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The Bavarian Chef

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$$ - $$$
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5102 S Seminole Trail, Madison, VA 22727
+1 540-948-6505
Wed - Fri 16:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 21:00
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Rehweiler, Germany
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The restaurant is cute but sad that it could not have incorporated a mountain view to be more Bavarian. The food is delicious with huge portions even though a bit high priced. The vegetables are delicious but wish they could use warmers to keep them hot. Sadly, there is not a great German wine selection.

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Clifton, Virginia
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited several years ago, and it is still a wonderful restaurant to enjoy traditional German food. We will be back!

Thank pkh213
Charlottesville, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been going to the Bavarian Chef for many many years. Jerome's food is always dependably delicious and he is always a wonderful host!!!

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Bedford, Indiana
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We saw it on the way to visit a relative and was happy to find out later that it was ranked #1 in Madison. Food was so yummy. Restaurant was cozy and well-decorated. It seems the restaurant is very famous in the area so you should call for reservation. The food portion is huge. We had honey walnut shrimps for... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

As someone who studies Germany and has lived there, this was absolutely NOT authentic food or even good food. It left much to be desired. The French onion soup was good but the meal went downhill from there. The ambiance is good but can't make up for an uninspired menu and poor execution of the dishes.

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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

While you may wonder about this restaurant from the log cabin facade you will be more than pleasantly surprised. They have been in this family business for many years in the piedmont area of Virginia. Between Culpeper and Charlottesville. We went for a Birthday dinner and will definitely be back. There are two dining rooms upstairs is more family and... More 

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Terrell, North Carolina
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is the place to go if you miss the art of European cooking -- or if you need to have your swoon over the taste and consistency of food calibrated. We have visited this little piece of heaven for 30 years -- with lots of family of all ages and good friends who ave lived in Germany -- and... More 

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Reva, Virginia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is a special treat! I've eaten here with my family/large groups for many years and each time the food is always delicious. I love their delightful red pepper & crab soup as well as the escargot. Of the vegetable sides the creme corn is my favorite. Their variety of Belgian beer is outstanding. My favorite main dish, I cannot... More 

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Nellysford, VA
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424 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Authentic Bavarian cuisine in a haus atmosphere, with costumed waitstaff and creative menu. The meatloaf is more like a ham sandwich but is unique. The huge portions of weiner schnitzel lasted for three meals--especially with the delicious vegetables. I loved the glazed carrots. My husband ordered the pork chops and they came with a delicious apple compote. Do order the... More 

Thank ChefGeorge1
Culpeper, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 8 February 2017

The rolls were burnt and room temperature. The veal was only about an 1/8" thick, with heavy breading, which made it look like before. The zucchini side dish only had 3 pieces of zucchini, the rest was tomato mush and onions. The creamed corn was identical to canned creamed corn from the grocery store. The Wiener schnitzel used to have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
German, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5102 S Seminole Trail, Madison, VA 22727
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 540-948-6505

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?