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!
The canal-front restaurant spotlights regional dishes such as lamb with chanterelles, fresh tarragon, and apricots.
Käfer, located on the top floor of the Reichstag, the building that houses the German Parliament, offers diners unparalleled views of the building’s famous glass dome from its garden terrace. The cuisine is classic German fare, created from local produce.
For a bite to eat, stop into this pizza restaurant popular with couples who come for the ballroom dancing.
There are no toilets at Burgermeister, which is somewhat curious as the place itself is really a toilet. No joke; it is actually a 19th-century cast-iron public bathroom that’s been recommisioned as an Imbiss, or snack joint.
Chef Stefan Hartmann adds a Mediterranean twist to New German flavors (think seared foie gras with beetroot and caramelized apples).
A dark restaurant, unsicht-Bar is built upon the principle that a lack of sight will enhance the other senses, including the sense of taste. Diners are greeted in the lit foyer, where they select their drinks and meals.
The Michelin Star award-winning Hugos is located on the 14th floor of the InterContinental Berlin and offers diners panoramic city views to complement their meals. However spectacular the views may be, the cuisine is not to be outdone.
Restaurant Remake, located in the trendy Mitte district, showcases the globally-influenced, eclectic cuisine of chef Stephan Maron. At only 30, Maron has already honed his culinary skills in positions at such respectable places as the Grand Hyatt Berlin and Ma Tim Raue.
Located in the Hotel Adlon Kempinski are star chef Tim Raue’s twin restaurants. Uma is more low-key, with an open kitchen and a Japanese-inspired mix-and-match menu, and Ma Tim Raue veers more toward the eccentric (fish maw) and extravagant (diamond-label beef).
Though nominally Turkish, the restaurant also smartly plays with the flavors of the Mediterranean. In other words, the greasy döner kebab that feeds Berlin’s workers and party people is blessedly absent from the menu.
One of the city's most highly-regarded restaurants, Borchardt was originally founded by A.F.W. Borchardt in 1853. Today, the restaurant is a go-to dining destination for visiting luminaries, and it has served the likes of Barack Obama and Mick Jagger.
The trendy Paris Bar is located in the Charlottenburg district and evokes the atmosphere of a chic Parisian brasserie. The restaurant has long attracted the city’s artistic and literary set, along with global celebrities, including Madonna and Robert De Niro.