Rothbard Ale + Larder

4.3
71 reviews
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$30 and under
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**Indoor reservations only. Outdoor seating is first-come-first-served**

Rothbard Ale + Larder offers dishes and drinks inspired by the Central European regions. Located in the heart of Westport’s Main Street district, Rothbard has become known for their selection of specialty beers and savory German dishes of Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Raclette, Currywurst, and Duck Ragout.
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SM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, very friendly wait staff but seemed understaffed and food was extremely slow to come out... an hour from the time we ordered entrees. Will go back, hoping this was an anomaly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My son and I both ordered schnitzel. Having recently returned from a snchitzel fest in Austria, my son rated this on par with what we had there. His only gripe was that the linongberry jam which accompanied could have been bigger. And on crowded evenings the food can take a while.

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very cozy and inviting small restaurant in Westport, CT. Food is very good but wine choices are disappointing. Nonetheless, a very nice evening was had by all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love to come here. Especially when it’s cold out, the hearty fare and cozy ambience hits the right notes every time

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NB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were great.

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the Abe Froman, sample platter for the table. It was amazing. We have also had the Schnitzel, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and baked spaetzle. If you're looking for authentic German Cuisine, this is the place to go. I would also recommend the house Pilsner on tap.

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JK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was definitely not worth the price. The schnitzel was huge but rubbery and the breading was thick and a bit soggy. Pork belly was all fat, no crust and little flavor. Such a disappointment

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5
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Found this place by chance on New Year’s Eve 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was our 4th visit. Unfortunately it’s been less and less memorable each time.

I am native born German and appreciate the way they (used) do traditional and modern food. Sausages are now mealy and disintegrate, schnitzel are drier and drier, spaetzle is more and more gooey with far too much oil. Cheese servings are stingier and stingier.

Service has gotten slower each time as well. Not just time to get food out, but also time to get something as simple as more water, another round of drinks - whatever. This, the fourth time we’ve been here has been the least enjoyable.

On Friday evening we had a reservation for 5 people and were seated promptly. Things were slow but tolerable until the busboy abruptly and rudely cleared everything from our table in mid conversation with saying a word to us at the end of the meal. In fact, basically snatched the water bottle from my hand. We were in the midst of a rather nice family discussion until this happened.

Moments later, while processing the sudden absence of anything in the table, the manager came over to say that the table was needed for another large party - which is and of itself an entirely reasonable request as two our of party had left. He offered us another table and said that was what the busboy had been intending to convey.

I told him his request was understandable and we would have been happy to move had he actually asked us BEFORE his busboy simply cleared our table without a word. It would have been no different had he used his arm and swept it all into the floor instead. This is not how you get clients to stay in your establishment.

Instead of staying and further rewarding the rudeness,slow service and poor communication, we went to Spotted Horse to continue our evening and had a lovely time. The combination of this degradation in quality and service puts this place on the “was good, time to avoid” list from here on out.

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j
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very quiet for Sat night, but place has a cool vibe with good food

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TL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Great beer selection. Very helpful serving staff. Nice atmosphere. Good German food, albeit not inventive or creative. Way too loud to talk.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is hard to find a restaurant with all the European food options offered by Rothbard's. The beer selection is fantastic and those we had were excellent. The food choices were varied and our wursts and schnitzels were good. It was a busy Saturday night so the chefs were probably too busy to pay their best attention to each order, but no complaints. A previous lunch their had provided an outstanding experience.

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OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It was our second time here, and we will come back. Overall food was good, especially the appetizer platter. Everyone who had schneitzal loved it. I tried the daily special and was a bit disappointed; meatballs in a brown sauce over mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe. Flavors were excellent, but meatballs were a bit hard and dry. Correcting that would make the dish a 10

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RP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had our reservation for over a week (Octoberfest) drove the 47 min. and found out by a note on the door that the restaurant was closed. No one bothered to call to inform.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Ice tea refills would be reasonable to offer. Or a much larger glass.
Without this, my visits would be limited.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very poor food quality. Did not have multiple items on list. Beer on tap did not work. Took over an hour to serve half a dozen items. Expensive, small portions - give it a miss and get your German food elsewhere

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

We found bones in the poutine. Been there before so I am hoping this is a one off.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for a Sunday evening anniversary dinner. It was a little loud inside (hard surfaces make the music feel louder - it would also be loud if there were lots of people there) so we ate outside. Very nice and attentive waitstaff, especially Damon, who did most of our service. The outside was nice on a fall evening. Not many people around, which was also nice. The food was very good - their version of Poutine, which has duck and burrata (the Canadians would wonder until they tasted it); and Wiener Schnitzel - lovely tender veal with a nice, crisp crust. The wine list was small (this is a beer place) but good. We wound up with a great Riesling from Donnhoff (sp?) at a very reasonable price.

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MG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Usually it’s too noisy for really talking but tonight the music was lower and quieter (the dead mostly). Maybe because a band was setting up outside. I know it’s a bar too, but the place is wayyy more pleasant when you can hear conversation. Food as always is delicious. Really really love Rothbard.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday

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KO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been living in Fairfield for a long time and never made my way over to this place. Took my wife out for date night as we haven't had German food in forever. It was AWESOME! The Hefeweizen was delicious. It wasn't sweet, like it often time can be. We had the Weiner Schnitzel and Goulash... simply incredible! Didn't have the pretzel's, but they looked great.

Only negative was the woman bartender had a bit of an attitude, so tread lightly with her.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A GREAT restaurant. It’s hard to find a good German restaurant. My only complaint would be that our server was rather pushy. She never asked how are food was and how we were doing, but instead would ask if there was anything more that we wanted or any further courses we would order... we had cocktails, appetizers, entrees and separate drinks with our entrees. We ordered plenty.

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OT
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pretzels, brats, and schnitzles! And a good berry-peach dessert!

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was primarily German fare and very good. Limited seating space with outdoor/indoor. Fun band. Food/atmosphere well worth the trip

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MV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The schnitzel and kase spaetzle were good. Having lived in Germany, the dishes were not quite authentic, but the best we can get in the area.

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W
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great neighborhood feel, the staff is always welcoming and upbeat. We had a great meal with our teens, the charcuterie platter was delicious and I’m obsessed with pickle bowl. The kale salad was good- but trout a little fetus kids steaks and burgers were perfect and the orchiette was very good. Overall a nice family outing.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The steak was perfectly cooked; the summer chopped salad was creative and excellent. Likewise, the trout was delicious, but could have used more vegetables. The only disappointment was strawberry shortcake; the cake was dry, heavy, and strangely toasted.

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DR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent !!!

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Extraordinary beer menu. We enjoyed the live music. I recommend the ratatouille and the strawberry shortcake dessert.

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IR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very solid comfort food. Nothing spectacular but classic dishes all done very well and with great flavors. Cocktails were also interesting and delicious. Fantastic beer menu. Waitress was great super friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Service was a bit slow but otherwise this is now a regular spot we will put in our rotation.

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o
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great selection of European foods. Coming from Austria, enjoy the dishes this place offers!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside for Sunday brunch watched band play. Awesome time. Food is good, staff is good, definitely returning.

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SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, tasty German food.

A bit pricey, especially with the Schnitzel being a la carte, but I guess that's just part of being in Westport.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. The poutine, raclette and pretzel were perfect alongside the Weihenstephan. We loved the pork belly eggs and schnitzel with cucumber salad. We would go back in a second.

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JY
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Huge list of German beers. Live music playing outside. We chose to sit inside so we could hear each other talk. My husband loved it so much he wants to go back for his birthday.

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H
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great casual eating experience topped off by a beautiful night allowing us to enjoy eating outside.
Added benefit of music made the evening all that much better.

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KS
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Good took forever to come.

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n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was abysmally slow....we were the first couple to sit outside yet other tables were served before we were. Waiting close to 45 minutes for a pretzel. Food was quite delicious, but the portion sizes were a bit small for the price of the entrees. We will not return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. 2 steaks slow and cold. Meatballs over salted. Hot Dog end burnt

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each of us in our party of four was here for the first time and very happily surprised. Everything we ate was delicious and the Beer Cheese was really fun to share.

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EB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I am sorry, this was the 2nd time at the restaurant. I booked my birthday celebration a good 3 weeks before and special ordered that they make sure we have their SchwineHaaxe for a birthday celebration. We got a call the late afternoon the day before saying that the chef did not have it for us... It was too late to change the venue since I was busy that Saturday and working Sunday before the reservation. We went ahead with the reservation at 3 p.m. against my better judgment. The service was awful - although I still tipped the woman more than 20% and most of the dishes I wanted were not available. The waitress gave us the impression that she didn't care at all. Brought our appetizers and left. We wanted some bread and it took awhile before she came to our table after calling her. Also, when we asked for bread, it was like she ignored our request and when they brought the bread, it was ice cold. My husband ordered the English Breakfast, I ordered the VeinerSchnitzel with jaeger sauce and my daughter her normal Croque Madame... Also ordered the roasted oysters. Food was soso... and nothing to boast. We ended the Linner with their Blackforest cake and it was horrible. I am sorry, but I will not be back.

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