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The Bavarian Lodge

1800 Odgen Ave, Lisle, IL 60532-1501
630-241-4701
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Ranked #2 of 61 Restaurants in Lisle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $22
Cuisines: American, Austrian, German, Hamburgers
Dining options: Reservations
Description: One of Chicago’s best places for German dining, coupled with a beer selection that is truly second to none. Rated one of the fifty best "Beer Restaurants" in the world by RateBeer, we feature 36 drafts and over 160 distinctive beer selections in bottles, along with a wine list and full bar selection.Our family has been serving the best German fare in Chicagoland since 1986, and has since developed one of the finest beer selections in all of Chicagoland. We’re about honest home-cooked food served in a casual, warm, cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Stop in and see why we're one of the most popular German restaurants and premier beer destinations in the Chicago area. Pay us a visit and we’re sure it won’t be your last time stopping in.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: One of Chicago’s best places for German dining, coupled with a beer selection that is truly second to none. Rated one of the fifty best "Beer Restaurants" in the world by RateBeer, we feature 36 drafts and over 160 distinctive beer selections in bottles, along with a wine list and full bar selection.Our family has been serving the best German fare in Chicagoland since 1986, and has since developed one of the finest beer selections in all of Chicagoland. We’re about honest home-cooked food served in a casual, warm, cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Stop in and see why we're one of the most popular German restaurants and premier beer destinations in the Chicago area. Pay us a visit and we’re sure it won’t be your last time stopping in.
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Orlando, FL.
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I lived in Lisle for twenty years and watched the growth and progress of this restaurant in the community. This is quintessential German dining at its finest! There is nothing else to say. Each dish has been brought to culinary perfection...but if "Heidi's Cottage" is not your idea of fine dining... Then seek your dinner elsewhere. As for me.... When... More

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Montgomery, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This restaurant is pretty amazing. Good food, good service, good beer and good atmosphere is what you get coming here. The food and decor is like being at your grandmother's house. If you come here only one time, do yourself a favor and go the schnitzel route. So good. Be warned if you come on a Friday or Saturday night... More

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Portsmouth, Ohio
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

I've eaten here several times over the past three years. Every time I go here, I have enjoyed the quality of the restaurant. The good food and good portions, the great waitstaff, the fun atmosphere. Is place is always packed with people so plan ahead if you go here. Luckily it is much bigger inside than you would think when... More

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Arlington, TX
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194 reviews 194 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I don't know how anyone could rate this place less than a 4 or 5. I came here for dinner and specialty beers and wasn't remotely disappointed. The food was excellent—even the liver!—the service was great, and the selection of import and local craft beer was phenomenal. I don't know when I'll be back in town but I will absolutely... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The German food here is simply outstanding. The kitchen uses a reverse osmosis system to purify all the water and this keeps the freshness of the food at a peak. And what food it is. I love the liver dumpling soup (and often take home a container) and the spatzle. The knockwurst is outstanding, not too heavily fried as in... More

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Mokena, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went with friends and my wife and I were hugely disappointed in the food. I ordered the Wiener Schnitzel Cordon Bleu and it was burned on the bottom and a very small portion. Bland tasting, also. My wife and her friend had the Beef Stroganoff and they commented that the portion was small and the spatzle were nondescript. The waitress... More

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Greenwood, Indiana, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Went with a group of 7 and sat in the very back of the restaurant. I think maybe that had some impact on the mediocre service we received. Drink refills were infrequent or even nonexistent in some cases. No dirty dishes were removed from the table during the whole meal. I had the cheese soup, which I thought was ok,... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I’ve been here 5 times now, tried something different every time and have never been disappointed. The food here is the most authentic I’ve had outside Munich and Bavaria. What makes this place a 5 star for me is not just the food but the incredible beer list. If you are a craft beer snob like me then you’ve just... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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93 reviews 93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The food is very authentic with lots of various beers. While the parking lot is very large, it is very difficult to find a space at prime time from 5 - 7:30 pm. Usually there is a wait, however, the wait is normally brief. If you like German food, you must try this authentic looking Lodge.

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Chicago
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We are locals and go often, mostly for the roast duck, which is so hard to find anywhere else. My husband will occasionally try one of their many sausage plates, which are equally good. And the liver dumpling soup is just like grandma used to make. Coupled with the great beer selection, its a real winner!

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