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“Fine German food with an oom-pah atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hollerbach Willow Tree Cafe

Hollerbach Willow Tree Cafe
205 E First St, Sanford, FL 32771
407-321-2204
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Ranked #1 of 158 restaurants in Sanford
Cuisines: American, German
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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“Fine German food with an oom-pah atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

If you enjoy German food, this is a great place for you. They have an oom-pah band playing most evenings, and they put on a terrific show, encouraging audience participation. The food includes all kinds of German specialties, and lots of great beer choices as well. The food was very good, with very large portions at quite reasonable prices. While they were quite busy, our service was friendly and prompt. The friends with us had never been there before and enjoyed the dinner and the atmosphere very much.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas
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153 reviews 153 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Glad we went -- excellent German fare.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

Downtown Sanford on Sunday afternoon we were surprised at the activity on Main Street. Hollerbach Willow Tree Cafe was alive with customers. We had to stop and dine. The knock wurst, potato salad and red cabbage was very good as was the Black and Tan beer. All in all it was a very enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“What an interesting place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Downtown Sanford is not the first place that comes to mind when I think of an authentic German restaurant. Although I only sat at the bar I couldn't help but observe how interesting the restaurant is. You almost felt like you were at a local meeting hall with all your friends and family. The dining room is lined with large banquet tables, cafeteria style, catering to large parties or encouraging guests to meet someone new. The eclectic decor and friendly faces made you realize what a local hangout Hollerbach's has become. There was live music out on the patio, which had extensive outdoor seating overlooking historic Downtown Sanford. Even the bar menu was fun with German wines and beers and a 3 liter boot which turns into a drinking game.

I would like to go back to try the food and enjoy the fun atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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“I really want to like this place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

The German food is ok. Sausages and draft beer are the best. German sides are mediocre. The menus is all over the place and needs to step into 2013. It is stuck in the 80's. Our family usually focuses on going here for lunches, though we have had dinner. Our lunch on a Saturday might be our last for a while. Service was absolutely terrible. Our waitress took our drink order and disappeared. Our beers sat on the counter for 15 minutes. My husband went up and asked the bartender to please find our waitress. She came back with a surly attitude. People that were seated at the same time we were, got served by a different waiter, received their drinks and meal and were getting their check before we received our lunch. We decided complaining was a no no at this aging establishment.

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pennsylvania
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“Wunderbar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Surprisingly, located in Sanford, Florida, is one of the best German restaurants in the United
States. The owner is from Killburg, Germany and brought with him the true taste of Germany.
The food is exactly what you would expect and exceeds expectations. Check out their web site
for further information. I was very pleasantly surprised and you will be too. Prosit!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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