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Reviewed May 31, 2022

My childood was spent at the Burghoff in Chicago which is a century old legend. My meal here was almost as good as I remember.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 25, 2022

We went on a Thursday night as that's the only night you can get sauerbraten. We had a reservation but certainly didn't need it. In a town where most restaurants are fully booked every night, there was only one other couple in the place. Now...we know why. The food was inedible. To start I ordered a glass of pinto grigio and was brought a very dry bitter wine. I asked the waitress if she was sure it was pinot. She said it was but when I then looked at a wine menu pasted on a wine bottle light on the table, I realized they didn't even sell a pinot grigio. She had just served me something she thought was close. She then bought was a basket of stale dry tasteless white bread with tzatziki sauce (no butter or oil was available). Next came a salad of just lettuce and chopped tomato, which was sparse but tasted OK. Then our entrees arrived. They served up leathery pot roast with a gray gravy, a gelatinous potato dumpling with a slimy mouth feel but no taste, and red cabbbage with a splash of vinegar. Needless to say neither of us ate the dinner. We told the waitress we didn't think it was even sauerbraten. I showed her that I could barely get the knife through the tough beef. Her comment was "Sorry, hope you try us again" and she brought us take out menus. My bill was $35. We left there hungry. I won't be eating there again, and neither should you.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 24, 2022

The two of us had the sauerbraten dinner with red cabbage and potato dumpling. Neither of us were able to eat our meal. I have never left a restaurant without eating some of the meal. The meat was definitely old, pot roast, over cooked with...gravy dumped on top. The meat was so tough it was hard to chew. The dumpling had no taste and was a big glob of nothingness. The waitress asked us if we didn’t like it and I gave her the same review. She explained it’s tough to depend on a cut of meat. They offered nothing off and the bills were $31.34 per person. Literally we both sent the entire meal back.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 15, 2022

Tonight, four of us were patrons of Taste of Europe. Frankly, it was the BEST restaurant we visited in the last 4 weeks. This was my 4th visit over the years. Sandra the cook is such a professional in cooking all her dishes. Those potato...pancakes and the Bratwurst/sauerkraut combination is amazing! My Cappuccino was made perfectly. This Bistro is truly a gem in Port Charolette. Reservations are suggested. PS: Took an order of potato pancakes/applesauce home for breakfast! Pete Boston, MAMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2021

I’m here to visit my mother who is 90 years old and very ill in the hospital, she want eat anything but we talked about all the food she’d make us that she ate as a child in Germany, I entombed that I loved the...potato pancakes she’d fry, and she smiled and said “now puffers, I’d eat those” it took me few minutes to find this place, and got her a order of puffers, I’ve not seen her smile in months! She loved them! Everyone there was kind it’s a beautiful place thank youMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 22, 2021

Run by a little old German lady, they provide classic European dishes, mostly German and central Europe. I love their schnitzels, but everything is fresh and delicious. They get their meats form an authentic old time German meat market next door. Great eats!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 23, 2021 via mobile

Great restaurant, our food was great! The owners took the time to go around and ask us if our food had been to our liking. We had their Dunkel beer on tab and it was great. Dankeschön!!!!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 19, 2021

Ordered the brat sandwich without the roll. $6.90 sauerkraut was additional $1.50. All said dwichrs came with fries or German potato salad. I ordered the German potato salad. Bill came I was charged $13.90. When I question it she charged me for the brat meal...which comes with mashed potato. Since I didn't order the brat on a role it wasn't considered a sandwich. I'd say next time I'd order the roll and toss it but there will be no next time. The cook/ owner was so rude. I said I'll never come back. Her response was " I don't care". Good luck owner on a broom.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed January 17, 2021 via mobile

The European Bistro has a cozy but neat and very clean dining room. I highly recommend reservations for lunch or dinner. The pop up parity and word is spreading rapidly. I would proudly take any guest I wanted to impress to this restaurant. The German...themes run through the opening bread and cucumber spread - scrumptious. The salad is a simple, very fresh iceberg lettuce with fresh cut cucumbers and tomatoes is an excellent and delicious match to the opener - freshly baked and sliced bread with cucumber spread. The portions are incredible and delicious from savory Shepherd’s Pie the exquisite Beef Rouladen. But my favorite is “The European Tour” - the variety of flavors and textures become one of the best meals in the Florida’s West Gulf Coast area, and for my taste, “excellent” doesn’t come close describing the quality and taste of this variety of flavors. From Spaetzle, warm German Potato Salad, Red Cabbage or Sauerkraut, Potato Pan Cakes with a special apple sauce, many kinds and options/choices for brats, sausages, Pork Schnitzel, Sauerbraten Goulash, followed by an optional slice of black Forrest Chocolate Cake and whipped cream, an outstanding Apple Streusel with vanilla ice cream , or if your taste buds haven’t had enough great surprises, Plum Streusel provides a nice touch. I enjoy the red German wines and my wife enjoys the sweet whites and the German and domestic beers depending on her mood and taste that day. The service is excellent! The food is served fresh - the last time we ate there the chef went next door to get the meat we had selected for lunch. If you enjoy the taste of the “best” food, prepared by the one of the best cooks on the west gulf coast of Florida we’ll see you here.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed July 11, 2020

The food and service was very good. One woman of seven In our party brought a bottle of water with her she explain to her that it has a protein drink that she drinks with her meal.When her bill came she was charge for an...extra two dollars . When she question why the woman from the kitchen came out and shouted at us all and said that we were rude and you never bring in your own drink we said we will never come back she said that’s fine that’s the cost of doing business. The Cook WAS not wearing mask !!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020

Great little place to get some homemade German food. Some times the place can get pretty full as there are only a handful of tables, the the owners do their best to accommodate everyone. Food is very good! We always get to Euro Plater to...get a true taste of Europe.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 1, 2020 via mobile

After reading the rather glowing write-up in the “Sun Weekly” last month, my wife and I, together with another couple decided that today Feb. 1st would be the day to go to the Taste of Europe Bistro for Diner. Since it was Roast Pork special...night, both men ordered this while the women ordered a lovely mushroom covered schnitzel and a salmon tartar Both women were delighted with their meals but the Roast Pork was very disappointing. Two slices of dry overcook tough pork covered with a nice gravy, looked great but was very disappointing . The server asked us several times how the meal was and when I told her the meat was dry and tough, she mumbled something about how everyone else liked it, but then did nothing. I found this very insulting and only added to my disappointment If the Roast Pork was the special for Saturday night I would strongly suggest you have one of the SchnitzelsMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 16, 2020

After reading some of the Trip Advisor reviews we thought we would give it a try and we were VERY happy we did. The food was really wonderful and the beer ice cold. We have been coming to Florida for over 15 years for six...months each time and we are always looking for great new places to eat out. This bistro was a welcome find.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 9, 2020

Guarantee you that you will return. We (6 of us) went last night. Visit #1. Service was excellent. Very knowlegeable server and the food was suburb. All chose different meals and no disappointments. Word of caution. Portions are very large. The balance of my meal..., I am sure, will be great at home tonight. Highly recommend.More

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Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

A hidden delight in Port Charlotte! It's a bit difficult to find, but well worth the search. Food was tasty and portion size was just right. The restaurant was all decorated for the holidays. The owner himself comes out from the kitchen to interact with...guests.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5