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“Very nice place to go”
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The Old Hofbrauhaus
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Very nice place to go”
Reviewed 11 August 2011

My husband and I went here with a certificate from restaurants.com. (Which I would recommend if you're on a budget). At first we were a little concerned because there weren't in the parking lot. We went in and were greeted immediately. The decor is great-very typical German. Dinner came with soup and salad bar. Soup was corned beef and cabbage soup and the salad bar was small, but had at least 4 or 5 salads in addition to the typical veggies. There was also a loaf of bread to cut yourself. Everything was fresh, and the bread was hearty. Our dinners came out quickly -- I chose the pot roast special with spetzle and my husband had some kind of spicy veal cutlet that began with "Z" but I can't recall the name. Both dinners were very good. Before the certificate, 2 dinners, 1 half pint of beer and one soda with tax and 18% tip was $51. I think the prices are a little high, but the restaurant is in a hotel, so I think that is to be expected. Get a certificate from restaurants.com and try it out! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank Tammy C
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Fort Edward, New York
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“What a lovely surprise!”
Reviewed 5 June 2011

Our daughter had given us a gift certificate thinking it was another restaurant. When we went looking for it, there was a different name on the awning. We decided to go for the adventure and we are glad we did! The waitress was lovely and the ambience very nice. We started with the potato soup from the small salad bar and I took a bit of the German cabbage salad which was just like my grandmother would have made. I had originally planned on rouladen but changed to the Black Forest veal while my husband had Jaegerschnitzel. We ordered red cabbage which was enough to share. I like more gravy with my spetzle which was brought upon request. He had a German beer which he liked very much. There was more than enough spetzle to bring home plus some of the salad which my mom enjoyed.
We will be heading back within the next month or so with Mom in tow. There is a chicken dish I'm anxious to try so the rouladen will have to wait!!

  • Visited May 2011
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2 Thank katdev
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Queensbury, New York
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Authentic German Food - soup and salad bar - A real value with Restaurant.com”
Reviewed 12 October 2010

Ute, your german hostess who cooks all of her own creations offers authentic german food - We eat there once a month - with dishes including the Prime Rib (very good when timed fresh), Schwabentoff, Viener Snitzel and others. Desserts include German Chocolate Cake and Apple Strudel are two favorites. Dinner includes all you can eat soup and salad bar. To get a real value, look for coupon codes to lower the cost of a restaurant.com certificate. Our party of 4 had a $100 bill reduced to $50 using a $50 certificate we purchased for $2.

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1 Thank kk64
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Ontario
Level 5 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent for dinner and breakfast”
Reviewed 6 September 2010

We ate here for dinner and breakfast while staying at the Ramada hotel. We enjoyed excellent food at both meals and would highly recommend.

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1 Thank Amethyst2421
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Syracuse, NY
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Where there are no customers...”
Reviewed 6 June 2010

...you have to wonder why. But remember, this review is only my opinion. Ever been the only customer at a restaurant before? Awkward right? Well prepare for your next dose of lonely!

While dinner here can be tasty if you're not a critic, it will run you upwards of $15 ($17 for the house special that is supposed to be veal but looks and tastes like pork). Breakfast is good, but you'll spend about $10.

Professionalism is difficult to spot at this restaurant. While sitting at the bar, I was able to sit amongst the employees and hear all of their gripes, grievances and shallow opinions of various people that they knew. I felt like I was at the wrong company picnic.

There are not many customers here. So few in fact that customers sometimes seem to be a nuisance to the expecting-another-dead-night staff. I have heard directly from one of the employees that the only thing keeping the business alive is revenue from a bar in a nearby city owned by the same owners as the Hofbrauhaus.

The decor is very old and flowery with trinkets stacked all around the shelves. The dining room is just plain ugly with old matted carpet. I don't even want to tell you any more, as the memory of the ugliness hurts my brain. I'm sorry I don't have pictures.

The Ramada (which houses the restaurant) seems to have no idea what is going on with the restaurant. The front desk employees actually talk with hints of disgust about the staff of the restaurant, as if there's animosity and/or tension between the two businesses. Vouchers for food and drink are supposed to be given to hotel patrons by the front desk, but they run out frequently. ...the vouchers are simply photocopied and initialled. I didn't even know there was a voucher until I had been staying at the hotel for a month.

The food is okay. They have good beer. The breakfast is good. The staff is barely serving you. The owners are friendly, indeed. Good luck.

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Thank ToasterOne
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