Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant

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$30 and under
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German
For family-style dining with offerings of Old World flare, visit the restaurant at Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The venue offers seasonally available fare made from scratch daily. Dish options at Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth include Family-Style Chicken dinners, traditional German dishes, as well as many locally grown Michigan products. All dinner options come with bread, noodle soup, pasta salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, buttered noodles and much much more.

Visit Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth for lunch as well to satisfy your midday cravings. Lunch specials can include lighter fare plate style meals, soups, salads, and specialty sandwiches. Lunch menus available on request any time of day or evening.
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KC
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were not that impressed with the restaurant or food. The service started off very slow. The food was expensive for what it was. A lot of cold dishes that were just ok (coleslaw, very orange zest tasting cranberry relish, pasta salad, cucumbers were good) and nasty squash that tasted worse than baby food. fried chicken was just ok, I don't undertand why it is their famous chicken, roast beef sauce was overly sweet. Plain old white bread, nothing great. I am sure a lot of people like this food, if you aren't a big foodie and like to eat, it would be a good place but for foodie's like us, nothing great and not worth the money. We had a party of 5, which included a childs mac and cheese which was gross as well as it had a funky seasoning. First time my daughter has not eaten mac and cheese some place.

JK
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I left a review at the restaurant, but I will type it up here too. Our family travels from the Toledo area to Frankenmuth every October to sort of kick off our Christmas season. The family meal at your restaurant is always a tradition. The food was wonderful, as usual (although my granddaughter DID miss the chicken pasta salad!) And it was a nice surprise when our server from last year -- Kam -- recognized us as we walked in! We asked to have him take care of us, and he made it a very fun experience. The accordian player was also very friendly and entertained us, and chatted with us. It was so simple to make a reservation online. I never did that before. When I had to change it because some of the family couldn't come, that was very simple too. And I really appreciated the friendly reminder the day before. The next day we had lunch in the sandwich shop, and there was Kam again! So much fun! We are all looking forward to next year already!

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service, as always! This is such a unique and special place, and I look forward to returning.

SI
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bavarian Inn is a quaint Bavarian style restaurant in the equally quaint town of Frankenmuth. Food is great and the atmosphere, although aimed at families, caters well to adults too. The Chicken Dinners are famous and definitely worth having. Book ahead on open table as there was a large line when we were there. Recommend it for food (taste and quality) and atmosphere.

ME
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with excellent service. Food options are limited however is a great German restaurant.

BB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was great also. We walked in and said we have a reservation and Was in our booth in a couple of minutes.

EW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going for 9 years on our yearly visit and have never been disappointed!!

OT
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. The food was very good and plentiful.

OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Family Style...better food choices than competition, and the side items were more tasty. Still expensive for the type of simple foods (fried chicken, fried pork loin, and fried veal.

SI
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went up fir my birthday, and as always the Bavarian Inn Restaurant was delightful!!!

KB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Service couldn’t ask for anything more

SN
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I was disappointed because I made 12:00 reservations and my party wasn't seated until 12:25. The main hostess and I believe one of your managers did not seem concerned about the fact that the room that was supposed to be open at 12 wasn't opened. They were talking to each other and ignoring the customers. When I complained about the fact that it was 25 minutes past my reservation time, they said some rooms don't open at the same time. When I asked why I was given a table for 12 in a room that wasn't opened, the manager said she would go find out what was going on. She returned and said the hostess was coming from upstairs. When she showed up 10 min. later, she took another 5 fussing with papers. It was quite disappointing.

LZ
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love dining here! Food is delicious and plentiful. Service was excellent.

CJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Nothing has changed in 50 years and the food and décor bring back many good childhood memories of our visits to Frankenmuth.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Terribly disappointed with the fried chicken dinner. Seems like you care more about quantity than quality. The chicken tasted like chicken bullion and was greatly overpriced.

SW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family get together, lots of fun and great food

CP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service we had was horrible. Food cold and overpriced. Chairs extremely uncomfortable especially for someone with a disability. Portions ridiculously small for four adults. Food tasteless and presentation poor. And again server did not appear to want to be bothered. When asked to bring more, had to wait at least 10 minutes, and food luke warm or cold. Potatoes appeared to be instant and tasted like cardboard. So very disappointed since we have always made Bavarian Inn our top choice for over forty years. It was the worst experience to date since coming to Bavarian Inn. Server needs retraining and prices over the top for prepared frozen chicken.

DC
Detroit
80 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Waitress was a bit argumentative and abrupt, NOT friendly like most of their waitstaff. I definitely tipped her too much (30% of meals before coupon).

This is the at least the THIRD TIME in a row we’ve had a horrible experience there. Even though we clearly requested on our open table reservation to be seated in the quietest possible area, our request was not accommodated.

I was seated 2 feet from a child, not wearing headphones, with the volume cranked up as he watched something with LOUD AUDIO on a smart phone. Next, a party was set next to us for a party of ten women - they were anything but quiet. Finally, the party behind my husband had two children, one of whom was loud and crying. Two tables just past them also had screaming children.

Maybe families with young children could all be seated in one room so the rest of the diners don’t have to listen to them screaming, crying and playing loud audio on their electronic devices.

My husband is hard of hearing and having his disability ignored makes our meals really unpleasant and difficult!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Must say the sides were excellent. Squash and sauerkraut were amazing

JC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Did not order the family style, people beside us had it and honestly did not look too appealing for the price.

Ordered a salad and the dressing was so strong with vinegar that could only eat half.

Ordered dessert, carrot cake and it was just okay!

Great atmosphere and service but would not go back.

S
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our meal at the Bavarian Inn. We had a private room for our party which made our occasion extra special. Kiki was our server and did a great job.

RL
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food is ok. We mainly went for the ambiance and nostalgia.

CF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were very disappointed in the dinner. The Wiener Schnitzel was not good.
Our waiter was very kind and helpful though.

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The pork schnitzel was good. Fried chicken was pretty but wasn’t moist or flavorful. The stuffing was bland. Mashed potatoes were okay. The atmosphere was fun and waiters in old Bavarian costume was as well.

AK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food - we had a chicken plate dinner and a sausage combo with potato salad & red cabbage. Ample quantity and great flavors.
With reservation, no wait for a table. Our waitress was indeed a "Starr". Price great for the food & overall experience.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

We're so glad to hear you're a fan of Bavarian Inn Restaurant! Thank you for supporting our business and sharing your thoughts!

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING service OUTSTANDING food FANTASTIC selection of dishes.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for the review, we always appreciate comments from our guests!

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1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Servers were too busy, would take 20-30 minutes between asking for basic things like water or a fork to get it. My father's food was cold which was sad bc we were there for his birthday but he didn't want to wait another 30-40 minutes for it to get remade. I never finished my second mixed drink bc it came just before dessert. Please hire more servers or seat less people at a time. It was ridiculous. We couldn't wait around to say anything bc my son is a toddler and it was his bed time so we had to go.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

We are very sorry for the disappointment you had with your visit. We at Bavarian Inn Restaurant pride ourselves in creating enjoyable experience for our guests and we do greatly apologize that the service you had was not to our usual standards. Please, if you have time, we would like to know more about your visit. If you could give us a call at 989-652-9941 and ask to speak to a Manager on Duty we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance!

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I've grown up visiting Frankenmuth and the Bavarian. We had a group of about 25 people that met after work for dinner and we chose Bavarian. What used to be a very cool place to dine and had great has turned into mediocre at best with terrible service.

We reserved at table for 6pm and were sat promptly. Salads and soup came out promptly and we were finished with those about 640pm. Our waiter was no where to be found or seen after that. At 740pm one of our guests went out to the greeter to inquire about the rest of our meal and when it would arrive as it it had been so long. Shortly after our waiter and the rest of the meal appeared. No one came to refill drinks or water, most of us were without drinks from the rest of the meal.

Everything was LUKE warm at best from start to finish. Soup was barely warm. They've changed their stuffing, it was disgusting. No flavor, tasted like eating soggy bread with no seasoning. The chicken was delicious.

Honestly, after our experience I doubt anyone in our party with be back. It's sad, used to be such a great place to dine but it appears they've decided to lower the quality of their food and staff yet raise prices. It's just not worth the almost $30 a person to eat anymore.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for letting us know about your visit. I'm sure if you have been coming to dine with us for so many years, this visit was unusual and not the normal quality and flavor you have come to appreciate. If you would like to discuss your visit we would appreciate hearing from you. Please call and ask for a Manager on Duty at your earliest convenience. It is important to us that you look forward to returning. 989-652-9941 Thank you again.

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KP
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have been here many times and the food is always good and very abundant but our server, for the first time ever, was very unattentive and we waited more 10-15 minutes for him to come back to our table to ask about refills. We could see he was setting up for a large group in a separate room and dropped a tray of dishes and that is the point where we lost him. We waited for 15 minutes for the bill and when I pointed out that he had undercharged us by 1 meal, he took the bill again and disappeared again for another 10 minutes. We spent way too much time that day waiting.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

We're sorry to hear about your lengthy dining experience. Thank you for sharing this with us so that we may always improve. Hopefully you enjoyed the rest of your visit and we hope to have you back sometime!

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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a fun iconic German style restaurant! Family style, locally sourced fresh ingredients.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

We appreciate your review! Thank you for taking the time and supporting our business.

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TB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was outstanding. She was wonderful with the children.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

We're happy to see you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for dining with us!

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TZ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had "Dakota" as our server, what a GREAT GUY, amid great table "maintenance", and: he's a good listener, *over-all: a GREAT EXPERIENCE !.

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Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

We will let management know of what an excellent job Dakota did serving you! Thank you for sharing!

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KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was delicious as always. It has been a little while since we visited but never disappoints.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you and please come dine with us again anytime!

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Service was fine. The place is just getting run down. The food was plenty but just nothing special. Tasted like you would expect at the average “all you can eat” place. Too expensive for the quality. Nice enough people though!

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you for sharing your opinion. We're glad to hear you're service was up to par, but we apologize that you did not enjoy your meal to the fullest. We have a large menu with a variety of options so hopefully you give Bavarian Inn Restaurant another try someday!

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AR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just exactly what I was expecting excellent bravo

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you, we do our best to provide every guest with the best possible experience and meal!

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love coming here, and bringing family. It's great to be able to bring the leftover food home, too! I will keep coming back! The accordion is a nice touch.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you for sharing this excellent review! We strive to give every guest an enjoyable experience!

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GP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were able to accommodate my group of 20 with ease. They were also able to take care of several people with food allergies without a problem. The service was excellent. It was fun and friendly and the food was delicious

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

We're so happy to hear that you and your group had an enjoyable time! Thank you for visiting and hopefully we see you again sometime!

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was served so fast, our children were shocked at how quickly it came out "faster than McDonalds!" No comparison of course with the quality. The kids tell us that this is the place to go for the best chicken in the whole world.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

So glad to see you enjoyed your visit! Come check out Bavarian Inn Restaurant again, we always have lots of great events happening!

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I've always loved Frankenmuth's chicken but something was different this time. The batter was heavy so there was a layer of gummy breading beneath the outer fried area and it tasted rather bland. I hope this was simply due to a new cook because if I get the same result next time I won't pay the price they charge for a chicken dinner. The gravy is also nothing like it used to be. Originally I was told it was giblet gravy. Now it looks like chicken flavored jelly and doesn't have much taste. I'm not a salt loving person so don't take these comments that way and add sodium - there are many other ways to add flavor...Call Dorothy!

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

We appreciate you sharing this and will inform the kitchen manager of your comments. Thank you for dining with us and we look forward to your next visit. Hopefully it will be nothing less than exceptional!

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A
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was born and raised in Saginaw (about 20 miles). Went to the BI as a teen. LOVED IT THEN AND LOVED IT NOW 50 YEARS LATER!

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for your many years of loyalty to Bavarian Inn Restaurant!

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