525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Fax: (415) 252-8661
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, German, Continental
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
03/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I love this place. Great environment, yummy food, and BOOTS! The schnitzel is yummy. I love the family style seating. It gets really crowded here, so make sure and get there early. They only take reservations for parties over 6. It may be a long wait, but it is worth it!
11/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
just came back from a birthday party of 9.. and was surprised to see the entry saying ""not a place to party"" the leader of our pack went to the restaurant the week before to check it out. she was seated in the back by herself, and was told that if you don't make a reservation at least a few weeks in advance all you can do is wait in line. She was told if we were there before they opened we could get a couple of tables pushed together.. we were there at 4:15 and did in fact get two tables by the front windows,,, the service was a little slow at first, as I think they were trying to get the smaller tables orders in before ours . the front room was full as soon as it opened at 5:00 (this was a Sunday evening) We had a wonderful birthday party, the service was great and the food was too much! I was not all that interested in going out for German food as the only place I had ever had it was at the German Cook when they were going out of business and and Schroeders Cafe .. was not all that excited about this birthday dinner... but, it was (after all) not my birthday dinner, so that was a reason for celebration...(lol) I loved the spaetzel (sp) we all loved it, we had 3 dishes of it,! the potato pancakes were crispy! weiner snietzel (again the spelling) was wonderful! I can't spell German food, I never likes German food, but tonight I changed my mind.. service, energy, and food was fantastic! only complaint was there was just tooo much food! we all had doggie bags! so if you have a large party of more than 4 people,, get there at least 30 minutes early as it is first come first serve! I hope the 30 year old gives it another try! I will be going back, and am already giving it a thumbs up to others to try!
08/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I made a reservation for my and myy friend's birthday party for 12 people a week in advance and later confirmed it by phone. Everything seemed to be OK, but when we arrived we were told that we had only 2 hours and then had to leave, and nothing could change it. It was a ""nice surprise"" because we were planning to spend a lot of time with friends, relax and not look at the watch every 10 minutes drinking beer in a hurry. And noone bothered to tell us about this policy before, if we had known beforehand we would have found a much better place. (We've been to this place before on Fridays and Saturdays and we spent there as much time as we wanted!). So my 30th birthday party was spoiled, my guests who arrived later barely had time to order anything. A very dissapointing experience. Avoid this place if you want to spend a good evening.
12/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
It was funny how much this place felt like a real German restaurant - there's big wooden bench tables, glass boots of beer, and really good cheese spaetzle. It a great place to go with a bunch of friends you want to drink and eat a hearty meal with. It's almost always full, but thats cool because you can hang at the bar and get one of their many foreign brews.
03/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Good luck getting into this place and finding a seat. Also good luck trying to hear a conversation. You're packed like sardines in this place, but if you're looking for a lively atmosphere with decent German cuisine, this is your place. I overheard a couple who had been waiting over an hour for a table and complained that several other people got seated before them. We waited about 30 minutes for a table.
11/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Every time I visit SF I have to swing by Suppenkuche. The beers are everything you could ask for, especially if you're asking for a two-liter boot. The venison is cooked perfectly with red cabbage, and the schnitzels are all solid, reliable meals. The German staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The scene is cozy hipster, and though it does get loud, you never feel cramped or rushed. Great place to spend an evening.
11/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Very expensive, very average food. Sure they have good beer; but you may get injured by the stranger next to you, stomping on the floor and smashing his beer stein on the table.The patrons are a mix of loud frat boys and eurotrash types- bring your earplugs and plan to text message your dinner companions-you won't be able to hear each other. The parking is the worst in town.
11/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I love this place! Again, It's one of those places I've taken everyone I know at one time or another.
Completely unique. The interior is designed to look like a wine cellar. Everyone dines by candlight on long wooden benches like at a bier garten. Be prepared to share your table, but everyone's doing it so it's european and cozy, and not intruding. Speaking of cozy, they've got the cutest candle-lit wooden box of a bar where you can also eat, and another cozy dining room in back. The food, alas I must say, is authentically German in it's slightly bland side, but very well prepared and enjoyable at the same time. The most excellent of beers ON TAP are served in their appropriately brewery-created glasses. It's always full after 6 because it's so popular, but (most of the time), one doesn't have to wait too long for a table. Oh and they have a great brunch on Sundays.
Sehr Gemuetlich! (cozy) and PLEASE! the last part of it's name (Suppenkueche) is pronounced with a ""sh"" or a throaty ""kh"" sound depending on what part of Germany you favor, never a ""ch"" as in ""please choose to say it becomingly"". Had to throw that last bit in. Enjoy!
08/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
If it weren't for my sainted grandmother Id say German food is a contradiction in terms. Even so I go here once in a while to remind myself why I don't try spaetzle at home. Noisy crowd here is mildly entertaining and the trout here is as good as you can expect trout to be.
07/25/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend & I go to this place quite often. [Delicious Food, Great Beer, & Wonderful Service] Can't say that we've EVER had a bad time here. We mostly go for dinner, but went once for their brunch. Go early to the brunch, it gets very busy, very fast. Woohoo, Mimosas! I had a fantastically Cheesy, Vegetarian Omelet & my boyfriend got the Potato Pancakes. Wonderful! When we go for dinner we usually get the same thing each time, because we're Vegetarians, but it never gets old! There is a huge beer menu & if you get confused, the servers aren't shy about giving a recommendation about, or a quick sample of the drink in question. We've actually never asked for a sample, but we've gotten a few here-and-there, if we ask about something we've never tried. [a great help for picking out your next beer, if you're worried about commiting to 0.5L of something new] When it comes to the food menu, The Cheese Spätzle is to die for! & with a Side Salad, it just can't be beat! I also recommend the other Vegetarian dish, the Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, with Spinach, Feta & Pepper Sauce. If you're like me, and you want to eat light sometimes, they cater to your needs as well! [Unlike my boyfriend, I still eat fish... so...] I'll order their fantastic Salad, with Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, etc. & have them add Prawns to it. [most of the time it's not a problem, unless it's pretty busy, but it always gets done right] If there's a wait, chill at the bar until you get a table. 20 minutes goes by fast, on the busy nights, when you're kicking back a nice cold beer after a hard day of work. Prost! Sharing the tables when you get one is fun as well, sometimes you talk a bit, sometimes you don't. When the tab comes, we usually get out at about $40-something, [excluding tip] on the two-beer nights, so not that bad, and worth every penny. All-in-all, this place is like a chameleon. Whether you like to eat/drink light or heavy... they can help you out!
05/08/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I went here on a reccomendation and loved it. The wait wasn't so bad and the neighborhood's pleasant to walk around through in the meanwhile. The seating was a little cramped, but I didn't mind (three of us shared a longer table with another couple who sat at the end). I ordered the Marinated and Braised Beef with Cranberries that was good, but my friend ordered the Sautéed Porkloin in Mushroom Sauce that was killer. I kept picking at his plate the entire night.
ADDENDUM-- Went back this past weekend and had a horrible experience with the food. Pork was WAY over cooked and dry, spatzel was flavorless and mushroom sauce was the same that came with the bread dumpling. I'm not coming back. Sorry guys. Maybe it's better in the winter?
03/11/2006Provided by Citysearch -
If there would be any place to eat german food it would be here this restaurant is cheap and as tasty as it could get highly recommended!!! That night i went had a breaded pork chop with mashed patatoes. OMG! it was SO delicious!!!Go Here! They don't take reservation so go early.
01/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This is a noisy restaurant, but the food is quite good and the beer selection has many of the best beers in the world. They won't sit you until your group is all in attendance. Parking can be difficult, but there is a valet service across the street. The neighborhood is a little 'rough' around the edges, so keep alert when walking to/from your car.
11/17/2005Provided by Citysearch -
When I was looking for a new restaurant to try for my birthday dinner with group of friends I came to citysearch. Deciding that I wanted to go to a German restaurant I choose Suppenkuche based on the user reviews and over rating. I was VERY disappointed. I made reservations, but when we got there all of the tables were full. Why I'm not sure, but about 30 minutes later we finally got our table. The waitress was fairly attentive, but the food was just okay, and it certainly wasn't anything to write home about. It was definitely overrated and overpriced. The only good thing was the beer, which was AWESOME! So I guess if you want to go for drinks its a pretty good place, but not for food.
11/06/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Fun ambiance with great beer selection, but long waits for parties of less than six and very poor service. Food is average, typically heavy and greasy classic german food, but fair for the price. Wait staff is typically unattentive and wait for food may be long.
10/16/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I did not have a high expectation, but I was pleasantly surprised. The host was courteous, even though the wait was long. He recommended the specials to us. When we were seated, we ordered potato pancakes, suckling pigs, leg of lam, venison sausages. They were beyond our expectations. The side dishes were as well. Especially the creamed spinach. I feel oliged to write a postiive comment here because we had a great time. Bring friends, its agoing to eb a great night out
08/07/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I've been here several times with either a large group or a few friends and it's always excellent. The food is amazing and the servers keep your drinks flowing and make sure there is plenty of food on the table. The portions are huge, so come hungry!
If you've never been there, you sit German family style meaning you could be seated with other couples or diners at these long wood tables. Makes for an interesting night!
The jagerschnitzel and meatloaf are some of the favorites, but feel free to ask the servers for suggestions on both the meals and the beer as there is a huge variety of authentic german brews.