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Schroeder's Cafe

240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111-4403 (Financial District)
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Price range: $0 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: German, Continental, Californian, Café
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Financial District
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Financial District
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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It's a great room, beautifully reimagined. The beer is good. The service was good. That's all the nice things I can say. The food was absolutely dreadful. Truly one of the worst meals I have ever had at any restaurant any where, period. Perhaps it was just what we ordered (sauerbraten and duck pastrami), but that was inedible (we nibbled,... More

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San Francisco
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is another in the new wave of German restaurants in San Francisco that prove how innovative and tasty German food can be. We ordered way too much food, mostly because it all sounded good, smelled, good and looked good. We weren't disappointed by anything. Duck Brest pastrami is amazing. Traditional sauerbraten was a revelation. And even the burger was... More

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Naches, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Schroeder's has been in the same location since 1912. It was classic German fare classically done. I first ate there in 1980 while visiting the city. While attending a conference earlier this month I had the opportunity to revisit the cafe under new owners. The menu retains its classic dishes but the preparation is completely new and is v-e-r-y good.... More

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Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Went there recently and take a looksie since they recently changed ownership and updated the place which has been around 100 years or something. It was happy hour about 6 and the bar area was PACKED like sardines. Everyone was drinking beer of all sizes and brands and we barely found 3 seats tucked in the middle of one of... More

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Lafayette, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Joined friends for lunch. The company was great. The dining an expensive disappointment. Dry and tasteless veal with an unidentifiable white purée that may have involved apple. Tough, spotted green beans (no excuse for the poor quality). Potato pancakes were mushy inside and flavor overpowered by red onion and smoked salmon--all things I normally like but which came together terribly.... More

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had not been before, but my friends had. They reported this place just got a massive overhaul. Not only in the room, and the menu, but in the prices! What used to be a classic old Czech/German dining hall atmosphere, is now upscale with only communal tables keeping the tradition. I found the food to be good but prices... More

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Oakland, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The wonderful old restaurant had ambiance and great food. Today we ate in a modernized place we scarcely recognized. The Bratverst was mealy. The veal was dry. The chardonnay at $14 a glass was over-priced. Any other restaurant would have asked if we'd prefer a bottle. We're gone.

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San Francisco, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was a well known old San Francisco restaurant which was closed for a time for remodeling and has recently reopened. It is difficult not to compare the "old" Schroeder's with the "New". The decor somewhat surprised me. They have retained the nice dark old wooden walls and some of the old art work and paintings plus beer steins, which... More

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Cannes, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Great and very friendly team. The chef Manfred totally rocks. Exellent food - the best Wiener Schnitzel west of Wienna

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Berkeley, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The restaurant has been here for decades, and the food was never that good (although copious and relatively inexpensive), but it was a convenient place for a German lunch with a beer, quick service and no need for reservations. The same family owned it through three generations, but it has changed hands several times in the last decade or so.... More

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