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For more than forty years, we are a casual, and "gemuetliches" German-Texan restaurant, that is all about Sausages, Wiener Schnitzel and great German Beer and Wine. During all this time, Rudi has enjoyed a loyal and regular following and makes each visit memorable and personal. The restaurant is for many customers "their home away from home". On the menu there is something for everyone! Our famous Wiener Schnitzels a delicate veal cutlet, breaded and pan-fried, or the selection of grilled Sausages Bratwurst, Knackwurst and Polish Sausage. The very popular Heritage Dinner plate is a sampling of Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Austrian Potatoes, Sausages, Roasted Chicken, Pork Loin, Wiener Schnitzel
$5 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
German, European, Central European
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet, Free Wifi, Live Music
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has been awhile since we visited this restaurant. And we were not displeased again. Even though the place was quite empty due to the Covid 19 virus we were treated with open arms. We brought two of our friends to taste German for the...first time for them. We asked for a quite place as the accordion player was in full mode and we were placed back in the wine cellar room. The food was fantastic and the servers were very accommodating. I would give this place 5 stars every time we would visit Rudy's.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Rudi L, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We truly appreciate your continued support, especially during these times! Thank you for sharing the great experience you had with us, and for your recommendation of us to others. We take pride in the high-quality food we serve here and we look forward to all...More

Reviewed October 28, 2020

I've been to Germany twice, and Austria(its pretty much Germany), and I honestly can say the German food here is just as good as anything I've had in Europe! During lunch they have some ridiculous deals in which I can't grasp how they could possibly...making a profit. Inside is some fun German decor supported by a friendly and German efficient staff. I got the three meat daily lunch special...for a mere $12 I got three sizeable pieces of pork: wiener schnitzel, roast pork with gravy, and chicken schnitzel...all meaty German goodness! This all came with a nice side of spätzle and green salad to start. What a deal! Not sure when I'll be back in Houston, but if I ever am I'll definitely be back here.More

Date of visit: June 2020
106rudil, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review and kind words. We pride ourselves on serving fresh, authentic German cuisine and we're so glad you agree! It's so great knowing how much you enjoyed your lunch and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Reviewed July 2, 2020

My wife and I really like Rudi Lechner's restaurant. We visit it every month to enjoy the best Austrian/German food and beer. The cuisine is very delicious, our favorites are sausages, Wiener and Jager schnitzel with red cabbage, potato pancake, apfelstrudel. The selection of German...beers is large, and you can always choose what you like. The restaurant will meet you with a wonderful design and comfort. Friendly staff, high level of service, if you find it difficult to choose, you will be briefly and accurately told about various dishes. Many thanks to all the employees of the restaurant. SergeyMore

Date of visit: February 2020
106rudil, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review and kind words, Sergey. We pride ourselves on serving authentic, delicious German cuisine and we're glad to hear you and your wife agree! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for more sausages and beer!

Reviewed March 11, 2020

Took some friends here who had never had German food and I was honestly embarrassed. Absolutely horrible service, asked for waters 4-5 times. The food was unbelievably bland, not seasoned what so ever. Please do not let this be your representation of German food.More

Date of visit: January 2020
106rudil, General Manager at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2020

We are very sorry to read of your dissatisfaction with your meal, and for any lapse in service you feel you experienced while dining with us. We would like to speak with you further. At your earliest convenience, please reach out to Angeli Miller, Manager...More

Reviewed January 13, 2020

To be fair, I spent almost 3 years in Germany in the military so had the advantage and pleasure of enjoying "authentic" German food. I live in the Houston area and have been searching for that wonderful "authentic" German cooking style, but alas to no...avail and this restaurant is no exception. In fact, I have to say I am stunned at all of the positive reviews Rudi Lechner's has received. I ordered the Jagerschnitzel with an extra helping of Spaetzle (my favorite buttery German dish). What I received was what LOOKED like spaetzle (other than the orangish/yellow color), but was actually overcooked, mushy pasta with absolutely NO flavor. The $24.95 breaded veal cutlet (and I use the term breaded loosely) was actually a very thin and I mean thin layer of meat covered with what may or may not have been a breading. The sauce was as far from authentic as you can get and somewhat palatable (yes there were mushrooms, which was its saving Grace). The Latkes were absolutely delicious though. The music was wonderful. Now, the icing on the cake, so to speak, was the walk down a short hallway through the bar to the restrooms. I literally almost walked out at this point, the smell as you reached the restrooms was almost unbearable. It was pure and simple sewer (not someone oops and forgot to flush). The smell was pure sewage. In fact by the end of our meal, that sewage smell had begun seeping into the dining area. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of drinking too much water and had to make that hazard waste walk a second time, though this time, the bartender had the wherewithal to light a fragrant candle on the bar as you pass by. I will never visit this establishment again and will make sure my friends know that either the positive reviews were paid reviews or at the very least extremely old when perhaps Rudi Lechner's was under different management.More

Date of visit: January 2020
106rudil, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2020

Noelle, we are terribly sorry to read this feedback, as we would never want a guest to have this kind of experience with us. We hope you will give us another shot.

Reviewed December 7, 2019

I love this place so much the goodnight coffee is awesome everything is awesomeness the food is 100%

Date of visit: December 2019
Rudi L, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2019

Thank you for the great review, Brett! We can't wait to invite you back in for more!

Reviewed December 3, 2019 via mobile

Atmosphere and ambiance are great. Menu selections are great. But food is average. Had Wiener schnitzel and breading was caked and fell off. Jaeger schnitzel was tough. And for 25 bucks each, it was super disappointing. Won’t be back.

Date of visit: December 2019
Rudi L, Manager at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to read you were not pleased with our schnitzel. We hope you will join us again, as we know we will find something you will love!

Reviewed November 8, 2019 via mobile

The menu has become less German. No longer offer goulash! Grilled fish was good. Vegetables steamed w little seasoning. Chicken schnitzel was not thin across the chicken. Not pounded flat thoroughly. No apple sauce offered. Interior has been the same for many years (20+), looking...tired now. Disappointed that authentic German food is lacking in the menu, unlike last year. Apple strudel not v flaky; taste more raisins that apple! Potatoes soup was tasty w salted ham. Good value for a simple lunch entree w salad. Salad was ordinary w ranch or vinegrette dressing only.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Rudi L, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2019

Peter, we are disheartened to read your review. We pride ourselves on serving authentic German cuisine and we apologize your experience fell below expectations. We take all reviews seriously and will be looking into this.

Reviewed October 25, 2019

Hadn't been to this restaurant in quite a long time and was looking forward to a good German meal while visiting Houston. Well this was not it. Should have had a clue when it took over 15 minutes for the waitress to recognize our table...and the restaurant was not very busy at that time. The menu has changed and they no longer serve sauerbraten or rouladen which were the 2 dishes we were looking forward to. Settled for the schnitzel and goulash. Started out ordering beer of which they did not have 2 of our first choices so settled on a 3rd choice. Ordered potato pancakes as an appetizer and soup before the entree. Over 20 minutes passed and we asked the waitress about our appetizer and she said "I'll bring it when it's done." She did return with the appetizer....After another 20 minutes she came out with our soup along with the entrees. Told her we wanted the soup first and to just take it off our bill which she did. The schnitzel was good, the fried potatoes were cold but who wanted to send them back at this point. The goulasch was very tender but the spaetzle reminded us of spaetzle shaped kraft mac and cheese. I have never been at a German restaurant that put cheese on the spaetzle. Also finished with the black forest cherry cake which was disappointing and tasted more like wet chocolate cake. I know I don't have to waste my time here the next visit to Houston.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Rudi L, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2019

Lynn, we are terribly sorry to read this review of your experience. We apologize for the lapse in service and any miscommunication that occurred during your visit. We will be sure to look into your feedback right away. Please contact us at your earliest convenience...More

Reviewed October 5, 2019

I went on a Saturday night after work and it was a packed house listening to the live music. There were all kinds of people. I had the smoked salmon on potato pancake and it was absolutely delicious. Their coleslaw and potato soup are also...worth the trip. Of course, they have a huge selection of beers. Especially for being so crowded service was very good.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Rudi L, Owner at Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2019

Jim, thank you for the great review on your recent Saturday night with us! We are happy to read you loved the live music, authentic German cuisine, and beer selections. We hope to have you back again soon!

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