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Walzwerk

381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103-3627 (Mission)
415-551-7181
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Ranked #1,046 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: German, Central European
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Mission
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Mission
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Apart from my house, this is the most authentic German food in San Francisco. I go there regularly with another German friend, and we always enjoy it. Not fancy, more like a hole-in-the wall but the food quality is great with good choices. The theme is East German with posters and other memorabilia, which is funny, as an East German... More

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Redmond, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Feels like stepping back 25 years in time. It's absolutely authentic Eastern European with the mismatched cutlery, the metal desk as dinner table. The food was pure perfection, the beer OH MY GOD. Just like back at home. We picked this restaurant based on the AAA review and we were very satisfied. I think we got lucky getting the only... More

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Berkeley, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Either you get it or you don't. But you will never forget it. What a wonderful, quirky place! Yes, sometimes the owner will sit down next to you to take your order. Sometimes she stands over you and jokes and teases a bit, so, as the website warns, "SEID BEREIT, IMMER BEREIT!" (YOU ALL BE READY, ALWAYS READY!) It was... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

There is a sign on the door here in four languages stating that "You are now leaving the American Sector." Obviously, an actual or replica of a sign in Berlin during the Cold War. Inside (and outside) it is easy to imagine that you are in East Germany or the DDR during the 1970s. There are a lot of charming... More

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San Bruno
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Eat here occasionally with friends and family for the best authentic German food. My mom is from East Germany and this food reminds me of her cooking style - I prefer East German food over West German - the sauces and the combinations - yummy The Rouladen with Spaetzle and Red Cabbage is the best! Garlic Pork chops are quite... More

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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Walwerks is a small casual restaurant that is very popular for its simple but delicious food & fine beers. The Schnitzel & the Sauerbraten are two of our favorites on the menu. Be sure to get reservations or you may have to wait up to an hour for a table, but you can sip a choice of many on tap... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The staff was very friendly and accomodating and held our reservation for about half an hour when we called to say we would be late because of getting stuck in a bus in some terrible traffic. Reservations are probably an excellent idea as this place is very charming, but also very small with limited seating. We started off with the... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Tiny spot but good food and fun atmosphere. Ditto on the prior review on the potato pancakes appetizer - excellent. We had sauerbraten and roulade (rolled tri-tip with pickles, mustard and onions) - both excellent and large enough to split if you wanted after the potato pancakes. The spaetzle with the sauerbraten were great. Nice selection of German beers on... More

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Aldie, Virginia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Be sure to make reservations since Walzwerk is tiny (but charming). The mismatched dishes and waitresses are adorable. The food and beer are AMAZING. Start with the potato pancakes--yum. The chicken stuffed with apples & bacon and the Jager Schnitzel are awesome. Plates are big enough to be split. Definitely grab a draft beer. The next time we go back... More

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

That "tough" East German schtick has just crossed the line of demarcation! Walzwerk screwed up my boyfriend's birthday reservation, blamed me for it, promised to call back to see what they can do, and never did, forcing our party of 8 to make last-minute changes to our birthday plans on a Saturday night! Here's the story: A week before my... More

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