Mesa >Food & Dining > Bavarian Point Restaurant
Excellent German food and beer. The food was incredible! The beer was great! After dinner, we went to the bar and had more to drink and celebrated with the friendly people there. Highly recommend you visit.
Closest to Deutschland from coast to coast.
I lived in Germany for 13 years in the Hunsruck and Eifel regions and consider myself a raging fan of German fare. The Bavarian Point is reminiscent of many a Gasthaus I've entered - not posh or pretentious, but simply comfortable and inviting. Anyone with a good nose will quickly overlook the austere setting and revel in the aromas drifting from the kitchen.
When I first sat down and eyed the menu I had to unashamedly wipe a tear from my eye when I discovered they had Bitburger Pilsner on tap - along with numerous other beers. The tears just kept flowing when I read off those familiar -albeit misspelled- menu items from my tenure in Deutschland. Cordon Bleu, jaeger schniztel, wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerbraten - the litany of guttural and rolling "r's" in my mind's eye were sweeter than any lullaby ever sang!
I've visited the Bavarian Point on three occasions now, and I've always ordered the cordon bleu - it's just too delectable and I refuse to pass up a good thing. Portions are immense - leave your weight watcher's book at home - and there's ample savoriness on your plate to share tidbits with your table guests without remorse.
Service is delightfully slow - allowing you ample time to sip on a liter of your favorite nectar and enjoy the lost art of conversation and public laughter. The appetizers may stray from the traditional - but not glaringly so - and only add appeal to a truly delightful repast. Choose anything on the menu without fear - although I highly recommend the cordon bleu or any of the schnitzel's. And even if you swear your stomach will rupture - order dessert and share it with your friends.
Wear your biggest pants, leave your cares and pompous pretense outside the door and prepare yourself for a delightful dining experience that will leave you stuffed, sated and begging for more. Your personal trainer may chastise you - but the God's of gluttony will embrace your willing sacrifice.
Bland Food. OK, so Germany is not exactly considered exotic cuisine, but this place takes the term "bland" to new hights. The food is boring, tasteless and fatty. I am German, and it is embarrassing that this is what some consider German food. I also question the cleanliness. I thought their red cabbage was OK, though, as was the beer. Prost!
DO NOT GO HERE!. EXTREMELY OVERPRICED AND FOOD IS TERRIBLE! PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. TRUST ME IF YOU GO HERE YOU WILL BE DISSAPOINTED.
I Still Dream About My DELICIOUS Meal!!!!.
After reading all the reviews I had to write my own:
After hearing about Bavarian Point we decided to invite another couple and check it out. We went on a Saturday night, around 8 pm. Bavarian Point is located in a nondescript, Mesa strip mall. For a Saturday I didn't think it was too crowded. We had a very short wait and were seated in a booth. I have to say, the decor is almost blasphemous. There is paneling on the walls and I'm not sure if it had wagon wheel lights, but it wouldn't be a stretch to say there were. However, after sitting in my booth and looking around I found it disturbingly comforting to be there. If I closed my eyes I could almost imagine it was 1975, Main Street, in Somewhere City, Iowa and my grandparents were taking me out to dinner. When I opened my eyes I saw lots of grandparent-type patrons, so, I just went with that odd train of thought and the decor became less of a liability.
Right from the start, everything we had was good, the beer, the appetizers, the salad. Then we had our meals.....and it all went from good to "oh my goodness, this is so good I can't stop moaning in public.". Like I said, I'm no connoisseur - but from someone who really likes German / Bavarian Food this stuff tasted absolutely, unbelievably delicious. Everyone at my table was eating and moaning and sighing and dishing up tastes to everyone else because we all just needed to share our plate full of goodness. Now, I don't care for bratwurst. It's fatty and just not my thing. But they have bratwurst that didn't even resemble a brat. It was something a little more heavenly, a little more tender, leaner, more delicious and oh please just one more!
If you want hip, aesthetic pleasing, if you want a place to take a foodie then this isn't for you. But if you can embrace the 1970's decor and you like absolutely yumminess - then this is the restaurant to visit. It's been over a year and we're STILL talking about our meal!
Too Funny. OK my wife and son were both born in Germany. I lived there for quite a few years also. We go back at least 2 times a year to visit. My mother-in-law was a career chef in a fairly famous restaurant in the Huhnsruck. Her cooking is way better than most places anywhere. The food at Bavarian point isn't Helga's cooking, but it isn't bad either. The one lady had it right the food is really good for Arizona. If you like Mrs. Paul's fish sticks and macaroni and cheese then please go to Red Lobster. or some other chain. (Do you see an Ocean around?) If you like home made European food made by a fairly talented Austrian Chef (that is a sore loser at drinking games) and maybe some real German spirits. (Asbach and Cola, ApfelKorn, Real German beer from a keg) Pay a few bucks more than El Pollo in the Box and get some decent eats. Fat guys always know where to get good food! P.S. If you keep going to those corporate places these small stores will close forever.
Extremely Poor Service--Better than adequate food. I have waited to write this review because I wanted to give the restaurant a fair shake. On a scale of 0 - 10, with 10 being absolute bliss, I would rate the food as an 8. I have never had a bad meal there, although the salad bar is a little bland. I have eaten there in the neighborhood of 20 times over the past few years and truly enjoyed being there--but I probably will not go back for a while. The reason is extremely poor service! As an earlier reviewer stated, they are sometimes busy and sometimes short-staffed. However, on my last three visits the customer service was horrendous. On one occasion I waited at a table and was never approached by a waitress (the restaurant was medium busy); on my last occasion, the waitress took and brought food and drink orders and then disappeared. It took another waitress to find her, and even then the other waitress brought my check so I could leave. There were three people in the restaurant. When I approached the manager, he stated that if people didn't tip when they got bad service, then maybe the service would improve. My response is that I will not go back until the service improves!
Germans are indeed known for their food. Ever been to Germany?. Ok. The previous review is just plain odd. Germans not known for their food?? What planet are they from? My husband lived in Germany for 4 years, we've been to Germany, and I grew up in Milwaukee and was raised on old fashioned German cooking. Bavarian Point can't really compare to some of the great German restaurants I knew back in the Midwest, or to just going to Germany for the real thing. But for Arizona, it's pretty good. We love the Sauerbraten. Now, this is a local joint. It's not fancy, the decor is dated, and they tend to be short staffed so if it's busy, the service can be very slow. It's also a tish bit on the expensive side running $15-20 per plate. That being said, it's still one of our favorite places. It's the closest thing you're gonna find in metro Phoenix. And the salad bar is yummy. But, if you don't like German food, you won't like this place. The pickled veggies, tart sauces, and sausages can be an acquired taste.
German From Germany Says The Worst!!!. My mother-in-law is from Germany.... she wanted to go here after she saw the newspaper ads that this was the best German food in Arizona. Even I know the Germans are not know for their food, if they are able to put together anything that is eatable... it would be cake/deserts. Well, if this is the best German restaurant in Arizona.... oh my God... don't bother to go to any German restaurants. My mother-in-law would not know good food if it bit her you know where. Her favorite restaurant is Red Lobster. Well.... she will eat anything and she said it was horrible and never wanted to come back. There was absolultely nothing good about this place........ it did not even look clean. Absolutely terrible.
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