Otto\’s German Bistro Opens in Fredericksburg

Otto\’s opened their doors to the public about a month ago in a converted house and former bookstore a block off Main street. While they were remodeling the old bookstore into a beautiful restaurant they hosted several pop up dinners around town. The restaurant\’s interior is small and intimate and the patio open and inviting.

The menu is German with other European influences such as Italian and French. The innovative menu changes weekly.

The partially open kitchen gives guests a bird\’s eye view of the chefs at work which adds to the dining experience.

They have a full bar serving unique cocktails, Texas and other craft beers, ciders, a well selected wine list and \”digestifs\”.

Otto\’s Vesper
I tried both the NaRye and Otto\’s Vesper. The NaRye is a rye whiskey sour with an an exotic twist. Their vesper was a bit more lemony from ones I have had before. I enjoyed their take on this classic cocktail and I am sure James Bond himself would approve.

Otto\’s sources their ingredients form local farmers when available. The beef is from a local ranch and they get their cheese from both Antonelli\’s and a cheese shop in San Antonio. Their bread and butter baked at a Fredericksburg bakery is not to be missed. It is served with a side of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.


All three dishes I tried were perfect but if I had to choose a favorite it would be the Cravlax. The juniper cured salmon is topped with crispy shallots, Dijon-horseradish creme fraiche and hidden underneath is a small square of delicious potatoes gratin. I was pleasantly surprised how well these flavors complimented each other. You can tell they take great care in both their preparation and in developing their weekly menu.

Duck Schnitzel
The duck schnitzel was served with cracklins, kirsch mostarda (Italian condiment), creamy spatzle and rotkohl (red cabbage). This unconventional take on schnitzel has an unbelievably wonderful flavor. 

The seared scallops are topped with a roasted pepper coulis (thick sauce), peperonata (stewed Italian peppers), sauteed spinach and a square of potatoes gratin. 
Otto\’s plans to open a beer garden next door providing a casual dining experience and serve street food.

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