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Taps: 14 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - We ate & drank outside in the bier garden, Had a bird cage, maybe 6 in by 6 foot glass tube with fire inside it Heater/visual thing (pretty cool), nice tables, sub-par plastic chairs, smoking outside was ok but not big. Inside looked romantic and classy, bar was full.
Q - It was well worth it, German beer on tap, happy hour food specials at good prices, bier garden specials, happy hour beer specials, beers broken down into mug/pint/1/2 pitcher/pitcher.
Ser - Service was very informative and dressed accordingly to german specs, fast and nice.
Sel - Selection was over the top with lots to choose from, beer was really on key, and the food was definitely over my comprehension but understandable.
F - Food was great, we tried a few different things on special, everything was well worth it and good. Seems like they tried hard to make it nice and different but very eatable. Great for a group or a date, large or small.
V - Value was great for happy hour/bier garden specials, beer was broken down in 4 (never seen this before), lots for your money or just right.
01-07-2011 04:57:11 | More by SDtastentune
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My wife and I were staying right up the street from here so naturally I had to check it out. We both love German food and take any chance we can get to enjoy it. I have also been to Germany a number of times so I always like to compare what you get in the US vs there.
Atm- Cool. It was very 'German' as you would expect. Obviously you know you are in America but they definitely get you to start reminiscing -- which is what I love about going to any German restaurant. We ate in the bier garten which was cool, it wasn't really a garden but more of an enclosed tent, however that was good since my wife was cold.
Qlty- Almost all of our food was VERY good. I say almost because the spätzle was crap. I love spätzle and order it every chance I get, but this was the worst I've ever had. Literally. ALL of our other food was EXCELLENT though. I had one of the Munich lagers, and it was good. Not as fresh as I've had in other establishments, but still worth it if you're craving German.
Svc- We came here near closing and our service was good. They were apparently finishing up a busy evening so we had a few long waits but nothing that bad. The waitresses were both German -- which to me is a big plus because it adds to #1 the authenticity, and most importantly, #2 they know what the hell they're talking about.
Selection- Better beer selection than I'm used to at a German restaurant. Expect a variety of good Munich (Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Spaten, etc) lagers, hefeweizen, an Optimator plus some of the other highly exported German beers like Warsteiner Dunkel or DAB. They had a few other things on tap as well. My only disappointment was no 1L glasses. I finally had an encounter with a German restaurant within walking distance and I couldn't even enjoy giant beers!! Oh well.. ;)
Food- As I mentioned, very good food except for the spätzle. I had the goulash and the meat practically melted in my mouth. It was possibly the best goulash I've ever had, maybe better than what I've had in my visits to some very good places in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Price is what I'm used to at any German restaurant in the states. $20something entrees.
05-20-2009 05:36:53 | More by Spacegrass
2.73/5 rDev -27.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$$
Okay I really, really want to like this place. Been there twice in the last six months.
The GOOD(+) and the BAD(-)...
(+)Paulaner, Franziskaner, Hacker, Hofbrau beers are all served here in proper glassware.
(-)Beer is not very cold and is $7(!!!) for a .5l Weissbier. It's not the freshest I've had stateside either.
(+)Freeway access is easy, great. Place is easy to find.
(-)Parking can be horrible. Both times I have had to park blocks away as the lot was full.
(+)Menu has all the German favorites. They're pretty damn good too and large-ish portions.
(-)The Spaetzle is GROSS! I mean awful. Tastes like Iodine. Spaetzle is pretty hard to F'up. Since it was my second visit, I mentioned it to the chef. He was very disinterested.
(-)Meals are pretty pricey. Most in the >$20 range.
I love German food and beer. I'm done with Kaiserhof though. Olde World is more funky, but blows this place away. If you compare it to Feierabend in Seattle...well, there is no comparison.
02-14-2009 18:39:59 | More by weizendoc
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is pretty easy to find as it Sunset Cliffs Blvd is one of the main roads connecting the beaches to the freeway. Its kind of a funny place as it feels almost like someone's house more than a restaurant when you walk up to the place. We opted to sit in the outdoor biergarten which was nothing more than a deck with some round tables and umbrellas. It is fenced in so you cant see outside but this is actually good for the atmosphere. They had some pet bird out there too who made a lot of noise while we were there.
The beers were standard German selections and not too many dunkels which makes sense given the year round warm climate in San Diego. The ones I remember were Spaten, Franziskaner, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Tucher, Hofbrau--there was some Kloster Brau too which I dont see around very often. The beers were nice-quite fresh and tasty. They also had 3 different size glasses too which I consider a plus.
The food was good but nothing that really stands out for German food. We had a wurst sampler and some wiener schnitzel with spaetzle and potato pancake. They had this cucumber salad which was nice too.
I dont really remember the place as being cheap or expensive so I would have to guess that it is in the middle somewhere price-wise. A good place to hit for lunch or a few beerrs when coming or going to Ocean beach.
06-13-2006 23:33:20 | More by rousee
4.18/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
I finally decided to try this place. I have red some reviews, and figgured it would be pricy. Since it is tax season, I had a little extra money, so I figgured that now was as good a time as any.
This place has 2 dining areas, an inside bar, and a bear garden. When I got there, the place was empty, but as I left, it was very full. A word to the wise would be to either get there early, or make reservations. The walls were littered with paintings of Germany, and German decorations. The staff was dressed in traditional German clothes.
The food was wonderful. It was very pricy, but I think worth it. On the walls, I saw many awards for their food. I guess this place is consistantlyvoted the best German food in San Diego. I have to agree. I have no complaints about anything that I ate.
The staff was friendly. They were not the most knowledgable about beer, but since this is more of a fancy restaraunt, that didnt matter. I didnt have to wait long for anything.
I saw about 20 beers on tap. All German except for Budweiser. I think that Hefe's were the majority, but I had a Dopplebock, and a Schwarzbier.
Like I said, this place is expensive. But it is fancy. It would be a good place to bring my wife on her birthday. That way, I will have taken her out to a nice restaraunt, and I can have some good beer at the same time. I would recomend this place, for a little different dining experience than you would get at most other beer bars, and brew pubs.
02-11-2006 03:09:17 | More by OStrungT
Kaiserhof in San Diego, CA
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.