What would Wickenburg be without a German restaurant? Henry Wickenburg would have loved House Berlin on East Wickenburg Way, with its American and German flags flying proudly, side-by-side. It features German and continental cuisine, with moderate prices in the $8 to $16 range and a cosy, comfortable atmosphere.
House Berlin has been a popular dining spot in Wickenburg for years. Owned and operated by Peter Jaus with the assistance of Jayne Leyden, its menu includes such hard-to-come by (at least in Wickenburg) treats as escargot (an appetizer), wiener schnitzel, and apple strudel. Other entrees include German potato soup, a wurst platter, smoked pork chops, walleye pike, and kohl roulade. Every meal starts with a cucumber salad (just like my grandfather used to make) with tomatoes and warm bread. Side dishes include fried potatoes, spaetzle, and the best red cabbage I’ve ever had. Alcoholic beverages, including several varieties of real German beer and mixed drinks, are available at the bar or at the table with lunch or dinner.
House Berlin is small with an intimate atmosphere. Tablecloths and cloth napkins set it apart from many of Wickenburg’s other restaurants, making it a good choice for special occasions. On most evenings, German music plays quietly through speakers in the corners of the main dining room. Posters and photographs of Berlin, along with other German items, decorate the dining room’s walls and the bar area.
House Berlin is open for lunch from Wednesday through Sunday (11:30 am to 2 pm) and dinner from Tuesday through Sunday (5 pm to 8 pm). With limited seating, reservations are recommended, especially during the busy winter season. There is ample parking in the restaurant’s private parking lot just west of the building.
169 E. Wickenburg Way
(across from the movie theater)