Overview of Restaurant and concept: German Schnitzel Haus is an authentic German restaurant. In addition to authentic German cuisine they offer wood-fired pizzas. As one would hope, German Schnitzel Haus has a variety of German beers- six on tap, and six more in bottles. The restaurant is at the end of a small shopping strip with a few other restaurants for neighbors. The place has a very Oktoberfest sort of vibe complete with beer flags flying overhead and older looking wooden chairs and benchs that remind me of the 70’s. They very well may be from the 70’s or 80’s. Unfortunately it sort of has a tired or worn feel to it. The fabric on many of the booths is torn from years of wear and the carpet is old and dirty. That does not give a guest a huge vote of confidence about a restaurant, but we pressed on.
Food: The menu at German Schnitzel Haus is an excellent variety of foods you’ve heard of along with traditional foods you may not be as familiar with. We went with the Schnitzel Haus Platter and a couple of pizzas.
The Schnitzel Haus platter($21.99) comes with Rindsroulade -thin sliced beef, stuffed with onion, pickle, and bacon, Jagerschnitzel-fried pork cutlets, and Frikadelle-large German meatball and comes with Spatzle and Bratkartoffeln (Their German variety of a pasta and potato side dish). It was all delicious, but the standouts were the Frikadelle (meatball) and Jaegerschnitzel (fried pork cutlets), along with the mushroom gravy. The Frikadelle was nearly the size of a racquetball ball and was cooked thoroughly while still being tender. The Jaegerschnitzel had great flavor and was actually more tender than it’s Americanized cousin the pork chop. I could have eaten the mushroom gravy with a spoon. The spatzle and bratkartoffeln were a nice addition and I enjoyed drowning them in gravy.
Half of the menu is wood-fired brick oven pizzas. Since we had our kids with us, no one could make up their mind and we had this review as an excuse to be gluttons we ordered a kids cheese, a personal All American (Pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, peppers and mushrooms topped with mozzarella cheese) and a medium create your own. The first thing to note about the pizzas is they are massive. The kid’s cheese pizza is the same as the personal size pizzas on the menu. They were the biggest personal pizza’s I’ve ever seen and larger than the dinner plate they came on. The medium pizza was bigger than any large pizza you’ve had delivered to your house. The All American had heaps of toppings on it. Meat and veggies were everywhere. All of the pizzas were decent and we took home at least as much pizza as we ate. The pizza sauce did have some kick to it. You didn’t notice it at first bite but after you got half way through a slice you could definitely feels your mouth starting to burn. Our thought was that someone was just a bit heavy handed with the red pepper flakes that day. It wasn’t bad, just unusual.
Service: We were seated immediately upon walking in, and someone took our drink order and then our dinner order. She was extremely personable and helpful, anticipating drink refills, helping to box our food, etc. Everything at Schnitzel Haus is really laid back and this is definitely reflected in the time it takes to get your food. Brick oven pizza tends to take longer than your average wait time so the food took a bit longer to make it out to us. The servers are German so they’re super knowledgeable about the cuisine. That’s definitely preferable in a restaurant where most guests aren’t super familiar with many of the dishes on the menu.
- Authentic German food
- Specialty beers on tap
- Something for everyone with pizza on the menu
- Restaurant was not in the best shape
- If you’re really sensitive to spicy food you might not like the pizza
German Schnitzel Haus is near the intersection of Atlantic and Hodges Blvds at
Address: 13245-1 Atlantic Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32225
Phone: (904) 221-9700