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Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh
Ranked #12 of 2,186 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: German
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Southside Flats
Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

I heard about this restaurant just recently and we immediately began to plan our visit. We just loved it!!! The city is beautiful, clean, friendly and had a lot of families visiting. The Hofbrauhaus was exceptional! The beer and food was great, the restaurant was clean ( which is amazing given the size ) and the service was excellent. Although the Hofbrauhaus is set up to resemble Germany's beer gardens, this is truly a family friendly environment where kids are welcome. Our bill was just over $100.00 but that covered 2 appetizers, 4 meals and 4 large beers. However, people do need to be aware that there are times where reservations should be made or you may not get in. Other times are first come first seated. So save yourself some disappointment and call or check with the restaurant before your visit.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

I just wanted to let people know that Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh does not appreciate Military Veterans in the same manner that I do. While the 2/4 Marines were in Pittsburgh we tried to take a group of Marines to this restaurant and they were refused service. I asked the bouncer why the men were not allowed to go in and he replied "He can refuse to let anyone in that he wants." Nice attitude......The guys were not intoxicated, they weren't acting up, I have no idea why they were not allowed in. I even explained that they were all Marines visiting from other states and the bouncer did not care. I always enjoyed hanging out here and thought it was a great spot in PGH for visitors. I will never step foot near it again.

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4  Thank Summer T
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Kelley W, Manager at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2013

In regards to the situation that occurred involving a group of Marines that were refused entry into our restaurant. We conducted a thorough investigation into this matter using our video surveillance footage and interviewed our security personnel and the uniformed Pittsburgh Police officer that was working the restaurant entrance. It was stated that we denied entrance to this group of gentleman because we do not support our military and that these gentleman were given no reason why they were denied entry. That is completely inaccurate.
When this situation was brought to our attention we were given the incorrect information regarding the day that this situation took place, which made it difficult to investigate as we had hours of video footage from the incorrect day to sort through. Once we located the video footage and realized that this situation occurred on Friday evening, not on Saturday as we were initially told, we had the information necessary to determine what actually happened. The group was denied entry according to our house policy of prohibiting entrance to the Hofbrauhaus with an open container. At this time these gentleman were instructed by the Pittsburgh Police Officer to throw away their beers and denied entrance to our restaurant by our security personnel for violation of the Pennsylvania State Liquor Open Container Law. These gentlemen were dressed in civilian street clothes and they were never asked to present ID so the fact that they were Marines was never brought into this situation.
We are sincerely sorry that this misunderstanding occurred. It's our goal to provide a fun place for everyone to enjoy; however occasionally situations arise which require us to enforce our company policies for the safety of our customers and compliance with the law.
We proudly support our troops and we appreciate others who have that same commitment. We hope this statement, confirmed via video surveillance and witness testimony by a Pittsburgh Police Officer and our staff will clear up any confusion.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Had a great night with friends at the Hofbrauhaus. There is an indoor area with long group tables, German music and great large steins of beer. There is also an outdoor area along the river that is very fun and relaxing. Great food and beer and very affordable. Two thumbs up!

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Hofbrauhaus has one large main room that seats family style. I believe there is an additional room for those who would like a quieter dining experience, but I have never sat in that section. The main room gives the impression of a perpetual Oktoberfest which is what makes this restaurant fun and unique. I ordered the Jagerschnitzel at the Haufbrauhaus and was pleasantly surprised with this dish. It was very tasty with a wine sauce and came with German potato salad and cabbage. The beer selection was nice and each came in these giant size mugs which lent an air to a real Oktoberfest experience. There also a man singing and playing German music while we ate with quite a bit of audience participation at times. Overall, it was a fun experience.

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Thank midnight1020
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Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

This isn't the place for the diet conscious or if you wantcto avoid crowds. Go hungry and want beer. Sit outdoors to look at the river and don't be in a hurry. Very busy place. Ok for children,strollers and kid gear. Good kinderschnitzel and kid drinks. Walk off dinner on the river trails near by. Like the live entertainment on stage inside.

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