Cary >Food & Dining > Bavarian Brat House of Cary
6464 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC | Directions 2751835.745424 -78.762587
Great atmosphere, very good food – My wife and I have been to the Bavarian Brat House 3 times. The first time we got brats, which were very good. The second time we were a little more adventurous and she got the drunken chicken and I got the roast beef (can't remember the exact name). The drunken chicken was really good, and the beef was ok, but a little dry. The third time we tried the schnitzels, which were fantastic. The sides are refreshingly different and tasty, and the beer selection is also all German, which forced me to try some brews I normally would not (but they ended up being really good.) We also got some goulash for my son, which was a huge portion and was very good. The atmosphere is very welcoming and tastefully done. BTW - I recommend getting the homemade mustard - it's really good (on almost everything). Overall it's a little pricey, but I'm willing to pay a little extra for the unique experience and all scratch-made food. The lunch portions are huge and are ~$10 less than dinner, so you may want to try that first.
Looking forward to going back.
Very average food and service – I researched this resturant online and my boyfriend and I knew exactly what we wanted. I was taking him here for his birthday. There was not a section of the menu that was labeled "lunch"; either on line or at the resturant. The item my boyfriend wanted (a reuben!) was not available during dinner time; no amount of pleading or explaining that it was a special occasion would budge them. I had the regular and garlic brats; they were good, but not any better than the ones I've cooked on the grill myself. I could not tell a difference in the tastes of these two items. Basically, in my opinion, they ruined my special dinner for him. We will not be back.
Interesting, to say the least – I have been to the Brat House 3 times -- twice with just my husband and our friend, and a third time with a group (including my husband and said friend). The first time we went, my husband ordered a flight of beer and was very pleased with what he sampled. I made the mistake of ordering the rabbit, which was about $24. At first our server (who was a very strange gentleman that liked to tell stories that went nowhere) told me they were out of the rabbit. Fine, I was happy to order a brat like the rest of the table. He comes back a few minutes later and tells me the chef has 'pulled a magic rabbit out of his hat' and is in the process of making it for me. Alright-y then. So when my rabbit came, the entire plate was smothered in a red sauce that wasn't very impressive. The dumpling was tasteless, and the red cabbage was not what I expected it to be. Perhaps I grew up on something different.
So the next time we went, I was smarter and ordered one of the homemade brats. What a difference! I ordered the curry brat and was very pleased. I also ordered the spaetzle instead of the kraut, and have become addicted to it.
This last time we went, it was for our friend's birthday. He and his family arrived at 8, and a group of us were going to meet him at the bar at 9. When we all finally made it to the bar (closer to 9:20 at this point), our friend and his family still had not received their food! So we sat in a completely different area of the restaurant from them and ordered our food, which came out at about the same time his did. Once again, I ordered the curry brat and spaetzle and stuffed myself beyond comfort. My husband has always enjoyed the beer selection.
All in all, very good food (if you order right!) and interesting staff.
Too expensive for what it is – $22 for schnitzel ?? come on. get real.
Great German Food, Great Beer Selection – We have eaten here twice, once right after it opened and once in Sept 2009. We had great experiences both times, didn't have to wait for a table, and had excellent, knowledgeable servers. The bratwursts are awesome; they are homemade and delicious, and the bread they are served with is really good and crusty. The Schnitzels are also very good, but I think they're a little expensive - but they do give very generous servings. The beer selection is great; lots to choose from and you can order any size from a glass to a liter stein! We have been recommending this place to everyone and are taking some out-of-town guests there this weekend. I'm so glad there is finally a German restaurant in Cary, and a good one to boot!
Extremely slow service – On 9/28 we went in without a reservation, but the greeters were very friendly and seated us in a booth in the bar area which was fine. The waitress was slow, walked off while we were trying to order. Another person came finally and took our order. She returned about 10 minutes later to confirm the order. After that we never saw her again. After about 30 minutes we just walked out. I left enough money to cover the meal on the table, but I have never walked out on a restuarant in my life, but this was inexcuseable. They were not all that busy. I rated them one-star only because we were greeted by a friendly staff. I would have emailed them instead of writing this, but they have no email published and their phone only gets a recorded message. My recommendation: Go elsewhere.
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