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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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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%

German themed, center city , Philadelphia place. Just down the road from the Nodding Head. As you enter, the dining room and bar #1 are on the left and the less formal dining room and bar #2 are on the right. German beer, German food, German decor and yes waitresses dressed in the familiar and pleasing to the eye german barmaid outfits. life is good. About 17 on tap and plenty of bottles. No time to eat but tasty platter of good smelling German grub looked very good. Well worth a visit, for fine German brew, food and ambience. Fits in well on a downtown pub crawl.

Billolick, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Ludwig’s is a fantastic place to get Bavarian cuisine and authentic brew.

The atmosphere is nice with a separate dining room and tavern. The tavern has a few booths, some wooden tables and the bar with all of their beautiful German tap handles to stare at and drool. The selection is really top notch. The dining area is nice with partitioned cozy booths that are adorned with hop vines. There is also a bunch of Bavarian pictures and beer steins on the walls. The only down side is that there’s another bar in the dining area! Great for drinking, terrible for eating. It’s hard to enjoy an expensive/delicious meal when some jack ass is cheering at a television. That’s the only real downside to this place.

The food here is awesome. Great Bavarian food reminiscent of my time spent in Bavaria. It’s hard to get the intangible bit of quality down, but they’ve managed to do it. Well done. Then there’s the magnificent beer selection. Their Franziskaner is always fresh. I mean really fresh. Freshest I’ve ever had it this side of the Atlantic. Geeze. I think I might stop there after work today to get a half liter just thinking about it. They also have a hard cover beer menu incase you weren’t in the mood for Deutsch Brau. There, they have a ton of Belgians, British and a bunch of other countries to offer in bottles. They’ve really surpassed my expectations for fresh kegs and bottled selections.

The service consists of young women wearing traditional Bavarian outfits. You really can’t ask for much more than that. A good deal of them actually have German accents. Tragically, when speaking with one of them, she revealed to me that she was from northern Germany. Gasp! That totally ruined the experience for me. (not really) They do a spectacular job of knowing the selection and coming around regularly. Top notch!

I can’t seem to get here enough. The over all quality of this place is fantastic, but their prices keep me from eating here more regularly. When I do have the disposable cash, I look forward to coming back.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of RollingRock
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

One of the best, if not the best bar in Philadelphia. Plus the food is excellent. Amazing sauerkraut!!! Has the best selection of beer I've seen. A lot of Germans and a lot of Belgians. Plus selections from numerous countries. The beer menu is divided into countries. A lot of rare and unusual beers and beer styles. The only place that I know of where you can get The Optimator. Excellent beer. The waitresses and bartenders are very knowledgeable. Very clean and very nice. The beer comes in very generous size portions. They have an excellent nighttime special during the week and that $3 draft beers! An excellent price for excellent beer.

RollingRock, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Dennycurr
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Simply the best bar in the city of Philadelphia for GOOD beer.
Seemingly dozens of German and Belgian beers on tap and even more in bottles.
Is somewhat small but they do have an upstairs for banquets or...if the crowd is too big.
I've been there many times to drink and a few times for dinner. Some of the times I've been there after a big event...(for instance, the night after an Army/Navy game) they will be understocked.
The bartenders ARE knowledgable...in fact, they are required to take a course on good beer before they start.
Do NOT go in there and ask for a Coors or a Bud....you will look like an idiot and is taken as an insult by the establishment.
One more thing I LOVE about this place is....heh, heh,....all the waitresses are dressed like "Heidi"... (-:

Dennycurr, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of jmc44
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Ludwigs has quickly become one of my favorite places to grab a brew (outside of Eulogy). It has an impressive array of beers on tap, which are changed regularly and very fresh. More impressive array of bottled beers. Bartender is Irish and very knowledgable of beer styles and brands.

Food is good, although it cannot compare to true German cuisine, it is among the best I have had in America.

The bar is relatively lively, but not outrageous. It is a nice place to sit back and have a Salvator frisch vom Fass.

jmc44, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of ark57
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

For as long as I've been in the Philadelphia area I just made my first trip here very recently and I was not dissapointed. I was in the mood for some good German food. The place made me feel like I was in Bavaria, though some might think the theme is a bit much. Service was firendly and fast. The selection is much better than average, but their listing of what was on tap was not the most up to date. I had Weihenstephaner lager and Jever Dark on Tap, but they had an impressive selection of bottles for both German and non-German brews including a decent selection of Belgians. Over all it is the place to come for german beer. I thought the food was really good and the prices were not bad at all. Witht that said, if you don't like German food, then this won't be your thing regardless. I happen to like pork products, sausage, and cabbage. I had the farmer's platter which included a bratwurst, a knockwurst, a smoked porked chop, saurkraut, and my choice of another side (I had the potato pancake). For dessert I has the apple strudel, though I wished I split it because it was quite large. Definitely worth a visit even if you don't want to eat and just want a few to drink.

ark57, May 31, 2005
Photo of ithacabaron
3.85/5  rDev -9%

Went here for dinner the other night with a friend.

As soon as we came in the door, a lovely young waitress in traditional dress came up, greeted us with a friendly "Gutentag!" (Is there such a thing? If so, her greeting was it), and showed us to our table. The majority of the place's seating area is comprised of hardwood booths with dried hop bines running along the top.

Our waitress was very enthusiastic to get our order -- and by that I mean that she handed us a beer menu that had 300 choices on it, and said, no less than 10 seconds later, "So, what would you like to drink?" Now, I appreciate this attention to serving the customer right away, and I'm sure lots of regulars come in and have the same thing each time. For me and my friend, however, we would have liked a few more minutes to look around. As it was, we asked her for a few minutes, and eventually settled on our choices.

Food and drink alike come in large proportions, with all beer at least a half liter, and the plates of sausage, red cabbage, and grilled pork overflowing. If you come hungry here, you certainly won't leave that way.

Selection was pretty good, with a very wide range of german offerings and styles represented. You'll find big-boy brewers and smaller producers as well, all well taken care of, and presented properly.

You're not going to find the multi-national gathering of beer that is Monk's here, but that's not what you came for, right? You came for good, honest, generous servings of German food and beer. At least I hope you did.

And, in the end, that's exactly what you'll find. No more, no less.

One suggestion: Oompah band. Because that would be awesome.

ithacabaron, May 16, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%

My wife thought it was very homey, I thought it tacky, with plastic tablecloths and cigarette butts. Also I do not have the see so much flesh on middle aged women who themselves drink a lot of beer. Several taps, I think 15 operational, of a variety of German beers, some better rated than others, but mostly fair. Which I like, however the beer tasted old and overcarbonated. You would think this crowded place would have a lot of turnover in product. Also being middle aged people. Centrally located, allowing me to go to other places quickly.

Sammy, May 12, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

A decent place to grab some German suds. Some what cheesy atmosphere and it seemed like the staff was not too much into it. I had one lightly stale beer out of the bunch but the rest seemed fresh. I thought it was odd to see Non-German brew on tap. It was awesome to see some German pilsners that I have never had yet as well as a doppelbock. The glassware varied which was nice ... there were many authentic glasses. Next visit I'd love to sit for dinner and get a better feel of the place cause the bar area was sort of blah.

Jason, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Even from the outside, this place looks like a German beer hall with the hanging flags, stucco facade, and Paulaner sign. The tavern section inside is pretty nice, with the most beers on tap I've seen in Philly. A lot of these, like Gaffel and some of the other lighter lagers. The atmosphere is only okay...it's kind of smoky and the interior fake greenery, vinyl tablecloths, and downright bizarre outfits on the waitresses, but the food was pretty great. For only eight bucks, the wurst meal I had was quite a bit of food, and the potato salad was incredible. Our waitress was friendly and polite, but she was the only person working the 10-12 tables in the room on a pretty busy Friday night, and it was hard to track her down. The selection is hard to beat for Germans and a few Belgians, and the prices on the 4-5 my buddies and I tried were pretty reasonable (under 5 bucks for a draft). I'll try this one again, maybe on a quiet night.

whartontallboy, Mar 26, 2005
Ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.