Rathskeller

4.7
201 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary German
We have one major focus: the popular German street food - schnitzel. We also have wursts made by local German meat market legend, Binkert's (Rosedale, MD). Other partnerships include a Black Forest Ice Cream Sandwich by Scoop & Paddle (Clarksville, MD).

We use fresh meats and vegetables, never frozen. The pretzels are made by hand by an Army vet who learned to make pretzels in Germany after his service. The sauces are made from scratch. Our cocktail program features both popular and obscure German spirits. The wine program consists of small-production family-owned wineries in Germany and Austria. Beer offerings include a healthy diet of imported German beers and local breweries who make German-style brews.

Join us inside our cozy beer hall, outside on our biergarten, or for take out or delivery! Thanks for being a part of the #schnitzelgang.
What 201 People Are Saying
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GerC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Mattie! Our group of4 enjoyed a delicious meal. We will return again and again. So glad to have found you!

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OlJawje
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. The menu is focused and everything we got was done very well. Having been to Munich I can attest that it’s all on par. The food focus is on Schnitzel and Sausage, so don’t expect too much more. The beer selection is great and they have a couple import drafts you won’t see anywhere else. The Düsseldorf altbier on tap right now should not be missed.

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dinner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. was bummed the apple streudel ran out but we enjoyed everything and our waiter was great!!! can’t wait to go back

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Thanks for the kind words! Bummed as well that we ran out of the apple strudel - we'll see you next time!

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here several times but first time sitting inside. Food and service excellent as usual. Liked the entertainment as well. Rathskellar is number one in my book to celebrate special events and my girls agree. Well done.

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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vipGregS
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beer selection

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Thanks Greg!

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Mare
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! The food is phenomenal and the service is great. Since Haussner’s closed all those years ago, authentic German food is hard to find - but no more. The schnitzel is first class. We can’t wait to return!

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Thanks so much!

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DavidG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've never had a better German meal in the DMV. The food was spectacular, as was the service. We can't wait to return!

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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DoreenC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rashskeller’s was great. Food was good, service as excellent. We had the combination platte, pork shank with red cabbage and cheese Spätzle. We had the shrub mocktail and Habiscus moctail. I had the Apple strudel to go. We also had leftovers to take home.

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Wow! Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Service was outstanding.

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food. I really love the atmosphere. Very cozy. Do not miss the spatzle! Holy heck that is amazing.

Rathskeller
Responded on 10 January 2022

Thanks so much!

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vipmkwmd
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding staff! The food was quite good. Not completely traditional, but very nicely prepared.

Rathskeller
Responded on 14 December 2021

Wow! Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed food and trivia night with friends

Rathskeller
Responded on 8 December 2021

Thanks so much!

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Katherine
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was on the whole good and occasionally great. The monte cristo was flavorful and moist a pleasant dish. The German potato salad veered to sweet for us.
The crispy chicken schnitzel was dry an almost had a burnt taste. The potato pancakes were excellent. The spetzel was overpowered by a cheesy bechamel sauce which made for a high end mac and cheese. The veal wurst was amazing.
Dessert and coffee were both top drawer.

Rathskeller
Responded on 8 December 2021

Thanks so much for joining us on Monday! I'm sorry the schnitzel came out dry. We would have loved to make you a new one that wasn't dry. Glad you liked the other items though.

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ArlingtonGuru
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A fun find in a tiny town. And never saw a vegetarian schnitzel before! I loved my choices - butter pretzel, crispy eggplant, spaetzle, and potato pancakes. My dad liked his pork schnitzel but thought the Balkan sauce was a little heavy and was not as keen on his slaw but loved the pretzel and pancakes too. Great beer and wine selections and super friendly and helpful staff. A little smaller than we expected and was a little loud as we sat right next to the guitar player but he was excellent so we did not mind.

Rathskeller
Responded on 8 December 2021

Thanks so much for giving us a shot!

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chasteresa
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The potato pancake appetizer with bacon is delicious!

Katrina was an excellent server.

It was kinda bright in there. Wish it were a bit dimmer.

Rathskeller
Responded on 8 December 2021

Thanks for the kind words! Sorry the dining room was too bright for you, I'll have to be on top of that.

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vipliveforfood
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful German food in a small town

Rathskeller
Responded on 8 December 2021

Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. There were plenty of veggie options for those that don't eat meat. The staff even gave my fiancé a free shot for her birthday taking into account her drink preferences from what we ordered. The apple strudel was to die for. Only thing that would have made it better would have been a scoop of ice cream. We have no choice but to become regulars!

Rathskeller
Responded on 8 December 2021

Wow, thanks for the great review! Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your fiance's birthday!

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CharlotteM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. It was a little strange that I had to add and pay for each item, including a roll for my sausage. It did add up to about a normal cost for a sandwich, but depending on what you add, it could get pretty high. Then add sides.

Rathskeller
Responded on 8 December 2021

Thanks for the great review!

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vipLMV126
Baltimore
119 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Second visit, first time was when it first opened. It was much better. But….it was a Friday night, and pretty crowded. Since we were a two-too, they wanted to seat us directly in front of the band. Like, my back would have been about 8” from one of the guitar players, and right in front of the speaker. Not good for us ( or fr anyone I would think), so they did move us. But, the music was pretty loud in that small space. Seems like it might have been more sensible to have it outside.
It took a while for our wine to come. Seemed like the staff was having a lot of conversations. Maybe some confusion going on.
The food was pretty good. I like German food, and it is good, but not great. The schnitzel seems a little dry. The potato salad was ok, but not what I’m used to for German potato salad. The spaetzel was very similar yo macaroni and cheese.

It’s a cool little neighborhood place, and I hope they do well. We’ll give it another try.

Rathskeller
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks so much for coming back. We do get pretty crowded on weekends, table selections become limited. I'm glad we were able to move you. Yes, it does get pretty loud inside but it wouldn't be fair for the musicians to play outdoors as the weather gets colder. Sorry your schnitzel came out dry, we would have been happy to replace it for you. See you next time.

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vipCrabbyInMaryland
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food prepared with care. Varied and thoughtful selection of beer and wine.

Rathskeller
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks so much! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipFrequentdiner
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice enough neighborhood spot that takes reservations. Fried food was over cooked. Wine and beer prices are high. Service was attentive but servers did not wear masks :(

Rathskeller
Responded on 17 November 2021

Hi, thanks for the review. We happily replace anything that comes out overcooked, all you have to do is let someone know. Not sure why you think our prices are high, our products range from 10%-50% less expensive for the same wine and beer compared to our competition. While I'm glad you found our service attentive, we are not required to wear masks indoors in Howard County.

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MargeB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at the Rathskeller in Elkridge. Good German food. Lots of beer and wine. The restaurant was nice and the staff was very attentive. The food was fresh and tasty. We enjoyed it.

Rathskeller
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, our waiter was friendly! Will definitely go back.

Rathskeller
Responded on 3 November 2021

Thanks Sarah! See you next time.

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BrooklynExpatriat
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Charming local place featuring not only traditional German food - but a very nice variety of vegetarian and vegan foods. A nice array of beer goes without saying. Service was very good. Small place, limited parking.

Rathskeller
Responded on 3 November 2021

Thank you very much for the kind words!

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LM3700
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious! Service attentive and enjoyed the outdoor setting.

Rathskeller
Responded on 3 November 2021

Thanks so much! We'll see you next time.

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15217
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

So, I lived in Germany for eight years and I'm just about always disappointed when I go to a German restaurant expecting food like I remember. This one got it pretty close to right, though. My only complaint: The hostess seemed to be high school age, and maybe it was her first time working on a Saturday night. Whatever the case, there was all kinds of confusion with allocation of reservations, tables, servers, etc., so that was a bit annoying.

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Thank you so much for joining us last week and for the constructive criticism. I want to assure you that your review was passed onto the host from that evening and we are actively working to correct it. The next time you're back, you should see dramatic improvement. Thanks, Will

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LaurenC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating here - the servers are friendly and knowledgeable and the food is so tasty!

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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Jaeger
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at the Rathskeller went above and beyond to assist us on a very busy night, after our party number changed as well as being forced inside after the weather got cold and rainy.

The food was amazing. The rouladen was so savory and delicious that I have been raving about it for days. The pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cinnamon icing is the best cheesecake I have ever had.

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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KathleenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome find on a road trip thru Baltimore! Happened upon restaurant week, so had a great taste of German food accompanied by a Stein of beer!

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Thanks for popping in! We're glad you had a great time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal! Great outdoor patio.

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Thank you!

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vipTechsan68
Washington DC
168 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rathskeller is tucked away in a basement in a quiet neighborhood, but it's worth the search. Both the food and the beer are authentic representations of German cuisine. The schneizels and wursts are excellent. The service is fast and friendly.

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Wow, thanks so much!!!

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vipLLLong
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

German beer selection was great, service was very attentive, food was delicious.

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Thanks for the kind words!

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Tommy
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!!

Rathskeller
Responded on 26 October 2021

Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and place

Rathskeller
Responded on 24 September 2021

Thanks so much!

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HappyDiner
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience. A family favorite and we'll be back.

Rathskeller
Responded on 24 September 2021

Thanks so much! Looking forward to next time!

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McMarine
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for a date night or an anniversary dinner.

Rathskeller
Responded on 24 September 2021

Thanks so much!

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DavidK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good simple food. Surprising that there are vegan options at a German place!

Rathskeller
Responded on 24 September 2021

Thanks! Can't forget about the vegan members of the #schnitzelgang!

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ReneaA
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Terrific food, tried new things! Wonderful cocktail and an extensive drink list. Charming place, will definitely be back!

Rathskeller
Responded on 24 September 2021

Thanks so much!

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AmandaB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovey dining experience outside in the bier garden on our date night. Would definitely come again with the family or a girls night!

Rathskeller
Responded on 24 September 2021

Thank you! Looking forward to your next visit!

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MariaD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food!!! Ambiance so so but great great food!

Rathskeller
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thanks Maria! Hope to see you next time!

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You can order delivery directly from Rathskeller using the Order Online button. Rathskeller also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 796-1530.

Rathskeller is rated 4.7 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.