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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
This unique café is housed inside an 1882 building and exists in order to celebrate and promote German literature. The restaurant and café occupy two rooms in the building, and outdoor seating is available in the garden when the weather permits.
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.
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.
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.
For lunch, order the signature Knödel (German dumplings).