Wurstküche

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

45 Ratings
WurstkücheWurstküche
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, California, 90013-1820
United States

(213) 687-4444 | map
wurstkucherestaurant.com

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Added by corona151 on 11-27-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.02%
 
 
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 21
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of WillyPitt
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place 24 Belgian, and German beers on tap, with another 24 in bottles, along with the best Belgian fries and sausages in So Cal. You just can't go wrong. Do'nt forget to get their toasted apple pie ice cream sandwich for your dessert. A very chill place to hang.

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Photo of efisch
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A new beer haunt in Los Angeles proper. They keep popping up - love it. LA's slowly losing the "wasteland" reputation.

Had dinner here with a friend tonight. Really nice atmosphere - ordering is a little clumsy, but the selection of food, Belgian and German beer is outstanding. Plenty of taps, and a good solid selection. I had a Leffe Brune and between us we knocked back a couple of Erdinger Dunkelweizens. The beer was perfect and cold (which for me is a biggie).

But the food is the real deal. It's all about the sausages. Really great, unique beer food. I highly recommend this new spot.

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Photo of DorianB
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Sicem99
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of T_Hass
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of johnny5martini
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Seriously this place is rad. Cool spot in the arts district of LA. Amazing rattlesnake rabbit and jalapeño sausage with some crispy Belgian fries. It seems that people mainly come here for the crazy sausages but really you can't forget all the amazing Belgian beers here. This place is worth the drive, wait and not so great parking. Cool place to hang out.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of antonyliu
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is simply one of the really cool and neat new places in Los Angeles. Located in a bit of a weird place that's initially hard to find, it's worth the effort.

Beer selections are very good with nice varieties on tap and bottles. A good "beer bar" in and off itself and worthy of a special trip if relatively close by.

However, the sausages are first rate! The Rabbit, Duck and Rattlesnake should not be missed. Fantastic. Don't even bother with a bun or toppings. The sausage itself is the star.

Best french fries you will ever have....period.

This is worthy of a special trip. Take your wife or husband; take a date; this is a fun, cool, hip and nice place. You'll like it and you'll make plans to come back while you're still there eating and drinking!

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TheMadJack
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I used to hate Los Angeles. With the discovery of this place, I've found that any visit to that accursed town can be mellowed with a hot sausage and a glass of beer from this most remarkable of specialty restaurants.

While a little hard to find (you have to approach from just the right angle to spot the distinctive yellow and red door), the atmosphere is great. The decor is almost industrial, very modern, with few frills. The tables are covered in butcher paper and anything not made out of wood is concrete or molded iron. The center of the room has long tables arranged cafeteria style. There is a long bench along the wall with smaller tables for those who are afraid of high school flashbacks. A small outdoor area is also available. Indie music on the stereo, but kept to a reasonable volume. Otherwise, nothing to distract you from your meal.

The beer selection is mostly Belgian/German, with pilsners and abbey brews dominating. They also threw in a British belgian-style and some American choices, leading to the entertaining incongruity of reading "Old Rasputin, Pabst Blue Ribbon". The selection is not overly extensive and the staff is familiar with it, able to recommend the right beer for your wurst and palate.

The sausages are the real reason I come here, as I'm sure it is for anyone. You can't lose. From the standard bratwursts, kielbasas and hot links to those composed of exotic meats, fruits, and cheeses, there is something there that will please you and the adventurous gourmand is well rewarded. My favorite thus far has been the Rattlesnake & Rabbit with Jalepeno. Fries are heavily breaded and are tasty, and there is a selection of ten - TEN - dipping sauces therefore, in addition to the no less than three mustards on every table.

Be warned, however, that it takes a bit to cook the sausages. Expect to be waiting about 10-15 minutes, even when it's slow. However, you get your beer right away and the food shows up still sizzling, the sausage's skin crispy, the meat juicy and tender, the bread soft and the fries salty and sweet.

Pricing is reasonable. Perhaps a bit high, but you definitely feel better for paying $7.50 for a single sausage once you eat it.

Go, and be happy.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Place is a Gem.

Really liked the atmosphere when I walked in, friendly service up front. New age German hipster feel, but really liked it. Very clean.

The food was outstanding. There was a huge selection of different sausages and exotics. I ended up with the rattlesnake & rabbit. Ridiculously tasty and I felt the food was reasonably priced 7.50 for my dog witch was the most expensive.

The beer selection was great for the place, large list of German and Belgian's on tap and 2 North Americans (Allagash White, Old Rasputin and PBR). The beer was a little pricey which is not uncommon in craft beer, but it was more then I would expect to pay.

In all I had a wonderful experience and would defenitly make another trip there.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Eating sausages with beer is a delight, but eating gourmet sausage with gourmet beer is enough to fullfill anyone's culinary fantasy. The place is a little hole in the wall south of Union Station. the interior is small, with seating for 12 in eye-catching red seats. Bright colored wood make a great contrast with the faded brick which made up the upper half of the walls. Loud, but mellow music with quality speakers helped make this place to unwind as a waited for and ate/drank my order.

Over 20 taps behind the counter, with the focus on German and Belgian beers. A printed beer menu shows you what type of beer, the ABV, and the serving size of a given beer. Goodies on draft include Aventinus, Reissdorf Kolsch, Gouden Carolus, Delirium Nocturum, Allagash White, and Tripel Karmeliet. There were a handful of bottled offerings, but I went for a draft of Reissdorf Kolsch. The beers were served in an amazing manner. They were fresh, served in proper glassware, and served at a cool, but not cold temperature. (update: I've even gotten La Trappe Quadrupel in its own glass here!) There is one major downside to the beer, and it is the price per pour on most. $11 for draft Aventinus?! Most will be in the $6-8 range.

Now the highlight...the food. Oh dear science, they did it right. The bratwurst I had had a phenominal flavor and rivals the best brats I've ever tasted. It comes served with two toppings of your choice. It brats aren't for you, they have over 20 varieties of sausage to choose from tradtional ones to more exotic flavors. Oh, and get an order of fries...truly awesome stuff. The best fries I ever tasted, period! Freshly cut pomme frites, never frozen, and served with your choice of unique dipping sauce.

There are enough good taps to excite a beer geek, but when you can add on great presentation of the beer with awesome....that makes for a destination which is not to be missed.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- Think a classic German beergarten that was completely redecorated by a modernist. The social atmosphere is great, the people are great. A good time had by all.

Quality- Cleanliness and care is clearly put into all aspects of this operation, down to their cucumber flavored water. Their beer is all high quality, and so is their food.

Service- Not much service by design. Order at a counter and self-service water... but they do bring your food to your table. The service that you DO get by design is quite good.

Selection- Not a great selection by measure of quantity, but definitely a great selection by measure of quality. Many great German beers here, as you would expect (including a Berliner Weisse), but also a number of Belgian and US beers on the list to balance things out!

Food- I had the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage with peppers and onions. It was just superb. The side of fries was had with chipotle aioli, and that was about average.

Overall- A place I very much look forward to revisiting!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

no ipas. BUT tons of good German beer. Good food. Good atmosphere.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev 0%

Photo of d_kizzle
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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Wurstküche in Los Angeles, CA
4.18 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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