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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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
17 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
14 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
606 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.

JH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Speisekammer offers a wonderful selection of German foods, all that seem true to the land.

Service is very good. Staff is very friendly, welcoming, and helpful.

TM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place and the food never disappoints. Everything on the menu is extremely good. It can get a little loud, and it’s more of a family style restaurant than a dressy place, but it perfect for a date at anytime of the day.

L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place. the food is outstanding and the service is great. It's loud, so, be warned. :)

AF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food (hello, comfort food at its best!l), wonderful service, great wine list, neighborhood vibe, so warm and friendly! Extremely happy to have this restaurant in our neighborhood!

M
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Once we were seated in a quieter space, we had a wonderful dinner. The rolled beef was out of this world, with enough for a dinner or lunch at home too! The spaetzel, red cabbage, potato pancakes with sweet mustard and apple sauce were all yummy. My sibs’ Sauerbrauten lived up to her very high expectations! Great restaurant for German fare, good service and European flair.

TG
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately, this place lacks the quality that modern German cuisine has to offer. The Reibekuchen were either overcooked or previously frozen and therefore were a disappointment.

The German-style salad had no quality and no imagination to it and is not up to the standard in a good German restaurant.

The Jaegerschnitzel's sauce was ultra bland and I have no idea who this was made, but no! This is not a Jaegerschnitzel.

The Wienerschnitzel's veal was hard to eat and unevenly pounded (a hallmark feature of a good German or Austrian Wiener Schnitzel).

So an attempt to get a taste from home failed badly. I should have stuck with Naschmarkt in Campbell. I am so terribly sorry that this wants to portrait German food, at best a less than good restaurant in a small German village. I have the feeling that this was the understanding of a non-German Chef, who was never trained in a German kitchen. I would hire a consultant chef trainer to get this kitchen up to modern standards.

It is neither worth the money, nor the time it took to get there.

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Lil spendy but good times for sure. Relaxed place with hearty food

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All innovative and delicious!! Schnitzels ti due for = yum!

s
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite to go to get some very yummy German food.

TL
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you want to try awesome German eats, you just gotta go! The beer, food , ambiance and service was awesome!

SL
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our go to restaurant.....always satisfied with the authentic German cuisine.

2
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speisekammer is an amazing restaurant.
The food is delicious and tastes homemade
All the dishes are hearty and good
Bring your appetite.
The service is efficient and great.
The hot chocolate is a treat. Tastes homemade.
The atmosphere is cordial and fun.
I haven’t been to Germany but I feel like I’m there.
Great outdoor seating
It’s a cozy restaurant so I like going when it cold.

B
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good German food and the band was excellent as well. I recommend Speisekammer for all how to love German food and good music.

LB
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite German restaurant...so reminiscent of many of the restaurants in
Bavaria, loud, fun, active, delicious and entertaining.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An East Bay gem if you appreciate German fare and a large selection of draught German beers.

DV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good. The noise level was very very high

BG
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an excellent meal at a very reasonable price

WL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable experience once again at Speisekammer...
We had a great get together for a 70th birthday party!
Enjoyed the German authentic food and drinks!

B
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great traditional German vibe for Octoberfest. Good Saturday music. Never disappoints.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It is a good place to hang out with friends!

O
Edinburgh
162 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A perfect Octoberfest meal, Dining outside with steins of beer and a great roast pork!

B
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love going to Octoberfest. Great beer. Great food overall! .

RP
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant with good food, large portions and helpful service. It was a bit loud this Saturday due to the large crowd of people that were dining here. Maybe Oktoberfest puts everyone in the mood for German food. Great neighborhood restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great staff!