In our opinion, one of the best ways to experience a new country, city or culture is to dive into their traditional food and drink.  So, let’s embark on a culinary adventure and explore some of the traditional German restaurants in Frankfurt!  

What is Traditional German Cuisine?

Before we dive in the restaurants, let’s give you a quick overview of what to expect from traditional German cuisine. In short, traditional German cuisine is defined by hearty flavours, with a focus on meat, particularly pork, and a wide variety of sausages. Additionally, potatoes and bread are common staples, with a strong tradition of bread-making in the country. Sauerkraut, fermented cabbage, is a classic side dish, and German desserts are typically rich and sweet.  Finally, one can’t talk about traditional German cuisine without mentioning the beverage that is almost certainly always served alongside it, beer.  Beer culture is undoubtedly very prominent in Germany, with a wide range of beer styles available to sip.

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5 Traditional German Restaurants

Now in no particular order, we will guide you through some of our favourite traditional German restaurants where fully immerse yourself in German cuisine.

Adolf Wagner

This tavern, with simple interiors and an authentic atmosphere, has been serving its famous apple wine (Ebbelwoi) and traditional Hessian cuisine since December 19, 1931.  Originally bought by Adolf Wagner and his wife Leni, it is now in its third generation of family ownership.


Located ‘deep’ in Frankfurt’s Stadtwald (City Forest) overlooking a large pond.  Oberschweinstiege is not only picturesque but also a wonderful restaurant to visit as a family.  With the kid’s playground and large beer garden it offers a delightful experience.

Lorsbacher Thal

You’ll find plenty of tradition to savor at this restaurant. Not only does Lorsbacher Thal serve up traditional German cuisine but it does so in a historic building known as “Haus zur Goldenen Waage” (House of the Golden Scales). This building dates back to the 17th century and is a notable historical landmark in Frankfurt. And adds to the restaurant’s unique and charming atmosphere.


Gerbermühle is renowned not only for its traditional German cuisine but also its picturesque location along the banks of the River Main and its unique view of the Frankfurt skyline. The restaurant offers a classic German menu but often prepares it with a modern twist. Additionally, it boasts a fabulous outdoor terrace, that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the view of the river and Frankfurt’s skyline. In summary, it’s a combination of historic charm, delicious food, and a beautiful setting.


Admittedly, Franziska leans more towards fine dining than traditional fare. However, it serves modern German cuisine with a phenomenal view overlooking Frankfurt, which is why it earns a spot on our list. If you’re looking to indulge in delicious German food and celebrate a special occasion, this should definitely be a top contender!

Gerbermühle restaurant and wintergarten
Gerbermühle Hotel
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Typical Hessen Cuisine

Typically, traditional German cuisine as a whole is known for its hearty and satisfying dishes.  Moreover, it is characterised by staples like meats (particularly pork, beef, and poultry), potatoes, bread, sausages, cabbage, and hearty soups and stews.  Regional German cuisine, on the other hand, is more nuanced.  Instead, it focuses on produce and flavours specific to a particular region within Germany.

Here are some of the most popular dishes and ones to look out for:

Grüne Soße (Green Sauce)

Undoubtedly one of Hessen’s most famous culinary dishes.  This Hessian specialty consists of a mixture of seven fresh herbs, sour cream, and yogurt, and people often serve it with boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs.

Handkäse mit Musik

Unquestionably, an interesting name.  “Handkäse” literally translates to “hand cheese,” and “mit Musik” means “with music.” While the exact origin of the name is not entirely clear, there are a few theories. For example, it might refer to its rather pungent smell, hint at the sound of digestion after eating (the gurgling and rumbling of the stomach). Or allude to the sound of the social atmosphere often experienced at the taverns where it is eaten.

Regardless of the exact origin of the name, “Handkäse mit Musik” remains a distinctive and unique Hessian speciality. And in our opinion, the name adds a touch of the theatrical to the culinary experience.

Frankfurter Rippchen

These are cured and smoked pork chops, usually served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes.

Ahle Worscht

A type of air-dried and smoked sausage, similar to salami, and commonly eaten in Hessen.

Frankfurter Würstchen

Small, thin sausages, usually made of pork and served with mustard.

Frankfurter Kranz

Now for the sweet stuff.  This is a classic Hessian dessert, it’s a rich buttercream cake decorated with candied cherries and nuts.

Traditional German Restaurants
Traditional German Restaurants
Traditional German Restaurants

So there you have it, our list of  5 must try traditional German restaurants in and around Frankfurt!  From hearty schnitzels to soul-warming sauerkraut, these charming eateries offer a taste of history and a dash of gemütlichkeit. Gather ’round the wooden tables, clink your beer mugs, and enjoy the flavours of Germany.