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Suppenküche

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22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

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....

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.5
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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06-26-2006 16:24:11 | More by Bierman9
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Redrover

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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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yemenmocha

Arizona

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
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t0rin0

California

3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Troyone

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

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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Chincino

Massachusetts

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
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mjl21

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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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nickd717

California

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Suppenküche in San Francisco, CA
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