Cuisine: German/Bavarian, Dessert
Restaurant Features: Banquet, Bar, Live Music, On-Site Parking
Location: Stillwater, MN
Address: 8390 Lofton Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-7128
Hours: Mon-Friday: 11a.m.-9p.m. Sat- 12pm-9p.m. Sun- 12pm-8p.m.
Links: Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter Website * Gasthaus Facebook Page * Google Map
Atmosphere: The Gasthaus is a family-owned restaurant tucked away in the woods and rolling hills on private property in rural Stillwater. There is no mistaking this restaurant as anything other than traditional German/Bavarian. All staff wear traditional German attire and if you visit on a Sunday afternoon, you can listen to live accordian music. Inside you will find evidence of the Bavarian Hunter theme, complete with mounted antlered animals adorning the entry and antler-shaped chandeliers throughout the dining room and bar areas. The restaurant has several different seating areas, all of which are on the smaller side and packed with customers, so it can get a little noisy.
Menu: Appetizers at Gasthaus include Bavarian Hors D’oeuvres Tray, Schnitzel Sampler, Sausage Sampler, Chicken Tenders, Veggie Plate, Smoked Liver Paté, Herring prepared a variety of ways, Bavarian Assorted Cheese Plate, Warmed Brie Cheese, and Fried Bread Dumplings.
Salad options include Bavarian Mixed Salad, Chef Salad and Fresh Spinach Salad. Soups served are the Goulasch, Bavarian Liver Dumpling and a Soup of the Day.
Schnitzels are served with mashed potatoes or potato dumplings and include: Wiener Schnitzel (“Vienna Style” golden brown breaded pork cutlets), Jagerschnitzel, Rahm Schnitzel, Schnitzel “A La Holstein”, Puten Schnitzel, and Rahm Puten Schnitzel (breaded chicken).
Gasthaus Pork entrees include Schweinsbraten, Schweinshaxe (pork hock), Bayerische Ripperl (smoked pork chops smothered in sauerkraut), and Bavarian Smoked Ribs. Beef Entrees include Rouladen (beef roll-ups), Sauerbraten (marinated beef roast), Rostbraten and Lamb Shank..
The Gasthaus is the right place to come for authentic German Wurst/Sausages, including Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Metwurst, and Weisswurst.
Gasthaus also serves Walleye fillets and a Vegetable Casserole.
Dessert options include German Chocolate Cake, Apple Streusel Cheesecake
Price guide: Appetizers $6-9 Entrees $14-20
What we ordered: My companion and I started with a sampler of German Beers (Spaten Oktoberfest, Sunner, Hefe-Weizen, ?). Great way to try many beers!
We were served this complimentary basket of rye breads while we waited for our entrees. There were two varieties of bread, one a darker pumpernickel and the other a lighter rye with caraway seeds. Both delicious!
All entrees come with side salad or cup of soup. I chose the soup of the day, a Pork Sausage and Bean Soup. This was a hearty soup in a vegetable-based broth with tons of flavor.
The Bavarian platter is the perfect dish if you would like to try a few of Gasthaus’s specialties. Included are the Jager Schnitzel (breaded pork cutlet covered with mushroom sauce) Rahm Puten Schnitzel (breaded chicken breast covered with sour cream-based sauce), Knackworst (beef sausage with garlic seasoning) and potato dumplings. I thought the Jager schnitzel was very good- The dark mushroom sauce seemed somewhat upappealing to the eye, but had a very mild flavor that perfectly complimented the pork. I enjoyed the flavor of the knackworst and although it was boiled in the German way, I prefer my sausages cooked crispy on the grill. The flavor of the potato dumpling was good, but I did not care for the texture. Next time I would order mashed potatoes or the spaetzel instead. The Rahm Puten schnitzel was my favorite. The sauce that covered the chicken was very mild and creamy, yet the chicken stayed somewhat crispy.
My companion ordered the Jagerschnitzel, a large serving of breaded pork cutlets swimming in the hearty mushroom sauce, served with potato dumplings and red pickled cabbage. A perfect winter meal!
For dessert we shared the Apple Streusel Cheesecake . This dessert was very small but tasted incredible. At the base was a small, light and creamy cheesecake that was blended with apple pieces then covered with a streusel pastry and drizzled with a butterscotch topping. Small but satisfying and absolutely delicious!
Service: We were very lucky on a busy Saturday night to get a table without a reservation (fortunately for us there was a no-show). Walk-Ins are accepted but there may be a long wait on the weekends without a reservation. The host was happy to try to accommodate us and the staff was friendly throughout the evening. Food and drinks were served in a reasonable amount of time.
Overall Impression: The Gasthaus is a wonderful spot to go if you would like to try good German/Bavarian food. The country location and the atmosphere both inside and out transport you to a different time and place.