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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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I am tempted to say "fast food" due to the service. We were seated promptly and ordered a bottle of wine. Took a bit of time to show up but that was fine as they had a good band playing. We ordered and specifically told the waiter to take a long time as we were not im a hurry and wanted to listen to the music.

Our salad and soup arrived quickly - my wife took one bite of her salad and I was on my first spoon of soup when our main course arrived. So we squeezed those onto our small table for two and let them cool while we finished our soup and salad. I probably should have sent them back.

We finished our meal before the band finished its first set. So much for a leisurely evening.

I will probably try again BUT will not order our main course until we are finished with the appetizer. Lesson learned.

C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Authentic German food (mostly for meat lovers but they do have at least one seafood and some vegetarian options), generous beer selection, great ambiance and friendly staff. In addition they have live music Friday and Sat nightS. We visit frequently and are rarely disappointed. They can accommodate large groups And weather permitting they have patio dining reminiscent of a Biergarten. Weekends are busy so to get a good table especially for larger group make a reservation.

AS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The veal was VERY TOUGH. Very disappointing and I have been here many times.

AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is always good. Place always seems busy. We went on the early side so no problem getting a table.

RP
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant. Good food. Large portions

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PG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Fun, Fun, Fun!! Thanks!! Saturday night music was very good also! The vom fass beers rocked!

PR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Speisekammer, the food and beer are always great.

TJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place with great authentic german food! Love it!

l
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stopped on our way home from the airport for a wonderful dinner after a long flight. We've been meaning to try Speisekammer for some time, but just have never done it. We will be back! I had the spaetzle with ham and it was delicious and enough for two large meals. My husband had the goose and thought it was really good. He also took a good size portion home to have for lunch the next day. Our server was very attentive as was the busser, who asked multiple times if there was anything else we needed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as usual. Speisekammer transports you to a comfortable, old world setting with delicious food and a great selection of imported beers, local brews and yummy cocktails.

JC
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great. The atmosphere is very inviting. Lots of families with kids, all well-behaved. Great staff. Love it!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Alameda and one of my favorites in the Bay Area. If you are looking for comfort food and drinks that are always changing, then this is the place. I have come here 14 or 15 times and they never disappoint. It is a great place to bring a group or your kids.

JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fun, festive place for dinner with a group. Great starters, bread and pickles. Entrees were a bit bland, but that’s the nature of some German dishes so I can’t say if it’s the chef’s fault. Service was outstanding! Would go again and stay for the live music.

JW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great beer selection, delicious authentic Bavarian dishes.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have been here a few times and every time it is delicious, I have never had any problems. The staff is very good at meeting anyones needs and wants.

MV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice find!! Always looking for food German food & this was a great find! We’ll be back.

J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy dining at Speisekammer. Good food and German beer. We had a ringside seat to watch the entertainment setting up; unfortunately we couldn't stay to hear them play. Maybe next time.










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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have yet to find a better German restaurant in the Bay Area. Decent vegetarian choices as well.

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eating here is always a treat, but I love the winter specials and this year’s goose was excellent.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Birthday!

ID
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Native German here. Fruit plate, Wienerschnitzel (from veal), potato salad, drinks, it was all great. Service was wonderful.

GR
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful restaurant, just like being in Germany. It was great to have a true German dinner here in the states. The restaurant is bigger than it looks but still fills up on the weekends. Hard to hear others speak on a Saturday night, but still a great overall experience.

KQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speisekammer is a great place to meet up with friends for great food and atmosphere, just remember to bring your appetite, the portion sizes are quite large!

H
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We had a very nice time but it was spoiled by the fact that we had a reservation at 7:30 and waited until 8:30 to get a table - one that was next to the entrance on a cold night. While we were comped the appetizers (very nice), staff wasn't very apologetic, aware, or attentive while we waited TOO LONG for a table on my mother's birthday. A buzz killer.

If you are very casual and don't care, then enjoy. The food is good.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Speisekammer! It’s a cozy place with lots of authentic German touches without being dark or gloomy. There was an excellent selection of German and local beers and wines. We have a lot of experience with German food, one of us having grown up in a German family. So trust us when we say the food is very authentic, freshly prepared, and plentiful...come hungry! For appetizers we had the Reibekuchen (potato pancakes), which were delicious but we felt the apple sauce was oddly gloopy (cornstarch?), and the Fischplatte, which was very fresh and provided a little salad. For entrees we had the Sauerbraten (very tender marinated and slow cooked beef), which was very good and had a nice sour tang to the sauce as it should, and the Wienerschnitzel which was also hearty and very tasty and came with some of the best roast potatoes I’ve had at a restaurant (courtesy of onions and bacon). Our only disappointment was the red cabbage that came with the Sauerbraten was also gloopy with cornstarch: not needed and a little out of place. We rinsed the leftovers before reheating the next day and they were wonderful. Service was courteous and attentive without being intrusive. Parking is a little limited/tricky so allow time to find street parking. We will definitely be back when in the area.

EC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arrival the hostess was very welcoming, and we were seated right away, even though not all of our party had arrived. Our waiter was super friendly and knowledgeable about the foods. The meal and drinks were outstanding. This was our second time there will continue to come for special occasions.

FL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove across the Bay with a friend who loves German food as much as I do. We made a reservation for lunch and were seated right next to the cozy fireplace. While everyone else was on a buying binge for the holidays, we had the most wonderful Wienerschnitzel I've had outside of Vienna. TO DIE FOR! The side potatoes were heavenly, and my friend subbed hers out for spaetzle that she enjoyed as well. I had the draft Bitburger Pilsener and my friend had an Amber Hefeweizen that our server brought her to taste first against a sample of the usual one. Apple strudel for her and Mohnstrudel for me - yummy!

I will be back and soon for this fine food! I cannot wait to try the sauerbraten and other awesome things on the menu. If you like German food, or even just good food, check this place out. Would love to come back in the evening when there's live music, or on a warm day to sit outside in the biergarten.

The only minimal downside was that we parked in the slim alley of parking area immediately to the right of the restaurant thinking that it must lead out to a street on the other side. It does not! We had to back out onto the street in a very narrow alley and could not see the traffic coming. Thank goodness new cars have cameras everywhere. It was pouring and difficult to see. Perhaps they could add parking suggestions to their website? This was a tiny headache in the end, but I would have appreciated knowing about it in advance. Danke!

R
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service is lacking. Tables need cleaning. Very little parking availability.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our company had our first Christmas Party at this place because of our love for German food and beer, along with the good reviews they had. We drove from Sacramento to Alameda and we are glad we did. We had a great time and really enjoyed the service along with the quality food and beer. We plan on coming back for October. Thank you to all of the staff for dealing with us if we were a little too loud.

TL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner of roast goose and other delicious dishes. Service was top notch as always

MM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome drinks and outstanding service. Entertaining music making the experience perfect for a weekend evening.

C
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good beer, food and service. That’s why we keep coming back!!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best German food out there.

JS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

For some reason our group of 3 was put in the room for large parties and one group was quite noisy. I do not know why we were not put in another room which only had tables for up to four.

E
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Third and likely last visit. Food was really sub-par. Potato pancakes were absolutely tasteless. It was just a deep fried nothing. Brussel sprouts were overcooked and way too salty. Entrees also way too salty and spaetzle was bland and barely warm. The din in the room was deafening. Overall it was a bummer.

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding restaurant. One of my favorites. Very fog friendly. And of course excellent beer.

F
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Everyone raved about the potato bacon soup, the beed goulash, and the sauerbraten. But unfortunately, they were out of the pork belly special even though we were there at 6:00 PM on a Saturday. They were very busy, so service was hit or miss.

JD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the food.
Loved the beer.
Loved the dessert!
Our server was great, attentive and efficient.
The only issue was they said I called to change our reservation to Sunday! On Friday, I received a text to confirm Saturday, which I did. I even received an email confirming Saturday! They did find us a table.
I will return for the curry wurst!

JK
San Francisco
607 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best German restaurant in the SFBA! I grew up with German food and when we discovered Speisekammer, I was ecstatic - the schnitzel, spaetzle, braised sauerkraut, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage rolls! If the goulash is on the specials menu, don't miss it - it's made with true Hungarian sweet paprika, the way it should be. They even have currywurst, LOL. The service is always excellent, something those trendy hot bistros opening up everywhere, should try harder to copy. The beer list is amazing, too!

w
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was terrific, service very prompt and friendly, parking is problematic. Beer cheese & pretzel was the bomb! Definitely will be back.