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The Bavarian Chef

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5102 S Seminole Trail, Madison, VA 22727
+1 540-948-6505
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Fri 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Leesburg, Virginia
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95 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2015

I'd passed this restaurant a few times on the way to Charlottesville and finally had the time to stop today. The food was wonderful...It was restaurant week and I went with the choices on the special menu. Appetizer was bratwurst with a tasty mustard and potatoes...loved it! Entre of seared pork filet with green beans and zucchini...scattered pomme frites as... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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810 reviews
524 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2015

We stopped in for C'ville area restaurant week and were able to try some GREAT food at a very fair price and WOW, it knocked out socks off! The same family that opened this very popular (and somewhat famous) German restaurant in 1974 still owns and operates it. All of the dishes they prepared for our group were done very... More 

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Washington, Dc
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stumbled upon this place on a Friday night on our way to UVA. Though it was crowded and we had no reservations we were promptly seated in the loft which had low ceilings with open rafters. It felt like we had just landed in Frankfurt and taken a ride into the country side. The soup and the schnitzel were... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2014

Excellent food and service, the bratwurst with sauerkraut/mashed potatoes outstanding appetizer. You may want to dine family style as the entrees are big enough for two to share.

Thank Douglas M
VA Beach
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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2014

We had dined at the Bavarian Chef a few years ago and remembered a menu item "Roasted Pepper Soup - with Crab" as being outstanding. We traveled a bit out of our way to have lunch here. We knocked on the door to find it was not open for lunch with the exception of the weekends. When I told the... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2014

Based on the reviews for The Bavarian Chef, I expected much better food quality. I took my husband here for our anniversary because he had been asking to go for a long time. I made reservations, which was easy and the the hostess was very pleasant. When we arrived we were seated immediately upstairs. They were having several Christmas parties... More 

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Ruckersville, Virginia
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2014

Authentic and wonderful. Reservations a must! This restaurant is always packed! My daughter in law (born of German parents in Heidelberg), spoke very highly of the cuisine, its presentation and authenticity. The wait staff is knowledgable and helpful. Much of the clientele is drawn from the D.C. area, making an immense statement regarding the popularity of the Bavarian Chef! (That's... More 

Thank MaryAnneH2
Vienna, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2014

A friend and I visited the Bavarian Chef earlier today. The food was pretty good quality - and I happen to like large portions, just like a good German:). But I was appalled at the unprofessional attitude of the hostess. I wanted a table in the main dining room and she rudely retorted that all tables were taken and that... More 

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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

I recently had the opportunity to visit ,after several years I was happy to find that the food was still delicious. The portions are LARGE! The drinks were good and our server was very efficient and knowledgeable.my friend had the Seafood New Orleans, YUM!

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Hamilton, Virginia
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94 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2014

The serving sizes were too large for one person. They take a certain pride in that, but if you can, I'd ask about splitting a course. The prices were a little high for the region and the authenticity to German cuisine was questionable. At least from my 3 plus years in Germany. I think the restaurant tried to add a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
German, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5102 S Seminole Trail, Madison, VA 22727
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 540-948-6505

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?