11831 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN | Directions 3792235.910626 -84.092512
Much Better – Linderhof is one of my favorite restaurants in K town. I was worried when I first heard about the new ownership change but things have really changed for the better! The restaurant's operations have seemed to have been totally rethought. Long live Linderhof!
a Garbage factory – Well, I hope you don't mind sweating like a rodent in the summer heat and that you planned a good 5 hours for your meal. I am warm-natured, and can't stand to be overly hot in an atmosphere that should be relaxing and comfortable. Both times I've been to this place, it had to have been 80+ degrees in there, probably mostly due to all the other people crammed into a space the size of a bedroom.
So inadequate air conditioning is just where it starts. Every request takes an extremely long time because of inadequate wait staff. Drinks, appetizers, etc. all take a crazy long time. But entrees are ridiculous, taking a couple hours both visits I was there. All this was while my drink stayed empty and sweat beads were forming a little stream down my rib cage and square into my pants.
The reason for 2 stars is that the food has been pretty damn good both times. But I don't really care how good the food is if I'm tortured for hours leading up to it. I admit, I'm not "refined" enough to have travelled the world like some of the other reviewers and been able to parade down the streets of Europe with my dainty parasol, but I have a pretty good idea that Germany knows of the concept of A/C and how to implement it!
The finest dining in Knoxville – My wife and I have traveled and lived all over the world. Restaurant Linderhof is trully the most worldly of all the restaurants in Knoxville. Fabulous place! I have read the reviews. Those who talk negatively about Restaurant Linderhof have no idea what they are talking about. abunch of Knoville hicks if you ask me. They have no class. Restaurant Linderhof provides one with an experience like no other. Authentic German food, Authentic German beer and wine, servers in Lederhosen, a roving accordion player, etc. I could go on and on!
Worst dining experience of our lives, not authentic – Having lived in Germany for two years and having traveled extensively since then throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland, this restaurant is nothing like authentic German restaurants which are run efficiently and serve wonderful tasteful food with good presentation. We have even eaten in establishments near the Linderhof Castle in southern Bavaria and this is a sorry namesake.
The Germans pride themselves on being precise, with good organization and being on time. We arrived hungry at 5:15 PM on Saturday, January 23, 2010, looking forward to some good German cooking, and we walked out after paying for our drinks and appetizer at 8:15 PM, with no meal yet served! The wait was well over 45 between ordering the appetizer and it being served. Another 45 minutes between the soup and the salad, which we had to prod the waitress to please bring to the table. The service was just appalling, no one to buss the tables or make sure you have water in your glass or bread and butter on the table. The appetizer of sausages was nothing to brag about and the salad was not very tasty. The soup was extremely heavy on the pepper and contained only a couple of overcooked beans.
We love German food and being new to the Knoxville area had hoped that the Linderhof would meet our expectations. If you are ever in the Chicago area, the Schnitzel Platz on North Avenue in Glendale Heights is the best we have ever found in the States.
We will never return to the Linderhof and will never recommend anyone else waste their time there. This experience ruined an evening for us.
Real German in East Tennessee! – I found the Linderhof very authentic to German style cuisine and restaurant setting. Traveling all throughout Europe it is well known that German food is surely the most satisfying of all the countries there. The Linderhof quality of food is at least the highest quality of German food I have found here in the United States thus far.
Before I dined at the Linderhof I read all of the reviews just as I do before I dine at any well established restaurant. It is very understandable why someone would write a poor review about the wooden seats or the décor knowing this person has probably never been to Germany and visited an authentic German restaurant. Most of the German restaurants in Germany have wooden benches and the tables are even shared by others or even barely acquaintances. It is also understandable that people will not be satisfied by the food service taking longer. People must understand that all of the dishes in a good German restaurant are made from order and preparations are not done the day before, this insures that every meal reaches the highest level of taste.
I had to wait for the head to dissolve on the beer before the waiter brought it to the table, another normal waiting period for a German establishment. It’s a little quicker at Hooters…
All in all I highly recommend the Linderhof for all who appreciate quality German cuisine. Cheers!
A jewel in Knoxville – This is by far the best restaurant in Knoxville. It's the only real restaurant, where you can have dinner and have an experience, as opposed to just satisfying your hunger.
My wife and I had given up looking for good places to eat, as all restaurants here seem to work like a factory. You get in, a waitress comes smiling with the menu, brings you the drink, comes back in 3 minuets, takes your order, comes back in 30 minutes asking if you care for dessert, and as you say no she pulls out the bill (did she assume I didn't want dessert?). So, dining became a boring experience, with the only purpose of killing your hunger. You realize that they just want you to stay as short a time as possible.
It's the opposite in Linderhof. You have to wait, but you can be talking to the cook, who's a real artisan, the waitress is vey nice, and the food is fabulous. It really tastes like Germany.
Take your time, and enjoy a again the extinct experience of dining out with friends.
Love it! – This is one of my favorite restaurants ever. Anything you pick off the menu is great. Plan to be there for a good two hours. Everything is made to order. Literally. I recommend this restuarant to everyone. If you want a different dinning experience you have found the place to go!
I loved Linderhof! – Linderhof has a truly unique atmosphere. Servers were sweet and polite. We were served a three course meal in a timely fashion. Food was awesome! My husband lived in Germany so he knows good german food; he really enjoyed his meal and so did I. Wish we had Linderhof in Alabama.
A waste of 2 hours on bland food – The hubby and I are foodies and love eating so we make it a point to visit Linderhof 2-3 times a year. We knew what to expect or so we thought but last night will be our last visit. Which I'm fairly happy with since it's not by my suggestion that we visit this establishment. Yes, the service is normally slow so we were expecting it but we weren't prepared for our drink order to take 30 minutes and another hour to get our food. This of course is due to their "not using a microwave or deep fryer." I had the pan fried trout-which I got another 10 minutes after everyone had their food!!! The service is civil but not what you call friendly. And to top it off our daughter's and her friend's water refill was filled with "particales". My guess was cigarrette ashes though our server was suggesting parsley flakes? A pinch of parsley flakes with your water? Complaint ignored. Basically her attitude was, it is what it is, if you don't like it don't come. Perfect solution!
Overall the food is bland, the service SLOW and ambiance on the tacky side.
Do not listen to the reviewers below. – Linderhof is regarded as one of the best German restaurants in the United States. Yes, the service is slow, but that is part of the experience. It is a European restaurant run by Europeans. They have a different concept of dining. Instead of rushing through a meal, cramming your face as fast as possible in order to get home and watch that new TV show, they believe in sitting back, having drinks, and talking with your loved ones. Eating there will take at least two hours, but believe me, the wait is worth it. I recommend the Furstenteller - and wash it down with some Weihenstephaner from the tap.
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