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“Not special”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Christa - CLOSED

Cafe Christa
Price range: $5 - $24
Cuisines: German, American, European, Central European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Upstairs across from the Maipole featuring German and Northwest specialties with 11 German beers on draft.
Seattle, Washington
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not special”
Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Nothing to write home about. Food was average. Service was o.k. The place was crowded so it took staff longer than I would have liked, but nothing over the top negative to post. Portions were large and the beer was cold!

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Thank okc1024
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English first
Courtenay, Canada
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Worst German Food ever!!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We took the long way to Alberta from Vancouver, looking forward to a nice German meal in Leavenworth. This place was a big mistake, the Spatzle were cold and tasteless, worst red cabbage ever and schnitzel was tough. Very disappointed, only one server on too, she was very pleasant, and did not charge us for one meal when we told her what we thought of it. She did not seem surprised. Avoid this place.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank KSL55
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Puyallup, Washington
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Bad cut of meat”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Had lunch here. I ordered jagerschnitzel and must have had a bad cut of meat. It was very grizzly. My wife ordered the same, and she had no problem. The Munich beer tastes a lot like Budweiser (ick). The red beets and spaetzle were fantastic. Very friendly folks here.

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Sean M
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very slow service, horrible food”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

While the restaurant was far from busy when we arrived for dinner (5:30PM, with a reservation), we waited almost an hour for our food. Once our meals finally arrived, the opinions of our group were unanimous: the food was downright horrible. In fact, two family members (both from Germany) noted later that it was the worst German food they have ever eaten.

The schnitzel was particularly disappointing: neither thin nor plentiful (which is how it's served in other German restaurants in town), it tasted nothing like veal, as advertised; the sauerkraut sides were barely edible; the sausage was mediocre at best - and not even on par with the brat served up in many of the local taverns. And like another reviewer noted on this site, we were actually told that the kitchen was "too busy" to substitute potatoes for french fries. Wow.

On the bright side, there is a good variety of German beer on tap - but no better than other local restaurants. The view from some tables is also good (but if you venture there in winter, bring a sweater as the back dining room is freezing).

Bottom line: This is clearly a restaurant that is banking on nothing more than its location in the center of town - and the hope that most tourists will be long gone before they share their dining review with others.

My recommendation: walk the extra 500 feet down the street to King Ludwig's or Cafe Mozart and spend the same amount on a much more authentic (and tasteful) German dining experience.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Dave M
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Park City, Utah
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6 reviews
“Will "NEVER" return to this restaurant!”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

I am still upset about the horrible experience that my family and I endured here during our great weekend up from Portland to the Tree lighting ceremony. First to start off our poor experience we waited in the lobby area for quite some time without anyone ever greeting us before I had to walk around the restaurant searching for some assistance (not to mention we were the only people in the lobby!). When we finally did get assistance and were able to sit down we asked for a high-chair for my sister’s 14month old child (which we NEVER did receive)!!!! When ordering my food I asked if I could order French fries instead of potato salad and the waitress told me that I couldn’t French fries because her kitchen was so busy. Seriously, where were you going to get your French fries, Deutschland? All you have to do is drop them in some oil! To make the situation even worse she rolled her eyes at me when I told her I was going to need another minute to decide what I would like to have, she didn’t return for at least 15 minutes. Our food was served cold to the touch, refills never came, and when asking if we would like deserts my sister told the woman that it was her birthday thinking that you never know she might offer her a special snack. The waitress snapped back and said “We don’t serve complimentary deserts.” Not even a simple “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” came out of her mouth. Although, I know that many restaurants don’t offer birthday snacks at no cost it wasn’t the right way to treat your guests. We had one question about splitting the bill between two families since we brought in 11 people and she brought us the check slammed it down on our table and left, not a word was uttered from her mouth (again rolled her eyes). The portions are small, no sides are served with most meals, way over priced (especially if you don’t get sides) the service is poor, the restaurant is dark and dingy, and the restrooms were disgusting. What a horrible experience! I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone!

Example: We ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich which came out on white plate, with white bread, cold, no sides, no garnish, simply white cold sandwich on a cold white plate, in a cold horrible restaurant.!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank kyle U
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CafeChrista, Manager at Cafe Christa, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Just read your review and wanted to say how sorry I am that your experience at our establishment was not a good one. We appreciate your feedback, and expect much more from our staff than the service that you and your family received. I have printed your review for the servers to read and am posting it along with some notes about proper customer service.
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