Frequently Asked Questions
I've Never Been There... What is The Bavarian Lodge all about?
We're unique. We're complex. We're a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, marinated in beer, and fried to a crispy golden brown... We're a family-owned restaurant and pub known for our traditional German kitchen and a unique, ever-changing, expertly-curated selection of the finest ales and lagers on Earth. Our selection of thirty-nine drafts change often and feature over 700 different delicious offerings over the course of any given year. Very much by design, we're not your typical German place. So, if you're expecting bright lighting, raucous oompah music, shot-skis, strange knee-slap dancing, and people drinking out of glass footwear while shouting "Zigge-zagge, Zigge-zagge, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!" you'll most assuredly be disappointed. Not that we're against that kind of thing; it's just not what we do. We provide German dining and expert drinking without all the typical "German tourist" schtick. We provide a warm and cozy pub atmosphere built for conversation best enjoyed over adult beverages. Also absent are the dozens of television screens present in just about every other joint on the planet, so there's no shouting about the sport-puck-ball game on the telly. We keep things low-key, cozy, and comfortable and there are a lot of people that really seem to like it. We do too. Does all of this sound good? If so, we really think you should come check it out.
What Do You Do for Oktoberfest?
Of course people think of German restaurants during Oktoberfest - we get it. However, we're more than seasonal and fully committed to the whole German thing, so we do what we do year-round. During O'fest season we offer a Suckling Pig Roast, a variety of Oktoberfest beers on tap, and usually a few special events that revolve around the tapping of wooden barrels full of delicious Oktoberfest beer. Otherwise, Oktoberfest is business as usual; it's just one of the more popular times of year to visit.
Do You Accept Reservations?
No, we do not accept reservations. We seat everyone on a first come, first served basis. Please keep in mind that we do not seat incomplete parties during peak dining times. (Two exceptions to the rule: Reservations are accepted for parties of five or more on Mother's Day & Father's Day.)
Can You accommodate Very Large Parties or Banquets?
No, Sorry. Our focus is on typical restaurant and pub service. Isn't it refreshing to be told that something just isn't our strong suit? Yes, it's the honest to goodness truth: We're just not set up to handle banquets or large groups. 99% of our guests arrive in groups of eight or less (Note: Six or less is ideal and offers you the most seating options.) So, what happens if you show up with a big group anyway? We’ll do our best to accommodate larger groups, but please prepare to be flexible with your seating arrangements. Multiple tables will likely be required to accommodate everyone in our group. While you're busy being cool and flexible, please keep in mind that our entire operation is set up to handle smaller groups. We'll all do our best to help you, but ultimately, things may get a bit shaky and take a while longer than usual. (Oh and don't ask for a bunch of separate checks for a big party or you'll be waiting forever to pay.)
What about Pub Crawls, After-Work "Happy Hour" Groups, Bachelor Parties, or "Meet-ups?"
No, just... no. Sorry. These never work out well. Our layout, atmosphere, and parking situation are simply not conducive to these types of events.
How do I hear about your latest beer tappings and special events?
Check out our events tab on our Facebook page for announcements of special beer tappings and other events, or check us out on Twitter. Not connected to social media? Sign up for our email mailing list to receive occasional emails about major events. However, social media is the best source for the most current and detailed information.
Your Parking Lot is Full... Where Else Can I Park My Car?
We offer over 80 additional safe, paved, and fully lighted parking spaces in the lot directly to our west. ADDITIONAL PARKING has been leased for your convenience at Graphics Plus, 1808 Ogden Ave. You can also legally park your vehicle along the surrounding residential side streets, but we ask that you use this only if BOTH of our parking lots are full. If you must park on the residential side streets, please take note of posted parking regulation signs. Parking on Devon Ave is only permitted on the west side of the street (if you park on the east side of the street, you may be ticketed and towed). If using street parking, we ask that you please be respectful of our neighbors. Please keep noise to a minimum and be careful not to park on lawns or block driveways and mailboxes.
Do you offer Carry-Outs?
Yes, but it's not our focus. Many of our menu items don't package or travel particularly well, and we don't take orders over the phone. If you want a carry-out, you’ll need to stop by and place your order in person with one of our friendly bartenders. We’ll cook it to order and pack it up fresh, hot, and ready to go. Please allow extra preparation & packing time during very busy times, especially on Friday & Saturday nights. A great excuse to have a beer or two while you wait, as carry-outs during busy dining room hours can take upwards of 30 minutes. Occasionally on Friday or Saturday evenings during our busy fall and winter season, we must suspend carry-out orders as our kitchen staff is working at full capacity with orders from customers already seated in the dining room.
Do you offer a gluten-free menu?
No, though we do serve many items than can be ordered to assemble a great gluten-free meal. Our Roast Duck, Kassler Rippchen, Schweinshax'n, Thuringer, Bratwurst, and Knackwurst are all naturally gluten-free. Pair these dishes with our parsley boiled potatoes, braised red cabbage, and a side of homemade horseradish sauce for a great German meal that's also naturally gluten-free.
Can you cater my special event? / Can I pick-up a large catering order?
No. As much as we'd love to help cater your event, it's simply impossible for us to tackle catering at this time.
Do You Sell Gift Certificates?
Yes! You can purchase them at the front desk or click on the "Gift Cards" tab to go directly to our online Gift Certificate order form and we’ll mail them to your door. If ordering online, please allow 5-10 business days for your certificate to arrive at its destination.
What Forms of Payment Do You Accept?
American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and Cash. We do not accept VISA/MC Gift Cards. Ten dollar minimum on credit card transactions, please.
Do You Offer Live Entertainment?
No, sorry. Our establishment simply doesn't have the proper space or stage setup for live entertainment.
Is There a Dress Code?
We’re a casual restaurant and pub.
Can I Bring in My Own Wine, Beer, or Booze?
Sorry, but no. We offer an extensive beer list, wine list, and a fully stocked bar for your enjoyment during your visit. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.
Can I Bring in My Own Birthday Cake?
Quite honestly, we'd rather you not bring in outside food, even if it is a birthday cake. It's just we'd rather serve you a nice piece of homemade apple strudel.
Is the Restaurant Child-Friendly?
Yes, but please keep in mind we designed our restaurant and pub as a venue for adults and adult activities. We find that guests enjoy our restaurant and bar most when they leave small children at home with a sitter and enjoy a relaxed evening out with other adults. Parents with small children that are in a rush to get in and get out are generally disappointed with their visits here. We’re definitely not a place to come to if you’re in a rush. Small children are not allowed in our pub room and no one under 21 is allowed to be seated at the bar.