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Aug 13, 2011 08:36 PM

Leopold's - Finally good German/Austrian in San Francisco

We got a chance to try Leopold's tonight and the hype is accurate. I get to Germany about once a year on business, and visited Vienna once a few years ago. This is the first German / Austrian restaurant in the San Francisco Bay area where I would feel comfortable bringing a homesick visitor from those countries.

The star of the night was the schnitzel, better than nearly any I've had in Germany. The fresh bread crumbs worked amazingly well and the warm potato salad was excellent. My wife's braised pork cheek was also good, though there was a bit too much of clashing flavors on the plate; some simplification would probably work better. We split a delicious watercress, fennel, and arugula salad to start, and a very nice apple strudel with vanilla sauce to end.

The beer and wine selections are both wonderful. I had a Stiegl lager, an Austrian beer new to me that tasted just fabulous with nice malt / hops balance. My wife had a glass of the Austrian sparkling rosé, a choice both unusual and delicious.

The room is great too - just what you might expect from a local Austrian place transplanted to San Francisco.

Highly recommended for those who like central European food!


2400 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. Thanks! It's been on my list for a while. Looking forward to checking it out.

    1. I love Leopold's too. Ditto what mdg says about the schnitzel, plus a secondary effect: I went to Suppenkuche this weekend, and found the food quality overall to be higher than I remembered. They're stepping up to the new compedition, and I love it!

      525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. Agree that Leopold's is good and it is authentic as far as Austrian food goes, but would say that if you are looking for authentic German food in SF, in particular Bavarian food, Suppenkuche is as good as it gets -- only place in the states I've seen that has Spanferkelbraten. I'm in Germany at least once a year, but when I'm here and have the craving for some 'gutem Essen', Suppenkuche is the first stop.

        Another good spot for authentic wurst is Schmidt's -- their Nürnberger minis are spot on. They also have the best German beer selection of any of the German/Austrian places in the City.

        525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        1. re: hydesf

          Maybe Suppenkuche has gotten better over the years, as Pei has suggested. But the times I was there it was extremely mediocre, so I've never been inclined to go back.


        2. I'm going to agree...but wouldn't classify this as Austrian as much as it is "just" German. Having been to Germany plenty of times I'll go ahead and say this is the best I've had in SF. Yes, the schnitzel is tops- as good as any I've had in Germany. The salumi platter has the best speck & bread I've had on similar presentations in "The Fatherland". Beer selection = winning.

          Yes, it's insanely crowded, but the servers keep an incredibly cheerful demeanor (I, for one, would go insane after one night of working the tables or the bar).