7 of the best restaurants in Berlin Hovath, source: facebook/hovath

7 of the best restaurants in Berlin

Berlin's food scene has exploded in recent years - here's our top picks.

In recent years Berlin has seen an extraordinary growth in its culinary scene, and now has the most Michelin starred-restaurants of any city in Germany - which would have been unthinkable not long ago. Our recommendations here contain something for every taste - from locally-sourced German fare, to no-carb gourmet pan-Asian, to Icelandic fresh fish. Use this guide to treat yourself to the best that Berlin cuisine has to offer.


This intimate restaurant - recently awarded a second Michelin star - has become a Berlin fixture for its light, modern adaptations of traditional Austrian cuisine. It’s nestled on the southern point of the hip Kreuzberg neighbourhood, overlooking the Landwehr Canal. The dark-wood panelling inside may look unassuming, but the food most assuredly isn’t. Head Chef Sebastian Frank is famed for his inventive menu of largely vegetarian dishes. www.restaurant-horvath.de


BorchardtBorchardt, source: www.facebook.com/borchardt

Known to Berliners as the living room of celebrities and the dining room of politicians, the Borchardt, perhaps the city’s most famous restaurant, has a history in this city dating back 150 years. Located round the corner from the Brandenberg Gate on Französischestr. (French street), the formal surroundings - marble columns and tiled floors - befit the restaurant’s grandiose reputation. This is the place to get that most famous German dish, the Wiener Schnitzel. www.borchardt-restaurant.de


FacilFacil, source: www.themandala.de

This acclaimed, 2 Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant sits on top of the Mandela Hotel in Potsdamer Platz. The menu features a mixture of modern cuisine, and it describes itself as “the perfect place for unconventional gourmets seeking a culinary experience”. The atmosphere is bright and calm, with white linen tableclothes and glass walls on all sides overlooking the bamboo garden. www.facil.de


DottirDottir, source: www.facebook.com, credit: Stefan Korte

This new Icelandic gem - it opened in March this year - sits down a side street of Friedrichstrasse in Mitte. With its clean and creative interpretation of traditional Icelandic seafood, it has rapidly gained a dedicated following in the Berlin food scene. It offers a single five-course menu served every evening, and changed weekly. The food is fresh and unpretentious, and the decor of exposed walls and simple wooden tables reflects Berlin’s cool and casual character. www.dottirberlin.com

Nobelhart & Schmutzig

Nobelhart and Schmutzig"Black kale, Mustard, Savory" at Nobelhart and Schmutzig, Marko Seifert Photography, www.markoseifert.com Düsseldorf, Germany

Probably the most-hyped Berlin restaurant of the past few years, when Nobelhart & Schmutzig opened its doors in February this year it proclaimed its “Vocally Local” approach to German and Nordic cuisine. All ingredients are local to North Germany and the Baltic Sea, and the single 10 item tasting menu on offer - known simply as “The Supper” - changes according to what’s in season. www.nobelhartundschmutzig.com


ReinstoffMushroom grissini with snails and mushroom herb at Reinstoff, source: www.facebook.com/Restaurant-reinstoff

This graceful two Michelin-starred restaurant is located in northern Mitte, on the site of the first lightbulb factory in Germany (which is reflected in the decor). Chef Daniel Achilles, who was named Chef of the Year 2014 by French gourmet Bible Gault&Millau, offers you a choice of two menus. “Ganz Nah” (closeby) features only German produce, served in a modern European gourmet style, while “Weiter Draußen” (faraway) is more experimental. Either way, you’re sure to be eating some of the best and most innovative cuisine Berlin has to offer. Service is leisurely, so plan to stay the whole evening here. www.reinstoff.eu

Tim Raue

Tim RaeuTim Raue, source: www.facebook.com/restaurant.tim.raue

Located near Checkpoint Charlie in a former gallery, this two Michelin-starred restaurant offers high-class Asian fusion dining with a casual Kreuzberg charm. The eponymous owner, Tim Raue, is a Kreuzberg local and one of the top-rated Chefs in Germany. The service and surroundings are decidedly more relaxed than at other restaurants of this calibre - the waiting staff are dressed in matching jeans and trainers, and the floor is cast asphalt. The delicate menu eschews all carbs or lactose products, and focuses on an eclectic mix inspired by different Asian cuisines. Highly recommended. tim-raue.com

1 Horáth
2 Borchardt
3 Facil
4 Dóttir
5 Nobelhart & Schmutzig
6 Reinstoff
7 Tim Raue