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!
A Berlin institution and hot spot for the city’s elite, Café Einstein is housed inside a villa that once belonged to silent movie star Henry Porten. The café’s stylish interior recalls the opulence of a bygone era with parquet floors, red and gold curtains, and crisp, white tablecloths.
Enjoy the monstrously sized schnitzel perched atop a tangy potato salad made with onion and vinegar inn this folksy, low-ceilinged, crimson setting.
Designed by Anne Maria Jagdfeld, Uma, an upscale Japanese and sushi restaurant, exudes a modern, Asian feel. The dining room is decorated in shades of gold and black, and the restaurant’s logo, a horse, appears in various incarnations, including statues and embroidered details on napkins.
Nocti Vagus is the city's famous dark restaurant. Based on the idea that depriving a person of one sense with strengthen the others, Nocti Vagus serves diners their meals in complete darkness in the hopes that a lack of sight will enhance the sense of taste and the culinary experience.
Housed inside the Swissôtel Berlin, Restaurant 44 is a strikingly modern eatery. The upscale, contemporary dining room has dark wood floors, off-white chairs, modern art adorning the walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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.
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.
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.