Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

German Restaurant and Pub · Southside Flats
2705 S Water St (at S 27th St), Pittsburgh, PA 15203, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Beth K.
    "Always a good time.. Loud and exciting.. Try the Dunkel"(8 Tips)
    Sean C.
    "Get a table by the stage and enjoy some pretzels and bier cheese"(7 Tips)
    Brenton G.
    "Great authentic German beer on tap! Try the sauerkraut balls!"(4 Tips)
    Sean S.
    "I love the Bierkäse (beer cheese) and pretzel combination."(20 Tips)
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  • German food
  • pretzels
  • dunkel
  • beer
  • sauerkraut balls
  • lively
  • good for groups
  • schnitzel
  • authentic
  • good for a late night
  • casual
  • scenic views
  • trendy
  • potato soup
  • potato pancakes
  • fried pickles
  • outdoor seating
  • great value
  • bratwurst
  • happy hour
  • Andra Z.

    Truly German atmosphere! Try the Kartoffelpfannkuchen, they're very good, and pair them with a house beer. :) During the summertime I highly recommend the Biergarten - nice views to the marina.

    Andra Zapartan · October 23, 2015
  • Jason R.

    Plan to spend about two hours, slowly working through apps and beer then lunch/dinner. The pretzels were good, the beer cheese made them great. The brats were wonderful. The dunkel is excellent!

    Jason Ray · July 26, 2015
  • Rob M.

    Go on Fri or Sat evening for the full experience - live polka(?) band, people standing on their seats, shots from a long piece of wood, packed. Potato pancakes are too pancakey. Pretzels are the best. Read more

    Rob M. · August 14, 2010
  • Robert M.

    Good food, great atmosphere, and absolutely perfect environment for groups. Go for the beer or go for the food. It is really a little piece of Germany in Pittsburgh.

    Robert Mills · August 8, 2015
  • Andra Z.

    If you're thinking about ordering an appetizer, go for the Kartoffelpfannkuchen (potato pancakes), they're delicious. Also, choose a table by the river, in their Biergarten.

    Andra Zapartan · May 11, 2015
  • HotMapleSyrup

    If you don't mind waiting for a table for several hours then don't bother getting there before 8pm. Also they say no reservations on Fridays an Saturdays yet many people had them?

    HotMapleSyrup · November 29, 2014
  • Austin S.

    Great beer and great food! However, our waitress, Jess, acted as though she'd rather be given a hot oil enema than take care of us. Enjoy the establishment, but avoid Jess!

    Austin Stockard · July 8, 2011
  • Dustin P.

    There is a policy in place that you can only have 3 & 1/2 liters of alcohol here. Shots count as a 1/2 liter, so don't come here expecting to drink en masse. It is a good policy though.

    Dustin Price · March 5, 2013
  • James S.

    When the weather is nice, be sure to sit out in the beer garden along the river. You'll have a great view and it's a lot quieter than the beer hall.

    James Santelli · August 13, 2013
  • Kevin J.

    great for groups only they have a no call/adv reservation policy so you have to get your group on a list then wait until tbl avail so requires some strategy for fun!

    Kevin Jetton · February 23, 2014
  • Travis

    This place is awesome!!!! I recommend anyone going to or through Pittsburgh to stop in and try it out. I will definitely be going back.

    Travis · September 20, 2013
  • Sean S.

    I love the Bierkäse (beer cheese) and pretzel combination. The beer is OK, but then again, I much prefer Belgian-style trappist beers.

    Sean Stewart · May 8, 2012
  • Andru E.

    I'm all about the pretzels here! Even without the cheese dip, the pretzels are great. Not much of you don't eat pork, like me.

    Andru Edwards · September 16, 2014
  • Ian S.

    Fun, warm, "Oktoberfest" atmosphere! Authentic German cuisine matched with amazing beers brewed in-house. Go here. Go now.

    Ian Sweeney · January 18, 2015
  • James W.

    My favorite meal is the Wurstlplatte. It's three different types of wursts. Don't recommend you eat the entire thing if you plan on drinking heavily, though.

    James Watt · July 17, 2011
  • Todd J.

    If you want a giant plate of meat, and great German beer, this is your place. Also the best kraut I think I've ever had.

    Todd Joslin · July 25, 2013
  • Jessica P.

    My accomplice here was the beer drinker, but I had the potato soup which was awesome and chocolate cake, which was also awesome.

    Jessica Philo · January 17, 2012
  • Jessica B.

    This tip is for the bartenders...try pouring the shots INTO the glasses for shot skiis so it doesn't get all over everyone's clothes.

    Jessica Bulebosh · October 19, 2010
  • Tommy C.

    Get the schnitzel cordon blue for the entree and pretzels with beer cheese as the appetizer all the beer is top notch

    Tommy Carlile · October 8, 2011
  • Katie E.

    Gets noisy and crazy at night, hard to navigate when you're in a small group. Get the pretzels for obvious reasons.

    Katie Eytch · September 1, 2014
  • Tyler C.

    Hofbräu has good German food with a nice view of the river but is much more chain like that the Penn Brewery.

    Tyler Cannon · March 6
  • Amol K.

    Pretzel with bier cheese. Inside is loud and fun, outside is more mellow next to the river.

    Amol K · August 27, 2014
  • Omer Z.

    Gets too crazy on weekend nights. Bros puking on the floor and in the bathrooms. Great place when it's empty though!

    Omer Zach · November 24, 2014
  • Anthony Z.

    Pretty close to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich! If your in Pittsburgh and you like German food and beer, you have to go!!!

    Anthony Zahler · March 29, 2013
  • Susan J.

    Go for the fried dill pickle spears and the sauerkraut balls. Delicious! The Dunkel is also a good beer choice.

    Susan Jackson · July 11, 2010
  • Chelsie S.

    The pretzels & beer cheese appetizer is the best!! Highly recommend the club sandwich as an entree also.

    Chelsie Schultz · October 30, 2011
  • Daria B.

    Go to Hofbräuhaus and save room for dessert; the Apple Strudel's imported from Bavaria, and it's excellent.

    Daria Brashear · October 15, 2009
  • Daniel P.

    Don't stare at the boobies too long. Make at least 1 second of eye contact between takes. Get a liter of Beer!

    Daniel Purcell · August 31, 2013
  • Beth K.

    Great beer and food.. Great service.. Fun atmosphere. Love it!

    Beth Knapick · December 30, 2015
  • Kartikay S.

    Isn't as big as the Munich one, but has great view and great beer. Heif Weisz is the best!

    Kartikay Sahay · August 12, 2014
  • Nathaniel E.

    Thursday night is college night, $6 liters of their tap beers. Also some discounts on food

    Nathaniel Eliason · August 9, 2014
  • Andrew R.

    This may literally be the worst place ever. If you have ever been to actual Octoberfest in Munich this place will make your eyes bleed.

    Andrew Rasure · May 11, 2014
  • Erle M.

    order the "Sampler" to start off eatin. The HefeWeizen Beer is the best. Jagerschitnzel is awesome.

    Erle Misra · August 19, 2013
  • Steve C.

    Excellent German beers on tap, great pretzels, and good traditional German fare.

    Steve Cimorelli · August 6, 2014
  • Em D.

    Friday and Saturdays are the times to "experience" Hofbrauhaus! Also, Hefen Wiessen.....BEST BEER!

    Em Davis · June 16, 2010
  • Sue D.

    This place is awesome!!!!! Great music, friendly people, don't forget to try the apfelstrudel!!

    Sue De Stefano Savastano · September 3, 2011
  • Jody D.

    Don't let a long line scare you off, it goes quick and even busy, service is fast

    Jody Dzuranin · November 10, 2013
  • Laura R.

    Give the band a fake "congratulations to so and so on your anniversary" so that the band plays them a song and embarrasses them!!! Wioooooo

    Laura Robinson · November 2, 2012
  • Chris P.

    Got the three sausage sampler. Awesome. Parking was really hard to find.

    Chris Pollone · September 18, 2015
  • Linda K.

    Love it here! Been here many times. Gluten free menu has a lot of options.

    Linda Kriebel · March 6
  • Drew T.

    Food was very good and the atmosphere was awesome and the live entertainment made it all around fun!

    Drew Teeter · November 3, 2013
  • chelsey h.

    server forgot to ring in one of my friends order.... I had to tell him as if he didn't know she didn't have food in front of her as the rest of us are eating.

    chelsey houghton · July 27, 2011
  • Meghan M.

    Try the bier cheese spatzel, it's like the best mac n cheese you've ever had! Yummy!

    Meghan M · December 15, 2011
  • Chris S.

    The dark seasonal beer was delicious. Sauer Kraut Balls were awesome as well.

    Chris Smith · January 17
  • Ryan H.

    This place is awesome. It's absolutely impossible to not be happy and have fun here.

    Ryan Huczko · July 6, 2014
  • Will B.

    College night is on Thursday's. 1 off liters not bad. You don't even have to be in college to get the discount either.

    Will Burns · March 20, 2012
  • Alicia F.

    I love this place, and I ordered their bier cheese and grilled chicken breast. Love this place!!

    Alicia Fleming · January 19
  • Pete D.

    The Bavarian Brats band on Saturday night, they start at 9:30. It's definitely the best time to come

    Pete DeAngelo · April 19, 2015
  • Rob W.

    Best Pretzels and German beer. A really cool experience and fun environment.

    Rob Wilhoit · February 25, 2012
  • Joe K.

    Love the food, service, and atmosphere. Can't go wrong with this great German restaurant

    Joe Klock · August 22, 2015

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