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“Good enough!”
Review of Cafe Christa - CLOSED

Cafe Christa
Price range: $5 - $24
Cuisines: American, German, Central European
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Upstairs across from the Maipole featuring German and Northwest specialties with 11 German beers on draft.
Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Got into town night before Thanksgiving, not many open options for a late dinner. This place was open and offered a kids menu. The food was good enough (sausage dinner) and the beer was fantastic! We all had clean plates and were satisfied. Better than we expected from the reviews! Definitely overpriced, but kind of expect that everywhere on this trip.

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Thank Leahmik
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

They have authentic schnitzle, spaetzle, meatloaf and red cabbage and offer great views of the town square.

Thank Heather W
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The costumes and the environment are very pleasant; they look quite Bavarian. The service is a bit slow and the place feels a bit crammed.

Thank thescientist8371
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had dinner on a week night; the food was good, but not oustanding. There were only one or two other tables occupied, but even so, the service was a little slow.

Thank NEBP
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

First of all, Café Christa’s food does not deserve the label of “authentic German food;” at best it is an unsuccessful attempt to copy something the cook may have eaten once in Europe or Germany.

We (a party of three, 2 Germans) went to Cafe Christa during the last Oktoberfest-weekend. Though it was quite busy during lunchtime, we were seated within 10 minutes in the festival/ group diner area. In contrast to their main dining area, this one rather fitted the purpose of serving as many people as possible and lacked the detail-oriented, wooden-style decoration and cozy atmosphere. Our waitress was friendly and served us almost immediately. They have a decent selection of German beers, both on the tap and from the bottle, but in contrast to other food places we have been to in Leavenworth, Café Christa overcharges you up to 35%. However, the decently priced menu looked promising. As we are from Germany, we appreciate every once in a while a good, hearty, German meal, and we do not mind spending some extra money if the quality justifies it. Unfortunately, I cannot recall when I have been so deeply disappointed when it comes to quality and quantity (we are normal eaters). We always thought that you cannot go wrong with ordering a Schnitzel but we were so mistaken: Both, the Wiener Schnitzel and the Jaegerschnitzel were dry and gristly. The Schweinebraten – normally a rather thick slice of moist, roasted pork - was cut into pieces, it was dry and bland. The Spaetzle were unnaturally yellow, dry and saltless (please get a recipe for real Swabian Spaetzle). The gravy on the pork and on the Jaegerschnitzel rather looked and tasted like these bad, tasteless gravy helpers you can buy in bulk packages at Costco. The red cabbage was decent but it was lacking the typical flavor of cloves and laurels. All three dishes were rather cold, they all lacked salt, pepper and taste in general. Fresh parsley and onions help a lot when preparing German dishes. I barely remember when I have left a restaurant still being hungry the last time. Even though we we're initially looking forward for the Apfelstrudel and Black Forest Cake as dessert, after the main course being such a disappointment we decided against it, paid and went to another place.

I can see that people like Café Christa because of the view the first floor offers, the atmosphere of the main dining area and the allegedly German food; however, for us, it was just another disappointing tourist trap offering low quality food while at the same time overcharging their guests for the poor food they are serving. The only thing being about the menu being “authentic German” are the names of the dishes and the beer selection.

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Thank Nadine W
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