Restaurants in Berlin
Berlin cuisine offers the same wide variety as the city itself. Over a dozen restaurants in Berlin have earned coveted Michelin stars, including Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer and Hugos. For a Berlin food tradition that’s older than you might expect, try out the Curry 36, Berlin’s best Currywurst (spicy sausage) restaurant. Traditional and affordable, Curry 36 is one of the best restaurants in Berlin.
For a sumptuous mix of style and substance you might want to try Rocco Forte’s Bebel Bar, built into the Hotel de Rome. Adjacent to the reception area, you’ll find a drink list that features more than 60 cocktails, including rare spirits from around the world. The menu features classic German dishes like pig sausage with sauerkraut, grainy mustard, and spreewald pickles. For a cozy café experience, head over to the Café Oliv, a Berlin restaurant where concrete walls and wood slab tables are sweetened with slices of German cheesecake and fruit crumble. It’ll remind you of Germany’s reputation as a country of bakers!
Frarosa is a wine bar/restaurant where you drink all you like and pay whatever you choose. “You put two euros into the pig to begin,” the barman explains, pointing to a bank on the bar.
This unassuming restaurant in Maybachufer draws patrons in with its French- and Algerian-inspired menu, serving such dishes as roast duck and fish platters. The menu changes daily and can be found haphazardly written on a chalkboard hanging in the restaurant.
Henne offers the moistest, crispiest milk-roasted bird to be found in Mitteleuropa, along with a décor that’s a celebration of Berlin as a working-class city, with its wooden ceilings, tartan tablecloths, and dingy, nicotine-stained walls.
Over in Mitte, a mix of fashion and media types frequent this club, built under the tracks of the commuter S-Bahn train.
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.
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.