Berlin

Restaurants in Berlin

One of the first upscale restaurants to grace Prenzlauer Berg’s leafy Kollwitzplatz square, Gugelhof has hosted some pretty A-list diners since it opened in the mid 1990s (including former heads of state Bill Clinton and Gerhard Schroeder).

This upscale restaurant is located at the stylish Brandenburger Hof hotel and is overseen by Finnish culinary master Sauli Kemppainen, who has created a menu of his signature Mediterranean-influenced, Scandinavian cuisine.

Easily recognizable by its logo — an inverted version of the famous McDonald’s® golden arches — W Imbiss is a unique eatery in the Kastanienallee area of Prenzlauer Berg. The restaurant’s menu is largely based on Indian cuisine, although Mexican and Asian dishes are also included.

Open since the spring of 2007, this terrific Spree-riverfront steak house is still one of the city’s see-and-be-seen hot spots.

So adored is Berlin currywurst (a hefty sliced pork sausage slathered in curry-spiked ketchup) that there’s even a new museum devoted to it. Curry 36, in Kreuzberg, is the place for a fix—especially after midnight.

A French bistro located inside the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, Desbrosses serves a menu of classic, French- and German-inspired meals, including grilled sausage and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and minute steak with green beans and french fries.

Vau

A Michelin Star recipient, VAU opened in the Mitte district in 1997. The restaurant, located near the Gendarmenmarkt, serves the traditional German and French cuisine of chef Kolja Kleeberg.

This Michelin starred restaurant is widely considered one of Berlin’s best. Located just steps from the Brandenburg Gate, the dining room’s minimalistic amber interiors and gold leaf ceilings provide an elegant spot to dine in this energetic and edgy city.

This formal wood-paneled dining room is one of the grandest in the city and the only one with two Michelin stars. Walking into the room you pass a rolling silver Christofle lobster press parked in the corner.

A popular, Austrian-themed eatery overlooking the Gendarmenmarkt, Lutter & Wegner serves a menu largely composed of Austrian cuisine, including game dishes, specials like lamb medallions and entrecôte with béarnaise sauce, and the traditional wiener schnitzel served with potato salad.

Make sure to order the pork-filled spring roll with prawns and garden beans at this spot on the River Spree.

Facil, on the top floor of the Mandala Hotel at Potsdamer Platz, is reminiscent of the clean lines of the Neue Nationalgalerie down the street, and one is mesmerized by the two rows of chestnut trees—yellow and green in equal measure—shivering in the autumn cold on the attractive patio.

The restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine and the most flattering lighting in town.