Since moving to Berlin in the Fall of 2016, I’ve had the pleasure of dining at some of the capital’s absolute top restaurants. Berlin might not be best known for its dining scene, but these venues are certainly worth traveling for. Here are my 5 favorites - plus a couple of extra recommendations.
Located inside the prestigious The Regent Berlin, this two Michelin-star restaurant combines world-class gastronomy with great service and stylish surroundings. Chef Christian Lohse’s kitchen is classic and mainly fish-inspired using only the best ingredients. There’s a reason why this restaurant has been awarded two stars for the past seven years!
More information: www.fischersfritz-berlin.de
Fancy creative cuisine full of intense flavors and playful elements? Then Horvath should be on top of your list! This two Michelin-star restaurant in Kreuzberg offers a different yet very delicate cuisine, friendly service and a cosy garden in which you can enjoy your dinner during summer.
For more information: www.restaurant-horvath.de
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
Another two Michelin-star restaurant in Berlin - this one is located inside the famous Hotel Adlon Kempinski. Treat yourself with an outstanding European-inspired cuisine created by Chef Hendrik Otto in the capital’s most elegant surroundings. The comprehensive wine menu will make any sommelier’s heart beat a little faster, and guests have a splendid view directly to Brandenburger Gate.
More information: www.kempinski.com
There’s a certain calmness about this restaurant, which is also awarded two Michelin-stars. Facil is like a peaceful and elegant oasis in the heart of bustling city. Both cuisine and interior is light, modern and delicate. French-inspired gourmet food with a view - Facil is located on the fifth floor, but there’s still plenty of greenery outside the windows, which adds to a pleasant ambience.
More information: www.facil.de
Asian cuisine with a modern twist - Tim Raue creates little masterpieces with few, but high quality ingredients. Guests will experience the full palette of flavors ranging from sweet and sour to mild and savoury. The lunch menu is very popular and affordable too.
For more information: www.tim-raue.com
Extra: Laid-back elegance
- Nobelhart & Schmutzig
Clean, local food. That’s what you can expect when dining at Nobelhart & Schmutzig, who take pride in the use of local ingredients and a simple yet tasty cuisine. Spoil your palette with high quality ingredients from Berlin and its surroundings areas and forget about “exotic” ingredients such as lemon, pepper, chocolate and curry. There’s a single 10-course menu - no a la carte - and 28 seats by a long counter. The ambience is laid-back and friendly.
For more information: www.nobelhartundschmutzig.com
- The Raw Bar & Grill, Chrome Cottage
Located inside the cosy boutique hotel Chrome Cottage in Friedrichshain, The Raw Bar & Grill offers a simple, but premium selection of juicy burgers and dry aged steaks. Cool, laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff and great cocktails during weekends. There are also vegetarian options.
For more information: www.chromehotels.com
- Grill Royal
Known for its wide selection of grilled meats, Grill Royal is any meat lovers paradise. Guests select their own cuts from a glass cabinet and no one leaves the table hungry! There’s an extensive wine menu as well.
Grill Royal is a stylish restaurant nestling on the River Spree with live music on weekends.
For more information: www.grillroyal.com
Dudu is a trendy Asian restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere - right in the heart of the city. Sushi chefs are preparing your meal in the open kitchen and cocktails are magnificent. This popular venue attracts a wide audience, so make sure to book a table in advance. Prices are very reasonable.