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German, European, Central European
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2121 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA
+1 510-647-5016
11:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 22:00
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236 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Was in town for a conference and saw this place on my TripAdvisor app and a good place for schnitzel and beer. It delivered both and they were incredibly delicious! Highly recommend if you are in town!

Thank TomGrandy
San Ramon, California
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131 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Three couples went to Gaumenkitzel to celebrate Oktoberfest. The restaurant is very warm and inviting with a festival air (high vaulted ceilings, colorful banners, beer and steins on display). We sat on the long tables by the bar which was great for conversation and food sharing. The beers we tried were all delicious (the map that came with the tasting... More 

Thank Ligaya M
Berkeley, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

You wouldn't think that a German restaurant would be diet-friendly (in my case, Weight Watchers -- diet for life), but their arugula salad and cannellini bean soup are just the ticket for a tasty, healthy and relatively low-calorie meal. I love the friendly staff and colorful decor of the place.

Thank RiverRaftingMom
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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Greeted at the door by the owner and chef. We had the pork schnitzel and added a side of sauerkraut. The food was fresh and delicious. Highly recommend you visit and enjoy next time you are in Berkeley.

Thank Linda B
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116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Excellent beer selection with knowledgeable staff. Open space, nice ambiance, excellent service. Yes, it is German food but with a healthy, fresh twist. I had vegetarian pattie plate and it was so satisfying, others ordered more traditional German dishes and all were happy. Wine and beer only. Generous servings.

1 Thank Cornelia Z
Berkeley, California
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380 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

We came back and experienced again great German food and a very good service. The beer selection is especially outstanding as you can get brews that are even difficult to get in Germany like the Kloster Andechs. I liked the Jagerschnitzel, other in our group liked their Kasseler and the Goulasch. Overall everybody was pleased. Don't forget the Brezel as... More 

1 Thank hiking-har
Zurich, Switzerland
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103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Of course, there are tons of German beers and classics such us pretzel, but I came for the Schnitzel and Spätzle. I love Schnitzel, and I love Spätzle. I also often cook it at home, so I was very curious, if Berkeley really has a great German eatery. It does. Wow, it was wonderful! Usually, I'm not very much into... More 

3 Thank fabian_zurich
San Jose, California
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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

The restaurant was nice and the service was good. I started with the Butternut/Apple soup and that was very good. But unfortunately, the goulash was disappointing. I think my dish contained maybe 2-3 small chunks of meat and the overall taste was quite bland - nothing like what goulash should taste like. (I was just in Berlin and the Czech... More 

1 Thank tinaNtravel
Claremont, California
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91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

We normally don't choose German restaurants when eating out. They have a lovely variety of vegetarian choices in addition to their regular menu. The food is very fresh and innovative. My husband ordered the fish special and said it was delicious. My vegetarian dish was wonderful and I look forward to my next meal there.

1 Thank FLB
Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

They have a well-rounded beer selection, including some style that are hard to find in America like Dusseldorf altbiers. The spaetzle was pretty good. I'll be back for sure!

1 Thank HeartOfSaturdayNight

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$20
German, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2121 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-647-5016
Organic German Slow Food. Handcrafted with Love. Largest German beer and wine selection in the East Bay.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?