Teske's Germania

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3.92 w/ 7 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

255 N 1st St
San Jose, California, 95113-1014
United States

(408) 292-0291 | map

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Added by DoubleJ on 05-17-2009

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

German food was great. A lot of German Lagers and Marzen. The backyard beer garden vibe was what did it for me, nice and relaxing way to drink your beer.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sarmartay
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As the name implies, Teske's is a German-style beer hall complete with a backyard beer garden and traditional German bands on the weekends. The restaurant is split into four distinctly different areas: a small, dark bar that you first encounter when walking through the front door; a similarly dark dining room with traditional German decor; a light, loud, high-ceilinged beer hall; and the outdoor beer garden.

While they do not have a massive selection of beer on tap, they are all excellent quality beers and well worth the visit. My favorites are the Spaten Oktoberfest and the Kostritzer Schwarzbier... in the liter mug, of course! Try them with the jalapeno cheese-stuffed pretizels or the traditional potato pancakes. The food is nothing tremendously exciting, but if you are a fan of traditional German fare it would be right up your alley.

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Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a few times now including once for a very nice German meal. My most recent visit in May was just a couple of hours to enjoy some beers and it was highly enjoyable. The woman tending bar was attentive, knowledgeable and funny. I think she's been doing this for a while. The beer is well documented by the previous reviewer as he does justice to the nice presentation here. I love the general atmosphere. It's a bit tight in the bar but it's also a chummy place where regulars and visitors mix easily with happy results. My friend and I found ourselves the recipients of several free beers and shots from folks up and down the bar and everyone was chatty and loose. The beer is cold and fresh. Though there aren't many taps to choose from, if you want tasty German beer, you're in luck, not to mention a good selection of bottled beauties. The look of the place almost makes you feel like you could be in Germany although I'm not one to say. Just a real down to earth place with lots of character, yet a reputable establishment for food and drink. I would gladly visit Teske's on every trip to San Jose if I could. Highly recommended for great beer and good times.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I paid respect to my heritage in one night by visiting the English pub next door, and this German styled bar and restaurant in downtown San Jose. There are a couple of huge dining rooms to the place, but the first thing you stumble upon as you enter is the bar. If you plan to visit the restroom, watch your step, as the floor rises and falls on a couple occasions.

There are 4 unlabeled taps at the bar and about 20 beers in the bottle. The beers on the menu were a little out of date with reality, but they still had some good brews available. On-tap: Spaten Marzen, Spaten Maibock, Franziskaner, and Bitburger. In the bottle: Kostritzer, Erdinger, Licher Hefeweizen, Dinkel Dunkel and Pils, Steigl, Akteienbrau, Augustiner, Paulaner. They have several arrays of glassware for the beers, from little Bitburger branded chalice-like glasses, to big one liter Oktoberfest mugs. Half-liter drafts are $5, one liter drafts are $9. Both bartenders were very friendly, and one of the them was very knowledgeable about the beers they offered, as well as the origins of the maibock style. And they both knew how to pour those one liter mugs.

I talked with the patrons sitting next to me as I drank my beers: a 500 ml Erdinger Kristalweiss, and a one liter mug of Spaten Maibock. One of them told me this was the place to be downtown. I have a fun time during my stay, and I would recommend the place as a drinking establishment. Now I just have to try the food.

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Teske's Germania in San Jose, CA
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