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By Lauren Hill | December 15 2017
Germany now lays claim to some of the best dining in Europe. In the last 20 or so years, Michelin inspectors have beaten a path to Berlin’s best restaurants and dealt stars left, right and center. The country’s capital city boasts Michelin-starred restaurants as well as places to eat in Berlin that fly under the radar. Traditional German fare is hearty (or sweet in the case of Berlin’s namesake donut), but outside influence has brought flavors from around the world as well as a sustainable approach to cooking that gives the city a well-rounded dining scene. Here, you’ll just as soon find classic bratwurst as upscale vegetarian dishes, both perfectly complemented by an ice-cold Hefeweizen or Kölsch beer. From romantic restaurants in Berlin to fine-dining establishments serving distinctly German cuisine, these are our picks of the six best restaurants in Berlin.
Now helmed by chef Eberhard Lange, Hugos has a firm place on the map among Berlin’s gourmet restaurants. Here, the chef brings German and regional produce together with international influence to create innovative fusion dishes. The wine list will please even the most demanding buffs, and the views of the city are astounding. Located on the 14th floor of the InterContinental Berlin, the city’s vistas don’t come much better than this. Hugos has been recognized by the Michelin Guide with an excellent one-star rating.
A gastronomic institution, Lutter & Wegner has been serving traditional Bavarian fare on the Gendarmenmarkt since 1811, and a better schnitzel you will not find.
With a wealth of foreign foods in the city, Lutter & Wegner is one of the best places to eat in Berlin, harkening back to more Teutonic tastes and the princely wood-clad building throngs with locals and tourists alike. Highlights include the wiener schnitzel and the sauerbraten (marinated roast beef), and as one of Berlin’s most revered wine merchants, Lutter & Wegner will find you the perfect pairing for your dish.
This gourmet steakhouse has caused quite a stir since it first opened. Penélope Cruz, Damien Hirst and Marilyn Manson are just some of the glitterati to join local devotees in dining at Grill Royal. The retro chic decor brings James Bond to mind, with Ikora lamps from the sixties, smoked mirror partitions and even a whole speedboat, just for show. The meat and fish hang in massive glass-door fridges, allowing you to pick the piece which takes your fancy, while the open kitchen means there are no cook’s secrets here. The chef is a connoisseur of quality meat and his dishes will impress even the most devout carnivores — the surf ’n’ turf is a particular favorite. In the summer, the river-facing window opens so diners can enjoy a cool breeze drifting in from the Spree.
After years in limbo between East and West Berlin, Potsdamer Platz has now established its place as a commercial hub, and Facil has played a starring role. In the quiet atrium of the modern Mandala Hotel, Facil has become a popular choice for the Mitte fashion set, lured by the stylish design and dazzling food which earned the restaurant two Michelin stars. With a retractable glass roof and a terrace adorned with bamboo and maple, this is one of the most serene dining spots in the otherwise vibrant district.
When Reinstoff opened in 2009, it quickly became the most talked about restaurant in town. Chef Daniel Achilles won a Michelin star just six months after opening and Gault&Millau’s ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in 2010.
Now boasting two Michelin stars, Reinstoff is one of the most innovative places to eat in the capital with its industrial black interior and unique mix of haute cuisine and molecular gastronomy. The menu labels dishes as ‘nearby’ or ‘far away’ according to where the ingredients were sourced, with ‘nearby’ dishes containing familiar flavors and ‘far away’ more exotic ones. Each course is paired with the perfect wine and with such a piquant range of dishes you can happily spend a whole evening here.
Rutz is an upscale, modern wine bar, shop and restaurant proudly sporting two Michelin stars. Head Chef Marco Müller creates creative, international dishes with a modern twist using regional produce and meat. The chef’s gourmet creations are available à la carte or as tasting menus and each menu is paired with wine from the bar’s extensive international list. The ‘Inspiration’ menu features dishes such as sturgeon belly, mackerel and artichoke with sheep’s whey and green bacon.