Winter is a good time to take stock of the best comfort food in the city, and this German/Californian beer hall has caught our eye for its sleek environment and awesome menu. Radhaus, which is tucked away inside the Fort Mason Center, has an unbeatable selection of flapjacks, pretzels, spaetzle, schnitzel, currywurst, burgers, pickles, and beer!
Located inside an old U.S. Army machine shop, Radhaus maintains a sleek industrial design with elements of the original space present throughout. The polished wooden benches and bar were created from a single 200-foot ponderosa pine, which was carved on-site. The natural wooden elements contrast nicely with bright white walls, and giant windows provide unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The site is helmed by brothers Aaron and Matt Hulme, who also own Biergarten.
Executive chef Mikel Waters’ menu is packed with California-inspired Bavarian dishes at accessible price points. Favorites include a classic pretzel with Haus mustard and Bavarian cheese spread; currywurst sausage with curry ketchup and fries; brussels sprouts with alpine fondue and black garlic vinegar; a jägerschnitzel, or breaded pork loin with creamy mushroom sauce and potatoes; and an amazing käsekuchen, or German cheesecake with lingonberry jam and whipped cream.
When it comes to drinks, you’ll find an excellent selection of German wheat beers, pilsner and lagers on tap and in the bottle. Cocktails include an elderflower weizen (Kristall hefeweizen beer with elderflower liquor) and an Altmodisch (Wyoming whiskey bourbon, bier syrup and bitters). There are also some great wines and an extensive spirit selection.
Find Radhaus in Building A at the Fort Mason Center, located at 2 Marina Boulevard in San Francisco. It’s open from 12-8pm Monday-Wednesday, 12-9pm Thursday-Friday, 11am-9pm Saturday, and 10am-8pm Sunday.
Featured image: Courtesy of Radhaus