Top Restaurants In Berlin

Brauhaus Mitte

Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 13, 10178 Tel (030) 308 789 89

This Brauhaus is set opposite the busy Alexanderplatz and is the perfect spot to relax after a day of sightseeing in the eastern downtown area. The menu features delicious Berlin dishes such as the pork knuckle with sauerkraut and mashed potato or “Bouletten”, Berlin-style cold meatballs.

Brauhaus Georgbräu

Spreeufer 4, 10178 Tel (030) 242 42 44

At first sight, this restaurant looks like a typical tourist trap with large tables, big dining halls and masses of people, but you should not be fooled. If you are not a fan of sausages, try Brauhausknüller, a Berlin dish with pork knuckle, mashed split peas, Sauerkraut and potatoes with cold beer.

Historische Weinstuben

Poststraße 23, 10178 Tel (030) 242 41 07

This popular wine bar is housed in one of the most decorative buildings of the Nicolaiviertel. Traditional dishes from Berlin, such as Kohl or Rinderrouladen (rolled and roasted stuffed beef), can be accompanied by a drink from a small but exquisite wine list of 50 mostly German vintages.

Oxymoron

Rosenthaler Straße 40–41, 10178 Tel (030) 283 918 86

This fashionable restaurant, with its distinctive red-and-gold interior reminiscent of a 19th-century salon, has mainlyMediterraneanand light German dishes on the menu. For lunch, dine at a table in the courtyard, which is the most beautiful inside historic Hackesche Höfe, and enjoy excellent fare at a reasonable price.

XII Apostel

Georgenstraße 2, 10117 Tel (030) 201 02 22

Picturesquely situated in the old arcade of an S-Bahn railway bridge nearMuseumIsland, this restaurant offers popular Italian cuisine. The thin, crispy pizza creations from a stone oven are a speciality here, and are named after the 12 apostles. Ironically, Judas is the most sumptuous.

Lutter & Wegner

Charlottenstraße 56, 10117 Tel (030) 202 954 17

The first restaurant to start the revitalization of the gourmet scene in the historic centre of Eastern Berlin. A fine German champagne brand until today, it now serves delicious German–Austrian food. The huge Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad, best served lukewarm, is a delight as are the duck and goose specialities in winter.

Sale E Tabacchi

Kochstraße 18, 10969 Tel (030) 252 11 55

The Sale E Tabacchi offers reliable Italian food (but almost never pizza) in a dark, cosy Kreuzberg interior. In summer, the courtyard is the preferred dining area, mostly frequented by politicians and journalists from the neighbouring newspaper companies. For lunch, try one of the inexpensive three-course meals.

Zum Nussbaum

Am Nussbaum 3, 10178 Tel (030) 242 30 95

Situated in an alley in the Nicolaiviertel, this is a reconstruction of a 16th-century country inn, serving traditional Berlincuisine, with tender pork knuckle, rollmops or Berliner Boulette, a spicy hamburger pattie without a bun. In summer, dine in its garden and enjoy the various brands of local beer.

Vau

Jägerstraße 54–55, 10117 Tel (030) 202 97 30

This restaurant stands out with its elegant and unpretentious interior. The excellent and imaginative Austrian- and French-based dishes are created byBerlin’s star chef, Kolja Kleeberg. The service is welcoming and there is a selection of good wines. The small courtyard is used during lunch. Closed Sun.

Nolle  

Georgenstraße 203, 10117 Tel (030) 208 26 55

The Nolle is a pleasantly decorated, 1920s-style Berlinrestaurant tucked way under the S-Bahn tracks. The lush greenery around the place, the elegantly appointed tables and candlelight make a perfect setting for its international and German dishes. The Schnitzel selection is impressive.

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