Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

German Restaurant and Pub$$$$
Southside Flats, Pittsburgh
  • Ashley F.
    "Ask for the Dunkel and Hefe Weizen mix!"(8 Tips)
    Sean C.
    "Get a table by the stage and enjoy some pretzels and bier cheese"(8 Tips)
    Ian S.
    "Authentic German cuisine matched with amazing beers brewed in-house."(5 Tips)
    Sean S.
    "I love the Bierkäse (beer cheese) and pretzel combination."(22 Tips)
185 Tips and reviews
  • German food
  • pretzels
  • dunkel
  • beer
  • lively
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  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanSeptember 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If you like salads, you have to try the Munich Market Salad (here with glazed salmon - extra) 'cause it's absolutely delicious. 😍😍😍 The other one in the pic is the Brewer's Cobb (which was huuuge).
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanOctober 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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 Z.
    Andra ZapartanSeptember 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't usually like pretzels, but this one is soooo good. It's giant (Giant pretzel combo), soft and comes with 3 dips that are just yummy. Pair it with a cold beer 🍺
  • Christy S.
    Christy SpurlockOctober 1, 2016
    Fun German atmosphere. Great place to try some German dishes or a beer! Everything was delicious, staff friendly, fun checking out all the steins & merchandise too.
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanMay 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RayJuly 26, 2015
    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!
  • Cosette E.
    Cosette EsnesDecember 17, 2016
    Food is garbage, but the beer is great. Thursday is college night, so there's $6 liters and live music. Join the fun by standing on your seat and singing along to songs like "Don't Stop Believing"
  • James S.
    James SantelliAugust 13, 2013
    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.
  • Travis
    TravisSeptember 20, 2013
    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.
  • Kevin J.
    Kevin JettonFebruary 23, 2014
    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!
  • Austin S.
    Austin StockardJuly 8, 2011
    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!
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanMay 29, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I just discovered their terrace that is not facing the river and it's great if a quiet night is what you want. Hidden gem :)
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanMay 3
    Been here 10+ times
    The raspberry cream puff is extremely (!) sweet. Extremely!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ian S.
    Ian SweeneyJanuary 18, 2015
    Fun, warm, "Oktoberfest" atmosphere! Authentic German cuisine matched with amazing beers brewed in-house. Go here. Go now.
  • Andru E.
    Andru EdwardsSeptember 16, 2014
    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.
  • Rob M.
    Rob M.August 14, 2010
    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
  • Todd J.
    Todd JoslinJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretzel with bier cheese. Inside is loud and fun, outside is more mellow next to the river.
  • Anthony Z.
    Anthony ZahlerMarch 29, 2013
    Pretty close to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich! If your in Pittsburgh and you like German food and beer, you have to go!!!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PhiloJanuary 17, 2012
    My accomplice here was the beer drinker, but I had the potato soup which was awesome and chocolate cake, which was also awesome.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StewartMay 8, 2012
    I love the Bierkäse (beer cheese) and pretzel combination. The beer is OK, but then again, I much prefer Belgian-style trappist beers.
  • Beth K.
    Beth KnapickDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer and food.. Great service.. Fun atmosphere. Love it!
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy CarlileOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the schnitzel cordon blue for the entree and pretzels with beer cheese as the appetizer all the beer is top notch
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchSeptember 1, 2014
    Gets noisy and crazy at night, hard to navigate when you're in a small group. Get the pretzels for obvious reasons.
  • Erle M.
    Erle MisraAugust 19, 2013
    order the "Sampler" to start off eatin. The HefeWeizen Beer is the best. Jagerschitnzel is awesome.
  • Kartikay S.
    Kartikay SahayAugust 12, 2014
    Isn't as big as the Munich one, but has great view and great beer. Heif Weisz is the best!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneSeptember 18, 2015
    Got the three sausage sampler. Awesome. Parking was really hard to find.
  • HotMapleSyrup
    HotMapleSyrupNovember 29, 2014
    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?
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler CannonMarch 6, 2016
    Hofbräu has good German food with a nice view of the river but is much more chain like that the Penn Brewery.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachNovember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Gets too crazy on weekend nights. Bros puking on the floor and in the bathrooms. Great place when it's empty though!
  • Bikabout
    BikaboutSeptember 20, 2016
    Authentic German brewery and cultural establishment conveniently off the Three Rivers Heritage Trail
  • Chelsie S.
    Chelsie SchultzOctober 30, 2011
    The pretzels & beer cheese appetizer is the best!! Highly recommend the club sandwich as an entree also.
  • Nathaniel E.
    Nathaniel EliasonAugust 9, 2014
    Thursday night is college night, $6 liters of their tap beers. Also some discounts on food
  • Joe K.
    Joe KlockAugust 22, 2015
    Love the food, service, and atmosphere. Can't go wrong with this great German restaurant
  • Dustin P.
    Dustin PriceMarch 5, 2013
    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.
  • Steve C.
    Steve CimorelliAugust 6, 2014
    Excellent German beers on tap, great pretzels, and good traditional German fare.
  • James W.
    James WattJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Alicia F.
    Alicia FlemingJanuary 19, 2016
    I love this place, and I ordered their bier cheese and grilled chicken breast. Love this place!!
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PurcellAugust 31, 2013
    Don't stare at the boobies too long. Make at least 1 second of eye contact between takes. Get a liter of Beer!
  • Sean C.
    Sean CreasyJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a table by the stage and enjoy some pretzels and bier cheese
  • Marie S.
    Marie SMarch 22, 2013
    Bestbeer cheese and pretzels ever!!! A must try!!!✔ Just an all around fun place!!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmithJanuary 17, 2016
    The dark seasonal beer was delicious. Sauer Kraut Balls were awesome as well.
  • Jody D.
    Jody DzuraninNovember 10, 2013
    Don't let a long line scare you off, it goes quick and even busy, service is fast
  • Linda K.
    Linda KriebelMarch 6, 2016
    Love it here! Been here many times. Gluten free menu has a lot of options.
  • George M.
    George MaierJanuary 12, 2015
    Awesome beer with a vibrant crowd. Especially awesome for soccer matches
  • Andra Z.
    Andra Zapartan1 week ago
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy their beer of the month - can't go wrong with that 🍻
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MDecember 15, 2011
    Try the bier cheese spatzel, it's like the best mac n cheese you've ever had! Yummy!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HuczkoJuly 6, 2014
    This place is awesome. It's absolutely impossible to not be happy and have fun here.
  • Sue D.
    Sue De Stefano SavastanoSeptember 3, 2011
    This place is awesome!!!!! Great music, friendly people, don't forget to try the apfelstrudel!!
  • Rob W.
    Rob WilhoitFebruary 25, 2012
    Best Pretzels and German beer. A really cool experience and fun environment.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HApril 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Request a table in the main hall to enjoy the live music!
  • Jeffery A.
    Jeffery AndersonNovember 2, 2016
    Really good authentic German food. Many craft beer options to choose from.
  • Pete D.
    Pete DeAngeloApril 19, 2015
    The Bavarian Brats band on Saturday night, they start at 9:30. It's definitely the best time to come
  • Drew T.
    Drew TeeterNovember 3, 2013
    Food was very good and the atmosphere was awesome and the live entertainment made it all around fun!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BuleboshOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Vansi
    VansiDecember 21, 2014
    The beer is good. But it's the atmosphere that makes this place fun.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GruberJuly 8, 2012
    If you like Grilled meats, try the leberkäse. You won't be disappointed.
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HoffnerJuly 12, 2012
    i hear if you go at night, you can dance on tables forever. and i'm german, so i should always want to be at HBH.
  • Anu J.
    Anu JayasingheMay 19, 2015
    The seating outdoors is perfect when the weather is nice!
  • Justin L.
    Justin LockeJanuary 29, 2015
    Great place for drinks. Salmon was fantastic
  • that 1 g.
    that 1 guyFebruary 13, 2015
    They now have a lunch buffet M-F 11-2 $10 very tasty !!!
  • Greg M.
    Greg MichaelMay 16, 2013
    Potato soup is excellent. Dine out on the terrace or in the kindergarten, it's beautiful along the river.
  • Damon C.
    Damon ClementNovember 14, 2016
    Good food, beer and all at a great price with wonderful atmosphere
  • Susan J.
    Susan JacksonJuly 11, 2010
    Go for the fried dill pickle spears and the sauerkraut balls. Delicious! The Dunkel is also a good beer choice.
  • Manali B.
    Manali BanerjeeJanuary 31, 2015
    That was some of the best schnitzel I've ever had!!
  • Megan I.
    Megan IrvineSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Just about everything on the menu is enough to feed two people.
  • Abby D.
    Abby DDecember 29, 2012
    Probably the best Potato Soup I've had....and I've had a lot!
  • Will B.
    Will BurnsMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Ami H.
    Ami H.June 12, 2014
    Schweinshaxe (pork shank with cracklin) is ~amazeballs~. This joint is a good time! Plus, bewbz.
  • Ashley F.
    Ashley FalkowskiJuly 22, 2013
    Ask for the Dunkel and Hefe Weizen mix!
  • Travis S.
    Travis StormerApril 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Lenten menu clam chowder needs to be a permanent addition.
  • Vicki L.
    Vicki LutzJune 29, 2014
    Docked the boat and came up for dinner! Very nice and the girls dress so cute!
  • Leslie B.
    Leslie BabcockAugust 26, 2011
    Order the pretzles with cheese, and the sauerkraut balls! So yummy!
  • Mark Chase-Allen M.
    Mark Chase-Allen ManleyMay 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The valet service is as good as the beer
  • Brad Z.
    Brad ZufallNovember 3, 2013
    Excellent service and awesome food. No complaints here!
  • Chris
    ChrisDecember 23, 2012
    The potato pancakes are just like Mom used to make.
  • Akshay D.
    Akshay DhawaleAugust 23, 2016
    Bier Cheese Chicken. There is no match for it..,
  • Amber S.
    Amber S.January 11, 2013
    Pretzels and beer cheese... trust me, you'll want extra cheese.
  • James S.
    James SmithOctober 26, 2014
    They have good German foods and good pretzels too.
  • Em D.
    Em DavisJune 16, 2010
    Friday and Saturdays are the times to "experience" Hofbrauhaus! Also, Hefen Wiessen.....BEST BEER!
  • Noam C.
    Noam ChermskyApril 20, 2013
    the hefeweizen is their best non-seasonal beer!
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidSeptember 26, 2015
    Great fun, but typically dies down by 11.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RobinsonNovember 2, 2012
    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
  • Beth K.
    Beth KnapickAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a good time.. Loud and exciting.. Try the Dunkel
  • Alan H.
    Alan HitchenDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to sit in the main room. It's a great experience!
  • Sandy S.
    Sandy SchubertJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I know this is a German restaurant but their burgers are outstanding!
  • Justin M.
    Justin MastrangeloJanuary 16, 2012
    Get the Hot Brown. Easily the best thing on the menu.
  • Ej K.
    Ej KrouseFebruary 26, 2016
    All of the food here is great. Holy schnitzel 🍻
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BahniukSeptember 2, 2013
    Giant beers, pretzels, and live polka cover band
  • VirVit
    VirVitMay 24, 2014
    First good European beer I've ever met in the usa.
  • Zack B.
    Zack BrittinghamDecember 6, 2014
    Great beer, good company, awesome service
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgDecember 13, 2014
    It's all about the pretzels with bier cheese.
  • Janet T.
    Janet TryhubaApril 23, 2012
    Meg is the best bartender. Thanks for the visit!
  • Jason s.
    Jason strushenskyJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just like the Sham-Wow guy says, the Germans always make good stuff.
  • Heather R.
    Heather RobtoyDecember 14, 2011
    Atmosphere was awesome, beer cheese was great, rest of food was just ok.
  • Jay C.
    Jay C.July 24, 2016
    The sampler app is great!
  • Brenton G.
    Brenton GalbraithAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great authentic German beer on tap! Try the sauerkraut balls!
  • Daria B.
    Daria BrashearOctober 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Hofbräuhaus and save room for dessert; the Apple Strudel's imported from Bavaria, and it's excellent.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GastonOctober 15, 2011
    Try the octoberfest beer if available!
  • David G.
    David GluntSeptember 28, 2011
    Drink the dunkel!! You won't be disappointed.
  • Dennis B.
    порции огромные, рульку можно смело заказывать на двоих!
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