The Bier Garden

Pennsylvania / Nov. 10, 2012 / by Steven
The Bier Garden

The Bier Garden
438 High Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

I've been to a lot of restaurants throughout the year and it's no secret that I love trying something new. I'm half German and it became apparent to me that I have never been to a German restaurant. Well luckily for me my girlfriend brought me to The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA for a late birthday date night while I was home the past two weeks. It's safe to say she knows exactly how to make me and my culinary adventurer side happy.


The inside of The Bier Garden is appropriately themed in German decorations. Beer steins, maps of Germany, trinkets, and music fill the dining room. We arrived pretty early for dinner so the dining room was empty for a little while until the dinner rush came in. Our waiter, Russell, was awesome and really helpful in guiding us through our menu questions and the huge beer list. Russell, if you are reading this I thank you for being one of the best waiters I have had in a very long time.

The Bier Garden has anywhere from 300-350 different types of beers ready for your enjoyment. They have all your favorites from Belgium, Ireland, England, Scotland, USA, Norway, and Holland. The list feels like an endless challenge to taste your way around the world. After looking over the beer menu I landed with a hefeweizen and a pilsner. Both of them were great choices but I want to go back and try more.

We started off with brotzeit teller, a starter plate of German meats and cheeses with bread. This easily could feed four people and we had tons of leftovers to bring home. 


For my main I got schnitzel topped with mushroom gravy with a side of potato salad. Schnitzel is a dish made from the pork loin that is lightly breaded and fried. Filling and flavorful are two words that instantly come to my mind and this dish will not leave you hungry. The breading was seasoned perfectly and after being fried was crisp but not greasy.


My girlfriend got bratwurst with potato salad and semmel knodel. Jess has never had authentic German bratwurst before so it was good to explore new foods but unlike anything she had tried before. She loved the semmel knodel. It is a german bread dumpling. Jess thinks they were really amazing and enjoyed the softness and texture which added to the overall deliciousness of the dish.


For being my first real step into authentic German cuisine without actually being in Germany, The Bier Garden met all of our hopes for the restaurant. The decor makes you feel like you are in Germany, the wait staff is great, the beer selection is large, and the food is mouth-watering. If you are ever in Portsmouth, VA and are in the mood for German food this is the place you have to visit.