You wouldn't necessarily equate hot desert days with warm and cozy German food, but Arizonans are proving that the friendly "beers and buddies" vibe of a good German restaurant doesn't require a colder climate (just look at the German restaurant scene in California!). German cuisine — from giant chewy pretzels to juicy brats — is becoming popular throughout Arizona, with a hearty meal to be had in a number of locations. These are some of the best German restaurants in Arizona to try right now.
Top German Restaurants in Phoenix
1. Eidelweiss Biergarten: A German-Hungarian Delight
Address: 2625 E Bell Rd.
Hours: Monday — Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday — Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This family-owned spot is one of the top German restaurants in Phoenix, featuring an Oktoberfest vibe year-round. A large patio is the perfect setting for listening to live traditional polka music on the weekends as you enjoy a beer (Eidelweiss claims to offer the largest selection of German beers in Arizona). The food options for the restaurant are extensive too, as you can order both German and Hungarian old-world style dishes. Try one of the many varieties of bratwurst, including knackwurst and currywurst. Or, go for a classic Bavarian pretzel, schnitzel dish, or German potato salad.
2. Pedal Haus Brewery: Bikes and Beers
- Address: 214 E. Roosevelt St.
- Hours: Monday — Thursday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday: 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Phone: 623-213-8229
- Website: pedalhausbrewery.com
Pedal Haus combines a bike theme with a brewery, for those who love cycling and craft beers. And while the decor is certainly unique, it's really the award-winning beer selection that brings customers back. There's everything from classic German lagers to experimental IPAs on tap, ready to wash down bar classics like burgers, pizza, and wings. But for German-themed eats, don't miss the Brewer's Board, which features a beer brat, beer cheese, and a Bavarian pretzel.
German Food in Glendale
1. Haus Murphy’s: Traditional German Fare in a Lively Atmosphere
Address: 5739 W Glendale Ave.
Hours: Wednesday — Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday — Saturday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This festive restaurant has been a popular destination in downtown Glendale for 26 years. Haus Murphy's features traditional, German-style seating and an outdoor beer garden, where customers can enjoy a range of authentic German cuisine. You’ll find all the classics that you would expect, including the “Giant Oktoberfest Pretzel" and brats. If you can’t decide what to eat, try the schnitzel sampler plate, which features chicken, pork, and steak schnitzels. The dessert menu is also a can’t-miss, with a unique sauerkraut torte (a chocolate sponge cake infused with chopped sauerkraut) on the list.
German Dining in Scottsdale
1. Brat Haus: Upscale Sausages and Elite Craft Brews
Address: 3622 N Scottsdale Rd.
Hours: Wednesday — Thursday: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring your pups: Dogs are welcome at this beer garden with an outdoor patio, where patrons can drink and eat while playing patio games such as ping pong, darts, and life-sized Jenga. Located in Scottsdale's Old Town, you’ll find 28 craft beers on tap, along with an extensive menu that features both traditional German food alongside bar favorites like wings and burgers. Share the sauerkraut balls that feature fried bacon, sausage, cheese, and sauerkraut. Or, if you’re feeling hungry, order the “big as your face” (yep, that’s what they call it) schnitzel plate that comes with German potato salad.
2. Zum Treffpunkt: German Cuisine at Its Finest
Address: 14325 N. 79th St., Ste. A
Hours: Lunch Tuesday — Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Happy Hour Tuesday — Friday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m, Dinner Wednesday – Friday: 6 p.m. to 8: p.m.
Treffpunkt isn’t just a hangout spot, but a way of life in Scottsdale. The word means “meeting place,” which is what it is — a place for German speakers to gather, socialize, and enjoy everything from German food and beer to German books, exhibitions, and concerts. Zum Treffpunkt is the restaurant for this community, but it’s open to anyone who wants to experience German culture and delicious food. The menu includes brat and schnitzel classics, but also not-so-common meals including gebackener leberkäse (a sort-of meatloaf).
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German Restaurants in the White Mountains
1. Munich Haus Grill-N-Beergarden: A Dog-Friendly Beer Garden
Address: 2044 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside
Hours: Thursday — Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Part of the fun of a beer garden is the scene, which is typically outdoors, quaint, and friendly. Munich Haus has this in spades, which you’ll notice the second that you see the Bavarian-style exterior and spacious backyard. There are a number of German beers on tap, as well as classic German dishes to enjoy. Some of the specialities include bockwurst, currywurst, and a Bavarian pretzel with homemade beer cheese sauce.
2. The German Cafe: Traditional German Foods
Address:1232 E Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista
Hours: Tuesday — Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This intimate restaurant has all the traditional German specialities your tastebuds desire. The sausage sampler gives you a chance to try the various options (and even comes with a pretzel!). There’s also spatzle on the menu, a German egg noodle dish that isn’t offered at many of the other German restaurants in the area. Don’t miss one of the desserts — both traditional Black Forest cake and German chocolate cake are a perfect finish to your meal.
3. Angry German: A Selection of German Treats
Address: 355 W Wilcox Dr., Sierra Vista
Hours: Monday — Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday — Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This German-inspired bakery and casual restaurant serves fusion-style foods while also offering German and French pastries. The extensive bakery menu is filled with delectable desserts that include schneewittchen, a marbled cake with German sour cherries, whipped cream, and yogurt topping — a dessert we haven’t seen anywhere else. There’s also bienenstich, also known as Bee Sting cake, and a variety of strudels. As for meals, try the goulash, wiener schnitzel, or Angry's döner.
Why You Should Try These German Restaurants in Arizona
The thriving German restaurant scene may seem like a stark contrast to the desert vistas of Arizona. But the popularity of these restaurants goes to show that comfort food is universal, and a good beer with friends is never seasonal. These well-liked restaurants offer an authentic experience that takes you on a journey to another land, all without leaving the state.
The Growing Popularity of German Food in Arizona
German cuisine has found its way into the hearts (and stomachs) of Arizonans. From charming cafes to bustling beer gardens, Arizona is embracing sauerkraut, pretzels, and hearty dishes with open arms. You'll find German food available in many areas throughout the state.
What Makes a Great German Restaurant?
Don’t limit yourself to Oktoberfest when there’s so much great German fare to be had any time of year. A great German restaurant can make you feel like you’ve taken a trip to Germany without ever leaving Arizona. What to look for: a vibe that's festive and friendly, a cozy Bavarian atmosphere with wooden accents, sausages sizzling on the grill, and those can't-miss pretzels — soft, warm, and golden-brown. Tempt your tastebuds with sauerkraut, schnitzel, and German potato salad. A top-notch German restaurant also knows that beer is practically a food group in Germany.