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“Hearty German fare”

Jacob Wirth Restaurant
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Ranked #312 of 3,186 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, German, Bar, European, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Between Washington and Tremont
Description: We are a historic German Beer Hall offering Jacob Wirth's traditional hearty family recipes with all American favorites. We have trivia Monday nights from 5:30pm to 7pm and Piano Sing-A-Long's Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights 8pm-Close.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Hearty German fare”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

The food at Jacob Wirth was good, hearty German fare, and there were very many choices for beer. The service was friendly but not very efficient--it took a long time after we were seated for the waitress to appear and we had to repeatedly ask for water. Their Open Table system was also lacking as they canceled our reservation while we were in the process of eating there, and I found an e-mail notification of that fact when I got home. I immediately called the restaurant and they said they'd take care of it, but never did, which was annoying; I had to write to the Open Table support site.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank casey234
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Duryea, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“German food done right!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stopped in here for lunch one day on the advice of a friend and because it was close to our hotel. What great advice! I had the Potato Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream Freche and Fire Roasted Apples- oh my God, I can't even describe how good they were. My now-husband had the Boursin Mushroom Burger Grilled and Topped with Creamy Boursin and Sautéed Mushrooms, which he also enjoyed very much. Complimentary cornbread started off the meal, which we enjoyed with his beer and my hard cider. Cute pub decor, and a dining area large enough that we didn't have to wait to be seated, which was lovely. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful with the menu. Would definitely go back!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank melastica
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Listowel, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Comfortable, friendly & yummy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

Our son wanted to go to the restaurant as they both have the same name. We are from Canada so my husband was asking some questions about the city, our waitress didn't know, so she got someone who did. Food was "down to earth" & excellent. The staff was very friendly & they made us feel welcome and at home.

Visited June 2013
Thank Wanda C
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Coventry, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Adequate but unspectacular”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went with a Groupon, 2 aps, 4 entrees, 2 desserts for $45 which is a very good deal. Food and service had their ups and downs. We had the nibbler plate, which was a sausage sampler with kraut, pickles red cabbage and potato salad, and a second app of deep fried breaded balls of chopped sausage and kraut. Both had mustard-based sauces and both were very yummy. We had jaegar shntizle, wienersnnitzel (with a fried egg) sand sauerbraten. The veal in the shnitzels was tender, the coating was nicely fried and crisp. The weinershnitzal came with a lemon dill sauce which was flavorful and tied the dill spaetzle with the dish. The fried egg was overdone, no runny yolk. Less successful was the sweet pea (just a few frozen peas tossed in) spaetzle served with the jaeger shnitzle: soft, underseasoned and bland. My piece of sauerbraten (shared with my wife) was bone-dry, even with the gingersnap sauce. Didn't hold a candle to my own or anything I've had in Germany. I had trouble swallowing it without a wash of water or beer. Speaking of which, they have a nice assortment of 44 on tap, with food pairing recommendations. We had apple streusel and German chocolate cake. The streusal was particularly yummy, flakey with a cherry and port reduction. The service kind of bogged down as the meal progressed. Our server never came back to ask if we wanted a second round of beers or dessert drinks, or a refill of the water pitcher (why waitstaff doesn't try for another round [within reason of course] of drinks is beyond me; it's easy money for the house and the tip. And it took 40 minutes to get the dessert orders placed and the check. So, all in all, it was fine for the groupon price, not so much for the $141 + tip it would have cost without it.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank drpepper_11
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Belmont, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A little touch of Germany in Boston”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

There is not a large German presence in the Boston area, but Jacob Wirth's does a great job of representing. It is a pub-style restaurant, roomy, booming, with lots of tables and a long bar. The menu hosts a variety of German dishes as well steaks, chops, burgers, fish and other hearty food. The decor is a mix of pub items, such as the rim shelf all round the room featuring beer tap pull-handles of a couple hundred brand of beer from all round the world, and more German touches such as the banners from around Germany suspended from the ceiling. The wursts are wonderful, plump, juicy and flavorful, steamed in beer. Their macaroni and cheese is amazing, with a dash of basil and a delicious crumbled topping. Fish and chips is crispy, flaky and light. And even the simple cheeseburger was a very tasty beef flavor and done exactly as ordered. As expected, they have a tremendous selection of beers from all over, both in bottles and on tap. We were all too full to try desserts - maybe next time, and there will definitely be a next time!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank AlleghenyJ
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