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“Rathskeller - A More Casual Option”

Bavarian Inn Dining Room
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: European, German
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Upscale Restaurant featuring a wide variety of Authentic German Cuisine along with delicious continental specialties including Seafood & Steaks. Casual dining also available with same menu.
Reviewed October 25, 2012

This was our first visit to the Bavarian Inn although we had been aware of it for 25 years. And we only wound up there because our first two choices in downtown Shepherdstown are closed on Tuesdays.

We're glad we did.

Downstairs, below the more formal dining rooms, is the cozy, informal Rathskeller. You're not penalized for choosing this casual option. The menu & wine list are the same, reservations are accepted and the staff friendly and quite competent. We loved the atmosphere.

BI has a great dining concept - especially this time of year. Not only are the traditional German dishes available but also (Oct-Feb) a goodly number of wild game appetizers and entrees. You can't dine anywhere within 100 miles of this place for a similar menu. (If neither of these categories work for you, more conventional meat and seafood options are available. But why come here for that?)

My wife and I split a "salad sampler" appetizer which was excellent. Beet, Rutabaga, Cucumber and German Potato salads were presented. We both loved the beets (unbelievable natural sweetness!) and she preferred the Cucumber while I voted for the vinegary Potatoes (yumm!).

My wife did the pork, sauerkraut and juniper potatoes entree while I did the antelope sausage and wild boar sausage with pumpkin chutney and cabbage entree. Both were quite good.

One further comment. After dining we went upstairs to check out the fine dining areas. The dining rooms were warmer than they appeared on the web site. But the highlight was the hostess Kirsten. When she learned this was our first visit she gave us a quick tour and an in-depth explanation of history and current services (great place for a wedding or small business conference) She was so interested in us I asked if she was part of the family that owned BI. Turns out she's not family and had only been there for a few months. Kirsten was SPECIAL. But every employee we had contact with was similarly competent, thoughtful and friendly. This is a well run family business and typifies why I try to eat or stay at independent establishments. When done right (as BI does it) the chains cannot compete!

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DavidAsam, Owner at Bavarian Inn Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2012

Thank you for your glowing review. We are thrilled you came to join us, and hope to share many more experiences with you in the future. I will gladly pass on your kind remarks to our hard working staff, especially Kirsten. Your feedback makes us proud to be able to carry on our family tradition at the Bavarian Inn.
Sincerely,
The Asam Family

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Our family came together here to celebrate my Dad's 70th birthday and it was fantastic. The food and service were superb. We were very pleased that they also offered vegetarian options for those who wanted them. We will return!

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DavidAsam, Owner at Bavarian Inn Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2012

Thank you for your kind remarks. We look forward to helping you celebrate many more special occassions or just a simple night out!
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The Asam Family

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Loved the German Food served at a private dinner party celebration. Outstanding Eggs Benedict for breakfast!! Service was wonderful

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DavidAsam, Owner at Bavarian Inn Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Thank you for your kind remarks. WE are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your party and the Eggs Benedict. We look forward to having you join us again soon.!
Sincerely,
The Asam Family

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

I thought the food was good and the atmosphere nice. But I wouldn't say it was outstanding!!! It is a nice ride from Frederick to get there.

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DavidAsam, Owner at Bavarian Inn Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Hello,
Thank you for taking the ride from Frederick to join us. We hope that you come back again soon, so we can change you opinion from nice to outstanding!
Sincerely,
The Asam Family

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Service was very good; a bit slow, but that was OK for me. The wild game menu was a little bit of a disappointment, but now I can say I've had rabbit.

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DavidAsam, Owner at Bavarian Inn Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Dear valued guest,
Thank you for your comments. We hope that you can come and enjoy some of the other Wild Game items, as rabbit was not your cup of tea. We also feature: pheasant, elk, venision, boar, and various specials throughout the season, In addition our German and Continental favorites are always available. We hope to welcome you back soon!
Sincerely,
The Asam Family

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