The Gerst Haus

Bar, Eatery

2100 W Franklin St
Evansville, Indiana, 47712-5115
United States

(812) 424-1420 | map

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 31
Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Located on Franklin Street on Evansville's west side in an old hardware store building if memory serves. Walking distance from 5-10 other drinking spots and a brewery. Traditional German American decor, music and food. 50 beers on tap. Food is good plus. Service is fine and they code the menu so you know what drafts just came in and which they are trying to get rid of. Wide variety of food and drink options. Full service bar if those you are with do not drink beer. Good stop for a meal and a pint.

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Photo of Cris4545
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

47 beers on Tap! Best selection in the area.

Usual German cuisine but good. Oysters are highly recommended. Atmosphere is very friendly bar with good service. Beer selection on tap is always impressive with the 47 taps and a good variety. They also have an ample selection of bottles if you can't find anything on tap to try. Which has never happened to me. :)

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Photo of Snowrs
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

For a German town this is our only German restaurant. They have really good German food, I love their Reuben and Kraut balls, what really sets them apart is their beer selection. They recently put 16 more taps in and have a good selection of bottles. You won,t find anything mind blowing but if you want great food and a really good selection of beers this is your place in Evansville. Just make sure to ask that your fishbowl is not frosted.

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Photo of Chaney
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I'm originally from Henderson and come back to visit the folks once or twice a year. Being a beer geek, this is the place I frequent!

Atmosphere: I totally dig the fact that this place is located off the beaten path, at least, compared to the rest of E-ville and some of the more commercial areas.

Quality and Service: I went her twice in 2012, and both times, the service was not only slow, but the server mentioned they were short-handed. The bar service is a different story: The bartender who has waited on me the last two times was obviously a beer geek. He knew quite a bit about the craft scene, all the breweries who are currently making their mark, and the ones that are up and coming. Great, classy service.

Selection: Alpha King on tap. Are you kidding me? In my world, as someone who only comes to the area every so often, this was golden. Also, they have at least 8-10 other American crafts + many other German-style entries.

Food: Love it, especially the kraut balls and sausage combo platters. Sure, it's a slight bit more expensive than most of the other restaurants in the area, but it's more of a delicacy.

Value: Based on the quality of the food that I've had over time, I personally feel that this place is worth it.

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Photo of Biersligner
2.23/5  rDev -49.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1

I have been going to this place since it opened. Having lived in Europe and visiting larger markets, the place has great potential, and for Evansville it will always be a mecca for anyone who wants to get away from chain restaurants. That fact, unfortunately, sets this place up as an establishment that manages to succeed, in spite of itself.

The food has become, in my eyes, the biggest disappointment for this establishment. While the menu selections are very accurate the quality control has seemed to be lacking in the past year or two. I often find myself comparing the Gerst to the Rathskeller in Indianapolis. The menu prices are the practically identical, but the Rathskeller's food makes the Gerst seem like Grandy's. Recently, I ordered a jagerschnitzel and it came out rubbery and moist, like it had been on the steam table for a few hours. One time, before that, I never had thought it possible to screw up a potato pancake, but a wad of mashed potatoes warmed on the flat-top, on one side just aint it! I have actually decided not to eat there, even if I may have a beer, until I notice changes. I know good kitchen help is hard to find/keep, but someone really needs to check on the QC, if you're charging $20 per plate for some of these entrees. All that said, the floor service at the Gerst is and has been pretty good.

However the bartenders are another huge gap in the armor of this place. A friend one time was ordering a german beer off of the bottle menu and the bartender's (manager's?!?) response was "Whatever that is". The bartenders level of product knowledge seems to barely qualify them to work a the, now defunct, Gloria's Corral Club. Their service is not slow, assuming you don't stress them out by asking for something outside their limited product knowledge.

These issues are not uncurable, but it will take some leadership focus from the managment. That focus will have to be sustained, over time, since that lack of focus is what probably got them where they are today.

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Photo of bookerandy
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best restaurants in Evansville. They have a great beer selection and often rotate the drafts mixing in hard to find craft brews with imports and domestics. The food is spot on. I haven't had a bad dish there. The turkey reuben and the brats are amazing! The prices are very reasonable in my opinion. The establishment is older, but appropriately so. It gives you the feeling of being in a lodge with all the animals hanging on the walls. Service is usually great as well. Give it a try, you won't be sorry!

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Photo of oracle
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My girlfriend and I stopped here a couple of weeks ago and were rather impressed. She spent two years studying in Bavaria, Germany and indicated to me that the food was pretty close to what you would find in that region. I know nothing of German food myself but enjoyed the smoked pork chop immensely.

They had an excellent beer list, with a good variety of craft domestic as well as imported beers (obviously, Germany was well represented but there was a decent smattering of beer from other countries as well)

The wait staff was friendly and fast.

I would definately stop there again if back in the area.

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Photo of Jag28
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place not only has a wonderful selection of beers both bottles and taps, but the real charm of the establishment is in the atmosphere. It is an old hardware store converted to a German restaurant. There is a beautiful old bar that runs about 3/4s of the length of the place with old time refrigerators and some of the original cabinets from the old hardware store. If you are in Evansville and you are a beer lover, this place is a must stop and experience. It has family dining as well as the bar area and German bands on Fridays. I like to go there for lunch and have a sampling or two of the latest taps. The food is mostly good old fashion German and some American type dinners and a little pricey, but the atmosphere and good beer selection make up for any short falls in the food quality.

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Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If you're German, this is the place for you. I have relatives with a German heritage that used to live in Germany, this is the only German place they'll eat because they say it's authentic.

It's extremely loud; don't count on having a conversation. But everyone generally has a good time. The food is good, but I'll eat anything. The beer selection is top notch, especially from a German perspective.

The service is generally pretty good. They do good business and sometimes it can get very crowded, but the wait staff normally does a good job of keeping up.

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Photo of trentley87
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I had the opportunity to visit this establishment while on a fraternity retreat. A few of my other brothers are also big beer guys so we asked for the place with the biggest selection in town. Gerst Haus definitely has it covered with well over 150 beers from around the world, including an incredible selection of German beers available (for obvious reasons). I order any food, but everyone else loved it and the few bites I bummed off of others were delicious. Great atmosphere.

The only thing I wasn't impressed with was the beer knowledge of the waitress we had. She couldn't tell me what style the "house" beer (Gerst) was. "It's amber colored," was her description. Also, they had frosted mugs for their beers on tap which is not cool. I got bottles and they brought glassware without me having to ask, so I guess I'll give some credit where credit is due there. Overall a great restaurant for anyone - with plenty of choices for BA's.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is really great if you're into the whole German thing. The building was once a hardware store many years ago, and the old, worn out hardwood floor and old style heat radiators on the wall add some serious nostalgia to the place. They must have at least 15 tap handles with the likes of Tripel Karmeliet and Scheider Weisse to name a few. There are also bottle offerings, both imported and micro such as Founders and Stone. The servive was very good, and the food was quite tasty, as well. They also have a long patio outside with several tables. Being 9.30p on a Friday when I arrived, however, it was full and I had to sit inside. One of the nicest things about this place, is that there is a large board over the bar which clearly shows everything on draught, and the price for a pint, an oversized goblet, and a pitcher. That way, you don't have to look through a beer list to see what they have, or ask how much something is. In large print, suspended over the bar, all that information is displayed before you. A really nice feature, I think. If I lived in Evansville, Ind., I'd most certainly be a regular here!

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Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A really nice restaurant/bar in downtown Evansville. A ton of atmosphere, with a very spacious and roomy feel. Tables and booths aren't at all crowded together and the place has an enormous wooden bar. Twenty-two selections on draft on the day of my visit, mostly German, with a couple of Belgians as well. Arrogant Bastard led the limited American craft brews on tap. Only 4 or 5 macros on draught. Bottle selection has a separate menu with 200-250 selections. Staff was well informed about the beer selection and our waitress was very efficient without being intrusive. OoomPaaahPaaah music plays in the background and adds to the casually warm feel. Lots of wood, a deer head, an elk head, and a stuffed Canada Goose. This place looks like it's been here for decades. The food is excellent. About any German dish you can imagine is available, as well as fresh seafood and daily specials. The beer is fresh and delicious and the selection is just right for a German restaurant in an area with so many German place names. I'll definitely return to this place for more food and beer. One of the most interesting places I've found in Evansville, for sure.

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The Gerst Haus in Evansville, IN
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