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Taps: 6 / Bottles: 19
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Walking into Richards is like going back in time to the good ole days of the '80s when restaurants were dimly lit, drinks were served in spotty glasses and salad bars were all the rage. That being said you aren't going to find a much better or more authentic German beer selection anywhere in Northern New England. Richard's always has multiple authentic (i.e. no Beck's) German lagers on tap and more in bottles including multiple Warsteiner and Spaten options.
Layout is a sit down restaurant in the front with a bar and a smaller dining room in the back. Food is German and American fare and although I have never tried the American food, the German offerings are quite tasty. The only complaint with the food is I wish the helpings were slightly larger for the prices they charge. Service is great and the long time bartender is always fun to talk to when sitting at the bar. Richard is almost always there and can usually recommend a great beer to try.
Clientele is old. Really old. Brunswick is one of the top retirement communities in the country and I think Richard's is where they all go to get their party on or at least whatever party they have in them before naptime. Despite the geriatric vibe, Richards is still fun to hit up for a couple of beers especially during Oktoberfest when Richard rolls out the authentic Oktoberfest kegs and the liter mugs.
So if you are in the mood for an authentic German beer, a couple of tasty sausages, some kraut and maybe even some conversation with someone who actually fought in WWII, then definitely give Richards a try when in Brunswick.
09-14-2010 01:56:38 | More by Chowdahead
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the main drag in downtown Brunswick, this place has aged well over the years. I try to go there when I visit my mother; both of us enjoy it (me for the beer, she for the food). The building is brick, with entrances both in the front and in the rear of the building. Entering from the front, you encounter the main dining room. There's a bar and a smaller room in the back. The place strives for a gasthaus look, and mainly succeeds. Brick, wood, white walls, with decorations of bottles, steins, and mugs. Comfortable feeling.
On tap are six beers, most recently Warsteiner Dunkel, Warsteiner Eine Konigin Unter den Bieren, Spaten Lager, Spaten Optimator, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, and Pilsner Urquell. Also about twenty bottled beers, with the notables being Rauchbier, Celebrator Doppelbock, Reissdorf Kolsch, Schneider Weiss, Aventinus wheat doppelbock, Berliner Weiss, St. Michaelsberg Kellerbier, and Gose. Oktoberfest brings out the 1 liter mugs.
Richard's bills itself as "authentic German favorites and fine American cuisine." I can't speak to the American cuisine, but the German meals are good. I've had, over the years, Wiener gulach, bratwurst, bauernwurst, sauerbraten, wienerschnitzel, jagerschnitzel, and kasseler ripchen. All well-prepared and satisfying.
Service is quite good and, in the times I've been there, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. There's a feeling of gemutlichkeit at Richard's. Try it sometime when you are in Brunswick.
05-27-2009 13:34:08 | More by lordofthewiens
Richard's Restaurant in Brunswick, ME
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