Review Highlights 2008 VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT
- Guardians of Teutonic "tradition" just say "Ja" to this "authentic German" in Southwest Houston, an "old standard" for "fantastic" "home-cooked meals", "beer in liter mugs" and even a good "salad bar"; it's "like a visit to Bavaria" complete with a "polka band" .... "What's not to like?"
Food: 23 Decor: 18 Service: 24 Cost: $ 22
Review 2007: “Loyalists” love this “fun” Deutsch treat in Southwest Houston, where they can go “back to the old country“ via “authentic”, “tasty” German-Austrian “classics” and an “excellent selection” of beers as they sing along to live “oompah music” (especially during Oktoberfest); chef-owner Rudi is “the nicest” and his prices are “reasonable”
Editorial Review for Rudi Lechner's – by Citysearch Editors
This comfortable neighborhood spot accommodates festive dining and beer drinking, mostly patronized by a wealthy, older (and exuberant) crowd. Don't be surprised if live music and dancing suddenly commences out of nowhere. Expect good American and Austrian food, such as wiener schnitzel, roast chicken and dumplings and sauerbraten. Regulars like the well-stocked salad bar, too. Don't be afraid to try something different: The waitstaff is friendly and will answer any questions.
"A great place to take your clients or family for a quiet lunch. The price charged reflects superior value for the quality and quantity of food. I raise my glass to Rudi for consistent and high quality food as well as surroundings."
Whether preparing for a special occasion, serving brunch or lunch or dinner, Rudi Lechner is always at the restaurant to welcome you and make you feel at home. Since Rudi Lechner's opened twenty-five years ago, Mr. Lechner has developed a loyal and regular following. Mr. Lechner's ability to individually recognize and appreciate each customer makes each visit memorable and personal.
The menu consists of German-Austrian specialty items. The selection of sausages includes weisswurst, knackwurst or Polish sausages. The wienerschnitzel is a delicate veal cutlet that is breaded and pan-fried. The menu also offers the Heritage Dinner. It includes red cabbage, sauerkraut, Austrian potatoes, sausages, roasted chicken, porkloin, wienerschnitzel and sauerbraten.
This Southwest Houston restaurant offers a comfortable neighborhood dining experience. A diverse group of regulars enjoys hanging out here with family and friends. Live entertainment plays several times a month. In the mood for Wiener schnitzel or sauerbraten? Then you have come to the right place. Menu prices range from $8 to $20, and a glass of house wine is available for a modest $3.50. Reservations are recommended, but not required.
Review © 2007, Wcities
For more than thirty years, noted Houston restaurateur, Rudi Lechner, has served some of the best sausages, wiener schnitzel and German beers and wines in Texas. And if you have not experienced his legendary Kaffee Gute Nacht, also known as Coffee Good Night, made tableside by Rudi, you just haven't lived!
http://www.yelp.com/rated 3rd place
5 star rating
recommened as one of the best in Houston
Rudi Lechner's. Solid traditional German dishes and a lively buffet and salad bar.
Good Wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten
Rudi Lechner's Don't escape without trying the grilled salmon or smoked pork chops. Try "The Heritage Supper Plate" for a treat.
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Rudi Lechner's Restaurant in Houston is a four star German restaurant. Here's a place to get good food. This restaurant features private rooms, a full bar, and catering. People who have eaten here found the food good. The service is great.
Expert Reviews of Rudi Lechners
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This was my first try at German cuisine. The food was great. The service was great, and the ambiance was great. I was blown away how the owner of the restaurant greeted each table in the dining
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A quote from the HOUSTON MEMORIAL SUN in 2005 sums it up nicely:
“When a place stays in business for 29 years in a competitive environment like Houston,
it must be pretty good. Rudi Lechner’s is an exception to that. …it’s real good.
If you like German food, the conversation starts and ends here.”
Some of our guest comments:
Dear Rudi, I waited for Oktober Fest to be over so that you would a bit of time to read this. My daughter, my wife, and I had a wonderful time at your restaurant. We came on a tuesday night. There were eight in our party and your staff set a table for my birthday. We had come in from Biloxi,Ms for the Neil Diamond show. The concert was fantastic, but, it couldn't compare to the hospitality and quality of food that you and your staff bestowed upon us. THANK YOU again and again for a memorial night. So glad to meet another LECHNER.
Best of everything to you and yours, George Lechner
MY REVIEW: Mr Lechner was very kind to the people of San Leon, Mr Lechner donated a case of the most delicious pretzels ever!
Ginger's Coastal Eatery had it's first annual OctoberFest this past Sunday, first time where our community has united and come together to help one anothe after the devastating hurricane IKE which brought in a six foot wall of sea water that put San Leon's homes, and business underwater. So many came together and had a great time, also donated (Ms Valina) Dast Ist Lustig band.
Thank you Mr Lechner from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity, and compassion for your coastal neighbors.
May God continue to bless you always.
Ginger Grutzius - Owner Of Ginger's Coastal Eatery. MY REVIEW: Fantastic!
Service: excellent, friendly, gave good suggestions, explained unfamiliar things, and glasses never got half empty.
Establishment: fine, a little dark, German decorations as expected, hard to find bathrooms, had a bar and banquet rooms.
Starters: complimentary zucchini bread was absolutely wonderful! It's so flavorfull and warm. Just wow! Potato soup was tasty, but the spicy jalapeno soup was out of this world. A bit out of place, but highly recommend it. The salads are selve-serve at a salad bar. It's fine, but the croutons are dried zucchini bread...yum!
Entres (yes, I tasted everyone's food): Preferred the polish sausage to the others. It was large and tasty. House mustard was good. Pork loin was nice with a good sauce on it. Goulash had a nice, hearty flavor and plenty of gravy. Weiner schnitzel was my favorite. Saurkraut was good, but the red cabbage was very good. Potatoes also nicely done.
SUBMITTED: 7/10/2008 LAST VISIT WAS: 07/2008
FREQUENCY: Visited once
Houston Chapter BMW CCA:
Recipe For A Great Time, a great meal in the company of friends. We are getting together on June 6th, 2008, at 6:45 at Rudi Lechner's. If you have not yet visited Rudi Lechner's this is a great opportunity to experience some good german cooking.
On behalf of the BMW Club Houston Chapter, I want to thank you both so much for the 'ultimate dining experience'. You were wonderful, the food delicious and the service impecable. Thank you for the warm welcome. We'll definitely be back - Oktoberfest? Schöne Grüβe,
Along with a group of friends we decided to be adventurous and leave the island to celebrate a birthday in Houston. The birthday girl selected Rudi Lechners German restaurant of Gessner. The first positive thing was the table being ready at the precise time reserved. I find that unusual in restaurants these days. We were promptly seated and taken care of by a great waiter. There were twelve of us in our party so we had a variety of menu items at the table. I started out by ordering kaesespaetzle for an appetizer. Let me tell you it was VERY good. Basically a German version of mac & cheese made with spaetzle and caramelized onions on top. Another appetizer at the table was cabbage rolls that were good. For my entree I selected the Schweinshax'n (Pork Shank). The waiter informed me it could take up to forty minutes for the roasted shank which was not a problem since it is one of my favorite German dishes. It arrived and I could not believe the size of the shank and the perfect roasting. The outer layer of fat was nice and crispy as should be and inside the pork was juicy and tender. If you ever visit it could easily be shared between two people. The plate included sauerkraut and red cabbage with German fried potatoes. A heart healthy meal? No, but it was outstanding.
Another person ordered the stuffed chicken fried steak which is stuffed with swiss cheese and jalapeños. It is not actually German but I tasted it and it was tasty. He devoured it in not time and raved about it. Nice and different from the traditional CFS. Birthday girl had the Wiener (veal) schnitzel and finished the whole thing. On the other hand another person had the beer (pork) schnitzel and was not that pleased. She simply said she has had better. I tried it and found it to be quite tasty. While I am the one known for trying a bit of everything I did not get to sample all twelve entrees at the table but everyone seemed very happy and full after food and German beers.
Making the evening even more fun was the entertainment provided by Alpenfest a German Duo that even played a Swiss alphorn. Everyone in the restaurant seemed to enjoy the music and it was quite lively with a lot of energy. They even did the Chicken Dance which I danced to with the birthday girl.
If looking for something a little different in this area of numerous Mexican, Italian and Asian restaurants I would highly recommend Rudi Lechners for a German style evening.
swamp May 12, 2008 02:05PM
Great little restaurant
05/05/2008 Posted by Iceman71
I have been eating at Rudi's for many, many years. Rudi is personally on site and pays attention to his menu, kitchen, and his staff. The German dishes are always excellent and the other choices like trout and lighter entrees are always excellent too. The place is always packed, yet the service is always efficient and friendly. I keep saying 'always' because I've yet to have a bad or even less than excellent experience in this place. The live entertianment is a pleasant bonus and Rudi making his speciality flaming drink at your tableside is a treat.
Pros: Food, service, atmosphere
Cons: None, parking can be scarse
What a bountiful feast you prepared and served on Mother's Day. It was all delicious and so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves. You, Rudi, and your family deserve our sincere thanks for making it a special day for Jim, Judy and me. The carrot cake was "over the top." I must mention that Juan provided great service! Sincerely, The Stuart Family
MY REVIEW: Went to Rudi's for the first time for lunch this past week and it was great! Loved the lunch specials, were reasonable and delicious. I had the goulash for the soup/salad and the sausage plate. One brat and one knok. Both were great! Will return soon.
SUBMITTED: 4/6/2008 LAST VISIT WAS: 04/2008
MY REVIEW: Went for the first time on a Wednesday and what a great time! An authentic german polka band played in the corner while we enjoyed the buffet and braised brisket with spinach. Discounts on German beer too! Everything we ate was wonderful with second helping of the zucchini bread! The desserts are made fresh at the restaurant, and there are 2 on the menu that take 24 hours to prepare! ( Call ahead I'm sure they are worth it! ) We will definately be coming back!
NAME: Keith & Katy
SUBMITTED: 4/3/2008 LAST VISIT WAS: 4/2/08
FREQUENCY: Visited once
Yes This place is a winner. We have been here before and we were pleased! Just wish we lived closer and not all the way in the Clear Lake/Webster area.
"Rudi Lechners has awesome food! Made a reservation for 23 people, and all 23 people showed up! WoW! Everyone was simply charming, and fun to talk to. Wonderful to have the owner Rudi Lechner to come talk with us. This simply rocked for me and Terry! "
I have had their food at St. Arnold's many times, tasty stuff! Posted Jan 28, 10:00 AM
"The food and the atmosphere were great. Enjoyed meeting everyone and had a great time! I think I've found another new place to dine at!"
Reminds me of my grandmother every time!
By Erin T.
My family is German, and I have many fond memories of my grandmother cooking authentic German meals for us when she visited. When I moved to Houston, my husband and I tried Rudi Lechner's. So many of the items on the menu looked familiar! The Hungarian Goulash is exactly like my grandmothers - and the very best I have had at any restaurant. My husband has ordered various schnitzel's and sausages, and he always is satisfied. They serve a wide range of German beers and wines. There is an excellent salad bar that serves salads, pickled items, and liver pate. There is live music on the weekends with oompah tunes and a long Alpine Horn. The owner, Rudi, is always walking the room and asking how the service is. The experience is not to be missed!
First Review! Posted 01/07/08
Daniel M. has been a customer at Rudi Lechner's for 25 years, dating back to its days as La Quiche. He and his wife have eaten there "literally hundreds of times." Now his father, who lives in California, is a fan , as well. "Dad said between bites, 'Golly, the Wiener Schnitzel is worth the trip from Sacramento'.""
(printed in Dining Guide)
Hello Rudi, Have you published your wonderful recipes in a book? That would be wonderful!!
Wonderful service and atmosphere. The food was exceptional. My friend and I had the sausage plate, mine with knockwurst and polish sausages, hers with a brat and polish sausage. It came with a wiener that had been split and fried in a way that it looked like a little meat flower. Too cute.
My other friend had salmon with capers and fresh spinish. That too was delish.
The zucchini bread you get for free was AWESOME!
I'll be back many times!
Wonderful Ambiance, Great Germany Music and the very best Germany food in town. When I want a taste of days gone by in Frankfurt, Germany.. I head for Rudi's.
FREQUENCY: Everybody here knows my name...
Thank you for a great Dinner.
I had no idea what Rudi Lechner's was.
I am new to Houston. This was a great experience and a lot of fun.
Also - Franklin was very charming, as well as efficient & professional.
He helped make it a great evening.
Ceceli Smith (plus the Chickendance!)
Wonderful Ambiance, Great Germany Music and the very best Germany food in town. When I want a taste of days gone by in Frankfurt, Germany.. I head for Rudi's.
"Great Place!" by nathill83 (4 reviews)
February 16, 2008 - We went there for our anniversary because all of the things we planned didn't work out. So, we looked up a restaurant and just went there...the food was just okay but was really authentic. The owner always comes out and interacts with the customers; there was a german music band and the whole experience was just amazing! I will tell many people about this small little secret.
I don’t know of many German restaurant establishments in Houston, so coming here for the first time was very exciting for me!
My parents and I ate here on a Wednesday in October. Since Oktoberfest was taking place, every Wednesday they had live German music and a buffet for $13.95, plus beer that is apparently only brewed during Oktoberfest. (Keep in mind that the buffet is normally $23.95… so you can see how awesome a deal this is!)
I LOVED this place. One thing I highly recommend is the Gute Nacht Kaffe. The owner himself will make it in front of you- and it is AMAZING. I can’t describe it. It is composed of hard liquor (scotch, whiskey, and something else) but since German food is very filling, you should be able to take it just fine… haha.
I’ll definitely come back again- it’s a nice change from all the American, Italian, and Mexican cuisines in Houston!
This restaurant was suggested by a new client and friend of mine. It was wonderful! I have heard of this restaurant since the 1980's, but had never been. I had the swiss cheese soup as a starter (yum!) and then the crab cakes for my meal. (Another yum!) I have to give compliments to the hostess, too. I arrived about one minute before my guest and they did not have my reservation which I had made the day before. (Note: When you call to make a reservation, they ask is this for a birthday or anniversary...I thought that was nice.) She did not say a thing, but simply noted I had some documents in my hand and said it looks like you have some materials to share with your guest...would you like a quiet table where you can talk easily?...and she led me to a back room. It worked out perfect and our waiter was very efficient. When we departed, Rudi was right there greeting each of us and I thanked him for a lovely meal and for actually putting crab in the crabcakes! They were some of the best I have ever had. Also, the nice thing is that there are traditional German dishes on the menu, but there are also other types of food like what I had. I will definitely go back and recommend this restaurant to others.
NAME: UH1980 SUBMITTED: 8/14/2007
On Saturday, July 21st, my wife and I invited some neighbors and friends to join us at Rudi Lechners for dinner. There were 14 of us. The music, food, drinks, and service were superb! For several days afterward, I received e-mails and phone calls from our friends letting us know how much they enjoyed the evening. Thanks for such a wonderful evening
Paul A. Brezik (7/21/2007)
It was soooo worth the drive!! Not only is it open from 11am-10pm (not closing at 2 til 5, which is so annoying), but the waitress was so sweet and the hostess was so nice. Rudi said hello to us as we entered the place. The ambiance is great, it feels like home.
The food- OH MY GOD!!! It is soo Good! I am German and I know good German food (all the women in my family live to make good food)- and this is good! We got the potato pancakes, swiss cheese soup, and I got Wienerschnitzel. My brother got the sausage platter. Everything was amazing. The Zuchinni bread was so great- I can't say enough good things. We drove for an hour through thunderstorms to try it, and it was so worth it!! We will definitely return. I never write reviews, but a restaurant this good made me feel like giving it a 'plug'. If you are considering trying it-go for it you absolutely will not be disappointed. Danke.
T. Zeitland (7/6/2007)
reviewed by Chris V.
This was my first try at German cuisine. The food was great. The service was great, and the ambiance was great. I was blown away how the owner of the restaurant greeted each table in the dining room. He also cooked a meal with a portable grill right in front of the table! He was so passionate about his work and put everything he had into his cooking. I think this is the secret to his success. Even if you don't live on this side of town a visit it is well worth the drive. Enjoy.
reviewed by Ken
A great place for lunch or dinner. Their lunch specials are fantastic and the zucinnie bread is great!
reviewed by jms043
we recently moved to houston and quickly got tired of the same menu at most restaurants.it was like a touch of new yorks east side again.
reviewed by anonymous
My husband and I just relocated from San Francisco to Houston and heard about Rudi Lechners. The food and entertainment is fantastic. This has become our favorite restaurant in Houston. The staff is extremely friendly and we were impressed how much the atmosphere reminded us of our trip to Europe. Thank you, Rudi, for a great place to visit.
reviewed by anonymous
We ate last weekend at Rudi's and were delighted to find that the restaurant had authentic live German music. This was a good start, but the food was exceptional. We ordered Steak Diane and it was cooked at our table by the owner who conversed with us. He also cooked an interesting salad at an adjoining table...the show was superior, but I wasn't sure what type of salad it was. For dessert, out waiter recommended a "Coffee-Goodnight". Recipe: sugar rimmed glass heated over a fire tableside, scotch that is flaming, more alcohol of another tyope, and then coffee with fresh creme. All that at a great priec. As it stands, this is now our favorite restaurant!!!
My family is German, so we were hoping to take my mom out for some real German food in Houston, and Rudi's hit the spot. They have quite a wide menu that encompasses both authentic German dishes, and also some standard American favourites like Caesar salads and shrimp scampi. Mom said the food.
was authentic, and Rudi himself came out and they chatted about the old country for a while. Talk about personal service! There was live German music, which my mother loved and was highly entertaining. Everything about the evening was perfect.
I took my boyfriend (he is Czech) here last night after seeing such good reviews. And it did not disappoint!! The food was great, the service was excellent, and everyone was so nice and pleasant. I'm not an expert on german food, but my boyfriend said it was very tasty. I had the chicken fried steak and it was delicious as well. They have Oktoberfest every Wednesday night with entertainment, buffet, and drink specials (as told to us by Rudi). So, we will definitely be going back!
We celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary on saturday.We reserved a booth for 7 p.m.We were seated promptly and congratulated on our anniversary by the hostess.This is not the first anniversary that we celebrate at Rudi's.We also enjoy celebrating birthdays and other special occasions there.
Since it was St.Patrick's day the decor was irish/bavarian.very colorful and cheerful to say the least.
i can't say enough good things about Rudi's restaurant.The service was top-notch as always.Rudi himself stopped by our table several times and made us feel very welcome.The food was to die for.My husband loved his grilled sausage plate,which consisted of knackwurst,red cabbage and Austrian potatoes.He had an excellent German dark draft beer.I had the grilled salmon with spinach and steamed veggies.The caper sauce was out of this world and the salmon was perfection itself.The buffet salad was fresh and crisp.The zucchini bread was completely addictive.The food was amazingly delicious.
Rudi kindly treated us to a complimentary carrot cake with a lit candle.It was the best,most moist carrot cake we have ever tasted.By far.The capuccino was huge,and had a very strong,authentic European flavor.it was amazing.
The live volksmusik band"The Wanderers" was outstanding.The lead singer has a beautiful voice and yodeled like a master.
Rudi Lechner's restaurant has the best ambiance in houston,the best German food and exceptionally good service.We plan to return many more times.
LEONOR MÜLLER (3/18/2007)
read such great reviews about this place I had to try it, and was not disappointed. great enviroment, and food. love the salad bar-not just veggies but fruit and boiled shrimp too. tried the goulash and the beef was so tender it practally fell through my fork. will definitly be coming back.
R B (3/15/2007)
I have been going to Rudy's since the 80's and last night was excellent as usual. Having lived in Germany for 8 years I would say that not only is it authentic but it is much better then you would get in most of Germany's finest restaurants. The cheese wine soup is amazing as was the sampler platter. Two thumbs up as usual.
Everybody here knows my name... My favorite german place in town!I have been going to rudi since the 1980's and i have never had one problem with either food flavor,temp,or service.Very nice place for dates or if you have to hang out with your boys go and try the side entrance into the bar.I recommend the beirschnitzel accomandated with a glass of spaten!I am swiss,and not having nymore swiss places to eat in town,this is the best next thing to home!
Everybody here knows my name... Great place, unique atmosphere, and friendly, attentive waitstaff. Loved eating and listening to accordian player/band. Took the family there and we all got something different. Bratwurst, salmon, trout, roasted chicken, and three appetizers: stuffed cabbage, potatoe cakes , and some other german plate. All were delicious and came to our table very promptly. Give this place a try if your looking for someplace out of the ordinary.
I like the three types of bread, and the salad bar. The musicians are fun to listen to. Our family firstate at Lechner's when Tony Frisch (part owner of Lechner's at the time) was the place kicker for the Houston Oilers in the 1970's.
I had heard how good the food and atmosphere was so I stopped for lunch. Describe it as excellent food and service and loved the atmosphere. Have a separate bar area.
I had the bratwurst and knockwurst with red cabbage and German potatoes. Also included is a self-serve salad bar. Wide selection of salad items and a large plate to put them on. Everything was fresh. Two kinds of bread also came with meal. The service and meal were excellent. Came to $9.20 without beverage. I will go back. I would get there early as this place fills up at lunch and there is a mall parking lot in front but plenty of parking some distance from restaurant.
Hugh Diner (10/12/2006)
Outstanding German Food that even the guy on TV with blue glasses would like
Last week I had the pleasure of revisiting Rudi Lechner's restaurant on Gessner near Westheimer. It has been 15 years since I had been there because of a move. Rudi was there to make sure the food was up to standard. Just a great place to take your clients or family for a quite lunch. The price charged reflects superior value for the quality and quanty of food. I raise my glass to Rudi for onsistent and high quality food as well as surroundings! Pros: I like the owner taking part in the restaurant experience.
Rudi's the bomb! So's the Tafelspitz, Goulash & the Schnitzel.....and the pickeled herring at the salad bar... Ditto for Greta, Jose, Artemio, Gustavo, Yevgeny, Juan, Maurilio, Junior, and Jorge. Oh; and Mike & partner play great music! A heartfelt encomium, folks...
I've been going to Rudi Lechner's my entire life, or at least the life of the restaurant (we're pretty lose in age). I've never been disappointed. The food is hearty and comforting as traditional Bavarian fare tends to be. The salad bar is delectable (try one of everything, and the zucchini bread croutons!). Rudi himself is a true restaurateur, greeting the guests and making sure everyone is comfortable and taken care of.
The very best time to go is on the weekend (you'll need a reservation), when there is live music and a rousing crowd of regulars. It's a great evening out with some good German beer, good food--and if you save room and aren't driving home, Kaffee Gute Nacht (Coffee Good Night) is a spectacular way to end the meal. It's just as much of a production as it is an excellent way to take your coffee and alcohol.
I've never found anything there I didn't like but my personal favorites are the half roasted chicken ith Austrian potatoes, the Wienerschnitzel (be sure to get some red cabbage with it, as is tradition), and the pan-fried trout.
mello m. (06/01/2006) 5 star rating
Everybody here knows my name... We visited Rudi Lechner's for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. We called and reserved a table for 6 only half an hour ahead of time on a Saturday night and were seated in the "wine room" where we could hear the band, but it was not too loud. However, if we had wanted to be involved in the dancing and such, it would have been more difficult being seated in another room. As we were seated, Mr. Lechner came and introduced himself to us, which was a great touch! The food was great. We were given some plain white bread and some great zucchini bread to start with a cheese and a patte dip. All of this was wonderful. Although I am not a huge fan of German food myself, I found lots on the menu to order. Everyone was quite pleased with their meal. I got the bowl of soup and the salad bar for $8. The salad bar, though small, is quite impressive with more than just your normal salad fixins'; there were small shrimp, some pasta salads, and fruit salad to choose from. Some of the plates can be close to $20, but if you get the special, you can get the salad bar, trout, 2 sides, and dessert for $14, what a deal!
As for the service and atmosphere, we were quite pleased. Our waiter was very attentive and we really enjoyed the band. We even got to do the chicken dance before leaving! We will definitely return for many more fun evenings at Rudi Lechner's. lovetoeat (4/24/2006)
the best real goulash with nockerl in town. and also an authentic liptauer - a spicy cream cheese. delicious! i am austrian and can strongly recommend this place.
NAME: feinschmecker (3/1/2006)
I have been to Rudi's several times and have NEVER been disappointed. I try to make it a point to try something new every time I go. Tonight I had the special- Lamb Shank it was out of this world! I had it with his wonderful red cabbage and mashed potatoes. I am one who must have dessert even though tonight I did not know where I was going to fit it, I decided on the carrot cake... Moist and absolutly one of the best carrot cakes in town. My waiter Jose was great! I was greeted with a smile by the "new" hostess who made it a point to get me seated and comfortable. The young lady who used to greet me at the door noticed me shortly after I was seated and made it a point to come by several times and make sure I was doing well she is always very pleasant and personal. The service is always very nice and you can count on seeing Rudi making the rounds to is guest. It does get very busy on the weekends which I learned the hard way on my first visit so I make sure to call and make reservations. Sometimes the music is a little to loud but, depending on what your in the mood for you have the option of the wineroom which is a much more quite area. In short rudi's is a wonderful place to visit and have great food. I have felt like I was a friend coming to dinner from my first visit. Rudi you have a new regular thank you.
joining the many (2/11/2006)
Wounderfull surroundings, nice employees, FANTASTIC food. The owner/manager tries to make his rounds as much as possible. Great for an upbeat anniversary dinner!
FREQUENCY: Visited 2-3 times MY REVIEW: Selected their site based on the top of the page ad listing. We were a table of 6 with reservations. Most in our company had no idea what German food was prepared. The food was excellent for all involved. The traditional Wienerschnitzel was my choice and beyond what I expected. Generous portions, well prepared and timely service. The ambiance was very authentic and the music entertained all. Great choice!! Great value!! Great experience. We will return.
Problems: Weise beer selection was much more limited than on the menu.
Dinning Enthusiast (8/13/2005)
A typical German restaurant serving typical German fare. This is a Houston's landmark German restaurant, famous for its Oktoberfest culinary celebration. This restaurant has been in business for over 25 years.
Jordan N. (8/11/2005) 4 star rating
Everybody here knows my name... We were greeted warmly and seated quickly, despite the place being very busy. The server served our drinks and took our order quickly even though he had 3 tables seated at the same time; one with 6 customers. We really enjoyed the music and toasts. The musicians seemed very friendly and jovial. The food took a little while to arrive but our server kept us posted on it's status. The food itself was absolutely delicious. We both got the "sampler" plate. Took about half of it home there was so much food. The hostess was very friendly on our way out as were other staff members. Recommended!!
J S4/30/2005 (04/05)
We've been going to this restaurant for 20 years and it's one of our favorites. My husband thinks the salmon here is the best anywhere and I love the bread and pate so much that once I fill up on that I just have room for the soup and salad bar. This is one of the best salad bars in Houston offering fruits, shrimp, cheese, the best crutons I've ever had and more. The french bread is wonderful and the zuchuni nut bread is a real treat. The service is normally excellent and the prices can't be beat. The music on weekends can be a little annoying if you're in the main resturant; I prefer the wine room. I've tried many entrees over the years and some have been disappointing but the salmon and the trout are always excellent and the mashed pototoes are great. This place is popular on weekend nights and it's best to have a reservation.
Vicki and Frank Roberts (4/1/2005)
Everybody here knows my name... I have dined in Germany, dined in the german communities of the great Texas Hill Country and I find that Rudi Lechner's serves true delicious Austria-German food. I entertain clients monthly in Houston and many times at Rudi's.
Rudi is a great chef and gentlemen. Rudi never fails to get my guest and I on each visit. The food has always ben delicious and my guest have always been complimentary. The service is excellent and I look forward to lunch or dinner with Rudi and his staff.
My husband and I have been to Rudi's several times alone and then we decided to bring friends and family so they could share in the festivities but most especially, the wonderful food. The atmosphere is great; the service is prompt. I only have one little suggestion and that is for the waiters to be a lilittle more gentle when placing the silverware on the table; the last two times we were there, it was almost tossed on the table; even our guests were a lilittle startled. Please don't let this stop you though from enjoying a wonderful evening. We are going again tonight, February 20th, bringing my sister and brother-in-law.
Rudi's has something for everyone, dieters included. The white wine & cheese soup and pan sauteed trout are signature dishes you won't find anywhere else in town...we love the salad bar, with the uniquely European dishes and some old favorites, too. Service is always reliable but not "hovering", and Rudi is there to greet you and make you feel welcome. The music is a plus! This is one of our favorite places for any occasion as well as those Fri. nights when there's nothing special to celebrate. Being at Rudi's is special enough. We've dined there for at least 20 years, probably longer...never had a bad meal or poor service. I think some of these reviewers went somewhere else! Bravo, Rudi Lechner, for your consistency and excellence, warmth and gemutlicheit!
NAME: BB (2/9/2005)
Everybody here knows my name... the food was very delicious, we tried the sampler platter and the weiner scnitzel platter and it fed 3 people. we should have had leftovers but we couldn't stop eating, they have a zuchinni bread they bring to the table... we ended up buying a loaf to take home for later. the only thing that might have been better than the food was the waitstaff, Jose and the hostess will really take care of you, we will be back... this was an enjoyable outing. Next time I need to leave room for dessert.
tim cormier (12/18/2004)
Rudi Lechner's Restaurant - Houston, Texas
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