Ludwig's Garten

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1315 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
United States

(215) 985-1525

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Photo of psugrad98
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A traditional bier garten with a twist. Located just blocks from the Famous John Wanamaker organ and gold eagle, this restaurant features an old world southern German facade with a small sign advertising its presence.

Inside is warm and dark with rich wood accents and plants hanging everywhere.

Your server greets you with a "Guten Abend" and offers you the current beer selection. 25 different beers on tap, rotating for a total of 50. Beer selection is also complimented by a hefty selection of fine bottled beers. Beer selection is primarily German, but also offers most other countries such as Belgium, Austria, England, and USA.

Food selection is moderatly to high priced, with a slightly smaller menu than I'd like to have seen. Appetizer of Kartoffelpuffe of Potatoe Pancakes was tasty with salt and sour cream.

Huge portions greet you when your plate arrives. My Jaegerschnitzel was awesome, lightly breaded and fried with a semi sweet gravy on it. Side dishes Spaetzle and red cabbage was also very good.

If you are in the mood for good german beer, food, with the charm of the Heart of Philly, I highly reccoment this establishment.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Not much can be said of Ludwig's Garten other than great authentic foods (although they've recently expanded that to include more American dishes), great authentic atmosphere, great beers, and great service. Every visit is a treat, and it's well worth stopping here anytime that you're in Philly. They've added a bar in the main dining room so it's a little bit smaller, but hey, that's just like Germany! And now there are even more beers on tap!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A very nice place to go, and an absolute must see for a German Bier fanatic. Selection is huge with about 25 or more taps and a nice list of bottles. Beautiful steins and german weaponry cover the surrounding walls, and the old-style german dresses on the barmaids and waitresses are excellent.

The service was great as well as the quality of the beer and the glassware it was served in. Prices were also pretty good. I am very sorry I did not get to try the food because it looked excellent. I will certainly return and try the food next time.

edit 1/05/03
I got to try the food, and I was very satisfied. The portions were of good size for a reasonable price. I went with the Wurst Platte to compare to Helmer's, and it was very good. They only offer your pick of 2 different wursts which is one shy of Helmer's. The sides are excellent. I had a few samples of some other meals, and they were all amazing.

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Photo of pubscout
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

One brutally hot morning last summer, my buddy and I ducked into this famous landmark known for its German beer, food and flair.

We commandeered two stools at the empty, cool, inviting bar and got to know Mary Ellen, the bartendress who, in the midst of prepping for their 11:30 opening, found time to demonstrate why the person behind the counter makes or breaks your place and the customer’s beer experience.

Mary Ellen ( I never asked her last name because I felt I knew her forever) is like the student in class you wish they ALL were like. In bartending, that means knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, down to earth and efficient.

Beer selection was fabulous, and Mary Ellen knew her stuff. If all the waitstaff is like that, it's just another reason for beer nuts to pop in.

We sampled six apiece, and the last two were in huge mugs proffered by a darkly beautiful, dirndl-wearing Romanian “Fraulein” named Monica. (No. Not that Monica.)

I'd go back to Ludwig's in a Philly minute.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is the place to go in Phila for lunch. Its marks suffer because I had a so... so... dinner there that was $$$$. So go enjoy and have a great lunch. The beer selection rocks. It is heaven for your mouth if you are into German beers. Prices are not bad for beer.. but be careful on the dinner specials. Overall above average with a rockin' german beer selection.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Thank you, WilliamPhilaPa! Visited here last week with Bill and old bier-pal Artied2. Being a lover of German cuisine, bier and culture, I felt right at home hier. Very attractive old bar, with many accoutrements from the Old Country.... Superb!! A great selection of Biers! We had a Franziskaner DunkelWeizen, Spaten Oktoberfest and Schneider Aventinus! 'Nuf said! Throw in the $6.95 all-you-can-eat German lunch buffet (which was quite tasty and filling) and, well... A big-time Prosit to Ludwig's!!

overall: 4.6
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$


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Photo of jrancan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Update to the two prior reviews. Ludwig's has added another bar to the dining room on the left. In addition to the 20-30 German beers on tap, they now have Lindeman's, Leffe, Stella, and Hoegaarden. The bottle selection seems to have been updated as well. If you are looking for hard to find German brews, this is definately the place to go. Anyplace that has Aventinus on tap AND in the bottle is alright with me!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Many believe civilization itself would not have developed if not for the discovery of beer. Few countries take beer more seriously than Germany, so when a chance arrives to attend a nice German Pub or Brew Pub I try to find my way there. 40% or nearly 1,200 of the world's breweries are located in unified Germany. In particular the southern German state Bavaria is noted for it's commitment to beer. Nearly 800 of these are located in the southern state of Bavaria. No other nation, not even Germany's other states combined, can rival Bavaria in this respect.

With that being said Ludwig's, stocks the most comprehensive selection of imported and domestic German style microbrews than anywhere in the city of Philadelphia!

Last but not least...Prost!

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Ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia, PA
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