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MENU

German and American cuisine including appetizers, soup, salads, Bratwurst, schnitzel, chicken, seafood, beef, pork, veal, sandwiches, tacos, dessert, full bar.

ATMOSPHERE

Lively and tropical, this waterfront restaurant merges the finest in outdoor Florida dining with the authentic taste of Germany. There’s indoor seating too, but the real charm is outside, just feet from the tranquil Indian River and the Jensen Beach Causeway.

OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE

We dined with friends who are regulars here, and they insisted we start with a large pretzel ($6.50) with beer cheese sauce ($1.50). The oversized goodie was baked to perfection, brown and crunchy on the outside and warm and soft inside. It was even tastier dipped in the cheddar cheese beer sauce. The Jager Schnitzel ($14.95) was so big we asked the server to bring it on two separate plates for my husband and me to share. The oversized chicken breast was pounded thin, breaded and pan fried to a golden brown, served alongside a tasty mushroom cream sauce that brought out the richness in the meat. It was served with sides of creamy German potato salad and tangy red cabbage. To round out our shared entrée we ordered a side of spaetzle ($3.50), a German pasta dish with a pleasing texture and a slightly buttery taste. The apple strudel ($6.95) was pure heaven, served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

REASON TO GO

The tasty homemade food and breathtaking river ambiance take center stage here, and it’s one of the few authentic German restaurants in town. Dining here gives me aromatic flashbacks of trips to Germany and Switzerland.

SERVICE

The food arrived quickly and the owner, a native of Germany, checked on us at one point.

NOISE LEVEL

We dined late on a Saturday and had one whole side of the outdoors to ourselves. It was easy to carry on a conversation despite a live band playing on the opposite side.

KID FRIENDLY

Children have plenty to enjoy here, from chicken wings and burgers to tacos and fish fingers, but why restrict their culinary tastes to America? There are plenty of kid-pleasing German dishes to try.

THE HOFFMANN

3225 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, 772-444-3697

Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Note: Post writers will anonymously visit a restaurant in your neighborhood each week in search of the best menu item. They’ll tell you about that item and why they liked it in this spot each week.



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