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“Not bad, not great...”

Schneithorst's Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #559 of 2,995 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: American, Austrian, German
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Nearly 60 years ago, the present-day Schneithorst's Hofamberg Inn took up residence at Lindbergh and Clayton roads. It was the culmination of the founder, Arthur B. Schneithorst, Jr.'s dreams: a place where outstanding food and service could come together in an atmosphere equally suited to business and family dining / entertainment. But the present-day Schneithorst's isn't the beginning of the story. For that, we have to return to 1917 when his father, Arthur Schneithorst, Sr. started Benish's Restaurant at Eighth and Olive downtown. Arthur Jr. recalls eating at the downtown family restaurant every day until the Depression years finally closed its doors. His father reentered the restaurant business by opening the Rock Grill at 204 N. Eighth St. Arthur Jr. was in law school at the time, but it wasn't long before he joined his father in the family business. In 1937, the family took over the Bevo Mill, where Arthur Jr. got his first real taste of the Bavarian dining experience. When his father passed away in 1947, Arthur Jr. and his mother continued running the Bevo Mill until 1955. In the meantime, Arthur Jr. was successfully operating the separate restaurant business, handling the airport food and restaurant concession business, as well as food operations at seven Holiday Inns. Then came 1956, the year the Hofamberg Inn was born. "I was always in the right place at the right time," Arthur Jr. recalls. he purchased the land for the inn at arguably the busiest intersection in St. Louis. The location, along with the uniquely Bavarian menu and exceptional service, proved to be big factors in the restaurant's success. While Schneithorst's is known for its Bavarian atmosphere and menu, the restaurant continues to add new, lighter dishes, serving seafood and chicken as well as the traditional weinerschnitzel and sauerbraten. Today the fourth generation of the restaurant dynasty is carrying on the family tradition of good food and service in a warm atmosphere. While new ideas ensure Schneithorst's will always keep pace with today's restaurant goers, one thing will never change...a sincere desire to make your visit memorable. "We build this business by making friends. Friends for life." From the Schneithorst family to yours, many thanks for your friendship through the years.
Reviewed March 12, 2014

The facilities are lovely & the menu is extensive with German/Bavarian style dishes. Our server was friendly. The food was ok but could be so much better with a few tweaks. The spaetzles were mushy & lacked flavor. The sweet & sour cabbage was overcooked. The various meats ordered by our group were tasty. Dessert menu included apple strudel-what arrived at the table resembled apple turnovers. Overall the meal was adequate but disappointing if you are familiar with authentic German/Bavarian cuisine.

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Went to Schneithorst's this week for dinner. Even though I knew they renovated in the past handful of years, I was surprised that it is not at all unique anymore. What I remembered of the old Schneithorst's was as a rather rustic German pub that had a great German menu and its own identity - there was no other place in St. Louis quite like it...

Inside, the new Schneithorst's bar (Bierkeller on the northwest side of Schneithorst's) has kept some of the old world charm, but the interior of the Schneithorst's restaurant (in the same main building, but it runs parallel to Lindbergh, across from Plaza Frontenac) looks like a cross between Uncle Bob's Pancake House and a Ruby Tuesday's or Applebee's. The menu, too, got a downgrade. You will still find some German fare on the menu mixed in with some standard bar food. Surprisingly I do have to say that the service at Schneithorst's was a bright spot!

I would definitely go back to the Bierkeller (the happy hour specials for drinks and food are only available in this section anyway), but I will not be beating a path to their restaurant.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

I have been coming here since I was a child. It is a place that everyone in St Louis should try at least once. The restaurant is a wonderful German experience and the breakfast location is also worth visiting.

The staff is well trained and the service is usually top notch. Waiters are attentive, informative and quick. The location is very convenient being just off 40 on Lindbergh; not far from Clayton and the 270 interchange and in the middle of the metropolitan area.

The only downside is they no longer have vichyssoise on their daily menu which used to bring my family in much more often just by itself. Management,if you are ready this please bring it back!

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1  Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went around Christmas for an early dinner before a show. It was a cold day, and we had a table by the fireplace. Beer was great, food was great, atmosphere was great, service was great. Hard to beat. I had the sauerbraten and my wife had the pork rouladen - both were very good.

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1  Thank LesPalmer
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We had read reviews on all of the German restaurants in St. Louis area and were afraid to try any of them. Marriott West suggested this one and we are glad we went. It seems they have a new chef the past month or so. German food was good and their new dessert was excellent.

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1  Thank Gloria S
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