Hearty, tasty and very filling, German cuisine is up there with some of the most popular. Add to this a lively, fun and friendly atmosphere and lashings of incredible German beer and you have yourself a pretty awesome afternoon or evening out. From traditional to more modern, here are the best German restaurants and bars in or near Portland, Oregon (in no particular order)…
1. Prost! – a popular German pub and restaurant serving hard-to-find German beers, pretzels and German Food
Situated in the Mississippi District, Prost! offers German biers that they reassure are authentic with every pour and sip.
Prost! is one of the best German restaurants and bars in Portland because they offer exclusive German beers that are usually difficult to find and enjoy by German beer lovers. They are also a local German pub with the longest hours operating from 11 am to 2:30 am daily.
Their beer cheese soup, Bavarian pretzel, and Braunschweiger are just a few of the many authentic German dishes that they serve up.
Address: 4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
2. Stammtisch – a relaxed German eatery and bar offering a menu of classic German dishes and beer
Stammtisch is a German restaurant that sells bocks, ales, and lagers such as Radeburger Pils, Paulaner Weissbier, and Ayinger Pilsner.
Located in the Kerns District, Graham Chaney is the person who made the Stammtisch menu. Dan Hart and Chris Navarra are the co-owners of the German restaurant.
They divide their food into small, medium, and large plates. Small plates include bretzels and frites. Medium plates are dishes such as kerbelsuppe and maultaschen. Large plates include lachs and schweinshaxen.
Address: 401 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
3. Urban German Wursthaus – a German owned restaurant and bar offering traditional German cuisine
Urban German Wursthaus is located in Cathedral Park Place in Portland.
They feature old-world recipes with local Portland ingredients. Bringing Germany to America with the use of local ingredients is the greatest reason that Urban German Wursthaus is one of the best authentic German restaurants in Portland.
Try their Bavarian spicy sausage or authentic German bratwurst. Pair your sausage meal with one of the 8 main German imported beers on tap with other types on rotation during the year. Some of the beers on tap include Weihenstephan, Flensburger, Grevensteiner, and Jever.
Address: 6635 N Baltimore Ave UNIT 201, Portland, OR 97203
4. Otto & Anita’s Schnitzelhaus – a traditional German restaurant with schnitzel, pickle soup and other old-school German dishes
Otto & Anna’s Schnitzelhaus is a Bavarian eatery with speciality dishes including schnitzel, hence the eatery’s name, and pickle soup. Also lots of handmade desserts such as Black Forest Cake and German Chocolate Cake.
Located in the Multnomah District, Wienerschnitzel, Chicken Wienerschnitzel, Jägerschnitzel, and Rahmschnitzel are just some of the many types of schnitzel dishes that they offer at Otto & Anna’s Schnitzelhaus.
Dill pickle soup is always in stock because it is one of their signature dishes, but you can also request to try one of their other soups of the day to go with your schnitzel.
Address: 3025 SW Canby St, Portland, OR 97219
5. The Slide Inn – offers German and American dishes with a global twist with vegan and gluten-free options
Buckman District’s The Slide Inn offers German draft beers and Germanic American dishes.
Choose from German draft beers such as Boneyard IPA from Bend, Oregon, Weihenstephan Kellerbier, and Avid, which is a warm Oregon cider. There’s also your choice of wine or cocktails.
For food, there are homemade sausages, burgers, schnitzel, rouladen, beef stroganoff, and flourless chocolate mousse torte for dessert. You can still enjoy a sweet treat at the Slide Inn if you are vegan because they serve vegan chocolate chip cookies.
Address: 2348 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
6. Bargarten Bavarian Social Haus – a biergarten-style bar and eatery with communal tables offering authentic German cuisine and beer
Bargarten Bavarian Social Haus is located 15 minutes away from Portland in Beaverton, Oregon.
The biergarten bar offers imported draught beer from Germany and other surrounding European countries such as 10 Barrel, Bitburger, Schofferhoffer, Hofbrau, and others.
Chicken schnitzel strips and fries, Bargarten cobb, doner kebab, pretzel steak sandwich, and other appetizers and entrees are on Bargarten’s menu.
Join in on their happy hour Mondays through Fridays from 3 pm to 5:30 pm for discounted pub grub eats such as prime rib sliders, bratwurst, and smoked bier sausage.
Address: 2905 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
Distance from Portland — 15 minutes
7. Zoiglhaus Brewing Company – authentically brewed German beer and upscale pub grub in Portland
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company is a brewpub located in the Lents District.
All of their authentic beers are brewed in their warehouse and sold in their pub. Try the Swinging Star Vienna-style lagerbier or the Zoigl-Hell canned beer.
The Galaxy Defender dry-hopped pilsner is continuing to brew and coming soon to the pub!
Their food house specials include Jagerschnitzel, Classic, Schnitzel, and the Bratwurst Plate. Pair your food special with your choice of a side of fries or German potato salad. Sides are sold separately.
Address: 5716 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
8. Olympia Provisions House – serves German beers on draft and German and American food
Richmond District’s Olympia Provisions House serves German beers on draft and specializes in serving up frankfurters. Bratwurst and kasekrainer are other German sausages they serve up besides frankfurters.
Kolsch, Helles Lager, German Pale, and Vienna Lager are just some of the many draft beers that they have available to drink.
If you are more in a sandwich mood, you can try the Carman Ranch Burger or the Public House Grinder.
Besides their Portland location, there is another Olympia Provisions House in Oregon City, Oregon.
Address: 3384 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
9. The Glockenspiel Restaurant & Pub – authentic German pub-style cuisine and drinks in an upbeat restaurant environment
The Glockenspiel is a German pub located about an hour away from Portland in Mt Angel, Oregon.
While they are temporarily closed, we are sure you will love their Glockenspiel Sampler to go with your choice of draft beer, wine, or cocktails. The sampler includes German sausage bratwurst, German stone ground mustard, gherkins, sauerkraut, fondue cheese, and a flaky baguette.
Visit their website to get an update on when they will reopen along with their new hours.
Address: 190 E Charles St, Mt Angel, OR 97362
Distance from Portland — 49 minutes
10. Heidi’s Of Gresham – a family friendly diner-style restaurant that offers American, German and Swiss dishes
Heidi’s of Gresham is about a half-hour away from Portland in Gresham, Oregon.
Indulge in German, Swiss, and American dishes at Heidi’s such as Heidi’s Cheese Fondue, potato tubs, Heidi’s Caesar Salad, Crab Louis, Swiss cabbage rolls, pork Wienerschnitzel, and their German sausage dinner plate.
While they do not have German beers, lagers, or ale like the other German restaurants on our list, they are more of a family-friendly establishment with kids’ meal choices on the menu, too.
Address: 1230 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030
Distance from Portland — 31 minutes
11. PDX Dönerländ Food Cart – a German-Turkish food cart
Donerland Food Cart is a German-Turkish food cart located in the Piedmont Food Carts Station in the King District.
Their specialties are salads and doner kebab, all homemade. The doner kebab is made with flatbread, sliced lamb (beef or chicken as a substitute), pepperoncini, onions, lettuce, tomato, and yogurt sauce.
The doner salad is made with the same meat as on the doner kebab. The meat, mixed greens, yogurt sauce, onions in tahini sauce, pickled red cabbage, and tomatoes are in this salad. If you want feta cheese, that would be an extra dollar upcharge.
Address: 625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
12. Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer – serves Belgian, Czech, and German beer
The Pearl District’s Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer serves three styles of beer: Belgian, Czech, and German.
They have earned many awards since their short time in business such as the GABF 2021 Gold American IPA Volatile Substance, Innovator of the Year from the Oregon Brewers Guild, and Medium Size Brewery of the Year from the 2021 Oregon Beer Awards.
Their food menu includes a variety of hand-tossed pizza, salads, chicken wings, pretzels, cheesy garlic bread, and a pesto muffuletta sandwich.
Address: 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
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