Elegant restaurant, furnished with Art Nouveau furniture from Vienna’s famous Café Aigner. The menu tempts with traditional food, such as Königsberg meatballs and Brandenburg duck with cabbage and hash browns. Many celebrity guests.
›› Mitte, Französische Str. 25, Tel. 2 03 75 18 50
Berlin’s oldest restaurant that was first mentioned in 1410. Cozy interior with beautiful wooden ceiling and modern embellishments. Party room and courtyard beer garden. Offering specials of the season, e.g. asparagus in spring or chanterelles in summer, plus classic dishes such as braised meat and onions Vienna-style.
›› Tegel, Karolinen Str. 12, Tel. 4 33 50 10
First-class German food, served in a picturesque old timber-framed building on Landwehrkanal in a tasteful atmosphere. In the summer you can enjoy your meal outdoors. Reservations recommended.
›› Kreuzberg, Carl-Herz-Ufer 30, Tel. 6 92 33 00
First-rate modern German cooking at the Hotel Albrechtshof. Outside dining in summer in the atmospheric courtyard.
›› Mitte, Albrecht Str. 8, Tel. 30 88 65 20
This attractive little restaurant dating from 1894 takes its name from the master plasterer Bieber. His craftmanship is seen in the charming guest room, which is full of ornaments and timber, and is a real gem. Regularly changing menu. Getting a table at this small but excellent restaurant is often difficult.
›› Wilmersdorf, Durlacher Str. 15, Tel. 8 53 23 90
An institution at Gendarmenmarkt. Business executives and famous politicians often dine here.
›› Mitte, Französische Str. 47, Tel. 81 88 62 62
Diekmann is hidden behind an ivy-covered entrance in a side street off Ku’damm. Simple, yet elegantly furnished interior, German and Brandenburg cooking with a hint of French cuisine (from Brittany oysters to tarte flambée and coq au vin). Excellent selection of wines.
›› Charlottenburg, Meineke Str. 7, Tel. 8 83 33 21
This popular restaurant on the Lietzensee is one of Berlin’s best. Make a reservation if you want to try their Bavarian cooking.
›› Charlottenburg, Witzleben Str. 31, Tel. 6 15 28 10
Decorated with all kinds of fishing gear, offering an enormous selection of fish and meat dishes.
›› Friedrichshain, Samariter Str. 17, Tel. 42 08 13 39
Small, unostentatious bar restaurant with off-white walls and living-room ambience. During the Berlinale, many movie and theater stars come here. The menu offers Franconian cuisine and tasty simple food with a Mediterranean touch.
›› Charlottenburg, Grolman Str. 52 (Savignyplatz), Tel. 3 13 91 84
First-class restaurant, prominently located at the Gendarmenmarkt. Here you can enjoy food, prepared by master chefs in a 1920s Art Nouveau-style ambiance. At the piano bar, you can watch top-notch satirical comedy, theater or concerts while enjoying snacks and cocktails under a Tiffany-style glass dome. Large dome terrace.
›› Mitte, Jäger Str. 56, Tel. 20 17 71 70
An Alsace speciality restaurant that will appeal to all. It’s reasonably priced and the hearty menus in a rustic environment are enough to satisfy anyone’s hunger. Guests can choose between carefully selected German and French wines.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Knaack Str. 37, Tel. 4 42 92 29
High-class gourmet restaurant with Franco-German cuisine. Various à la carte dinners are offered in the stylish Kaisersaal. Reservations are essential.
›› Tiergarten, Bellevue Str.1, Tel. 25 75 14 54
A piece of Bavaria in Berlin. Bavarian beer hall atmosphere, Munich beer from a genuine copper dispensing head and Bavarian delicacies, ranging from Obatzter cheese to the classic pork knuckle with bread dumplings, Leberkäse (Bavarian spam) and beer goulash. Maximilians also has its own Oktoberfest with traditional contests such as who can hold up a liter beer jug for the longest and log-sawing races.
›› Mitte, Friedrich Str. 185-190, Tel. 20 45 05 59
Regional and traditional German cuisine is served in either the Kaminzimmer, Festzimmer, or the large 100-year-old Gewölbeschankraum (domed bar). There’s also a jazz cellar and a theater.
›› Köpenick, Alt-Köpenick 21, Tel. 6 55 51 78
Pretty restaurant. The interior is a mixture of Art Nouveau and modern. The menu ranges from classics such as Eisbein Klassische Berliner Art (pork knuckle Berlin-style) to vegetarian dishes, gratins and a delicious breakfast. Brunches are served at weekends from 10 am.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Husemann Str. 1 (direkt am Kollwitzplatz)
Tel. 4 42 24 94, www.restauration-1900.de
A good atmosphere, balanced value for money and authentic Berlin cuisine are all guaranteed here whether you are in the cozy guest parlor or the beer garden. Diners who like their food a little less hearty will also find something tasty. What’s really great is that vegetarians can find appealing choices beyond the usual obligatory jacket potato with a cream cheese topping.
›› Mitte, Tor Str. 189, Tel. 2 81 73 49
Pretty and comfortable restaurant serving mainly seafood. Lots of special events, such as themed buffets or music evenings. Great selection of good German and international wines, terrace and summer garden.
›› Friedenau, Becker Str. 12, Tel. 8 55 30 08
This restaurant near the Brandenburg Gate is decorated with sandstone and verdigris. On two levels, you can find a “food cabinet” including a bar, café and restaurant. There is also a reading lounge on the gallery with a literature salon. The choice of books ranges from books on Berlin to best sellers. There are frequent readings and Berlin cuisine from sauerkraut platter to rissoles.
›› Mitte, Pariser Platz 6a, Tel. 22 48 94 64
Super-modern, beautiful interior with dark parquet floor and auburn pearwood ceiling, a collection of modern paintings on the walls and an Art Nouveau courtyard. Mediterranean food, cheese and venison, wine list with around 400 entries.
›› Mitte, Jäger Str. 54/55, Tel. 2 02 97 30
The imposing interior of an electricity substation built in 1928 now forms the backdrop for a trendy new restaurant where diners sit beneath stylish lighting and succumb to the temptations of German cuisine. Old-Berlin dishes and classics are prepared in a refined and effortless way, and appropriately according to their era.
›› Kreuzberg, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21, Tel. 61 07 40 33
Top-class Brandenburg dishes and the famous house wines are served in an art-déco ambience.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Lychener Str. 33, Tel. 4 41 18 42
Traditional restaurant, established 100 years ago. The menu offers excellent cuisine with tasty German classics and light modern dishes.
›› Charlottenburg, Richard-Wagner-Str. 57, Tel. 3 41 67 84
Small restaurant, serving exquisite local dishes, using almost exclusively ingredients from Brandenburg. Game, poultry and fish are prepared in an open kitchen and served unadorned.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Kollwitz Str. 50, Tel. 44 05 76 78
On the banks of the River Spree in the heart of Berlin, customers here can recover from big-city hustle and bustle with German-Austrian cuisine in stylish surroundings or in the shady beer garden.
›› Tiergarten, Elisabeth-Abegg-Str. 1, Tel. 33 09 97 20
Following Berlin tradition, probably the best broiled chicken has been served here for more than 90 years, also in the pleasant beer garden in summer.
›› Kreuzberg, Leuschnerdamm 25, Tel. 6 14 77 30
With antlers on the wall and a typical traditional Austrian atmosphere, giant schnitzels, Austrian pancake with raisins and other Austrian delicacies at moderate prices. Reservations are strongly recommended.
›› Kreuzberg, Bergmann Str. 30, Tel. 6 94 44 40
A cozy, interesting restaurant for lovers of Austrian cuisine that opened in 2009. Dishes reflect hearty Austrian humor with names such as crusty Vienna Schnitzel or the “agile Alpine farmer,” a pastry filled with black pudding, red onions and apple slices covered in cheese.
›› Friedenau, Rheingau Str. 14, Tel. 34 06 74 07
Top-class modern Austrian cooking, served in a simple atmosphere with a beautiful view of the Spree.
›› Mitte, Schiffbauer Damm 6-7, Tel. 28 59 85 85
Traditional southern German and Austrian specialties. The interior is pleasantly unostentatious. You can have a drink in the beer garden without ordering food.
›› Kreuzberg, Erkelenzdamm 17, Tel. 61 65 68 62
This restaurant has been an artists’ meeting-place for more than 100 years. Serving Palatinate and Austrian food.
›› Charlottenburg, Grolman Str. 47, Tel. 8 81 53 29
This pleasant German-Austrian café and restaurant, which is decorated in green and purple tones, offers excellent food at reasonable prices.
›› Kreuzberg, Muskauer Str. 1, Tel. 6 12 35 81
Despite the kangaroo in its name, this restaurant has nothing to do with Australia. It’s a thoroughly Austrian eatery. You can start with a draft Stiegl beer while sitting on a ski lift chair at the bar. Afterwards enjoy schnitzels or roast meats from the restaurant’s own butchers in Salzburg. Original Sachertorte (chocolate cake) is also made here according to mom’s recipe. It doesn’t get any more Austrian.
›› Kreuzberg, Muskauer Str. 13, Tel. 65 79 96 30