This list of great restaurants in Berlin includes exciting venues that happily buck convention and do their own thing to excellent effect. A global outlook combines effortlessly with a focus on sourcing local and seasonal ingredients at most of these top places.

    From Michelin-starred dining spots to venues with intimate spaces tucked away from prying eyes, the variety and choice of restaurants will delight foodies visiting Germany's vibrant capital. Read on to learn more about where to eat in Berlin and what to try, pack your bags, and be prepared to enjoy great food with cool settings and exceptional services.

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    Einstein Unter Den Linden

    Politicians’ favorite spot close to the Reichstag

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    Einstein Unter Den Linden often throngs with politicians and journalists, which is hardly unexpected since it’s a short walk from the Reichstag (which houses the lower house of Berlin's parliament). Travelers will find it just as easily by walking down the street from the Brandenburg Gate.

    Its dark wood paneling and cozy booths provide a little privacy for those important conversations, regardless of their content. The food is unmistakably Austrian, with a Viennese menu containing dishes such as wiener schnitzel and apfelstrudel (apple strudel). 

    Location: Unter den Linden 42, 10117 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +49 (0)302 043632

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    Zur Letzten Instanz

    Traditional German restaurant with a long history

    Zur Letzten Instanz is a great place to enjoy classic German dishes in Berlin. The restaurant allegedly gets its name from a legal battle between 2 farmers that was eventually settled on this spot. There’s been an inn on this site since 1621. The current incarnation originally opened in 1924, but the building was severely damaged in WWII and reopened in 1963.

    The restaurant has a spiral staircase and brick floor, as well as a tiled stove in front. It boasts a celebrity clientele, which includes the likes of Jack Nicholson, Jackie Chan, and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

    Location: Waisenstraße 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from noon to 11 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +49 (0)302 425528

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    Restaurant Tim Raue

    Sophisticated Michelin dining in Kreuzberg

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    Restaurant Tim Raue is founded by an eponymous chef, who was born in Berlin but knows a thing or 2 about Asian cuisine. Raue describes his food as “a combination of Japanese product perfection, Thai aromas and Chinese culinary philosophy”.

    Unconstrained by national boundaries, there’s a freedom to this pan-Asian approach. Langoustines with Vietnamese nuoc mam (dipping sauce), Chinese dim sum with white truffle, and Waygu beef with red and green pepper, are just some of the dishes that showcase the man’s talents.

    Location: Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26, 10969 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 6.30 pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from noon to 3 pm and from 6.30 pm to midnight (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +49 (0)302 5937930

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    ORA

    Trendy European fare in a repurposed 19th-century pharmacy

    ORA is one of the most exciting restaurants to open in the North Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Berlin. It breathes new life into an old pharmacy that opened on Oranienplatz in 1861. When the new tenants picked up the keys, the only 3 letters that remained on the building’s neon sign were O, R and A, hence the name.

    The decor references times past – you'll find old medicine cabinets, pharmacy knick-knacks, original tiled floors, and green leather seating. In contrast, ORA offers a contemporary European food menu.    

    Location: Oranienpl. 14, 10999 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 5 pm to midnight (closed Saturdays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +49 (0)305 0955889

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    Restaurant FACIL

    Inventive Michelin-starred dining spot in Berlin

    FACIL is a Michelin-starred restaurant that showcases the creativity of its celebrated chef and culinary team. There’s a democratic modus operandi in the kitchen. Each member of the kitchen, regardless of their role, is encouraged to contribute ideas for dishes that please everyone.

    The menu at FACIL is seasonal. Fine scallops, veal and venison are elevated with caviar, truffles, oysters, and other cleverly combined ingredients to create a memorable meal.

    Location: The Mandala Hotel, Potsdamer Str. 3, 10785 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Monday–Friday from noon to 2 pm and from 7 pm to 10 pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +49 (0)305 90051234

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    CODA Dessert Dining

    Skip straight to dessert

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    CODA Dessert Dining is a unique Michelin-starred restaurant that focuses solely on dessert. It offers a decadent 4-course tasting menu and an even more indulgent 7-course tasting menu. Inspired by classic patisseries, this is the place for desserts that are unlike anything you’ve eaten before.

    For a start, there’s no refined sugar on the menu – every dish is naturally sweetened and contains rather surprising ingredients. Expect dishes such as lemon cheesecake with coffee and celery, raclette waffle with yogurt and kimchi, or Ecuadorian chocolate mousse with shiitake mushrooms, chickpea and hazelnut.

    Location: Friedelstraße 47, 12047 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 6 pm to midnight (closed Sundays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +49 (0)309 1496396

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    Kin Dee

    Thai cuisine with a contemporary twist

    Kin Dee is a Thai restaurant in Berlin that sources meat, fish and vegetables sustainably. There’s a policy of trying to use local ingredients where possible.

    The sauces and curry paste that flavor each dish are all made from scratch. In keeping with tradition, fish sauce is used as a seasoning. Food is also served in sharing portions to embrace the Thai spirit of community.

    Location: Lützowstraße 81, 10785 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 6 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +49 (0)302 155294

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    Lode & Stijn

    Dynamic and inventive cooking from a couple of Dutchmen

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    Lode & Stijn is the brainchild of Lode van Zuylen and Stijn Remi, who are very talented chefs from the Netherlands. Before opening this restaurant, they’ve cemented a reputation earned via pop-ups and delighted their fans by bringing bitterballen (breaded and fried meatball) to the German capital.

    Lode & Stijn presents a divine tasting menu that pairs ripened sturgeon with broiled leek and walnut leaf oil, monkfish with peppers and lemon verbena, and poached pear with cherry blossom sabayon and sorrel sorbet.

    Location: Lausitzer Str. 25, 10999 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 7 pm to 10 pm (closed Sundays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +49 (0)306 5214507

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    Ernst

    A cozy resyaurant in Berlin's Wedding district

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    Ernst brings the intimacy of dining at home to a typical restaurant experience in the multicultural Wedding district of Berlin. You might need some patience to secure a reservation as this highly sought-after place has only 8 seats. The menu is seasonal, so every visit is a different experience.

    You sit at a counter, where you can watch your food being prepared in Ernst's open kitchen. The chef and his culinary team’s meticulous attention to detail and skillful combination of flavors and ingredients keeps regular patrons eager to come back for more. 

    Location: Gerichtstraße 54, 13347 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 7.30 pm to midnight (closed Sundays to Tuesdays)

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    Otto

    A neighbourhood pantry serving ‘art on a plate’

    Otto is a restaurant that also acts as a neighbourhood pantry in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district. The menu is deceptively simple, with few ingredients on the plate, but all are cooked to perfection.

    Standout dishes include smoked trout rillettes and potato rosti, wild boar tartare with broiled bread, roe deer with chanterelle confit, and beet served in brown butter and sorrel. Otto is around 750 meters south of the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark.

    Location: Oderberger Str. 56, 10435 Berlin, Germany

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 6 pm to 11 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Phone: +49 (0)305 8705176

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    Julia Hammond | Contributing Writer

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