I have visited The Bavarian Lodge several times.
Service at the tables in the bar side has been slow. Lately we have taken to sitting at the bar and it goes much better.
The bartender, Tyler, is always friendly and prompt. She seems to have a true appreciation for the beer as well and offered suggestions based on personal experience. The chairs were comfortable and the rail was in just the right place.
The beer is great. They don’t brew their own, but they have a fantastic selection of Belgian, German, and American specialty beers. There were about 25 different selections on tap, and probably double that in bottles. The biggest problem is trying to decide which ones to try.
The unique selection and imported nature of many of the beers means they come at a premium price. Many of the stronger beers are served in smaller 12oz glasses. For me it is worth it, but if you are looking for cheap beer to guzzle, then look elsewhere.
The food at Bavarian Lodge is good, but nothing to rave about. The concentration on German cooking means that most everything is "brown". Not to say that I don’t like liver dumpling soup, spatzel, sausages, meat in gravy and sauerkraut, but it is, what it is. The beer justifies the long trip from my house. The food helps fill me up in between beers.
The veggie schnitzel was an interesting departure from the traditional menu. The roast duck is also pretty good.
I like the atmosphere at the Bavarian Lodge. It has plenty of dark wood and relatively few TVs. The music is quiet enough to permit conversation.
Overall, I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a great selection of great beer. The crowd is a mix of younger and older and everyone seems to be able to enjoy themselves. I will definitely be back. I just wish it was closer to Bartlett. Then again, if it was, I might never go anywhere else!
I love everything about this place. Just wish it was closer to where i live, but it is well worth the drive. Beer selection is incredible with a constantly rotating tap & bottle list, delicious food & the staff is fantastic. Go there. Go now.
Very good spot. Great food. Free lot parking. 35-40 taps of good beer. Decent bottle selection. 5 oz pours available for about $3, but no flights or tasters. Awesome atmosphere here - one of my favorites for that.
Obviously, I have a problem with the service at this place. First off, truly a great selection of beers that you won’t find at all but a few places around the Chicago area. I just wish they got over themselves and treated customers well.
First story-Went to BL with 6 or 7 friends and had a large tab in the making...Last beer of the night, they poured the wrong beer for my friend. What do you do? You offer the beer free of charge due to your mistake, right? Nope! If you want the wrongly-poured beer, they will charge you...Huh? So, my friend said "no thanks" and asked for the beer he ordered. The bar wench (applicable in this case) took said wrongly poured beer and offered it to the off-duty bar manager sitting at the bar instead. Wow.
Second story-After staying away for a solid year because of first story, I went back last week. Woman next to me was looking for suggestions. Bartender said she’d love a beer he chose for her. Well, she didn’t and asked if she could get another beer to which he replied, "I am still charging you for the first beer, but yes I can get you another beer" Terrible service. She didn’t want to make that mistake again so she asked for a tasting of a beer she was interested in..."We don’t offer samples for free" bartender told her. What?? Charging for tastes is ridiculous. I get it if someone is abusing the system, but obviously this woman just wanted to find a good beer that wouldn’t put her out $50 before she found one! This bar is extremely popular and they are doing gangbuster business. I just can’t go there again.
Why I have waited so long to check this place out? German feel on the outside and the seating, American music, Belgian decor on the walls, warm and friendly. Great beer list, lots of rare stuff and they allow 5oz samples, however only 2 per person. The food was outstanding, best German food in Chicago, not even close. Get the braised sweet and sour red cabbage for sure. The only downside this trip was the service. She was flightly, not knowledgeable or overly friendly. Couldn’t tell if she was just new or incompetent. Must stop.
icehawk (26) Mount Pleasant, South Carolina | October 18, 2013
Love this place. Great beer selection, staff and patrons that know and love their beer. Staff seems to really take pride in serving great beer. Very comfortable feel, and just a well run establishment.
A new staple close to where I lay my head, this bar and restaurant is one of the premier beer venues in the Chicagoland area. A great taplist, a gorgeous bar, and really good food menu. The events Alan throws are usually top notch and always more unique than a lot of the other places around (Cask Events, Brewery Takeovers, etc.). The Black Forest Burger and Goulash are a couple of my favorites with a great diverse taplist and a great bottle list as far as selection and ability to grab some beer that may not last long in the area. The prices are a bit on the high side but often times it is worth it. Great place.
Damayor (2) , | September 20, 2012| Updated January 10, 2013
The best beer selection in the Western burbs if not all of Chicago. Great food too.
Odd, thought I had already rated this. It’s a pretty great spot when out in Lisle, offering plenty of beer selection. The food does leave a bit of something to be desired. In terms of value it’s pretty solid, not over priced but not a loss leader. Good rotation, good events, good ambiance. Solid spot.