Glockenspiel Restaurant Mt. Angel

Review by Osoyummy
Valentines Day is the day I try not to be a tightwad and actually give my wife a nice night on the town.
Last night was only our 2nd time out without our daughter since she was born Oct 2006.
After calling a lot of places much closer to home (Bentley's Grill, Davincis, Silver Grille in Silverton) without much notice
(DAY BEFORE FEBRUARY 14TH), I stumbled across The Glockenspiel Restaurant & Pub in Mount Angel http://www.glockenspielrestaurant.net/glockenspiel

The 30 minute drive from Salem was enjoyable, but unfortunately there's not really much to do in Mount Angel
outside of Octoberfest. We were seated at the time we had reserved. I'm not sure if the management crammed more tables
in for this busy night, but my wife was back-to-back with the diner behind her. The restaurant was loud with conversation
and live guitar music.

Dinner started out with "Wurstplatte & Rotkohl: Bratwurst and smoked German sausage with Glockenspiel braised red cabbage, gherkins and coarse ground German mustard." The cabbage was a nice mix of sweet & sour. The German sausage was quite spicy (but good), & my wife liked the brat (I did not).


For our entrees we shared"Engelberg Chicken: Tender chicken breast sautéed and topped with a creamy Pacific crab and gorgonzola cheese sauce"

and
"Weiner Schnitzel : Hands down, our top seller! Hand breaded pork, fried to golden perfection and served with Chef Paul's famous savory brown sauce. Brighten it with a squeeze of fresh lemon"

The chicken was indeed tender & creamy. The schnitzel was perfectly fried & very easy to cut.
We chose spaetzle & skin-on mashed potatoes for our sides, & asparagus came standard.

The cocktails my wife had with dinner (Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop) were very strong but tasty. My Spaten was served cold in a tall glass.

If we hadn't been so full, we would have tried their dessert.

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. If they hadn't been at capacity, they might have gotten 5 out of 5.
Our server was very attentive and accommodated our request to get out of there in under an hour.
We did not use the restroom, but the dining room was clean.

-Osoyummy

21 comments:

jeff said...

Ooooooh, good German Food this close to Salem?

Soon, soon....

Anonymous said...

That should be dessert, not desert. :)

Anonymous said...

OK, so I took your advice and ate here with my parents and we had the Weiner Schnitzel. Unfortunately, we lived in Germany at one point in our lives--military brat--and the food here was poor. The beer I ordered they didn't have. The food was burned on the bottom but attempted to hide by gravy. The red cabbage was inedible. The service was slow even though the restaurants wasn't terribly busy at 1 pm on a Saturday. I will say the desserts were the one good thing. We enjoyed the peanut butter pie and the apple streudel.

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to try this restaurant since it opened. i finally did.. Unfortunatly I won't again. I ordered the Weiner Schnitzel, (nooooo flavor at all, pasta had no flavor and a bit cold. and the green beans could tell from a bag on fresh.) The beer was good but not that cold. Service was ok. Unfortunatly both of us ordered the same thing, but all was inedible. hardly anything was eaten off our plates and we still had to pay. Not a good experience.

Anonymous said...

Food was fine, not impressive, though. The two times I have been there the server has been very distracted and unattentive. Doesn't make for the greatest dining experience when one has to repeat an order or have to remind the server bring flatware or refill a drink.

Anonymous said...

Not a good dining experience. I should have known when I walked in and we were the only souls in the entire restaurant. Food was horrible,especially the fondue (it was like velveta swiss cheese) yucky. and the food itself had NO flavor. service was slow, (and we were the only ones there). Nice ambiance though. Maybe drinks are better than food.

Anonymous said...

We just dined here last week, early April. We had a party of six with reservations.

First, too crowded with tables. Service was not that great, we had to ask for everything. Fondue was clumpy and cold. No hint of wine in it.

We all had different things. I guess the sausage plate, and a pasta plate were the best dinners there that night. Their food is bland. We could hardly hear each other, it was so loud. And the prices for what you got, weren't the best.

One of the owners, a lady who called herself "Henri", kept coming by before we got served, and told us the Fondue was to die for, and get the Shnitzel...We did both, and was sorry. She did more blabbing than anything. And when I asked her the soup of the day, she didn't know, so she asked a server, who also didn't know! Yah, right on the ball here folks.

We most likley won't be back. Run up to Gustav's up in Clackamas folks, it's good. By the way, I've been to Germany now four times in the last 10 years. My husband used to live there. The Glockenspiel is not authentic German Food at all...

Anonymous said...

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone like the place? Someone must have had a good experience there.......

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we did not stay to try the food, 25 minutes and no wanted to take our order. This was after asking 2 x. We will never return there.

Anonymous said...

THIS PLACE WAS TERRIBLE BUT GOING THERE HELPED US FIND SOME REAL AUTHENTIC FOOD AT THE MOUNT ANGEL SAUSAGE COMPANY, GOOD BEER, GREAT SAUSAGES WE HAD ITALIAN AND KNOCKWURST, IT WAS WONDERFUL AND WE WERE ABLE TO BUY SOME TO TAKE HOME AS WELL. A++

Anonymous said...

In spite of all the negatives, we decided to take a chance. The place was packed on a Thursday night. It was excellent! He had the Weinerschnitzel with potatoes, I had the hazlenut crusted chicken and spaetzle. He the salad with creamy raspberry dressing, I the white bean and sausage soup. Shared a chocolate mousse dessert. Service was prompt but not overbearing and our server was great with suggestions. The wine - a Wachtenburg Winzer Pinot Noir - was perfect with our meal. We have enough for lunch tomorrow, too. To top it off, we watched the glockenspiel go around! Glad we didn't listen to the naysayers.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you had a good experience. I hope it HAS changed. it certainly needed to. I hope it really has improved. It is good to know that someone has had good food there.. I will need to try it again. thank you for the taste update.

Anonymous said...

we went back and it still sucked!!

Anonymous said...

I tried it again recently within the last week. Still the food was completely terrible. I have a feeling that the group that posted the positive posting must have owned it, or has never had the experience of enjoying what quality food is suppose to taste like. (not cardboard)

Anonymous said...

We just had breakfast (brunch?) there on Sunday at 10:30 and everything we got was great. Among us 4 we tried the Hazelnut French Toast, the Stuffed french toast with Marionberries and cream cheese, and the "Glockenspiel Breakfast", a huge offering with the main piece being WeinerSchnitzel. Service was really good and even though there was a mix up with our 2 orders of stuffed toast (only one was put it), they simply split the order and brought it out 2 pieces at a time. I actually work in Mt. Angel and my co-workers and I are going to go in for lunch this or next week, so I'll report back then.

Anonymous said...

Growing up German with 1st generation grand parents who all lived in Milwaukee, WI, I can tell you taht I grew up on German food and this place was the pits. I've been forced to eat there twice due to groups meeting there. First of all, German gravy is deep rich brown from either browning the flour in your oven or by making a nice brown roux first - they did neither and the gravy tasted like it was from a package. No wonder they barely give you enough to have a small dot-worth on each bite. Then, the spatzle...is supposed to be made mostly from riced potatoes and be heavy in starch, but not gummy, theirs were gluey, gummy and glumpy and just nasty. And I think they must fry their stuff in olive oil (which is unheard of) because the last time I got the weinerschnitzel, it was sitting in a green-ish puddle of oil and I was totally grossed out. Who in Germany uses olive oil???

Both experiences were just awful - I sure hope they change hands so they can get some truly authentic food in there.

Anonymous said...

I am a German living in the area. We always go visit the Octoberfest. I'm first generation here (since 10 years) and I still cook German at home. I do not like this restaurant very much. The Wiener Schnitzel was pale and bland.
My own homemade one is WAY better.

Anonymous said...

The service was good only before we placed our order. The service went downhill from there. We never saw the waitress after the food was served. The food was dry and with little taste. The fish was 18.00 and way overpriced and overcooked and was served cold. I wish I had seen these reviews before we went.

Anonymous said...

I have been to The Glockenspiel Restaurant twice. The first time, I was alone, about a month after it opened, the second time was with a couple of friends with whom I lived in Austria for a year, couple of months ago. I had the schnitzel both times, and I'm sorry to say that it did not improve from the first time to the next. It didn't taste bad, but it didn't have much of a taste period. I believe that the brown sauce that comes with it is an attempt to hide the fact that the schnitzel is so painfully bland. A good schnitzel should be able to stand on its own, brown sauce or no. As for the fondue, I'll just say that I would have made a different recipe choice.

I do like the ambience of the place, and the service both times was decent. The beer selection is also nice.

I'm not writing this because I want this place to fail. Just the opposite. It's the only place in Mt. Angel that has the potential to be a destination spot for out-of-towners (other than the Abbey, perhaps) during the non-Oktoberfest times (a.k.a. the rest of the year). But they really need to improve some items on their menu. As it is now, it's neither worth the price or the trip. I think this board is a testament to that.

Anonymous said...

We were visiting relatives in Oregon and ate there with a party of 8. The food was clearly fresh and outstanding, especially the schnitzel that was moist and tender. The beer was an excellent Pilsner on the recommendation of the waitress. the Spaetzle was fresh and tasty as was the asparagus. A couple of teens traded sausages to suit their tastes and they gobbled up all the fries that actually tasted like potatoes. Except for not keeping us posted on progress of the preparation, service was good and all the food was stove hot and not heat-lamped. Water glasses were constantly filled and service was cheerful.