The Old Christmas Station

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113 reviews
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$30 and under
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THE OLD CHRISTMAS STATION Restaurant is passionate about promoting its authentic European cuisine in an inviting and relaxing atmosphere.

Besides using pure quality ingredients to create their dishes, the artful presentation of these creations hold true to the notion that you eat with your eyes first. The dishes, desserts, and drinks that represent Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria and France will neither disappoint your eyes nor palate
If you are looking for something very special and unique, this is the place to go!
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AG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit, even off season. A little bit pricy though but the service is perfect!

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Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time! The server was friendly and attentive from the moment we stepped inside. The ambience was excellent. We felt like we were in Europe! The pork schnitzel was to die for - best we've had. The Austrian goulash was great too but Schnitzel our favorite. Our water glasses were always filled and our server checked back with us often. The tomato soup was delicious as were the creme brulee and German chocolate cake. Our meal was about $100 with no drinks but was worth it for our engageversary!

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s
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Felt like we were burdening the staff from the moment we entered. The wait for a drink was 20 min. Then it was a half of a shot glass for $7.50! I don't know how they stay in business.

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JD
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Overall, the food was fantastic! However, the service was unexpected, mainly because there was only 8 total people in the restaurant, however the 3 waitresses available were overwhelmed with handling. Unfortunately, we were able to overhear conversation regarding charging people incorrectly and messing up orders. But, because the food was simply fantastic, we would definitely come back again. Just be prepared to wait a bit...

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M
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each year we have our Thanksgiving/Christmas "Lupper" here. (not lunch, not supper, but lupper1) 4:oopm All was perfect. Great food, and service. A good time to go. M. Lyon, Ann Arbor

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Great Place to Celebrate our 32nd Anniversary! Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere, and Great People! We Loved it! Thank You for the great service!

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FF
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food but terrible service. Our appetizers took an hour to come out and they were nothing fancy - salads and soups. Our food took even longer. Expressed interest in dessert and it took 20 minutes for our server to take our order so we said forget it. Had to ask for our bill and they said we’re going to have to wait because they don’t have it properly recorded. Table beside us complained of the same issue. Beautiful restaurant, great food, but they ruin the experience with service.

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KM
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Had reservations to celebrate my wife's birthday. After three attempts to verify a reservation we were pointed to (not escorted to) a table. After 15 minutes of zero service, without even an acknowledgment, we asked if someone was going to help us. After a condescending response from what I believe would have been our waitress we decided enough was enough and walked out. Unacceptable service, will not be trying again. Please note I only rated the food and ambiance because OpenTable requires all categories be submitted in order to give feedback. That's great but we never got to order so I have no idea how their food is. It's hard to give an objective thought on ambiance when the majority of our visit was spent being ignored.

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LI
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our service was poor. My dish (flambé) was great, but unfortunately the rest of my tables food was not great. Food was served at different times & when one of my colleagues finally received her burger it was burnt...like they forgot it was in the oven! We asked to move tables because it was very wobbly & we received snide comments for making such a request. The group that sat there after us also complained about the wobbly table. We asked 6 times for Parmesan for another persons dish until I had to finally walk up the the host station & ask a final time! It was unbelievable.
Even when we were cashing out it was a very cold interaction. “Next!” She’d call to us like herding cattle. Such an unfortunate situation for what could have been a wonderful evening. The ambiance was decent aside from table & rude service- would’ve maybe liked some music as well.

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YM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a small family wedding of 14 people. Food was made fast and it was very tasty. deserts are to die for.

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal Wiener Shnitzel is outstanding. Because it is pricey, this restaurant is a great place for a special occasion.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very slow service and waitstaff inattentive.

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were seated and then ignored...for about 20 minutes we waited, not even a menu was handed to us. And, the restaurant wasn't busy at all....in fact, the waitress that seated us proceeded to get menus for the couple that came in AFTER us. And then she got them water. And then she took their orders. And then we walked out.

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h
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was decent, slightly pricey. Wait staff slow for us due to two large parties.

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good but service was a bit slow.

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for a nice dinner, and got exactly that. The food was excellent. We had the veil & lamb schnitzel. The atmosphere was inviting & quiet. The staff was very friendly. I would have given it 5 stars, but the day we went a staff member was a no show, so the service was pretty slow. There were a few small kids there, but for the most part I felt as if it was geared for adults only that were wanting to have a quiet dinner. I should note that it's best to make a reservation as there is limited seating.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten several meals here, and each one has been delicious. Their food is authentic and all made from scratch. This spatzle is particularly good. Their hot chocolate is not to be missed. It is made with real chocolate, not some powdered mix. The owner maid ours personally and I highly recommend it. It can get quite busy at times, impacting the service, but it is worth any wait. There was a small baby at the table next to us who was fussy, but there’s actually a room where parents can a fussybaby so it doesn’t disturb other diners

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner here. Everything we had was wonderful. I highly recommend the desserts. We couldn’t stop with just one.

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m
Cincinnati
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband & I LOVED this restaurant. We both got weiner schnitzel and shared the best apple strudel in vanilla sauce we’ve ever had. We wanted to go again the next day but a threatening snowstorm sent us back to Ohio. Make reservations - they were turning people away.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food looked pretty but lacked full flavor. Very bland.

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MC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food made from scratch. This restaurant has a man authentic, family feel. European dishes at a reasonable price. A

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They forgot the salads but the food was delicious.

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r
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My husband really enjoyed his pork medallions. I however, ordered meat lasagna. There was absolutely no meat. I even took the entire thing apart to look for it. I asked the waitress and she went back to the kitchen to check. The chef said the meat was just very small!! It was so small as to be nonexistent!! The apple strudel was outstanding though!

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TW
Detroit
31 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Restaurant. My wife and I wanted authentic German food and someplace that actually cooked for you rather than the usual 1500 seat restaurants that serve Chicken dinners in Frankenmuth. This place delivered! Everything is fresh cooked, both German and Italian specialties. My wife and I both opted for the Veal Schnitzel. I had the potato salad version and my wife the spaetzel with mushroom gravy. Both were very good but I would go for the spaetzel version next time. It was special. Also, I highly recommend the apple strudel which is also home made and loaded with real apple slices, not the apple filling abomination offered down the street. The full bar also offers some fun drink options. I'll definitely return to this restaurant and will even detour through Frankenmuth on trips up north in order to eat at the Old Christmas tree Station!

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MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The only issue was they didn’t have all the beers in stock that show on the menu but the server was able to recommend others. The food was delicious and I’d love to come there again next time I’m in the area.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

While the server was doing her best as she was the only one on the floor taking care of the entire place, the food was cold. Not just one but the entire tables. I never send food back to the kitchen to be microwaved and Lord knows what else. I ordered a steak, could barely chew it. Would not recommend this place.

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DH
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Food is fantastic! Servers are wonderful. Atmosphere is quiet and cozy. LOVE THIS PLACE!

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N
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

This place was understaffed and they were trying too hard on the food. The hostess/waitress was somewhat rude to other guests, so we chalked it up to the busyness that evening (sweetest day). All in all, the food did not deliver up to our expectations. Just not our speed.

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AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

This was a low energy place to dine. The staff was friendly. While the food was passable, we expected a place billed as the Christmas Station to be fun, boisterous and exploding with Yuletide energy. This was sort of eerily quiet with sparse Christmas decor. My soup came after we all had finished our meal and tasted so salty I couldn’t eat it anyway. We were very disappointed.

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OT
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food with wines that are well paired. Moderately priced also.

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CM
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at The Old Christmas Station in the past and this time was no different and did not disappoint. There were definitely more customers there this time so that was great. We enjoyed their hot chocolate and tea selection. The lasagna was absolutely delicious as was the wiener schnitzel. You must save room for their delicious apple strudel. French chef Barbara was there chatting with the customers. A very warm cozy place to dine with truly delicious food. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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D
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, but the service was very slow. Several of the servers had not shown up, so it may be better some other time. The beer list had changed, so what we had wanted was not available. That said, we would pick this restaurant over Zender's or Bavarian Inn for dining in Frankenmuth.

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C
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tomato soup was good. Pork snitzel was ok.
Good selection of imported beer

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Cozy place. Wiener schnitzel is awesome and speziel is like what you get in Germany.

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PM
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful. My wife had the pasta marinara while I had the goulash. Both were great. Do not miss the apple strudel. You'll live to regret it. A don't miss restaurant in a town with few good places to eat.

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r
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Four of us were in Frankenmuth on our way to Mackinac. The reviews looked good here so we picked it. The service was okay but the food was a disappointment. The lasagna was the best meal at the table. It is different from the Italian version and was tasty. Two of us had the wienersnitzel and the noodles came cold. We sent it back and they were still cold. The veal was okay but basically, the meal was tasteless. The salad dressing was tasty. However, I would not recommend this restaurant -go to one of the two tourist traps for a better meal.

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A group of 6 of us ate at this restaurant on Sept 7/18. We were in town for the car show. The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a European atmosphere with a Christmas ambiance. We ate early (5pm) so there were only a few tables occupied. We waited a bit for service and our serve was pleasant but not as knowledgeable about some food questions we had but did send over another server to help us. 4 of us had the wiener schnitzel and the other 2 had the goulash and carbonara. We all agreed the food was very good but for it being so quiet the service was a little inattentive. My husband order strudel for dessert and it was excellent but he had to go up and ask remind the waitress that we ordered it. Overall it is a good experience and the food was worth it.

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KD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED this Frankenmuth restaurant! We tried a few, and this one was outstanding!!

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LM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When we travel we always look for a restaurant with a good wine and beer list with great steaks and seafood. In Frankenmuth, there was only one restaurant who fit this bill. We were a little skeptical mainly because of the name. However, we were pleasantly surprised. It was a Monday so very quiet but we were in town for a dog specialty. No customers were in the restaurant when we arrived. By the time we left 3 other parties showed up. Everything was exceptional from the service to the wine & beer to the food. We had the filet, lamb, and weinersitzel and all were top quality and perfectly cooked. The prices are in aligned with the food quality. When we drove back to our hotel the other 2 top restaurants were very full. I think because they are a 1/2 mile outside of town it may hurt them but don't let that stop you if you want something other than the chicken family style the others offer.

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a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! So glad we decided to try it! We had the Austrian Goulash and spatzle. Very tasty! We also indulged in the apple strudel and it was homemade and did not disappoint! Be sure to make reservations as it was Saturday night and they were turning patrons away that did not have them due to limited seating in the restaurant. Definitely make this a stop on your trip to Frankenmuth!

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