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Rathskeller, Elkridge, MD

Rathskeller

4.6
4.6
359 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary German
We have one major focus: the popular German street food - schnitzel. We also have wursts made by local German meat market legend, Binkert's (Rosedale, MD). Other partnerships include a Black Forest Ice Cream Sandwich by Scoop & Paddle (Clarksville, MD).

We use fresh meats and vegetables, never frozen. The pretzels are made by hand by an Army vet who learned to make pretzels in Germany after his service. The sauces are made from scratch. Our cocktail program features both popular and obscure German spirits. The wine program consists of small-production family-owned wineries in Germany and Austria. Beer offerings include a healthy diet of imported German beers and local breweries who make German-style brews.

Join us inside our cozy beer hall, outside on our biergarten, or for take out or delivery! Thanks for being a part of the #schnitzelgang.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary German, German, Beer Garden

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 796-1530

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please email info@rathskellermd.com for a catering menu

  • Private party facilities

    Please email info@rathskellermd.com for private event inquiries.

  • Neighborhood

    Elkridge

  • Cross street

    Levering Ave (less than 5 minutes from Guinness Brewery)

  • Parking details

    We have a few spaces on our own lot, an overflow lot, as well as free street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day 6-Course Prix Fixe

    $65.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2023
    Special 6-course dinner for Valentine's Day. More details can be found on our website: www.rathskellermd.com

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What 359 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    170 reviews

    4.0

    170 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The Prices are good. Do not expect classic german cooking. While the flavors are good. there is certainly a different flavor profile. The red cabbage was a little on the dry side. The sauerkraut was definitely dried out. I like the flavor. I Think they cooked it on a griddle to get rid of some of the juices and crisp it up as parts were browned.

    RathskellerResponded 1 day agoThanks so much for the review. The red cabbage should not have been dry. In the future, please let us know and we would have been happy to replace it with how it's supposed to be or another side. We do cook the sauerkraut on the griddle. But we can cook it a different method so it is not browned or serve it cold upon request. Thanks again for your support and we hope to see you next time!

  2. D

    Diner

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Within the first hour that we were seated, and while the table was full of food and drink, the hostess came to ask us 3 times if we were "ready to leave". I find this really weird and incredibly rude. We were a table of four and ordered a lot of food and drinks which should be a good thing for the restaurant. After the 3rd time that she came to ask us if we were ready to leave (while we still have food and drinks on the table), I gave up and just ask our waiter for a check and to-go boxes. By the way, our waiter was nice. The only person that makes this a really bad experience is the hostess. I will not return.

    RathskellerResponded 5 days agoHi, This behavior from the hostess is incredibly serious and not tolerated at all at Rathskeller. If you look at all our reviews, you will know that your experience is definitely not something we want our guests to have. Please help us in making sure no other guest gets treated this way by filling in some details. I will send a private message so I can get to work to correcting this issue. While I'm sad you won't return, your comments are used to improve.

  3. DO

    DanielO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First going there. Enjoyed the food. A little small but nice service.

    RathskellerResponded 1 day agoThank you!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Went for restaurant week. Heard about the restaurant opening a few years ago, and then forgot about it, but saw it listed on the Bmore County Restaurant Week website. Very glad we went- it’s only like 10 minutes from our house. The food was very good- even like just the salad had yummy pretzel croutons, very fresh greens and tasty dressing. I like that they have a number of vegetarian and vegan options. The eggplant “schnitzel” was really tasty. So were the sides and the dessert and mixed drink I had. Real “stick to your ribs” filling while also being a little bit gourmet. (Microgreens topping the eggplant was a nice touch). Price points are affordable. Wish they’d add a veggie “wurst” sausage to the menu, but there’s still plenty to order for veggies and/or vegans and/or people who don’t eat beef or pork.

    RathskellerResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much for joining us for Restaurant Week! We can't forget about the vegetarian/vegan members of #schnitzelgang!

  5. K

    Katp

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat upstairs and the noise level was perfect. Downstairs was hopping with live music!

    RathskellerResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much! I agree - the upstairs is such a relaxing area!

  6. e

    emlec

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and it won’t be our last. We both keep thinking about our delicious food. The service was great. Enjoy our experience and have already shared with friends.

    RathskellerResponded on January 23, 2023Thanks so much! Glad you had a great time!

  7. KA

    KatA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ed was very attentive and kept the experience personable. First time dining here and will be back!

    RathskellerResponded on January 23, 2023Thanks so much for dining with us! Glad you all had a great time. Ed is fantastic!

  8. EB

    1EnglishBulldog

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, staff is attentive, and food is great. Excellent value.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you!

  9. LM

    LMV126

    Baltimore

    128 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We try this place about once a year. It has so much potential to be a really charming neighborhood spot, but it just seems to miss the mark. It is very small, but there are so many servers and runners that they are kind of in the way. Although they seem to have a lot of help, the service just isn't that great. They all seem to be congregating together and not really working. The food is definitely German. It is pretty good, but perhaps a little more variety in the offerings might be an improvement. Very nice wine list, but for a neighborhood place with moderately priced dishes, the wines seem to be pretty expensive. I've never been there in the warm weather, but maybe that would be better because they have a lot of outdoor space. I really want to like it, but it is just missing something. Maybe better management.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Hi, thanks for your continued support. Can you elaborate on how the service "isn't that great?" Was there a time that you needed your server and couldn't find her? Your feedback is used to help improve the team. Our wines are small production wines from family owned wineries in Germany/Austria. They are priced at about 50% of what they should be.

  10. MF

    MikeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was prompt, friendly, and helpful. We were surprised at the reasonable prices on the menu. The food was hot and delicious (schnitzel all the way!). Don't skip dessert - the black cherry ice cream cookie is amazing! Definitely on our list to return.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks a lot Mike!

  11. J

    Jaeger

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time visiting the Rathskeller with family from out of town. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. The pork schnitzel kebab is definitely my new favorite. Can't wait to go back for more.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  12. CG

    CathyG

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and staff are always very friendly. I go for lunch in a relaxed atmosphere, Little noise, no crowds. It’s great and we’ll be back!!

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  13. IJ

    IvanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience, staff is friendly and service is excellent.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you so much!

  14. C

    Cvillefoodie

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rathskeller has amazing food in a fun and festive atmosphere. The food is authentically German with modern twists - and absolutely delicious. The beverage menu is also amazing. The service is always fantastic, and the portions are big. We love this place for both date night and family dinner. 100% recommend!!

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you!!

  15. R

    Reed123

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great German food, service and music!

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wanted to try someplace new and this didn't disappoint! Overall pretty authentic German food! The pretzel and potato cakes were outstanding, the wursts and eggplant schnitzel were delicious, and the two desserts were both very tasty!

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  17. JK

    JongK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is the best German food we have found outside of Germany. Also, novel methods serving to the table: the side dishes come already in a to go box, and the platters come on a small baking tray. Definitely make a reservation, even on a weeknight. There is a small seating capacity and fills up fast. The only one small problem, our whole family drinks seltzer/soda water. They were limited in their supply of that, and had trouble giving us refills. Not really a big deal, but worth mentioning so it can be corrected. We just discovered this restaurant, and have already been there twice in 30 days.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Wow! Thanks so much! Yes, reservations are always recommended. We upped our stock on club soda!

  18. JL

    JenLovesCats

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always very tasty. The specials are quite good as well. Beer and wine selection is top notch.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  19. a

    anonymous1

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Rathskeller! The food is always delicious and drinks and ambience are lovely :)

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!!

  20. CM

    CharlesM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    My husband and I ordered the Jägerschnitzel and the chicken cordon bleu. The Rathskeller had excellent German-style food, but lacked the ambiance we have come to expect from authentic German cuisine. There was German hip-hop music, German beer selection, and cuisine but very little else to show a commitment to German culture/authenticity. The atmosphere was cold and very basic. Maybe if we had sat at the bar, it might have been more inviting. This beautiful location and excellent food could have been presented in a more welcoming atmosphere and - especially with several staff member standing around chatting - more customer friendly

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks Charles! We'll work on the chattiness of the staff. I appreciate you bringing it to my attention.

  21. BD

    BethD

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent schnitzels and sides of red cabbage and spaetzle. Service was prompt. It was a little loud for conversation, but who wants to talk when you're enjoying such good food anyway?

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks Beth! We'll watch the music level.

  22. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our party of 5 just came in for beer and lite fare. The German draft beer was excellent and the appetizers were tasty and well presented. Our server was friendly and did a good job in keeping the beer flowing without being pushy

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks Jeff!

  23. 1

    12ar12

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience at Rathskeller! We had a wonderful time and felt the staff was amazingly helpful and friendly. We would recommend this spot to anyone and can’t wait to come back soon!

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you!

  24. MH

    MichelleHJ

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Cute little place with yummy German food. The live music in such a tiny place is overkill!!! We couldn’t have a conversation because it was too loud. I wish they would ask if it’s your first time there so they are more willing to help you with the menu and beer list and ordering.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Hi Michelle! We have an upstairs dining room away from the music if you wish to dine with us on the weekends - just until the summer when the music gets moved to the biergarten. I'm glad you like the food - I remember greeting you so I apologize I was of little help guiding you through the menu and beer list. I do normally like to do so, but for whatever reason, failed to do so with you last time!

  25. TR

    ToddandRalph

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We've been there multiple times and always enjoy it.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much for being a part of the #schnitzelgang

  26. B

    Baltimoron

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was excellent. I loved my crispy pork schnitzel. My companions enjoyed their food as well. The Hefeweizen beer was delicious. We sat in the upstairs dining room which was much quieter than the rathskeller itself in the basement.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks! Yes, the upstairs is quieter. Let us know you want to sit downstairs in the reservation notes or when you call in and we'll make it happen!

  27. P

    Paul

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my team for a Christmas celebration. Our waiter Ed was excellent and was helpful. First time experience for 5 of the 6 and they all enjoyed the food and the location. Thank you!

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  28. BB

    BarbaraB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    easily to grab a meal before a concert and able to split a check

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you!

  29. MG

    MaureenG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This was not our first visit to the Rathskeller. We love the food and the staff and the small size of the venue. On this particular visit the food and staff were again wonderful. We were seated at a table for two behind a half wall in a corner. Unfortunately the location of the small table was out of view of the wait staff so getting the staff attention was difficult. As I stated we love this restaurant. I would suggest to somehow regroup the tables so this small table is more visible. Maybe put one of the 4 seat tables in that space that would be more visible to waitstaff in a quick scan of the room. Again, food, staff, ambience, were lovely as expected.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much for the feedback. I will have a talk with the team to make sure all tables get proper attention.

  30. ME

    MarkE

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another birthday celebration calls for another trip to the Rathskellar. Very busy night so initially noise level was a bit high but quickly decreased as customers finished. Our birthday girls had chicken schnitzel, my wife the Debreziner sausage and I once again the Cordon Bleu. All were excellent. Our potato cakes were a bit crisper than normal but delicious as well. Our server was excellent. He always appeared at just the right time which seems to be a consistent plus for this restaurant as I have noted before. And always enjoy the guitarist who puts his own spin on the songs he performs. All in all quite the enjoyable evening. Looking forward to return trip over the upcoming holidays.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much Mark for celebrating with us!

  31. DS

    DanS

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic German food, beer and wine. .lots of fantastic German entrées and best Wurst in town. Prices very reasonable for quality and quantity of food. Provide good options for those with celiac disease and require gluten free food

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  32. KP

    KaPfromRelaykApfromRelay

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fab 9 pm seating; happily honored in the then empty; nearing-closing dining hall…got best seat n server in the house; food did not disappoint; had leftovers for another enjoyable lunch!! Had several staff check in on us…their last party of the night! Danke!!!

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks so much!

  33. N

    Nick

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, unique cocktails and fun vibe. Will definitely return…

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks Nick!

  34. JW

    JackW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food is wonderful but the noise level to tracks from the experience because you can't even hear the person talk it's sitting across from you.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks! We'll watch our music level.

  35. L

    Luvgoodfood

    Baltimore

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot, good food, good drinks, good service. Make a reservation.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you! Reservations are recommended!

  36. TK

    TinaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    We love this place and will always return. The schnitzels, wurst, wine and beer are the best outside of Germany. The noise level is sky high, and we wish it felt cozier inside with more booths and fewer tables, maybe covering the concrete floor would help too.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you! Unfortunately, we can't do much to change the layout of the place. But we are getting sound deadening installed this year.

  37. J

    Jonathan

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food and service. Despite being relatively crowded, we were seated very quickly and our server was attentive. Highly recommend the potato latkes and hefeweizen.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you! Potatoes and hefeweizens go so well together.

  38. S

    Samuel

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious as always. Can't believe it was so long since last we went, but we will be back soon.

    RathskellerResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you!

  39. N

    None

    Baltimore

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    There was an issue with space at the end of the evening. Initially, we were caught off guard. The owner reached back out to me later and explained everything. This restored my faith in this restaurant.

    RathskellerResponded on October 31, 2022Thank you for being a huge supporter of our restaurant. Please be assured that I never want to move guests in the middle of their experience and I only save it as an ultimate last resort. It's an uncomfortable conversation where nobody is happy - not the table already there, nor the table that had been waiting patiently to be sat. And definitely not myself for having to have this conversation. Because OpenTable restricts word counts on public comments, I'll be reaching out to you privately.

  40. D

    Deanna

    Baltimore

    186 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    186 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Cocktail was great. Food was pretty good except for the collard/kale side. It was ewwww.

    RathskellerResponded on October 29, 2022Hey Deanna! Thanks for joining us. Sorry the collard/kale side came out not to your liking. Please let us know before you leave next time and we'd be more than happy to replace it with another side or take the side off the bill.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rathskeller using the Order Online button. Rathskeller also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 796-1530.

Rathskeller is rated 4.6 stars by 359 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Rathskeller

5782 Main St, Elkridge, MD 21075-5019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Levering Ave (less than 5 minutes from Guinness Brewery)

  • Neighborhood

    Elkridge

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary German, German, Beer Garden

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have a few spaces on our own lot, an overflow lot, as well as free street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 796-1530

  • Catering

    Please email info@rathskellermd.com for a catering menu

  • Private party facilities

    Please email info@rathskellermd.com for private event inquiries.

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