Rathskeller

4.7
167 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 167 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
HD
HappyDiner
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience. A family favorite and we'll be back.

MM
McMarine
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for a date night or an anniversary dinner.

DK
DavidK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good simple food. Surprising that there are vegan options at a German place!

RA
ReneaA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Terrific food, tried new things! Wonderful cocktail and an extensive drink list. Charming place, will definitely be back!

AB
AmandaB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovey dining experience outside in the bier garden on our date night. Would definitely come again with the family or a girls night!

MD
MariaD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food!!! Ambiance so so but great great food!

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks Maria! Hope to see you next time!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, quaint place. Food Servings are very generous! Staff was very pleasant. Brats were really good!

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks so much!

Report
F
vipFrasier
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks so much!!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint and cozy! Staff was exceptional and very knowledgeable! Definitely a great dining experience!

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words!

Report
AF
AllisonF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the beer is great with the half pours they do. Will be returning.

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

I'm glad you like that we have half pours! Thanks for the great review. See you next time!

Report
AV
AmandaV
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had in a long time. Don't delay, you have to try it. The potato cakes are my newest obsession.

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks Amanda! The potato cakes are obsession worthy!

Report
WQ
WendeeQ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Picked at random while on a short trip to the area. First of all: the food and the people are FANTASTIC. We had curry wurst and bratwurst and curry fries. And a local hefeweizen. All delicious. We ended up sitting outside, which was okay, but you can hear traffic on Route 1 half a block behind you, plus any trains that might happen to clatter and screech going by. But on a Friday night, the noise level indoors, which also included a guy playing music, was overwhelming. I wouldn't pass this place up just over some noise though!

Kudos to the owners and employees for making the best of the pandemic and serving up great food. I haven't had a bratwurst like that in 30 years, since Germany.

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you so much Wendee! We're working on getting some music out there to make you forget you're right next to Route 1 so bear with us! The greatest compliment we can get is when our food reminds our guests of Germany! See you soon, Will

Report
CG
ChrisG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Couldn’t ask for anything more

Rathskeller
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thanks a ton!

Report
b
bosoxbrent
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great about going here. The staff was friendly the food came out quick and tasted great and we all had a blast. They did a great job taking care of our table of eight.

Rathskeller
Responded on August 20, 2021

Wow, thanks a lot! Glad you all had a great time.

Report
C
Chachi
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best schnitzel and bratwurst in the area. All the staff are wonderful. Strongly recommend reservations. And, btw, Bitburger on tap!

Rathskeller
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you so much! Can't beat Bitburger on tap!

Report
DA
DiningAround
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a nice neighborhood spot that serves tasty German fare. The curry fries and potato cakes were especially noteworthy. The beer was a generous pour. Restrooms are a bit odd -- the women's room is down a short hallway in the back of the basement, but the men's room is in the middle of the basement dining area.

Rathskeller
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words. I wish I can change the layout of the restrooms, myself. See you next time.

Report
JH
JerryH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a complaint, but noise level is above what I prefer.

Rathskeller
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thanks so much for the review. It does get pretty loud in here - I will have to see what I can do to mitigate the noise.

Report
MM
MarcusM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

First time at Rathskeller. The ambience is somewhat barren but that could be due to spacing tables due to covid. Good selection of German beers, pork schnitzel was crispy and tender, delicious. German potatoes salad was very good. I would recommend the Rathskeller for authentic German food and beer.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thanks for joining us last weekend Marcus! Hope to see you again soon.

Report
P
Pestogirl
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

While the flammkuchen and spaetzle were very tasty, they bore little resemblance to the items you would get in Germany. Having lived in Germany for a total of 7.5 years, I’ve eaten both while there. My RK Old Fashioned was excellent. The staff were both cheerful and helpful. Will definitely go back again.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind review! We'll see you next time!

Report
DK
DorianK
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Only issue was the handicap elevator wasn’t working, so we had a little bit of a challenge getting a stroller into the space.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thanks so much Dorian! The elevator is very tricky - if you didn't ask a staff member for help last weekend, please make sure you do so next time! We'd love to help you.

Report
DR
DrRo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret in Elkridge. Party of three ordered their giant pretzel, flammkuchen, potato cakes and spatzle. All washed down with a German Pilsners. Amazing outdoor seating with like music on Friday and Saturday nights. Staff are some of the friendliest I’ve ever encounter. This place has become one of my absolute favorites.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words! We love having you a part of the #schnitzelgang!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience for restaurant week. All of the food was delicious, and looking forward to coming back to try more options!

Rathskeller
Responded on July 27, 2021

Wow, thanks so much! Would love to see you next time!

Report
CT
CatT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food is sub par compared to the authentic German food. I wouldn't go back.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hey Cat, Thanks for joining us last weekend. Sorry to hear that you wouldn't come back. God bless, Will

Report
RG
RitaG
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. It was very hot so we ate inside. Way too loud of music , competing music from kitchen, then staff had to talk very loud just to be heard. Tone down the music and it would be perfect.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 22, 2021

Wow, thanks so much for the 5-stars. Sorry about the loud music, we'll make sure to keep an "ear" out for it.

Report
RB
RinnieBoop
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated out 27th wedding anniversary at Rathskeller. Rathskeller's ambiance, servers, food, beverages and cleanliness were top-notch, 100%. The pork Schnitzel was out of this world good! The potato pancakes were like no other. My parents and grandparents would be so impressed with the food! The red cabbage slaw and other ethnic foods were so delicious. The staff made us feel very special on our anniversary and brought us complimentary champagne. The live entertainment was fabulous as well on that Friday night. I am sad that I waited this long to go! Cannot wait to go back again soon to try the wurst and other German foods! #Schnitzelgang!

Rathskeller
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks so much for joining us for your 27th wedding anniversary! We're happy to have you a part of our #schnitzelgang!

Report
JD
JDK1
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our second visit to Rathskeller. On our last visit, the restaurant was packed and the kitchen couldn’t keep up. This time, all was calm. The service was efficient. For restaurant week, the selections were good and priced reasonably. We both enjoyed our meals and plan to visit more frequently. Excellent beer selection!

Rathskeller
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks so much! Really appreciate the kind words!

Report
L
Lacey
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Staff was extremely helpful in selecting appropriate meals for 2 children, even customizing spice levels.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you so much Lacey! Hope to see you next time.

Report
B
Bdaygrl
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty good food and drinks, looking forward for next time

Rathskeller
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you so much! We'll see you next time!

Report
R
Robert
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. We will definitely go back and recommend it to friends and family.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thanks so much Robert!

Report
CN
ChadN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of a kind spot for outstanding German fare in the greater HoCo/Baltimore area. The food is so incredibly delicious - I’ve been there several times for dinner/lunch/brunch and never had a bad experience!

Absolutely recommend for anyone looking to do something different!

Rathskeller
Responded on July 8, 2021

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Report
CI
vipCrabbyInMaryland
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wunderbar! Really enjoyed this echt German-style bierstube. Terrific food and interesting beer. The attention to details really paid off. Looking forward to going back.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 8, 2021

Wow, thanks so much!

Report
J
Jodi
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit at Rathskeller. My hubby & i were celebrating our 34th Anniversary today. We were greeted by Ryan, a friendly face with a welcoming personality. We settled in with a toast of bubbly, & a brew to begin the adventure. I cannot say enough about this establishment, so let me offer just a nibble of delight. We ordered a party platter consisting of schnitzel (falafel/eggplant) & sausages (curry/spicy pork) with a pretzel (made in house by a veteran, Thank You for your service Sir) and a side of roasted broccoli (gotta have something green, lol) all per Ryan’s recommendation, we followed the platter with the apple strudel. In conclusion, get here ASAP, We’ll see y’all again real soon!!!

Rathskeller
Responded on July 8, 2021

Thanks for choosing to celebrate your anniversary here with us!

Report
SS
SteveS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fun place. Had a very nice acoustic musician playing. Made reservations 45 minutes before showing up. Food was good, dessert (apple strudel and ice cream) very good. Service was good.

Rathskeller
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thanks so much Steve!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great location

Rathskeller
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thanks so much!

Report
J
Jaeger
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at the Rathskellar and way too much delicious food! It was really impressive of Will and the Rathskellar staff to raise funds for Childrens' Hunger Outreach Program, and we were pleased to do (and eat) our part. The schweinshaxe was amazing, as were the BBK wings, and I hope they find their way back to the menu more often!

Rathskeller
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thanks for your continued support! We'll try and get those wings more often!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Just go. Good food and service. Will be back!

Rathskeller
Responded on June 18, 2021

Thanks so much!

Report
K
vipKerrbear
Baltimore
64 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was a surprisingly delicious, not tacky German dining experience. It was a little nervous about the old fashion with Jager Meister in it, but I figured I would give it a shot and it was so delicious I had two! Every bit of food that we ordered was absolutely delicious, from the potato cakes to the broccoli come to the pretzel roll on my wurst. We even put away some warm apple strudel with delicious vanilla ice cream. We will definitely go back and I would recommend this place. I promise, there will be no Oompa music!

Rathskeller
Responded on June 18, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words! Thanks again for giving us a shot and I'm glad you liked your time here. Prost, Will

Report
SO
SusieO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great new spot in Elkridge. Menu is limited but good.
Service was good. We will be back!

Rathskeller
Responded on June 18, 2021

Hi Susie, Thanks so much for the review!

Report
J
Jaeger
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening for our anniversary. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and the owner brought us complementary glasses of sparkling German white wine to celebrate with us.

Rathskeller
Responded on June 7, 2021

Thanks for choosing us to celebrate your anniversary!

Report
d
davinat
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing neighborhood spot with a great happy hour. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays are a plus!

Rathskeller
Responded on June 7, 2021

Thanks so much Davina!

Report

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 4.7 stars by 167 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.