Dealing with wanderlust yet loving the vibe of wonderful Seattle? Don't despair: you can stay right here. As of last year, a little piece of Germany has graced the ever-evolving 12th Avenue corridor in Capitol Hill (and as of this August, the bustling venue gets a boost with a brand-new name). Rhein Haus (formerly known as Von Trapp’s) reigns as Capitol Hill’s very own 10,000-square-foot piece of Bavaria. We recommend you come experience it for yourself.
Beers and brats make patrons' day at this festive Seattle venue — Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith
To get the welcoming atmosphere just right, owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann filled a renovated 1940s candy factory with burly bier hall antiques from across Europe "to create a genuine feel and an outstanding space." Authentic Bavarian fare here includes house-made sausages and pretzels, naturally accompanied by an extensive assortment of beer (24 drafts featuring both European and Northwestern brews).
The expansive space includes the main dining room, an 80-seat bier hall, 53 bar seats, an intimate fire den plus two mezzanines that encircle the main attraction – five indoor bocce ball courts. On sunny days, delighted patrons flock to the outdoor biergarten, which also features an additional bocce court and bar.
Get prepared to go on a culinary adventure, as all wurst and breads here are made from scratch, in house, every day. Flavorful, unique dishes range from pretzel dumpling soup and the German chop salad to beef goulash, pork schnitzel and all varieties of flammkuchen (crispy German flatbread on house-made sourdough).
Looking for a real show-stopper? Try the Fried Chicken and Kaiserschmarrn (the eatery's version of chicken and waffles), which features crispy fried chicken, "scrambled lingonberry pancakes," whipped butter and real maple syrup.
Rhein Haus opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a late-night menu offered from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Happy hour takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
Bocce is the name of the game at this nightlife hot spot — Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith
Bocce ball courts are available to rent by the hour and in conjunction with event space rentals. The restaurant website explains pricing for walk-up bocce players, as well as those who've reserved ahead of time. (The average game time with four people takes around half an hour to play.)
If you have wee ones in tow, minors are welcome in the front dining room and on the bocce courts until 10 p.m. each night, space allowing. Lunch and early evenings prove particularly family-friendly time periods, especially on the bocce courts. So come one, come all.
Bocce, bier, brats - now that sounds like a mighty fine combination to us. Prost!