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Wurstküche

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 24
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, California, 90013-1820
United States
phone: (213) 687-4444

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(Place added by: corona151 on 11-27-2008)
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of WillyPitt
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place 24 Belgian, and German beers on tap, with another 24 in bottles, along with the best Belgian fries and sausages in So Cal. You just can't go wrong. Do'nt forget to get their toasted apple pie ice cream sandwich for your dessert. A very chill place to hang.

Photo of efisch
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A new beer haunt in Los Angeles proper. They keep popping up - love it. LA's slowly losing the "wasteland" reputation.

Had dinner here with a friend tonight. Really nice atmosphere - ordering is a little clumsy, but the selection of food, Belgian and German beer is outstanding. Plenty of taps, and a good solid selection. I had a Leffe Brune and between us we knocked back a couple of Erdinger Dunkelweizens. The beer was perfect and cold (which for me is a biggie).

But the food is the real deal. It's all about the sausages. Really great, unique beer food. I highly recommend this new spot.

Photo of DorianB
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Seriously this place is rad. Cool spot in the arts district of LA. Amazing rattlesnake rabbit and jalapeño sausage with some crispy Belgian fries. It seems that people mainly come here for the crazy sausages but really you can't forget all the amazing Belgian beers here. This place is worth the drive, wait and not so great parking. Cool place to hang out.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is simply one of the really cool and neat new places in Los Angeles. Located in a bit of a weird place that's initially hard to find, it's worth the effort.

Beer selections are very good with nice varieties on tap and bottles. A good "beer bar" in and off itself and worthy of a special trip if relatively close by.

However, the sausages are first rate! The Rabbit, Duck and Rattlesnake should not be missed. Fantastic. Don't even bother with a bun or toppings. The sausage itself is the star.

Best french fries you will ever have....period.

This is worthy of a special trip. Take your wife or husband; take a date; this is a fun, cool, hip and nice place. You'll like it and you'll make plans to come back while you're still there eating and drinking!

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TheMadJack
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I used to hate Los Angeles. With the discovery of this place, I've found that any visit to that accursed town can be mellowed with a hot sausage and a glass of beer from this most remarkable of specialty restaurants.

While a little hard to find (you have to approach from just the right angle to spot the distinctive yellow and red door), the atmosphere is great. The decor is almost industrial, very modern, with few frills. The tables are covered in butcher paper and anything not made out of wood is concrete or molded iron. The center of the room has long tables arranged cafeteria style. There is a long bench along the wall with smaller tables for those who are afraid of high school flashbacks. A small outdoor area is also available. Indie music on the stereo, but kept to a reasonable volume. Otherwise, nothing to distract you from your meal.

The beer selection is mostly Belgian/German, with pilsners and abbey brews dominating. They also threw in a British belgian-style and some American choices, leading to the entertaining incongruity of reading "Old Rasputin, Pabst Blue Ribbon". The selection is not overly extensive and the staff is familiar with it, able to recommend the right beer for your wurst and palate.

The sausages are the real reason I come here, as I'm sure it is for anyone. You can't lose. From the standard bratwursts, kielbasas and hot links to those composed of exotic meats, fruits, and cheeses, there is something there that will please you and the adventurous gourmand is well rewarded. My favorite thus far has been the Rattlesnake & Rabbit with Jalepeno. Fries are heavily breaded and are tasty, and there is a selection of ten - TEN - dipping sauces therefore, in addition to the no less than three mustards on every table.

Be warned, however, that it takes a bit to cook the sausages. Expect to be waiting about 10-15 minutes, even when it's slow. However, you get your beer right away and the food shows up still sizzling, the sausage's skin crispy, the meat juicy and tender, the bread soft and the fries salty and sweet.

Pricing is reasonable. Perhaps a bit high, but you definitely feel better for paying $7.50 for a single sausage once you eat it.

Go, and be happy.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Place is a Gem.

Really liked the atmosphere when I walked in, friendly service up front. New age German hipster feel, but really liked it. Very clean.

The food was outstanding. There was a huge selection of different sausages and exotics. I ended up with the rattlesnake & rabbit. Ridiculously tasty and I felt the food was reasonably priced 7.50 for my dog witch was the most expensive.

The beer selection was great for the place, large list of German and Belgian's on tap and 2 North Americans (Allagash White, Old Rasputin and PBR). The beer was a little pricey which is not uncommon in craft beer, but it was more then I would expect to pay.

In all I had a wonderful experience and would defenitly make another trip there.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Eating sausages with beer is a delight, but eating gourmet sausage with gourmet beer is enough to fullfill anyone's culinary fantasy. The place is a little hole in the wall south of Union Station. the interior is small, with seating for 12 in eye-catching red seats. Bright colored wood make a great contrast with the faded brick which made up the upper half of the walls. Loud, but mellow music with quality speakers helped make this place to unwind as a waited for and ate/drank my order.

Over 20 taps behind the counter, with the focus on German and Belgian beers. A printed beer menu shows you what type of beer, the ABV, and the serving size of a given beer. Goodies on draft include Aventinus, Reissdorf Kolsch, Gouden Carolus, Delirium Nocturum, Allagash White, and Tripel Karmeliet. There were a handful of bottled offerings, but I went for a draft of Reissdorf Kolsch. The beers were served in an amazing manner. They were fresh, served in proper glassware, and served at a cool, but not cold temperature. (update: I've even gotten La Trappe Quadrupel in its own glass here!) There is one major downside to the beer, and it is the price per pour on most. $11 for draft Aventinus?! Most will be in the $6-8 range.

Now the highlight...the food. Oh dear science, they did it right. The bratwurst I had had a phenominal flavor and rivals the best brats I've ever tasted. It comes served with two toppings of your choice. It brats aren't for you, they have over 20 varieties of sausage to choose from tradtional ones to more exotic flavors. Oh, and get an order of fries...truly awesome stuff. The best fries I ever tasted, period! Freshly cut pomme frites, never frozen, and served with your choice of unique dipping sauce.

There are enough good taps to excite a beer geek, but when you can add on great presentation of the beer with awesome....that makes for a destination which is not to be missed.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- Think a classic German beergarten that was completely redecorated by a modernist. The social atmosphere is great, the people are great. A good time had by all.

Quality- Cleanliness and care is clearly put into all aspects of this operation, down to their cucumber flavored water. Their beer is all high quality, and so is their food.

Service- Not much service by design. Order at a counter and self-service water... but they do bring your food to your table. The service that you DO get by design is quite good.

Selection- Not a great selection by measure of quantity, but definitely a great selection by measure of quality. Many great German beers here, as you would expect (including a Berliner Weisse), but also a number of Belgian and US beers on the list to balance things out!

Food- I had the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage with peppers and onions. It was just superb. The side of fries was had with chipotle aioli, and that was about average.

Overall- A place I very much look forward to revisiting!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

no ipas. BUT tons of good German beer. Good food. Good atmosphere.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

You enter through a small cafeteria-like front room, where you order food and/or beer. The grill and cold-case are up here along with the cash registers and a small wall of custom taps (which replicate the offerings in the main bar). Someone will come take your order if the line is long and bring your beer to you while you wait in line (a nice touch).You pay up front and another server brings your food to your table (by tracking down your number placard). Service is friendly, knowledgable, and prompt.

Eclectic, friendly, relaxed, younger crowd fills up the large dining hall in back (which has a couple subdivisions of smaller tables if you don't want to sit at the long communal benches. A wall-length bar is on one side of the room, while a DJ is squeezed into a corner. It is rather loud (at least when it fills up in the evening), but not so much that you can't have a conversation with the person next to you.

Beers are served in appropriate branded glassware - in quantities clearly stated on the menu. The beer seemed fresh, and the tap-lines clean, the only criticism I can levy is that some of the Belgian styles are served a bit too cold. Bottle list is a good extension of the tap-list. Plenty of offerings from Spaten, Reissdorf, Bitburger, Aventinus, Erdinger, Uerige, Aecht, etc on the German side; St. Bernardus, Chimay, Golden Carolus, Chouffe, La Trappe, etc on the Belgian. Sours are decently represented as well from Berliner Weisse to Flanders Red - they know their beers here. For those wanting to throw money around, you can even order jeroboams of Chimay or methuselahs of Duvel. Not sure how often the selection changes, but they keep an updated menu online. Their craft soda selection is superior as well.

The sausages are slightly small, but well made and very tasty (augmented by a variety of house-made toppings and mustards). Fries are on the larger side, and perfectly cooked/seasoned.

Prices are somewhat high ($6 - $11 for draught beers...not counting the $2.50 PBR; $5.75 - $7.50 for sausages; the exotics aren't any more flavorful than the classics by the way)...but for an occasional premium "beer garden" fix, it is worth stopping in.

Photo of mrcraft
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place is located near Little Tokyo in the Arts District. I went today around 3 p.m. to miss the crowd. Good thing. I got right in, ordered and got my food quickly. For the most part, it's a nice atmosphere. You order and pay for your food at the front, get a number, and sit in a communal area in the back with a bar. There's also an outdoor seating area.

I ordered the rabbit and pork sausage with some fries. I thought my sausage was dry. I don't know if they cooked it well since it had pork in it. I was expecting something more juicy. Since there are reviews here about the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage being good, I'll try that next time. The fries were good. I really liked some of their mustards like dijon and honey mustard.

I didn't order any beer, just had water.

I'll be back, got to try something else. Today wasn't a home run, unfortunately.

Photo of joedon
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is a bit hard to find for a tourist; in a sort of run-down "artsy" neighborhood away from downtown. The exterior is a non-descript industrial building and the interior is rather stark exposed rafters, picnic tables, outdoor steel cafe tables and chairs. The bar in the main dining room is pretty cool with a row of giant Chimay bottles lined up on the back bar.

Excellent beer and food. The menu is nothing but sausage with various toppings and sauces and "Belgian" fries. I had the bratwurst with kraut and onions which was near perfection. The fries were also outstanding and available with a variety of dipping sauces.

The beer menu is also noteworthy. On draft, they have 12 Belgians and 10 Germans. Three American beers on tap: Rasputin, Allagash and PBR! Several more choices in bottles; mostly Belgian. I had a 500ml Optimator for $6.00.

Service was kind of a weak point. You order your food and beer at the front door and then your meal is delivered to a table that you have selected. I was there on a weekday at lunch with only 3 other tables occupied. It seemed to take about 15 minutes for the (rather simple) food to arrive. I hate to think what it would be like on a busy weekend night.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer and food but this place isn't really my style. If it were relocated to an old neighborhood in St. Paul I might become a regular.

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Wurstküche in Los Angeles, CA
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