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German, European, Central European
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2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1827
+1 510-647-5016
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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San Ramon, California
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131 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Three couples went to Gaumenkitzel to celebrate Oktoberfest. The restaurant is very warm and inviting with a festival air (high vaulted ceilings, colorful banners, beer and steins on display). We sat on the long tables by the bar which was great for conversation and food sharing. The beers we tried were all delicious (the map that came with the tasting... More 

Thank Ligaya M
Berkeley, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

You wouldn't think that a German restaurant would be diet-friendly (in my case, Weight Watchers -- diet for life), but their arugula salad and cannellini bean soup are just the ticket for a tasty, healthy and relatively low-calorie meal. I love the friendly staff and colorful decor of the place.

Thank RiverRaftingMom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Greeted at the door by the owner and chef. We had the pork schnitzel and added a side of sauerkraut. The food was fresh and delicious. Highly recommend you visit and enjoy next time you are in Berkeley.

Thank Linda B
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

Excellent beer selection with knowledgeable staff. Open space, nice ambiance, excellent service. Yes, it is German food but with a healthy, fresh twist. I had vegetarian pattie plate and it was so satisfying, others ordered more traditional German dishes and all were happy. Wine and beer only. Generous servings.

1 Thank Cornelia Z
Berkeley, California
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363 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

We came back and experienced again great German food and a very good service. The beer selection is especially outstanding as you can get brews that are even difficult to get in Germany like the Kloster Andechs. I liked the Jagerschnitzel, other in our group liked their Kasseler and the Goulasch. Overall everybody was pleased. Don't forget the Brezel as... More 

1 Thank hiking-har
Zurich, Switzerland
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168 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

Of course, there are tons of German beers and classics such us pretzel, but I came for the Schnitzel and Spätzle. I love Schnitzel, and I love Spätzle. I also often cook it at home, so I was very curious, if Berkeley really has a great German eatery. It does. Wow, it was wonderful! Usually, I'm not very much into... More 

3 Thank fabian_zurich
San Jose, California
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196 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016

The restaurant was nice and the service was good. I started with the Butternut/Apple soup and that was very good. But unfortunately, the goulash was disappointing. I think my dish contained maybe 2-3 small chunks of meat and the overall taste was quite bland - nothing like what goulash should taste like. (I was just in Berlin and the Czech... More 

1 Thank tinaNtravel
Claremont, California
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189 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We normally don't choose German restaurants when eating out. They have a lovely variety of vegetarian choices in addition to their regular menu. The food is very fresh and innovative. My husband ordered the fish special and said it was delicious. My vegetarian dish was wonderful and I look forward to my next meal there.

1 Thank FLB
Berkeley, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2015

They have a well-rounded beer selection, including some style that are hard to find in America like Dusseldorf altbiers. The spaetzle was pretty good. I'll be back for sure!

1 Thank HeartOfSaturdayNight
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

On vacation in Oakland, the Berkley area offers a myriad of ethnic choices for the weary traveler just minutes away from their accommodations. We walked into this delightful German gasthaus and were transported back to our days in Frankfurt Germany in the 70's. The beer choices were plentiful and pleasant tasting in the German style. Being older, we split a... More 

1 Thank Anthony L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $20
German, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1827
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-647-5016
Organic German Slow Food. Handcrafted with Love. Largest German beer and wine selection in the East Bay.

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