It was a horrible experience. Our food tasted as though it had been cooked in advance and then microwaved. The table we sat at was dirty as was the silverware, plates and glasses. The decor is pure kitsch and the bier was too expensive and it tasted old.
I recommend this restaurant for it typical German food and wide selection of real German biers (most in bottle). It’s not haute couture, but Gasthof authentic. A few reviews say the food was not good or even German, which I disagree. So please tell me where another German restaurant is within 100 miles or even Virginia? I have read of maybe one in Warrenton and one near Richmond, but have no experience. We beggars should not be such complainers. Also unless you have lived in Germany for many years and traveled around Europe, don’t be so critical of what one can buy or even expect here. I love decent German food wherever I can find it; and I believe this food is authentic and fairly priced (not a “schnell Imbiss”) considering it’s like an oasis in the desert. Home-style-served side dishes are replenished as you like (smart as small dishes refilled as customer likes – means less wasted!). Spaetzle and Rotekohl are my sides choices; too bad no semmelknoedle/klose. The Schwein Haxen is best I’ve had outside Hesse, DE. Mahlzeit!
As a devotee of German cuisine and culture, I was excited to find a German restaurant near a small town we visited in Virginia. Unfortunately, the experience was disappointing. The atmosphere was certainly pleasant and a very nice older woman was our server (she was German herself). But the food was not very impressive and quite overpriced. I ordered sauerbraten and it was a couple of slices of thin, cafeteria style roast beef in a watery gravy. The side dishes that come with each order were very sparse ... a tiny dish of sauerkraut, one of red cabbage, one of spaetlze and one of green beans ... for our entire table! My wife ordered beef stroganoff which was somewhat better because it at least had more meat. Our son ordered a hot dog from the children's menu and there was no hot dog bun, an inexcusable omission for such a simple dish (he is four years old).
Our two adult lunch entrees, our son's children's entree and a small dish of rice pudding (ordered for our 2 year old daughter) cost $41. This was ridiculously overpriced for the quality and portion size.
I have eaten German food in Germany itself as well as in many restaurants in the US, and sadly, despite the nice atmosphere and friendly service, I found Edelweiss to offer the worst value.
My husband and I go every two weeks as date nite. The food has always been great and the staff is wonderful. We both served in Germany in the army so we know german fare. This is just like eating in the nearest cafe off post. We are so pleased to have such a wonderful place to go and relax.
My wife and I ate there last month, and just loved it. Leftovers were pretty tasty too! Portions were great, and the service by the owner was very pleasant, and we talked quite a bit. We drove up from Lexington just to eat here, and were not disappointed. A little bit of Bavaria in the Shenandoahs.
My son and daughter took myself and my wife to this resteraunt for my wifes birthday (she is a native German from bavaria). We came from Roanoke, an 87 mile trip, that I thought was going to be a waste of time. I was dead wrong! The food was authentic, complete with imported biers and spaetze iced tea (half tea, half lemonade). My wife really enjoyed the wiener schnitzle, and I haven't had a yeager schnitzle that good since we left Wurzburg 28 years ago! We will definetly be back, and I recomend this resteraunt to anyone wanting an excellent German meal. The staff was a pure pleasure to talk to, and they never let our rolls and plates of sides go empty, or our drinks. A+ dining agreed to by all in our party (and if you knew us thats saying a lot)!!!.
What a surprise. The last thing one would expect in the Shenandoah, and there it was. The food and service are excellent. Nice selection of beer. Desserts are Yummy. The portions are huge with an amazing variety. I usually get the lunch, as the evening meals are too large for me. Bring friends. I am speaking as one who was raised on Luchow’s, on 14th street in NY. On weekends there is a little German band which adds even more fun. They have a nice local following there is plenty of parking. I travel a lot and one can only guess the type of food I find on the road. This was such a delight that I stop whenever possible, on my way down the Valley. It is right off of Rt 81. There are signs so keep your eyes open or set the address in your Garmin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
My wife and I have had the chance to eat at the edelweiss four times over the last ten years and have had very enjoyable meals. We look forward to our next time .I travel to germany at least once a year and have found the food to be as authentic as can be and I certainly can't complain about the prices.Its not a $7.95 dinnerstop along I-81.We travel a hundred miles to get there and well woth the trip .Keep up the good works.
This restaurant offers one of the most exceptional dining experiences I have ever had. Forget the uneventful fine dining and snobbery you get at an expensive restaurant, dining here is all about the experience. The atmosphere is in many ways better and more representative of a traditional German restaurant than you will find in south western Germany, where the owners are from.
The owners and friends play live German folk music on their accordion and guitars, the fireplace adds ambiance in the winter, and the selection of German beers is plentiful and diverse. The food is well prepared and tastes as authentic as possible. The flavors will remind anyone of the Black Forest Region of South West Germany, including the home-made Black Forest Cake that, although it is served without alcohol due to US laws, is still pretty good and rich with creamy goodness.
Do yourself a favor and drop in to this place if you are on your way down I-81/I-64 and it is even well worth a little detour for the experience; it’s like a trip to the Black Forest without having to pack or the jet-lag!
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