‘Restaurant Impossible’ to Revamp Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach

by on March 2, 2020 · 6 comments

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by Candice Woo / Eater San Diego / Mar 2, 2020

“Restaurant Impossible”, the long-running Food Network show hosted by Robert Irvine that travels the country trying to save struggling eateries, will be in San Diego this week to come to the aid of Ocean Beach stalwart Kaiserhof. The German American restaurant debuted in Mission Valley in 1980 before moving to its current Sunset Cliffs location in 1993.

Working with a $10,000 budget, the “Restaurant Impossible” team will be in town transforming Kaiserhof on March 17 and 18. Though they will be renovating the space and refreshing its menu, a producer for the show tells Eater that they don’t plan on changing the style of food served.

The restaurant will be reopening and unveiling the results of its “Restaurant Impossible” makeover on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m., and locals can apply to be the first to dine (not on the show’s tab) by emailing production at volunteer@restaurantimpossiblevolunteers.com by Friday, March 13 at noon PST. Use the following in your subject line: 1705 SD RESERVATIONS and include your contact info, party size, and names of the people in your party. Reservations will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The show is also looking for skilled volunteers to help out with the renovation. Interested parties should email volunteer@restaurantimpossiblevolunteers.com by Friday, March 13 at noon PST with the subject line: 1705 SD Volunteer

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Tracy & Chris Fish March 2, 2020 at 3:34 pm

As a Austrian American our family has eaten at the Kaiserof for years even way back when they were back in Mission Valley. My Viennese parent’s once commented that the Kaiserhof is truly authentic, both in food and atomsphere. We just hope they don’t modernize the quaint and very German feel of the restaurant. It will turn people off, and end up looking and feeling like any other restaurant in town. The main room and the beer garden are very nice, intimate and authentic looking. The other long shaped room not so much and could use some Germaning up, similar to the main room. The waitress and waiters wearing the traditional German clothes is fun too, and add’s to the experience, especially those with a German accent. It’s a charming restaurant, please don’t lose it’s charm changing it too much!
Tracy & Chris Fish (locals for 60 years)


John April 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

Doea anybody remember the address (at least the street name) of the old Kaiserhof restaurant in Mission Valley ?



Peggy Davis March 3, 2020 at 2:32 pm

People who are unable to travel in Europe welcome the traditional or ethnic restaurants in San Diego.

Do not change the atmosphere or the menu, this is a reason that people dine at different
restaurants in San Diego.


Peter from South O March 3, 2020 at 4:20 pm

In order to qualify for the Restaurant Impossible show, a place has to be consistently losing money and be in danger of closing. I would hope that the community would be supportive and that the experiment is successful.
Because . . . I LOVE me some brats!


Katharina MOERTL Varney March 6, 2020 at 9:11 am

I, too, have eaten at the Kaiserhof since it was in Mission Valley. Great place, then and now. Please, please don’t change too much! or anything! So far it has been authentic. I grew up on German/Austrian/Czech food in the CR and then Germany, so I know a little bit about German food.
Auf Wiedersehen at the Kaiserhof,

Katharina Varney


deborah beam March 12, 2020 at 1:14 pm

would like to be considered for the Kaiserhoff restaurant dinner on March 18th 2020..contact number 619 2243849 debbie beam,dulce stone table of 2..locals for over 46 years thankyou


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