When in Berlin try traditional dishes, experience international flavours and kick back in beer gardens at these must-visit restaurant and bars.
German food, including large, hearty meals with local beer, can be enjoyed year round at some of these restaurant. But if traditional dishes aren’t your thing, try one of Berlin’s Michelin Starred restaurants, some raw vegetarian cuisine or a unique Asian fusion meal for something a little more modern.
Then, whether you want to down beers with locals or sip on craft cocktails in a bar, we’ve got the best recommendations for delicious drinks too.
Berlin restaurants for that true German experience
Dickie Wirtin, translated to Fat Landlady, is a favourite among locals and students.
On the menu you’ll find typical German fare in hearty portions.
There are also nine varieties of beer on tap, with over 30 in-house brandies and liquors.
Carmerstraße 9, 10623 Berlin
FACIL is a sleek and elegant two Michelin Star restaurant in the heart of Berlin.
The menu consists of light fare served in a luxurious and modern setting.
The ingredients are all fresh and mostly local, and feature in creative and modern dishes that are both subtle, yet distinctive.
Potsdamer Straße 3, 10785 Berlin
Restaurant Tim Raue
Restaurant Tim Raue is one of Berlin’s top restaurants serving dishes that are inspired by multiple Asian cuisines. According to their website, the food is made with "Japanese product perfection, Thai aromas, and Chinese culinary philosophy.”
You won’t find oodles or rice served as side dishes here, and no white sugar is used.
Instead, animal products are king, and the key to creating the powerful flavours of each unique dish.
Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26, 10969 Berlin
Ristorante A Mano
Look no further than Ristorante A Mano for comfort food in the form of traditional Italian cuisine. Sit down in the relaxed environment and be charmed by the spectacular waitstaff.
The dishes change daily for a refreshing menu that pairs well with their wine list.
Strausberger Pl 2, 10243 Berlin
Some of the best European dishes originate from Austria, with the most famous being Wiener schnitzel.
Jolesch serves one of the best in the city along with many other classic Germanic dishes.
But if you crave something different you can try one of the more adventurous dishes from the chef’s seasonally changing menu.
Muskauer Straße 1, 10997 Berlin
Head to Restaurant Schlossgarten for some traditional German fare. Cosy up in the dining room or enjoy the outdoors in the large beer garden.
The menu features German cuisine with game specialties.
Seasonal dishes that are known in the region are also available for an extra special German meal.
Schloßstraße 64, 14059 Berlin
This popular restaurant is a must try while in Berlin. Its prices are steep but worth it for the exquisite tastes and portions.
There is an international menu but Grill Royal is most known for their steaks.
Slide into a table here, right on the banks for the Spree river for an unforgettable, tasteful and trendy evening.
Friedrichstraße 105b, 10117 Berlin
Max und Moritz
For classic German fare try out this family-friendly establishment, operating since 1902.
The history of the inn is preserved with the original decorated walls and dark wood furniture.
Don’t miss out on trying the Kreuzberger Molle, a special beer brewed just for Max und Moritz.
Oranienstraße 162, 10969 Berlin
Berlin is known as the top destination in Germany for vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Daluma is one of the best in the city, serving delicious plant-based dishes that have both locals and visitors lining up.
Lunch can be enjoyed on site, or you can stop by to pick up a freshly-pressed juice to go. From hearty breakfasts to green smoothies, all dishes are healthy, organic and packed with superfoods. Yet each is also beyond tasty!
Weinbergsweg 3, 10119 Berlin
For those craving a stop at a typical German bierhaus look no further that Hofbräu. As well as lending its name to this beer house, Hofbräu is one of Germany’s most famous beers, and Berlin is just one of the amazing locations serving it.
Waiters dress in traditional Bavarian costume, there is live music and hearty dishes are served. You’ll get beer straight from the barrel, Austrian and Swabian delicacies and you can enjoy it all in the hall that fits up to 4,000 people.
Karl-Liebknecht-Str 30, 10178 Berlin
This vintage speakeasy pulls in a crowd of regulars made up of gallery lovers and locals from the area who love to party.
CLassic 80s tunes are played around-the-clock, with artsy decor on the walls and living-room-like furniture adding to the retro feel.
On the menu you’ll find classic and craft cocktails plus the usual budget-friendly beers and wine.
Torstraße 89, 10119 Berlin
A trip to Germany isn’t complete unless you try some beer. HOME is the perfect bar to do so, even for picky drinkers.
On tap are 8 craft beers and 30 bottles for a wide selection of drinks from around the world.
There’s also the option to try one of the guest beers on the rotating tap or the house special, a beer float. The chic-yet-rustic interior is inviting, making this joint an upcoming hot spot.
Neue Bahnhofstraße 23, 10245 Berlin
Food tours and cooking classes
Discover the many tastes of Berlin with food tours that lead you to the best classic dishes, or guides that show you the top food spots at night by bike.
Berlin evening food tour
Berlin food tour
Berlin walking tour
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Feature image: Jolesch