Orlando >Food & Dining > Bauern-Stube Authentic German Restaurant
8015 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL | Directions 3280928.453194 -81.363861
Mon. - Sat. 11am - 2pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Pine Castle
Not Authentic at all! – Save your money and stay away from this supposed authentic German food restaurant. Having been raised in Germany (our mom and family is German) for the greater portion of my life, I know 100% what German food should taste AND look like. We visited this location as a surprise dinner for our mom's birthday. I knew we were in trouble from the get-go because after being approached by the only waitress in the dining room, she merely pointed to a table across the room letting us know to take a seat. As an FYI, a 15% gratuity is included in your bill regardless the size of your party. Our waitress came off less than enthused to be working, so you can imaging the level of service we received.
Our table studied the menu, which in fairness was written in German with English translation. Since our group wanted to get the full effect of what was being offered, we all picked different items off the menu. Dinner portions come with choice of potato (mashed, boiled, scallop) or noodle (Speatlze) and choice of cabbage (Red, White or Sauerkraut) Side salads like German style potato or cucumber are extra. Our mom not thinking anything of it ordered her meal speaking German. The waitress looked at her like she was from another planet. Obviously the waitress had no idea what was said. She tried to cover by saying that if the entrée(s) isn’t something that is ordered often, she doesn’t know what the English translation is?? Are you kidding me? Why even bother having a dual language menu when your staff doesn’t even know the language!!
Our food came out in a relatively decent amount of time. No frill presentation whatsoever. My dish called a Jeagerschnitzle (Hunter Cutlet with a mushroom and onion gravy) was served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. Right away I knew this was NOT the Jeagerschnitzle that I remembered from Germany. The gravy which is the main focus of the dish, wasn’t even a brown reduction sauce as it should be. It was clear, gelatinous-like with a few pieces of sliced mushroom. The mashed potato had an odd aftertaste, not pleasant. The sauerkraut was mixed with a substance that none of us on the table could figure out. I’ve had better Sauerkraut from labels you can get at Publix in the jar or package. Our mom ordered the Fleischkaese (German style meatloaf) with boiled potato and red cabbage. Hers actually looked the most appealing. The meatloaf served with a fried egg, tasted pretty close to the real thing. Unfortunately the red cabbage seasoning (usually a sweeter taste) tasted too much like clover and other strong spices to be enjoyed. My brother ordered a noodle casserole which was supposed to have had black forest ham and baked with cheese. The ham pieces were barely visible and according to my brother the cheese tasted like Provolone. I don’t know too many Germans who use Italian Provolone in their cooking?? His food was bland and the side order of Speatzle was nothing to brag about. My brother’s wife’s dish was just as horrible and all she had was your basic Wienerschnitzle (Vienna cutlet) – which if cooked correctly is supposed to be a veal cutlet NOT PORK as it was here.
Our waitress checked on us one time during the whole meal; so if you need a refill or anything else, make sure you get her attention BEFORE. At this point we were all steaming over the fact that we would be charged the 15% gratuity although the service and quality of food was nowhere near the tip.
Having to wait for what seemed another eternity for our waitress to clear the table, we unanimously let her know that we would not be having dessert and wanted the bill. I don’t know what parts of Germany some of the other foodies who critiqued this restaurant lived, visited etc but take my word this place does not even come close to authentic. Save your money and go fly to Germany for the real thing!!
Outstanding restaurant in Orlando – This is an great place for an enjoyable, relaxing time with great food and wonderful service. My wife and I celebrated our 21st anniversary here, our second visit.
The restaurant medium to small sized, brightly lit, and full of memorabilia and kitsch. There is also a subtle, small section of wall labeled, "The Soldier's Place" with pictures, postcards, news clippings, and notes, all from military fans.The clientele included many young families and couple, and few of us "other." You will be comfortable in shorts, clean jeans, or slacks, or in "Pokeys," as my wife calls polos and khakis.
Bauer-Stube is the antithesis of a chain restaurant and reminds us of what "family owned" is all about. Every guest seems to be treated like family - in a good way. The owner brings little extras, maybe a little goulash to dip your bread in before dinner arrives, or small whipped-cream strawberry schnapps after dinner.
The restaurant offers 5 or 6 good draft beers, and several bottled, but it's not one of those places where you choose from 200 different style. IMHO, a half-litre of Warstein is just perfect while you await your meal. You will be reminded of how nice it is to enjoy a quality, properly chilled beer from a mug instead of from a bottle or a thin glass.
Inexpensive enough for frequent visits, and special enough for special occasions.
All the food we've tried has been great.
Love the potato pancakes, the Wurst platter, the liver and dumpling soup.
The Eisbein pork leg is amazing. The owner even volunteered to remove the skin and fry it up for Cracklin'. Yum.)
The Black Forest cake is authentic and delicious.
I've read a couple of bad reviews, which amaze me. I lived several years in Berlin, and I know about good German food.
I really can't say enough about this place.
Best German Food in Central Florida – I'm not a big German food fan, but my inlaws are. I agreed to go here because I love authentic German beer.
I must say that I was thoroughly impressed. The owner, Barbara, came out to our table and greeted us. She made sure we understand all of the menu options and answered any questions we had.
The food was outstanding and the 5 varieties of german draft beer were even more outstanding.
The environment was very comfortable and the owner was very hospitable.
A very enjoyable German restaurant experience for a non German-food fan.
Great German Food - Definite Recommend – Before I start my review, I'd like to state that I have a fascination for German food. My wife who happens to be German and was brought up on German and Czech foods made by women who spoke German as a first language KNOWS German food. Over the last decade we've visited German restaurants in the Midwest, East Coast, West Coast, and South. The German restaurants we don't like are the ones that try to cater to everyone including the fries and ketchup crowd. We like it when they keep to their roots and stay true to traditional and authentic German culinary disciplines. With that said, here is my review:
It's nice to visit a German stand-alone restaurant that keeps the traditional look and feel. It has a cute take on German exterior styling less some of FL's vegetation. The interior is cozy yet spacious with an Old World feel. I'd recommend that they hike the A/C two degrees because I thought it was a bit chilly. The menu is not over the top which is good because I think if a menu gets too big there's no emphasis on specialties. If you look at the prices, they are reasonable for what you are getting... including cloth napkins rather than paper.
So how's the food? Initially I was hesitant since there were two bad reviews. Thankfully I took the plunge! The food is EXCELLENT. The sauerkraut was perfect, the red cabbage with the mild taste of anise was wonderful, the potato dumplings were tasty... One of the reviews said the food was bland?!? I completely disagree - it's flavored and seasoned just right. My wife and I swapped plates twice because we enjoyed each of our selections of Hungarian Goulash and Bratwurst plate. As for dessert... at other restaurants I've had Apfelstrudel, Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, Haselnusstorte, and Rahmapfelkuchen. This time I tried the multilayer chocolate cake and my wife had a chocolate covered... I forget the names... It was great!
Service was friendly.
PS. Don't ask for ketchup, mayo, or french fries!!!
Authentic German food and beer – The atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming as soon as you enter. Take a few minutes to examine the various decorations on the wall. It feels more like being inside somebody's home than inside a restaurant.
Our waitress was very friendly and helped me pick out a very tasty German wheat beer. My friends said we had to have the potato pancakes, so we ordered those as appetizers. I ordered the schnitzel with saurkraut and dumplings as my entree.
Before long the potato pancakes arrived and they were wonderful! Hot and golden brown, with sour cream and applesauce on the side - delicious. I suggest adding both the sour cream and the applesauce.
It tooks a little while for the entrees to arrive, but between the beer and the accordian player and the relaxed conversation it wasn't a bad wait. The schnitzel I ordered came with a paprika/onion sauce that was really nice. The saurkraut is very tasty; not at all like what you g et on a hot dog. The portions were quite large, so we wound up eating a bit more than we should.
All in all, a great experience and I can't wait to go back.
sad place – YOU GUYS THERE HONESTLY YOU KNOW THIS IS NOT REAL WHAT YOUR SERVING THE FOOD IS C--P THE SERVICE WELL FORGET IT ALL THEY ARE INTRESTED IN IS THEIR TIPS NOT WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE I'M GERMAN BORN AND LET ME TELL YA MY FOLKS NEVER COOKED FOOD LIKE THIS EVEN IN EURPOE THERE IS A SIMILAR RECEIPE IN THE INGREDIENTS NOT AT THIS PLACE IT NEEDS TO RE-THINK ITS MENUE AND IF IT CANT THEN CLOSE THE DOORS THE PLACE IS LIKE AN ADULT KINDERKARTEN TERRIBLE TERRIBLE PLACE
WE WILL NEVER EVER VISIT THERE AGAIN AND I WILL POST AS MANY AS I CAN COMPLAINTS TO FRIENDS AS WELL
Felt like home – This place is the best. I took my husband for his birthday and they sang Happy Birthday to him. The food is great, the place makes you feel like you are at home in Germany, the staff is great and so nice. Even our 10 yr and 4 yr old loved it.
Perfect example of authentic German dining at it's best – Went to this place on a friend's advice; we got there a bit early and had traveled 120 miles, but the owner invited us in and offered us beer service; the kitchen wasn't ready for serving dinner, but that was fine with us. We tried 3 different kinds of good German beer and all three were fantastic. When you go to Germany and order ein mas, you get a liter; expect to drink the liter and not complain it's too much beer. If you are expecting Coors or Bud light, go someplace else. We left after quenching out thirsts and were invited back later for dinner.; as it worked out, we were able to do just that. The service was friendly, the atmosphere was fantastic as folks from other tables joined in on our conversations having just come from a football game; anyone with a birthday was serenaded in song; the music was nice; it did not overpower the conversation which happens in most places today. This was typical of German atmosphere you'd find all over Germany. The food was hot, the portions were more than expected, and the quality was great. We did not ask for anything on the menu that they didn't have on hand. All 5 of my companions were thoroughly satisfied and vowed that we will return and bring others. One of them lives in Berlin and is bringing his wife on his next visit. Definately worth the experience. Will make it a point to stop in again. The bere alone is worth the visit. Prost!
Our Dinner at the Bauernstube – Sorry to say, this was our 3rd time there, all three of them alike. We've invited friends for the saturday night outing, the table was ready for us upon arrival..The Waitress came over had taken our beer order, and then decided what to eat. We started with two orders of Potatoe Pancakes, (six cakes all together) I've been in Germany many, many times never had I Pancakes like these. To thick, hardly browned on each side, it really tasted like warmed mashed potatoes. We each had one, and the rest of them we've left. The last time we were there the same pancakes were burned around the edges, hard as a rock. Now we've ordered supper. Our friends and my Wife ordered Wiener Schnitzel, I had asked for the "Gemischte Kaseplatte" sorry, we don't have this anymore came the reply. "Gemischte Wurst Platte", sorry we don't have that anymore. I tried to order Goulash, the Waitress shook her head and said, "No, you don't want that.
So, I ordered Wiener Schnitzel and was just as disappointed as my friends, half of it went back. My Bratkartoffel were nothing to write home about, really don't know what it was, no taste.
The menues itself looked great, but what good is that if half the things not there anymore. We will try again-but it will be a long time before we will have the guts to do it. I must say, the beer was very good. The glasses a little big for me (1/2 liter) it's gotten a bit warm once I got about half way. All in all, a disappointing evening.
food is tasteless and service is terrible – Service is terrible and food isn't much better. They add service charges to your bill and there is nothing you can do about it. They change prices on items and do not change in menu or let you know. If you like to go where the food is tasteless the service is bad and they ripe you off then this is the place for you. If you like good food and great service then stay away.
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