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Where to Eat in Leavenworth This Summer

Whether you're into all the Bavarian business or not

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It's true: Bavarian-themed Leavenworth is super cheesy. But if you look beyond the facades, this mountain town about two hours from Seattle is also super delicious, with plenty of worthwhile restaurants and German-style biergartens to patronize. From open-air bratwurst-and-beer spots where you can comfortably wear your muddy hiking pants, to more dressed-up affairs, Leavenworth has it all.

Next time you're in Leavenworth to hike, raft, visit the Nutcracker Museum, or get drunk and float down the Wenatchee River in a tube, use this guide to help cut through the sensory overload that is the core of downtown's many shops and restaurants.

Note: Map points are listed in geographical order from north to south; no ranking is implied. Did we miss your favorite? Show it some love in the comments, send an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bavarian Bakery

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1330 U.S. 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-2244
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Strudels, danishes, pretzels, cakes, and more: This place has everything. There's minimal seating, but if the weather's nice you should take your treat for a stroll along the nearby Wenatchee River.

2. Bavarian Bistro

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801 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-5074
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How can you not crave German food in Leavenworth? Thankfully, this place has your schnitzel and sausage hankerings covered. Wash it all down with 20 choices of German and domestic beers on tap.

3. Fresh Burger Cafe

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923 Commercial Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548.3300
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Killer hamburgers, soups, salads, and sandwiches, all made with ingredients sourced as locally as possible. You also have the option to build your own burger, which is always appreciated.

4. Good Mood Food Cafe

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285 US Highway 2, Leavenworth
WA, 98826
(509) 423-7788
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Offering a wide variety of comfort food, but with a healthy bent, Good Mood Food is solid all around. Whether you opt for a lamb gyro or a breakfast burrito, your mood is certain to improve.

5. Icicle Brewing Company

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935 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-2739
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Locals think of this spot as their town's living room, and it's the perfect place to hang out and knock back a few pints on a sunny day. Add to that a few beer cocktails and a small menu of outstanding bar bites, and this is one place you'll want to linger.

6. Idlewild Pizza

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911 Commercial St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 888-8809
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Idlewild, now a part of Blewett Brewing, celebrates the delightful pairing of wood-fired pizza and craft beer. Save room for the from-scratch chocolate chip cookies.

7. Leavenworth Sausage Garten

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636 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 888-4959
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The outdoor patio here is as much of a draw as the brats, and on super hot days there are misters to keep you cool. The sausage is made in-house and there's a great selection including currywurst, kielbasa, chorizo, and more.

8. München Haus

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709 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-1158
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The cozy patio at Munchen Haus is almost always packed, and for good reason. These brats are darn tasty, and there's a wall of mustard options and house-made sauerkraut to top them with. Pair with Icicle Brewing Company beer.

9. Pavz Bistro Cafe

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833 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-2103
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Cheese made in-house goes into the crepes here, the restaurant's biggest draw. Also highly recommended: the steak and eggs breakfast sandwich or the Northwest halibut.

10. South

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913 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 888-4328
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Go for the food and the cocktails; you can't go wrong with either. The menu consists of an array of Latin fare, from ceviche to fish tacos to Argentine steak. Oh, and there's a German sausage, too, just in case.

11. Sulla Vita

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931 Front St, Leavenworth
WA, 98826
(509) 888-3440
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The wood-fired oven sets the tone here. You should order a bunch of small plates and dive into the wine list, which is one of the best in town. Reasonably priced, too.

12. Visconti's

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636 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-1213
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An absolutely astounding list of local and Italian wines complements the selection of Neapolitan pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. House-made sausages are excellent, too; they're also featured at Leavenworth Sausage Garten.

13. Mozart's

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829 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-0600
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Last year, Mozart's reinvented itself. It's always been well-respected, but now it's a sure-bet. Expect German recipes, sure, but that theme isn't overblown. It's blended instead with other European dishes and a few generic but well-constructed options, too. There's also been a shift towards house cocktails, and the restaurant presents a strong list.

14. Watershed Cafe

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(509) 888-0214
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Locally-sourced and chef-owned (by three top-notch chefs, to be exact), Watershed is an impressive recent addition to the scene that will meet even big-city expectations. The menu is farm-to-table, with plenty of Pacific Northwest ingredients, so expect a new experience every time you visit. There's a sweet patio, too, with mountain views.

15. Mana

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1033 Commercial St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-1662
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Two former owners of Seattle's now closed but much praised vegetarian restaurant Sutra have put down roots in Leavenworth. Expect a high-end, prix fixe experience similar to Sutra, though this time there are some (local, sustainable) meats in the mix, too.

16. Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort

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7375 Icicle Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-6344
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There are three great dining options at the dreamy Sleeping Lady Resort, and you won't have to contend with downtown Leavenworth's challenging parking situation to enjoy them. Grab cocktails or a beer on the patio at The Grotto, go casual with impressive mountain views at O'Grady's Pantry, or enjoy a more upscale experience at The Kingfisher restaurant. All source locally and the parking is free.

1. Bavarian Bakery

1330 U.S. 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Strudels, danishes, pretzels, cakes, and more: This place has everything. There's minimal seating, but if the weather's nice you should take your treat for a stroll along the nearby Wenatchee River.
1330 U.S. 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826

2. Bavarian Bistro

801 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
How can you not crave German food in Leavenworth? Thankfully, this place has your schnitzel and sausage hankerings covered. Wash it all down with 20 choices of German and domestic beers on tap.
801 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

3. Fresh Burger Cafe

923 Commercial Street, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Killer hamburgers, soups, salads, and sandwiches, all made with ingredients sourced as locally as possible. You also have the option to build your own burger, which is always appreciated.
923 Commercial Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826

4. Good Mood Food Cafe

285 US Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
Offering a wide variety of comfort food, but with a healthy bent, Good Mood Food is solid all around. Whether you opt for a lamb gyro or a breakfast burrito, your mood is certain to improve.
285 US Highway 2, Leavenworth
WA, 98826

5. Icicle Brewing Company

935 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Locals think of this spot as their town's living room, and it's the perfect place to hang out and knock back a few pints on a sunny day. Add to that a few beer cocktails and a small menu of outstanding bar bites, and this is one place you'll want to linger.
935 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

6. Idlewild Pizza

911 Commercial St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Idlewild, now a part of Blewett Brewing, celebrates the delightful pairing of wood-fired pizza and craft beer. Save room for the from-scratch chocolate chip cookies.
911 Commercial St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

7. Leavenworth Sausage Garten

636 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
The outdoor patio here is as much of a draw as the brats, and on super hot days there are misters to keep you cool. The sausage is made in-house and there's a great selection including currywurst, kielbasa, chorizo, and more.
636 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

8. München Haus

709 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
The cozy patio at Munchen Haus is almost always packed, and for good reason. These brats are darn tasty, and there's a wall of mustard options and house-made sauerkraut to top them with. Pair with Icicle Brewing Company beer.
709 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

9. Pavz Bistro Cafe

833 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Cheese made in-house goes into the crepes here, the restaurant's biggest draw. Also highly recommended: the steak and eggs breakfast sandwich or the Northwest halibut.
833 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

10. South

913 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Go for the food and the cocktails; you can't go wrong with either. The menu consists of an array of Latin fare, from ceviche to fish tacos to Argentine steak. Oh, and there's a German sausage, too, just in case.
913 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

11. Sulla Vita

931 Front St, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
The wood-fired oven sets the tone here. You should order a bunch of small plates and dive into the wine list, which is one of the best in town. Reasonably priced, too.
931 Front St, Leavenworth
WA, 98826

12. Visconti's

636 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
An absolutely astounding list of local and Italian wines complements the selection of Neapolitan pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. House-made sausages are excellent, too; they're also featured at Leavenworth Sausage Garten.
636 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

13. Mozart's

829 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Last year, Mozart's reinvented itself. It's always been well-respected, but now it's a sure-bet. Expect German recipes, sure, but that theme isn't overblown. It's blended instead with other European dishes and a few generic but well-constructed options, too. There's also been a shift towards house cocktails, and the restaurant presents a strong list.
829 Front St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

14. Watershed Cafe

Leavenworth, WA
Locally-sourced and chef-owned (by three top-notch chefs, to be exact), Watershed is an impressive recent addition to the scene that will meet even big-city expectations. The menu is farm-to-table, with plenty of Pacific Northwest ingredients, so expect a new experience every time you visit. There's a sweet patio, too, with mountain views.

15. Mana

1033 Commercial St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Two former owners of Seattle's now closed but much praised vegetarian restaurant Sutra have put down roots in Leavenworth. Expect a high-end, prix fixe experience similar to Sutra, though this time there are some (local, sustainable) meats in the mix, too.
1033 Commercial St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

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16. Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort

7375 Icicle Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826
There are three great dining options at the dreamy Sleeping Lady Resort, and you won't have to contend with downtown Leavenworth's challenging parking situation to enjoy them. Grab cocktails or a beer on the patio at The Grotto, go casual with impressive mountain views at O'Grady's Pantry, or enjoy a more upscale experience at The Kingfisher restaurant. All source locally and the parking is free.
7375 Icicle Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826

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