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4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
This is one of the most authentic Wirsthauses you're likely to find outside of Deutschland. It's a sheer pleasure to eat here and one of my favorite places in San Francisco.
The interior is traditional with tables and pine benches. Don't be surprised if you're sitting close to strangers and don't be surprised if they're no longer strangers by the end of the evening. Suppenkuche is usually packed, especially on weekends, so make reservations.
The fare is delicious traditional german dishes: various schnitzles, spatzles, and wursts. The portions are generous and the quality is first rate. And most importantly, you can wash down this great food with one of a number of quality German, Belgian, or other brews, including products from: Franziskaner, Paulaner, Spaten, Schneider, Duvel, Leffe, Erdinger, Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Maredsous Abbey, Bitburger, Weltenburger, and others. The beer list isn't enormous, but it certainly covers most of the bases.
Suppenkuche makes for a wonderful dinner with friends. I highly recommend it.
01-07-2003 11:01:08 | More by DerKaiser
4.5/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was stop # 1 on a family trip to San Francisco, visited on Sunday, 18JUN06.... Seemed like a natural given the interest in German food and culture by all of us, though younger daughter Colleen (aka "The Scheister") was bummed that our waittress, who was of Polish descent, did not speak any Deutsch. Macht nichts!
It's a very simple looking place from the outside, right at the corner of Hayse and Laguna; so much so that we went right by it on the first try... The door was propped open, with just a large curtain hanging across allowing a lovely breeze to filter in. The first room had 8-10 large, plain, worn wooden tables surrounding the small bar, which was to the rear right. Behind the bar was a cool little alcove with stools to serve the bier-only crowd. A short passageway past the WCs led to a second room with another 5-6 tables. The place was bright and airy, with white-washed walls and ceiling. Tiny butterflies were suspended from the ceiling, with the #13 adorning each, celebrating Suppenküches 13th year in business. The atmosphere was quite comfy, and very german-like. Tables were shared, as in the Deutsch tradition. We were greeted and seated promptly, and our waittress was very friendly, attentive and helpful. On this date, I counted the following biers on draft: Korbinian, Salvator, HB Maibock, Spaten Maibock; Kostritzer and Weltenburger Schwarzebier; a Kölsch (?); Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Erdinger HW, Schneider HW; Traumer Pils, Bitburger Pils; Spaten, Weltenburger and HB Helles; Paulener OFest; plus more German bottled options as well as a couple of Belgians. Nice choices! Alewife had the HB Maibock and I had the Spaten Mai. Yummy! We all dug into the Sunday Brunch menu, with my Bratwürst, kraut and mashed potato plate being huge. Alewife enjoyed her Wiener Schnitzel, whilst the girls also dug their würsts... A very enjoyable combo of food, drinks and gemütlichkeit! A nice start to our Urlaub....
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
06-26-2006 16:24:11 | More by Bierman9
4.5/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A buddy of mine and fellow BeerAdvocate LOVES this place and kept telling me how we needed to go for food and brews, and finally the other day we made it. The beer selection is 100% German and contains some brews that I've never seen before. Also, everything is offered in various sizes from small glasses to huge mugs, and that made it easier to keep beer in front of me at all times, not needing as many refills... though the waitstaff was seriously ON KEY, always knowing when we needed attention without hovering. That the restaurant was completely over-crowded just adds to my respect of their servicing abilities. My buddy and I and our girlfriends were seated at a table already occupied by two guys. Apparently it's a big community here - but they kept to themselves and we to ourselves and soon after being seated everything felt as private as if we had our own table in an empty restaurant. The menu is a bit pricey but the servings are large and extremely tasty. I got a pork chop that was covered in gravy and sauerkraut, the server offered beer suggestions, and we all left full and satisfied.
A great experience and worth going back.
02-22-2007 20:42:13 | More by clickpush
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
An authentic German restaurant in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco.
The atmosphere is definitely "beer hall" setting...long benches with large tables encouraged for seating of either one large party or 2-3 smaller parties at a time.
There are over 20 beers on tap, all German with the exception of a Belgian & Czech offering. More bottled selections, including more Belgians, also available. The brews are served in traditional German glassware, ranging from small (0.3L) to boot (2L). I opted for a 2L boot of Spaten lager to share (see avatar).
Suppenkuche is extremely busy, and there is usually a wait for tables, especially at night. Despite the harried atmosphere, servers & bartenders remain pleasant & helpful throughout, even if it takes a while for them to find you.
I admit to being somewhat of a novice to German food (especially being a vegetarian), but what I had was impressive...spatzel was highly edible, the trout was prepared well, and the lentil soup was simply amazing.
Overall, this is a great place to go with a group, and the vibes always seem festive. Highly recommended as a stop for both tourists & locals alike.
(I hear their Sunday bunch is not to be missed either)
02-14-2008 21:37:36 | More by Natural510
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Another great reason to visit / live in the City by the Bay.
Suppen serves the best, most authentic German food that I have had anywhere in the US (NYC, DC, German Central TX).
Amazing cuts of meet broiled, sauteed, stewed, smoked, sausaged (not a word, why not?) with nice fresh sides.
The beer selection is not international beer bar madness focussing instead on having a solid selection of top German beers and hard to find German seasonal and fest beers. Perfect paring for the food and easily enough to just drop in for a drink.
For being the best German place in the US Suppen skips out on the usual mountain hunting lodge atmosphere. Instead you get a supper minimal white interior. Hooks on the ceiling hold a rotating collection of items that form a minimalist art piece.
Seating is communal which for the most part is great as you get to meet both nice locals and people having a great time in the city. FYI go on the weekend and you may sit next to some crazy drunk bday party.
No place is perfect and Suppen has a few flaws, parking in Hayes valley sucks and I have had my car broken into, so be careful. It can be really really loud in this place, if this is an issue do not go here on the weekend or really late and don't sit in the back room.
Suppen is pricey but I'm always happy to pay it is worth every
09-26-2009 20:14:36 | More by peterjk
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I really liked this place. I didn't know what to expect since I've never been to germany or a german restaurant. First the beer - A great selection of german beers with the more well know names as well as some more obscure beers. They were out of the Korbinian (damn) and Schneider Weiss (damn, damn) on tap but I had a nice Alt, Erdinger Hefe, and Salvator - all for $5 for a 16oz. They will serve them as a liter which is impressive. The food was surprisingly good - venison medallions with red cabbage was $18.00. This place gets crowded and you may have to share a table but that doesn't matter since this is a family restaurant that serves great beer. Complaints? They need a beer garden to keep the beer drinkers out of the restaurant and stock more german rarities on tap. The belgians on tap were weak - maredsous 8 and leffe but this a german place so back off. Can't wait to go back.
09-20-2005 04:21:57 | More by lou91
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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.
02-20-2006 16:14:59 | More by rdrummer
Suppenküche in San Francisco, CA
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.