Berlin may not be the non plus ultra for gourmets, but not least because of its great versatility and low prices, it can definitely compete with its international rivals. Although there are not as many celebrity chefs here as elsewhere, the numerous unique restaurants and innovative concepts always make up for this.
The following restaurants are divided into three categories:
Expensive (over € 50)
Moderate ( € 25 to € 50)
Inexpensive (up to € 25)
The prices quoted are the average price for a three-course menu for one person and half a bottle of the cheapest wine or house wine. VAT is included, but not the tip.
Only a few restaurants accept credit cards, but most EC cards. You should inquire by phone about any restrictions. The prices usually include 19% VAT. A tip of 5-10% is common for good service.
Roof garden restaurant
The roof garden restaurant is one of the most coveted restaurants in Berlin, as it is located under the futuristic-looking glass dome of the Reichstag building.
The menu features healthy, traditional dishes such as fish and very tasty game. Breakfast is served until 10.30am; in the afternoon coffee and cake are on the menu. Reservations are especially recommended in the evenings.
Address: Tiergarten, Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 226 29 90.
The elegant and traditional Borchardt near the pretty Gendarmenmarkt is preferred by high-ranking politicians and wealthy business people. The refined cuisine is predominantly French, with many meat dishes such as the veal liver in Calvados sauce or the Wiener Schnitzel in the style of the house. Open daily, reservations are recommended.
Address: Mitte, Franzische Strasse 47, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 81 88 62 62.
In the top kitchen of Rutz , Michelin star chef Marco Müller and his team use regional ingredients to create innovative dishes and combinations that surprise the palate of their guests again and again. Artfully arranged, unusual dishes such as pigeon & beech mushrooms as well as koji sturgeon & smoked eel aromas surprise and delight even the most demanding gourmets. The wine list, which looks like a lexicon of grape varieties and wine-growing regions, is also unique.
Address: Chausseestraße 8, Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 24 62 87 60.
Mao Thai is a popular Thai restaurant that is always well attended. The interior decor is typically East Asian and the house specialty is chicken served in coconut, but there are also other imaginative delicacies on the menu such as fried scampi in tomato sauce with chili peppers, spring onions, peppers, pineapple and cucumber. Amazingly inexpensive.
Address: Prenzlauer Berg, Wörther Straße 30, 10405 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 441 92 61.
The resounding success of this almost always full Vietnamese restaurant in Berlin Mitte, which has now become an institution, continues unabated. Even if all tables are occupied, after a few minutes of waiting you always get a seat quite quickly. The service is fast, the food is excellent and inexpensive.
The imaginative dishes combine many different Asian styles, there are also constantly changing daily specials. You can wash it all down with a cool Saigon beer.
Address: Mitte, Alte Schönhauser Straße 46, 10119 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 99 29 69 24.
To the last instance
In the last instance, it is one of the sights of Berlin and it is the oldest restaurant in the capital. It got its current name from a nearby courthouse. Berlin cuisine has been served here since 1621. The dishes, which are prepared with regional ingredients, are typical of Berlin and have creative names that go with the name of the restaurant, such as “insulting action”, “witness testimony” and “injunction”. Although prominent guests from politics and society mingle with the audience time and again, the prices in this historic restaurant with its official or rustic interior are moderate.
Address: Waisenstr. 14-16, 10179 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 242 55 28.
The Hamlet in the west of Berlin has a wonderfully relaxed, modern ambience with a long bar, shimmering candlelight and friendly staff.
The imaginative menu includes traditional French and Arabic dishes such as crepes with spinach and feta cheese or couscous variations. Light meals are served during the day, mainly breakfast, baguettes, salads and omelettes. The international menu is as diverse as the Hamlet customers.
Address: Wilmersdorf, Ludwigkirchstr. 6, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 882 13 61.
The Sophieneck in East Berlin is a long-established family restaurant with an old bar, dark wooden furniture and candles on the tables.
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, the food hearty and filling, e.g. B. knuckle of pork with sauerkraut. Cuban cigars are also available, or you can only get a coffee – maybe with a dash of rum.
Address: Große Hamburger Straße 37, 10115 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 283 40 65.
Vegetarian, homemade filled dumplings made from organic and natural ingredients are available in Momos in four serving sizes and with six different fillings, 5 side dishes and three dips to choose from. If you add soup and dessert, you can enjoy a three-course menu at an absolutely fair price.
Address: Chausseestraße 2, 10115 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 160 268 81 77.