The Rathskeller in Elkridge, MD. Authentic German food in Howard Co.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

As a born & raised German, I am very particular about most things, but especially all things labeled German. The Rathskeller is a German restaurant in Howard County, MD, that opened its doors in the cellar of a historic building in October of 2019. Although the pandemic forced them to shut down for a brief period, they've managed to survive and thrive during these times. That tells you a lot!

The Rathskeller is as authentic as it gets. Décor, food, adult beverages, and the outdoor Biergarten... all are hitting the spot for me. Yes, I know, you are probably thinking "hold on, Andrea, you don't eat meat!". You are correct. I haven't had meat since 1996. But The Rathskeller's got just the thing for vegans, too! An Aubergine Schnitzel (eggplant for you) which can be ordered breaded or grilled. I've tried both, and I can recommend both!

The focus at Rathskeller is on authenticity (they've nailed it) and on popular German street foods such as Schnitzel, different kinds of Wurst (sausages), Krauts (Their red cabbage is the most delicious cabbage I've ever had. Seriously, you should try it!) and Pretzel. Ingredients are fresh and as local as possible. The wine comes from family-owned wineries in Germany and Austria, and the German beer is imported... click here to check out the menu

Looking for tasty German food, an authentic venue in a charming building? The Rathskeller at 5782 Main Street is your place to go in Howard County and beyond. Taste-tested by real Germans, multiple times! 😊

Rathskeller. German restaurant in Elkridge, Howard County, MD

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Comments (10)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - we used to have an authentic Rathskeller near us in North White Plains, NY.  Sadly, it close.  However, we went to an authentic schnitzel house in Florida last Saturday night,

Jan 14, 2022 05:08 PM
Andrea Bedard

Hope it was delicious Grant Schneider!  

Jan 15, 2022 07:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Andrea- Larry's background is German and we love good German food. We had a favorite German restaurant we went to when we were in FL but haven't found one here yet. 

Jan 14, 2022 06:02 PM
Andrea Bedard

One of my girls is the meat and potato kinda girl. Since I don't eat meat, nor prep it, I am so glad I have an authentic German restaurant minutes from my house - she can get her fix there :) Hope you'll find just the place Kathy Streib

Jan 15, 2022 07:02 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Schnitzel and red cabbage sound yummy even late at night. Thanks for sharing The Rathskeller!

Jan 14, 2022 10:10 PM
Andrea Bedard

I like to think that they opened just for us Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400! When you are down my way, let me know and we'll meet up at the Rathskeller!  

Jan 15, 2022 07:03 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Andrea, my taste for food has evolved since my days of living in Germany... now you peaked my interest of the Rathskeller:)) on  a side note pretty incredible to survive during pandemic shutdowns Endre

Jan 14, 2022 10:13 PM
Andrea Bedard

It is nothing short of incredible Endre Barath, Jr.. and they are tugged away, not in a high traffic location!  

Jan 15, 2022 07:05 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds delicious, and with a review like that if I were in the area, I'd try it!

Jan 15, 2022 05:12 AM
Andrea Bedard

That reminds me to post it on their Google, too, Kat Palmiotti! There are other restaurants around that claim to be German, but are not even close to being authentic. The Rathskeller definitely is!  

Jan 15, 2022 07:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Andrea... I may have been born in Germany, but will be the first to admit... most German food is not to my taste... although I do love red cabbage and sauerbraten. And of course, Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte is my favorite. I still think about a German Bakery in NY on the border of Queens and Brooklyn that made the best torte you could imagine. We would travel way out of our way to buy it for special occasions.

Jan 15, 2022 05:50 AM
Andrea Bedard

You do have your favorite German food Nina Hollander, Broker! I stopped eating meat in 1996, so a lot of traditionally German food is not for me either, but there are a few things like the red cabbage that I venture to the Rathskeller for. Plus, my girls can indulge in their favorites that they'll otherwise only get at Oma's house!  

Jan 15, 2022 07:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - I admit that German food is not one I immediately (if ever) think of when considering dining options.   

However, I do recall some experiences in my life where the food of Germany seemed authentic to me.  A place in Los Angeles a long time ago (I believe it is still there) where I went a couple of times and a restaurant in Old Town Alexandria when I lived in Washington DC come to mind. 

Of course, a couple of trips to your home country during Fasching brings back some very good memories too.  But I definitely don't remember any eggplant on the menu any of those times but coincidentally I did have it this past week.  

Jan 15, 2022 06:43 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrea Bedard - that's sad to hear but not unexpected.  It must be nice to find a nearby authentic place.  

Jan 15, 2022 07:35 AM
Andrea Bedard

It's restaurants such as the Rathskeller that are elevating traditional German street food and I am so grateful that they do! I am not a fan of the stereotypical German places that play into all the cliches of what Germans look like and do - wearing Lederhosen or Dirndl and drinking beer. There are a couple around here, and I have zero desire to stop in. 
Sadly, it looks like this is another year that Fasching is being cancelled Michael Jacobs.  

Jan 15, 2022 07:15 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That sounds like quite the taste for genuine great German delicacies.  I know somewhere in my past I have been to a restaurant called the Rathskeller just can't remember where

Jan 15, 2022 07:47 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


When we lived in Los Angeles, there was a wonderful German restaurant we frequented.  It is not there anymore...We also had quite of few ersatz versions that are not longer around.  Nothing here in Santa Barbara!  A

Jan 15, 2022 10:52 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, glad you have an authentic German restaurant nearby, and glad they made it thru the worst part of the pandemic.

Jan 15, 2022 05:28 PM