Bevo Mill: Can't accomodate large events. Our family took my mom to the Bevo Mill for brunch. The waffles were hard; the eggs were runny; and the potatoes were dried out. They had a chocolate fountain with no strawberries. My kids wanted milk and they even ran out of that. They had lamb at the carving station, but you had to know it was there because the guy only told you beef and ham were options. He then gave the smallest slither of lamb I've ever seen! They couldn't even keep plates stocked. I had to ask twice for a plate. To top it all off, the bathrooms were disgusting! Our waiter was really great though. I did call to talk to a manager afterwards and he just made excuses. He said, "hey we did our best for a busy day;. thanks for calling" and then hung up on me! Really?! Needless to say, I'll NEVER return nor would I recommned this place to ANYONE. By the way, if this is how they handle mothers day brunch, imagine how your event will be handled by them. My advice: go someplace else.
Great lunch food, affordable and unique. I wasn't particularly looking for authentic German food, so if that's what you're looking for, I don't know what to tell you. I do know I had a GREAT experience here with my husband and my five small children at lunch. My kids were enchanted by the mill. We were greeted at the door with a smile (a rarity with this large family at restaurants). We were seated and served drinks promptly. The host let the kids choose their own crayons and coloring sheets. He dragged two high chairs with working buckles to the table for us. They left a pitcher of water and of coffee on the table for us to serve ourselves as needed (which is actually a plus in our family.) They had the best waffles I've ever tasted, and I've tasted my fair share of waffles. The kids ate every bite on their kid's meal waffle plate, and the babies did their best to devour the grilled cheese sandwich and potato bites. My husband actually had a chicken schnitzel, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and fried apples that actually was quite tasty. (Authentic? I don't know, but we ate it up!) And, it was affordable. The seven of us walked away from there with a $36 bill. Oh, the kids loved the German outfits that the employees wore. Their dinner menu looked nicer, and we probably would leave the kids at home for a dinner meal, but for our lunch, it was a wonderful experience. We would definitely go again.
Great Atomosphere, but lacking in quality food.
Great atmosphere and the wait staff makes an attempt, by dress, to appear as being authentic German. Having spent a number of years in Germany, it wasn't too different than what you would find wait staff to wear in the touristy areas of Bavaria. We tried a variety of dishes between four of us (German Sampler, Count Eserhazy Schnitzel, Wienerschnitzel a la Holsteinand, and Pork Jaegerschnitzel) three of us found them to be less than to adequate in flavor and the fourth thought the Count Eserhazy was very good; as this was part of the sampler, I'll add this person passed their sample to the one who order just the Count Eserhazy. The spaetzle was sub-par and not recommended even if it comes with the dinner; it seemed to have a odd flavor and we've found store bought to be much better.
For desert three of us had (Apple Strudel, Cheese Cake, and Fresh Crepe) for the money, the crepe was the best value and had a very good flavor, the strudel fell short compared to what we had experienced in Neuschwanstein Germany, but that was to be expected and it was close enough and the cheesecake was adequate.
The staff tries hard to give you the "air" of being in Germany (not bad for Italians from South St. Louis) and they are very pleasant. All and all however, it is an ok place to go but not one that I would highly recommend nor take out of town guests to. It could have been an off night and we'll try again, but if not better after that, we won't go back again.
German food and it's novel.
The restaurant is built like a wind mill - sort of difficult to miss. And as others have mentioned - it has a hugh parking lot.
The food is good, the people are friendly and the service is great.
Let's talk about the food - served hot, and the menu has "German Favorites" and other things. Once I ordered the pasta - that was a mistake - it was pasta fettechini - but it was "fresh from the freezer". The German sausages and beef dishes are great - I have ordered routunda two times - enjoyed both.
To answer the question - would I return? The answer is yes! I have returned most weeks for the past 10. Monday and Tuesday is not crowded; Wednesday they have musicians play by your table - nice treat - but also the restaurant is more crowded.
They have a special beer deal if you bring in your own stein (they are lenient on steins). I went to ebay, bought a stein, and now purchase the beer at a discount. I even left my stein there to avoid carrying it back.
There are some things that just don't make sense - they have one (1) beer on tap; hmm a German restaurant with one beer on tap - seems odd. They have many more by bottle - but the discount beer with stein only applies to tap.
The hostess and several of the wait staff have come to recognize me - this is also a nice touch.
Absolutely worth a try. Work colleges have come and enjoyed - but have not returned.
With the staff wearing German costumes, and the building - yes a wind mill, the interior is also German themed - you will not forget this place.
Come have some fun.
Good Brunch and Fun outfits!.
I remember going to Bevo Mill as a very little girl. I remember it being a "fancy" (read expensive and inaccessible) restaurant. When my husband and I took an out of town friend for brunch I was pleasantly surprised. The whole experience was very relaxed and fun. All of the servers are dressed in traditional German garb. The food was pretty good as well. You will find some traditional brunch favorites as well as some not so familiar German choices. The Belgium waffles are to absolutely die for.
I would say that Bevo Mill may not have the largest or most exciting brunch buffet in the city, but it certainly holds its own and has the added benefit of costumed servers.
It was a delicious hoot!
Wonderful German Food.
I went to Bevo MIll for the first time. I am new to the city so I had never been there before. I went in not knowing what to expect, leaving there i can assure you that I will be back as often as possible. I went in and was greeted immedately by somone at the door and sat. My waitress was at my table almost instintaneoulsy. She greeted me with hot coffee, when I declined the coffee she very quickly suggested the other drinks on the menu. I ended up drink a mixture of cranberry juice and apple juice. I ordered the Snitzel of the Day, it ended up being a Jaegerschnitzel, a breaded pork tenderloin with a tomatoe sauce. It was excellent. For dessert I had a piece of the seven layer choclotate cake. Wow that was huge. I would suggest that anyone who orders the choclate cake should make sure to have a least two other people to help eat it .
My bill came very promptly. I didn't know to pay at the front. (My waitress told me when she dropped off the check but it went in one ear and out the other).
I was shocked when I got the bill. I had an excellent schnitzel, juice, and a dessert, for right around $15.00. The service was wonderful, freindly and fun. The food was fast, hot and I recieved a huge amount.
I would suggest the Bevo Mill to anyone. Everyone needs to eat there especially since it is a part of Saint Louis history
Imitation German Cuisine. The Bevo Mill advertised that they are now open for breakfast and lunch daily. I looked up their website and the large menu was very interesting, featuring many German dishes, so I thought I would give it a try. I ordered the Bratwurst for lunch which came with potato pancakes, sauerkraut and applesauce. The imitation pork and veal bratwurst didn?t taste very German but was OK. The two potato pancakes were the size of hockey pucks and almost as tough. I ate one bite. The sauerkraut was a tasteless dried up little unidentifiable lump. I?ve had much better out of a can. Even the applesauce tasted funky. How do you screw up applesauce? Apparently the cook got too creative with some strange spice that he had left over and ruined it. It always makes me wonder why restauranteurs put dishes on the menu that they don?t have any clue how to cook, what they are supposed to taste like or look like. The buffet didn't look very appealing either. The Bevo used to be a fine restaurant 30 - 40 years ago, and I had many good meals there, but in the last 15 years it has continually declined. The decor is still the same as it was 50 years ago, but I wouldn?t be surprised if they screw that up too someday. I didn?t complain since it didn?t appear that there was anyone there competent enough to understand. I just won?t come back.
Gastronomic and historic attraction that churns out classic comfort food from here and abroad..
Tourists and locals with out-of-town guests come to see Bevo Mill's three-and-a-half-story working windmill, built in 1916 by August A. Busch Sr., a founder of the Anheuser-Busch brewery. Meals are served in the Mill Room, where the vaulted ceilings, cathedral-like arches, and stone-carved gnomes and gargoyles charm visitors. You can make a day of a visit to Bevo Mill by also stopping by the nearby Grant's Farm or the Missouri Botanical Garden.
The menu offers a variety of classic German and American fare, including a popular Sunday brunch. For dinner, try the German sampler platter, which includes sauerbraten (marinated sweet-and-sour beef roast), schnitzel (a breaded, fried veal cutlet) and bratwurst (pork and veal sausage), served with a crispy potato pancake, tangy red cabbage and spaetzle (tiny flour dumplings).
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