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Red Lion Tavern

Red Lion Tavern

German Restaurant and Beer Garden$$$$
Silver Lake, Los Angeles
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    "Sausage platter with potato pancakes, and sauerkraut are a must."(15 Tips)
    Chrissy E.
    "Sausage platter, cheese platter, goulash and potato pancakes!"(13 Tips)
    Christopher S.
    "Get the sausage sampler platter as an appetizer."(4 Tips)
    Mike J.
    "cozy outdoor beer garden."(3 Tips)
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  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    Known for being a great bar and German restaurant, conveniently located across the street from Cha Cha Lounge, but it’s home to tasty brats and bockwurst. Their most popular plate, the sausage platter Read more
  • Ilusha Z.
    Ilusha ZaritskiySeptember 17, 2014
    Sausage platter is a must try for any first-timer. Hofbräu on tap, and only in a liter mug/stein, otherwise it doesn't count as a beer. Dog friendly patio.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 31, 2015
    If you have trouble choosing which sausage to order, your best bet is the mixed platter, with a selection of faultless bratwurst, knackwurst and lightly smoked bockwurst. Read more
  • Michael M.heart icon on user image
    Michael MorganNovember 12, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    This restaurant has a lot of character. I loved that the sections are so distinct: the indoor is kind of dive-y, the secluded patio is themed, & the larger patio is covered by trees and has views
  • Justin O.heart icon on user image
    Justin OrdovezaFebruary 26
    Plenty of German beer on tap. There’s a dining room and an outdoor beer garden. German food is decent. Stick to the sausages. Small park lot. They check ids.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Offbeat L.A.heart icon on user image
    Offbeat L.A.January 28, 2016
    Opened in 1959 as an Old English pub. It became a kitschy German tavern opened by the owners of Cole’s in 1963.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 31, 2015
    Second runner-up is the fragrant Nürnberger Bratwurst, made heady with earthy marjoram. One taste might take you back to the old country, even if you've never been there. Read more
  • C K.heart icon on user image
    C KingMay 27, 2014
    Love this place on a warm summer day. Tends to get super busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Know what you want as soon as you sit down as you may not see your waitress for awhile.
  • ivan r.heart icon on user image
    ivan rhivanzNovember 26, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    First timers? German potato-pancake for vegetarians and 1/2 sausage platter and 1/2 cheese platter. Really hungry? Fried chicken dinner is the bomb diggitty.
  • Erika R.heart icon on user image
    Erika RobbinsOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head up to the beer garden for a fantastic evening! If you have more than two people in your party, you can order a beer in a giant glass boot!
  • Thomas C.heart icon on user image
    Thomas ColtonMay 5, 2015
    The hands down best traditional German food in Los Angeles. Get a stein (or two) and start crushing some brats
  • Michelle L.
    Great German food! Upstairs outdoor patio reminded me of Sachsenhausen in Frankfurt, where I used to go many years ago! Good German Bier list & they have Appfelkorn!
  • Robert M.heart icon on user image
    Robert MaltezJune 30, 2017
    I love the Beer selection and you have to try the sausage platter!!! Elle is the best server ever, super friendly and very attentive.
  • Colin A.heart icon on user image
    Colin AyerAugust 23, 2021
    Great German beer menu, big COVID patio, beer garden and two other bars.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 10, 2013
    Head to this over 50-year-old neighborhood tavern for German beers, sausages, spätzle, and other German fare. Skip the burger.
  • CJ
    CJSeptember 25, 2011
    Überlegit German joint. Superlative rooftop beer garden. Potato pancakes, fried pickles and vegetarian bratwurst will knock your socks off. Their carnivorous fare is apparently delightful too. A+
  • Jonathan K.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan KramerDecember 5, 2014
    A nice foil to Cha Cha across the street. Chill, never really too crowded. A great crowd shows up for trivia on Monday nights.
  • Yun D.heart icon on user image
    Yun DingNovember 17, 2013
    Boiled potato is probably one of the least appetizing names you could give something but it is fucking delicious!!! Mix with some sauerkraut and red cabbage.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJune 16, 2015
    Check out Red Lion Tavern as it was featured on Best Bars in America for Around since the 50's. A great Trivia night with a local bar feel. Read more
  • Jonny A.
    Jonny AhdoutAugust 7, 2014
    Amazing bratwurst. Sauerkraut is good but I always prefer the red cabbage. Sit on the patio, order a pitcher. Enjoy.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LagascaMay 30, 2014
    Weisswurst plate of veal and pork bratwurst, süsser semf (sweet mustard), sauerkraut, mashed potatoes. Delicious!
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LagascaMay 30, 2014
    Weisswurst plate of break and pork bratwurst, süsser semf (sweet mustard), sauerkraut, mashed potatoes. Delicious!
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.February 17, 2018
    Really great German beers on tap. Also really good mustard!
  • Brandon Scott S.heart icon on user image
    Brandon Scott SotoMarch 18, 2014
    Sit upstairs and outside. The sausage sampler is great! Get a side of sauerkraut and spatzle.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LagascaMay 30, 2014
    Weisswurst plate of veal and pork bratwurst, süsser semf (sweet mustard), sauerkraut, mashed potatoes.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LagascaMay 30, 2014
    Weisswurst plate: veal and pork bratwurst, süssersemf (sweet mustard), sauerkraut, mashed potatoes.
  • Bianca Lo
    Bianca LoJuly 8, 2014
    Weisswurst is all you need. Lunch portion is just one sausage but it's a fatty, so don't worry
  • Mike J.heart icon on user image
    Mike JohnsonSeptember 11, 2017
    Amazingly authentic German food and beer in a cozy outdoor beer garden.
  • Markus U.
    Markus UnterbergerNovember 22, 2009
    I'm from Austria and I must say that this beer garden makes me feel like at home. The wooden tables, the decoration, the glasses, the beers and the food - AUTHENTIC! Try the Red Lion Schnitzel. Yummy!
  • Ferranheart icon on user image
    FerranFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice ambient, better pretzels. I would rather have the Weißwurst boiled, but they are good anyway :P
  • Mike R.
    Mike RossOctober 31, 2014
    The bier garden in back is a lot of fun and the food is great
  • Daphne B.
    Daphne BachOctober 5, 2013
    If you didn't know- they have a small parking lot! also- Go upstairs and there's a huge outdoor patio.
  • Tina K.
    Tina KoehlerNovember 23, 2012
    Jesse is a stellar server, sporting both smarts and a smile. She makes the Red Lion Tavern all the better!!
  • Nicolas W.heart icon on user image
    Nicolas Wendl🎥June 15, 2013
    The Weisswurst with Sauerkraut and Spätzle was amazing. The menu alone was mouthwatering!
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Their generous portions of brat will make you blush, and the lederhosen-clad staff faithfully pour Köstritzer. Try them both.
  • Viktor R.heart icon on user image
    Viktor RaskinNovember 2, 2014
    Very typical good German beer place, with good food and good choice of beers.
  • Sam W.heart icon on user image
    Sam WingJune 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Damn fine German beers and a great weekend scene. The prices are fair too.
  • ivan r.heart icon on user image
    ivan rhivanzFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pilsner are good and you can order half sausage and cheese platter.
  • Abi P.heart icon on user image
    Abi PanickerApril 12, 2016
    Smoking patio and bar upstairs makes it worth it, good apps
  • Amol K.
    Amol KJuly 21, 2013
    Great biergarten atmosphere upstairs! Potato pancakes are awesome.
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KiddeApril 4, 2016
    German food, outdoor seating, beer, boom, what more could you want?
  • Mher K.heart icon on user image
    Mher KhachikianSeptember 11, 2016
    German beer, in a German atmosphere!!
  • Maki S.heart icon on user image
    Maki SFebruary 3, 2016
    Their potato pancakes are super tasty! A must-have dish!
  • Chrissy E.
    Chrissy EldredJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sausage platter, cheese platter, goulash and potato pancakes! Also, Hofbrau & Franziskaner!!
  • Rina
    RinaFebruary 27, 2014
    Awesome german beer bar, with outdoor area
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SteeleJanuary 31, 2012
    Get the sausage sampler platter as an appetizer. Some of the best sausage I've ever had
  • Martin C.
    Martin C.May 21, 2010
    Great atmosphere! Kinda crowded and getting too trendy, but still fun! Knock back a Kostritzer Schwarzbier and listen to Matt playing the piano.
  • Janae A.heart icon on user image
    Janae ArchuletaAugust 27, 2013
    Vegan sausages. Live music. Giant boot-glass full of beer. Questions?
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 2, 2013
    a lively tavern, a dark stone drinking hole and a vine-covered outdoor beer garden.
  • Jorge R.
    Jorge RomoFebruary 1, 2014
    Meat lover's nirvana ! Sausage sampler (angels chorus singing) Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!
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