Owners Peter and Cindy Kahl are no strangers to the bevy of talented local musicians, having previously run San Franciscos famed Cafe du Nord. That means that in addition to serving traditional German food and bier in the elegant restaurant (which also includes an outdoor patio), Speisekammer also features some talented bluegrass, funk, blues, and Gypsy jazz musicians on Friday and Saturday nights. Conveniently located right off Park Street in Alameda, with plenty of free street parking.
From the looks of the menu, you might think that Speisekammer is as Teutonic as could be red meat and potatoes abound but once the food arrives, you remember that this is Northern California. The dishes have been lightened up, and there are even a couple of vegetarian options. Things to look for: spaetzle, red cabbage, pickled herring, Nurenburger bratwurst. The decor somehow balances hunting lodge and church basement with stylish aplomb. Speisekammer also boasts one of the best selections of German beer on tap in the East Bay.
Hours: Bar Menu: Fri-Sat. Noon-4; Sun. Noon-3pm. Happy Hour: Fri-Sat 2-5; Sun 2-4. Bar Hours: Tues-Wed 4-11; Thurs 4-12; Fri-Sat noon-2am; Sun noon-11. Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5-9; Fri-Sat 5-10; Sun 4-9. Free music every weekend.
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash
Entertainment: yes, Thur.-Sat.