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Dec 8, 2006 10:32 AM

Best German, Swiss or Austrian in SF (or on Peninsula)?

Looking for an update to former threads.

Names I've seen thus far?
Schnitzel Haus
The Matterhorn

Sorry to post again but realized if friends less into Atkins (or not die-hard now) that they used to be major German food fans! (some of their background) Just loved it. (us not so much as we're vegetarians! But...we can take it for a night, if it means bliss for them, as they visit from out of the area)

Heard area around Schnitzel Haus is dicey to say the least. Best to take cab their from Union Square or....?

Your favorite option? Would be nice to have good food but not necessarily a dicey locale. Hard to find both. Seems most German restaurants in SOMA area or ? None in a pretty area?

We did Suppenkuche years ago...but got impression my friend who loves Sauerbraten was mildly disappointed.

Also did the Matterhorn years & years ago. But I know we don't want fondue right now, as we had it tonight in Saratoga. But they had more than that too. Not a fave area of mine...on busy, impersonal Van Ness.
Help? (one more idea for us)

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  1. You can add Schroeder's to the list, which is downtown in the financial area (near Embarcadero One). An old, traditional sort of place, so atmosphere is fairly fun. But frankly, if they didn't like Suppenkuche, they probably won't like the food here -- in my experience (which is a few years old) it was even heavier.

    1. I think you have it covered for SF. The one new addition would be Gestalt Haus, 3159 16th St. (near Valencia), in the Mission.

      Haven't been there, but I understand it's more of a German sausage and beer house.

      Lamb, beef, pork and vegetarian sausages by Montibella Sausage, Sonoma Sausage, Applegate Farms and Tofurky, served on organic buns from Bay Bakery, and accompanied by German potato salad. The 10 beers on tap include Radeberger, Hoegaarden, Fat Tire, Prohibition Ale and, Anchor Steam.

      And if you went across the Bay you couls go to Speisekammer (, which was founded by an ex-Suppenkuche partner. It's probably the best of the bunch.

      1. I've been wanting to try Walzwerk for quite some time. I'm (mostly) vegetarian, and they have a lot of veg. options. Apparently the woman who owns it is vegetarian.

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        1. re: mchan02

          Huh, so they do. That's kind of funny for a place with such a meat-and-potatoes style. But makes sense given the young Mission crowd.

        2. Thanks so much! Am looking into all. I agree Walzwerk's menu seems like it would be okay for my hubby & I who are vegetarians. But, I'm a little concerned about its location.
          Kinda wished we could walk somehow from Union Square area, and
          most German restaurants seem to be in dicey areas for walking. (and maybe even for parking?)

          Not sure.
          But I guess Schroeder's mentioned here would be the best location, as far as that goes. That or Suppenkuche. Thought it worth trying a new place, however. (other than Suppenkuche)
          Thanks so much! And keep reviews coming, as we've not tried ANY of these so far. Appreciate the help! :-)

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          1. re: mtm

            Nothing dicey about Schroeder's location, and it's an easy walk from Union Square. They have a few vegetarian dishes.


            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Cool! Maybe that's the answer seems to have more atmosphere perhaps. Or the old bar, at least from the few photos posted. :-)

              The vegetarian schnitzel was mighty tempting at Walzwerk however, as I used to enjoy that in my younger days. (pre-vegetarian)
              But, the ability to walk there & see holidays lights (a bit)
              is a plus this time of year. I wonder if it's pouring tomorrow night, if one could catch a cable car to there? Isn't there a Calif line that might run close to there? Or am I totally mixed up?

              If so, would we catch it on top of Nob Hill & then head downhill to the Embarcadero? Anyone know?
              Thanks again!

              I LOVE these boards. One gains so very much from reading others' postings. And then when in 'dire straits' for ideas,
              can always find a wealth of options from helpful Chowhounds.
              Happy Holidays you guys! :-D

              1. re: mtm

                The atmosphere at Schroeder's is great. The decor dates from the 30s.

                You could take the cable car from Union Square to the top of California and then the other cable car down to Front.

          2. Suppenk├╝che is pretty great. You can't walk there *from* Union Square, but it's not in a "dicey" area for walking at all, once you're there. Walzwerk is another story -- great food, but you'd definitely want to taxi there.