Right in the middle of Oktoberfest’s namesake month, there’s no better time to take in a gut-busting meal of German classics. Thankfully, Los Angeles has its fair share of places to celebrate the gluttonous festivities, with everything from old school German-inspired villages to contemporary beer halls unleashing a roster of sausages, pretzels, and other Bavarian snacks to soak up massive supplies of ale. Here now, the very best German eateries in Los Angeles, presented from west to east.Read More
14 Essential German Restaurants to Try in Los Angeles
Just in time for Oktoberfest
1. German Cold Cuts Inc.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
There's nothing particularly fancy about German Cold Cuts, the unassuming shop across from the Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills. The smallish space offers shelves filled with traditional German ingredients and candies, but also carries a strong deli counter with everything from creamy European cheeses to cuts like olive loaf. Better still, they're available to be made into sandwiches, with options to throw in a bite of German pastry at the end as well.
2. Van Nuys German Deli
Van Nuys German Deli is a 1970's-era institution, a classic Valley sandwich staple that's predictably short on charm but long on flavor and fun. Step into the old storefront for a collection of fan favorite ingredients to take home, then order up a big sandwich from the deli counter to really round out the experience.
3. Brat & Bräu - Grilled Gourmet Sausages & German and Belgian Beer
An offshoot of La Brea mainstay Wirsthaus, Hermosa Beach’s Brat & Brau has quickly made itself at home in the beach city. Just a few steps from the bustling pier, the casual handmade sausage and beer joint is an ideal place for refueling after a day soaking in the sun.
Berlin-style döner kebabs are all the rage at the aptly-named Berlins on West Third Street. The strip mall favorite turns out endless versions of the classic German street food snack during the busy lunch rush, attracting interested locals and in-the-know Germans alike.
5. Loreley Restaurant and Beer Garden [CLOSED]
As a more low key option for West Hollywood, Loreley doesn't play up the German beer garden angle much. That's okay for in-the-know locals who head in for a leafy setting filled with casual bar bites, lots of German beer, and plenty of outdoor seating. [Closed as of January 2018]
6. Wirtshaus German Restaurant & Beer Garden
Wirtshaus is a long-running German favorite, with its deep wooden vibe and big steins of beer. During the restaurant's annual Oktoberfest celebrations it's easy to find lederhosen and accordion music, but all year long the place is busy sending out platters of sausages and pints of German beer.
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7. Alpine Village
This South Bay landmark is a haven for German food lovers year-round, what with its massive complex that houses a market and bakery, beer hall, and full-blown restaurant. There may be no more festive place in all of Los Angeles (hell even in the entire country) to celebrate Oktoberfest than in its Torrance confines, with oom pah pah bands and free-flowing beer that make for quite the party.
8. The Red Lion Tavern
It’s easy to feel willkommen in Red Lion Tavern’s kitchy space. The chatlet-inspired confines are the place to enjoy heaping sausage platters enjoyed alongside steins of good German beers.
9. Berlin Currywurst
Germany’s favorite street food takes center stage at Grand Central Market staple Berlin Currywurst. With a selection of sausages stuffed into a bun with sauerkraut or served doused in curry sauce, this easy-going snack is an idyllic lunch on the go.
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10. Wurstküche Restaurant
Located in the hippest neighborhoods in the City (that is the Arts District and Venice, of course), Wurstkuche is far for your average German beer garden. That’s largely thanks to a menu of exotic sausages to run from the classics to a rattlesnake and rabbit variety.
11. Schreiner's Fine Sausages
Glendale institution Schreiner's Fine Sausages is known for its wide selection of German-style deli meats (black forest ham, anyone?), condiments, and assorted German foodstuffs. Thankfully the place also turns out a pretty tasty casual lunch, with room for grilled brats, knackwurst sandwiches, and more.
12. Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden
An offshoot of Wirtshaus, this Long Beach newcomer is fitting in nicely with the neighborhood thanks to its colorful interior design, ample outdoor seating, and a menu of hits like schnitzel and big soft pretzels.
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13. 4th & Olive Restaurant
One of the shining stars of the Long Beach restaurant scene is 4th and Olive, an Alsatian eatery that’s known for everything from their increasingly famous pretzel on down. Add in the fact that the restaurant actively hires veterans to run the place, and you've got a feel good story that tastes even better.
14. Der Wolfskopf
Pasadena's Der Wolfskopf (known to locals as just Der Wolf or The Wolf) is far from an authentic German experience, but that's okay. The place is comfortable for locals to head in for a drink and maybe some live music on weekends, while those seeking a more dedicated European experience can stick to the imported beer list and grab a pretzel or other snacks to boot. Don't skip on the spicy Polish kielbasa either.