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Ludwig's Garten

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Ludwig's GartenLudwig's Garten

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1315 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
United States
phone: (215) 985-1525
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Reviews by rdrummer:
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Ludwig's is the kind of place that keeps feeling better and better, the more you visit. My first time there I thought it was good. I raise my opinion each time that I visit. It is also a completely different experience depending on the time of day and day of week. Weekend days are very laid back, sleepy kind of days when the big bar is closed, and the homey little bar is slow. It is a great time to talk beer with the bartender and/or server. The food is quicker to come out also.

During the week, the big bar is open as well as the little bar, and the place is jumping. There is more of German-style celebration in the air.

That said, the quality of the beer never fails. They take exceptional time to pour a beer the way that it should be poured, especially the Aventinus, which in my opinion is one of the best draught beers in the world. They have an amazing selection of mostly German beers. At any time, there may be six or seven Hefes on tap as well as two or three Dunkelweizens. There are always some Double bocks as well. There is always Chimay on tap as well, and lately, La Chouffe has made an appearance. The bottle list is extensive, but the availability is hit or miss.

The food is excellent German food. The key word here is German. Some people don't especially care for German food. If that is the case, don't plan to eat here. This is very good German food, however, and even my non-German friends have found dishes that they love. In particular, there are a few varieties of mussels that are sort of Mexican in spiciness. The sausage and weiner snitzel is great as is the kraut. The favorite among most of my friends, though, is the Stroganoffstrudel. It is outstanding. Of course, the sauerbraten and various spatzel dishes are great, also.

If you are in Philly, don't miss Ludwig's.

05-29-2004 16:27:56 | More by rdrummer
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Photo of gwong

New York

3.23/5  rDev -23.6%

So I came here with a few other BAs in December as part of a Philly-area bar crawl excursion and I was extremely disappointed with the place. Right from the start, we spent quite a bit of time waiting to be seated at a table on a not so busy night - there were tables available but it took them a long time to bus and seat us.

After we were finally seated, we were presented with a menu with a fairly large selection of beers - awesome! In reality, however, our choice of beer kept getting shot down by our server as they were no longer available - not so awesome. Giving up with the menu, I mentioned a beer off one of the taps I saw while waiting to be seated. The server didn't seem to know what I was talking about so I had to physically show her the tap, only to be told that it wasn't actually available on tap. At this point, I gave up and had her recommend me a beer since she would know what was available.

The high point of the experience was the food - they certainly do know how to make good schnitzel.

01-04-2008 16:18:03 | More by gwong
Photo of fourohstudent


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

I've always loved going to Ludwig's. The waitresses are dolled up and the beer is always great. Obviously it has a focus on the German styles, but there will always be a good selection of domestic and imports. Plus Victory brews a beer just for Ludwig's. The food is wonderful, true german meat and potato dishes. Don't go there looking for a meal at a great price, but if you have some extra cash and you're in center city, this a perfect place to start off your pub crawl as there are loads of great bars around the corner.

09-25-2007 14:50:24 | More by fourohstudent
Photo of jjboesen


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

If you are into German food and, ahem, German beer (bier) then this is the place... And since it is around the corner from McGillin's (see my review) and is strategically located between Nodding Head (see review) and Fergie's, Ludwig's is perfectly situated for a Center City pubcrawl.

There are two sections: to the right, is the homey L-shaped bar surrounded by a smattering of booths and tables and stuffed to the rafters with all sorts of Bavarian paraphernalia; a larger and more formal dining area is to the left. In addition to deutsches bieres (Optimator, Fransiskaner and my personal favorite Kostritzer Black Lager), Ludwig's also offers several Belgians (Stella and Grimbergen) - all served in the appropriate glassware.

And the food is geschmact! Especially the wiener schnitzel, naturlich.

09-04-2007 21:46:15 | More by jjboesen
Photo of mymrnngjckt


3.86/5  rDev -8.7%

Stopped by here on a little center city pub crawl. The place was dark. Very dark. The waitress working this particluar afternoon was very friendly. The four of us in our party all ordered draft and were marveled by the selection of German beers on tap. Who would have thought a German bar would have German beers on tap. My one compadre who only drinks wheat beers was marveled by the fact that she had more than one choice when it came to draft. In addition the draft beers were all 22 oz glasses and only $5. Really great prices for center city.

All in all a great place with a great happy house.

07-25-2007 17:49:48 | More by mymrnngjckt
Photo of calibryan84


4.06/5  rDev -4%

This place was great. I never would have thought to go in but I had read from previous reviews that I would be surprised, and I was.

The atmosphere was amazing. It really felt like we had just stepped into a true German bar. The bartenders and german accents and dressed in german attire.

There were many types of beer. It was my first experience in a German bar so I let the bartender choose the beer for me. She did a great job and the price was not too high. I expected to pay a little bit more in this bar compared to a brewery and I did. They also sell, i guess you might call yards, where you could get multiple liters and everyone share from the spout.

All in all, I am glad I tried it out and cant wait to go back.

07-23-2007 16:53:43 | More by calibryan84
Photo of PorterNicole


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

I've been down to Ludwig's quite a few times now...first to sample the beers and then to sample the food. I sought out this place because I knew that they had the delightful Spaten Optimator on tap and assumed that the rest of their selection would be just as good....I was not disappointed.

The food at Ludwig's is always amazing and everything is fresh and tasty. The Spaetzle are particularly delicious and they have over 4 different dishes with them. I am also a huge fan of the Sauerbraten, which they give you a huge portion of. The service is also good as they do not try and rush you out of their restaurant (which is great when you are trying to enjoy a nice pint).

The beer list comes separately in it's own book and they have a great selection including Oktoberfests, Hefeweizens, and Dobbelbachs. If you're a beer wuss, they also have domestic beers on tap if you don't want to sample anything from their extensive German beer selection. The last time I was there, they were featuring:

Spaten Optimator
Franziskaner Hefeweizen
Paulaner Dunkel Hefeweizen
Reissdorf Kolsch
Stella Artois
Warsteiner Pilsner

I'd recommend it to everyone. Great food, good atmosphere, AMAZING beer.

06-25-2007 20:08:10 | More by PorterNicole
Photo of sraimondi


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Stopped here a couple of times during a biz trip 2 weeks back. Upon entering you feel as though you are at a European tavern/restaurant. On the right is a upside down L-shaped bar. Probably about 14 bar chairs, and about 5 or 6 tables/booths. On the left is a good sized dining area with it's own bar. I only sat in the bar area.

Draught lines during my stay were:

Ramstein Dunkelweisse
Ramstein Maibock
Paulaner Salvator
Hofbrauhaus Lager
Gosser Blonde
Dinkelacker Pils
Spaten Optimator
Jever Pis
Warsteiner Dunkel
Franzikaner Dunkelweisses

I had about 5 different beers, all served in the proper glassware and at a good temperature.

In addition, they have a bunch of bottles, mostly European; including Augustiner. Has some appys while there and the potato pancakes were really good. Another nice touch is that the bar staff speak German.

When you are in Philly, try this place out, especially if you into German beers/food. One of the better German joints I have been too outside of Germany.


05-20-2007 18:25:26 | More by sraimondi
Photo of John_M


4.14/5  rDev -2.1%

Visited this place on a very rainy night in Philadelphia. As it was raining and a Saturday night, I'm still amazed I was able to get a parking spot within walking distance of the Ludwig's.

Had not been here in some time, but the impression I had was that little has changed from when I was last here (several years ago). The restaurant is split between two large dining rooms, both with a nice size bar running along the back. The place was kind of dark and noisy the night I was there, hardly surprising (the noisy part) considering this was a Saturday night in Philly. This place always has a very solid selection of German Beers on tap, the best I've seen in the states. On the other hand, for some reason they were out of a couple of selections (Schneider weisse and a maibock I tried to order). That struck me as a bit odd, considering this was a Saturday night. Ludwig's also has a number of Belgium beers on tap now (now why does't THAT surprise me in Philadelphia?), consisting of a couple of lambics, the Hoegarten and Corsedonk Brown. I think they also had the Hennepin on tap as well.

The service was OK, though the bartender seemed a bit distracted. Nevertheless, I didn't have to wait long to get my sampler of 5 German beers, which I was happy to see included the Aventinus draft. The sampler is a pretty good deal, consisting of 5 8 oz. pours for $7.95.

All in all, I had a pretty good time at Ludwig's, and will certainly go back... though next time hopefully not on a Saturday night.

05-13-2007 15:40:24 | More by John_M
Photo of leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

I've visited here many times, but never reviewed. This is a go to place for those in search of a real German bar.

When you first walk in, the sight of solid wood decor and women wearing lederhosen should tell you that this place takes its German roots seriously. They always have a great selection of Hefe's and Dopple's on tap, from Ayinger, Paulaner, Franziskaner, and many others.

They used to have a variety of house beers, most of them made by Victory especially for Ludwig's, but apparently Victory doesn't want to be bothered with that anymore.

Food is excellent, I recommend any of the Spaetzle's, as they have a great variety of them. The potato pancakes are also dynamite.

04-10-2007 12:30:27 | More by leftmindedrighty
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Ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia, PA
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