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

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I'm no expert on German food but the food here was excellent. The Soljanka soup was wonderful. The Kalte Platte of cold cuts, bread and salads was delightful She just loved the Huhnerbrust (chicken breast) and I devoured the Jager Schnitzel. The deserts were also very good. We both enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Harrisburg pa
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

While visiting our son in San Fran., we decided to go to a German restaurant. The Walzwerk was just perfect. Had great service with fantastic food. Huge portions. We had the Jagerschnitzel and Sauerbraten....very tasty. Sides of spatzle and sauer kraut. Prices were reasonable and for beer & wine also. We come from German ancestors and this food was very... More 

Thank travellsmart
glen rock nj
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The food is fabuous, especially the Jägerschnitzlel. The delicious pea soup came with one small roll for $1 extra. Don't expect any extra goodies, like a bread basket and butter. The service was unpleasant and abrupt. The bill was incorrect, so be careful. Also, I got a take out container for the soup and requested a roll to take home... More 

Thank elenaa
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255 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I'm no expert on German food but the food here was excellent. The Soljanka soup was wonderful. The Kalte Platte of cold cuts, bread and salads was delightful She just loved the Huhnerbrust (chicken breast) and I devoured the Jager Schnitzel. The deserts were also very good. We both enjoyed the strudel and the Rote Gruse(?). Go it's great. A... More 

Thank sndovale
Oakland, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

Thank caria4077
San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

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.

Thank Will B
Oakland, California
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86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

Thank ichiji
San Francisco, California
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148 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 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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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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 

Thank Eugirltravels
Berkeley, California
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

2 Thank Known2Roam
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117 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 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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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, European, Central European
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Mission District
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