10 Exciting and Innovative Berlin Restaurants

Unlike France and the relatively proximate nations of the Mediterranean, Germany is not traditionally known for its cutting edge cuisine. Meat in tube form, pork knuckle and vast quantities of bier remain some of the more enduring gastronomic icons that the Deutsch have spared upon the world (not necessarily a bad thing either). However, in 2015, all that is changing – particularly exciting things are happening in the German food scene, and Berlin is leading the way with these 10 innovative Berlin restaurants.

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Berlin at night – Robert Debowski

Paris, Madrid and the Amalfi Coast may know a thing or two about food and drink, but the German capital is rapidly giving Europe some new tastes to sup. After a decade or two, as Elite Traveller puts it, “Michelin inspectors have (finally) beaten a path to Berlin and dealt stars left, right and center”.

Yet the current league of high quality dining options in Berlin show that Michelin stars need not always apply – and when they do, they need not cost an arm and a leg. Here’s a quick glance at the new wave of culinary players in the Deutsch capital: a low-down on a few of the best, finest, most innovative and exciting.

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 Bandol Sur Mer

Bandol Sur Mer entrance

Bandol Sur Mer offers a dining experience that rivals many nouveau Parisian bistros

Bringing up the high end of the spectrum is Bandol Sur Mer, a Michelin-star quality, modern, French haute cuisine venue in Mitte’s Torstrasse. Widely regarded as one of the most exciting culinary experiences in Berlin right now, Bandol’s red illuminated sign frontage has been drawing in locals and out-of-towners for the past seven or so years with its uniquely intimate and atmospherically hip dining experience, offering patrons two exceptionally well priced five-dish set menus (59€, and 69€; fish, and meat respectively) and a dining experience that rivals many nouveau Parisian bistros. Reservations can be a mission, but from all accounts it’s well worth the wait.
Torstraße 167,
10115 Berlin

Hugos

dinner at Hugos

Hugos, one of the finest restaurants in Berlin

Located just off the Berlin Zoologischer complex, fourteen stories up in the Hotel Intercontinental, Michelin star holder, Hugos is widely regarded as one of Berlin’s best, if not the best, restaurants (certainly the highest). Here, head chef Thomas Kammeier fuses classic haute cuisine with a distinctly avant-garde German touch. Using fresh seasonal produce, including meticulously prepared Baltic sea cod and Périgord truffles, Hugos remains a Berlin dining experience par excellence.
Budapester Str. 2/14. Etage
10787 Berlin

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Lokal

Lokal dining

Lokal offers a simple, but excellent dining experience

Step inside to Lokal, a quaint modern German dining experience on the corner of Kleine-Hamburger Strasse in central Mitte. This cozy 15-table restaurant masters the tenet that simple is almost always best. Their modest sized menu offers patrons just the right amount of options, keeping it basic, while rotating dishes on a weekly basis. Here, to-die-for Cote de Boeuf meets boar heart and liver, while the wine list packs a punch, with great beers on offer as well. For a comfortable, intimate, thoughtful dining experience earmarked by excellent service and a lack of pretentiousness, Lokal certainly tops the grade for Berlin Restaurants.
Linienstraße 160
10115 Berlin

Eins44

Eins44

Eins44 is well worth the trek off the beaten path

Five years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find anything remotely close to a nouveau, fine dining experience in Berlin’s southern Neukölln district. Much as changed in the area since, Neukölln is now a hotbed of gentrification, and home to a steady influx of expats from Europe and around the world. The Turkish and Arabic Döner stands still reign supreme here, but a few fresh players are popping up in the back streets and rear ‘hofs’ – like Eins44: an immaculately decked out modern dining experience, replete with post-industrial Edison lamps, iron trimmings and fresh wood ambience, in an almost impossible to find tucked away location. Neatly priced set menus offer four, five and six courses, with a veritable selection of fine wines from Germany and beyond. Truly a lovely spot for a romantic meal or special occasion, Eins44 is well worth the trek off the beaten path.
Elbestraße 28/29
12045 Berlin

Paris Bar

Paris Bar

Paris Bar by Peter Kuley, Berlin, Germany

So, Paris Bar maybe doesn’t exemplify the modern foodie trends currently going on in Berlin. Nonetheless, the old ways are often the best, and Paris Bar remains a tried and true Berlin institution. A meeting point for the city’s cultural elite, full of joie de vivre. Thespians, actors and artists have been gracing Paris Bar’s neon fronted doors for decades, and still do. Art and imagery coat the salon-inspired interior, offering a dining experience in the bona-fide deco Parisian ilk. What Paris Bar lacks in nouveau it makes up for in charming, timeless atmosphere.
Kantstrasse 152
Charlottenburg, Berlin

Moderately priced Restaurants in Berlin €€

 District Mot

District Mot

Go to District Mot for traditional Saigon street fare

There are no shortage of Vietnamese options in Berlin, though very few are serving up traditional Saigon street fare the way District Mot does. With one of the most eclectic dining atmospheres in the city, patrons spill out onto the streets like a Ho Chi Minh den during Mot’s busiest hours (which seems to be pretty much always). Safe to say, they dish up perhaps the best Pho soup (both beef and chicken) in Berlin and keep punters guessing with award winning delights like the District Mot burger, a delectable beef patty served with Vietnamese herbs and sauces on a cloudy white, sweet Vietnamese bun. A great experience.
Rosenthaler Str. 62
10119 Berlin

Monsieur Vuong

Monsieur Vuong

Monsieur Vuong offers excellent Asian food

Proximate to District Mot in the central Mitte district lays the yin to District Mot’s yang: Monsieur Vuong, a vibrant, orange-walled, banquette-style counterpart with a refined, breezy atmosphere. Offering daily chalkboard specials as well as their modern spins on the tried and true, and seemingly always full, Vuong is a welcoming, flavorsome and delightful Asian dining experience, complemented by an excellent range of beers, wines and fresh fruit cocktails. Sure, there’s a bit of hustle and bustle, and the emphasis might be on a quick, rather than leisurely, meal, but that’s just part of the Vuong charm. Highly recommended.
Alte Schönhauser Str. 46
10119 Berlin

Kimchi Princess

Kimchi Princess

Korean food is the specialty at Kimchi Princess

Korean food seems to be the next big thing in Berlin, with numerous operators coming out of the woodwork in the last year or two, delivering a fabulous new facet of Korean specialty to the busy city. Kimchi Princess was one of the first by co-owners of the equally popular nearby fast food nook, Angry Chicken. While it might be on the pricier end of things in this range, the food is excellent, particularly the shared Korean BBQ and the tantalizingly sticky pork ribs. The purposefully worn looking red-tinged restaurant hall is frequently busy, with large front tables on the street teaming with locals during the summer months.
Skalitzer Strasse 36 / Manteuffelstrasse
Kreuzberg
10999 Berlin

Industry Standard

Industry Standard

Industry Standard, a new addition to Neukölln’s busy Sonnenallee strip

The latest ‘hipsterification’ of the southern Neukölln district can be, in part, attributed to the arrival of Industry Standard, a widely hyped addition to Neukölln’s busy Sonnenallee strip. Sporting a mammoth frontage kitchen in which chefs can be ogled at from the street, space for diners appears contrastingly slim in this slick new Berlin restaurant. But with roots in rustic French and Mediterranean cuisine, plates cooked “to share and destroy,” complemented by “natural wines and spirited spirits,” Industry Standard continues to win over locals with its innovative approach. “Come to Neukölln,” it says. “We will feed you”. They’re not lying.
Sonnenallee 83
12045 Berlin

Cocolo

Cocolo Ramen

Cocolo Ramen is an authentic Japanese-style ramen house

An authentic Japanese-style ramen house, Cocolo was once a contender for the smallest eatery in Berlin, and without a doubt one of the most popular. Management took heed of the outweighed demand and built a second, much larger venue on Kreuzberg’s pretty Paul Lincke Ufer, great news for all and sundry who have become addicted to their delicious umami offerings. Outdoor bench seating under intimate light out the front makes the perfect setting for light, Japanese style dining, replete with sake, a fine selection of wines and Japanese beers, and friendly service to boot. Some might baulk at a nine Euro bowl of soup, but really, there’s nothing else like it this side of Osaka.
Paul Lincke Ufer 39
10999 Berlin

Next time you are in Germany’s capital city, be sure to try one or more of these 10 innovative Berlin restaurants.

Written by our Aussie food lover, Cam Hassard for EuropeUpClose.com

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Comments

  1. says

    @Cam Hassard

    Hi Cam

    Great list of restaurants. We are making a plan to visit Berlin this month. so
    What are Berlin’s best vegetarian restaurants?

  2. says

    District Mot is one of the best and innovative place in berlin.
    I will go back again…and I live close by…so convenience is a factor! I really enjoy your blog! I moved to Berlin in April 2013

  3. says

    Wow, all of them looks very fine restaurants… i heard somewhere about some of them..but your list of berlins exciting Restaurants along with their specialty…. spin my mind …will definitely try to come here & visit every mentioned restaurants… thanks for sharing such a nice posts.

  4. says

    “Hello”Safe to say, they dish up maybe the best Pho soup (both meat and chicken) in Berlin and keep punters speculating with grant winning enjoyments like the District Mot burger, a tasty hamburger patty presented with Vietnamese herbs and sauces on a shady white, sweet Vietnamese bun. An awesome ordeal.

  5. Kiare Sailo says

    Very Nice Restaurants with awesome ambience. Would love to be here with my best pals. Thanks for sharing such a nice post..!

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