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The Bavarian Lodge

€€ - €€€German, , European
1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL 60532-1501
+1 630-241-4701
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“schnitzel” (47 reviews)
“potato pancakes” (10 reviews)
“apple strudel” (7 reviews)
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German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL 60532-1501
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Reviewed yesterday

Overall, the food here is good. It does seem, however, to be geared towards an older clientele. In other words, it needs more spiciness. I had the sauerbraten, The meat was good, but the gravy was dull.Needed much more flavor, as did the spaetzles. The...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank karin h
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can’t possibly leave hungry. The food is rich and filling. The portions are generous. They have a huge selection of beers and a knowledgeable wait staff. The food here is on par with eating in Munich. I prefer the dining room to the bar...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Danielle S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for Sunday lunch - quieter than the typical evening crowd. Sat in a booth in the bar area (just across from the fireplace which adds to the atmosphere. Great selection of draft and bottled beers - had a very nice Wiessenbier Dunkel (23 oz....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank rgo1968
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the reviews I had pretty high expectations but I was somewhat disappointed. The pretzel appetizer and cheese curd appetizer was very good. The bread was somewhat stale. The cheeseburger was way over cooked. The goulash was very bland. The bbq ribs were just okay....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Karen P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My date and I came over after a visit to The Morton Arboretum. Despite the overflow parking, we were able to get seated right away. I was really surprised at how extensive their beer list was from Belgium, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic- and the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank cday12345
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The service was fantastic as well as the atmosphere. The wine and beer selection is outstanding as well. I had the roasted pork dinner and the pork was very dry. I am sure other items on the menu are very good, but I was disappointed...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 742jamesi
Reviewed 12 December 2018

We had attended the Christkindlmarket in a neighboring town and decided to stay in the same European vein for dinner. The parking lot was packed on a Friday evening but surprisingly our party of 4 was seated immediately. A steaming glass of gluhwein warmed me...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Barbara Z
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

First - the food and service is excellent! We have celebrated his last 15 birthday dinners there. It is always extremely crowded. They do not take reservations, consequently you can wait for hours. I use a walker and it is impossible to be seated in...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Judy K
Reviewed 30 November 2018

Over 20 years we come to this restaurant to enjoy great pork shank (Eisbein in Germany, Schwein Hax'n here) which is really tasty, and staffed cabbage with beer and wine. It is very hard to have Eisbein anywhere except in Germany.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kdoi2017
Reviewed 26 November 2018

Great night out! Great food! And great atmosphere! Thanks for making a memorable night on Sam's Birthday! Everything was fantastic!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank smiledoc6400
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Questions & Answers
20 December 2018|
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Response from Alan T | Property representative |
As the Bavarian Lodge is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, the restaurant will remain closed on New Year's Eve this year.
27 April 2016|
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Response from Alan T | Property representative |
The Schnitzel is pork at the Bavarian Lodge. Other variations are also available with chicken, a mixture or pork and beef, and even a vegetarian option. No veal, however.
13 April 2016|
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Response from Alan T | Property representative |
Generally, the wait for seating starts tapering off after 8pm. The peak time for a wait for seating on a Friday evening is 5:30-8:00pm during the colder months of the year. Waits for seating during the spring and summer... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$22
German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL 60532-1501
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Lisle
  • Phone Number: +1 630-241-4701
  • E-mail
One of Chicago's best places for German dining, coupled with a beer selection that is truly second to none. Rated one of the fifty best "Beer Restaurants" in the world by RateBeer and "Best Beer Bar in America" by USAToday's 10Best for 2017. We feature 39 drafts and over 200 distinctive beer selections in bottles, along with a wine list and full bar selection. Our family has been serving the best German fare in Chicagoland since 1986, and has since developed one of the finest beer selections in all of Chicagoland. We're about honest home-cooked food served in a casual, warm, cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Stop in and see why we're one of the most popular German restaurants and premier beer destinations in the Chicago area. Pay us a visit and we're sure it won't be your last time stopping in!
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