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“Avoid at all costs - unless just drinking beer!”
Review of Glunz Bavarian Haus - CLOSED

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Glunz Bavarian Haus
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: German
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Avoid at all costs - unless just drinking beer!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Last night my wife Gloria and I went to Glunz for dinner, hoping to get some good, authentic German food. It was an utter failure, a disaster. Our first clue should have been that upon entering the restaurant at around 6:00 p.m., the first thing we noticed was the lack of customers. No one was there! Not one diner, not even anyone sitting at the bar. I thought, "Well, it's fairly early, and a Tuesday, so maybe it doesn't mean anything." I was wrong. We started with drinks: I asked for a Makers Mark Manhattan, Gloria ordered a glass of Pinot Noir. The Manhattan tasted nothing like a Manhattan should, and if it was Makers Mark, they must have watered it down or something. Horrible. Gloria's wine was adequate at best. Next up? Salads. The salad was a mix of spinach, spring greens, and iceberg lettuce. We both ordered the balsamic vinagraitte dressing and at first thought that explained the brown appearance of the iceberg lettuce - it didn't. The iceberg lettuce was brown, as in very old and going bad.

The entrees: I ordered Wiener Schnitzel and Gloria ordered the Sauerbraten, a dish she and I both really enjoy. When it's done right, that is. Her Sauerbraten was cold. The gravy tasted as if it had come out of a can. The Spatzle that came with tasted something like Elmer's glue. The Wiener Schnitzel was no better. It was deep fried and there was more batter than veal, and it was utterly tasteless. Following the deeply disappointing Manhattan, I ordered a beer, a Stiegl, from Austria. The beer was delicious. The rest was completely disappointing. By the way, no other customers arrived for the entire time we were there, which was at least 45 minutes, perhaps an hour. Now I no why. Don't say you haven't been warned. This place stinks! Oh, and the bill for all of this below-par fare? $65.00 before tip.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
New York in Route to Canada
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Never a bad meal!”
Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

After being disappointed by another restaurant my family decided to go to Glunz because we had been a few times and each time was good food. Again we were not disappointed! The asparagus soup is very tasty to start out with along with their yogurt dressing for the salad. The weinerschnitzel was excellent as always along with their cheese spaetzel. The decor is a bit dated but if you can get past that its always been good food and good service!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank superballs017
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Chicago, Illinois
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89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nice Little Declining German Restaurant and Bar”
Reviewed February 13, 2012

The decor and layout were great similar to authentic German beer house restaurants. Positives include excellent beer and good food and service and a charming entertaining two man music group. The downside was lack of clientele and appearances of owner neglect of details. Outdated signage from October fest and Christmas. The smell of deodorizer in the air. Water glasses less than clean. It would appear that due to a decline in business has effected the quality of the restaurant in general. Unfortunately, the current state of affairs will only continue the decline in business and ultimately the demise of this charming neighborhood gem.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank HickoryDave
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Plainfield, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Take a pass.”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

We traveled over an hour, to visited the Glunz Bavarian Haus at the suggestion of our friends. Overall, the food was fair at best. For appetizers, we had the cheese platter, which was very good and the pretzel. I have had better pretzels at the ballpark. The asparagus soup was excellent. For dinner, I had the raved about beef stroganoff. The beef was tough and burnt on one side and the flavor was okay. The sacher torte (chocolate cake) was very good. The server was knowledgeable about the menu and did a fine job. They had a two piece German band, which set the mood. Unfortunately, a strong bathroom odor was present in the dining room. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit Glunz Bavarian Haus, but locals may enjoy it for the German atmosphere.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Randy217
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Boston, MA
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Best German food in Chicago, maybe U.S.”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

This place is a gem - it's not in downtown Chicago, so might require a subway trip but it's so worth it. Fabulous beer selections and a terrific, very authentic menu featuring such greats as bread dumplings with roast pork in a caraway jus and sauerkraut. There's a lovely beer garden on a shady side street. Many, many times better than the highly touted Berghof in downtown.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank BostonElsie
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