Rothbard Ale + Larder

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$30 and under
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European

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Great Beer
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**Indoor reservations only. Outdoor seating is first-come-first-served**

Rothbard Ale + Larder offers dishes and drinks inspired by the Central European regions. Located in the heart of Westport’s Main Street district, Rothbard has become known for their selection of specialty beers and savory German dishes of Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Raclette, Currywurst, and Duck Ragout.
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4.5
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4.3
Service
4.4
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PR
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Mussels and Fries were amazing! Would definitely go again. Ambiance was great for date night.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Get the Abe Froman. You won’t be disappointed! Says for 3-4 but can be finished off by 2!

EC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service! The platter with the fondue for the table was excellent and so was the platter with the different types of sausage. Tap beer was excellent and the waitress was attentive and pleasant!! The ambiance was very good too, overall excellent experience. We will be back :)

SS
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A warm place for the cold season, Rothbard is the place to be this fall. With shareable sides, hardy portions and something new, fresh and seasonal there is something for everyone. I highly recommend bring both friends and family from out of town since the low key atmosphere is just what you need when you want to dine and chat for a few hours over a delicious meal and drinks.

JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Went for restaurant week but the menu was poor so we ordered off the regular menu

OT
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Beer and wine good
Service very good
Food poor

DM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service was not great

CT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food. Good beer. Large portions. Could use more seating once the patio closes for the weather, otherwise, a reservation is a must for the weekends.

VV
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the BEST time at Rothbard. We had a family dinner to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday and they could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We had the back room to ourselves, so it was very quiet, and the waiter was excellent! My mom is European so enjoyed the cuisine immensely and it was a very special night. The restaurant was spot on!!! Thank you Rothbard!

DD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haxn = Heavenly. And I've been to Germany six times. This was really, really good.. and the spaetzle.. the way it was herbed and seasoned- it was right on time. Attentive service and friendly staff and a great selection of meats and cheeses. I'll definitely be back when back in Westport. The live music and the outdoor seating only sealed the deal. My only regret? Not saving room for dessert.

CT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food- portions are uneven- Some are very generous while other are not. Quality is consistently good, however. Would appreciate a list of draft beer selections on the menu.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food. The chicken liver pâté with the Schmalz was sinfully good . Steak cooked to perfection and the wiener schnitzel never disappoints. Amazing beer menu , and the Farewell My Lovely cocktail (Pampelmuse vodka) was a summer delight. Can a a little noisy , but great service and a comfortable place to spend time with friends.

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

German restaurants are not easy to find and this one was very good. We will definitely be going back.

K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfect for outdoor Sunday lunch with the pupper - great menu for the humans (the Croque Madame was amazing) and the staff very thoughtfully brought over an aluminum takeout container with water for the dog.

CB
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A real treat, unusually fine German cuisine in a great atmosphere. Could not ask for more from a dining experience! Highly recommended & we’ll definitely be back soon.

o
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Been here about ten times but this time food was top notch. Excellent!

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Drinks were unique and tasty. Meat and cheese platter was delicious, and beer selection and recommendation were topnotch. The wiener schnitzel was fresh and lightly breaded.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Although I don’t think they bill themselves as “authentic” I found the entrees puzzling. Clearly leaning in German/Swiss style their takes on classics don’t work for me. I’ve never seen roesti like theirs more like a knish than anything else. Good beer selection and the apps are fun though.

CW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great vibe- wicked cool

O
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was terrific and allowed our group to try a variety. The beer selection is broad and unique.
However, the reservation system was terrible. We had an 8pm res and were not seated until after 9 and after several complaints. Granted, there was a group that wouldn’t budge after they’d paid but we hoped the staff would have encouraged them to move on. Once the manager was involved, he was understanding and solved it. The restaurant was very nice and gave us a big discount on our tab. Even with the res issue, we would return- great ambiance, food and drink.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing night out with friends at Roth’s! Make sure the get the pork confit app’ it was to die for! Pair it with a boot of beer! Highly recommend this spot!

F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Food is expensive and very good. Service is unremarkable and wine list is terrible.

s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The only issue was they didn’t have a table ready within 20 minutes of the reservation. Still, I love German food and beer and the atmosphere was great.

MG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Food is fantastic. It’s our favorite dinner out, really.
It’s very noisy and the back room lacks the charm of the front bar. Tv showing random b&w movies is just weird.
But we live it and will return again and again.

SM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, very friendly wait staff but seemed understaffed and food was extremely slow to come out... an hour from the time we ordered entrees. Will go back, hoping this was an anomaly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

My son and I both ordered schnitzel. Having recently returned from a snchitzel fest in Austria, my son rated this on par with what we had there. His only gripe was that the linongberry jam which accompanied could have been bigger. And on crowded evenings the food can take a while.

F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very cozy and inviting small restaurant in Westport, CT. Food is very good but wine choices are disappointing. Nonetheless, a very nice evening was had by all.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We love to come here. Especially when it’s cold out, the hearty fare and cozy ambience hits the right notes every time

NB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service were great.

LR
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered the Abe Froman, sample platter for the table. It was amazing. We have also had the Schnitzel, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and baked spaetzle. If you're looking for authentic German Cuisine, this is the place to go. I would also recommend the house Pilsner on tap.

JK
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The food was definitely not worth the price. The schnitzel was huge but rubbery and the breading was thick and a bit soggy. Pork belly was all fat, no crust and little flavor. Such a disappointment

5
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Found this place by chance on New Year’s Eve 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was our 4th visit. Unfortunately it’s been less and less memorable each time.

I am native born German and appreciate the way they (used) do traditional and modern food. Sausages are now mealy and disintegrate, schnitzel are drier and drier, spaetzle is more and more gooey with far too much oil. Cheese servings are stingier and stingier.

Service has gotten slower each time as well. Not just time to get food out, but also time to get something as simple as more water, another round of drinks - whatever. This, the fourth time we’ve been here has been the least enjoyable.

On Friday evening we had a reservation for 5 people and were seated promptly. Things were slow but tolerable until the busboy abruptly and rudely cleared everything from our table in mid conversation with saying a word to us at the end of the meal. In fact, basically snatched the water bottle from my hand. We were in the midst of a rather nice family discussion until this happened.

Moments later, while processing the sudden absence of anything in the table, the manager came over to say that the table was needed for another large party - which is and of itself an entirely reasonable request as two our of party had left. He offered us another table and said that was what the busboy had been intending to convey.

I told him his request was understandable and we would have been happy to move had he actually asked us BEFORE his busboy simply cleared our table without a word. It would have been no different had he used his arm and swept it all into the floor instead. This is not how you get clients to stay in your establishment.

Instead of staying and further rewarding the rudeness,slow service and poor communication, we went to Spotted Horse to continue our evening and had a lovely time. The combination of this degradation in quality and service puts this place on the “was good, time to avoid” list from here on out.

j
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very quiet for Sat night, but place has a cool vibe with good food

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Great beer selection. Very helpful serving staff. Nice atmosphere. Good German food, albeit not inventive or creative. Way too loud to talk.

DH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It is hard to find a restaurant with all the European food options offered by Rothbard's. The beer selection is fantastic and those we had were excellent. The food choices were varied and our wursts and schnitzels were good. It was a busy Saturday night so the chefs were probably too busy to pay their best attention to each order, but no complaints. A previous lunch their had provided an outstanding experience.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

It was our second time here, and we will come back. Overall food was good, especially the appetizer platter. Everyone who had schneitzal loved it. I tried the daily special and was a bit disappointed; meatballs in a brown sauce over mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe. Flavors were excellent, but meatballs were a bit hard and dry. Correcting that would make the dish a 10

RP
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Had our reservation for over a week (Octoberfest) drove the 47 min. and found out by a note on the door that the restaurant was closed. No one bothered to call to inform.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Ice tea refills would be reasonable to offer. Or a much larger glass.
Without this, my visits would be limited.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Very poor food quality. Did not have multiple items on list. Beer on tap did not work. Took over an hour to serve half a dozen items. Expensive, small portions - give it a miss and get your German food elsewhere

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience5

We found bones in the poutine. Been there before so I am hoping this is a one off.