The decor of Walzwerk is a cross between upscale California and proletariat chic. There is a lot of metal in the tables, chairs and paneling. The ... More
The decor of Walzwerk is a cross between upscale California and proletariat chic. There is a lot of metal in the tables, chairs and paneling. The floor is unadorned and unapologetic cement, a fact that cannot be easy on the wait staff's feet as they bustle about. Despite that, they are a personable bunch that hardly seems likely to foment a revolution. The cuisine is German, featuring potato pancakes, sausages, and Wienerschnitzel , perfect with the great selection of German beers available. Reservations accepted only for parties of four or more.
Good proletariat fare. Simple food, delicious, friendly staff. Loads of cultural knick knacks. Fun to see who comes in there. The potato pancakes were great, the Snitzel was very good. Only in San Francisco Mission could this really work, as in you feel like you are in E Berlin, and Berlin rocks.
This is really minimalist dining at its worst. I had some cracker with spread thing as an appetizer and started having flashbacks to eating cabbage soup in Eastern Europe during the nineties and the vestiges of communism.
Not sure why someone would want to subject themselves to spartan eats that are not necessarily cheap
Came upon Walzwerk while looking for a German restaurant in SF that wasn't the typical sausage-haus. It definitely fits the bill for an East German style place, but man, I've never been treated so poorly at a restaurant!
From the moment my friend and I arrived it was as though the staff didn't want us there. They barely acknowledged us when we came in, took 10-15 minutes to take our order (drinks or otherwise), and said nare one word to us the entire time. Meanwhile, everyone else in the restaurant seemed to get the royal treatment. We were so surprised we didn't really even know what to say, in English or German.
To be fair, the food is very authentic, and VERY German: not a lot of flair but good solid flavors. Still, service was down right elitist -- you might say asozial! Would not recommend for most.
If you like German food and haven't been to Walzwerk yet, you are truly missing out on the best food, atmosphere (East German circa '75) and beer in town. I recommend Wienerschniztel and substituting the Spaetzel. Park close to the restaurant - it's a somewhat sketchy area. Go once and you will come back again and again.
the menu is short (3 or 4 app, and 4 or 5 entrees), but the food is really good. I had bratwurst with mashed potatoes and chucrut (the mashed potatoes were not warm, but very good). The appfel strudel is remarkable.
And the ambience.. it really looks like being at the DDR around 1979 (erich honecker is young in the pictures, and there was one picture of brezhnev!).
I will take my family there when they come visit me at SF.
You really have to try hard to have a bad meal in SF. I took my German parents to Walzwerk. The staff was arrogant. There was no music.
It started out well enough with a Franziskaner wheat beer. Then the schnitzel came out and tasted like a deep fried leather shoe sole. The garlic pork was overdone, dry, and bland. My dad's brat was dry. For $5, Rosamunde Sausage Grill (lower Haight) puts this place to shame when it comes to sausage.
This is the worst meal I've had in SF, on par with a bad taqueria or Tommy's Joynt. Only it cost so much more.
In my mind, Walzwerk will always be verboten.
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