photo: Le Faubourg
This guide is for all those rare moments in life when you don’t mind to splash a little cash. After the jump, we are presenting the pinnacle of Berlin’s fancy dining options that not only offer mouthwatering gourmet dishes, but also follow the highest standards when it comes to service and have a detailed and thought-through interior concept. In other words, one visit can provide you with enough sublime content to keep your Instagram feed alive for days.
Grace is the elegant restaurant inside the lovely Hotel Zoo Berlin which went through a complete remodeling about two years ago. The place has an impressive ambience with an installation of bird cages and comfy velvet green chairs. The food is top-notch as you would expect from a place like this. At the recent 2 year anniversary celebration we had the chance to taste their black cod which was truly heavenly!
Grace, Kurfürstendamm 25, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Open: Tue – Thurs: 19:00 – 23:00, Fri, Sat: 19:00 – 24:00, tel: 030 88437750
In terms of originality, taste and look the food at Volt has definitely been the most impressive in our series of restaurants with German cuisine. Traditional German dishes are served as gourmet variations that will take you by surprise and not only please your tongue but also your eyes. The restaurant itself is quite incredible as well: It’s built into an old transformer station at the Paul-Linke-Ufer in Kreuzberg. The mix of the industrial space with very modern interior gives it a totally unique charm.
Volt, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 18h-24h, Telephone: +49 30 33 84 023 20
Opened one year ago, this restaurant is the West Berlin counterpart of the famous Grill Royal and it’s equally on the more luxurious side of dinning. They are specialized in gourmet French Cuisine.
Le Petit Royal, Grolmanstraße 59, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Open Mon-Sat 18-23h, Telephone: +49 30 330060750
Le Petit Royal, photo: Stefan Korte
The Crackers is one of the relatively new places in town, but it already has 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.
Crackers, Friedrichstraße 158, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Open daily 18h – late, Telephone: +49 30 680730488
The premise of our next restaurant is actually inside a class listed monument of Berlin – a former charity school. Now it’s called The Grand, inspired by grand hotels, and the entrepreneurs behind it have tried to maintain some of the historic charm that is still inside the walls of this amazing place. Their club restaurant serves French Cuisine inspired lunch and dinner and on special occasions they turn up the music for exclusive parties in the night.
The Grand, Hirtenstraße 4, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Open: Mon-Fri 12-15h and 18-23h, Sat-Sun 18-23h, Tel: 030 2789099555
photo: The Grand
The interior of the restaurant is stunning with these gorgeous Bauhaus lamps and perfectly illuminated tables. The service is impeccable, as you would expect from a high class restaurant like this. And the food is just symphony for the taste buds. The interesting part here is the menu for the main courses that is split in half with traditional versions and modern versions of the same type of meat or fish facing each other.
Le Faubourg, Augsburger Straße 41, 10789 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Open: Mo – Fri: 12 – 23:00, Sat & Sun: 18 – 23, Telephone: 030 8009997700
This very elegant place will amaze you with their dinner offerings such as salmon trout with german turnip, cauliflower and coriander or artichoke with puntarelle, olive and pomelo. The impressive building used to be a Jewish Girls’ School. Apart from the exclusive selection of fantastic dishes, they have about 600 wines for you to choose from.
Pauly Saal, Auguststrasse 11 – 13, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Open: Tue – Sat: 12 – 14, 18 – 21:30, Telephone: 030 33006070
photo: Pauly Saal
This fine restaurant may boast one of the most interesting interiors in Berlin because of the paintings and colorful lights. The owner of the restaurant, Hans Richard, actually studied painting and has a keen interest in architecture. The dishes offered are equally intriguing – enough to mention some of the ingredients like topinambur, baked white chocolate, or the cinnamon ice cream.
Richard, Köpenicker Str. 174, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open: Tue – Sat: 19:00 – 24:00, Telephone: 030 49207242
photo: Richard Restaurant
If you know any other fancy dining options in Berlin that would fit into this list sound off in the comments below!