Rathskeller

4.7
186 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary German

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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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vipliveforfood
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful German food in a small town

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. There were plenty of veggie options for those that don't eat meat. The staff even gave my fiancé a free shot for her birthday taking into account her drink preferences from what we ordered. The apple strudel was to die for. Only thing that would have made it better would have been a scoop of ice cream. We have no choice but to become regulars!

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CharlotteM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. It was a little strange that I had to add and pay for each item, including a roll for my sausage. It did add up to about a normal cost for a sandwich, but depending on what you add, it could get pretty high. Then add sides.

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vipLMV126
Baltimore
118 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Second visit, first time was when it first opened. It was much better. But….it was a Friday night, and pretty crowded. Since we were a two-too, they wanted to seat us directly in front of the band. Like, my back would have been about 8” from one of the guitar players, and right in front of the speaker. Not good for us ( or fr anyone I would think), so they did move us. But, the music was pretty loud in that small space. Seems like it might have been more sensible to have it outside.
It took a while for our wine to come. Seemed like the staff was having a lot of conversations. Maybe some confusion going on.
The food was pretty good. I like German food, and it is good, but not great. The schnitzel seems a little dry. The potato salad was ok, but not what I’m used to for German potato salad. The spaetzel was very similar yo macaroni and cheese.

It’s a cool little neighborhood place, and I hope they do well. We’ll give it another try.

Rathskeller
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thanks so much for coming back. We do get pretty crowded on weekends, table selections become limited. I'm glad we were able to move you. Yes, it does get pretty loud inside but it wouldn't be fair for the musicians to play outdoors as the weather gets colder. Sorry your schnitzel came out dry, we would have been happy to replace it for you. See you next time.

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vipCrabbyInMaryland
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food prepared with care. Varied and thoughtful selection of beer and wine.

Rathskeller
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thanks so much! Hope to see you again soon.

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Frequentdiner
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice enough neighborhood spot that takes reservations. Fried food was over cooked. Wine and beer prices are high. Service was attentive but servers did not wear masks :(

Rathskeller
Responded on November 17, 2021

Hi, thanks for the review. We happily replace anything that comes out overcooked, all you have to do is let someone know. Not sure why you think our prices are high, our products range from 10%-50% less expensive for the same wine and beer compared to our competition. While I'm glad you found our service attentive, we are not required to wear masks indoors in Howard County.

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MargeB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at the Rathskeller in Elkridge. Good German food. Lots of beer and wine. The restaurant was nice and the staff was very attentive. The food was fresh and tasty. We enjoyed it.

Rathskeller
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, our waiter was friendly! Will definitely go back.

Rathskeller
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thanks Sarah! See you next time.

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BrooklynExpatriat
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Charming local place featuring not only traditional German food - but a very nice variety of vegetarian and vegan foods. A nice array of beer goes without saying. Service was very good. Small place, limited parking.

Rathskeller
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you very much for the kind words!

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LM3700
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious! Service attentive and enjoyed the outdoor setting.

Rathskeller
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thanks so much! We'll see you next time.

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15217
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

So, I lived in Germany for eight years and I'm just about always disappointed when I go to a German restaurant expecting food like I remember. This one got it pretty close to right, though. My only complaint: The hostess seemed to be high school age, and maybe it was her first time working on a Saturday night. Whatever the case, there was all kinds of confusion with allocation of reservations, tables, servers, etc., so that was a bit annoying.

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you so much for joining us last week and for the constructive criticism. I want to assure you that your review was passed onto the host from that evening and we are actively working to correct it. The next time you're back, you should see dramatic improvement. Thanks, Will

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LaurenC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating here - the servers are friendly and knowledgeable and the food is so tasty!

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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Jaeger
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at the Rathskeller went above and beyond to assist us on a very busy night, after our party number changed as well as being forced inside after the weather got cold and rainy.

The food was amazing. The rouladen was so savory and delicious that I have been raving about it for days. The pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cinnamon icing is the best cheesecake I have ever had.

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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KathleenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome find on a road trip thru Baltimore! Happened upon restaurant week, so had a great taste of German food accompanied by a Stein of beer!

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thanks for popping in! We're glad you had a great time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal! Great outdoor patio.

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you!

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vipTechsan68
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rathskeller is tucked away in a basement in a quiet neighborhood, but it's worth the search. Both the food and the beer are authentic representations of German cuisine. The schneizels and wursts are excellent. The service is fast and friendly.

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Wow, thanks so much!!!

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vipLLLong
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

German beer selection was great, service was very attentive, food was delicious.

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thanks for the kind words!

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Tommy
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!!

Rathskeller
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and place

Rathskeller
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thanks so much!

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HappyDiner
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Rathskeller
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thanks so much! Looking forward to next time!

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McMarine
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for a date night or an anniversary dinner.

Rathskeller
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thanks so much!

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DavidK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

Rathskeller
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thanks! Can't forget about the vegan members of the #schnitzelgang!

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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!

Rathskeller
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thanks so much!

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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!

Rathskeller
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you! Looking forward to your next visit!

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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!

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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!

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vipFrasier
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

Rathskeller
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks so much!!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pestogirl
Baltimore
12 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!

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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.

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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!

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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 186 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.