Teske's Germania Restaurant

4.7
961 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Teske's twice on Friday to celebrate birthdays. They had a jazz band playing. Along with a full course meal (soup, salad, main entree and apple strudel), the ambiance and service was a perfect setting. I would recommend it to anyone.

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NP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Teste's service was outstanding with top notch meal. All five of us at the meal felt it was a restaurant we would definitely return to and recommend.

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RP
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

German recipes with American portion sizes. You'll take some home with you. :-)

The only noise was from my kids (sorry!)

Very, very cozy, gemuetlich, wonderful ambiance.

Almost like home. :-( I want to go back.

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f
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

After a long span of time between visits to Teske's, we were so pleased with the experience. German cuisine has been very popular with my family and we've tried newer places north, but were excited to see the excellent menu and traditional atmosphere in full force at Teske's. The dinners are not only delicious, but a great value. Soup, salad, entree and dessert all value-priced, but quality was good, and dishes were very true to the homey cooking traditions. Potato pancakes were crisp. The soup and salad were ok, but certainly appreciated. Schnitzel was very good, and the strudel was a nice closer. Surprisingly no one felt overstuffed or heavy after the meal.

Another positive was the noise level - although busy, it was easy to have a conversation across a 6-top. So many newer restaurants have noise levels that drown out 'inside voices'. The ability to make reservations is also a huge plus.

We'll definitely be returning to Teske's. Thanks for keeping this San Jose institution true to its roots!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly wonderful German cuisine. Authentic and delicious!!!! Will be coming back

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really autenthic German food in the bay. I can strongly recommend this place

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and attentive staff, excellent good, and a great atmosphere

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Back seating area very muggy and loud , otherwise it was great service is fast!

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Great authentic food! Would definitely return!

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We visited Teske’s Germania to celebrate my son’s birthday. Service was excellent, food was good, atmosphere was a bit noisy, but fun! Looking forward to returning when the beer garden opens in the warmer months

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G
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We look forward to going to Teske's when we are in San Jose and this time did not disappoint. Our dinner of schweinhaxn was done to perfection - tender juicy meat wrapped in crisp skin! We started with marinated herring in cream sauce - excellent! Gabi, our server, was knowledgeable of the evening's offerings and helpful in her descriptions. Wonderful service, great beer, and superb German food.

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RP
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Buffalo meatloaf was exceptional. Bean soup wonderful. Great service from Cynthia.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot before the Sharks game. Great food great atmosphere great service great everything

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B
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Teske's many times. The friends we were with, it was their first time. They loved it.

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JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food ... we all ordered the Pepper Steak even though the other dishes passing by our table looked absolutely scrumptious. But the sauce on the steak is wonderful. Plus, you get soup, salad, and dessert. Drank Bitburger beer. Equally delicious. Teske's is The Best.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friends’ 38th wedding anniversary

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Room where we ate had bad lighting and decor. Wait staff was friendly but was unknowledgeable of the menu and beer on tap, which made decision-making difficult. Food was okay, but not worth the price. Bar looked cool so maybe our experience would have been better if we just had drinks.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Danielle was alert and attentive. She did a great job. The food was good, but once again we forgot just how much food comes with a dinner and we made the mistake of ordering appetizers. This, combined with bathtub-sized beers, made finishing what we ordered a challenge. Our tween-aged son made a valiant effort, and got through most of his schnitzel. It might have helped that he did not have any beer. Teske's is a fun immersive experience that transports you straight to Germany.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great food, service was awesome and enjoyed everything overall!

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t
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were in town for the 2Cellos concert. So not knowing any local restaurants, we chose Open Table for possibilities. German cuisine was the group consensus. The restaurant is registered as a historical building. A dark, rich wood interior and a, presumably, original outstanding backbar (circa late 1800’s??) serves as the entrance into the two dining comfortably appointed rooms.
The hostess and wait staff were friendly, informative, and efficient. Overall we felt the food was above average and creative. It was served at an expected temperature and in a timely fashion. The only disappointment was a warmish, wilted salad served tossed in a watery odd-tasting dressing. The apple strudel was superb.
We were pleased and thus, recommend it to all diners.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome service, food, and atmosphere. I’ve been here the past two years for Octoberfest and had a blast with my family. I went there tonight for a birthday dinner and everything was just as amazing. Great German food with good size portions. They were nice to put our birthday cake in the fridge and cut it/plate it for us! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this well established place. Cozy comfort food and great German bier. Ja! Alles schmeckt sehr gut!

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RP
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

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H
Edinburgh
54 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was good, and considerate. However, for someone that has traveled to all parts of Germany, the food left a little to be desired. The sauerbraten here is served with a cream based gravy. In most restaurants in Germany, the gravy is a dark gravy. The sausages were either stringy or excessively spicy. The apple strudel was a disappointment compared to true German apple strudel.

Overall, we were under-impressed.

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LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out-of-town folks staying at a local park n fly hotel have dined here 3 times and absolutely love the food.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous experience! The owners were very engaged with the customers and offered great suggestions on entres and drinks! This is a special place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just going to keep this short because there's so many good reviews on this place. That was the main reason we tried it and we were not disappointed!

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great friendly service. Pork and veal schnieitzel was overcooked and tough.

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j
New Orleans
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The German food was excellent. We found out the the owners' father immigrated from Germany to the US via Canada. The staff was excellent. It is a very nice family run restaurant.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent comfort food and a lot of it. Service is cheerful and efficient. Good value - four courses for reasonable bucks - Less than $30. Good beer but surprising lack of variety - in the dining room at least. Good for a date only if you want to have hearty food in a fun atmosphere. Not particularly romantic.

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EW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have gone to Teske's periodically for a few decades. Has always been good and remains so. Seems more busy too, never used to get a reservation but seems like a good idea now.

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VB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal and the service was great! I hadn't been there for a long time. I'll not wait so long the next time!

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d
San Joaquin
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! We ordered 2 of the specials! Duck with ginger sauce. And grilled pork medallions. Both were the perfect amount of food. Dinners come with lentil soup, a salad, the main meal and apple strudel for dessert!
We had to take much of our meal to go as we had a ballet to attend.
Had delicious food to eat the next day!
Looking forward to returning!

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Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very perfect. The lady who took care of us was kind and smiling. The food is authentic German.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience, warm friendly staff and very good food. The beer was pretty good too!

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic German food. A family favorite. The sharing plates are pretty substantial; the entrees are generously portioned.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the German food and especially the beer selection. It was kind of quiet so we were very well served and it was a great experience. I will definitely be back.

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, cozy restaurant with a very pleasant staff, nice menu and a full meal offering (starting with soup, salad, main course, and dessert), and a great selection of German beer. Reservations are highly recommended as it is a popular dining place.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty German cuisine in a cozy setting for a reasonable price that includes soup, salad, entree and dessert!! Many beer choices and a nice selection of wine and cocktails. Great experience worth repeating!!

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