Hafenhalle consists of two parts: a restaurant and a bier garten (beer garden). The restaurant consists of an indoor space and a nice big patio. The bier garten is just below. It's very large, right on the water, and in my opinion is the best place in town to sit down and have a drink. The restaurant is nice, but it is the bier garten that keeps brining me back.
I've found that most of the staff will speak at least some English, and the restaurant has an English menu for those that don't speak German. That staff there is very friendly and helpful.
Favorite Dish: At the restaurant, my favourite dish is the Maultaschen, a local dish made from pasta stuffed with meat, see (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maultasche). In the bier garten, you can have your pick of a number of great beers, as well as standard German pub food (fries, wursts, half chickens, schnitzel). The beer is very reasonably priced (about 3 Euros for a 500 mL, 6 Euros for a 1 L). My favourite is a helles (not sure on the spelling) heifeweizen, a delicious wheat beer. Helles is a lighter wheat beer, or you can get a dunkelweizen, a dark wheat beer. If you like a standard pilsner, just ask for a "Pils" or an "Augustiner".
You mean to tell me there's a place in Konstanz with outdoor seating that serves the finest Bavarian beers on tap? Suffice it to say I visited here a few times. When the weather is good, there simply isn't a better place to be if you enjoy beer. There is plenty of seating outside, and the place is quite family-friendly, at least during the day. Minifrosch didn't mind the place at all, though he and Mommy would sometimes stroll along the lake while Daddy was enjoying a final brew of the day.
Favorite Dish: Food is standard beer garden fare -- very tasty and reasonably priced. The beer garden is self-service, you visit the various kiosks to get your food and/or beer. More formal (and expensive) dining options are available indoors.
Lots of good quality Bavarian beer on tap, including Augustiner Helles, Andechser Helles and Doppelbock, and Erdinger Weissbier. While the Andechser Doppelbock was tempting, I generally stuck with the Augustiner given that it was quite hot and that we had an infant in tow.
I saw this cafe with the sunny terrace on my walk along the lakeside promenade one afternoon. It was sunny (for just a few hours, of course) and the terrace looked inviting.
It's a fabulous place to hang out and relax. I ordered a sorbet of three different sorts of fruit and a latte macchiato. Yummy. A bit more expensive than average, but given the location, the quiet and the view I didn't mind. Service was excellent. I also grabbed a newspaper, read a bit, then dozed in the sun ... *loved* it!
Located in a non-descript 1970s office building this place doesn't really draw people at first sight. However, it is a great place for lunch. The interior is modern, kids-friendly. I went there for late lunch and it was quite busy - more than I expected. They also have some tables outside, but alas ... the weather again.
They serve a huge variety of soups. You go to their desk, tell them which soup and which size (M - the green bowl is perfect for lunch), pay and off you go. Bread and tap water are free. Or you order a freshly squeezed juice. Or add a dessert. If you're so not into soups you can also pick a salad. But who could ignore the yummy soups at this place ...
Favorite Dish: I had a tomato soup that had some herbs, vegetables and beef in it. Don't exactly remember what it was called, but it was yummy. Nice that most of the food is organic.
More heavy rain made me want to do some sightseeing *inside* - the Rosgarten museum being a good option. I was a bit too early for the free admission so I headed for the cafe in the same building and invested the saved money into a delicious raspberry cake and a cup of coffee. A very good investment IMO :-) The cake was really yummy and the ambience in the historic rooms was very nice, too. Service was very friendly and attentive.
The little VT Meeting with Kathrin_E and Russel_The_Wombat came to a halt after some sightseeing when we hit the main square in Konstanz and saw the inviting cafe there. Cafe Münsterhof is the right place for a break from shopping or sightseeing or for just people watching, not to mention the beautiful view of the Minster church.
Unfortunately cakes were out, so I had apple strudel and latte macchiato, both pretty good. Prices were slightly on the more expensive side but that's expected in a place like this. Service was quick and attentive.
This beergarden is run by the restaurant Hafenhalle and while the restaurant is a bit more formal and expensive the beergarden is - as a real beergarden has to be - totally casual, self-service, inexpensive. I was thirsty so I grabbed a dark Augustiner beer (Bavarian) which I really liked.
It's a nice place to hang out for a while and watch the people walking by - the harbour front is a very popular place, especially when the weather is fine, of course.
This microbrewery is located in the so called "Niederburg" district, a less touristy area between Minster church and Rhine. The property has a rich history - it goes back to medieval times. For example, during the Konstanz Konzil the archbishop of Magdeburg stayed here.
Nowadays it is a very atmospheric place, frequented by people who are looking for simple, hearty food and yummy beer. The copper kettles in the middle of the guestroom indicate that they brew the beer right there (and according to their website they do) which adds a lot to the ambience.
We visited in summer and tried their summer beer - very good. I had Schnitzel with roast potatoes and mushrooms in a creamy sauce. It came with a mixed salad. Nothing to write home about, but fair.
Unlike the hotel the restaurant is worth a recommendation. They serve excellent local food at acceptable prices (the price level in Konstanz is quite high for Germany in general).
The dining room has charm, timber-framed walls, ceiling with painted beams. Nicely decorated tables, white tablecloth and napkins - quite stylish. The service was very good.
Favorite Dish: I had French onion soup (very good), pork steak with chanterelles, roast potatoes (Rösti), carrots and broccoli. Yummy. I also had a quarter litre of local white wine (fair) and mineral water. The bill came to 30 Euro incl. tip.
The cafe in a corner of Münster square offers outdoor seating with a view of the Münster church, really nice atmosphere. Their coffee qualifies as all right. We were, however, unlucky in two respects. First, we came a bit oo late, it was a busy day and their last piece of cake had just been sold to someone else. All they had left was apple and cherry strudel. This proved a good alternative, though. The strudel is served with a scoop of icecream (vanilla with apple, chocolate with cherry strudel), some fresh fruit and a mountain of whipped cream. Disadvantage number two were the wasps that really annoyed us. Not the café's fault, though - late July and August is wasp season and the striped thin-waisted ladies know perfectly well where to find sweet goodies.
Brauhaus Johann Albrecht is a microbrewery that serves their own beer specialities. The varieties change with the seasons, so check what they are having. The summer beer I tried was excellent.
Brewery equipment is installed in the middle of the restaurant hall. I cannot tell if they actually do the brewing there now and then for the guests to watch but I assume they do. The big shining copper kettles add a lot to the atmosphere.
The food is rich and hearty, great for meat lovers but little choice for vegetarians or people who are on a diet. Many dishes are named "Brewers'" whatever and beer is used, for example, to prepare sauces. Check for special offers. I visited during Schnitzel week when several varieties of Schnitzel were offered at discount price.
Favorite Dish: Favourite dish? The beer, of course...
Il Boccone is a new Italian restaurant in downtown Konstanz. In a huge new shopping building on Bodanstrasse, Il Boccone has a large cafe/restaurant downstairs, and a huge restuarant/lounge upstairs. It was a very nice interior, dimly lit for a nice atmosphere. The service is excellent, and the food is of quite high quality. A nice place for a romantic dinner.
La Piazza is a pretty nice, affordable restaurant with a great location on the Marktstätte, right be the main train station. The food is okay, not great. It won't wow you, but it probably won't disappoint you either. It has a pretty nice decor, with a large outdoor patio in nice weather.
Favorite Dish: I had a Margherita pizza, which was okay, but I don't think I'd get it again. My wife had a salad and a plate of beef carpacio, which she seemed to enjoy, but wasn't wowed by.
Das Voglhaus is a nice cozy café in the heart of the old town of Konstanz. Great warm atmosphere, with good coffee and snacks. A great way to spend an hour or so. There is also a store attached to the café where you can buy things like candles, garden decorations, and many more household items. There is also a small cafe in that part of the store.
We had lunch there, and it was All-you-can-eat for just 8.5 Euro. So we did eat. All we could. I've tried every dish there, except those that included seafood.
Also, we took sticks to eat with them, but after some time we found out we are too hungry to keep trying to catch something with them. So, we used forks and spoons :)
Favorite Dish: I recommend spicy soup, it was a very dense, however very delicious. I don't eat soups usually, but this was something worth trying.