Tampa >Food & Dining > Schnitzelhaus Restaurant
4333 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL | Directions 3361428.025802 -82.516601
Wednesday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Wonderful time – I had some fabulous weiner schnitzel here. The owner/chef and his wife try to lighten the mood by joking around a bit, but I guess some customers take it the wrong way and call it bad service. Relax you dorks, this food is genuine and perfect and I for one love the corny jokes. Take more blood pressure pills if you need to but dont knock this guy hes a great chef.
My husband and I had a very nice experience at the Schnitzelhouse Restaurant while visiting Tampa on business at the end of June 2010. We came at 7:30 not realizing they closed at 8:00 and the owner was very gracious in serving us anyway and made us feel very welcome and unhurried in spite of our late arrival. We found him to be funny and charming. The food was the best German food we had ever had and we both enjoyed it very much. The owner took time to talk to us and find out where we were from and tell us about his family and the restaurant.
We had a wonderful time at the Schnitzelhaus Restaurant and our only complaint is that it is so far away from where we live!
We visited this restaurant based on the menu I found online (despite the neg review on this site, they don't even have drapes at this restaurant so I think they left the review for the wrong restaurant. The "German" at this restaurant was doing the cooking and his lovely wife was taking care of the entire restaurant - german style (with efficiency and skill!!)....they have a wider selection of german food than I have ever seen in the states!! The food was superb! Everything tasted absolutely wonderful!! The portions were huge, so bring your empty stomach! The only comment we would make is that the ambience could use a little work. They need a better location and newer digs, but otherwise there are some great pictures and the biggest beerstein I have ever seen (and I grew up in Germany!!) Enjoy!!!
Great environment – the server was very nice and attentive, we went on a thursday about 630- restaurant was fairly quiet- great environment. all employees that we encountered were very polite and friendly. the owner ( i believe) was walking around to the different tables and speaking with all the guests. Will be going back.
Real german draft beer – Hey jilldianne - I have a recommendation for you: don't be planning any trips to the Hinterland any time soon -perhaps not in your lifetime. Because Schnitzelhaus Owner-Chef Mike is a German - Bavarian, actually - and he behaves as MOST folks there do. Especially restaurant owners who don't like it when 4 year old kids pull on curtains in front of parent who think they are angels.Now, to the matter at hand. The Schnitzelhaus is the consummate German restaurant. The food IS as authentic as the Chef's accent; it's a bit rustic; it can be a bit loud when there's live music (It's called FUN, Jilldianne!!!!); and Owner-Chef MIKE has a disposition that only ADDS to the flavor of the place! (My wife and I refer to the Schnitzelhaus - affectionately - as "Crabby Mike's"...)Start with either the Potato or Goulash Soup [HOT], then order the Jagerschnitzel (pork, chicken or veal) as your entree. Do NOT forget to share an order of potato pancakes. If there are four of you (or more) get an order of the original bratwurst to share as well. And have some REAL German draft beer. You CANNOT eat German food without beer.Jilldianne, next time you dine, take hubby and angelcakes to Panera. You'll probably find more in common with the customers there. We won't miss you at Crabby Mike's!!!Mark from Tampa
Better every year – I love the Schnitzelhaus.
Mike and Suzie Jacoby have made it their pleasure to serve great beer and great food and they do it with excellence and good nature.
My favorite is the Gourmet Schnitzel with mushrooms and brandy flamed tableside.
Also the Kassler Ripchen is superb.
The strudel gets better every year.
We especially love their Octoberfest with the fabulous Inga performing on her accordian.
It's a great place and I hope to enjoy their food and company for many years to come.
Oh, and you should have reservations on the weekend.
Authentic – This is one of the few restaurants in the entire Tampa Bay area offering authentic German cuisine. In addition to the standard goulash soup, there is also kartoffelsuppe (creamy potato soup) and leberknodelsuppe (beef broth with homemade liver dumpling). Of course, there is German potato salad and potato pancakes (with apple sauce or sauerkraut). Entrées range from the three kinds of bratwurst (served on imported German wine sauerkraut) to bratwurst combo plates---a nice touch. In addition, there is breaded and golden brown, pan-fried pork or chicken wienerschnitzel. The variety of authentic German ales and dark beers makes for a leisurely dining experience.
We've been going there for at least the last 15 years – At one time this place was great...Then his prices went up, and we can barely afford lunch. We avoid this place like the plague in October, you have very few choices on the menu at that time of year. The food is OKn just don't order the red cabbage. Go to Pubix and get a jar of Aunt Nellies Red Cabbage and heat it up in the microwave...far more superior than Das Schnitzlehaus. If you have a few extra bucks on you go for lunch. Be prepared to wait, the owner is too "frugle" to hire any help.
What a HORRIBLE mistake, STAY AWAY – I made the horrible mistake of bringing my girlfriend to this restaurant. I have been here before, and while the food is decent? not good but decent I will never return. The owner for lack of a better word is plain rude and arrogant. It is impossible to have a decent meal in this restaurant with his presence. Be prepared to do anything he says and to sit, order, and leave at his command. Walking in I see him throwing out a very respectable looking older couple and screaming a derogatory word at them? mind you this couple was well dressed and driving a mercedez heh. I still sat down and ordered my very plain and basically inedible platter. We knew hed pitch a fit so we just asked for it to go and threw it away.
STAY AWAY from this place and go to Dunderbaks in the mall, not all germans are arrogant and rude and their food CAN be good.
Sorry we took too long to eat!! – After six of us just paid our bill of appox $300.00, the owner came over to us and asked us to leave because he had a party of six coming in soon. My wife was not even done with her coffee. We ended our conversation with our guests outside the restaurant for 20 minutes and never saw a party of six enter; the restaurant was empty. Extremely rude server/owner.
Worst restaurant experience of my life – I had the worst restaurant experience of my life at Schnitzelhaus. Based on reviews that the food was good I decided to take my wife to Schnitzelhaus for authentic german deserts.
After we arrived we were promptly seated and asked for drink orders. After they arrived we were told to order from a special 4 course Octoberfest menu. This was never pointed out to us, and we explained that our only desire was to consume desert. The friendly waitress apologized and told us she could not offer us deserts and that we were not interested in the 4 course meal (as their regular menus was suspended for the month which was not advertised anywhere) we could just finish our coffee and asked us to return another time when we would be in the mood for a full meal.
After 10 minutes, and about halfway done drinking our coffee the owner approached us telling us we had to leave as he had reservations coming and he needed our table (surprising since the restaurant was 90% empty). Our reply of "we are finishing up" was retorted by the owner with a screaming "I want you to leave RIGHT NOW!". Startled by this rude behavior we immediately left he restaurant. Feeling cheated of the 5 dollars we paid for this most unmannered behavior. When we asked for our money back while standing in the entryway of the place the owner remarked "get out and wait for your money there or I call the police."
So if you are in the mood to experience what it must have been like to be screamed at by a guard in Auschwitz then please go to the Schnitzelhaus. As as a new costumer, unfamiliar with the restaurant special, never been told by the staff of the "special menu", I was treated in the rudest manner of my entire life. Please do yourself a favor and avoid this place, unless your in the mood to be thoroughly insulted.
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