As a new resident of Tampa and a former soldier who loved being stationed in Germany, I sought out a German restaurant with authentic German food. After my wife and I visited a few restaurants we had discovered in advertisements -- and been disappointed by each -- we consulted an old friend of German descent who lives in the area. She told us "the best German food in Tampa" is at The German Restaurant. She was absolutely correct. We have eaten there many times and taken visiting family and friends from up north every chance we get. We have never been disappointed. The restaurant is family owned and operated and you will feel like part of the family the moment you walk in the door. The food is universally good and authentic. The pork schnitzel is the specialty of the house and my favorite dish. It comes with a side of German potato salad that is the best this side of the Atlantic. And, as someone else has said, "the German beer was cold and delicious". The portions are huge and boxes to go are common. If you can, try the desserts -- they bring back memories of the old country. Finally, the prices are very reasonable. Give it a try.