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Suppenküche

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.77%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

525 Laguna St
San Francisco, California, 94102
United States
phone: (415) 252-9289

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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

wow this place was packed and LOUD. I felt as if i had walked into a restaurant in Germany. shared tables and tight quarters.

Small, but excellent lineup up German beers. one of the best Ive seen for only carrying German beers.

the service was to be expected for the amount of people that were there that night. my glass sat empty several times but for only 5-10 minutes.

good tap lineup and good bottle list. not huge but perfect for what this place is, an old world German Restaurant. aecht schlenkerla on tap... fantastic!

the food was exceptional. This place might have the best schnitznel ive ever eaten. Sausages were on par, nothing special but very well done.

This place was ex-spen-sive. Plan on dropping a quick cnote per person on food and beer.

01-18-2012 19:13:56 | More by ThirstyHerf
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

Visit was for a quiet night when everyone was at "the game".

Service was spectacular, with helpful info on each beer we tried, and good suggestions for the next pour. All of our beers were poured into style-specific glassware, if not matching beer to logo glassware each time.

Appetizer we had was tasty, and seemed more authentic than Americanized as far as German places go.

Location has good German beer hall feel to it, nice enough, plain in a good way, and a nice wrap-around bar with seating up above which was cool.

I'll always hit this spot on SF visits, but I'll also to be there early before things can get crazy (so I've heard).

08-31-2011 05:25:13 | More by yemenmocha
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t0rin0

California

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

Visited with the family in winter of 2010 (from notes).

I knew of Suppenkuche and Schnitzelhaus and knew that one of them was good. After going to both it turns out it's Schnitzelhaus, it's kind of depressing that they aren't around anymore.

This place has some pretty crap on the walls and ceiling but it's very barren for the most part. There are some long picnic tables that you get to squeeze into and share with other parties. Not that I'm complaining about that, it's fairly traditional. The menu is pretty basic and they were out of one or two of the items when we were there. Seems very east Germany. Sit here, don't look at anything, we have 20 things on the menu but we are out of 18 of them. So it wasn't quite that bad but aside from the noise the place seems kind of barren.

They have a few beers to pick from and you can get them in .5L and 1L sizes. They had some good ones too. I had a nice doppelbock, my brother had a hefe of some sort, and my mom got a pils. Honestly didnt pay attention to the brands, we were just worried about being trampled while standing in front of the small bar which is directly next to the small opening that leads to the kitchen and the one bathroom.

I'm thinking I should give this place another try at off-peak hours but certainly for a family dinner this wasn't ideal.

05-03-2011 16:47:51 | More by t0rin0
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nickd717

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Can't believe I had to add Suppenküche to this site. Oh well, crazier things have happened. This is currently the premier German beer bar in San Francisco, although you'll find a better one a half hour down the peninsula in Redwood City called Gourmet Haus Staudt. Atmosphere is fine, although it can get a little cramped and the lighting is not ideal. Service is average to good. There are a good number of taps, mostly German with maybe a couple Belgian. There are also a good number of bottles, again mostly German. Listen guy, you're not going to find some über-rare tick at the 'küche, but if you want beers that drink pretty good, you'll get that. They have Das Boot available (see "Beerfest") if you're up for challenging your liver. If you're there for your birthday or bachelor party or something, expect your friends to force you to drink one. The food is very good, again not as good as Gourmet Haus Staudt, but still very good. The prices are a bit on the high side, but not bad for San Francisco. There is no beer garden here as far as I know, so you'll have to head over to Zeitgeist for that. Nice place overall. No Gourmet Haus Staudt, but hey, what is?

04-29-2011 23:03:06 | More by nickd717
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

I went to Suppenkuche twice while on a visit to San Francisco in August 2010. This place is a german restaurant/bar which resembles a german biergarten on the inside. This establishment is apparently a very popular hot spot for german beer and german food. It is smaller on the inside than I had expected and it was quite crowded inside. The tables are very close together and the place was tightly packed with guests eager to try the german beer and food. The atmosphere was very livley Due to the size of the crowd, my friend and I opted to sit at the bar. We happened to be seated by someone who worked for the Spaten Brewery in Munich and he was visiting this establishment on business. The staff wore traditional German outfits and they were very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers.

There was a good bottled beer selection and also about 8-10 German beers on-tap including four Hofbrahaus beers. My friend and I each got a beer in a very large clear glass boot. My friend got a Hofbrauhaus Hefeweizen in her boot and I had Erdinger Dunkel in my 2 liter boot. In addition to German beer, the place also offered Belgian beers as well.

The food was good although a bit pricey. My friend and I split a potato pancake appetizer which was very good.

I would definitely recommend this establishment if visiting San Francisco.

12-01-2010 11:59:02 | More by Chincino
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count321

California

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I never knew I liked German beer so much until I saw it in a size six knee high glass boot. The beer selection here is... well... German. That being said, the selection of German beers is awesome and they come in sizes from half-pint to the enormous 5 liter (I have yet to see someone drink one of those.) The birthday favorite is the Boot: Two and a half Liters of golden goodness.

The beers pair well with a variety of German foods like schnitzel and pork knees. Yum.

The atmosphere is quirky and can get a little loud. Reservations are only taken for parties of six or more, so if you are less than that, belly up to the bar til a table opens up for you.

How do you say "Bon Appetite" in German?

09-29-2010 03:48:37 | More by count321
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peterjk

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

Another great reason to visit / live in the City by the Bay.

Suppen serves the best, most authentic German food that I have had anywhere in the US (NYC, DC, German Central TX).

Amazing cuts of meet broiled, sauteed, stewed, smoked, sausaged (not a word, why not?) with nice fresh sides.

The beer selection is not international beer bar madness focussing instead on having a solid selection of top German beers and hard to find German seasonal and fest beers. Perfect paring for the food and easily enough to just drop in for a drink.

For being the best German place in the US Suppen skips out on the usual mountain hunting lodge atmosphere. Instead you get a supper minimal white interior. Hooks on the ceiling hold a rotating collection of items that form a minimalist art piece.

Seating is communal which for the most part is great as you get to meet both nice locals and people having a great time in the city. FYI go on the weekend and you may sit next to some crazy drunk bday party.

No place is perfect and Suppen has a few flaws, parking in Hayes valley sucks and I have had my car broken into, so be careful. It can be really really loud in this place, if this is an issue do not go here on the weekend or really late and don't sit in the back room.

Suppen is pricey but I'm always happy to pay it is worth every

09-26-2009 20:14:36 | More by peterjk
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mjl21

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Having never grown up eating German food, I have never searched for a good German restaurant in the Bay Area. After seeing Suppenkuche on a tv show, my wife and I decided to check it out. It is located in Hayes Valley. Parking is notoriously bad in this area and luckily they offer $7 valet parking. They also offer a Sunday brunch and some street parking can be found.

The space is fairly small. The tables are benches and you may end up sitting with other couples depending on how many people are in your party. They have a fairly small bar that has a few good spots to sit at.

The food is very good and very heavy. You can find sausage plates, potato pancakes, soups, and German raviolis. I always go with the JagerSchnitzel and it is always outstanding. Most entrees are around $18.

The beer selection is very good. They have 18-20 taps that are almost all German. Expect to see Bitburger, Spaten, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, and a few Belgians. Most beers are served in .5 liter glasses for $6. A few are priced more and a few are priced less. You also have the option of ordering the boot. I haven't done that yet.

This is a great place to go to, especially with a larger group. They take reservations. for parties of 6 or more. Be prepared for the fact that it is quite loud inside and is always busy. If you want a more mellow vibe, go to their Sunday brunch.

09-01-2009 17:24:07 | More by mjl21
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Redrover

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I happened to be here for brunch the day of the Bay to Breakers run. This place had a nice post race buzz.

You walk right into the first dining room, which also contains the service bar. There is another dining area in back and small drinking room off to the side (a ledge runs along the walls and it is loaded with bar stools) It is slightly crowded, but you cant blame them for trying to maximize seating.

There are lots of long raw wood tables. Note that they will seat you with other parties. While some may find this uncomfortable, I think it is a good use of space and a great way to meet new folks.

They offer an appetizing Sunday brunch, but I opted for more traditional German food. Started with a yummy potato bacon soup and then had the jager schnitzel.

The beer list has an impressive list of Teutonic, Abbey and Trappist inspired choices. Highlights for me included Weltenburger Uerige Alt, Schlenkerla Rauchbier and Allgauer St Magnus.

Service was friendly and well paced. The staff really seems to know the regulars.

The only upgrade - would like to see is more bathrooms.

Put this one on your itinerary when visiting San Francisco!

05-21-2008 18:18:32 | More by Redrover
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Natural510

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

An authentic German restaurant in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco.

The atmosphere is definitely "beer hall" setting...long benches with large tables encouraged for seating of either one large party or 2-3 smaller parties at a time.

There are over 20 beers on tap, all German with the exception of a Belgian & Czech offering. More bottled selections, including more Belgians, also available. The brews are served in traditional German glassware, ranging from small (0.3L) to boot (2L). I opted for a 2L boot of Spaten lager to share (see avatar).

Suppenkuche is extremely busy, and there is usually a wait for tables, especially at night. Despite the harried atmosphere, servers & bartenders remain pleasant & helpful throughout, even if it takes a while for them to find you.

I admit to being somewhat of a novice to German food (especially being a vegetarian), but what I had was impressive...spatzel was highly edible, the trout was prepared well, and the lentil soup was simply amazing.

Overall, this is a great place to go with a group, and the vibes always seem festive. Highly recommended as a stop for both tourists & locals alike.
(I hear their Sunday bunch is not to be missed either)

02-14-2008 21:37:36 | More by Natural510
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