Dakota Inn Rathskeller


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Amid pastoral hunting murals & rustic arches, German tavern in business since 1933 serves up knockwurst, schnitzel & frothy imported beers

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Promotional value expires Jun 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Reservation required. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$24 for a German Meal for Two (Up to $49.80 Value)

  • Two entrees (up to a $16.95 value each)
  • Two beers (up to a $4 value each)
  • Two desserts (up to a $3.95 value each)<p>

Dakota Inn Rathskeller

As he toiled away on the assembly line at Ford Motor Company, autoworker Karl Kurz dreamed of opening a traditional German tavern like those he remembered from his hometown of Weikersheim, Germany. In 1933, he finally got his chance, working nights and weekends to convert a dilapidated Chinese hand laundry into a tiny bar that he called the Dakota Inn Rathskeller.

Eighty years later, the Rathskeller—now run by Karl's grandson—has expanded from three tiny stools to 2,000 square feet. The eclectic décor pays tribute to Karl's memory: trophy animal heads and RV hood ornaments seized during family hunting trips decorate the walls, and hand-painted murals depict scenes from Karl's life, including a rabbit hunt and a group of friends downing enormous mugs of beer. Through arched porticos, waiters in traditional German-style garb deliver Bavarian bratwurst, pork schnitzel, and German-style potato pancakes known as kartoffelpuffer. At night, the hand-carved walls reverberate with German drinking songs such as the “Schnitzelbank”—or woodworker’s bench—as if in tribute to Karl’s remodeling efforts.

Customer Reviews

So glad an old Detroit establishment is thriving! Great place rich with history, charm and good beer!
Anita H. · December 23, 2012
Not my favorite Saurbraten, but everyone has their own recipe, and I respect that. Great, deadly Schnitzel!
Trisha L. · August 9, 2012
Great experience... we'd be back. Wish the sing along would start at 7 or 7:30 not after 8.
Gary D. L. · July 2, 2012

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