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Since this restaurant opened, the listed Haag Villa (1877) has been home to works of culinary art! You can soak up the distinctive atmosphere that ling...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
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Reviewed May 12, 2022

For a restaurant that is so self-assuredly imperious that it doesn't even bother to answer public enquiries on its Instagram page, we did expect a bit more...we loved the building but the ambience, complete with the master chef who is so arrogantly anti-social that it...pains him to visit the guests' tables (or God forbid, look you in the eye) etc...was lacking. Most importantly, although some dishes were very interesting and/or tasty, for this price range it was a bit disappointing.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

As other have highlighted, the place is quite impressive, old mansion accessed via a dark garden, Dracula could pop any time. There are 6 tables. It is conceptual with light glass tables under which come a succession of amuse bouche and other object that matches...the plate being served. Visually it is great but taste falls short for a 2 star michelin. Staff is unfriendly and lacks the professionalism you’d expect in a place with 2 stars. Wine list is amazingly short but the selection is pleasant and not too pricy. 900 euro for 3 with the wines. Overall a nice experience but I would not recommend if this is you first stared restaurant. I think 2 stat is over rated.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

Very nice location in an old villa with a very nice interior which gets integrated in the food presentation and serving. Very good service, food extremely good with perfect flavors matching. Very much appreciated the champagne aperitivo and the coffe on the balcony. However we...must say that the dinner has been too long, all in all more than four hours! But worth an experience!More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed March 22, 2017

Such is the power of the Michelin star system, we arranged a night stay in Augsburg expressly to have dinner at Restaurant August. The evening was fun and enjoyable, and some of the courses were intensely flavoured, but it falls short of what we have...come to expect from Michelin star rated restaurants for a number of reasons. But first, the good points: August is housed in a spectacular 19c industrialist's mansion. The many (and there are many) courses on the set menu are imaginatively and creatively presented: your table is a glass light box, through which you see a presentation 'drawer' where many of the amuses bouches are displayed. After each one, the drawer is pulled out to access the next. Many are served on broken shards of porcelain (no sharp edges!) which sounds weird but somehow it worked. However, the first frustration was with the wine choice: no wine flight suggestions, no wines by the glass either, so one is left to choose from a wine list without knowing precisely what dishes to pair with. What we ordered was fine, although many times our glasses were left empty with the bottle out of reach. (We got the impression that the staff were more concerned with pleasing the theatrical performance of the roaming executive chef than addressing our needs.) Secondly, while many of the courses were intensely flavoured, many lacked finesse, or were unbalanced, one or two were served in too great a portion, others were simply underwhelming. One or two came with specific directions to eat the whole thing in one mouthful, which for a particularly rich and buttery dish was an instruction I wish I'd ignored. Thirdly, the glass table arrangement began to take on a surreal and distinctly unappetizing character: gradually, instead of seeing food through the glass top, you were instead shown potato peelings or fish skin, the detritus from what was being eaten above. In conclusion, it may seem harsh to give only three Trip Advisor points to a Michelin 2 star restaurant, but ultimately it's down to quality versus value for money. A quirky and eccentric service is all very well. We have been to very many Michelin starred restaurants (indeed, only the night before we enjoyed an excellent meal at a one star in Heidelberg) but unfortunately Restaurant August does not rate with them.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

Having enjoyed several memorable meals in Michelin starred establishments over the years, when recently planning a driving tour through Europe, my travelling companions and I decided to treat ourselves to a couple more on our journey. Hence a dinner at Restaurant August, with it's two...stars, was arranged. Sadly, it proved to be the most disappointing meal of our whole 10 day trip. Even our welcome felt awkward. Yes, we were shown the kitchen but also the empty rooms not being used and then taken out onto the terrace, all dark and cold, with the explanation that it will be nice in summer. Maybe, but it was not nice on a dank February evening. Eventually, at table and feeling better after a glass of champagne, amuse bouche were arranged on broken crockery under a glass panel. An interesting and creative approach. However, the idea soon palled when later we were faced with things like fish skin or vegetable peelings which should have been in the compost bucket, not near a plate. There's no doubt that the flavours Christian Grünwald created were dramatic either in strength or richness but the evening became a bit of a struggle because of a lack of subtlety overall including the portion size (and some dishes came with the instruction to put the whole in one's mouth). It's difficult to choose wines to accompany dishes when you do not know what those dishes will be and the menu is described as a surprise. There was no carefully chosen "flight" or even recommended wines by the glass, indeed they do not serve wines by the glass at all. We did enjoy the bottles we had but it felt like an expensive punt. Everything about Restaurant August, that evening, was fulsome. The flavours, the amounts, the art, the uniforms. The Michelin Guide states that the award of two stars means "worth a detour". Quite frankly, we wished we had kept on driving.More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed March 16, 2017

We planed our trip from the UK to Italy specifically to stop at this restaurant as we love fine dining and have experienced many Michelin starred meals. Sadly we were not delighted with this one. The atmosphere was not very comfortable and the lit tables...and eating off broken china and glass shards felt a bit gimmicky. To be honest there was way too much food in each of the several courses, we had about 12 amuse bouche, I lost count, and they were on the large size, especially the ball with warm brown butter which was meant to be eaten in one. The tomato consome with rum, was very powerful and interesting on first taste, but would have been better served in a thimble rather than a large glass. The six courses on the menu were too big as we were fully by the time they arrived (over and hour and a half after we sat down) We were pleased to be offered champagne on our arrival but very disappointed that the chef hadn't chosen a flight of wines to go with the meal. It was very difficult to choose wines to compliment the food as we didn't really know what we were going to eat. The wine we had was good, but the waiter removed it to the other side of the room and we frequently sat there with empty glasses, not the level of service I would expect. There were only four tables in the dining and one of these was empty which didn't add up to a jolly atmosphere. I would not go there againMore

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

First visit to the new location. It is really an interesting building and a the restaurant is located in a pleasant room. The space is small, I cannot recall exactly how many seats but definitely less than in the old venue. Service is attentive and...the Chef himself is very involved in the presentation and description of the different dishes in the menu. The whole performance is a bit theatrical but it fits well with the extreme elaboration of the plates. Tables are equipped with a glass display and the whole meal is an experience of smells, taste and visual stimuli. We spend almost 4 hours for dinner and it was a pleasure. I would definitely recommend a yearly visit to August! Or two...More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

Well, never ever 2 Michelin stars in my book! An odd ambience with an effort at theatre that distracts from the important bit - the food - and which almost made the service farcical at times. Anyway, what about the food? Before that let's see...about the wine, please? What, no specially matched 'flight' for the elaborate tasting menu (4 hour sitting)? Oh, we have to choose our own, but without knowing what the dishes will be? Hm. What? we can't have anything by the glass, bottles only! I see. At least the waitress is able to tell us what the Chef recommends and the list is very small and includes some delicious local Pinot Noir - which Germany seems to do really well with from some growers. As to the food - the 4 main courses will start in 2 hours and in the mean time here are 14(?) amuses bouches, as it turned out. Yes, reviews on TA warned us thankfully. But amuses they were not - out party of 4 generally found the flavours and preparations either somewhat non- descript, or - as with the brown-butter ball in blue potato we were instructed to eat all in one go - soooo rich it nearly made some of us gag. There were some exceptional flavours among the dishes and the puds were outstanding, but we found many of the appetiser and savoury dishes to be over- reduced and,frankly, far too powerful - perhaps heavy handed is the best description. A lack of finesse or balance. Most importantly none of us would ever go back or enthusiastically recommend others to try it. Sorry! ☹️More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We visited together with my two best friends the August restaurant on a Thursday evening! Elegant setting with three more reserved tables, so very intimate, indeed. Excellent service, very polite staff, very attentive to details. We were positively surprised by the first 5 courses and...then the five main courses followed. They pay attention to allergies or to dishes one doesn't prefer. And the dessert was the creme de la creme. I definitely suggest you to try this a bit more expensive restaurant. The unique experience is worth it! Enjoy!More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed January 8, 2016

We did not know anything about this restaurant but were attracted by it's interior. Unexpetedly we have had one of the best meals in Germany ever!

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had an amazing evening here. Truly deserves both Michelin stars. Price wise more than fair even though it is still expensive. The chef enjoys being around the guests something you don´t find often. Food is made with local, seasonal ingredients. You can´t choose only...fixed menu. This is by far the best restaurant in Augsburg. Staff was attentive but the star is obviously the chef and the food. Only one downside. Parking is a nightmare. If you are in Augsburg you should come hereMore

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Everyone should try this once in their life, truly exceptional experience. Service was great but the food was even better.

Date of visit: April 2015
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Reviewed August 20, 2014

This restaurant , which has 2 Michelin stars but, otherwise, it appears to have had very little international recognition. I can fully endorse the comments of other reviewers. We visited and ate what ranks as one of our top meals, ever, in April 2014. I...have delayed writing this review for purely selfish reasons, which is of course wrong! Our no choice set menu (159 Euros) began with 2 amuse bouche described as: Violet artichoke, ice cream, caviar of the field and coppa. Langoustine- sea salt marinated; cucumber garden; jus of langoustine. Six Appetizers (snacks): Chicken skin crunch; sepia; rucola; ashes Cucumber 'marshmallow'; smoked eel Sandwich of algae paper; beef tatar; lemon Easter egg; truffle; pea and ham cream Salty toffee of Jerusalem artichoke;duck liver and nut Waffle with horse radish and ceps and red beet Two fish courses followed: Red mullet; black muscle and langoustine; duxelles japonais; eucalyptus and algae Sole from Brittany; smoked black olives;nut butter foam; strawberry and verbena Two meat courses: Pata Negra pork; black garlic red beet curry Lamb from Auvergne;cabbage; onions cheese pastilla;quatre epices Desserts and petit fours! Unbelievably, after over 4 hours+, we got up feeling neither full or fatigued. Miraculous. On this showing, the chef, Christian Grunwald clearly deserves greater recognition but I suspect he enjoys being 'under the radar'.More

Date of visit: April 2014
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We made a reservation for a special occasion while we stopped at Augsburg Germany. The doors open at 7 PM sharp and the staff were nice and the service was impeccable, this is Premium restaurant. They had a fixed menu which was amazing and our...taste buds were taken to unchartered territories. Prepare for a 4 hour journey..More

Date of visit: October 2013
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

This was our second visit to August, this time celebrate the 40 birthday of a friend. Again it was an amazing experience with a sparkling display of innovative dishes that was presented to us over around 3,5 hours. There does not appear to be any...choice but upon reservation we were asked whether there is anything that we do not eat. The meal is not only a feast for the taste buds but also the visual arrangement of each dish is very beautiful indeed. We were eating on the roof terrace where we turned out to be the only guests of the evening (another table has cancelled a short notice) and receiv the full attention of the master himself and his staff. The chef sometimes stayed to observe our response to the food. A slight downside was that we could hear some music from a sports club nearby probably because they had thrown open all their windows. This subsided after a while. Apart from that the meal was a revelation and if you want to try trly innovative food you must come here. The meal was well worth every penny that we spent ( around 520 Euro for three including three menus, cava as aperitif, and two half bottles of wine, coffe). We will definitively return.More

Date of visit: August 2013
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