Bavaria is a family restaurant that opened in 1975. Originally specializing in schnitzel their menu has since expanded to include steaks, seafood, and old time favourites like Bratwurst and Goulash Soup.
We had dinner here on Friday night. You have to climb a steep flight of stairs to reach the restaurant. There was a somewhat musty odour as we entered the restaurant. The ambiance is decent. The room is somewhat dark. The service was very good. We shared the lobster bake as an appetizer. It was very good. It came in a ramekin that is generally used for escargot and had a lovely garlic butter on the bottom, a generous serving of lobster and a good topping of melted cheese. It was a very tasty dish. For entrees my husband had wiener schnitzel with barbecued spareribs. The schnitzel was crispy but nice and moist inside the spareribs were tender and not dry. The boneless spareribs were basted with a lovely barbecue sauce. I had the schnitzel cordon bleu and it had a very generous amount of cheese and ham on the schnitzel. Dinners come with goulash soup and garlic bread and entrees are served with pan fried potatoes and red cabbage.
Wine prices are very reasonable. We had a ½ lt of wine for $13.00. The meal was good value for the money and the food was well prepared.
We phoned in the afternoon for a reservation and left a voicemail. Tried again later still no one answered. Received a call at 5:04pm saying we had a reservation for 5:10pm!! We were in the parking lot when we got the call!! I should have know where this was going.
After trekking up a long flight of stairs we were taken to a booth near a loud group of red hat women, at our request to be seated further away we were given another booth only 2 away from them. We were left seated without menus for about 10 minutes, no one approached for drink orders. When the server finally appeared she was friendly but distracted. The service was slow and not very personal, she never introduced herself.
Our tea was served tepid and the teapots didn't hold enough water to fill the mugs. It took forever for her to return, but after we received the food the staff stopped by so often it became quite annoying. The server said we had a choice between rice and potatoes, but when we ordered this was somehow forgotten - we were served the potatoes.
We ordered from the 'feature' sheet; Vienna schnitzel with Lobster bake and Bavaria schnitzel topped with hollandaise, crab & shrimp. The meals came with goulash soup & garlic toast - the soup was salty and tasteless. The server said it was a ground beef / tomato base with vegetables, I had 1 or 2 tiny bits of beef (?) in my bowl and no vegetables at all. The schnitzels were breaded pork, cooked nicely, they came with roasted potatoes and cooked red cabbage. The main course was tasty but not good enough to warrant a second visit.
As for the red hat women, they were loud and boorish - shouting constantly, and performing loud ear-piercing whistles, it was too bad the staff didn't take a stand and ask them to tone it down.
My experince at the Bavaria Restaurant was not great, I would not recommend it and I will not return.
The place is decorated in a mixed contemporary theme, I think. As I walked up the stairs to enter the restaurant, I enjoyed the dim lights, homey brown hues, and "trendy" music. The place was packed with people of all stripes enjoying conversations.
Although the staff that showed us to our seats was pleasant, I found that our server was not.
It took a while for our server to show up to take our drinks order, and another while to receive them. We were ready to order, but she excused herself to find a pen she lost. After having watch her walk around the restaurant doing everything but looking for the pen for ten minutes, she returned.
I was appalled that she interrupted a couple of our sentences: "I would like a filet-" "how would you like it?" And the pen really didn't help her. My boyfriend ordered a rare filet mignon, but received it medium. I guess she misheard our order of escargot in mushroom caps, because she gave us escargot with wine an brandy. She never returned to check up on us for the appetizer, so we decided to just eat. It took her a while to return to check up on our entrees, and my boyfriend was hungry, so he just ate that as well. I had the Bavaria Schnitzel, which came with decent potatoes, and tasteful goulash. All the dishes were good nevertheless.
Although I enjoyed the food, and the ambiance was good, service was a huge turn off. Given that there are better restaurants down the street, I won't return.
We simply love the the Bavaria Restaurant so the fact that we have to drive more than an hour to get there does not faze us. The entree selection is huge ..... schnitzel, ribs, steak, chicken & seafood. I order the schnitzel & it is perfectly prepared everytime. It is served with red cabbage & potatoes, As a starter you get
goulash soup & a thick slice of warm bread .My son raves about his schnitzel topped with shrimp. The portions are large & are brought to the table piping hot. They do honour special requests so don't hesitate to ask. There is a terrific selection of deserts but alas we never have room after the splendid dinner. The service is truly impeccable .... attentive but not intrusive!! The restaurant can be packed however the server still manages to make you feel like you're the only diner there, The booths are comfotable & offer privacy.
The Bavaria is such a peaceful, relaxing place that we just hate to leave. The Bavaria is our chice when we have a special celebration in the family because we always know they will make the event even more special.
Went to this place the first time with my bf on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy and full of customers. Servers were all waitresses and the lady who served us is very attentive. She came back regularly to check on us to ensure that everything was fine. We ordered Sirloin and Prime Rib. The Sirloin was perfectly cooked as medium rare as ordered. The 15 oz steak was 2 inches thick and it was juicy. I like the fact that the steak came with a small bowl of soup and garlic bread and your choice of baked potatoe, fries or mashed potatoe. It was a decent portion and cost only $22. With the entertainment coupon, total bill plus tax and tips was only $33.5 for 2 people. The only down side of this restaurant was that the cutlery was not clean. I had to wipe down the knives with water and paper towel.
To get to the point we ordered oysters to start and the server comes out telling us they are mussles..
2nd, on the menu it says Pacific Salmon.. but when they serve it to you it comes out as a halibut... so instead of red its white.. big difference..
3rd the creme brule for dessert is really just a hardened sugar coating over coffee cream.. very runny and just blah..
Not to mention the potatoes we had which were most likley the worst garlic mashed potatoes i have ever had..
with only 2 tables filled in the whole reasturant including us, i can see why its empty. !
Our first time here in about ten years. Very nice atmosphere. The tables are huge which is nice because there is room for food without everything getting jumbled up.
Food was very good. Portions are large. Just simple good European cuisine. Nothing pretentious.
Service is not the fastest. However, I think that is part of the experience at this restaurant. Things come to your table in thier own time which gives you a chance to enjoy your companions and the ambiance of the restaurant.
My only suggestion for this restayurant would be that the music is a bit too loud.
We wil be back to the Bavaria restaurant. My wife and I have picked it as our new spot.