Ahh German food. You either live for it or you hate it, there really seems to be no in between. (In case you were wondering, we love it here at Ushop.com.au).
I can think of few other things I love in the world over sauerkraut, German sausage and a very cold, very large beer.
Luckily for those in Melbourne, we have a great selection of German restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from. There is German food a plenty in Melbourne and today, we bring you our Top 8.
(If you are planning a big German food and beer night out, you should also start planning your recovery breakfast for the next day and we have you more than covered for that!).
German Restaurants In Melbourne – Our Top 8 For German Food & Beer!
The Hofbrauhaus | CBD
For more than 40 years, the Hofbrauhaus has sat in the same spot on a quiet street in the center of the business district in Melbourne. The Hofbrauhaus brings a unique Bavarian spirit (and some great brew and food to boot) to a business district that sometimes seems a little too uptight.
Nearly 50 years after its inception, the people of Melbourne know there is only one real Bavarian restaurant in town where you can really let go and have a great time.
When it comes to their selection of German beer, they have you covered. With German beer on tap and from the bottle. We are particularly fond of their Hofbräu Original.
You also won’t be disappointed when it comes to their selection of German food, with a large range of sausages, as well as favourites like goulash, pork terrine, smoked and cured meats & our favourite, the pickled roasted pork knuckle, served with sauerkraut and dumplings, which will set you back a respectable $36.50.
Hophaus | Southbank
The Hophaus pays tribute to the great Bavarian beer / bier hall – a true emblem of what German culture is partly about, where people can come together and have a drink, where they can sit and eat food together in sincere joy.
The Hophaus prides itself on keeping that tradition alive – but with a new modern style, a contemporary look, and a whole new energy.
The Hophaus has a dining hall inspired by art deco, an open kitchen, and a beautiful brick centerpiece. Hophaus has a lunch, bar, and dinner menu that will please anyone with a heartbeat and a palate.
With over 30 beers on tap and classic dishes like the Wurstplatte, full of traditional sausages, bread and mustard or their Chicken Schnitzel ($26) served with German potato salad, you’ll be sure to find that German dish you’ve been hankering for.
Berlin Bar | CBD
If you are looking for some quick German bar snacks and cold German beer, you’ve found your place. Open till late, the Berlin Bar is a favourite spot for a stop before a big night out, or on the way back from one!
While it’s not a restaurant, it’s a bar, it still makes our list for one truly glorious reason (other than German beer of course). The Currywurst. Berlin style sausage, sauerkraut, mayo and tomato sauce.
Just what I feel like after a few too many. It’s also only $8.50!
Cuckoo Restaurant | Olinda
The Cuckoo Restaurant has a unique and memorable name and the restaurant itself is all about the smorgasbord / buffet. It’s location in the Dandengong Ranges and large dining area makes it a perfect place for all types of celebrations and small groups.
The Cuckoo Restaurant is open year-round, and it offers a truly delicious selection of German food prepared by top chefs in an inviting and friendly family-oriented atmosphere. This is the ideal place to bring a group or a family for a fun and memorable time.
It’s decorated like a Bavarian Chalet, and its staff are always dressed in the traditional garb and there is always live music to be had. Buffet prices start from $49 on the weekend for dinner.
Munich Brauhaus | South Wharf
Munich Brauhaus have probably one of the best German food menus in town. With their deli menu, lunch menu, a la carte menu, brunch menu, breakfast menu and their bar snack menu, if you can’t find what you want here, there really is no hope for you.
The biers are also something to go for as well. They serve beers that are brewed using only the purest water, purified in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Laws of 1516 (yes, some people still care about that).
Their biers have won several awards, and they are comprised of just four basic ingredients – malt, hops, water, and yeast.
Back to the food. Munich Brauhaus serve 7 different types of German sausage, accompanied with sauerkraut, creamy mash and bier jus. We’d recommend their Bräutelle, which is a sausage tasting plate for $32.
You will never have to worry about opening times here. They are open on Saturday, Sunday from 10 AM until late and open on Monday through Friday from 11 AM until late.
The HOF Downtown | Docklands
The HOF Downtown is literally the offspring of Hofbräuhaus, but downtown…. Which is brilliant because in our opinion you can never have too much German food and beer.
Bier on tap, cocktails, martinis, and of course, great food. If you are going with a friend or someone special, surprise them with meat… a lot of meat, with the Hof’s platte.
Dig in for a selection of pork knuckle, pork belly, sausages, red cabbage, schnitzels, potato dumplings, sauerkraut and mashed potato all for $89.
OST Bier Keller | Richmond
OST Bar & Diner is taking on a new look and feel, as well as a new name. In conjunction with the Austrian heritage and Swiss training of Robert Hagen, OST is transforming into a cool little Austrian/European beer spot.
OST will have both local and international craft beer on top, as well as a new menu that is inspired by Austrian and European cuisine. OST is hoping customers will be as excited as they are by the new change, and the new name of the place will be Bierkeller.
German Club Tivoli | Windsor
Looking for a good ole German pub? This is it! The German Club Tivoli, is a very relaxed, casual environment to enjoy some authentic German food with a history dating back over 140 years.
The fare here is a bit more old school, but that’s why we love it. With classics like rinderrouladen, goulash and kalbsleber (calf liver), if you like authentic, this is the place. Also, beer on tap doesn’t hurt either.
Meals are also very well priced, with most mains around that $20 mark.
If you need your bier and sauerkraut fix and I know we do, the venues above will keep your more than happy for a long time to come. Melbourne is quite lucky to have a large German population, and of course that always means good tradtional food.
Do you have a favourite German restaurant in Melbourne? We’d love to know in the comments below.
Also, don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide To Oktoberfest In Australia as we also talk about the best places for Oktoberfest in Melbourne!
Image Credit: Ernesto Andrade
All information & pricing above was correct at time of publishing.
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