chicago, but is what you expect in San Jose. Nice beer garden outside."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Fourth visit and it was top shelf food once again. We visit three times a year and they never fail. Spouse is primarily a vegetarian and they always have a non-meat option; salmon this time. I had the sauerbraten and it was melt in your mouth good. The potatoe salad is truly authentic and the canage is superb. Portions are massive so come hungry. Patio seating tp with small fountain is where to sit if available. Can't go wrong with this one to satisfy your meat fix for the quarter. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My family took me to Teske's for Mother's Day dinner. The host took us straight to the patio, which is delightful. The server was very accommodating. He remembered that my daughter didn't eat dairy, and substituted an extra salad for the cream soup. The food service was prompt without making us feel rushed. And the food itself - fabulous. We had the potato pancakes with apple sauce for an appetizer - delicious! Our entrees were cooked to perfection. I love the atmosphere, the food, the friendly servers, and the excellent selection of German beers. It's close to the light rail line, which is great if you want to avail yourself of the aforementioned beer selection. Every time I eat at Teske's I wonder why I don't go more often!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a great place to enjoy authentic German food which is very hearty cuisine. I love the Jaegerschnitzel which is a breaded pork cutlet served with fresh German pasta called spaetzel (my spelling is probably incorrect). The portions are very generous and entrees come with hearty dark bread, split pea soup and salad. The restaurant decor makes you feel like you're dining at an inn in small town in Germany. Some evenings they have live bands playing German music in the courtyard and people get up and dance. It really is a very enjoyable dining experience even though the entrees sometimes takes a long time to arrive."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Terrfic for a relaxing night outside with friends and great food!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and expeirence. Would recommed to anyone looking for an authentic german restraunt. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "love teskes, my favorite spot.brought three people there for their first time,they want to know when we are going back!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Wonderful German food. Just like what we had in Bavaria. Veal shank is $38 and is well worth it. My husband and I split it and had some to bring home. Soup, salad, veg. and dessert included."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "In this post modern world this old fashioned classic old school place is an enjoyable "comfort food" experience, you leave full and happy!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I will never forget Teske's. The food was very German and tasty, which is what you'd expect from a German restaurant, but what really made it a dining experience was the atmosphere. Funky surroundings, the house band oom-pah-pah-ing outdoors, and an interesting blend of patrons made for a good time. The service is perfunctory, but not because the wait staff don't care, it's because it seemed like a busy Saturday night, and they were hustling to keep everyone happy. I know I was. Thanks, Teske's!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Authentic German food and spirits. Great German band playing in the beer garden."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "One price and a full dinner, incl. dessert. Generous portions and authentic German food. Meat is king - tender, succulent. The potatoes (especially scalloped) are incredible. There's outdoor/patio (Beer Garden) dining - - sheltered from wind. Live band music is great. It's a truly happy place to be."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food and when the outside is open it's even better. Huge amount of food makes it a good value but it isn't really cheap."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We dined at Teske's for our beer lovin' son's 28th birthday; the food exceeded our expectations. Every beer is served in its own special glass/mug. We ordered buffalo meatloaf with two sauces, smoked pork shank, and boar sausages. The flavors were balanced and delicious. The sauerkraut, noodles, and fingerling potatoes side dishes were also delicious. The savory flavors reminded us of Christmas dinner, but the portions were not too huge. Two entries came with apple strudel, which was okay."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The staff was extremely friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious. For a party of three we had the night's special appetizer (I don't recall what it was but it reminded me of stuffing balls with a cheesy sauce and bacon bits. Don't get wrong it was amazing) the lamb special, the pork cutlet with anchovies and an egg and I ordered the salmon. my only complaint is the seating. We were so close to everyone it was hard to pay attention to our conversation when we could hear everyone else around us."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We took the opportunity to seek out a reservation at La Germania after a 10 year lapse since our last visit. I does not seem to have changed a bit. The some of the same faces were still serving food. We took this as a treat for my 13 yr old grandson to experience German dining culture and tastes. Freg, our waiter, very patiently assisted us as we deciphered the menu, mostly by admiring food as it was delivered to our fellow diners. Throughout the night we tried at least 30% of the items on the menu, and each one was a delight. The favorites were the bratwurst and knockwurst sausages, and the red cabbage side dish. A load of the homemade schnitzel added the comfort aspect to the meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Good celebration for a group that was celebrating an anniversary and enjoy German food. Good service and good food."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The buffalo burger was to die for and the fries were nice and crispy. Great service."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Our family had not been to Teske's for years. We held a family birthday there. We had a group of 12 and were seated easily, food was great, service was perfect. We talked, ate, and celebrated for over three hours. Great JOB!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had reservations for 2pm. They close at 2. Why take reservations for the time at which you close? They were nice enough but we felt very rushed. Going out to lunch on a weekday is a special thing, and the food qualified. The rush, however, makes it unlikely I'll go back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food is just like I remember it from Germany. I recommend ordering in advance (a day or so along with your reservation) the baked Schweine Haxe. Since this takes hours to prepare, you can't be sure that it is available unless you order it in advance. They will serve it for lunch or dinner but you must have a good appetite because it is a large portion."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Having been to Germany many times I couldn't help but look out the window and see the San Jose tram rolling by as I enjoyed wonderful German food and beer and have to remind myself I was in CA. Very nice experience..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "There isn't anything on the menu that's particularly experimental, but that's not why I go to Teske's. I go for the classics: schnitzel, sauerbraten, wurst, goulash, and great beers. It's boisterous without being rowdy, kid-friendly in the sense that a loud child's voice simply blends into the background on a Saturday night, and the service was down-to-earth, friendly, and completely unrushed. Ours was a party of 6 adults for dinner after a matinee performance downtown. We had appetizers, main course, and dessert to eat; the only let-down was one of appetizers on special. Beers, wines, and after-dinner liqueurs were all fantastic. Everyone went home with leftovers at about $55 per person with drinks included."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The German potato dumplings are hard to find in this area. Teske's dumplings are as close to the ones I had in Munich that I can find. The decor is similar to a restaurant you would in Germany. I love this place."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A trustworthy place to find great food, service, and atmosphere at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Haven't been here in a long while; moved out of the neighborhood. It was great. Food was good and authentic. Staff was friendly and knowledgable. I would recommend."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant, a place you need to go at least once! My girlfriend and I had a great experience, but a little pricy for us to always dine. A couple beers each, appetizer, and dinner plates was about $120 - not bad for a place like this! Experience was awesome."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Heard of Teske's from a friend, but never made the effort to go there. Went on Valentine's Day and they were exceptionally busy, but the food was absolutely killer. Great appetizers, several courses with each meal and we all went home with leftovers as the Chef tried to feed us to death. Great German beers to choose from and the food was exceptional. Perfectly cooked...ham hock huge and tasty/tender, my son's steak strips were blackened and seared in a wine sauce which made me want to lick the plate. I was unaware how flavorful and delicately delicious a chef could make German food. Every plate had a different style of potato - all were cooked perfectly and a delight to eat and share with each other. We are going back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our first time here at Teske's. Family run place is no longer owned by the Teske family but has been owned by another family since 1990, don't worry everything is still great. You can tell they really care about their patrons and being involved in the restaurant as I discovered one of them was waiting tables and another was hosting. Our food was great. The meal was well paced even for being a very busy valentines day night. Our server was very pleasant and accommodating. The meals included soup salad and strudel for desert with the price which was very nice. They had a great German beer selection including bottles and drafts. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've been going to Teske's since the late 1980's. I have always had a great meal, wonderful service and very authentic decor. Very good diversity on the menu to account for any guest's preferences. Highly recommend Teske's."
    Dined on 2/14/2014