What is better than having German beer on tap and some hearty German meals on a chilly evening in the city? Ever since I stumbled upon Suppenkuche on a chilly Wednesday evening late last year, it has become one of my regular spots.

Suppnekuche is located on the corner of Hayes and Laguna in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. The entrance is subtle, and our first-time guests are almost always surprised by how vibrant and busy it is once we enter the restaurant.

The beer menu itself is enough to throw a beer lover into ecstasies, especially for a German beer fan — a lot of the choices can rarely be found in stores in the states. My regular orders are from the Doppelbock and Dunkel menu, but my friends have enjoyed others as well.

Food is hearty — the pretzels are made perfectly (along with Bavarian cheese); the rotisserie is juicy. Most importantly, they go so well with the beer. Despite the large portion served in Suppenkuche, we have cleaned our plates in the past.

Suppenkuche only takes reservation for parties of 6 or more people, so one can expect about a good 30-40 minutes’ wait without a reservation. We usually hang out by the bar while waiting to be seated.

Having to talk over a noisy crowd is a small price to pay for a pint and some good German food in the city. I am always down to take visitors here!

525 Laguna St
San Francisco CA 94102
Nearest BART: Civic Center — about a 10-minute walk away
(415) 252-9289


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