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The Bier Garden

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438 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
+1 757-393-6022
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great German food and Beer

We did not get a chance to visit this trip, but last year we enjoyed a dinner at the Bier Garden. Great selection of dinners and beers. Everyone got something different and we shared. Enjoyed all the meals, but my favorite was Jagerschnitzel.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Naples, Florida
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Suffolk, Virginia
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Their selection of beer is impressive, but not reliable. I used to go there quite a bit when I first moved to the area. The selection has not changed, but some beers seem to always be missing even though their on the menu. It's also become more of a hassle to go there with parking and the wait times (to... More 

Thank jmccullough33
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

authentic as it could ever get. great traditional beer as well. do not go hear if you are looking for a pub sandwich and fresh fries or Bud Light. The food and beer is a travel experince

Thank david m
Naples, Florida
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not get a chance to visit this trip, but last year we enjoyed a dinner at the Bier Garden. Great selection of dinners and beers. Everyone got something different and we shared. Enjoyed all the meals, but my favorite was Jagerschnitzel.

Thank B R
Denton, Texas
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171 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

As we were back in Norfolk/Portsmouth for the holidays, we decided to give the Bier Garden another visit. We were not disappointed. Nice place, nice service...fantastic beer selection, and very good German food selections. This time we brought the grandkids to see what they thought. No problem...one went for the wiener sandwich while the other had the grilled cheese. For... More 

Thank MarkMM55
Fair Hill, Maryland
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84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Went around 7:30, easy to find parking, the outdoor seating was pleasant. Great menu and excellent beer selection. Wait staff super friendly. In town for pleasure, very glad we found The Bier Garden!

Thank Cindy K
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were a little Leary going to a German restaurant due to bad experiences in the past. However, The food at this place was GREAT! Very flavorful and different. The sauerkraut was fabulous and the pork chops were cooked perfectly. The spatzle was superb, with the cheese. The gravy was good too, but come on...cheese rules! There... More 

Thank Michael C
Portsmouth, Virginia
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Just wish the customer service was better. Beer selection is amazing. Food Great. We have called ahead several times, only to be given a back table on the porch, once waiting 25 minutes to be aknowledged, and there were only 6 other tables being served at the time. Another time the server admitted to ordering the wrong entree, and removed... More 

Thank Susan W
Smithfield, Virginia
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74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Based on staff recommendation I had the Reuben Sandwich. It was reasonably priced and came with a side. I got red cabbage - tasty. The sandwich was huge in width, double the size of a normal loaf of rye, the corned beef was good but I could not identify the sauerkraut or Swiss cheese. I've had better at non-German restaurants.... More 

Thank Paul S
Cazenovia, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We absolutely loved everything we ordered. The menu is very well written and explains the items to a non-German customer base in an understandable way. Our server, Tiffany, was fantastic. We witnessed her handling a more difficult customer with ease and professionalism. If it wasn't such a long trip, they would know us by name quickly!

1 Thank Stephanie H
Lovettsville, Virginia, United States
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I had fun here, bier was at a great temperature, nice selection, (Oktober vest) was best. I had a selection plate of sausages, potatoes salad, breads, and a very nice pretzel. Fun place, great staff and easy walk to my hotel.

Thank Chuck W

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 438 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 757-393-6022

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: German, European, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?