Taps: 26 / Bottles: 26
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kbub6f:
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Scholz Garten is an interesting blend of German restaurant, Barbecue restaurant and sports bar. Its location makes it a great place for lunch (check the specials) or dinner (no specials) if you're sightseeing just north of downtown (the Capitol, Governor's house, History museum, UT campus and museums, etc.). The menu is solid, with enough variety and the food is good. But it's probably best to avoid this place when there are sporting events at the UT facilities close by (Erwin Center arena, Texas Swim Center, football/soccer/baseball stadiums). Not only is the place much more busy, but they usually replace the full menu with their spartan "special events" menu (not much more than burgers and fries).
Now for the beer. There are some interesting taps including a few Germans and one Live Oak (usually Big Bark year-round). They also have a decent selection of imports in bottles -- again many Germans -- but not much in the way of American craft. You'll definitely find something you like, but it's a distant second to Dog & Duck (also in the area) for selection. Finally, the draught is usually good, but I get the impression some of the less popular beers don't move quickly enough. My choices haven't always been the freshest, though I've never had anything really past its prime either.
All-in-all, a good restaurant in this area with enough of a beer selection to find something you want to drink.
05-17-2005 21:00:07 | More by kbub6f
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Scholz has a special place in my heart as I enjoy barbecue and I like good beer, this place has both. The german potato salad, peach cobbler and nice atmosphere are bonus points. I usually sit in the front room, the bar is there the booths are comfy and I like all the history on the wall. The staff is nice and usually attentive the beer selection is nice(around 10 taps of good stuff) it's pretty much what I want in a bar as far the atmosphere and food go. I wish they had a little more craft and a little less bmc but that's ok. The food is great and not to pricey and the German potato salad is second to none.
Overall this is a solid place to go to if you want a good beer and and some good barbecue.
11-26-2010 01:56:27 | More by Fenris244
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
Right in the shadow of UT, it has been in operation since 1866 and is the oldest business in Texas. The light brick building had an arched awning above the doorway which opened onto a sea of standard restaurant tables and chairs with the lavs (Damen and Herren) on the left. The long, dark wood bar was right with an elaborate carved antique wood and mirrored back bar. Our CS host recommended that we eat here and the beef brisket put me in mind of a late 1980's Bud Light commercial. Speaking of which, entering, the aroma put me in mind of Jimmy John's Sandwiches. More seating down a flight of stairs, aft. Extensive back patio with picnic seating. Private party room to left.
Beers: 20 taps, 10 decent. 24 bottles, but overloaded on BMC.
12-21-2009 21:59:15 | More by woodychandler
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here for a late lunch after finding out the Draught House didn't open on weekdays until 5pm.
It was a big breezy, but we found a spot outback in the sun. Outside is nothing fancy, picnic table seating. There is a stage which makes me think it would have been cool to visit at night with some music playing.
I peaked inside. Okay atmosphere, but it had a real strong smokey smell from the BBQ. If we sat inside, I think the scent would have lingered on us all day long.
The beer menu was decent, but not great. Thankfully, they did have some locals micros from Live Oak and Real Ale, as well as Shiner. I had a Live Oak Big Bark.
The food was good. You don't get too much, though, at least not for lunch. I had a smoked turkey and got 4 medium sized slices. The sides of slaw and German potato salad were really good.
Overall, okay place. Not necessarily worth seeking out, but if you end up there like us, it is fine. The waitress was good early on, but then disappeared inside as we and other patrons were looking for our checks.
02-28-2009 14:23:45 | More by Nutleybeer
3.14/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
From what I've read, other reviewers see the big selling points of Scholz Garten are its history and decor/ambiance. The history angle appealed to me and seemed very authentic (from the story on the back of the menu), but the ambiance of the place didn't too much for me. It was too bright, didn't seem quite "German" enough (at least compared to places like Karl Strauss and Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee, and the reviews I'd read describing this place as a traditional beer garden seemed a bit off to me. I got more of a fun-pizza-place-for-the-whole-family-that-serves-beer kind of vibe off the place. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my visit to the place.
There was a political group in the bar when I visited on a Thursday night, watching a PBS debate of non-candidates and cheering as they spoke. Odd behavior for a bar to my mind. They were really the only other people in the place, which was largely empty.
I will add that I didn't eat there (the kitchen closes at 9pm!) but the menu looked quite solid. There were a dozen or so taps, none were too exciting, although I did have a Live Oak vienna I enjoyed. There were some nice choices in bottles though. The place doesn't provide a beer-savy feeling.
09-30-2007 02:10:29 | More by BeerBelcher
Scholz Garten in Austin, TX
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.