Teske's Germania Restaurant
Teske's Germania Restaurant

Teske's Germania Restaurant

  • 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), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Cynthia Johnson 4082920291x
  • 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.
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Teske's Germania Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (35)neighborhood gem (27)great for outdoor dining (26)special occasion (20)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (10)romantic (9)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • If German food is your thing
    Joedaddy
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I have eaten at Teske's 4 times now. I like German food, and think they do a very nice job of serving up large portions of the heavy foods offered here. The bartender we had is very knowledgeable on German beers- and made some great suggestions. The food is served in 5 courses. The soups (cream of asparagus and split pea) are actually my favorite part of the meals. The meat dishes are very generous in portions. You will not go away hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. We have dined
    Barbie
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Great food. We have dined there often, and will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of the homeland
    PghgrlVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    If you are craving authentic German food and friendly service - look no further. Yummy, hearty comfort food and a great beer list - I love this place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great German restaurant
    bmw1138VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    I ordered the Saur Braten, which was delicious! I was not expecting the entree to include apple strudel as well as salad and my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    thinkaboutfood
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I made reservations for my mom, sister and myself to celebrate Oktoberfest. Food and service were disappointing. It took an extraordinary amount of time to get drinks, soups, salads, main entree and dessert. Overall, it isn't as good as it used to be. I don't think I'll be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebrate Octoberfest in San Jose
    Patti
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Enjoy Octoberfest in San Jose at Germania's. Great Food and fun atmosphere. But wine is way over priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost good
    Ellie
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The help seemed to be Stressed. It was Octoberfest and we found some of the Waitresses to be rude. Yes it was very busy but the help should be used to the enviornment. The music and the guest were fun, The potatoe salad and the sauerkraut was excellent but the rest of what was ordered was fair.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The bar was small but with
    joyforfood
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The bar was small but with a lot of German beers. I think the food is a bit overpriced and I guess traditional German food does not include green vegetables, which would have been a better option.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not like waitress. Brushed
    tosh
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Did not like waitress. Brushed me off about explaining a particular dish. We were six poeple at the table and one never received the water he asked for several times.. disappointed in general...doubt if we would ever go back...
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  • Great Food!
    luvstoeatout
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Great tasting authentic German food with outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oktoberfest
    Oktober
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Authentic German food, great big beers, if only it was so understaffed. Poor old fellow couldn't keep up with the number of tables he had.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find!
    Dancer
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Live German Band, Dancing in the courtyard, sing a longs, great beer and authentic German cuisine. Go during Ocktoberfest season and expect large crowds and group style seating with a lot of fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    FreshAndSimple
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    First time going to Teske's. My friend had lived in Germany for some time and he was looking forward to an authentic experience for his birthday. Very disappointed overall. From the dried out bread to the inedible sauerkraut (we both literally spit it out and rinsed our mouths to get rid of the flavor) and generally indifferent service. The sausages and beer were good. Rotisserie chicken too dry for my taste. Sour and tough potato pancakes. We didn't stay for dessert and won't be going back. The bus boy, Ryan, greeted and seated us. He was great. Good attitude and attentive. Interacting with him was the highlight of the evening.
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  • Teskes is the best place for
    BratsRock
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Teskes is the best place for both authentic German food and ambiance. I have been here about 6 times, 5 of which were for Oktoberfest, and I've never been disappointed. Granted, during the Oktoberfest the service dips a little, but they do a great job for how busy they get. The vibe is truly German and the entertainment is always great! I was a little sad to see they didn't have rouladen or sauerbraten on the menu for the last Oktoberfest we went to, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The German Experience
    WIllowGlenFoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I took my family here on the advice from long-time resident friends of mine for Teske's Oktoberfest celebration. We were seated outside at a typical German beer hall style "communal" table. It was a bit of a tight fit for everyone, but once we were in place our server came over to take our drink orders. She seemed a bit frazzled (saw her inside arguing with cooks about a specific dish that was ordered). Once we got our drinks, the Oompa band started up. What fun! They were entertaining all the way around. Our food (Apps: Pretzels and Potato Pancakes, Dinner: Wiener Schnitzel and roasted chicken, Oktoberfest sausage sampler and Schweine Haxe) was delicious! Overall, a great dining experience for special occassions and Oktoberfest!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The bar is fantastic
    BitteEinBit
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Very good selection of German beers, good service, nice food. The bar is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and satisfying
    califguy
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Great German food... very authentic. Big servings. We had great service and the food was very tasty. Awesome beer selection too! We sat outdoors, and it was pretty quiet and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Great restaurant, great staff, great food..... Be hungry though, your plate will be large!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beer Yes, Food No
    tops2000VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The Food was everything but not freshly prepared nor good quality. Sweet white whine sauce on a Jaegerschnitzel doesn't taste well and I never had that in Germany. Atmosphere is good as well as the beer although they didn't have one without alcohol when we've been there. To have some beers with freinds ok but definitely not to havea good dinner, pricey.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant Outside dining
    DesertDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Great Octoberfest atmosphere. Fun place for beer and dinner. Loud music and crowd participation. Overall Fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic German feel.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    From the atmosphere,to the long list of German beers and the menu, which never disappoints, we love this place. When family comes to visit from Connecticut we always dine at Teske's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of food but out of sauerbraten
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Unfortunately, Teske's had run out of sauerbraten (the reason we went there) by the time we ordered our meals on Friday at 7:30. We were very disappointed. The other items we finally ordered, weinersnitchel and pork chop, were okay but not great. They serve you tons of food, so if you like lots of food, you'll love it there. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special event.
    ChrisMcD
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    I've been here during their special events and on a normal day. They cut back the menu a bit on the special events but still have lots of great stuff. The liter beers are always my favorite part. If your looking for quiet I'd check of they are having an event as it can get a bit loud. The outdoor seating is nice but isn't open all the time. If you love German beers and German food I'd defiantly check it out. They also have a bar area if your not looking for the full experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible when we visited....
    DerekDerek
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The place is cool, especially outdoor. But have to complain the port shank and the Angus pepper steak we ordered. The skin of port shank is SUPER hard, used the knife for a long while to separate, can't eat this hard stuff at all. For the Angus pepper steak, it's full of hard tendon, hard to cut and chewing it like a gum. The sausage plate and beer is great. Just no idea why they cook the entrees like this way. We went there in Fri night, and expected to have a great dinner with our best friends. SO DISAPPOINTED...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wanted to try the schnitzel,
    OpenTableDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Wanted to try the schnitzel, but at the last minute, switched to the Lachs Mit Zitrone Kapriol Sobe Mit Reis Und Gemuse (Salmon filet topped with a lemon caper sauce served with rice and seasonal vegetables). Should have trusted my instinct. The salmon was dry and overcooked; over-priced for the poor quality of the entree. Thank goodness someone else in my party ordered the Jagerschnitzel. Had one bite and regretted I switched my dinner. The Jagerschnitzel was definitely better than the Lachs. Service was very slow.
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  • Good food, usually good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Good food, usually good service. Very loud and busy during Summerfest.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing, as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We love this place! Great food, never had a bad dish! It was beer week and we sat on the patio and enjoyed some live music. Service was a little slow, but that's expected when it's so busy. I felt sad to leave the terrace and be back in San Jose, because inside, I felt like we we really were in Germany!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will return next year
    all4bobby
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We rarely dine out but chose Teske's to accommodate my husband's part-German heritage for his birthday dinner and because we had a nice dinner there in the patio many years ago. Our waiter was cheerful and attentive, and the food was tasty and filling. The ambience of the attractive outdoor dining area was quite festive with live oompah-band entertainment. Our only suggestion would be to turn down the music a few decibels to facilitate conversation at the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for outdoor dining
    Doofie
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I've been here several times throughout my life, both as a child and an adult. I've lived in Munich before and this place brings back fond memories of restaurants and Biergartens there. The service is good and comfortable. I like their sausage platter, Jaeger Schnitzel, (and of course,Weiner Schnitzel), and Chicken as well. Great potato salad! But by far, my favorite here is Schweine Haxe... SO TASTY!!!! Outdoor seating (festival style where you share a long table with other guests) is great and gives a fun and uplifting atmosphere. And, they have my favorite German beer Franziskaner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little slow in accommodating
    Dari
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    A little slow in accommodating us, but everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • San Jose's Best
    dhickey
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    There are many restaurants in San Jose, most of which are not very good. Teske really stands out for truly wonderful German food, friendly family atmosphere, and charming décor. The service is a little slow because of the Saturday crowd but friendly. I always return to this lovely restaurant. There are some excellent high end chain restaurants in San Jose, like Mortons and McCormack & Schmick, but Teske is the very best independently owned restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cant wait to go back
    meatlover
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Great atmosphere delicious food and awesome service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty authentic German food!
    Afareen
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    We went there for a friend's bday. The sausage plate was delish and the pork chops was yummy! The soup was not that great but overall I would say if you are looking for some tasty food, this is the place!
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  • Great Restaurant
    eatingout
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Food was really tasty and I love the patio seating. Like to hang out at the bar with friends for a glass of wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome staff, ok food
    Ajay
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    First, Teske's hospitality was amazing!! From the hostess, Lily and our main waitress (unfortunately, I forgot her name), the experience our table had with customer service was awesome! I ordered the steak, which was ok. Not the best, but it was our first time at the restaurant, and we didn't really know what to expect. My friend ordered the potato pancakes (which, she will never do so again). Overall, I give Teske's a 10/10 for a very welcoming feel, 10/10 for ambiance, 10/10 for great beer and 5/10 for food quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic German Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Lovely beer garden plus German food like my German mom and aunts make. Nice selection of beer too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice very German place
    cjelli
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    A very friendly place with excellent food reminding of Central Europe and superb service. Great location as well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome dinner!
    seriousfoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Teske's Germania is an excellent, relaxing, family-friendly restaurant. We ate outside in the "beer garden", which had a great band (but was just the right level of sound as we could still easily hear each other). Their very reasonable dinner prices include soup, salad, an entree and dessert. We had our 1 year old with us along with a big group of friends. They were more than happy to accommodate our request to bring out each course faster for a subset of us to meet our 1 year old's needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best German food west of Germany
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    I keep coming back here because the food is authentic and they have great beer on tap. I travel to Germany every year and before I go I have to come here to get my gastric juices flowing for my trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good German Food
    FoodieQueen
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Teske's is always great. There is a nice large patio that is great for large parties. Nice courtyard feel with a fountain (don't think it works, though). The soup that comes with the entree is always quite good. The Jaegerschnitzel I got, was delicious. Not greasy at all and the portion was huge!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.