10 Best German Restaurants in Helen, GA: A Quick Guide (2023)

King Ludwigs Castle in Germany

If you’re planning a trip to Helen, Georgia, there are some amazing German restaurants worth checking out. In this article, I take a look at some of the best places to eat in this mountain town. Read along to learn more about these restaurants that rest in Alpine Helen alongside the Chattahoochee River.

Here are 10 best German restaurants in Helen, GA! I’ve compiled a little information about each restaurant, as well as a helpful table at the end of the article.

Best German Restaurants in Helen, Georgia

Traditional German cuisine is among the most popular in local Helen restaurants. This small town in North Georgia has ten restaurants serving traditional German food like:

  • Pork Chop and Schnitzel Plates
  • Red Cabbage and Saurkraut
  • Bratwurst
  • Spätzle (egg noodles)
  • Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancake)
  • German potato salad

If you’re interested in making your own German dishes, check out these two cookbooks on Amazon:

Here are the top 10 German restaurants that serve authentic German fare:

  1. Bodensee Restaurant
  2. Hofbrauhaus Restaurant
  3. Muller’s Famous Fried Cheese Cafe
  4. Schatzie’s Cafe
  5. King Ludwig’s Biergarten
  6. The Heidelberg
  7. Old Bavaria Inn
  8. Hofer’s Baker
  9. Cafe International
  10. Two Tire Tavern

1. Bodensee Restaurant

Front of Bodensee Restaurant in Helen GA

Bodensee is a popular restaurant in Helen, renowned for its authentic German cuisine! The decor is full of German memorabilia like:

  • decorative beer steins
  • beautiful landscape images
  • and items of a bygone era fill the space

And there’s even an accordion player!

Chef Aurel Prodan worked in Romania and Germany before moving to work in Helen’s Bodensee Restaurant. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian options on the menu as well!

Meal times: Lunch, dinner, and drinks

Types of food served:

  • Authentic German
  • Vegetarian-friendly

Bodensee’s Menu

Location: 64 Munich Strasse, Helen, GA 30545

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11AM – 8PM
  • Wed: CLOSED
  • Fri: 11AM-9PM
  • Sat: 11AM-10PM

Phone Number: (706) 878-1026

2. Hofbrauhaus Restaurant

The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant showcases German style and has a menu influenced by both American and German food. The atmosphere is like a pub in a small German town, with food to match this atmosphere.

It also has a space designed to feel like a US Army Pub in Germany. During the Cold War, over 100,000 U.S. military were stationed in Germany during any given year. This pub makes a nod to that history.

Try the Hofbrau Hoagie or wurst sampler platter for a delicious meal!

Meal times: Lunch, dinner, drinks

Types of food served:

  • German
  • American
  • Bar

Hofbrauhaus’ Menu

Location: 9001 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545

Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Phone Number: (706) 878-2248

3. Muller’s Fried Cheese Cafe

Fried Cheese Curds

Muller’s Fried Cheese Cafe has one of the most unique restaurant names. And their grilled sandwiches are just as unique!

Family-owned and operated by Chef Zdenek Muller, you will feel like you’re in Germany or the Czech Republic. The traditional German fare and great service will make you feel right at home.

Meal time of day: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Types of food served:

  • Authentic German
  • Authentic Czech
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Gluten-free options

Mullers’ Menu

Location: 60 Chattahoochee Strasse Helen, GA 30545

Hours of Operation:

  • Mon – Thursday: 9am – 6pm
  • Fri: 9am – 7pm
  • Sat: 9am – 8pm
  • Sun: 9am – 7pm

Phone Number: (706) 892-1212

4. Hofer’s of Helen

Street Signs in Helen GA

Hofer’s of Helen is modeled after an authentic German cafe and bakery. You can enjoy delicious food in the downtown area alongside the Chattahoochee River.

For breakfast, try the Bauern Frühstück (Farmers Breakfast) or the Alpine French Toast.

For lunch, they have over 20 options of specialty sandwiches and soups. All the sandwich breads are baked in-house and feature options like pretzel rolls, sourdough, rye and buttercrust white bread. Hofer’s bakery is renowned for baking goods on a stone hearth oven.

For dessert, try Hofer’s Imported German Coffee, along with a selection of European tortes, cakes, pastries, and ice cream.

Hofer’s was founded by a couple from Schwabach, Germany in the 1950s named Horst and Gerda Hofer. The business has since passed down to their son, who continues to run it today.

Meal time of day: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Types of food served:

  • German
  • Baked goods
  • Cafe

Hofer’s of Helen Menus:

Location: 8758 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545

Hours of Operation:

  • Mon – Thur: 8am-5pm
  • Fri – Sun: 8am-6pm

Phone Number: 706-878-8200

5. Schatzie’s Cafe

Schatzie’s Cafe is a new restaurant that opened in 2021. The menu has expanded from only a breakfast menu to also including lunch.

The focus is on Bagels, with 12 different options. The baked goods include cinnamon buns, apple strudel, german chocolate cake, and cheesecake.

Additional breakfast options include eggs, avocado toast, leberkaese & fried egg, and bagel sandwiches. The lunch menu includes German staples like:

  • Bavarian pretzel + beer cheese
  • Nuernberger Bratwurst
  • Currywurst w/ french fries
  • Reuben Sandwich, and more!

Schatzie’s Menu

Since opening, Schatzie’s Cafe has received considerable positive reviews and has a loyal following on social media. Check it out to learn more!

Location: 8988 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545

Hours of Operation:

  • Wed – Sunday: 8 AM – 12:30 PM

Phone Number & E-mail: 706-878-1980 / schatizescafe@gmail.com

6. King Ludwig’s Biergarten

King Ludwig’s Caste in Germany

King Ludwig’s Biergarten is a pub and Bavarian restaurant with a straightforward menu. The food consists of sausage plates and various specials.

Sausage Plates. Choose from bratwurst, cheddarwurst, or a frankfurter served alongside German potato salad and sauerkraut.

Specials. Specials include the signature giant German soft pretzel, along with hot wings, and the reuben sandwich on a pretzel bun. There is also both a vegan German brat & chips dish.

Drinks. There is an extensive alcohol menu with 13 beers on tap. There are several canned beer and wine options, along with a full bar for mixed drinks and cocktails.

King Ludwig’s Biergarten Menu

Location: 8660 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545 (floor 1, White Horse Square)

Hours of Operation:

  • Mon – Sat: 11:30 AM – 12 AM
  • Sunday: 12:30 PM – 12 AM

Phone Number: 706-878-0008

7. The Heidelberg (previously, “Old Heidelberg”)

The Heidelberg is a music hall and pub located off Main Street square. The building is three floors and underwent a revamp in 2018 when the name changed from Old Heidelberg to The Heidelberg.

The original owners were Harold and Terry Link, who were both natives of Heidelberg, Germany.

There are two large dining areas, along with a pub, and an enclosed outdoor terrace (Bierhimmel Music Hall).

Signature food items include:

  • sausage specialties
  • German delicacies
  • schnitzel specialties
  • sandwiches
  • appetizers
  • soups & salads
  • desserts

The Heidelberg’s Menus:

Location: 8660 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545 (floor 1, White Horse Square)

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 11am- 9pm
  • Friday & Saturday : 11am – 10pm

Phone Number: 706-878-0061

8. Old Bavaria Inn Restaurant

This is just the place if you’re looking for a more rowdy atmosphere. Old Bavaria Inn is great for a group of friends looking for somewhere to drink and enjoy each other’s company!

You’ll also find some amazing German pretzels and a bratwurst!

Meal time of day: Lunch, dinner, drinks

Types of food served:

  • German
  • European
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly options

Location: 8619 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545

Hours of Operation:

  • Sun & Mon: 11am – 7pm
  • Tue: CLOSED
  • Wed & Thur: 11am – 7pm
  • Fri & Sat: 11am – 8pm

Phone Number: (706) 878-3729

9. Cafe International

Another gorgeous riverside restaurant, the Cafe International is the perfect spot when the everyone can’t agree on what cuisine to eat. Cafe International has a menu that includes food from around the world in a very casual setting.

You can grab a hamburger and be on the Chattahoochee tubing within 2 hours!

Meal time of day: Lunch and Dinner

Types of food served:

  • American
  • French
  • Italian
  • German

Cafe International Menu

Location: 8546 S Main St Helen GA 30545

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Phone Number: (706) 878-3102

10. Two Tire Tavern

Two Tire Tavern offers traditional German fare alongside new American and barbeque. With a laid-back atmosphere, it feels like a biker tavern.

The menu is straightforward and is a mix of:

  • American/Southern (9 burger options, chicken wings or tenders)
  • Barbeque (pulled pork sandwich)
  • and German cuisine

The German staples include a sandwich or platter option, alongside:

  • bratwursts
  • knockwursts
  • krainerwursts
  • all beef German hot dogs

Two Tire Tavern Menu

Two Tire Tavern is dog-friendly with an outdoor patio option. Also, come by on Friday nights to check out live music!

Location: 8735 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545

Hours of Operation:

  • CLOSED: Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Saturday: 11AM – 11PM
  • Sunday: 11AM – 10PM
  • Monday: 12 – 10PM
  • Thursday: 12 – 9PM
  • Friday: 12 – 11PM

Phone Number: (706) 878-1002

Helpful Table on Best German Restaurants in Helen, GA

German RestaurantsUnique Info.MenuReviews
Bodensee Restaurant-Lake Constance is the English translation of Bodensee, which is a lake on the Rhine River in Germany.
– Chef and Owner worked in both Romania and Germany before moving to Helen
Bodensee’s MenuGoogle: 4.5 of 5 stars / 3,400 reviews

Yelp: 4 of 5 Stars/ 952 reviews
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant
– Has a space designed to feel like a US Army Pub in Germany (during the Cold War, over 100,000 US military were stationed in Germany any year)
– Pet-friendly outdoor patio space
Hofbrauhaus’ MenuGoogle: 4 of 5 Stars / 2,200 reviews

Yelp: 3.5 stars / 361 reviews
Mullers Famous Fried Cheese Cafe– Includes both German and Czech cuisines
– Large portion sizes
Mullers’ MenuGoogle: 4.5 of 5 stars / 1,300 reviews

Yelp: 4 of 5 Stars/ 341 reviews
Hofer’s Bakery & Cafe– Fresh bread that is baked in a stone hearth oven

– Wedding cakes featured on Food Network’s show “The Secret Life of… Wedding Cakes”

Sandwiches and Lunch

Grill Entrees

Drinks & Desserts
Google: 4.5 of 5 stars/ 3,700 reviews

Yelp: 3.5 stars / 535 reviews
Schatzie’s Cafe– newest restaurant on the list
– a unique blend of German cuisine and New York-style bagels
Menu on Facebook PageGoogle:
5 of 5 stars/ 107 reviews
Yelp: 4.5 of 5 stars / 25 reviews
King Ludwig’s Biergarten– named after King Ludwig II of Bavaria who ruled from 1864 until 1886
– Frankfurter plate has a quarter-pound black Angus beer hotdog
– Can buy a souvenir boot or mug with a beer refill option
– 43+ drink options on the menu
Menu on Facebook PageGoogle: 4.5 of 5 stars/ 745 Reviews

Yelp: 3.5 stars / 84 reviews
The Heidelberg– 3 Story Restaurant, Pub, and Music Hall
– Music hall has balcony seating and regular events
Food Menu

Drink Menu
Google: 4 of 5 Stars/ 1,800 reviews

Yelp: 3 stars / 331 reviews
Old Bavaria Inn Restaurant– Vegetarian options
– Popular dish is: Oktoberfest Platter with pork medallions, bratwurst and sauerbraten
N/AGoogle: 4 of 5 Stars / 1,000
Yelp: 3 stars/ 150
Cafe International– Riverside views
– the menu has American, French, Italian, and German options
– kid’s menu with 5 items
Entire MenuGoogle: 4 of 5 Stars / 873 reviews
3 stars of 5 stars/ 216 reviews
Two Tire Tavern– menu incorporates German, American, and Barbecue options
– Dog-friendly with an outdoor patio
Entire Menu on Facebook PageGoogle: 4.5 of 5 stars/ 909 reviews
Yelp: 3.5 of 5 stars / 115 reviews

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