Rhein Haus, a German-inspired restaurant with two Puget Sound locations, recently announced it will open a massive outdoor patio and double-decker dining hall in Leavenworth this month, serving up beers, schnitzels and sizzling brats to residents and visitors of Central Washington’s famous Bavarian village. Located smack in the middle of Front Street (707 Highway 2)—next to the Maypole and mini sledding hill—the newly constructed, family-friendly restaurant and biergarten can hold up to 300 guests, making it one of the largest in town. To stay up to date on opening plans or to enquire about group reservations, visit rheinhausleavenworth.com.
“From visiting each summer growing up to working as a river guide and fundraising for avalanche victims, each of the Rhein Haus owners has a strong connection to the Leavenworth community, making it an obvious choice for our next location,” said James Weimann, co-owner of Weimann Maclise Family of Restaurants. “In addition to modern, playful and crowd-pleasing German fare, the deck is the crowning jewel. It will have heated floors, oversized tables with built-in fire pits, and unobstructed mountain views – the perfect place to enjoy a giant pretzel, frosty Kölsch, and the company of friends.”
In all, the 3,000 square-foot biergarten deck will hold up to 170 people, including an 18-person bartop. A row of Bavarian and German flags along Front Street and overhead festoon string lights complete the outdoor ambiance, and flow seamlessly to the interior.
The 3,700 square-foot two-story indoor space will seat 128 guests and will boast a lodge-like feel. Décor includes pine façades, ceiling and railings, plus a mixture of wood and stained concrete floors. A full taxidermy elk, four mounted elk busts and lighting sconces made from vintage wooden skis add interest. The dining area will have an indoor bar on each level, plus table-side service at all tables indoors and out.
Channeling the bars of Bavaria, Rhein Haus will offer a carefully curated German beer list with 12 beers on draft including a Rhein Haus lager from Bayern Brewing, Pfungstädter Schwarzbier and Spaten Oktoberfest. Additional offerings include local favorites like Icicle Brewing Company Bootjack IPA and Bad Granny Hard Cider, along with a full bar.
Backing up the beverage options, Rhein Haus will serve a variety of options, ranging from appetizers and salads to sandwiches and gourmet brats, giant pretzels and classic schnitzels along with a kids menu. Signature dishes include: the Munich, a house-made kielbasa with Beecher’s cheddar beer fondue and crispy sweet onions; the Pork Schnitzel, a pork cutlet with a pretzel breading and served with lemon, caper, parsley and shallot sauce and a Granny Smith apple slaw; and the plant-based IMPOSSIBLE burger with arugula, royale dressings, onion, tomato, dill pickle, Tillamook cheddar cheese all on a brioche bun and served with fries.
Like all Rhein Haus locations, the new restaurant welcomes all ages, and can accommodate large groups by reservation, making it a good choice for bachelor and bachelorette parties, work outings, weddings, reunions and more. The first Rhein Haus opened in February of 2013 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, quickly followed by locations in Tacoma and Denver. Each Rhein Haus enjoys its own take on the German theme, with unique food, beverage and entertainment in each.
Rhein Haus is part of the Weimann Maclise Family of Restaurants, which also counts among its collection Ballard’s Bastille, Stoneburner and Macleod’s hot spots, Capitol Hill’s Poquitos, and White Center’s Beer Star. For more information visit rheinhausleavenworth.com or follow on Facebook or Instagram.
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.