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Hauptstraße 223 69117 Heidelberg

I’ve always been fascinated by these combination hostel and restaurant spots in Germany.  Do they serve warm, tasty, and delectable meals that a German mother would serve to her family?  Or does the food cater to foreign tourists and guests staying in the rooms neighboring the eatery?  At the far end of the Hauptstraße, away from the hustle and bustle of the city,  sits a cozy, pleasant restaurant, bar, and hostel called Sudpfanne.


Venturing into the restaurant, you will immediately be met with the bar room area, where there are several bar stools awaiting guests looking for a quick refreshment.  In the next room over is the inviting guest dining room.  Adorning the aged walls are exquisite, framed oil paintings, as well as various sculpted decorations.  The seating here primarily consists of padded seats along the walls, in addition to small wooden chairs.  The tables are also made of wood.  Each dining arrangement is decorated with a lone flower in a vase (though somewhat sad looking) along with a lighted candle.  Overall, the dining environment is comfortable and exudes a rustic, home feeling – perfect for a hostel operation.

The menu at Sudpfanne is unfortunately strictly limited.  In comparison to other German restaurants, the selections are few.  You will recognize common German dishes – schnitzel, rumpsteak, and spätzle – plus some regional offerings such as Maultaschen.  Sudpfanne offers a daily menu in addition to the normal items.  Drinks are typical.


Interesting about this place are the slight twists and variations added to traditional favorites.  One of the featured items here is the Schweineschnitzel Sudpfanne mit Kartoffelbrei und einer Knoblauchsoße (Pork cutlet, Sudpfanne style, with mashed potatoes and garlic sauce).  The dish comes with three pork cutlets, breaded and fried, served with a heaping amount of potatoes and a generous portion of garlic gravy sauce.  At 9,80 €, it is moderately priced.  And the dish is only partly well executed.  The schnitzel cutlets are well breaded, though not well seasoned.  The pork could definitely use some more salt.  Adding a squeeze of lemon does help improve the flavor, as does dipping the meat in the garlic sauce, but alone it leaves a lot to be desired.  Outperforming the main star of the dish are the mashed potatoes and garlic sauce.  The supporting actor wins the award while the lead fails to even get a nomination.  Together, the combination is delightful – the way garlic mashed potatoes should taste.  The spuds are mashed quite well, not to the point of being a purée, but smooth nonetheless.  The garlic sauce also speaks wonders.  Packed with flavor, it’s simply enjoyable.


Sudpfanne is conveniently located in the heart of Heidelberg.  The famous Heidelberg castle, as well as the infamous old bridge, is only a short distance away.  A bus stop nearby provides guests with further opportunities for exploration in this magnificent, charming city.  Although Sudpfanne offers an extremely limited number of entrées on their menu, the dishes are cooked decently.  The food portion to price ratio is slightly unfavorable, though.  Overall, Sudpfanne is a good place to enjoy a beer or a warm German meal to end your day.  After all, it’s located near the end of the main Hauptstraße.



Sudpfanne is a restaurant, bar, and hostel situated in a prime location in the center of Heidelberg’s Altstadt.  Extremely limited selection of menu items.  Traditional German dishes including schnitzel, spätzle, and Maultaschen.  Wine tasting events (see website).  Quaint, lovely atmosphere.  Good service.

Overall – 4 stars

  • Schnitzel Sudpfanne – 3.5/5
  • Kartoffelbrei und einer Knoblauchsoße (Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Sauce) – 5/5
  • Service – 5/5



Written by geschmack

March 9th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

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