Teske's Germania Restaurant
255 N. First Street
San Jose, CA 95113Neighborhood:
GermanPrice: $30 and under
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.
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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Teske's Germania Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
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
- RobFVIPDined on 11/12/2014Another great meal if you're looking for German food. Relaxed atmosphere and great decor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome food and servicePatpiwoVIPDined on 11/11/2014Great place to enjoy great food and the service is always first class. Gabby, Scotty, and everyone do a great job.!!!!Special Features:
- Great German foodLisaMDined on 11/6/2014Really enjoyed the dinner. Get the jalepano cheese filled pretzels- very good! 3-4 courses of delicious food. I've never been to Germany but the food asked like I would imagine. The bar was very cool too. The service was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overpriced and lousy food qualitytruth2tellDined on 11/1/2014We have had the pork shank meal and the sausages as appetizer, thinking tha food might be tasty from looking through pictures but turned out to be disappointed. The pork shank is with skin on and it looked nice on color but so hard to bite it out, we thought it should be crispy and turned out to be so hard. They just steamed or microwaved the sausages because there were water on the plate with the sausages, it'd be really tasty if they can spend sometime to grill it.
- Oktoberfest as it is meant to be!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/25/2014Overall a wonderful Oktoberfest experience. I loved the Oktoberfest music, energy and spirit. A beautiful & fun reminder of home (Germany). Great food, beer and service. The live band (The Internationals) were fantastic. The energy and joy and camaraderie were "wunderbar".Special Features:
- Part of Germany in the US, Teske'sJAB333Dined on 10/17/2014Teske's Germania is my favorite restaurant for 20+ years. I highly recommend Teske's Germania it is a friendly and family run restaurant that make me feel like I am at home eat my mother home cook food. My mother is German and she love everything about the restaurant. Thank you to the Team at Teske's Germania and keep up the good works; Cheer’s JeffreySpecial Features:
- Oktoberfest at Teske'sfoodyfunDined on 10/17/2014Best place to celebrate Oktoberfest!!!! Come prepared to drink, dance, and be merry! Must love German drinking songs and join in with all the action!Special Features:
- Gut aber nicht bestenImaGormeDined on 10/11/2014The entrée was the best part of the menu. Really good & friendly bar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always awesomePatpiwoVIPDined on 10/8/2014Great restaurant...love the food and the staff.....Special Features:
- too saltylove2eatVIPDined on 10/4/2014meal was a little too salty. food was yummy. service was great.Special Features:
- Beer Food Music & BeerOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/3/2014Outstanding beer selections great flavors in food. Feels german.Special Features:
- GermanchickDined on 9/30/2014I am German and feel it has very authentic feel! When I miss home I go to get a taste and feel of Germany.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, service dissappointsbigwindsVIPDined on 9/27/2014Teske's is a treasure. The food is great but our 2 hour wait for food with a table of 20 and our poor waiter having about 6 tables, including ours, the service was just awful!Special Features:
- Great experience for GermanEatDessertFirstDined on 9/19/2014As soon as you walk in through those narrow doors, you'll get a sense of the atmosphere immediately. A nice bar welcomes you with a moderate noise level. Then you walk down the bar to get received by the host. Everyone there treats you well and the food is delicious. There is a healthy selection of beer and the live band really drew the crowd into dancing and singing along.Special Features:
- Birthday FunWeltmeister14Dined on 9/12/2014Celebrated my dad's 77th birthday & had a ball . . For him, it's like he never left Germany . . We were there for the World Cup Final back in July as well & we still talk about how much fun we had . . That day (as well as last night), we will cherish forever . . Teske's will always be like a "2nd home" for our families . . Is the food pricey? Maybe, but it's really good food so I don't mind paying higher for quality . . Atmosphere is lively and fun & the entire staff makes sure you're having a great time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing food and serviceGlobalTravelerNDinerVIPDined on 9/12/2014We were looking forward to an authentic German dinner but were disappointed with the quality of the food. I have been to Germany many times and didn't think the food quality of Teske's measures up what you could find in Germany. My beef goulash's beef was so tough that my husband commented that he could have done a better job making that. My husband ordered the schnitzel which was the worst we had tasted. My mother-in-law ordered the sausage platter and that was probably the best of the worst that we had. Food temperature was almost cold when the dished came to our table. The server only came by once after we were almost done with our meal and never even refilled our water. Their price tag was high for such a low quality meal!
- NatureVIPDined on 9/11/2014Food was excellent, service was excellent, just a little slow at times. Believe their theory is that dinner is to be enjoyed, not rushed. Excellent, authenic German dishes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Memories of the HofbrauHouseBeWhatYouClaimToBeDined on 8/16/2014Had six in party. Made reservation and were seated upon arrival in patio where the Band ( Gruber Family Band ) were playing. It was, of course, loud and energetic but that was why we were there. Shared our table with 5 others-three young single women and a couple from the east coast. Before long we were all sharing-but don't touch my beer. Lots of dads and moms dancing with their 6 to 10 year old children. We had never been here before . Our group ranged from 65 to 83 - age is no barrier to your frame of mind. We had a grand time eating, drinking and dancing. We will return. Lively bar scene-outstanding beer selections both draft and bottled. At our request, waitress split the check equally between 3 different credit cards.Special Features:
- Teskes is always good.ChrisMcDDined on 8/8/2014Teskes is always good and when the outdoor seating is open it's even better. Friday night jazz.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very loud German musicPickyAustrianDined on 8/2/2014The Wienner Schnitzel was good, not great but good. Spetzel was very good. BUT the music in the outside dinning area was very loud and it's difficult to carry a conversation. Bottom line: Teske's is an okay German restaurant, not the best but certainly not the worst. The Sacher torte is not a real Sacher Torte, not even close. It's worse than what you would find at a grocery store.Special Features:
- over priced and not good eatingjackDined on 7/30/2014the waiter waiter and staff was great...the food just the opposite..soup was ok.salad had no dressing and if it did have dressing...could not taste it unless it was saurkraut mixed in...breaded veal was dry..5 adults in our party sed they would not go back for dining and my grandson enjoyed the fountain behind us. He had the pasta...ate 2 bites i do not mind treating family to dinner...$198 dinner / $40 tip ...WORST 240 i ever spent also appetizer sausage plate...need to do better...dry again and need to make more presentableSpecial Features:
- The following 470 reviews are from the Teske's Germania Restaurant reviews archive.
- Bring your appetiteEdd47Dined on 7/29/2014Dinners are tasty and large. Good quality, but the soup could have been hotter. If you order an appetizer, you better make it a small beer.Special Features:
- teamSonyDined on 7/23/2014The food is authentic. The outdoor area is great. Old school building, Bavaria style inside. Overall very good dining experience.Special Features:
- Friday LunchMarshgirl1VIPDined on 7/18/2014My 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food great people!JCsinkDined on 6/14/2014There 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!Special Features:
- Atmosphere great, food lousykenthevikingDined on 6/11/2014My 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.Special Features:
- Love me some Teskes!DLDLDined on 6/7/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing DiningOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/5/2014Teske'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.
- outdoor diningAlphornDined on 6/5/2014This 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.Special Features:
- For the German in you!TheStitchingQueenDined on 5/31/2014Great 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.Special Features:
- Authentic German foodFoodieDined on 5/22/2014This 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.Special Features:
- DelightfulOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 5/16/2014Brought 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.Special Features:
- Great place for beerDeutschFoodieDined on 5/13/2014Good 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- German food at its bestSFKPVIPDined on 5/11/2014Fourth 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.Special Features:
- Mother's Day treat!gibeauDined on 5/11/2014My 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious Authentic German CuisineAnnieDined on 5/8/2014This 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.Special Features:
- Great Friday Evening!!OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 5/2/2014Terrfic for a relaxing night outside with friends and great food!Special Features:
- great food and experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/1/2014Enjoyed the food and expeirence. Would recommed to anyone looking for an authentic german restraunt.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/18/2014love teskes, my favorite spot.brought three people there for their first time,they want to know when we are going back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Notable Beer ListNancyDined on 4/12/2014Wonderful 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.Special Features: