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Walzwerk

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Mission District
German, Central European
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381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103-3627
415-551-7181
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great German food & beer

German staff = great food and great beer selection. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and decor, the staff was friendly and well-versed in beer recommendations. Great schnitzel and jägerscnhitzel.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2014
Will B
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San Francisco, California
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46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Oakland, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Food was plentiful but not tasty. We were overcharged and server was too busy to correct it. Made reservations for 12 family style @ $25.00pp and were charged for 16 even though there were only 10 of us. Owner reluctantly sent a small refund but was less than accomodating. A $600 bill worth no more than $150.00. We can't even... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

German staff = great food and great beer selection. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and decor, the staff was friendly and well-versed in beer recommendations. Great schnitzel and jägerscnhitzel.

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Oakland, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Walzwerk's atmosphere is an ironic, down-at-heel scruffiness that is both charming and friendly. The food is excellent, simple fare, and very authentic. It is some of the best German food I have had outside of Germany. (I had the schnitzel, which was fresh, tasty, and surprisingly light.) There are excellent and inexpensive beers on tap. I am not much of... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
93 reviews 93 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103-3627
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: 415-551-7181

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: German, Central European
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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