The Gerst Haus

Bar, Eatery

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

(812) 424-1420 | map

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Reviews by Bobsgym1:
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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%

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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 ADKbeerguy
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Rockpick
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SmithLegacy
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of pruden
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Best selection of Craft on Tap in town. Have seen some pretty hard to find things come through here.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of frostyDbeerman
5/5  rDev +13.4%

I love this place. Really good food and the best taps in Eville.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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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The Gerst Haus in Evansville, IN
Place rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 31 ratings