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!
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).
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.
A long glass wall displaying hundreds of wine bottles from around the world—which you pass on the way to the second-floor dining room—makes a fitting entrance to this top-notch wine bar and restaurant.
For lunch, order the signature Knödel (German dumplings).
Surely the coolest vegetarian restaurant in the world; the restaurant is also a club. Menu changes weekly.
A grocery store in the front, and a deligthfully boisterous neighborhood restaurant in the back.
This eclectic eatery, located in Mitte, is housed inside a building that was once home to a Chinese restaurant, and much of the original furnishings still remain.
This quaint café on Wiener Strasse is a popular Berlin gathering spot and welcomes diners with a distinct, neighborhood haunt feeling. The dining room walls are painted in reds and greens, and the space is decorated with everything from beer signs to palm trees.
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.