Germany

Restaurants in Germany

At Germany restaurants that specialize in the local cuisine, you will enjoy a bounty of hearty fare. The style of food is very meat-centric and savory roasts, like the traditional and delicious sauerbraten, a Bavarian Pork roast and hearty stews, like the meat and veggie-filled pichelsteiner. Traditional restaurants in Germany pair these substantial mains with equally robust sides, like potatoes or spaetzle, an egg noodle common in the country’s cuisine.

The country’s huge variety — there are thousands! — of sausages (known as wursts) are available at street carts and casual restaurants in Germany. Make it a point to try the currywurst, a delicious dish of curry sauce, fries, and sausage that is the country’s most popular street food.

Additionally, thanks to the country’s rich and very long history of brewing, some of the best restaurants in Germany for tourists to enjoy a laid-back afternoon of traditional eating and drinking are the beer halls. Different regions have their own beer specialties you can sample, and communal tables give you a chance to meet local residents.

A cozy tapas bar in what may just be the tallest and most fanciful half-timbered house in the Mosel.

Chef Stefan Hartmann adds a Mediterranean twist to New German flavors (think seared foie gras with beetroot and caramelized apples).

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.

At the Historische Weinwirtschaft (“Historical Wine Inn”), a stone-walled restaurant with a wood-beamed ceiling, dogs and children run around freely, popping up every so often at tables, which had been made from an old wooden bed.

Splurge on truffled pasta at this Potsdam restaurant housed in a waterfront mansion.

Wooden elephants and stone Buddhas announce the restaurant’s upscale Thai theme (though the menu is a mix of Thai dishes and sushi) with typical Munich extravagance.

Under a heavy timbered ceiling, tables of smartly dressed locals toast important occasions with rounds of schnapps and feast on crisp schnitzel smothered in creamed chanterelles. The sauerbraten—beef braised in vinegar, wine, and super-rich beef stock—can’t find anywhere else.

This 200-year-old inn dishes out classic regional food, including stellar house-smoked salmon and eel.

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.

In the busy basement enoteca, decidedly less pricey and formal than the fine-dining room upstairs, dark walnut tables are full of hip young locals; it’s like being back in the 21st century.

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.