It should be clarified that this is a beer bar and eatery first and a bottle shop second. As a bar/eatery it excels and is very authentically German but with the very welcome and uncharacteristic half dozen odd American taps. No slouches either. As a bottle shop it never carries more than 30 varieties of beer, often less, all German, maybe some Austrian and sometimes bottles you can’t get anywhere else in the Bay Area. It’s one of the best beer bars on the Peninsula but it’s not a must-visit as a bottle shop.
tightslice (14) Redwood City, California | August 23, 2014| Updated October 20, 2015
This place is small but very quaint with a lot of personality. Great german beer selection and the pretzels w/ salami are incredible. It does get crowded but it’s always worth the visit. Very overlooked bottle selection (mostly german and saison/sours) in the front of the store.
What a cool place. Half German beer garden, half German retail shop. Big list of German draft beers, somewhat rare to find that. Also have a host of great US/west coast brews. Outdoor beer garden, and the food looked great. Plenty of German fare...
Another place I’ve been to a few times and never reviewed. This place is awesome. It’s located in downtown Redwood City which probably doesn’t mean too much to most people, but there is a CalTrain station nearby, so there’s public transit available from SF. It looks like a German themed trinket gift shop from the outside, which I guess it is for most of the front of the store, but there are some bottles on the shelves in the back. The bar area is in the rear of the place with really nice ambiance and friendly bartenders. The selection has a mix of German beers and locals. They have a separate list for each, so depending on where you sit, you’ll have to get up to view the other part of the draft list since the bar is L shaped. The food is pretty good here, obviously mostly German stuff, but they frequently put their own twist on things. There are a few tables inside and more open seating outside on the back patio, but I’ve never gone out there. Overall, this is the place I come to when I have a serious hankering for some fresh, draft German lagers.
Very cool bar in the back of a German grocery store. They have both German and US/California taps running, with a pretty interesting selection. Small but high impact bottle list, with a surprisingly small markup. I would go back here any time.
Been visting here since my family moved to CA in the mid 90s. Only started drinking here 5 years ago.
The setup has changed quite a bit over the years. Now about half the floor space is dedicated to the restaurant and bar and the other half is the shop. No more upstairs seating, but that’s probably for the best. They’ve recently expanded the bar to wrap around the corner and include a few more taps.
Service is good and they let you pretty much do what ever you want. The family that runs the place is really nice. The son took over a few years ago but the parents still come in a couple times a week and help out. Many of the German customers have been replaced with younger non-Germans, but that’s alright.
There are always at least half a dozen German taps and bottles but they’ve been putting in more and more American and experimental beers. Aweesome place but it does get really crowded on the weekends.
Prices can be a bit steep on the non beer stuff but it’s also the only place around to find most of that stuff.
Honestly, one of my favorite beer places, period. The Staudts are super nice and generous people and very accommodating. Always a great selection of German beers in bottles and on tap, many of which are rarely seen in the US. An awesome bierstube in the back with a market/store up front. The food is very good, too. I spend way too much time here every time I make it back to the Bay Area.
German grocery store in the front and an expanding seating area in the back. Covered outside seating area that is a great place to hang on a warm afternoon. Great service! Fresh German beers and a few local gems on tap. I think they have 13 taps. Great German food.