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The best German restaurants in Berlin

Sometimes there's nothing quite like a hearty meal and that's what Germans do best. Here's our list of the best places to get German - and Austrian - food in Berlin.

Rogacki

Hearty sailor fare: fish fillet with potato salad at Rogacki. Photo: David von Becker

Rogacki has been at home in Charlottenburg since 1932, both as a daytime restaurant and as a delicatessen. Dishes are conjured up from the delicatessen range, like fillet tips with chanterelles or stir-fried vegetables with wild rice. Above all though, Rogacki is about fried, steamed or smoked fish. The fish fillet with potato salad is their classic dish, that cements Rogacki as a West Berlin institution, alongside the likes of Grill Royale and Borchardt.

  • Rogacki, Wilmersdorfer Str. 145/46, website.

Lebensmittel in Mitte

A great place to eat asparagus when the season comes. Photo: Veronica Jonsson

This is one of our favourites. Lebensmittel in Mitte started out as a delicatessen, selling groceries alongside their regular menu, hence the name. It hardly does that anymore, but it does provide some excellent German food. Try the classics like Käsespätzle (you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better version in the city) or Bavarian pork with dumplings and Sauerkraut. Or turn up for lunch and discover they’re serving some half-forgotten German classic like Senfeier (literally, mustard eggs). It’s got a nice, cosy rustic atmosphere and a great selection of German wines. It’s also *the* place to go when spargelzeit inevitably rolls around. Last tip? The lunch menu is significantly cheaper than at dinner time.

  • Lebensmittel in Mitte, Rochstraße 2, Closed Mon-Sun, otherwise 12:00-23:30 daily

Borchardt

Famous and notorious – especially for its schnitzel. Photo: imago/Steinach

As mentioned before, Borchardt is an institution. A traditional favourite meeting place of the rich and famous as well as celebrities of every stripe. Its legendary Wiener Schnitzel alone makes it worth visiting once. Whether at lunchtime or in the evening, there is an unmistakeable “see and be seen” element to Borchardt, but it’s still delicious.

Prater Garten

Pratergarten: a microcosm of 21st-century Prenzlauer Berg. Photo: linaroosa Viitanen

We love Prater Garten here at Exberliner, in fact our writer Änne Troester had some interesting thoughts on it. It’s also one of our favourite beer gardens. But did you know that the food is excellent too? Creamy pumpkin soups, grilled fish, Königsberger Klopse and Appel strudel to finish it off. See you there!

  • Prater Garden, Kastanienallee 7-9, website.

Kumpel & Keule

Kumpel & Keule in Markthalle 9. Photo: IMAGO / Jürgen Ritter

Both a butcher’s and a restaurant, Kumpel & Keule are part of a new wave of meat eaters seeking to make meat consumption more ethical and environmentally friendly, rethinking every step of the process from paddock to plate. The best part is, it’s delicious. From dry-aged burgers to grass-fed beef tartare, ox cheeks braised for 24 hours and acorn-fed pork secreto. They also serve craft beer (made by their friends) and excellent wines.

  • Kumpel & Keule,Skalitzer Str. 97, website.

Engelberg

Engelberg Cafe and Bar Terrace on Oderberger Str. Photo: IMAGO / agefotostock

It doesn’t get any more German than the breakfast offered here. On the adorable Oderburger Straße get your fill of Brötchen or sourdough bread with cheese and cold-cuts, and choose your own Wurst to go with it! If that’s not your thing try the Goulash or Käsespätzle.

Einstein Stammhaus

One of Berlin’s best terraces, oder? . Photo: Anna Blancke

Since its renovation in 1979, the Einstein Stammhaus is definitely one of the most beautiful Viennese coffee house in the city. They offer everything from the Wiener Melange to Wiener Schnitzel, good white wines, the occasional celebrity and a quiet, large garden behind the villa. In the evening, the posh Lebensstern bar opens on the first floor.

  • Einstein Stammhaus, Kurfürstenstraße, website.

Dicke Wirtin

It’s all about hearty food at Dicke Wirtin. Photo: Dicke Wirtin

Dicke Wirtin on Savignyplatz is one of the last beacons of Berlin pub culture with a good selection of beers and classic pub cuisine at reasonable prices: lard sandwiches to make yourself (lard!? to make yourself!?), meatballs and stews. You will find neighbourhood locals and tourists here, as well as suits rushing in to catch the football.

  • Dicke Wirtin,Carmerstraße 9, website

Max & Moritz

At Max and Moritz you can enjoy a real Berlin style inn. Photo: Daniela Friebel/HiPi

Another place where you can find some traditional Berliner authenticity. Max & Moritz, named after German folklore’s most mischievous duo, this is a great place to soak up pub atmosphere. Pro tip: try the Bollenfleisch, a stew with green beans and lamb. If you’ve never tried Eisbein here is the place to do it (don’t waste your money on Tim Raue).

  • Max & Moritz, Oranienstraße 162, website

Clärchens Ballhaus

It’s also available vegan, by the way! Photo: F. Anthea Schaap

There are some months of the year when you’d rather sit outside! The courtyard at Clärchens is one of the best spots in Berlin (and definitely in Mitte) to do that. If its too cold, don’t stress! The interior is gorgeous too. Expect radishes, Riesling, Wiener Schnitzel (with or without anchovies – and even a vegetarian option!) and some classic Berlin hospitality.

  • Clärchens Ballhaus, Auguststraße 24/25, website.

Austria

Austrian hospitality is very important here. Photo: Anna Blancke

Ok, this is not *technically* German, but we’re going to include it anyway. Nothing beats a fried chicken with potato salad. Except maybe Viennese style goulash. Not to mention the Wiener Schnitzel, the original veal, followed by apple strudel or Kaiserschmarrn. In the rustic, down-to-earth tavern on Kreuzberg’s Marheinekeplatz, particularly popular amongst younger foodies, you can take a culinary tour of Austria and discover some of the incredible wines they grow in the mountains over there.

  • Austria, Bergmannstraße 30, Kreuzberg, website.

Schnitzelei

Schnitzel dreams do come true. Photo: Schnitzelei/Arnaud Sengier

As the name suggests, they do schnitzels here. And not only Viennese style, but also without breading or even rolled, if that’s your thing. If that’s too much of a schnitzel for you, you should try the German tapas – a specialty of the house: classics such as meatballs, Königsberger Klopse or currywurst served as small plates. Not a new idea, but delicious nonetheless.

  • Schnitzelei, Charlottenburg Röntgenstraße 7b, website
  • Schnitzelei Mitte Chausseestraße 8/Novalisstraße 11,