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Anyone got any recommendations for a nice German dinner on a Saturday night?

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  1. Try the Schnitzelhaus, 294 Ninth St., 415-864-4038.

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    1. re: DavidT

      Last year, on a stop en route home to So Cal, I really enjoyed their rabbit in red wine sauce. Good, traditional stick-to-your-ribs German cooking.

      Link: http://www.schnitzelhaus.net/

    2. Suppenkuche at Hayes and Laguna probably has the best German food in town. Improbably light. I don't think they take reservations, and it can get crowded. The tables are big, so you may be sharing.

      Other options are
      -Walzwerk, a funky East German place on S. Van Ness and 14th that has a cool atmosphere
      -Schnitzelhaus on 9th is old fashioned, with lots of butter, generous portions, and carved wooden decorations.

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      1. re: Windy
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        General Burkhalter

        We're going to have our kids and a grandmother along, so I'm not sure we'd fit in real well with the apparent clientele of Suppenkuche. But Schnitzelhaus sounds like a winner! Thanks a lot.

        1. re: General Burkhalter

          Just keep their eyes averted when you walk by the cake gallery next door to Schnitzelhaus (see the posts below on the erotic bakery).

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            General Burkhalter

            >>Just keep their eyes averted when you walk by the cake gallery next door to Schnitzelhaus (see the posts below on the erotic bakery).<<

            LOL!! Given that it's in SF, I can only imagine what they'd see...

          2. re: General Burkhalter

            Suppenkuche would be your best best. It is a friendly place, don't get the wrong idea. You will be comfortable there with kids. I would go for that.

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              General Burkhalter

              >>Suppenkuche would be your best best. It is a friendly place, don't get the wrong idea. You will be comfortable there with kids. I would go for that.<<

              Well that's just great. I finally make a decision, and now I'm completely undecided again!

              :-)

              1. re: General Burkhalter

                Suppenkuche tends to be very, very busy thursday through sunday. Schnitzelhaus might be better for a family outing...

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                  General Burkhalter

                  >>Suppenkuche tends to be very, very busy thursday through sunday. Schnitzelhaus might be better for a family outing...<<

                  Thank you, thank you. I ended up making my reservation at the latter, so you've made me feel better about the universe in general.

                  1. re: General Burkhalter

                    Bitte, mein General!

                    Do report on field and plate manoeuvers...

        2. I've never eaten there, but there is a German restaurant on O'Farrell Street near the intersection of O'Farrell & Leavenworth. Not the best neighborhood.

          I think the restaurant is called German Cook, but I could be mistaken about that.

          1. Schoeder's is one of the oldest restaurants in the City, but has anyone ever eaten there?

            I work a couple of blocks from there and have only had stuff from their walk-up window -- I almost never do sit-down for lunch.

            --Ruth

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler
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              Major Wolfgang Hochstetter

              Schroeders serves up some pretty good German fare, though they are a bit more expensive than others mentioned earlier. They also have alot of German beers on tap. Good place -- I recommend it.

              They usually have the "oom-pha" band playing in the evenings.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Unless something has recently changed, I believe Schroeders is not open on the weekends.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I was waiting for someone to come up with Schroeder's in response to this posting. I have eaten there many times, years ago when I worked in the financial district. The food was incredibly hearty (heavy), portions were large, and the atmosphere was sort of '50s. I was told for many years it was a men-only establishment, and it still felt that way.

                  1. re: P

                    I remembered my grandmother telling me about Schroeder's men only policy so I got curious enough to do a web search -- they have a website that says that women were not allowed at lunch time until 1970! I wonder how they got away with that for so long.

                    It also says that the restaurant has been under new management (still Central European) since 1997 and that they added some lighter dishes to the menu, so it might be worth checking out.

                    Link: http://www.schroederssf.com/hist.html

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      This takes me back to NOW and the early years of the women's movement.

                      Don't recall if Schroeders was one of the no-women-allowed establishments we invaded in '70, '71 and so, or if they heard about our planned invasion and beat us to the punch. Anyway, they were on our list and capitulated in a low-key kind of way.

                      We had a celebratory lunch there -- the sauerbraten and red cabbage were OK, but the potato pancakes were thick and heavy.

                2. baygelldawg@hotmail.com (baygelldawg) said:
                  >I've never eaten there, but there is a German >restaurant on O'Farrell Street near the
                  >intersection of O'Farrell & Leavenworth. Not the best neighborhood.
                  >I think the restaurant is called German Cook, but I >could be mistaken about that.

                  That's what it's called alright. Owned by the same person as Schroeder's. Similar menu, more homey atmosphere, somewhat lower prices. The block that it's on is OK, but the two blocks between the restaurant and the Hilton at Taylor are scary, especially at night.