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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 MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +18.2%


Most of the service staff are new and not that good and they are CONSTANTLY out of beers! Two weeks ago there was not a single Weissbier on tap! A Bavarian bar/restorant with no Weissbier is a crime! Last night we played a game trying to determine if they actually had anything we ordered.

Bring back the Ludwig's of old that actually had beer (and pretzels at the table if you want to be nostalgic).

I'm leaving my high ratings for now but if I don't see a change for the better soon...

Ludwig's is the best bar/restaurant that I have ever been to. I love the beer, the Bavarian motif atmosphere, the beer, the great food, and the beer!

I've been going to Ludwig's since the summer of 2001 and have blown ~1/2 of my net income there ever since. The quality of everything is top notch yet still so down to earth.

The first time I ever had my favorite beer (Paulaner Hefeweizen) was at Ludwig's, today I have a 50l keg of it at home!

The only drawback of Ludwig's is the price. You can easily blow ~$50 to ~$100/person on food and beer. Last week after describing Ludwig's I said that I always leave "happy, drunk, full, and broke".

MarcGetty, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of rmag6236
4.95/5  rDev +17%

Like many of the reviewers I've been a fan of Ludwig's for years. The atmosphere, service, and beer selection is unique in a city that prides itself on beer bars. The Bartenders are knowledgable, and freely offer suggestions to novices and beer-o-philes alike...I've even seen them smile and answer the question "what do you have that tastes like Corona?" [insert your own snide answer here]!

The food is decidedly German. The menu offers some typical German fare (wurst platte and the like) and some unique experiences like the schweinshaxe, fired tableside and served with homemade Bavarian sides. It's worth a trip all by itself. The beer menu is extensive and offers the best range of Bavarian beers in the city, truly something for everyone all the time.

I've been to their Octoberfest three years running, and it's grown into one of the best street parties in Philly. Great beer, great food, fun music and the most eclectic mix of people. Do yourself a favor and mark the date for next year, you won't be sorry! The only downside to a visit to Ludwig's is it seems to spoil my pub crawling - once you're in, it's hard to leave. I tend to get spoiled, sampling new brews or enjoying old favorites; maybe the best answer is to make Ludwig's the last stop :)

rmag6236, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of psugrad98
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

A traditional bier garten with a twist. Located just blocks from the Famous John Wanamaker organ and gold eagle, this restaurant features an old world southern German facade with a small sign advertising its presence.

Inside is warm and dark with rich wood accents and plants hanging everywhere.

Your server greets you with a "Guten Abend" and offers you the current beer selection. 25 different beers on tap, rotating for a total of 50. Beer selection is also complimented by a hefty selection of fine bottled beers. Beer selection is primarily German, but also offers most other countries such as Belgium, Austria, England, and USA.

Food selection is moderatly to high priced, with a slightly smaller menu than I'd like to have seen. Appetizer of Kartoffelpuffe of Potatoe Pancakes was tasty with salt and sour cream.

Huge portions greet you when your plate arrives. My Jaegerschnitzel was awesome, lightly breaded and fried with a semi sweet gravy on it. Side dishes Spaetzle and red cabbage was also very good.

If you are in the mood for good german beer, food, with the charm of the Heart of Philly, I highly reccoment this establishment.

psugrad98, Jun 02, 2003
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 ECdOc
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%

Ok I checked out Ludwigs Garten on a Monday night, there wasnt very many people in there so what better time to check out their beer selection without fighting off a stream of generic beer drinkers and the such. The bartender was knowledgable in the different styles of beer they carried and the beer menu was extensive. The only thing about the beer menu is that the ABV #'s just didnt seem correct, even when matched up with some of the bottles ordered. They carry a great selection of drafts in abundance, im not even sure of the # of drafts but it is up there with Monks. They seemed to have two bars but I only needed to use the one, so that will come at a later date. The atmosphere was great, with the moody lighting and old wood interior along with the Belgian beer girl (dressed up like St. Pauli girl style as mentioned in another review) serving tables. There is a lot of things to look at behind the bar and they use the correct glasses for the beers you order. I will def. be back to this place. Service got a "5" because it wasnt very crowded and we received utmost attention, I dunno how it is on a peak night and didnt try the food.

ECdOc, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of pubscout
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

One brutally hot morning last summer, my buddy and I ducked into this famous landmark known for its German beer, food and flair.

We commandeered two stools at the empty, cool, inviting bar and got to know Mary Ellen, the bartendress who, in the midst of prepping for their 11:30 opening, found time to demonstrate why the person behind the counter makes or breaks your place and the customer’s beer experience.

Mary Ellen ( I never asked her last name because I felt I knew her forever) is like the student in class you wish they ALL were like. In bartending, that means knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, down to earth and efficient.

Beer selection was fabulous, and Mary Ellen knew her stuff. If all the waitstaff is like that, it's just another reason for beer nuts to pop in.

We sampled six apiece, and the last two were in huge mugs proffered by a darkly beautiful, dirndl-wearing Romanian “Fraulein” named Monica. (No. Not that Monica.)

I'd go back to Ludwig's in a Philly minute.

pubscout, Oct 19, 2002
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 saltydog
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Wonderful German bar. Good food and probably the largest selection of German beers I have seen in any one place. Great atmosphere as well. And as it's only a short walk to Monk's you can cover two great beer producing countries in one evening. How can you beat that?

saltydog, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Many believe civilization itself would not have developed if not for the discovery of beer. Few countries take beer more seriously than Germany, so when a chance arrives to attend a nice German Pub or Brew Pub I try to find my way there. 40% or nearly 1,200 of the world's breweries are located in unified Germany. In particular the southern German state Bavaria is noted for it's commitment to beer. Nearly 800 of these are located in the southern state of Bavaria. No other nation, not even Germany's other states combined, can rival Bavaria in this respect.

With that being said Ludwig's, stocks the most comprehensive selection of imported and domestic German style microbrews than anywhere in the city of Philadelphia!

Last but not least...Prost!

WilliamPhilaPa, Apr 19, 2002
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
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Ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.