Restaurant Neni, photo: 25hours Hotel
Berlin’s restaurant scene has never been more vibrant and pulsating. It’s part of the appeal of living in this city. It changes all the time, some things come, some things go. The city is in constant motion. We’ve seen a lot of places come and go here but the good ones always stick aroung. We have compiled a list of 14 of our favorite restaurants in Berlin that come with concepts and ideas that enrich this city. Enjoy this restaurant guide. Guten Appetit!
A chic new restaurant run by the Icelandic cook Victoria Eliasdóttir promises a nice evening in a special ambiance. The meals are arranged like little pieces of art and will give your taste buds a new, exciting experience. Definitely worth it! The Icelandic cuisine specializes in fish and seafood.
Mittelstraße 40/41, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Open Tue-Sat 18-03h, Tel.: +49 30 330060760
If you want to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch with friends in a sweet new restaurant, you should visit The Klub Kitchen. The menu varies weekly and offers a great selection of delicious dishes, such as various quinoa salads, home-made granola or pasta with green asparagus. Everything is delicious and at the same time healthy and fresh.
Mulackstr. 15, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open Mon-Sat 10-19h, Tel.: +49 30 23455877
photos: The Klub Kitchen
Located in the heart of Kreuzberg at Skalitzer Straße close to Görlitzer Bahnhof, this new Italian restaurant has one of the best locations in town. Contrary to typical Italian places, it is more modern and fresh, while still being down-to-earth and welcoming for everybody. The food is as good as Italian cooking gets with everything you would wish for, including pasta, meat and fish dishes. We especially enjoyed the mixed starter plate with all the delicious Italian finger food you can imagine.
Skalitzer Str. 34, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open daily 17-01h, Tel.: +49 30 – 69 50 69 30
Brand new gas grills that are mounted in the middle of the tables in the restaurant allow a special barbecue experience at Ushido. You get your raw food served and then it’s your time to make it like you love it! If you’re coming in for lunch, have some Japanese lunch boxes or bowls. The restaurant pays great attention to a balanced, healthy and varied preparation of their food.
Lychener Str. 18, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open daily 18-23h + lunch Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun 12-14:30h, Tel.: +49 30 55242448
The Crackers is one of the hot new restaurants in town but it does have quite a history. The place used to be a club called Cookies for a long time, run by the same owner. The Cookies was a legendary club in Berlin with many reincarnations and venues since the 90s. But in time the owner changed his concept as his decades-long followers simply grew out of being club kids. The success of the big sister, vegetarian restaurant Cookie’s Cream, which is in the same building, was the model for the new concept of the club space and so it was changed into an elegant, contemporary restaurant with a exquisite food concept focused on high quality meat dishes. The place is definitely perfect to impress a date or business partner for dinner or a drink later at the bar. There are special DJ nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Saturdays.
Friedrichstraße 158, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Open daily 18h – late, Tel: +49 30 680730488
photo: Finding Berlin
Nudo is a brand new Italian restaurant in Kreuzberg’s Lausitzer Platz. Co-owned by the founder of the super successful Kochhaus stores, it comes as no surprise that the recipes and ingredients are of the best of quality here. The concept of Nudo is quite different from most restaurants. They only have one daily menu that consists of four courses and combines nouvelle cuisine and traditional dishes. It normally includes both fish and meat, but can also be requested as a vegetarian menu or other special wishes. So you can basically come here every day and experience something entirely new.
Lausitzer Platz 10, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open daily 18:30-00:30h, Tel: +49-30 61074323
This new Indochinese restaurant claims to be the comfort place for everyone in Berlin who don’t have the luck to have an Asian grandma cooking some delicious food for them. It’s a cute sentiment and the atmosphere of the modern, yet traditional place definitely adds to the comfort they promise. The menu is a mix of traditional dishes with a couple of modern fusion variations. They also have a burger on their menu, of course with typical Asian ingredients. Especially in the summer this place is a blessing as you have many seats outside with a view to the Watertower in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg.
Knaackstraße 16, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open daily 12-23:30h, Tel: +49 30 28860626
photo: Flavour Magazine
Bosco is the reincarnation of the former Italian restaurant Da Baffi which was a great hit in the district Wedding for many years. While the location there made it pretty much an insider tip, the new venue and concept under the title Bosco in the heart of Kreuzberg makes it definitely more accessible for a broader audience. The place has beautiful ambiance and design – you can see all the love in the details. The menu is excellent, just as it was at the previous place, with the best of Italian cuisine, with a modern approach.
Wrangelstraße 42, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open daily 19-00h Tel: +49 30 69567079
Santa Maria Eastside is a new Mexican joint near Boxhagener Platz in Friedrichshain. The big sister restaurant in Kreuzberg has been a great success for many years now, so it was about time for them to expand. You will find everything from tacos, burritos and quesadillas here, along with delicious margaritas. The district has a couple of other sources for Mexican food, but unfortunately they are the very common Germanized and watered-down versions of it. So Santa Maria Eastside is a delight for everyone who prefers an authentic Mexican kitchen.
Krossener Str. 18, 10245 Berlin
Open Mon-Sat 12-03h, Sun 11-03h, Tel: +49-30 29 360 555
photos: Santa Maria Eastside
The Vietnamese restaurant Dudu at Rosenthaler Platz has been one of the most beloved places for lunch or dinner for the hip crowd of Mitte. It’s been long overdue that they open a second place to meet the big demand, so they took the opportunity to start their second place inside the Bleibtreu 31 Hotel. In their new West Berlin restaurant the concept is a little more grown up than in the East. Less premium fast food like in Mitte, more Asian crossover and fine cuisine. The concept has been praised by the audience bringing in a lot of young people from the East who now mingle with the more established and older audience of Charlottenburg.
Bleibtreustr. 31, 10707 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Open daily 12-00h, Tel: +49 (0)3057795577
Chutnify in Prenzlauer Berg is the latest addition for the Indian restaurant scene in the city. It’s probably the only true “cool kid” in that genre with it’s modern design and street food-style kitchen. Of course, the success of street food markets at Markthalle Neun and Biteclub must have played a big role for the founding of this place. What we like about it is that is has a very different type of menu than the usual Indian places, so you will have also a very different culinary experience eating here.
Sredzkistraße 43, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open Tue-Sun 12-23h, Tel: +49 30 44010795
The Neni restaurant inside the new 25hours Hotel at Bikini Berlin is probably one of the most demanded places at the moment, probably because of its unique green house interior design and spectacular view over the City West and the zoo. Their kitchen is a modern fusion with Oriental influences. Every dish comes in two sizes, which makes this a good opportunity to order many little things to try out and share. Some of the dishes you can even get over at the neighboring Monkey Bar, which is also great for a drink afterwards.
25hours Hotel, Budapester Straße 40, 10787 Berlin-Mitte
Open daily 12-22:30h, Tel: +49 30 12022120
photo: 25hours Hotel
photo: Lilies Diary
Maxim defines itself more as a wine bar than a restaurant, but they do have a food menu so we want to include it here in our list of restaurants. When we were introduced to Maxim it was described to us as the place for excellent wine and stinky cheese. Well, these two things really do go well together and their selection is as exquisite as promised. They have much more than just cheese though: they also serve other typical French dishes such as oysters, tartar, roast beef, liver and duck rillette. You can always choose each dish with or without the wine that goes best with it. Definitely an elegant option for the evening – highly recommended.
Gormannstrasse 25, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open Mon-Sat 18-01h, Tel: +49 30 658 339 62
I’ve been avoiding burgers most of my life thanks to the bad reputation they’ve gotten from fast food chains. Thankfully the burger had a renaissance with all these hip gourmet burger places that serve the burger how it used to be before its decay through fast food culture: high quality meat, self-baked buns and delicious ingredients and sauces. Tommi’s Burger Joint is the latest addition in the already big burger scene of Berlin and it’s a pretty down-to-earth kind of approach to burger. Their burgers are not fancy nor elaborate, but damn delicious. You have two options: Burger or Cheeseburger, that’s it. No fuzz. Just good taste.
Invalidenstraße 160, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Open daily 12-22h
photo: Finding Berlin
photo: Tommi’s Burger Joint