Speisekammer

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Speisekammer serves up the best German cuisine this side of the pond! Cooking up original German recipes, pouring an outstanding selection of German beer, crafty cocktails and an extensive wine selection, Peter and Cindy will provide you with an experience you'll be eager to repeat. Listen to local musicians play Friday and Saturday nights. Come by and sit in the Biergarten or by the fireplace and enjoy what's on tap!
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SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great food and service here! Lots of fun when there's live music :)

T
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We picked Speisekammer because we hadn’t been there and German food sounded great. We weren’t disappointed. Speisekammer is a charming place with very good food. We all enjoyed the dining and the great selection of beer. The highlight of the evening was the Server Liz. She was friendly,, informative and very helpful. She turned the evening into a real event.

KM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our visit with our friends. Our waitress Erin was amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. Answered all our questions with ease. She is a GREAT waitress.

YB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience is wonderful. The decor reminded me of my childhood piano teacher’s European style home in San Francisco, lots of warm old country touches. The food is fantastic. The charcuterie appetizer was a great starter, the small platter of tasty meats, pickles, and a green salad was more than enough for 2, the sauerbraten tri tip was fork cutting tender, and the peach cobbler brought tears to my eyes. The staff is so friendly and completely at your service. All you need do is show up and enjoy!

CD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is top notch and the food is very authentic German. I live in Fremont and the commute to Speisekammer is well worth the drive for the food experience. Great beverage selection and there's nothing like live entertainment while enjoying good times with friends and family. Probably the best German dining experience in the Bay area.

N
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a great neighborhood gem. The food on my last visit was outstanding. Have been here before and the food, only occasionally, had a few misses. What establishment doesn't? The thing is, they keep coming back and doing it well. German food can be a hard sell in the vegan, I won't-eat-it-unless-it's-kale Bay Area. Live a little and go for the carbs. Beer selection good also. Speisekammer is pretty unpretentious but young with a few families thrown in there. Only downside is, wait time can be long as the food takes awhile to get to the table, but worth it. Aside from the standards, which are good, I would heartily recommend the butterfish if available and the oxtails. Street parking can be a problem so be prepared to walk a few blocks.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service is always exceptional. The interior is comfortable and clean, and the patio is wonderful. It can get a little loud inside but that’s just because everyone is enjoying the food and company. In the form of the cafe and patio we enjoyed great music on a Friday as well.

EC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took his sister and brother in law here for lunch. They were stationed in Germany so knew what the food should taste like. They had been to other German restaurants and were not impresses. When each one of them took their first bite their comment was "Now this is German food". Each one of us enjoyedoir lynches and would highly recommend this restaurant.

T
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice waiter outside dining, difficult to make a reservation on OpenTable

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We arrived at 5:45 for reservations at 5:45. When walking in the inside was again very musty or heavy air as in no air circulation. They need to turn on a fan. We chose the other option and ate outside. It was a little cool outside but better than the blanket of humidity inside.

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! I've only had German food a couple of times. We had the wiener schnitzel, jagerschnitzel, and schweinebraten. All were super good and we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I really appreciated the full flavor of the German food. (Not just meat and potatoes.) They also had food for the kids.The atmosphere was friendly and open. We would definitely go here again.

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hard to choose among many delicious sounding meaty comfort food dishes. We both enjoyed what we had there, and took home enough for several meals as leftovers.

DE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family arrived from Atlanta, and we all agreed on "German food" on our way home from the airport. We arrived early, anticipated the worst-they are always busy, and were met with the best of surprises. Despite being early, they seated us, and provided the best service throughout the meal. As always, the food was delicious-just difficult to decide upon because there are always so many choices.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you love German food, I strongly recommend Speisekammer. It's almost a 2 hour trip through heavy traffic for me but well worth it. Because of the distance, I can't go there as often as I would like. If it was within an hour from my home, I'd be there every week for sure. The sauerbraten in particular, is outstanding.

GF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, but location is difficult. Terrible parking. Getting there by Lyft was ok, but getting Lyft pickup was difficult (some drivers seems lost, going wrong way on tracking map). Lyft driver we go came from a long way. Would come here a lot more if they had more parking.

TB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Speisekammer for many years now and I've never had a bad meal. If you like a lot of options when it comes to eating pork, this is the place to go. Their list of German beers is outstanding. And the desserts are excellent. My wife and I had the apple struddle with vanilla ice cream, which was outstanding. My brother had the Turkish coffee flavored crem brulee, which may have been a special (so they might not always have it). In the end it cost us about 40 USD each, which was reasonable since we had plenty of leftovers. We also had a bottle of wine that my brother brought (20 USD for corkage).

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived right as the dinner service was starting so it was really slow to get our drink order taken and to get those drinks. But once our waiter got into the swing of things the rest of the dinner and service was fantastic!

V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good eats! Service was great. Enjoyed the live music but it was very loud so difficult to carry on a conversation.

BR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Howell Devine (the band) and the food was great. Thanks.

RM
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a region where there is almost no competition for this cuisine and superb music in a fun setting.

J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Authentic German cuisine, great bar with wide range of German beers, wines and imaginative cocktails. Love the live music, happy crowd and very good waitstaff

MH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable! The food was quite good and I appreciated the option for a “small” version of several entrees I.e. one cutlet instead of two. Several options for side dishes that really allows you to customize your meal to your liking. The wine I greatly appreciated the thoughtful notice! We were seated immediately but waited 10 minutes or more before a server approached the table. It also seemed that we waited 20 min or so for food to arrive - perhaps a nod to the slower pace of meals in many European countries?? The food was excellent - each meal came out exactly as we ordered. Would love to go back - lunch on one of the many patio tables would be a real treat on a nice day.
After leaving the restaurant, I received an email from OpenTable that my reservation had been marked “No Show” but that was quickly remedied by OpenTable with the restaurant so I consider that a success.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening with great food and awesome music.

BC
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been in a while and was happy as always with the meal.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Beautiful day on the patio

M
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are great. The parking is challenging.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Good people, good food, always a great time

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The 6pc potato pancakes appetizer @ $10.50 is a bit high for an oversized potato chip. A soft potato filling on the inside with a crunch on the outside would have sufficed. It did leave a big mess trying to cut into it.


The Stuffed Cabbage is the main reason we came. It is the 2nd time we came and Speisekammer was completely out. If an item such as this is so popular, more of it needs to be prepped for the evening service. The waitress also did not advise us of the unavailable item until taking our order. It would also be helpful to be advised of this so that those who are committed to one item can make another choice. But again, the best solution is to have enough of an item on the menu to serve everyone.


We had our reservations @ 7:15PM and left about an hour later. At 8PM, the music began. It was nice for the atmosphere. We would have been nice if they started earlier. Also, if a group can play live German Folk music from the Alps with an accordian that would make it even more authentic.


The Peach Cobbler was one of the best desserts we've ever had.


Hope this critique help makes it better.

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Speisekammer on July 5. We had a number of dishes, all of them excellent. Servings were good-sized, which meant good value for the price. Service was exceptional. The restaurant has live music on Fridays and Saturdays, so the noise level was moderate. We were still able to carry on conversations while the band played, all the same. Highly recommended.

g
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This was my second time at Speisekammer, and just like the first time, we waited forever for drinks and food. I like the ambience, and I like the food, but the restaurant is way understaffed and simply isn't able to serve people in a reasonable time.

KS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my first time at Speisekammer and I was very happy with the food, service and location. I will return again! The other guest in my group also enjoyed the lunch.

MD
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, though the waiter was a little distracted. He kept forgetting things, though he was always pleasant. The band was VERY LOUD, but also very fun.

G
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious entree, best dessert chef around, terrific service.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Celebrating birthday with family.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

surprise, great wine list, too! six happy diners with different tastes and we were all happy-- start to finish

MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic German food and drink. The only problem is th absolute lack of parking. My wife and I are both handicapped and it is a major problem when we muscular two blocks away.

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day.

Z
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant never ceases to delight. The food was superb. Service was a little slow that day, but it was Father's Day so it was understandable. And the meal was worth the brief wait. My friend's JÄGERSCHNITZEL VOM SCHWEIN was in an incredible sauce. My SCHWEINEBRATEN was moist, fork tender and full of flavor. Best Sauerkraut ever!

K
Sacramento
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT AUTHENTIC GERMAN FOOD, Big selection of beers and the coffee was good too. We had a very attentive server with good suggestions for pairing. Parking is a little difficult so go early! A fun experience.

JB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. Amazing beer selection. Great staff. Feels like you are in Germany.

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