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When my husband and I decided to treat our niece and nephew to a day of fun at the Newport Aquarium, I knew I wanted to eat at the Hofbräuhaus Newport. I’d read about this German restaurant with the fun atmosphere and had high hopes.
You can grab dining discounts on Restaurant.com for Hofbräuhaus Newport around the first of each month if you act fast. These gift certificates sell out quickly! Lucky for me, I was able to snag one on the very day we planned our trip.
Hofbräuhaus Newport is exactly what I imagined. A lively, upbeat atmosphere, open since 2003, the Newport restaurant is the first authentic Hofbräuhaus in the U.S. It’s styled after the original 400- year old brewery and beer hall which is located in Munich.
All the way to Newport, I imagined what I’d order. My husband was a bit leery, and the little ones didn’t know what to expect. I couldn’t wait! We found parking on the street to avoid the higher parking fee in the restaurant lot.
We were quickly seated at a family style table. The kid where fascinated as they took in the surroundings. Our waitress was friendly and quickly took our appetizer and drink order. It felt odd not order a stein of beer in the Hofbräuhaus, but we’re not beer drinkers so we stuck with water.
We started our meal with the Newport Sampler, which was a great choice. It was served with pretzels, fried pickles, potato pancakes and sauerkraut balls with sauces. We decided that our distaste for beer carries over to the Signature Homemade Bier Cheese as well, which was unfortunate since I ordered the Hofbräuhaus Hot Brown which is served smothered in the stuff. I tried to stomach it, but could only muster a few bites. My husband, who’d played it safe and ordered a Reuben, had a bite and decided it wasn’t for him either. The kids happily munched on meals from the Kids Menu, declaring the Hofbräuhaus Newport the “coolest restaurant” ever. They did comment that maybe their dad would like the restaurant more than us since he does like beer.
We may not be beer drinkers, and I may have made a poor menu choice for my tastes, but we did save some money off our bill with Restaurant.com and we enjoyed the atmosphere. It was really hard to be disappointed. If you’re in the Cincinnati area and looking for a unique restaurant to dine at, check out the Hofbräuhaus Newport. I plan to check it out again, only next time I’ll pay closer attention to the menu and skip anything with the bier cheese as an ingredient. Unless I become accustomed to the taste of beer before then, but that’s unlikely.
Remember, if you want to save at this restaurant, check out Restaurant.com at the beginning of the month.
200 East 3rd Street
Newport, KY 41071
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