Rothbard Ale + Larder
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.
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.
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.
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.
We love to come here. Especially when it’s cold out, the hearty fare and cozy ambience hits the right notes every time
The food and service were great.
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.
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
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.
Very quiet for Sat night, but place has a cool vibe with good food
Great beer selection. Very helpful serving staff. Nice atmosphere. Good German food, albeit not inventive or creative. Way too loud to talk.
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.
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
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.
Ice tea refills would be reasonable to offer. Or a much larger glass.
Without this, my visits would be limited.
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
We found bones in the poutine. Been there before so I am hoping this is a one off.
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.
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.
My wife’s birthday
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.
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.
Pretzels, brats, and schnitzles! And a good berry-peach dessert!
Food was primarily German fare and very good. Limited seating space with outdoor/indoor. Fun band. Food/atmosphere well worth the trip
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service. Extraordinary beer menu. We enjoyed the live music. I recommend the ratatouille and the strawberry shortcake dessert.
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.
Great selection of European foods. Coming from Austria, enjoy the dishes this place offers!
Sat outside for Sunday brunch watched band play. Awesome time. Food is good, staff is good, definitely returning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good took forever to come.
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.
Very disappointing. 2 steaks slow and cold. Meatballs over salted. Hot Dog end burnt
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.
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.