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Posted by Kate on 06/14/2011
Been here twice. The 1st time I was not pleased with the slow service and how the waitress kept forgetting to refill my water after I'd asked. Had something that I thought would be a meat dish with a salad, but it ended up being a few fatty cuts of meat just sitting on a big bland salad. The 2nd time I came with my family the service was horrendous and waitress was subpar. She screwed up half our orders, I had the worst pork schnitzel I've ever had in my life, my mom's roast beef must have come straight out of a can, and then the waitress padded the bill to the tune of $50, which my dad hadn't realized until after he'd paid. My dad's too proud to let us sort that out so we just left the place angry & hungry. Will NEVER return!
Posted by netty on 01/13/2011
I have not had much experience with German food but I have been to Germany and eaten there and this place was just as good. A friend and I dined there last night and we enjoyed everything about it including the friendly service and fun atmosphere. If I lived in the area I would be a regular.
Posted by The Rogers on 07/18/2010
We will not tell you what exactly happen during our last visit but it was so horrible that we will never ever go back. While the beer and the food are ok (even if you can find way better Bavarian places) and we love the festive atmosphere. The service was soooo bad to ruin our experience. We use to live in this block and since one of us is a beer lover we came here quite often, a year ago we moved and only last week we happily went back at Zum. It is summer and a big fresh beer it is what you are looking for. The beer are still amazing and great value, the food still quite sad but you know what to expect (but we really love theire potato salad). Everything was more or less ok until IT happen. Belive me when we are going out for lunch or dinner at least 4 times a week and nothing like IT never happened. The seriously need some training for their personel but good manners is something you learn in your early years so.... Just get new people! We are sorry to say we will never come back.
Posted by Daisy on 03/07/2010
My boyfriend is Bavarian and this is a place we both really enjoy going to. The selection of beers is excellent. The food is good and authentic also. The mixed salad is worth trying, though it might not be for everyone who isn't used to real German food. We've had the kasespeatezle (without bacon) and it was great. We will usually order and share the schnitzel since it's a huge portion, but some of the best we're had in or out of Germany. Squeeze some of the lemon they give you on top and it's perfection. Not overly breaded or greasy. The Griessknockerlsuppe is a broth with a semolina dumpling that's great on a cold winter night. If you have room for dessert, those are also very good. Service is friendly and attitude-free and the communal tables make the environment feel even more authentically Bavarian. It does get pretty loud and crowded on weekends, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are more quiet.
Posted by Emmy on 01/19/2010
I still don't know exactly how I feel about this place. It was obvious that everyone else there loved it...lots of families, frat boys, college groups and older drunks! My dilemma is that I am not a fan of the menu or of german beer. So the fact that they offer these HUGE mugs of beer for very reasonable prices was lost on me. It was also very loud and crowded. the bathrooms are small and there is always a line to get into them. The loudness was partly because of the music blaring and partly because everyone had to talk very loudly to be heard. The bar area is tiny and on a fridaynight you can only have a table if you're eatting so everyone there just to drink has to cram in around the bar area. I must be getting old because it really seemed like it was full of 20-somethings and was way too loud and hot.
Posted by german love on 01/03/2010
My favorite local place. I come here several times a week and feel at home. quality of food and beer are fantastic. Makes me feel like I am back in bavaria!
Posted by Bob M on 11/12/2009
My wife and I ate here last night and were disappointed. We had two different wurst dishes and the potatoe salad was ice cold and the sauerkraut was really sour and cold. Also, the potatoe salad looked like it came from the local deli, not house made in a German style. Similarly, the sauerkraut was not cooked properly, possibly straight from the can. The food doesn't come up to what we get when we visit Bavaria. The only good item was the German beer.