The Indian curry house is exactly that: a curry house run by Indians. The food is pretty good for an Indian restaurant, and tastes authentic, although the spiciness of the food has been toned down for the German palette. The decor, the music, the food and the service is traditionally Indian, and you can even buy bottles of Indian Cobra beer (brewed in Poland). There was a good selection of dishes on the menu, and as is typical of real Indian restaurants, the vegetarian options were good and plentiful.
Tucked in between the Schlossplatz and the Marktplatz, is the garishly styled Brazilian theme bar, Rio Brasil. Looking more like a bar transplanted from central Sydney than its namesake Rio de Janeiro, this bar serves up average food at above average prices. The fare is mostly burgers, served in a variety of Latin-American based variations, including the ubiquitous chili-burger. The menu feels more Mexican than Brazil, but I have little experience of Brazilian cooking, so what would I know.
Dolphins is a fairly decent restaurant upstairs at the cinema, that does some pretty good burgers and steaks. There are some vegetarian options, but the menus are in German, and the staff don't tend to be very good at English, so it can be quite difficult if you are fussy. If you like burgers, though, it is pretty simple, as you can't go wrong with cheese, chilli and other toppings. The service is pretty fast and friendly, although nothing special. One word of advice is to not sit around the corner at the back of the restaurant, as it can get very smoky.
McDonalds is always a safe bet if you can't find anything else open, or suitable, and the McDonalds in Coburg is nearly always open after everything else has shut. There are two McDonalds in Coburg, but the other is out of town near the Tegut supermarket, so you won't be seeing a lot of that, unless you live locally and have a car. The service is fast, as you would expect, but is a little different to that which I've experienced elsewhere: they will actually bring the food to your table. They have additional menu options to what you might be used to, as well, including salads, veggie burgers and even beer. While the staff is typically McDonalds, there was one guy who wins my award for the friendliest McDonalds staff in the world. That's no mean feat, as I've been to a lot of McDonalds, but the Georgian guy (ex-Soviet Union not America) was particularly memorable.
If you are reading this at McDonalds, Coburg, you should give that guy a pay rise!
Flamers specialises in American style home made flame burgers, and vies with the Hungry Highlander for being Coburg's friendliest restaurant. In my opinion it just about wins, thanks to the beyond the call of duty helpfulness and friendliness of the owners. The food is very tasty, and very good value, especially the home made burgers and the mozzarella sticks. The vegetarian option consists of slightly soggy veggie burgers, but they are the only ones you will get in town. Obviously the staff speaks very good English, as the chef is American and his wife sounds like she is. They also made us all feel like part of the family. Highly recommended.
They also do take-aways and deliveries.
Specialising in all things potato, the Kartoffel, the name of which you can probably work out the meaning, is a cosy little eatery just outside the main drag. The place is much like an English pub, but serves very German food, most of it based around the potato. Potato soup, fried potato pancakes, Thurlingian potato dumplings, potato wedges, etc. Being a very German restaurant, there's not much in the way of vegetarian food, and even the potato soup has meat in. There is at least one vegetarian option, and you can, as usual, take the schafskase salat mit kartoffelpuffer. The food is good, and filling, and the service is friendly, even if they can't speak English. Don't take your best clothes, though, or plan to go out after eating there, as your clothes will smell overwhelmingly of fried potatoes!
Just opposite Annabell's is the Adelphi Greek restaurant. The food here is excellent, although extremely limited for vegetarians; the schafskase omelette and the folia kartoffel (baked potato) are about your only choices. The deserts are also excellent. The service could be improved considerably, however. Apart from not speaking a word of English, which is forgivable, the staff are surly and food is just dropped on your table, like the trip to your table was a real nuisance to them.
Probably the most obvious choice for the vegetarian is the wholefood (Naturkost) restaurant Tie on Leopoldstraße 14. Just take a right at the steps to the park in the main square, and keep walking. The food here is organic, and very fresh, and also a little pricier than elsewhere. They also serve a number of organic meat dishes, so be sure to ask what is "vegetarisch". They don't speak a lot of English here, but they try. The place opens every evening but Tuesday.
Henneberger Haus has wonderful real German dishes, great service, good beer. It's located not far from the city square behind the Luther school. Closed on Tuesday. When I am in town that is my favorite place to eat lunch.
Favorite Dish: They have what is called "Roladen". Thin beef rolled up with bacon and a pickle and onions. Very delicious.
A very historic ambiance in a very warm-hearted, comfortable restaurant. Our server was wonderfully hospitable and spoke excellent English.
Favorite Dish: Bratwurst and fantastic side dishes. Excellent regional beer selection, too.
Being a small city, Coburg hasn't got a great deal of great restaurants, and of that few, four are Italian. New to the fold, or at least new to me, is Dal Passatore. The food is great, both pasta and pizza, and the service is friendly and genuinely Italian, like the other three greats in the city. It's a little more expensive than average, and attracts a well dressed crowd, although you won't need a shirt and tie. It can get a little busy on weekends, so you might want to reserve a seat ahead of time.
I don't rate this Italian restaurant as highly as Macaronis, but it is good, and what is best about it is that it usually has free tables on a Friday and Saturday night. Pretty much every other decent restaurant in town is fully booked by 7pm on these days, so it makes a welcome refuge. The food is pretty good, the service is friendly and some English is spoken. The owners are genuine Italians, and so is the food.
Update: this place has improved dramatically since they stole the pizza chef from Macaronis.
Tucked in a back street near the market place is a small little bistro/cafe with good value food and many daily specials. The food ranges from French, to German to Italian, depending on the mood of the owners, but is generally pretty good. As with the food the popularity changes from week to week, sometimes packed and sometimes empty.
The more I visit this place, the more I like it. It's now one of my favourites for lunch.
Open from 10am until 1am every day.
I thought that Maccaroni was the undisputed best Italian food in town, but there is a rival down Callenberger Straße. It is of a very high quality, but it comes with a price. It's about 50% more expensive than the Maccaroni, and the portions tend to be a lot smaller. That said the pizza is good value, and a good size portions. The service is also extremely good, and all the staff seem to speak English. The seating and environment was very plush, and I felt a little out of place in my casual clothes. They also have a pizza delivery and take away service next door.
Opening times: 11.30-14.00 and 17.00-23.30. Closed Tuesdays.
This is a far more professional and stylish Indian restaurant than the one on Judengasse, but it is one of the strangest Indian restaurants I have ever been too. The food is all authentic sounding, but the spices have almost been completely removed, to cater for the more sensitive German palate. The Sag Aloo I had tasted like potatoes and spinach in a savoury cream sauce, without a hint a pepper, coriander or any spice of any kind. It still tastes good, but be aware that it might not be exactly what you are expecting. The service is also good, and they speak some English.
Open 11.00-14.00, 17.30-0.00 all days except Monday.