My wife and I were just reminiscing yesterday about how great our experience was at this restaurant. We went along last December while in town for Christmas markets and chose to come out of our way here because of the online reviews.
It was a very memorable experience - they made us feel so completely welcome despite our lack of German language skills and that it felt like a proper locals restaurant. We don't drink and so we stuck to the local non-coke cola (but it was good).
I had the schnitzel and but wife had a stuffed pork cutlet. Both were excellent with simply a crazy portion size as you can see from the photo- it's about the size of my head (and I don't have a small noggin).
If we're ever back in this fine city then I'd make a beeline for here. One of the finest meals I've had on holiday.
Good german food. The atmosphere is hippie like but Bei Oma is that great little place that you remember. Must eat in Köln. Only cash payments accepted. The waiter could be a more friendly. Not rude but he acted like he did not care. But the price of the schnitzel makes up for that.
We turned up here pretty late as a result of the Pig Roast Party we went to having run out of pig before everyone ate. We got here about 10pm on a Saturday night and they still managed to squeze us in. We were in a party of 6 and the others had been here before. They advised that the schnitzels are massive which they weren't kidding. I opted to share a schnitzel with one of the other diners and we went for the Schnitzel with pepper sauce and fries as they had run out of Jaeger Sauce and Brat Kartoffel. When it turned up I was not dissapointed, even after dividing it into 2 there was enough to fill me up and it was very tasty with the peppercorns providing enough heat.. can highly recommend it.
Every time I think back to our meal here, little hearts float above my head. What a terrific restaurant! We came here after reading some good reviews and seeing photos of the giant schnitzels, but the reviews and the photos don't do it justice. The atmosphere at Oma Kleinmann's is what really makes it stand out, and that can't be photographed. It was much smaller than we expected, and very full. This was no problem for the friendly hostess, who just sat us at a table with some other diners who greeted us kindly and had no problem with sharing their table. In fact, everyone here is super friendly, even if your German is bad! The server was also so kind to our daughter and brought her coloring pages.
So there we were, drinking lots of Koelsch, relaxing in the conviviality, having an all around excellent experience, when we were presented with the hugest schnitzel I have ever seen. Even the "kids' size" schnitzel was enormous! At this point,we had to prepare ourselves to be sick, because those schnitzels were so huge, and so delicious, that we knew we were going to eat the whole damn thing. Not to mention that the schnitzel lies atop a mound of fries, and there is a really wonderful salad on the side as well. I am getting a little teary eyed thinking back to that plate of food. And hungry. Kid loved it so much that for a week she asked for schnitzel in every restaurant we ate at. Needless to say, we all practically rolled out the door when we were done.
Eat here. Do it. It was our favorite meal in Germany and one of the best on our entire European trip.
Really one of the best places i've eaten in Cologne, really nice service, great food! Don't expect to show up with a party of 5+ after 7 pm because probably you won't get a table, better reserve in advance.
The people there are really friendly!
Amazing schnitzel! Service was attentive even with a party of 12. A must stop in Koln.
This is one of those rare places that becomes an institution in the community that us talked about and stands the test of time as other establishments try to make it. Consistently delivers one of the largest, best schnitzels to comfort the tastebuds and fill the belly of even the biggest if appetites.
Old world decor truly makes it feel like grandmas place.
The final test if you are still on the fence..... It's always PACKED by both locals or visitors.
You want Schnitzel? Go there!
You're a vegetarian or not hungry? Stay away!
This is a traditional restaurant that is know to serve the best schnitzel in town. You will be shocked about the size of the meals.
I love their sauces just at good as meat and fries. Prices range around 12 Euros.
Not the cozy atmosphere for a romantic dinner. But who is totally stuffing themselves with schnitzel and thinks about having sex later on ;)
The best schnitzel I've ever had. I've had really bad service throughout Europe, including Cologne and the rest of Germany, but the woman I had was extremely attentive and kind about the fact that I only spoke English, which is a huge relief when one eats out.
They'll keep serving you kolsch with your meal, or while you wait. The beer comes in little .2L glasses for about 2 Euro each.
As for the schnitzel, the server was helpful with a spicy pepper creamy sauce. I didn't love it, but it was decent and I would imagine the other sauce being better. However, the schnitzel is absolutely delicious. A light crust, perfectly fried, and moist on the inside. It is freaking ridiculously huge. Just look at the pictures. I would suggest splitting it with someone as one has to be crazy to finish it by yourself. It came with really delicious roasted potatoes.
One of my favorite meals in Germany.
Although people love to be enthusiastic, we have to differentiate the target group first - certainly this cannot be a place tourists immediately understand and what is the cause of all that praise. First, it is just a Schnitzel place. Full Stop and not much more. This is not Gourmet, this is easy household cooking in Germany which the younger generation is fond of but does not do often at home, except when they are on "mummy visit". The interior is rather outworn, quite ugly actually, not too clean and done, it therefore resemble outdated restaurants in the german province. Well, let's say it makes this place uncomplicated, manners are not important. That is not a minus, but you ought to be looking at this special niche first. Next, the place is quite cheap and the Schnitzels huge, therefore it attracts students and young people. Mostly those, who haven't been home long time for a Schnitzel homemade and who have left there small towns to study years ago. All these young peers get something hearty and refreshing - but it is just a Schnitzel. And Koelsch is called a beer, however, most Germans will disagree and it is a dangerous headache causer as well. If you are all that or simply want a Schnitzel (not a Vienna Schnitzel, check out Grubers or Essers in Cologne for a perfect austrian Schnitzel on a Sunday), well, then the "Oma Kleinmann" is your place of choice.
Went here with my friend Annie after the FIBO event and holy cow you get a big schnitzel here. Everyone we saw was getting schnitzel so we opted for that and it was solid! The ambience is pretty chill and it's in a cool part of town. Since I haven't had much other schnitzel here I can't really compare, but had a good visit and Annie was quite enamored with our server.
I love this place. Part student hangout, part family restaurant, part drinking establishment. Deer antlers on the beige walls and faded photographs add to the atmosphere of Bei Oma kleinmann. My schnitzel was the size of my plate with a crunchy breading and the right seasoning. It came with a side salad and the schnitzel was on top of home fried golden potatoes. This place iscertainly a Cologne institution and it has remained largely undiscovered by the tourists. Only thing missing is Oma herself, but her legacy lives on.
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