Just next to KaDeWe is this little restaurant where you can get nice German fare and Berlin beer. The spätzle might not be as cheesy as in Schwaben and the flammkuchen as good as along the French border but the taste is definately there and the selection is nice. You can also have a hearty "farmers breakfast" or just a coffee for that matter. All in a nice setting with pictures from the Faust legend on the walls in this otherwise art noveau interior.
Favorite Dish: Spätzle...
The restaurant is located in a basement close to the Brecht Theatre. It's cozy, intimate, rustic, but not really very special. What makes it special is the enormous range of potatodishes. And the taste.. The whole consept of this kind of no-nonsense food, based on the humble vegetable. And they succeed.
Favorite Dish: We had only a plate of boiled potatoes, fresh asparagus and ham with homemade (I belive) Hollandaise. Yet it is one of the most tasteful dinners I've had, and trust me; I've had many! I don't know what made it so unforgettable; it was sort of "clean". No funny stuff, just great tasting meat, vegetables, gravy and the best potatoes I have ever tasted. No doubt I'm going back the next time I'm in Berlin. Made me want to go back to Norway and start my own potatocellar. Which I didn't, I'm afraid.
beer gardens are more of a south German thing, not really typical of Berlin or northern Germany. But in the lovely neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg you can find a really pleasant, artsy beer garden, Prater Garten. It has a theater, a club (Bastard) and an enormous beer garden. There's also an indoor restaurant if you are there in the winter, and I like to take friends who visit there, because you can get some genuine German food (wurst, mashed potato rolls, the works) in generous portions and drink beer too before you head off clubbing. Most of the people who go are also neighborhood twenty and thirtysomethings, so it has a nice youthful air.
Excellent friendly place. We were given a tip at the VT meeting by Nigel to visit this place and he wasn't wrong.
A typical German restaurant with its wooden interior and beer mugs all over the walls, also look out for the ornate cash register.
Excellent value for money as well. Serves food until about 11pm.
Favorite Dish: I had the "Lammhax´n mit Backkartoffel und Kräuterrahm" (Lamb shanks with jacket potato) which was excellent, all washed down with 3 half litres of Hefeweizen.
Really good...definately go there again
Weihenstephaner I believe are the oldest brewer in Germany and are of course Bavarian.
The restaurant/bar has a good selection on the menu, the food is very good and portions aren't too bad. Maybe a bit pricey but you pay for the location. As they only have their own beer the selection isn't vast but there are usually 4 or 5 to chose from. As they are Bavarian there is also a large selection of Obstlers or fruit schnappes as weel. The bar may not seem large but there is also a large cellar and in the summer tables and chairs outside.
Favorite Dish: I like the bratwurst with mashed potatoes.
We wanted to get into a traditional Berlin/German restaurant and found this excellent place in the AA spiral guidebook we had for the trip.
The basement bar was clean and tidy and the service was polite and prompt...as it always is in Germany. We had just about translated the menu from German and had made our choices when the waiter gave us another menu with English translation...we had got most things right down to the pea puree.
Favorite Dish: Nic had the excellent "Berliner Eisbein mit deftigem Sauerkraut, hausgemachtem Erbspüree sowie Speckstippe
und Salzkartoffeln" (Ham knuckle with mashed potato and sauerkraut...see travelogue for photo) and I had the really tasty "Rosa gebratene Kalbsleber "Berliner Art" in Rosmarinbutter mit glasierten Zwiebeln, gebratenen Apfelscheiben und Kartoffelschnee" (Calf livers with apple)...all washed down with some excellent Berliner beer.
We didn't manage to get to the dessert menu as we thought we leave some room for more beer.
I would certainly eat here again.
To get this straight: In my book, the only thing typically German is to consider almost everything "typically German".
When it comes to dine in a "typically German" restaurant, it is likely, that you will end up in a place, frequented by tourists more than Berliners.
There's a reason why few restaurants serve "typically German" food. This "poor man's" cuisine has lost its attractiveness since wealth has grown somewhat since the end of WWII. Younger Germans (as well as those in the menopause) are more fond of Austrian, Mediterranean, French, Asian and even American food - as long as the respective meals match local taste. In Berlin, locals typically enjoy meals that could be considered "international" but adapted to local taste.
Berlin has never been the epitome of German cuisine anyway. South-west Germany is different: Spätzle, Maultaschen, lentil stew and what not have survived for a reason. But Berlin? Currywurst anyone?
You might think that there has to be a restaurant that focusses on traditional, local cuisine and is not frequented by tourists. There is, and if you don't mind if the restaurant is "upper class", my first suggestion would be "Restaurant Zander", Kollwitzstraße 50 (subway station: Senefelder Platz, Tuesday - Sunday from 6 p.m. on). Zander serves regional cuisine, hence their menue doesn't always read very mouthwatering, but they know what they do. (Main courses: € 20 - 30, 4-course menue ~ € 45).
Right across the street is Guggelhof. Here, the chef focusses on the three-country-corner (Germany, France, Switzerland), most notably the Alsace - which is French, yes ... still ...
Still you shouldn't wipe Gugelhof, less noble than Zander, from your list. And they open on Mondays, too. Ask for their English/French/Italian/Spanish (pick one) menue (Main courses: € 10 - 20).
From a restaurant to a pub: Deponie (see tip). Deponie is no place to really go dining, but being economy class, it is closer to being "typically Berlin". (€ 5 - 12)
Favorite Dish: http://www.zander-restaurant.de
Konnopke's Imbiss has been here since 1930, and is a great place to get the popular currywurst. While currywurst is available at may imbiss stands throughout Berlin, Konnopke's retains its original style and character. The food is still served by employees wearing striped pink and white uniforms, and the customers in line include those from all walks of life.
Prater Beergarten has been here for many generations, and is a great place to spend time sitting outside drinking beer, eating and visiting. It draws a large, friendly crowd of people who share wood tables throughout the day.
Favorite Dish: Bratwurst
A cool, cozy restaurant serving Southern German cuisine, wines, and cocktails. Food served late (til 11 p.m.) and portions are large and tasty. There is a menu in English, but you have to ask for it. Staff is friendly and helpful. It was very busy on a Tuesday night, but we waited at the bar and got a table fairly quickly.
Favorite Dish: Maultaschen (pork-filled ravioli in an nion sauce). It was tasty and different. Apparently was created by Southern German Catholics to disguise the meat they ate on Fridays. My friend had a similar version with vegetables inside. All dishes came with salad and sides such as potato salad.
The street vendor equipped with this movable vehicle-grill on my picture prepared and sold typical German snack called bratwurst. "Wurst" means a sausage while "bratwurst" a fried sausage in German language. In real it was a huge fried (grilled) sausage in a small bun - yummy!
I must admit that one Bratwurst can be enough for lunch, maybe even for two not very hungry people!
It was very tasty, inexpensive, fast and a good alternative to standing at the Imbiss. I liked the friendly atmosphere as well.
Favorite Dish: Bratwurst !
In touristy Nikolaiviertel, this place has a cosy German wooden interior at one end and a small room with a film theme in the other. Outside there are tables along the walls as in the picture. It is a restaurant full of Berlin dishes such as pork knuckles and various pans with meats fried and served with sauce. All of course with good beer. We got a friendly waitress too, although that's of course never a guarantee.
Favorite Dish: Pork knuckles.
As an apology on the previous restaurant tips - my daughter Kim simply loves the typical german food :
- Curry wurst with fries and mostard, no ketchup- no mayo - just mostard
But i have some remarks
- Why is she wearing dark glasses - to be unrecognisable ?
- Why are some non German visitors of the Zoo and just passing by laughing, looking at her menu plate?
- Why did Kim take as drink a energy rebuilding drink with carot taste and wellknown as a preverable drink for diet patients ?
All unanswered questions untill now.
As punishment she offered me (paid by myself) a pint of Berliner Weisse - a real torture for a belgian beer lover.
But we had a nice time !
Favorite Dish: For me : none
For Kim : she eats everything - especially asperagous with organical food like kidneys and liver
A great BierGarten in Kastanienallee, unfortunately when we went there it was raining so we had to sit inside. The place is very Bohemian-like .The people are almost exclusively locals (they were actually surprised to see tourists there). The food is just GREAT. Going to a Biergarten one expects the fatty German food. But everything was just delicious, from the Goat cheese salad, to the mushrooms, the divine potatoes and the lamb with Bier sauce. They had a good selection of beer, and it wasn't very expensive
Favorite Dish: Lamb with Bier sauce with baked potatoes - surprisingly light and very tasty!
Hubby and I ate here before his scheduled train home (I remained in Berlin for another week for my class). It was a brewery restaurant which featured their own beers as well as serving up some good food. One of the highlights for Hubby’s trip to Berlin (or his trip to any place actually) is to visit the local breweries and have a taste. The fact that Hopfingerbräu was in a convenient location for us and the perfect timing for lunch made the stop all the better.
It was a beautiful day in Berlin so we opted to sit outside. The inside was still a bit crowded and the restaurant didn’t mind travelers with their luggage, which was all over place! Our table was initially in the sun but as our meal went on, we found ourselves in the shade and it got a bit chilly. But we enjoyed the fresh air and people watching anyways. And there was a very unique sculpture of a horse beside our table (see my photo).
Our server was efficient and helpful. Hubby was able to sample two of their beers and he had spicy goulash soup for lunch, which was served with German brown bread. I had a really good salad with grilled chicken strips and some white wine. Both of our meals were delicious and filling. Our total bill came to under €23.
And later in the day, after Hubby had boarded his train and I had met my fellow students, I came back with a group who all wanted to try this restaurant. I did not know at the time that we’d wind up at the same place, sitting almost at the same table, and with the same server as earlier in the day! I was still full from lunch so I simply had a drink and a pretzel. The others with me all ordered different meals and they were all very pleased with their food.
As with many restaurants, you can view their menu online at the restaurant’s website (link below). This is especially helpful is the menu is only in German, allowing one to translate and make a decision ahead of time. Although at the Hopfingerbräu and most of the other restaurants we went to in Berlin, menus were available in English.
The restaurant is open daily from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm. You can find it on the top level of shops at the train station.
Would I go here again? Well, since I went twice in one day, I guess I’d have to say yes. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here, simply because there are so many other places to try in Berlin. But if I were at the train station and had time, I would choose this restaurant over the many fast food places available.