For more than twenty years, Joe’s Beerhouse has been a Namibian landmark. Joe’s is probably the most popular restaurant in the country, and every Namibian has a story to tell about it. Joe’s is a restaurant built on wholesome Namibian and German food, generous portions, ice cold beer and a fun spirit. The restaurant is decorated with relics of Namibian culture, from Kudu horns, to antique machines and a car donated by a couple of Portuguese guys who drove it through Africa.
Run by Carol-Jean and Thomas Rechter and partner Manfred Enus, Joe’s is a frequently upgraded modern restaurant with a long tradition of a German beerhouse with excellent Namibian quisine. The menu is sizable and the portions are huge. Springbok kebabs, bushman sosaties, mammoth steaks and Eisbein are always on the menu, but Carol-Jean and company add specials from time to time for the more discerning palates.
There are three bars, the biggest one being at the center of a network of seating and dining areas. There is a large kraal-like area at the back of the restaurant. In the foremost bar area there is a large screen tv for sporting events. The entire place is very open, spacious and rich in life. Flowers, fish and ferns give the restaurant an organic feel while Jaegermeister bouquets and crazy road signs invite you to party.
The most impressive thing about Joe’s, perhaps, is that in spite of its size, you feel well looked after. They have a large staff, enough to provide personal attention to all of their guests. Service is prompt, and the place is meticulously maintained. In spite of its size, it still maintains a cozy, familiar ambiance, and is certainly a major factor in keeping it so popular for so long.
The concept of Joe’s Beerhouse is to mimic the traditional beerhouses in Germany where friends and strangers sit together at long tables enjoying good food and good drink. It’s all about atmosphere, and every night is a celebration. Joe’s Beerhouse is in good hands with the new team in charge, because they understand what has made the restaurant the most popular in Namibia, and they want the celebration to last for another twenty years!