Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Tavern

by Marissa Potts

Ein Toast! Happy belated – Oktoberfest! To celebrate the season of German heritage, food, and drink, we stopped by Hollerbach’s in Sanford. This restaurant is full of delicious and traditional food, and you can also walk around the corner to their marketplace for more goodies to take home.

Hollerbach's Menu
Hollerbach's Outfitters

Food & Drink

A family owned business, you can truly taste the love in the food. The menu is pretty vast, with just about every German food you can think of on the menu. My two favorites were the Riesenbreze, a literally huge Bavarian pretzel, and the Potato Pancakes. The pretzel came served with a homemade mustard and a cheese spread to dip in, and the pretzel itself was so pillowy soft on the inside. Potato Pancakes are one of my favorite foods ever, and this restaurant serves some truly delicious ones that are crispy on the outside and served with sour cream and applesauce.

Large Pretzel with Mustard - Hollerbach's
Potato Pancakes - Hollerbach's

Of course, we couldn’t skip the beer. We went for an Oktoberfest variety which was really delicious as well! This restaurant only serves German beer so be prepared to maybe try something a little bit different! I heard the table next to us try to order a Stella Artois, and the server said they could suggest a beer that was similar, so maybe tell them your favorite beer variety and let them choose for you!

Hollerbach's - German Beer

The Marketplace

The marketplace is just around the corner and only a little walk away from the restaurant portion of Hollerbach’s. Here you can find pastries and desserts as well as German foods and drinks that you can take home. They also have an outfitters shop where you can purchase traditional dresses and other clothing items.

Hollerbach's German Outfits

My favorite part of the outfitters shop were the gorgeous handmade Christmas ornaments. For a little spookiness, check out all of their Krampus items!

Hollerbach's Ornaments
Hollerbach's Outfitters - Krampus Tshirts


Hollerbach’s in Sanford is a fan favorite. This is the place to go in Central Florida if you are craving some German food or a refreshing beer. Be sure to grab a table outside to enjoy the crisp autumn breeze as well as a view of Historic Downtown Sanford. Prost!


Sanford is a beautiful area of Central Florida where families can enjoy the outdoors and some distance from the city. Situated on huge lakes called Lake Jesup and Lake Monroe, you might see people out on the water or enjoying the many local restaurants and shops throughout Historic Downtown. One of our favorites include Suffering Bastard, a tiki bar tucked away in Tuffy’s Bottle Shop. With less than an hour to Disney World and about forty minutes to Downtown Orlando, families can stay close to the fun while also enjoying the quiet and quaint area of Sanford. Curious about homes in Sanford?

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