Germany 2013 Guidebook
Best and worst restaurants:
Best: Weingut Karl Heidrich wine shop and Stube
Why: Good wines and fun people.
Cathy L. in Salem, WI USA 09/30/2013
Best: Rathausglockel Baden-Baden
Why: Fed us very well, late at night.
Graf Hilgenhurst in Nashville, TN USA 07/23/2013
Why: Bad food, poor service, all tourists.
Tara M. in York, PA USA 07/03/2013
Best: Gyros in Vienna; Cafe Kor in Budapest
Why: Gyros -- solid food, healthy portions, fair price, good location, excellent host! Cafe Kor -- phenomenal modern take on classic dishes, very reasonably priced, attentive service even for a single diner, nice energy supplied by large local following
Worst: La Norma in Vienna
Why: Carbonara with ham? Yuk. Indifferent service to boot. Although at the end he poured me a short amoretto, gratis.
Robert Sweibel in Richmond, CA USA 06/04/2013
Best: Gasthaus zum Lowen in Staufen Germany
Why: Perfectly cooked, quality meats and sides. I had spagel (white asparagus) which almost melted in my mouth and turkey medallions that were tender as can be. My mother had a pork steak - best tasting one I ever sampled.
Darrick Coles in Lake Forest, CA USA 05/19/2013
Why: Not bad, just disappointing. Took 10 minutes for waiter to get us menu. Then when we wanted to order from the specials menu, he threw it away and said that menu wasn't valid anymore. The plate of 4 small brats cost $13 and didn't fill us up. But the beer was actually the best bargain in Munich.
Mike in East Windsor, NJ USA 12/31/2012
Best: Pizzeria Roma, Rothenburg
Why: After a couple of weeks of German food, we were REALLY ready for pizza and this was very good. Crowded with tourists and locals.
Terri in Quilcene, WA USA 10/29/2012
Why: We were well pleased with them all. We could get whatever type of meal we wanted from snack to fancy sit-down.
Linda Workman in Decatur, IL USA 10/05/2012
Best: Moserhof Hotel - Reutte Austria
Why: Excellent food and good enough that we kept going back!
Worst: Hotel Goldener Hirsch - Reutte, Austria
Why: The food was not very good...and the service (waitress) was horrible. Would not recommend the restaurant.
Matthew in Brentwood, TN USA 09/11/2012
Best: Gasthaus Krone
Why: We couldn't read the menu, and the waitress couldn't speak English, so her son, the chef, came out of the kitchen and read it to us... the whole thing. He said he usually writes an English version but hadn't had time. It was a little pricy but as you say in your guide book, it is "fine dining."
Margaret Bradford in Grants Pass, OR USA 08/19/2012
Best: Two best - Munich: (1) Altes Hackerhaus & (2) Prinz Myshkin Vegetarian
Why: Altes Hackerhaus: My husband grew up in southern Germany. He loved the authentic southern German food, especially Oma's Dampfnudel for dessert. Prinz Myshkin Vegetarian: This place had great vegetarian food....and after a few days in Germany, you need some vegetables! I had delicious beet, ginger & coconut soup.
Len Schulze in Poway, CA USA 08/08/2012
Best: Dresden 1900 in Dresden and Pizzeria Roma in Rothenburg
Why: Dresden 1900 had the best Schnitzel of the whole trip. And in a fun atmosphere.
Pizzeria Roma in Rothenburg had the best Italian food we have ever had! And in Germany! We ate there twice it was soooo gooooodddd! A small order of their fresh-made pasta with homemade sauce and one of their fantastic pizzas along with a couple Rothenburg brews made for such a great meal we were sorry it came to an end.
Tracy Baker in San Leandro, Ca USA 07/05/2012
Worst: Zum Schusterjungen Speisegaststatte
Why: This place, "Famous for its schnitzel," served me an overcooked schnitzel; I could only eat about half because of the burnt breading. Even the waitress looked at it and shrugged.
Dale in Fairfield, OH USA 07/04/2012
Best: Gaststatte Noss in Cochem
Why: We ate at this restaurant one evening when we were in Cochem as it was recommended in Rick's guidebook. It was just an excellent meal. Sitting at our table next to a window, we could look out over the Mosel River as we ate. With the great meal, awesome Mosel Valley wine, and the view, we immediately fell in love with this region of Germany. Don't pass up this restaurant if you are in Cochem. It is a little confusing to find because a hotel nearby goes by the same name, but once you locate it you are rewarded for your effort.
Gary Hoffman in Baldwin, WI USA 06/08/2012
Best: Guesthouse Krone in Staufen
Why: See above. Also liked many of the traditional German restaurants (like Spatenhaus in Munich and the Moserhof Hotel in Breitenwnan/Reutte.
Alan Reed in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA USA 04/29/2012
Best: Hofbrauhaus, Munich
Why: This was by far one of our favorite experiences (and happens to be a restaurant) or our entire trip. I think Rick does a nice job of recommending that one visit at least but I think it should be ranked higher than it is.
Alison OMaley in Newton, MA USA 01/13/2012
Best: Spaten House Munich
Why: the roast pork was wonderful, have gone there 7 tijes now, its the best, hard to find a table outside, make a reservation, wonderful food, waiters were a bit snooty, who cares?
Worst: Kurpfalzzische Munze & Ates House Bacharch
Why: Question is why do you recommend them? ggggaaaagghhh!!!!!!!! Altes house is kind of ok and a lot better than the Munzie
Richard Schultz in Absarokee, MT USA 11/27/2011
Worst: Weihenstephaner Restaurant
Why: (Berlin chapter): Perhaps this should only be visited in summertime. Service was very slow, and a bunch of substitutions were made on my meal without explanation. Also, we got lost trying to find this place, because the street it's on is called something totally different on the other side of the U-Bahn station.
Stacey Oziel in Santa Monica, CA USA 11/25/2011
Best: Rhein Hotel Restaurant, Bacharach
Why: Also called Stueber's, was recommended by Sybille, our host at the wonderful Pension Winzerhaus. We really enjoyed the regional specialties, and especially liked the small plate options, which were smaller portions of the same specialty menu offerings - perfect, in this land of carb-laden meals.
Ann in Plymouth, MN USA 11/13/2011
Best: Restaurant San Marcos Reichenstrasse in Fussen
Why: We were tired of traditional German food. This Italian restaurant was OUTSTANDING. Great prices. Great service. Pizza to die for and the tortelini san Marcos .... SEHR GUT!!!!
Worst: Trinkstube der Holle - "Hell tavern" referred to on Nightwatchman's Tour
Why: It sucked see above.
Brian Gray in Brussels , belgium 11/05/2011
Best: Augustiner Beer Garden
Why: Nice atmosphere to have a lazy afternoon's lunch!
Kathy & Rick Taylor in Placentia, CA USA 11/03/2011
Best: Der Pschorr
Why: Wow! Great beer and fantastic food. Slow cooked from local farmers. Loved the community seating - we made some new friends (down from Hamburg for the futball)
David Poretti in Minneapolis, MN USA 10/28/2011
Best: Weinstube im Baldreit, Baden-Baden, Germany
Why: Great experiance. Great food. Good price. Owner was very nice. We even met some fellow Rick Steve's readers there.
Worst: Zum Domstein Trier, Germany
Why: Although we had a great meal here. We were a little disappointed. It was our 4 year wedding anniversary and we were in Trier, Germany. We got engaged in Rome. So we thought it would be great to eat in a Roman restaurant. We called and made reservations, telling them we wanted to eat in the Roman basement. They said that was fine and took our reservation. When we got there they said the basement was not open because they were not busy enough. However, they did say they would take us to the basement and let us see it. Also the Customer service was lacking. We had a little trouble understanding how the Roman menu worked. When we asked about it, the server said in a baby voice "Would you like for me to explain it to you?" She kind of treated us like dumb Amercians because we asked about the menu. We travel quite a bit and the last thing we try to be, is dumb American's. Then after the meal they let us see the basement. When asked the lady that took us down there if she had any futher information or history about the basement and what was discovered. She said she would tell us all about it when we went back up stairs. When we got upstairs she quickly ran to the kitchen and never returned. It was a good meal and a great experiance. I just feel this restaurant was not very friendly. Not what we expect from a Rick Steve's recommendation.
Lisa in Nashville, TN USA 09/24/2011
Best: Good Friends, Dresden
Why: Great food, good prices, friendly staff, very comfortable. Great change from heavy meals.
Sharon Armann in Phoenix, AZ USA 07/18/2011
Best: Augustiner Brauhaus, Munich
Why: A real Muinch brauhaus experience with heaping platters of fantastic food and amazing beer. Pop your head into the Hofbrauhaus, but actually eat and drink at Augustiner.
Why: I've eaten at at least 10 restaurants recommended by Rick and enjoyed every one.
Sarah in Stuttgart, Germany 07/11/2011
Best: Alstadt Cafe Alter Keller
Why: The food was cooked to perfection. The sauces were lovely. THe service was nice. And there were not any tourists!
Sheila Garner in Castro Valley, CA USA 06/27/2011
Best: Cafe Konig in Baden-Baden
Why: Beautiful surrounding, friendly and efficient service, very good cake and coffee. First time we visited, the black forest cake was sold out! We went back days later and had the BEST BF cake we have ever had!! It was a pleasure to be there.
Worst: Cafe Beeg in Baden-Baden
Why: Extremely rude person behind the counter. Maybe that's why we don't see any other customer present. We finally decided to leave too.
Lilly in Fremont, CA USA 06/18/2011
Best: Alte Mainmühle, Würzburg
Why: Great service (Joshua) - we were recommended a nice wine, Juliusspital Scheurebe 2010, which was excellent with the delicious market fresh fish. The dessert was incredible - cassis creme brulee.
Peter Lee in Toronto, ON Canada 06/16/2011