Well, it wasn't like I hadn't been warned. I searched the board and the consensus was unanimous. Beautiful decorations and fair to poor food.
We were early for our Noon reservations, walked in the door only to be thrown out. The door wasn't supposed to be opened. Ok, not the warmest welcome but we're still in a good mood. I'm with my parents, my husband and our two girls. This was our second time here and we have lovely memories of last year. Must have been the beer.
The service was slow. Although we were the first of 5 groups seated, we got our food last. Something that is mildly annoying to myself but can drive my parents crazy. The tables are very closely placed together. The whole restaurant is quite tight, which can translate to cozy unless you're at the end like my Dad and got hit with everyone walking to and fro from the kitchen and the bathroom.
We decide to split 2 orders of potato pancakes between the six of us. We found them to be quite heavy. I asked for ketchup for my 8 yr old and the server tells me to just have her try them without it she'll like it. Thinking he misunderstood, I ask again and he just says I'll bring it later if she needs it. I thought it was amusing. These things are one step above a tater tot and I'm getting an attitude. Our local family place makes these much better; they certainly didn't have crème fraiche and caviar on top.
My parents order 2 pilsners and I take the dark brew. Both very good and very large. My husband gets a very chewy prime rib with instant mashed potatoes. My daughters split a roast chicken leg with instant mashed potatoes. Take a leg and bake. Absolutely nothing to recommend this. My Dad gets a sausage platter with sauerkraut. It was good. Certainly nothing to take a cab 25 blocks for.
My mom and I get the schnitzel with mushrooms. What I got was some veal, sautéed, not breaded, a thin cream sauce with canned mushrooms on top. It certainly wasn't schnitzel which is, to my knowledge, supposed to be thinly pounded then breaded and fried. The spaetzel was tasteless. The plain green beans were barely cooked and inedible.
We couldn't wait to leave. For the potato pancakes, 5 entrees and 7 beers the total was $260.
I would follow the recommendations of an earlier poster. Go in, have a beer, see the decorations and leave. If you feel you must eat here, please do what the table next to us did. Get the sausage platter and split it.
This was just my experience but based on that we will never go back.