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The Bavarian Chef

5102 S Seminole Trail, Madison, VA 22727
+1 540-948-6505
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good20%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“schnitzel” (33 reviews)
“creamed corn” (16 reviews)
“sacher torte” (6 reviews)
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All hours
German, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5102 S Seminole Trail, Madison, VA 22727
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11 - 20 of 261 reviews

Reviewed 18 March 2017

While you may wonder about this restaurant from the log cabin facade you will be more than pleasantly surprised. They have been in this family business for many years in the piedmont area of Virginia. Between Culpeper and Charlottesville. We went for a Birthday dinner...More

Thank gpfaff1
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This is the place to go if you miss the art of European cooking -- or if you need to have your swoon over the taste and consistency of food calibrated. We have visited this little piece of heaven for 30 years -- with lots...More

Thank GerardsofNC
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is a special treat! I've eaten here with my family/large groups for many years and each time the food is always delicious. I love their delightful red pepper & crab soup as well as the escargot. Of the vegetable sides the creme corn is...More

Thank jm724real
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Authentic Bavarian cuisine in a haus atmosphere, with costumed waitstaff and creative menu. The meatloaf is more like a ham sandwich but is unique. The huge portions of weiner schnitzel lasted for three meals--especially with the delicious vegetables. I loved the glazed carrots. My husband...More

Thank ChefGeorge1
Reviewed 8 February 2017

The rolls were burnt and room temperature. The veal was only about an 1/8" thick, with heavy breading, which made it look like before. The zucchini side dish only had 3 pieces of zucchini, the rest was tomato mush and onions. The creamed corn was...More

Thank pologruto
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

I've lived in Germany for several years and can honestly say this will never pass for German cuisine. Bread served was burned but cold. The sauerbraten was inedible. I cannot describe how bad it tasted. The red cabbage was like eating a detergent and the...More

1  Thank NFC_food_guy
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Food was ok but too much of it. Meatloaf was strange and sparsely was bland but schnitzel with mushrooms was good. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable but waited forever for the bill.

Thank Cat S
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Although our visit started a little slow and a little rough we were pleasantly surprised at our visit. The food was very good the portions were very huge and the atmosphere was nice. And when we did have a little trouble with our service they...More

Thank Stephanie l
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Very good food. Large portions especially if over 4 people then you receive all sides and it's "family style." Red bell pepper soup is to die for! Wait staff very courteous and accommodating. Wished the seating wasn't quite so tight.

Thank CatPoe
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The food and atmosphere is incredible. The service is always impeccable and the sides are delicious. I love the cream corn and my wife loves the green beans. Our steak was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend this venue.

Thank Tim T
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Jo B
Will the restaurant be open on May 29 2017 (Memorial Day)
25 May 2017|
Response from jm724real | Reviewed this property |
According to their website they're closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
susan R
Is the restaurant accessible to a person who uses a wheelchair?
2 September 2016|
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Response from vamueller | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, I remember steps-same advice -I would call first-they do have a new restaurant in Fredericksburg. I would call and see if the new one is better accessible......
Tom P
the serving size are large..is plate sharing (two people splitting a meal) acceptable?
20 July 2016|
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Response from Bonnie B | Reviewed this property |
My husband and I shared an entrée when we were there 2 weeks ago. Even then, the entrée portion was quite generous, probably 8 ounces or more of meat per person. I asked if there was a shared plate charge and expected one... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5102 S Seminole Trail, Madison, VA 22727
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 540-948-6505
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