Royal Bavaria Restaurant and Brewery

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Royal Bavaria is located in Moore at 3401 S Sooner Road (map), and is open Tuesday through Sunday for Dinner. Visit their website.

I recently posted about how I wish I could find a decent wiener schnitzel in this town and then it dawned on me that I had been told to visit Royal Bavarian Restaurant and Brewery in Moore. I loaded up the wife, the kids, and a friend from Switzerland (to help interpret if need be) and took the long drive to Moore. Actually, if you live in the heart of Oklahoma City, I guess a drive to Moore is only 10 minutes or so.

What we found when we arrived was a neat, old world structure, with brew kettles that could be seen from the road. Really a pretty cool building. Inside it is a European cabin-style layout with bench seats, large wood tables, and a hint of hops and yeast in the air. The walls were decorated with cuckoo clocks, antique steins, and various German trinkets and signs. The first thing you notice on the menu are the fairly high prices. What was strange is that the clientèle didn’t match the dollar. When you are spending upwards of $20 per person you might expect to see people that are put together in business casual attire with a sophisticated demeanor. What I saw at Royal Bavaria were guys in OU hoodies, backwards caps and flip flops. I’m guessing they were there for the home brews which were flowing quite freely.

Now for the food. The menu is written in both German and English, and has quite a few offerings. Probably the most disappointing thing is that the bread is not complimentary, you pay $2.50 for a basket of three pieces of bread that includes a hard roll, a pretzel stick, and a pretzel. It was served with a slice of what appeared to be homemade butter. It was all very good, but to feed 5 people you need a couple baskets which adds up pretty quickly. We tried several things: schnitzels of a couple varieties, oven roasted chicken, frankfurters, spatzle, and salads. They also offer several varieties of sausages, a few cuts of steak, roast beef, veal schnitzel cordon bleu (which I wish I had ordered), several varieties of potato, and pork chops showcased in a handful of different ways.

If you have never had a wiener schnitzel that is quite unfortunate. It is an Austrian / German dish consisting of a tender cut of pork or veal pounded thin, dredged in bread crumbs, and sauteed until golden brown and delicious in a generous amount of clarified butter. I felt their schnitzels were done pretty well. They were crispy, golden, and tender on the inside.

The jager schnitzel pairs this butter-fried goodness with a creamy mushroom gravy for a real rustic feel, then serves it with a generous portion of spatzle noodles. The spatzle was a little overcooked for my taste, but they were homemade noodles which I definitely appreciate. I thought the jager schnitzel was pretty good, but my wife did not like it at all. Part of the problem with her is that my father-in-law makes the best wiener schnitzel on the planet and she grew up eating that her whole life so her expectations are impossibly high. The other thing is they have bacon in their gravy which she was quite angry about. It wasn’t the best gravy I’ve ever had, but I thought it was pretty good.

The frankfurters are an imported German-style sausage that I’m 90% sure are the same ones you can buy for yourself and take home from Oma’s Pantry. They feature a little tougher casing than we Americans are accustomed to (thanks to Oscar Mayer) but they have a great flavor. My Swiss friend was not impressed with the rotisserie chicken and fries he ordered. He said it was OK, but felt it was under-seasoned and dry.

Overall, I thought the food was good but overpriced. My $90 bill was a bit of a punch to the gut, and the food wasn’t worth the price, or the drive. If it were in the middle of town I would go back several times and try different offerings, but I probably won’t make the half hour drive again when I can make a schnitzel at home that is better. Although you can’t find decent veal in Oklahoma City’s pathetic excuses for grocery stores. My guess is the college frat boys that followed us in were there for sausage and beer. If that is your hankering, I don’t know of another place in town.

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  • Mark says:
    November 14th, 2007 at 3:51 pm   

    Have you tried the place in Choctaw?

  • Sherie says:
    November 15th, 2007 at 11:38 am   

    Keller in the Kastle…Yum! Although…must admit, the beer and apple schapps @Royal Bavaria is wonderful!

  • Andrew says:
    November 15th, 2007 at 11:09 pm   

    You are right,there are good things about this place, its just too pricey for what you get. And haven’t made it too Choctaw yet. Plan to.

  • B says:
    November 16th, 2007 at 10:15 am   

    You should try the Sunday brunch at Ingrid’s Kitchen (36th & Youngs). A bit pricey, but it is all you can eat! Freakin’ delicious!

  • mm says:
    November 21st, 2007 at 7:49 pm   

    i’m not a huge beer geek, but their 3 beers are each worth the drive. the food is sometimes not quiiiiite what i hoped, but it’s usually on the money.

  • metro says:
    December 27th, 2007 at 11:16 am   

    You should try Old Germany (the original German restaurant in the metro that also has an annual Oktoberfest). It’s out in Choctaw. There is also a nice and unexpected German/Bavarian restaurant on N. MacArthur, just 2 blocks south of NW 10th called Jutta’s Keller at Castle Falls. Well worth the trips. Jutta is closing her place for a short while in early 2008 to return to Germany to visit family and to refresh/learn new German cooking techniques and then she will return to OKC. Her restaurant is neat because its in a castle.

  • Ian Hunt says:
    February 15th, 2008 at 10:15 pm   

    The Royal Bavarian was better than I expected. I got a big boot of the home brewed beer. And the food was great. All the food was really fresh and not dull at all like expected from a German restaurant located in the middle of Oklahoma. Meals 20$-25$ great place to eat with 2 people or even a big group.

  • Cindy Akers says:
    February 22nd, 2008 at 8:12 pm   

    I RECENTLY CALLED FOR A RESERVATION. NO ONE COULD ANSWER A QUESTION AND WHEN THEY DID IT WAS VERY RUDE. I RECENTLY TOOK A PARTY OF 14 TO INGRID’S KITCHEN FOR BRUNCH. WE RECEVIED EXCELLENT SERVICE AND OUTSTANDING FOOD. INGRID’S DESERVES A 5.

  • Andrew says:
    February 23rd, 2008 at 11:23 am   

    Sorry to hear about rude service. I would concur that Ingrid’s is the place to go. In fact, you have talked me into heading there today for a bratwurst. Thanks!

  • Kassi says:
    April 11th, 2008 at 6:12 pm   

    Royal Bavaria is one of my favorite restaurants. I’ve always recieved wonderful service. The food is excellent and the beer is out of this world. I tell all my friends that they have to try the beer! It’s the best I’ve ever had.

  • Austin says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 1:25 pm   

    I absolutely adore Royal Bavaria. Every time my friends come to town, that’s the place they want to go. You really should go back and try all three of their home brewed beers. They are all fresh and delicious. The food is very very tasty too-while some things can be a bit expensive, there are other options for a smaller budget-one thing for sure is that you’ll never leave hungry.
    In regards to the bread basket, I assume the reason they do this is because that’s the way it is done in Germany. They always charge for bread which I admit is a bit frustrating. I say skip the bread and go for a beer instead!
    Go back and try the different sausages they offer (the frankfurter is by far my least favorite as it does not have much more flavor than a typical hot dog). Try the bratwurst, kasewurst (bratwurst with cheese in the middle essentially), the nurembergers and there’s one more i’m forgetting but try them all with their sauerkraut-you’ll love it.
    The schweinsax(sp?) which is a ham shank is also very good, along with the cordon bleu, the trout, bratkartollfen(german home fries), i could go on and on…I’m salivating thinking about it.
    P.S. Go Memorial Day weekend (saturday and sunday). They’re having a party in the newly renovated beer garden from 1-10 each day with live music. Should be a great time.

  • Jonathan says:
    October 2nd, 2008 at 2:55 pm   

    I’m a big fan of their sauerkraut and sausages, although the primary reason for going there is to play the boot game [http://www.realbeer.com/fun/games/games-178.php]with the loser buying the next boot. A soft punishment considering their beer is the best I’ve ever had. My favorite is the hefeweizen.

  • Shannon says:
    October 8th, 2008 at 10:48 am   

    Yes, you must get to Choctaw for sure. If you speak German, you’ll get a chance to practice and the food is very authentic, especially if you’re wanting a good steak with kraeuterbutter (not on the menu, but if you ask for it, the chef will be delighted and will likely want to come talk to you).

    In Austria, schnitzel is about as common as burgers are to us. It’s basically chicken fried steak, but it’s usually pork, but you can get turkey or veal, too, depending where you go. However, pork is always available and is the norm. Schnitzel does not refer to the dish but rather the preparation of the meat being pounded flat, but generally the way it’s eaten is without a sauce or gravy per se, but a generous squirt of lemon. It’s divine!! There used to be a place on Memorial near Western that served fried pork sandwiches, and if you just got it without the bread and asked for a lemon, it was the best darn schnitzel in town! I hear Ingrid’s isn’t too bad, but I haven’t made it over there just yet. I’ll have to go soon, though!

  • Kris says:
    November 6th, 2008 at 5:58 pm   

    I have been to the Royal Bavarian two or three times in the last six years, but this past four months I have been once a week.

    I completely agree that the prices are on the high side, especially if you are used to the wonderful American plate with more food than one can possibly eat at a reasonable price.

    I cannot comment on the taste of the food, as I am not a great fan of German or Bavarian food since to me it is rather bland. I like to taste the spice when I am eating something (I honestly don’t know how the Europeans did it with out spices for so long). The quality however I have been satisfied with. Also like you I am spoiled to home cooked version (my aunt is from Germany) and even her cooking I don’t do back flips for.

    I do hope that you have were able to give Ingrid’s a try and the German restaurant in Choctaw. I also want to suggest that you try the restaurant in Lawton.

    -tchuss!

  • HT says:
    January 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 am   

    After living in Germany for 4-1/2 years, I absolutely love German food and the beer. Since returning to the US (31 years ago), I always looked for a good German restaurant everywhere I would travel. I have been frequenting Royal Bavaria for the past 13 years. It is, by far, the most authentic – food, beer and atmosphere – this side of the Atlantic! Ingrid’s is a great place also, with great authentic food but the place in Choctaw just never did it for me. For the overall ‘feel and flavor’ of Germany in the US – Royal Bavaria can’t be beat!

  • AJ says:
    May 25th, 2009 at 12:26 pm   

    I wish this place was more affordable, because I loooove it. though I have never strayed from the rainbow trout with hollandaise dill sauce and wild rice- AMAZING.

  • RedGlowX0X0 says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 7:37 pm   

    I’m sorry you didn’t like this place. Its right down the road from us and its wonderful. Its not cheap, but I certainly think everything we ordered was worth the price taste wise. I love the spaetzle and saurbraten.

  • John says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 10:23 am   

    The food and beer are good but you feel that you get nickled and dimed and even screwed if you have kids. Kid’s meal are $6.99 and do not include drink which is additional $2.50. $9.49 to feed a 6 year old chicken strips. Also, even though we ordered an entree for an appetizer, they still charged us a $5. split plate charge because the 3 yr old didn’t get his own kid’s dinner but shared off the parents. (He had his own $2.50 drink). We eat out a lot and are used to high prices at places which doesn’t bother us. I just don’t like getting screwed on kid’s meal. We were party of 4 adults and 5 kids under 10. We had bread baskets, appetizers, wine and beer in addition to our entrees so wasn’t necessarily looking to pinch pennies, just not feel taken advantage of.

  • Owen says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 2:04 pm   

    For good, authentic German food and a great atmosphere Old Germany in Choctaw is the place for lunch or dinner. The lunch special is great, the dinners are awesome and the people are friendly. The atmosphere reminds me of a typical German Gasthouse. I lived in Germany and found this place to be wonderful.
    I thought the Royal Bavaria, with its brewery atmosphere was just that and not a good down home German restaurant I experienced while living in Germany. Royal Bavaria has prices that should have much larger portions and better cuisine. As far as the bread goes, Old Germany is very generous and will refill your bread basket with a variety of German rye and white breads … as part of the meal.
    Drive the extra few miles to Choctaw.

  • Jeff says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 3:57 pm   

    Royal Bavaria’s food is, for the most part, good. However, the portions are a bit small, especially for the price.

  • JC says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 5:23 pm   

    Most of the comments I’ve seen regarding Royal Bavaria relate to price. RB is not any more expensive than Chilis, Charlestons, etc. I lived in Austria for some time and RB is the closest and best, interpretation of german food in OKC.

  • Joe says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 9:09 am   

    I took my wife and a friend to eat at Royal Bavaria last night, the second time I’ve been there in the past couple of months. All I can say is, “Wow!” We truly enjoy going out for the evening to relax and have a good meal and this restaurant is fantastic. Let me tell you some of the reasons why. First, because it’s not just another one of the corporate dining experiences that we Americans have become so accustomed to: loud, crowded, and just not enjoyable in that you’re rushed and the service is normally sub par and borderline rude. RB is the total opposite from the start. It would be an excellent place to take your date out for a romantic evening. Second, the food! Just incredibly good. I recently went to one of the so-called “historical” restaurants in Stock Yard City for a steak and I couldn’t have been more disappointed by every aspect of the experience. It was TERRIBLE. I felt as if I’d been completely ripped off and I’ll never go back. RB was nothing like that. In fact, I can honestly say the food was the best for the price that I’ve eaten in way too long a time. To me, this alone makes RB a treasure that we are fortunate to have in the OKC area. If you appreciate really, really good food, then you need to go to RB and order their Strip Steak dinner for only $23.99. It’s worth every penny, and a far better value (and flavor) than what you will pay a lot more for, for a lot less, at most restaurants in the OKC area. Third, the drinks. I can’t tell you how excellent the King’s Weizen is, but I can tell you this. It is the best/smoothest beer you will ever drink anywhere. I really think it deserves an award. So, for these reasons and so many more, please visit Royal Bavaria and enjoy yourself. You won’t be disappointed, and that will keep this restaurant open and around here for a long time. On a five star scale, Royal Bavaria is a ten. I love this place.

  • Edward says:
    August 18th, 2010 at 8:57 pm   

    Went there this evening. The builbing is well done and the ambiance fairly authentic. Unfortunatly its gets worse from here. The food though edible is not memorable. The beer however is totally forgetable, the guys at the Hoefbrauhaus in Munich would not be able to stop laughing, less than 3.2%???

    The highlights Jenny my server and Jarod the General Manager worked hard to make up for the fact that the native born German owner is above showing his face in the restaurant.

    The lasting impression remains one of the arrogance of the master race. what ever goes is good enough for you Okie’s. There should be a big sign over the establishment as a reminder

    deutschland uber alles

  • Jenny says:
    September 7th, 2010 at 6:25 pm   

    A restaurant serving $20 meals does not demand sophistication. It’s funny, I live in Lawton (not by choice) and it’s Sunday best at Olive Garden. Must be an Oklahoma thing. Lastly, $90 for 3 adults and kids is not that bad.

  • Hanz says:
    October 12th, 2010 at 2:49 pm   

    I believe this article is way off on the review. I am from Bavaria so first off this is the closest you can get German food in all Oklahoma. The authanticity is very close to what I get at home. Also there beers are remarkable with all the full taste and colors. You can see the German purity laws are followed. This article talkes about the price for the food. Well the price is great for all you get. My traveling well worth it. The beers are even the cheapest for a brewery itself. So overal I will give this place a 11 out of 10. The final thing the service is great. Even the owner or manager coming by. This to some of the other comments saying dont speak German here. I spoke with the owner for 10 minutes in German so they were wrong on that aspect as well.

  • Gabriele and Horst says:
    October 18th, 2010 at 7:15 pm   

    I’ve got to ask, did you have to drink 5 beers and get totally tanked to enjoy this food.

    This is the worst place, bar none, that I’ve been to. The management, although walking around to see if you liked the meal, could care less about the answer. When I told him that the meal wasn’t even eaten (with the exception of a bite or two) or spit into the napkin, I still ended up having to pay for it. NICE!

    Don’t go…save your money and gas getting there!!! A TV dinner would have been cheaper and tasted a helluva lot better!!!

  • Christina Schroder says:
    October 18th, 2010 at 7:43 pm   

    My fiance and I grew up in Europe as half European military dependants. Excited to get a taste of Europe again, we decided to make the drive to Royal Bavaria instead of the usual steak and potato meal.

    First of all, we called for directions and were taken aback at how uncooperative and rude they were about us asking for help to find the restaurant. If you want customers, it shouldn’t be too much to give directions.

    Upon arrival, we were pleased with the quaint decor although it was extremely frigid and not exactly a warm cozy dining room. We opted to sit outside where it was breezy but warmer.

    We ordered our drinks and the wine glass actually had lipstick on it (not washed very well). Not wanting to complain the minute we sat down, my fiance simply drank from the other side of the glass. It had been years since I had schnitzel and was really looking forward to an authentic meal. I was disappointed that the waiter forgot my Pommes but attempted to cut into the schnitzel in the meanwhile. This dish was like an old leather shoe. I had a lot of trouble cutting even through the meat. The mushroom gravy had the consistency of a can of condensed soup. My fiance’s meat was cold in the center and seriously appeared to have been defrosted. When the Pommes actually arrived, I asked for ketchup, and decided to eat only the Pommes for my dinner. The Pommes actually got cold awaiting the ketchup to arrive.

    When the waiter checked to see how our meal was, I descretely told him that the meat tasted like it had been cooked in a pan that still had detergent in it. He took the dish to the kitchen and was directed by the chef to tell us what we were tasting was the peppercorn gravy. We both said it wasn’t the peppercorn as we both had tasted it before and asked him to take the plate away. Later on, the manager approached our table and asked us if the waiter told us why our meal tasted that way. He insisted that it was the peppercorn. Again, I politely disagreed with him and told him that it tasted like soap. He continued to argue instead of apologizing or offering to take it off the bill. Clearly not getting good customer service from a manager who did not care, I simply told him that we would never come back. With that, he turned his back on us and walked off. It seemed, while the waiter was sorry and not his fault, they diberately made us wait for our ticket.

    We actually finished our drinks long before the bill arrived. We were astounded that we were charged for two dishes that were not even eaten. WE took the bill to the manager and my fiance told him considering the food was bad and not eaten we should not have been charged for the meals. We let him know that anywhere else management providing good customer service would have deducted the price of the meals from the bill. Instead, he couldn’t even make eye-contact and said we were the only ones who complained and could care less that we didn’t no like their food. Nor did it appear that he wanted any repeat business.

    On the way out, we made sure to stop to tell the next group coming in that the food was terrible. They thought we were joking but I guess they found the truth out when they received their subpar meals. We were so disappointed that our German dining experience was worse than a defrosted TV dinner.

  • Debra says:
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm   

    Food is OK, not like the German in Choctaw, but closer to me. Tonight I was seated in the bar (By mysef) service sucked, and even saw a server paying the manager off for what I don’t know, but made me suspicious!!!! WHAT????? Wont be going back!!! Will go out of my way to go to Choctaw!!!!!

  • Margaret Magerus says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm   

    I wrote on facebook what I thought about your establishment and over priced menu. We were overcharged for too many beers. I don;t mind paying for a meal that is good, but this meal was not good to say the least it “sucked”. Needless to say I will not reccomend your restaurant nor will I sit down at your table at this establishment again,

  • Vickey D. White says:
    September 26th, 2013 at 10:12 am   

    It was so nice to have fresh hot food and the service was great. It was a nice menu. The food was clean, flavorful, hot and tasty.
    Nice and different from the usual chains, most to me are so commercial, over seasoned, greasy, and lack of flavor. This is a nice treat and well worth the $$ for the amount of food that was served. lots of character and busy for a week night, one of Moore’s best kept secrets? I will put this on my list along with The Mandarin Oriental in DC, Nathans in George Town, the Kellogg Institute in Alabama, Eggs n things in Hawaii, The Boulevard Steak House in Edmond Top of The Mark Breakfast, Pizza at Lou Malnati’s and the Paseo Grill in OKC!, Yippee Hooray!!!! Looking for a good Burger and Barbeque though, I could do this for employment, anyone? I’m just saying!!!!

  • Steven says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 10:56 am   

    The Royal Bavaria restaraunt is outstanding. The food is great. I haven’t eaten there in a few years because I have been living in Heidelberg Germany until recently. I look forward to eating at the Royal Bavaria next weekend. About it being pricey………………not so fast. Try eating at a german food restaurant in Germany. Same quality or even less quality than Roal Bavaria but way more expensive than the Royal Bavaria. If you want cheap food go to Golden Corral.

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