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Looking for an inexpensive German/Austrian restaurant for an early (5 to 6 pm) dinner for 3 guys next Tuesday.. Our 4th member is currently visiting family in Hamburg, so he won't be interested for a while. Most likely, on recommendations, is Leopold's, but Walzwerk, Suppenkirche, Cafe Europa - what others do you suggest? Good food, good beer, not too noisy are the goals. Price is a consideration.

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  1. Leopold's can be very noisy, though early on a Tuesday it might be quiet.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      At 5:30 quiet, nearly empty. Started filling up at 6:15-6:30, with an increase in noise, though never too loud. Food was quite good, salumi platter, short rib, duck rilettes, beef goulash. We really enjoyed the salumi, 8 meats, pickled vegs, bread and mustard. Came to about $60 each with a liter of beer and dessert.

    2. I think Leopold's is the right choice for the quality of food. I go to Germany on business travel each year, and Leopold's definitely matches up.

      Michael

      1. I've been hearing good things about the bier garten in Hayes Valley -- might that be an option?

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        1. re: grayelf

          Biergarten is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so not for this outing. Here's my post on the Wednesday burger from a few months ago,
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8979...

          1. re: grayelf

            It's fun but pretty much just beer and sausages. Good but very basic.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I was going by this recent article: http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-08-14/re...

              viz: "The beer garden has extended its initial menu with plenty of items that are available on days besides Wednesday, and are no less worthy of your attention."

              Also the rave about the burger...

              1. re: grayelf

                Huh, maybe so. Would be nice if they'd post a sample menu. Great place if the weather's nice and it's not overcrowded.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  True dat. We walked by a couple trips ago and the menu was indeed pretty much just beer and sausages, not enough variety to tempt us given the cool weather. I seem to recall they had giant (1 L?) beer steins as well.

            2. Walzwerk has unusual Marxist decor with good food and great bread dumplings.