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Teske's Germania Restaurant, San Jose, CA

Teske's Germania Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1123 Reviews
$30 and under
German
First we would like to give you our "hearty welcome." Our ambiance and personal attention should give you an evening of pleasure in German dining. We will do out best to fulfill your wishes, so that you will have fond memories of our establishment. If we have succeeded in meeting your expectations, please recommend us to your friends and fellow workers. However, if we have failed to meet your expectations do not hesitate to tell us.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 292-0291

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Scott Baumann

  • Catering

    Please call 408-292-0291 to book private events.

  • Private party facilities

    Please call 408-292-0291 to book private events.

  • Private party contact

    Cynthia Johnson: (408) 292-0291

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    Devine Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is $2.00 per hour until 6:00pm. Street parking is free after 6:00pm.

  • Public transit

    St. James VTA Stop

  • Entertainment

    IMPORTANT NOTE - If you are making reservations when Teskes has live music, seating in the Beer Garden is on a FIRST IN BASIS. Your reservation guarantees you seating in the restaurant but not necessarily outside in the Beer Garden. If you have any questions regarding this policy please call the Teskes Germania Restaurant - (408) 292-0291

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Romantic

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Special Occasion

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Best Value

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Good for Groups

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Romantic

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Special Occasion

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. BH

    BarbaraH

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and friendly staff. Can’t go wrong with anything you order.
  2. JS

    JohnS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday celebration at Teske's Germania. Cold beer, delicious food, and excellent service. And of course The Internationals playing polka music is always fun.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Tasty German food!
  4. PC

    PatriceC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We were a little disappointed because they have definitely changed after the pandemic. Our service was very slow. The food was about the same maybe not quite as good. I have gone there for over 30 years and the food has gradually gone downhill over the years. I was surprised to see that post pandemic they did not really raise their prices but instead took away all the extras. No more soup, salad or apple strudel for dessert. They didn't even ask us if we wanted to order dessert. We sat outside and they had jazz band entertainment which was quite enjoyable.
  5. n

    normando

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really good experience. Food excellent. Beer selection gigantic.Service good. Parking not an issue. Best German food in town.
  6. Y

    Yoyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    They gave large portion sizes. The price point is reasonable
  7. F

    Food4life

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, delicious food and music in the Biergarten.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was our second time at Teske's Germania, we go to dinner with friends often. We were not impressed with the food the first time but a band we all like, First Call was playing there, so we decided to give Teske's a second chance. We really enjoyed the experience this time. We shared the marinated herring and wild boar sausage appetizers which were excellent, the main dishes were flavorful and the portions plentiful. My lady loved the pear salad and the onion pie (quiche) which was not on the menu as it was a special that night. Our friend enjoyed Jagerschnitzel and his lady ,a pescatarian, enjoyed the pear salad, potato pancakes and marinated herring. My sauerbraten was excellent. The spaetzle was amazing, most restaurant spaetzle isn't made in house. Teske's not only makes it in house but gets it right! The only downside to the meal for me was the red cabbage, which was so sweet they should put it on the dessert menu. The dessert menu has several traditional German sweets: Apple Strudel • Black Forest Cake • Sacher Torte • Caramel Bavarian Cream Bienenstich – Bee Sting Cake almond topped brioche layered with pastry cream flavored with honey liqueur. We all had a hard time deciding so we decided to share four items. Each of us got to pick one, then we voted on which one we liked best. The unanimous winner is the Caramel Bavarian Cream. To say it was awesome would do it a disservice. Teske's has music on weekends, check their website to see which band is playing. Needless to say we all highly recommend Teske's Germania!
  9. DA

    DonaldA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I had a great time! Food was very good. A little to much noise from the band.
  10. VA

    VAC4

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food in an eclectic setting. Our waiter was very accommodating - four separate checks for a party of eight.
  11. RP

    RosieP

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and great service. Large and tasty portions. Good menu!
  12. JS

    JenS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't let the noise level deture you. We came for live music. The food was fantastic and Greg was so friendly. We will be back again and again. Thank you for a wonderful meal and a great date night 😀
  13. R

    Rich

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The beer garden was unavailable due to a private party. Restaurant was not busy as it was an early dinner. The goulash soup is fantastic but not a regular menu item.
  14. ET

    EliseT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fun ambiance in historic building with great selection of German beers and well-made cocktails. We enjoy the baked salmon but their are many German dishes to enjoy, too.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  16. F

    Ferd

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had the special - venison. Very good. Our friend from Germany had the goulash which she really liked very much. A good time for all.
  17. KG

    KristinG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you enjoy German cuisine, and like to eat outside in a nice beer garden, this is THE place to go in San Jose. In the style of the European dinner, we experienced a long event… spending several hours with each other, and slowly celebrating each course. The beer selection is always fantastic, too. For appetizers, we savored the mixed sausage plate (all yummy!) with mustard and the potato pancakes with applesauce. Next we had our main entrees — some choosing the night’s buffalo meatloaf special (excellent) and others choosing more traditional plates like the paprika goulash and jaegerschnitzel (family favorites we choose each and every time we visit). We ended the evening loving the Apple strudel. Thanks to the Baumann Family for never disappointing!
  18. HH

    HowardH

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy to have discovered this European outpost tucked away in San Jose. Truly enjoyed the food and hospitality.
  19. DW

    DianeW

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant and the service is fantastic!!! The ambiance is great and the food is as good as in Germany!!
  20. BS

    BarbS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated on time. Service was quick, food and drinks were good. Great ambience. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there,
  21. AA

    AsifA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good restaurant for dinner and drinks. Specially if you are looking for variety or something different in San Jose downtown.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was impeccable I had the jagersnitzal it was amazing my gf had the smoked pork chop the best Pprk we ever had All in all this place is a 10 +
  23. JT

    JeffT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite German restaurant in the area. Always a great experience.
  24. NM

    NeilM

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Mouse running around the dining room floor. Eeek!
  25. RP

    RosieP

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Love this place.
  26. WO

    WONderwoman

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is always great! Highly recommend!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic German dishes. Great tasting choices!!
  28. S

    Sean

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is amazing, and food very good. This is some of the best German food I've had outside Germany, with a nice and varied selection, and a good selection of German beers, as well. Highly recommend.
  29. BH

    BobH

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, service was excellent. Party of 7 and we had a great time. spent 3 1/2 hours there and didn't feel any pressure to hurry or leave. Everyone had different dishes and enjoyed them all. Dessert and coffee/coffee drink after was also delicious. Highly recommend this place if you want some very good German food.
  30. KB

    KBuck

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met with friends for a dinner before a show in San Jose. The food was excellent and had many choices for all tastes.
  31. FS

    FrankS

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Teskies Germania is a consistent restaurant and one of my favorites. This is a traditional German style restaurant and bar. Great food, ambiance, great service. Located in one of the oldest buildings in Downtown San Jose.
  32. RZ

    RachaelZ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and the service was awesome! I was really craving the food of my youth, rotkraut etc and Teske’s delivered exactly what I was looking for
  33. BK

    BiscuitKat

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so delicious and the service was amazing. We’ll be coming again!
  34. SB

    SouthBayFubar

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're long-time regulars of Teske's Germania and we don't let a few weeks go by without a visit. Cocktails are always refreshing, the menu's extensive, and the food's great!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  36. a

    andalucianlady

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We have always enjoyed dinning here, however since Covid we were a bit surprised on our dinning experience. Prior to Covid, they offered a full dinner that included soup, salad and dessert. Now everything is a la cart, no soup or salad included. There is no longer printed menus to peruse and linger over while having a drink. If you want to see a menu you need a smart phone that can read the QR code. Imagine if you have an android phone and not an I phone to try to read the menu, you are SOL, Sorry Out of Luck. Fortunately for us, the waiter was helpful and read the menu from his I phone. Aside from all the irritating annoyances, the food was absolutely delicious and well presented. They have done away with a few dishes but incorporated a few new ones. Presented was a more than ample roasted pork shank. I had the jagarschintzel which is like the veal, but made with pork and served with a beautiful silky mushroom gravy. They did add a few new desserts in keeping with the German cuisine but we had their famous apple strudel. The ambience has not changed and was very relaxing. Overall the meal was delicious, the waiter helpful and courteous, and will return again for another delicious dinner.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and nice authentic food
  38. EK

    EricK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent, traditional German cuisine in a very appealing old-world type of establishment. The Baumann's continue to do a fantastic job. Additionally, they are reasonably priced considering the quality of the cuisine. While I do not dine at Teske's often, I am never disappointed when I do. I recommend that you start your meal with potato pancakes and a shot of schnapps.
  39. CH

    CHRISTOPHERA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love to gather friends and family at Teske’s.
  40. TM

    TatyanaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love the place, certainly be back again with my hubby & friends

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Teske's Germania Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 292-0291.

Teske's Germania Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1123 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Teske's Germania Restaurant

255 N. First Street San Jose, CA 95113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Devine Street

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is $2.00 per hour until 6:00pm. Street parking is free after 6:00pm.

  • Public transit

    St. James VTA Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Baumann

  • Entertainment

    IMPORTANT NOTE - If you are making reservations when Teskes has live music, seating in the Beer Garden is on a FIRST IN BASIS. Your reservation guarantees you seating in the restaurant but not necessarily outside in the Beer Garden. If you have any questions regarding this policy please call the Teskes Germania Restaurant - (408) 292-0291

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 292-0291

  • Catering

    Please call 408-292-0291 to book private events.

  • Private party facilities

    Please call 408-292-0291 to book private events.

  • Private party contact

    Cynthia Johnson: (408) 292-0291

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