What to Eat and Drink at Steins Beer Garden, Arriving in Mountain View This Month

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Across the country in the last couple of years, most especially in New York, L.A., and here, there's been a renaissance of beer gardens. Suppenkuche's well loved (but temporary) Biergarten is now in it second year of life in Hayes Valley, plus there's the new SoMa StrEat Food Park, and several are popping up in Oakland as well, like Telegraph and Lost and Found. The trend has been even bigger down where the weather's warmer, on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley, and joining the fray this month is Steins Beer Garden, a huge, newly constructed beer hall and garden opening in Mountain View on March 28. Today we bring you an exclusive peek at the food menu from chef Colby Reade, and a few of the beers to be featured on tap.

The airplane-hangar-like beer hall, an 8,000-square-foot space with high, arched ceiling, is meant to evoke a big German beer hall, with seating for 250 and big communal tables made of reclaimed wood. Outside, there's a 4,000-square-foot beer garden with metal pergolas, trees, trellises, and an enclosed fireplace. Additionally, there are two rentable private rooms, and a second beer garden for private parties as well.

Steins will feature 30 different beers on tap, with twenty fixed taps and ten rotating taps reserved for seasonal brews and newer beers. The beer menu, with a fairly high beer-geek quotient, will include:

Fruli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe
Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuichi
Avant Garde - Lost Abbey
Chocolate Porter - Hangar 24
Shakenbake - Knee Deep + Boulder Collaboration
Das Naturtrube - Schwaben Brau
Barock Dunkel - Weltenburger Kloster
Belgium Tramp - Band of Gypsies Collaboration Project
Double Jack - Firestone
Raison d'etre - Dogfish Head
Rampant - New Belgium
Arrogant Bastard - Stone
Dog Ate My Homework - Brouwerij West
Odin's Tipple - Haandbryggeriet

In addition to beer, Steins will have a cocktail program and a selection of wines, as well, to satisfy beer-averse significant others.

Below, the full food menu, which features plenty of beer-friendly snacks, and the Steins Burger, which is a house-ground blend of short-rib, brisket, and sirloin.

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Menu


2 Fresh Baked Pretzels
caraway beer mustard

House Cut Kennebec Fries
Choice of Plain with Sea Salt or

Truffle with Parm and Parsley

Pork Belly Poutine
fromage blanc / beef “gravy” / fresh herbs

Smoked Salmon and Potato Cake
apple herb salad / creme frachie

Short Rib Sliders
brioche bun / balsamic onion jam / dijon aioli / roquette

House Made Duck Charcuterie
duck rillettes /toast points / pickled red onion / duck breast prosciutto / smoked duck and dried cherry sausage / house ground mustard

Mini Corn Dogs
caraway beer mustard

Roast Beet and Wild Mushroom
fromage blanc / water cress / spiced pecans / red wine vinaigrette

Smoked Albacore and Spinach
whole grain mustard vin / fingerling potato / tarragon / celery / hard cooked egg

Sweet Pea and Cracked Wheat with Avocado
citrus vin/ pea shoots / orange segments / basil

House Side Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Wild Mushrooms
fresh herbs
$7 bowl $5 cup

Served with fries
All sandwiches served on house made bread

The Steins Burger
House ground blend of dry aged short rib, brisket, and sirloin
all natural beef / brioche bun / tomato / onion / butter lettuce / house made aioli

Add choice of
aged Vermont cheddar / may fog blue / swiss / gilled onion / mushroom / avocado
$1 each

pork belly / fried egg over easy / pastrami
$2 each

Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich
Apple slaw / waffled bread / spiced honey / pickled red onion / aioli

Veggie burger
garbanzo beans / smoked tofu / garlic / brioche bun / tomato / onion / butter lettuce

House Made Pastrami
toasted rye / sauerkraut / swiss/ russian dressing

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque
Pullman toast / fontina / cabbot cheddar / roasted apple

Grilled Flank Steak Sandwich
romesco / grilled spring onions / butter lettuce / herb salsa


Pan Roasted Game Hen and Creamy Polenta
pan juices / herb salsa / braised greens

Braised Lamb Shoulder
parsnip puree / au jus / brussel sprouts

Smoked “Pork and Beans”
pork loin /cider smoked onions / melted leeks / bourbon apple glaze

Breakfast for Dinner
smoked pork belly / poached egg / frisee / maple dijon vinaigrette / toast points

Grilled Black Sea Bass and Herbed Lentils
smoked tomato confit / preserved lemon / salad

Grilled Vegetable “Stew” with Red Quinoa
seasonal vegetables / chili herb broth / pounded parsley oil


All dessert

Rogue Chocolate Stout Real Beer Float
Graham cracker squares

Black Forrest Parfait
chocolate cake / pot au creme/ cherry jam / whipped cream

Caramel Apple Crisp with Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream
Makers caramel / candied pecans / braeburn apples

Dessert O’ the Day

Bar Snacks
$5 each
corn nuts / assorted pickles / deviled eggs / pretzels with beer mustard

Steins Beer Garden - 895 Villa Street, Mountain View - Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, starting March 28