There are very few German restaurant in America. (I am German-born.)I thought I'd try Jacob Wirth again after not having dined there in over 20 years. Big mistake. Now i know why I hadn't been back. Thought it might be better. I order the jaeger schnitzel and my guest ordered the wiener schnitzel. They brought the entree before we had even finished our salad. I told them we were not ready for the main course. All they did was put them under the heat lights. They should have left them there and we should have paid for the salad and left. Each plate had a overcooked piece of over fried veal that was tough as leather over what looked like spaetzel. Not sure what it was. It was inedible. They were in decline food wise 20 years ago. Now the food has gone beyond bad. Sad.
Excellent as always. Great German food and great beer and the live music is fun
Great food and service. Pretty noisy if you want to have a quiet conversation. The sauerbraten was tender and delicious and the grilled bratwurst, egg and cheese sandwich was super!
Friendly staff, great German food. Definitely recommend, especially if you’re in the area to see a show.
Great food. The sampler plate was a great way to start the meal. It was a lot of food and gives you a variety of there best. The potato pancakes were very good.
Great place for a casual lunch
Great food, one of the only places in the area specializing in German food. You can have your conversation and have your meal and never feel rushed.
Really just a great restaurant
I had tickets to see Waitress and I happen to be one. I saw that this was a restaurant near the Opera House and we could do sandwiches or dinner plates. The service was good the waiter and the bussers. We felt like the food was just ok. My Rueben was really dry and my friends knockwierst was plain. This restaurant needs to upgrade the menu the establishment is very old and the menu not great.
Great German food, a local landmark, and an amazing beer selection. Wish it wasn't being sold, only hope the new owners keep it the same way!
Great food, nothing fancy! Excellent server with restaurant knowledge, menu proficiency, and humor!! A quick bite before the theatre performance at the Opera House on a Saturday night (made a 6:30p reservation just to be safe)👍
Delicious authentic German dinner in a casual atmosphere. Wait staff was incredibly attentive and service was prompt. Only disappointment was that we wrote ahead about wheelchair access and received no help actually accessing the restaurant. We were told to go around back, but the access gate was locked. Figured it out on the way out, but it was a struggle to get in.
we had an awesome time/.it felt like we were on Germany .the piano player was excellent and a lot of fun .the service was good ,the food was great ,my husband loved the german beer and I enjoyed the andry apple cider
We all got sick after our visit. We weren't sure how... but we cannot ever come back. It is strange that the next morning, 4/4 of us were nearly unable to function.
Nice atmosphere, great service, good food. Been a fav for many years.
It was busy but with reservation we sat right away so it was great lots choose from on the menu
It was Eh. The food was pretty good, but the service wasn't super. I made a reservation through Open Table and received a message that we had the table from 6:00-7:30pm and then we would have to vacate and was told if we didn't show up, they would charge us $10 per person. This was totally unnecessary as the place wasn't busy at all. The food was brought quickly enough but there was no conversation from the staff and we waited a long time to get the bill, which was a problem because we had a theater show to go to. It wasn't bad, but I don't think it is worth going back. Seems more like a place to have a good beer than a good dinner.
The food was absolutely without flavor, and the service was terrible.
Wonderful Friday night sing-along! This is what makes this place so special. Would not come here otherwise
Great German food and brews. No German restaurants north of Boston. Definately worth the drive into the city.
We celebrated my son’s 30 th Birthday and everything was perfect! The piano player/singer was fun and entertaining and the staff was fabulous! Very attentive to all 30 of us. Food was wonderful and the selection of beer was amazing! I would go back in a heartbeat.
The drink was weak and the beer flat. Maybe it used to be good, but it was not that exciting.
Remember, this is an 1880's beer hall. I highly recommend the German sampler plate for the table and then choose one of the individual "small plates" for dinner. Noise level = a function of the consumption around you.
My second review of Jake's, was there about a year ago and that experience was excellent. This time around it was still very good but the service was not great, even though we arrived early (5:30 pm). They still make a great schnitzel but it was just slightly over done this time so a bit dry. They did provide some extra sauce on the side to help. Appetizer was excellent, the deep fried sausage and sauerkraut balls. House Riesling is Chateau St. Michelle which is one of the better domestics. Interesting is the fact that the local media is reporting that the place is up for sale. We'll see what happens with that, hopefully the menu will stay the same, it's one of the very few places you can find German food in New England.
Great dinner and interesting restaurant, lots to look at! Will be back!
Food is OK but not great, service was spotty. But the ancient setting and the experience and the mix of people is why we go. Just fun to do every once in a while, and very convenient for pre-theatre dining.
Very colorful authentic, historical, friendly place to have a beer and some delicious comfort food. Menu has something to please everyone. The sweet potato fries are magnificent!
We read the piece in the Globe about it being sold soon.. maybe.. So decided to go eat there once more. I liked it, and so did friend who joined us, but my husband didn't. It's a bit heavy on the meat and stodge, but the waiter was great.. first the bus-person accidentally knocked over a water glass and then my friend did, but we all got into wiping it up and joking. The singalong book looks great but this wasn't a night for that.. not the right crowd. I'd come again and order something fairly small. Not a place for intimate conversation but that's not what we were after
The place was really nice and had lots of history. Be sure to read the story of the place on the menu. Having eaten German food before, and love it, we found this place while on vacation for our 20th anniversary. The price was fair and we got a lot of food. The German beer on tap was great, dark ale is my favorite! The pork wiener schnitzel was breaded very well but the pork was not pounded and ended up a little tough, but still good. The cabbage, sausage, potato cakes, potato salad and apple strudel were all great. The plate of spaetzle, I mean plate because it covered it under the schnitzel, was super super super good! Go and enjoy a great German meal, but have fun trying to park :)
Das Boot! Nothing better than having a beer out of a boot to accompany some schnitzel!
Good German food and large beer selection. Old world charm.
Food and drinks were both a huge disappointment, the inside did not match the pictures online
Food was served faster then a drive thru McDonald's. The meals were not great. Would not recommend this place for a meal, but did like the atmosphere for a quick drink
Great food . The waiter was nice but seemed to be handling too many tables . We had a reservation and were seated and weren’t even acknowledged for 15 mins . Any refills etc we had to flag down the waiter . He was nice but it was clear he was handling too many tables . The food was good
Spotty service, sub-par food. My husband's medium-rare burger was bright pink and mushy, completely raw (not even warm) in some parts. He asked to have it cooked a bit more and it took 10-15 mins for it to be returned to the table. No apology or explanation was offered and we were one of maybe 3 tables at the restaurant, so not a busy day. We asked the waitress for menu guidance due to an allergy in our party and she didn't have any ideas or inclination to help. My butternut squash and goat cheese tower was just...gross. Barely cooked squash with no flavor, heaped with cold goat cheese on a plate of sad, limp spinach. Dressing was too thick to pour or apply to the food. If we hadn't been in a hurry to get to a show, I would have asked to speak to a manager. Grew up going to Jake Wirth's, but it's not the same. Totally disappointing experience.
I love this place! Sauerbraten and wursts are great. Red canbage is the best anywhere in US. Great beet selection alrhough notways serving every beer on the list.
Service was slow and yet they closed up around us.
Good ambience and service but food mediocre.... not very German.
While my husband enjoyed his Rueben sandwich, I found the veal wiener schnitzel quite tough.
Jacob Wirth's is a steady, solid, Boston institution . Great beers, great atmosphere, great German food. Our waiter was less than on the ball, but that's unusual for this restaurant. It's worth the trip, especially around Christmas and New Year's.