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22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by rdrummer:
Photo of rdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Suppenkuchen is a very plain restaurant bar with good beer and great German food. It is an old restaurant with plain tables and chairs and was very loud. The beer, almost all German imports, was served in the right glassware and without the usual fruity accompaniments for a change. The quality was good but the selection was sort of narrow for a German beer bar. (Ludwig's in Philly has a much larger selection.)

The server was friendly, offering some recommendations and providing quick, friendly service. At the end of the meal, she called us a cab and had us sit at the table waiting even though there were more people coming in.

The food was the high point of the evening. Standard German fare but with some new dishes that are not the run of the mill cooking. Everything was prepared perfectly and the portions were large.

A good place for a German meal and a few German beers.

rdrummer, Feb 20, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of OEB
4/5  rDev -3.1%

OEB, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of RoyFokker
4.5/5  rDev +9%

RoyFokker, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

ThirstyHerf, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

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).

yemenmocha, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

t0rin0, May 03, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

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?

nickd717, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Chincino
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Chincino, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of count321
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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?

count321, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of peterjk
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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

peterjk, Sep 26, 2009
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Suppenküche in San Francisco, CA
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