Berlin Top 10 Restaurants – Global Culinary Report
Based on restaurant recommendations from over 600 top chefs, restaurateurs and food writers, we bring you the Top 10 restaurants in Berlin in 2023.
Berlin is both the capital and the food capital of Germany. From a simple Döner kebab or currywurst to cutting-edge coffee roasters, wine bars and internationally acclaimed fine dining – Berlin has it all. Home to a thriving Turkish, Middle Eastern and Asian food scene, numerous immigrant communities have brought their colorful food traditions to the city to stay.
Our Top 10 list for Berlin includes places like Coda with its dessert-tasting menu and the Austrian fine dining at Horváth as well as the breakfast and lunch favorite Annelies. Berlin is a vast and spread-out city with a different vibe in every district. This makes it perfect for exploring a new area each day with a new restaurant experience.
CODA Dessert Dining is a Michelin-starred restaurant that redefines the concept of desserts. The restaurant is led by Rene Frank, a renowned pastry chef who was awarded the title of the world's best pastry chef in 2022. He creates innovative dishes that blur the lines between sweet and savory, using ingredients and techniques typically associated with desserts in main courses and appetizers, and pairs them with spectacular drinks.
Dessert for dinner? Yes, but not how you expectedCoda is labeled on Google Maps as a “dessert dining” place. But don't expect here a “dessert” bar or tasting that you might have experienced in some Asia countries, where a series of desserts is served to the guest. At Coda (awarded with 2 stars by Michelin) borders between what is a sweet and savory blur. Ingredients or techniques that we usually associate with desserts go to compositions that would rather be described as appetizers or main courses, not as desserts. Donut with gouda and fermented turnip topping, parsley root with pistachio, apples with sour cream and shiitake, waffles with kimchi powder - all supported by great technical skills. Wine pairing is mostly rieslings and sakes, but you can always stick with a bottle of your favorite champagne or non alc of choice. Everything in a Japanese-ascetic, intimate interior of a small room in Berlin's Neukölln district. Coda’s chef Rene Frank received the title of the world's best patisserie in 2022 - and for his imagination and for giving the word dessert a new meaning, he definitely deserved it.
Horváth is a fine dining restaurant where Austrian chef Sebastian Franck showcases his culinary memories with a modern touch. The menu is vegetable-driven, with dishes inspired by Franck's childhood and traditional Austrian cuisine, such as the signature dish of year-old celeriac preserved in a salt crust. The restaurant, which holds two Michelin stars, also offers an inventive non-alcoholic drink pairing that complements the flavors of the dishes.
Finding restaurants that have their own story to tell with enough history to base it on and actively use it in the creation of the menu is hard to find. Horvath is one of those. You can feel the history of the place, from the friendly and smiling restaurant owner Jeannine, the old school and cosy decoration to the vegetable driven menu where a lot of dishes are based on head chefs Sebastian's own childhood is something else. The food is end to end delicious and is executed with a focus on the products as well as the history rather than technical elaborations. Presented simplistic on the plate they are a joy to eat and well worth their 2 Michelin Stars.
Annelies is a neighborhood café in Berlin Kreuzberg known for its creative and quality-focused all-day breakfast and lunch menu. The dishes are innovative, with options like scrambled eggs with grated smoked egg yolk and kohlrabi kimchi, and buttermilk pancakes served with granola and maple-berry syrup. Additionally, they offer a selection of cakes prepared in-house, bread and pastries from Albatross Bakery, single-origin coffee from La Cabra in Denmark, and a variety of natural wines.
Berlin breakfast favourite.This cozy breakfast place with a sunny terrace and fireplace inside (when cold) is a must in Berlin. We usually come for the smoked grated egg yolk and scramble toasts with kimchi and the buttermilk pancakes but the breakfast sandwich is also not to be missed. Enough to fill you up until dinner.
Jaja is a relaxed wine bistro known for its natural wines and locally sourced organic food. With an impressive selection ranging from easy-drinking to rare bottles, it's a must-visit spot for wine enthusiasts. Alongside their extensive wine list, they offer a flavorful menu featuring dishes like pickled melon with almond & chilli, eggplant with tomato & fig leaf oil, and grilled chicken with apricots & buttermilk, all designed to perfectly complement their wines.
A must visit natural wine bar."The" natural wine bar in Berlin. They have an amazing selection. The collection varies from easy to drink to rare to find bottles. It's a must visit.First picture credit: Adam Kimby
TiER is a welcoming bar known for its notable record selection and an array of satisfying drinks, including affordable beer. The staff at TiER is recognized for their friendliness, creating a warm environment for guests. However, it's important to note that the bar doesn't allow photos and restricts groups to a maximum of six people.
The kind of bar you would love to have in your neighborhoodIncredible record selection, great drinks, cheap beer, and very friendly staff. No photos or groups over six allowed.
Otto is a Berlin-based restaurant known for its simple yet flavorful dishes. Patrons often recommend the grilled fish main, served with a house-made fish sauce, and the much-loved plum cake. The restaurant's ambiance is highlighted by its friendly service, apt music, and appealing lighting, providing an overall enjoyable dining experience.
Otto was one of my favourite dinners this year. Highly recommend it to everyone. Each dish was well thought out and executed. Service was friendly. Wine list was great. Music was appropriate and at a good volume. Lighting was appealing. The whole package 5/5! Note: if you don't like tight spaces or sitting close to the neighbouring table, I suggest coming with a bigger crowd. 2 top tables are seated with about 15cm space to the next table. Highlights included the grilled fish main with a delicious house made fish sauce, stock that was served with sturgeon and pickles served with bread. A bottle of Brand Bros wine is always a winner as well.
Trio is a German restaurant offering contemporary northeastern German cuisine. Known for its regional flavors with a modern twist, the menu includes popular dishes like schnitzel, pickles, bread butter, charcuterie, and bratwurst. It's a great place for casual dining, where you can enjoy classic German breakfast and other meals.
Contemporary northeastern German casual dining in Berlin. Berlin is a very international city, so you will find all kinds of delicious food from around the world but in this German restaurant, you get the flavors and dishes of the region, with a contemporary touch. Loved the schnitzel, the pickles, bread butter and charcuterie for breakfast and the bratwurst.
Restaurant Macionga is a fresh addition to the culinary scene, introducing a concept by André Macionga and Chef Sebastian Leyer. The restaurant focuses on sustainable regional practices and offers a menu named "URKRAFT," featuring dishes like poached char with fermented flavors and tender braised pork cheeks with lacto-fermented vegetable cream. The restaurant is open from Thursday to Monday from 18:00, offering an innovative culinary journey and attracting wine enthusiasts and food lovers.
Restaurant Macionga: Berlin's exciting new culinary hotspot with a unique concept by André Macionga.Restaurant Macionga, located in Berlin Wilmersdorf, is one of the most exciting new openings of the year. Founded by André Macionga, renowned sommelier, and Sebastian Leyer, talented chef, the restaurant introduces a unique and hard-to-categorize concept in Berlin's competitive culinary scene. Sebastian's cuisine is rooted in sustainable regional practices, offering finely extracted flavors and unexpected combinations. The menu, named "URKRAFT," presents dishes like poached char with fermented flavors and tender braised pork cheeks with lacto-fermented vegetable cream. André's impeccable wine pairings complement the dishes perfectly. The presentation is simple, putting the focus on the star of the show—the product itself. The dessert trio includes smoked yogurt mousse, anise-fennel meringue, and honey cake, delivering a nature-inspired sweetness. The restaurant Macionga promises a delightful and innovative culinary journey, attracting both wine enthusiasts and those seeking extraordinary dining experiences in Berlin.
ITA Bistro is a modern restaurant known for its South American-influenced dishes and a focus on vegetable-centric meals. The eatery offers an appealing open kitchen setup, and its friendly staff contributes to the overall pleasant atmosphere. Guests are recommended to try a variety of dishes, including the incredibly delicious bread with cacio e pepe-flavored butter, and the perfectly cooked fish main course.
Nomi is a wine bar with a unique focus on female winemakers. The wine list is characterized by expressive, naturally produced wines from small businesses, not big corporations, all of which involve a woman in their creation. In addition to wine, Nomi offers a selection of classic cocktails, Spritz variations, and non-alcoholic alternatives, along with food options like pickled vegetables, beef heart carpaccio, cheese, bread, and sardines.
Wine bar dedicated to great female wine makers.Run by a woman, all wines are made be women! Love the concept. You will not believe how many female wine makers get visible.
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