Fodor's Expert Review Zum Roten Ochsen
Many of the rough-hewn oak tables here have initials carved into them, a legacy of the thousands who have visited Heidelberg's most famous old tavern. Mark Twain, Marilyn Monroe, and John Wayne may have left their mark—they all ate here, and Twain's photo is on one of the memorabilia-covered walls. Wash down simple fare, such as goulash soup and bratwurst, or heartier dishes like Tellerfleisch (boiled beef) with regional German wines or local Heidelberg beer. The "Red Ox" has been run by the same family for more than 170 years. Come early to get a good seat, including for the live piano music from 7pm Thurs.-Sat., and stay late for the Gemütlichkeit (easygoing friendliness).
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg 69117, Germany
- 06221 - 20977
- Local specialties including Maultaschen (meat-filled ravioli)
- Popular with both locals and visitors
- Kitchen open late