A gimmicky mess, just like everything else in Vegas. Two words: tourist trap. My husband and I decided to visit Hofbrauhaus for Oktoberfest- we've lived here over a year and always wanted to try it anyway, and what better time to do it than Oktoberfest, right? Well... the atmosphere was chaotic, lots of screaming and paddling- which was actually okay with us. But the food left something to be desired, for sure- I ordered the veal schnitzel, and my husband ordered the pork schnitzel. We couldn't tell the difference between the two- in terms of taste, that is. Our jumbo complete pretzel was cold, and the Oktoberfest beer was okay at best. But the worst part about the dinner was the cost- our dinner, with beer and appetizer (no dessert), came to over $60! Normally I wouldn't mind if the food and/or atmosphere warranted it, but our meal wasn't even close to being that great. To add insult to injury, a girl came and took our picture, then put it in a cheap crappy paper frame and said it be $15. WHO, I ask, would be silly enough to give them $15 for a 3x5 picture in a paper frame? Apparently someone, or they would've dropped the price long ago. But I digress... All-in-all, definitely not worth the money... unless you bring lots of money, people, and low expectations with you...
Not perfect, but close.
I've been to the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich twice. This place was not an exact replica, but it was very similar. The schnitzel was great and the beer was excellent. The staff seemed to be a little more like LV than Munich, but they were friendly. The band did a great job.
I don't agree with the people who complained about it. I had a very postive experience there.
Not German fare at all.
My great grandparents were from Germany and I have traveled in Germany. I love geraman food, beer and traditions. This ain't it.
This place is exactly like a college frat house, without a clue, that decided to put on a “German” party one weekend. Just awful, not German food, not prepared as German food and the band was real loud to make up for just being terrible. Easily the worst restaurant we encountered during our 10-day stay in Las Vegas.
Just plain awful.. If you are looking for German food; this is not it. The Hofbräuhaus Platte was so tough I could not even cut it. If you like your instant potatoes mushed then you will love these. The dessest special was overpriced and bland. All in all save your money, this place is just poor.
This is not German. I suppose if you drank enough beer or shots of Schnapps the food would not matter; however, we were looking for authentic German food. We ordered the Jaegerschnitzel with mashed potatoes instead of spaetzel. The pork was tougher than the bottom of any boot. Being the driver, I ordered iced tea, which was not freshly brewed but rather that horrible out-of-the-box syrup junk! The side of red cabbage I ordered was bland. The apricot strudel was limp and doughy - it's supposed to be crisp! What a huge disappointment. If you have ever been to Germany, you will hate this place. If you have never been to Germany and you are drunk enough, you will have a good time and either will not remember the food or will assume Germany food is bland and lifeless...what a shame
Not Even Close to the Authentic Place.
As a frequent business traveler to Munich, I thought I would see if the Las Vegas version of a Munich beer hall would serve up anything close to what I find in Germany. I was in Vegas for business.
I entered this large hall with murals on the ceiling and long tables with few diners/drinkers. In the front was an umm-pah-pah band decked out in their Lederhosen. The noise that emanated from this group was hard on the ears -out of tune and out of sequence. It would have been better for them to put a CD on the loudspeakers.
While I don't normally visit the Hofbrauhaus in Munich (It's a tourist trap filled with busloads of Japanese), I know their menu. A Bavarian classic, roasted pig knuckle (Schweinshaxe) is a staple of the area. It was disappointing not to find it on the menu. I chose an eclectic combination of appetizers instead of a main meal: Obatsda (cheese concoction served with raw onion and pretzel) and the famous Munchener Weisswurst, a white veal-based sausage found in Bavaria for breakfast. The obatsda tasted close to authentic though the pretzel was stale. The weisswurst was a tasteless joke, especially for the $14 price tag. Normally this can be found in the restaurants and cafes for under $5.
But the real measure of a beer hall that calls itself authentic Bavarian is the beer. My favorite beer in all the world is Bavarian Helles (Hell=bright). This is a lager style beer and in Bavaria it is as smooth as mothers milk.. I ordered a Halbe (500ml) and to my udder (sic) disappointment, it tasted more like an English lager, highly hoppy and slightly bitter.
My bill for this simple fare of 2 appetizers and a beer with tip was almost $40. This is outrageous, especially given that the food and beer was less than authentic. I can only surmise that the reviews on this site are influenced by the alcohol.
If you want real Bavarian fare, the Rathausekeller or Haxnbauer in Munich or any of dozens of breweries in Bavaria will bring you pure pleasure.
The best time ever. I visited the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas and had a blast. Joining me was about 10 friends and had a great server her name was Bekah and she made it a great experience .She spanked a couple of guys in my party and made it fun for all of us. The beer and food was great and so was the band. For all the people who says it wasn?t good sorry but I will never forget my experience at the Hofbrauhaus.
Favorite Restaurant in Vegas. I have been to more than one hofbrauhaus in Germany, and I found this restaurant to be quite authentic in its architecture and design. The food is delicious, and I don't know what one reviewer is talking about--they most definitely have sauerbraten on the menu because I ordered it, and it was great! The beers are equally good, as are the Bavarian pretzels (get a variety of dipping sauces). The live music is fantastic, if a little loud. Yes, there are a few inauthenticities about the place (such as the "shot girls" and the hot waitdresses--the waitresses in Germany are much heftier and can carry eight giant beer steins at a time), but you'll be having such a great time you won't give a hoot.
skip it - spend your money on a good restaraunt or a see a show. I lived in Germany. This is not it, or even close to the atmosphere of a good beer hall. Thought I would take the family to share some heritage, but don't bring your family either. I understand it's 'vegas', but the blond bimbo (not a waitress) offered my wife & kids shots (this was about 5pm). We were elbowed constantly by the drunk, smoking bikers behind us on the bench. The bimbo then hauled out the paddle and wanted to use OUR table to spank the naughty drunk biker behind us in front of my kids. Disappointing food, too. Nobody working there seemed to care much.
Fun time away from the Casino.
I've never been to Germany so I can't comment on the authenticity of this place. All I know is that I went there with a group of friends and we had a blast in the beer hall. It was loud with people cheering and singing and holding 1 liter steins of beer. The food was pretty decent, mainly German fare and the prices are about what you can expect in Las Vegas.
There are two areas to dine, the beer hall and the beer garden. If you want the Oktoberfest atmosphere with a bunch of loud tables, make reservations for the beer hall. The time I went, we wanted to sit in the beer hall but all the tables were booked so we ate in the indoor beer garden and then went to the beer hall after dinner when the tables freed up. The beer garden is really cool since it is designed to look like an outdoor venue with the whole painted sky effect.
If you want to do something else aside from gambling or clubbing and looking for a different dining experience, check out the Hofbrauhaus.
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