Restaurants in Berlin
Restaurants in Berlin are melting pots of culture and gastronomic delight. The city's culinary traditions have been immensely influenced over the years by its vibrant immigrant community, with authentic international cuisines growing to cement a firm place on the city's food scene.
The flagship dish of Berlin is the simple yet satisfying boulette, a combination of fried meatball and hamburger often accompanied by Berliner Weiße, a traditional mix of sour beer and juice. The highly popular Doner Kebab from Turkish influence is one the most popular fast food dishes, while German favourites like beer and pretzels are stocked in abundance.
The central Mitte borough, which also contains many of the prime tourist sights, is the best bet for eating out in Berlin. Brimming with a wide variety of restaurants, Oranienburger Street is a particularly enticing option, featuring a buzzing atmosphere and many of the city's most popular restaurants.
Nocti Vagus Dark Restaurant
This unique restaurant serves food in completely dark rooms by blind waiters. The idea is that diners will concentrate more on the taste of the food if other senses are deprived, and it seems they are right. The unseen food is delicious and the unusual sensation of eating in the dark is novel and fun, with plenty of giggling in the restaurant.
Address: Saarbrücker Str. 36-38
Telephone: (030) 7474 9123
One of the trendier places to dine in Berlin is the Dachgarten in the rooftop dome of the Reichstag. From the dome in the historic centre of Berlin, there are amazing views across the city. The menu is delightful too, including healthy traditional cuisine like the light fish and venison dishes. Reservations are vital unless you wish to join a long queue, and your best bet of getting a table is at breakfast.
Address: Platz de Republik 1
Telephone: (030) 226 2990
An elegant and opulent dining experience, Heising serves up high-quality French cuisine. All meals are served on KPM porcelain and beautifully presented, from salmon tartare with fresh mango to guinea fowl with truffle essence. The restaurant is open daily for supper, from 7pm. Reservations are recommended.
Address: Rankestrasse 32
Telephone: 030 213 3952
Haveli is consistently rated very highly by tourists and is a great option for those seeking out delicious Indian food at good value. It serves anything from homemade cream cheese paneer to an array of saags, kormas and vindaloos. The restaurant is family-run, the portions extremely generous and the food delicious.
Address: Luitpoldstrasse 26
Telephone: 30 2191 8686
Diekmann im Weinhaus Huth
Emulating a Paris bistro, the Weinhaus Huth is an interesting dining venue not just because of its charming décor or outstanding menu. It's actually the only original building left on the Potsdamer Platz, having survived the ravages of war and the demolition of the Berlin Wall. Highlights on the menu include tarte flambee and fresh oysters.
Address: Alte Potsdamer Strasse 5, Tiergarten
Telephone: 030 883 3321
You cannot beat the thin base pizzas that keep customers flocking to this lively restaurant in Charlottenberg. The XII Apostel is trendy and popular because of its novel idea of offering 12 pizza varieties, one named for each apostle of Jesus Christ. The biggest and tastiest is reputedly the Judas. The décor is flashy Italian Renaissance and the atmosphere is usually busy and bustling.
Address: Bleibtreustrasse 49
Telephone: 030 312 1433
Zur Letzten Instanz
Zur Letzten Instanz is an historic establishment off Alexanderplatz providing hearty German comfort food such as Eisbein, potato dumplings, suckling pig, cabbage and tankards of beer. It's also the oldest restaurant in Berlin, documented as far back as 1525, and has enjoyed such esteemed patronage as Napoleon Bonaparte himself. The name was inspired by a nearby courthouse and means 'without further appeal'. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 1am.
Address: Waisenstrase 14-16, Mitte
Telephone: 030 242 5528
Traditionally a popular and fashionable spot to dine after the theatre, Ganymed has been around for decades serving good food in generous portions, gamely continuing to do business in East Berlin throughout the Cold War years. There are two formal dining rooms, with one overlooking the Spree. Examples of menu highlights are goose liver terrine, Eisbein, schnitzels, mussels in Choron sauce and pheasant breast wrapped in Black Forest ham.
Address: Schiffbauerdamm 5, Berlin-Mitte
Telephone: (030) 2859 9046
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