Oktoberfest in Munich may be canceled this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate with some delicious German food! We’ve created a list of the best places in the area to celebrate Oktoberfest, so grab your lederhosen and dirndls and head out to one (or more!) of these great Bradenton restaurants.
611 Manatee Ave E. Bradenton, FL 34208
A recent recipient of the 2020 Tripadvisor “Best of the Best” Travelers’ Choice award, Restaurant Edelweiss is a must-visit restaurant for anyone who loves German Food. Their lunch and dinner menus feature all of the classics you would expect, including schnitzel, sausages, sauerbraten, pork shanks, and more.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 pm until 8 pm. They have a beautiful beer garden and socially-distant seating indoors. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are currently only about 20 seats inside. If you want an inside table, it’s best to make a reservation.
Guests enjoy live music every Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is “Bavarian Night,” featuring both live music and two-for-one beers.
During their Oktoberfest celebration, held October 7th through 11th, they’re going to (safely) eat, drink, schunkel, and chicken dance! The event will be held outside under an open-air beer tent with tables 6 feet apart. Although there won’t be a dance floor this year, they will have live entertainment on stage, contests, giveaways, traditional Oktoberfest food, and plenty of beer!
Have you visited Restaurant Edelweiss yet? If so, head over to their listing and leave them a review!
Lucky Frog Restaurant
4625 Cortez Road West Bradenton, Fl 34210
The Lucky Frog Restaurant serves up modern, authentic German cuisine with a healthy twist. The food is cooked by Master Chef Uwe from Bavaria, and all are made from scratch, desserts included. They also offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
They were honored with the Bradenton Herald’s People’s Choice Award for Best German Restaurant and they have a 5-Star rating on Facebook. Also, on Tripadvisor, they’re number 2 out of 347 Restaurants in Bradenton Area.
The menu includes plenty of German classics, like Bavarian bread dumplings, bratwurst, potato pancakes, and more. Feeling hungry? Try the Beef Sampler Platter with sauerbraten, beef goulash, a frank, red cabbage, and spaetzel. The Pork Sampler comes with breaded schnitzel, roasted pork, a brat, sauerkraut, and spaetzel. If you call a day ahead to reserve one, you can also enjoy a pork shank with potato dumpling and sauerkraut.
The Lucky Frog is holding their Oktoberfest celebration on October 10th. Due to social distancing and limited capacity, they’re offering two seatings. The first is from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and the second is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Reservations are highly suggested and they’re only accepting groups of 6 or fewer. The event will also feature live music by Petra & Teresa.
The Lucky Frog is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 8:30 pm (closed Sundays). You can follow them on Facebook to keep up with the latest events and specials.
Have you visited Lucky Frog Restaurant? If so, head over to their listing and leave them a review!
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus
3246 East Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, Florida, 34217
The Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus is located in the Anna Maria Island Shopping Center. This restaurant offers delicious traditional German and Austrian cuisine including various versions of sausages, roasts, schnitzel, brats, and potato pancakes.
The quality of the food, combined with a uniquely laid-back and welcoming atmosphere is what makes this restaurant so popular among both locals and seasonal residents. You may come as a guest, but you’ll leave as a friend!
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30 pm until 9 pm (closed on Mondays). You can follow them on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news and happenings.
Have you visited Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus yet? If so head over to their profile and leave them a review!
Cremesh European Restaurant
7232 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Cremesh European Restaurant is a family-owned business run by owner Chef Pavel and his wife Tracy. He has a passion for cooking made-from-scratch meals that you can taste in every bite. Here you’ll enjoy Bavarian potato pancakes, smoked bratwurst, schnitzel, goulash, roast pork, braised pork shank, or even a roasted half duck.
You’ll definitely want to save room for some of their delicious desserts, including strudels, rouladen, and, of course, cremesh.
Also plan to celebrate Oktoberfest with them on September 25th and 26th from 5 pm to 9:30 pm and on September 27th from 5 pm to 9 pm. They’ll have fresh pretzels, beer cheese soup, pork kielbasa with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, and $4 tap beers! The full menu will also be available. Call 941-896-9422 to make a reservation.
The Schnitzel Trailer
Technically, this is a food truck, but it’s really a German restaurant on wheels. They serve up authentic, freshly prepared German dishes cooked after recipes from their grandmothers and families. If you can catch them at an upcoming event, you’ll definitely want to do so!
You’ll always find lots of great option on their menu, like wiener schnitzel, veal jager, jager schnitzel, schnitzel sandwiches, and schnitzel brat combos.
You can find them at Corporate Ladder Brewing’s Beerfest Sunday on September 27th (4935 96th St. E. Palmetto). And at Oktoberfest at Good Liquid Brewing Company (with live music by Teresa and Petra) on Saturday, October 17th.
Follow The Schnitzel Trailer on Facebook to keep up with all of their events!
That’s the end of our round-up of the best places to celebrate Oktoberfest 2020 in Bradenton! We hope you plan to visit at least one or two of these great locations. When you do, be sure to tell them you heard about it on Discover Bradenton!