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5 Authentic Restaurants for Traditional German Food in Berlin

Berlin, a city rich in history and culture, offers an enticing array of dining experiences. I’ve spent lots of time eating my way through Berlin, including lots of amazing coffee shops, delicious bakeries, and authentic Asian restaurants. But today, I am focusing on the cuisine of Berlin’s home country – traditional German food. 

From hearty schnitzels to comforting sauerbraten, here are some of the best spots in Berlin to enjoy authentic German cuisine. Whether you’re a local looking to revisit familiar flavors or a visitor eager to delve into Berlin’s culinary heritage, these restaurants promise to satisfy your cravings with their delicious offerings. Next time you find yourself in Berlin, be sure to visit one (or all!) of these top spots for German food.

5 Authentic Restaurants for Traditional German Food in Berlin

Wilhelm Hoeck 1892

Located on the outskirts of Berlin, Wilhelm Hoeck 1892 is a charming establishment known for its longstanding tradition of serving classic German dishes. The restaurant’s name itself reflects its commitment to heritage, dating back to its inception in the late 19th century. This is a great place to come if you are out visiting Charlottenburg Palace, one of my favorite castles in all of Germany, because it is right on the way back into the city. I find there is a really local feel to this place.

Must-Try Dish: I love their flammkuchen, a German flatbread. Pair it with a refreshing glass of Berliner Kindl, a locally brewed beer

Alt-Berliner Gasthaus Julchen Hoppe

Step back in time at Alt-Berliner Gasthaus Julchen Hoppe, a historic restaurant located on the iconic Karl-Marx-Allee. Known for its nostalgic charm and dedication to preserving Berlin’s culinary heritage, if almost feels like you are dining in oma’s house. All of the stylings and furniture give the restaurant this really charming and homey feeling. You can taste of tradition with every bite!

Must-Try Dish: Indulge in their hearty Schweinshaxe, a roasted pork knuckle that’s tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s a true German classic.

Restaurant Nolle

Nestled underneath the train tracks of Bahnhof Berlin-Friedrichstraße, Restaurant Nolle is a beloved gem known for its timeless atmosphere and mouthwatering German dishes. You can literally hear the trains rollng above your head! The entire space was restored to 1920s Art Deco style, including muraled walls, tall mirrors, and leather furniture. Whether you’re dining solo, with family, or among friends, this restaurant offers a cozy setting perfect for enjoying authentic flavors.

Must-Try Dish: Treat yourself to their Berliner Meatballs, tender meatballs served with your choice from three different sauces. I personally love the creamy green pepper sauce.

Restaurant Schoenbrunn

For a taste of elegance and refinement paired with authentic German flavors, Restaurant Schoenbrunn is the place to be. Situated in the heart of Volkspark in Prenzlauer Berg, you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location. I’m obsessed with the mid-century vibes of the architecture here. If the weather is nice, try to sit outside on their large terrace.

Must-Try Dish: If you come in spring, indulge in their asparagus menu because their white asparagus is some of the best I’ve had in all of Germany. If it isn’t spring, go for their renowned Wiener Schnitzel, a crispy breaded veal cutlet that’s a staple of German cuisine.

Brauhaus GEORGBRAEU

For those who appreciate the art of brewing as much as they do German cuisine, Brauhaus GEORGBRAEU offers a unique dining experience. This brewery and restaurant combo in the heart of Berlin near Alexanderplatz serves up not only delectable dishes but also freshly brewed beer, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

Must-Try Dish: Don’t miss their Sauerbraten, a marinated and slow-cooked pot roast served with potato dumplings and red cabbage. It’s a dish that exemplifies the hearty and soul-warming nature of German comfort food.

Have thoughts or questions about German food in Berlin? Tell me in the comments!

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