Steeped in tradition, the Dakota Inn has been serving hearty German food and beer since 1933. Sauerbraten with homemade spatzle, potato pancakes with ... More
Dakota Inn Rathskeller (The)
Steeped in tradition, the Dakota Inn has been serving hearty German food and beer since 1933. Sauerbraten with homemade spatzle, potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream, and a combination plate of bratwurst and knackwurst served with potato salad and homemade sauerkraut are among the specialties, with chicken and fish for those who crave a lighter fare. Weekends feature sing-alongs and live bands.
The food was TERRIBLE, the Rouladen was a cheap meatloaf in cylinders, not the real thing. The hot potato salad was cold and mushy. The red cabbage had neither flavor nor texture. I feel like inducing vomiting now that I am home. I have eaten here before, and am shocked at the decline.
This place is one of the nicest dining experiences in Detroit! What great food! The potato pancakes are better than my grandmothers. Leave you diets at the door. The breadsticks are even a nice treat. Take your friends, have a great evening ... you can even sing at your table. (Something grandma never allowed. :)
If you are hankering for a German meal w/ bier then there are three places to go in Detroit. Richter's Chalet in Dearborn, Jacoby's downtown and this place. Richter's German menu is a little more extensive and has more American items, but it only serves a few German biers and it is a quiet restaurant. Jacoby's has few German dishes but more biers than Richters and more American dishes and beers, and has an atmoshpere relative to what event is downtown (if downtoen is packed, this place is packed). At the Dakota you will only find four American beers, so go there to drink bier, not beer. I recommend a hefe wiessen. Most people know the German pilsners and lagers (and consequently do not like foriegn beers), but have them pour you a weiss from the bottle, they will roll the bottle and get the settlement too (That is drinking a bier, not a beer). The lunches there are quiet and the lunch menu is brief (knackwurst for me w/ a side order of spatzle). Dinners can be rowdy and packed, and you might need reservations. If you want a quiet dinner then be there at 5pm when it opens. With bands during Oktoberfest or piano players most Friday and Saturday nights, the place can be filled w/ people and singing (I have seen all races enjoying the comaraderie). The dinner menu is more extensive, but just like the bier selection, the menu selection is mostly German. I think the place is awesome. I go to all three because they are good, but if you have been to Germany and hanker for German food, bier and atmosphere then go to the Dakota on a friday or saturday night. Checkout the web link above for all the details. Best time I had during the Christmas season was at the Dakota. Lastly the place has been at John R and McNichols since 1933 (about 4 blocks off of I75), so the neighborhood is rundown, but the Dakota is well lit and the parking is fenced (and guarded at night). I have never had a problem, and have convinced many people to go there (and they have never had a problem).
Guten Tag! My wife and I ventured below 8 Mile Road in persuit of some good German food. The surrounding area is very run down...litter and trash everywhere, broken out windows, gang grafitti, etc. Parking lot is fenced in with razor-wire along the top. Some old man stands in the guard shack and watches the lot. The place is very, very old...but has an awesome old world German feel to it. The food is average, The service staff was accomodating. They do allow smoking. Get there early and make reservations before hand. They open at 5 pm. Expect about an hour to eat. The place is so-so. I probably would not recommend this place. Save your money and go somewhere else unless you are going there to drink some imported alcohol.
Owned by the same family for over 70 years. Neighborhood may seem scary. Had great fun on singalong night. Bring your own list of songs, at least you'll know the words! Lived in Bavaria for awhile. This place brought back good memories. Food was decent. Waitstaff very accommodating. Can't wait for Oktoberfest.
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