While German cuisine may not be as popular as some ethnic restaurants, there is something decidedly comforting about a good German meal. It is rich, hearty, and filling. Luckily, the Sarasota area has some fantastic options for German cuisine that rival just about any other city in Florida. Here are our top choices for the best German restaurants in Sarasota.
1869 Fruitville Road, Sarasota 34236
Siegfried’s sits in a refurbished house, which makes the surroundings warm and cozy from the start. The owners came from Erkelenz, Germany with a goal of providing personal service and delicious, authentic German food based on family recipes from the Rhineland area. Many locals rave about the Schnitzel and the Leberkase platter. Wash it all down with a wide variety of German beers and wine.
6521 Superior Ave., Sarasota 34231
For over 10 years, Chef Heidi has been serving up fantastic German cuisine in the Schnitzel Kitchen. Experience a cozy Bavarian setting while you dine on authentic bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerbraten, or German pasta. Make sure you leave room for a piece of Black Forest cake!
2700 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota 34231
Grandpa’s prides itself on exceptional customer service and authentic German dishes. Be sure to ask about the incredible World War II story of how Grandpa’s began. It is a heartwarming tale that the owners are proud of. The restaurant offers some of the most popular beers in Germany and Europe, and the desserts are imported from Germany.
8420 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota 34243
This restaurant may not be the biggest or fanciest, but the place has a great German atmosphere and the food is always flavorful and authentic. One of the favorites is the Schnitzel Ala Holstein – savory, salty and satisfying. We also recommend the pork shank as well as the homemade pretzels and beer cheese.
611 Manatee Ave. East, Bradenton 34208
The best German restaurant in Bradenton would have to be Restaurant Edelweiss. Made from scratch, this German restaurant features prompt service, a charming atmosphere, and award-winning German food. Most people that eat here recommend the bratwurst and the red cabbage, but the lamb chops are a serious contender as well. Great music too. Who knows, the accordion player just might be the owner too!
German cuisine awakens the taste buds and brings a smile to nearly everyone’s face. It’s hearty food, but it’s also fun food. It’s food to celebrate and enjoy life. So this weekend, be fun and adventurous and visit one of these great German restaurants. You’ll be glad you did.