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Suppenküche

Not Rated.
SuppenkücheSuppenküche
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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

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

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t0rin0

California

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.

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

The atmosphere is like a restaurant with only several seats at the bar around the back. The front of the bar is long but does not have any seats.

The quality is good the tables, chairs, and bar are all pine. The restrroms are clean. Did not see the kitchen.

Service is quick and prompt.

Their selection of beers are mainly if not all European. Served in such a large glass that it would be difficult to review more than a couple. Wait beer in large glasses that may be a good thing.

The food was OK.

Pricey

05-22-2005 07:02:53 | More by Troyone
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nickd717

California

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?

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

Oklahoma

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.

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

Alaska

4/5  rDev -3.1%

This place is a pretty damn good German restaurant and beer hall in the hayes valley area of downtown SF. I nice 15 minute walk from my digs in the tenderloin and I am instantly ransported to Munich! The food looks great, but i've yet to try it, but the beer selection is great, and you can get the draught beers in various different sizes which for a German themed place is always a nice touch. I got a liter of Optimator and it was spot on, and the service and clientele here was very chatty with the bar actually being filled up mostly by German ex-pats. All in all, this place is pretty much Ludwigs west, although the prices are a little high, it is definately, definately worth it considering the prime German beer selection and the great atmosphere...highly recommended.

05-21-2007 02:45:27 | More by francisweizen
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OEB


4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-21-2014 07:40:03 | More by OEB
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Festive almost German atmosphere with wooden benches and a very communal dining vibe. Beers are served in your choice of glassware ranging greatly in sizes all the way up a few liters. I saw a kid at the next table order a glass boot (2 liter I think) for himself and he had no intention of sharing. The fact that he wasn’t flicking and passing made me question just how German this place was.

Selection is quite good. I didn’t catch the number of taps but there are a lot of good brews available. All the common beers from Spaten, Hacker-Pschor, Hauf Brau, Franz, Schneider, Bitburger, etc… are available. A few Belgians such as Duvel and Maredsous have also managed to find there way into this place.

Food was the standout. I ordered Wienerschnitzel and although it was pork rather than veal, it was delicious. I didn’t mind the lack of baby cow one bit. The portion was large and it was served with a side of potato dumplings and a simple green salad. The BA who showed me this place ordered a pork shoulder that was mouthwateringly succulent and tender as can be. Prices were good for a large city. Service was great.

05-21-2006 03:08:54 | More by DaPeculierDane
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mjl21

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev 0%

Not on of my essential stops on my beer tour of SF, but when my hosts suggested it I was on board in a heartbeat. It's like a miniaturized beer hall, indeed space is limited. The tables are large though, and you are welcome to stand at the bar and wait for your table if you want one. All the taps besides maybe two were German, and quality German at that. All the beers I saw were being served in their appropriate glassware, and if possible, for the specific beer being poured. The Bartender was extremely busy, but we were attended to in good time, and when our food arrived, the portions were massive and decidedly authentic German. All in all it was a very enjoyable start to the evening, and a stop I'd recommend.

07-30-2007 20:11:32 | More by trevorwideman
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jreitman

California

4.13/5  rDev 0%

Suppenkuche is one of my favorite places in SF. The beer selection is almost all German with some Belgians and other interesting European beers. The food is really great authentic German food with big portions and some great homemade mustard and kraut. The bar itself is relatively small, but is a good place to wait for a table which you will inevitably have to do as the place is quite popular. The restaurant is full of family style tables where you will likely be sitting up close and personal with some random strangers...IMO this just adds to the neighborhood feel of the place.

Definitely stop by here if you are in the city.

04-07-2007 15:58:33 | More by jreitman
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Suppenküche in San Francisco, CA
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