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“Neat Bavarian experience and food!”
Review of The Bavarian Chef

The Bavarian Chef
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: German
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed April 1, 2013

We wanted to get some sauerbrauten....so off we went. Bit of a drive for us, but worth it. We were seated upstairs and started with the soft pretzel with two sauces and a roasted red pepper soup, both very good. We both ordered the sauerbrauten with 2 sides each of creamed corn, spatzle, potato pancakes w apple sauce and sour cream (only available certain nights, it seems), and potato dumplings. All very good, but might not get the dumplings next time. Accompanying dinner we had a couple good glasses of red wine, then the baked Alaska for dessert (must order a day ahead). Way too much to eat, but the baked Alaska was a neat experience for a special occasion. Eating quarters on the side tables upstairs are a little cramped and cozy, but tables upstairs and downstairs allow for more elbow room. Became a bit noisy upstairs as well. Overall, we'll go back! Great for birthdays and larger gatherings, but not so much romance. We paid $103.16 plus tip. You could easily scale that back.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

March 29th, 2013.
We just returned home from the Bavarian Chef, Madison. There were 8 of us in our group, 6 adults and 2 teenagers, The meal was exceptional, the atmosphere, and the service was perfect.
Kimberly, our server, was very outgoing and helpful, made us welcome and satisfied.
Each of us had something different, each meal had great portions, I had the cordon blue and it was great.
Each one of us were pleased with the experience.
If you like German food, in my opinion, you need to try The Bavarian Chef.
P.S. ask for Kimberly.

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Thank Rob S
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We dined at the Bavarian Chef and found the food very disappointing. We ordered off of the regular menu (not the daily specials). The pork medallions were breaded and fried, very dry, tough, and tasteless, then placed in what turned out to be a BBQ sauce, heavy with cornstarch. The chicken was dry, and the skin was not even crispy over a huge plateful of sickly sweet sauce so thick with cornstarch that it was gelled. The sausages with sauerkraut were the best of the dishes, however, some of the sausages lacked flavor. The red pepper soup with crab was tasty, heavy with cream. The side dishes were fair, similar to what you might expect in Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Desserts were surprisingly good (we had a hard time choosing because when we looked at the dessert tray nothing looked appetizing, all the examples were dried out and stale looking). The Sacher torte and a grand marnier frozen custard were quite tasty, although covered with cool whip instead of fresh whipped cream. Service was good and attentive. Not worth returning.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We dine here several times a year, especially on special occasions, and the food and service have always exceeded our expectations. The food... on my, I wish that they would rent a room to me so that I would never have to leave. Their mashed potatoes but they are hands down the best potatoes that we have ever eaten. Ditto for their sauerkraut. We usually have pork chops (which are battered and crispy outside, tender and juicy inside). For $22.00 you get 2 large pork chops (in our case, one for now, one to take home for later), plus homemade (chunky, cinnamony) applesauce and 2 vegetables that are served family style, which means that they bring more when the bowls are empty. The atmosphere is comfortable - nice but not pretentious. The servers are gracious and attentive. I can't think of one negative thing to say. Come hungry and plan on dieting for a few days afterward.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Went there for wife's birthday after driving past it a jillion times. I had heard good things about it and was not disappointed. As others have said, the portions were huge, but everyone leaving had take out boxes so you get a couple of meals for the price of one.

We started with a flight of beers sampler. They were good, the only quibble here is that the waitress said the beer and wine menuwas out of date; they should fix that. And I guess I was expecting a slighter larger selection of beers. However, the beers they had were superb. We tried a couple. Someone at the next table was drinking (by himself!) one of their 2 liter glasses. Mercifully we drove home before he did!

Being restaurant week, we did the prix fixe menu and it was outstanding. The sausage sampler appetizer is a must. The sausages were good and the sauerkraut was very light and tasty. The seafood cocktTail was very good as well.

I had the schnitzel along with spatezle and red cabbage. The entrees were delicious, A+, however, the sides were only about a B-, agreed that the red cabbage was overspiced and the spaetzle seemed a little undercooked, but still tasty. The desserts were terrific. Sacher torte was very rich and fresh. The apple strudel was also very good. Apples seemed freshly cooked, not canned.

Overall a terrific meal. However, it can be loud and boisterous. It is not the site for a quiet romantic dinner. It seems like the place for a lafge party. It might be interesting if they were to move to bier garden type seating of long tables. It might be fun as it is not an intimate place. Overall, a ton of good food.

Thank CvilleJohn
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