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spiegelcjs Jun 20th, 2004 11:28 PM

Help with restaurants in Berlin
I have read through most of the threads and have gotten wonderful information regarding hotels, tours and sights in Berlin. What I have not been able to find is restaurant information.

Reading the guide books is fine but there is nothing better than first hand information. We are going to be in Berlin for four nights in September. I always find that the first night in a city is the most difficult.

We will arrive at the hotel, either the Hilton or the Marriott depending on the best value with my points, at about 6:00pm. We will want to stay awake , get some dinner and get acclimated so we can start of the next morning. I would love a restaurant suggestion in the area around these hotels. I believe one is in Mitte and one in Alexanderplatz. Also any suggestions for the rest of the time both lunch and dinner.

I am not looking for 5* dining where my husband needs a jacket and tie, but we do like good food and local atmosphere. We expect to pay at least $50-$60 per evening for dinner without drinks. Less is fine but this is the range.

TopMan Jun 22nd, 2004 03:01 AM


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spiegelcjs Jul 30th, 2004 08:46 PM

Hi. Can anyone tell me please what TTT means. Thanks

PLJ Jul 31st, 2004 03:11 AM

Hi spiegelcjs, "TTT" stands for "To The Top". By posting a "TTT" response to your posting, TopMan and SydneySteve were sending this thread back to the top of the list in the hope that it would be noticed and that you would receive a response.

Louiseee Jul 31st, 2004 03:49 AM

One possible suggestion if you are staying near Alexanderplatz is to eat at the restaurarnt at the top of the t.v. tower. Once you arrive at your hotel and check in, you can walk around the area and then after dark go up to the top of the tower to see the city. One flight up from the viewing station is the restaurant which turns and gives you a great view of the city at night. We went there for a late (10 or 11 p.m. I think) dinner on our last night in Berlin and the salad I had was one of the best meals I ate on my trip so the food is good but I think one primarily goes for the view.

Also, if you do this, don't worry if when you get to the ticket booth at the bottom they say that the restaurant is full. If you go up to the viewing station and spend some time looking out over the city, people will leave the restaurant and you will be able to go up.

Other than this, I had a very good lunch in the cafe at the Jewish Museum, enjoyed drinks one night and dinner another at a Greek restaurant (I think Dionysius) on Potsdamer Platz near the Kulturforum, and had both an excellent Turkish and an excellent Indian dinner both in

Oh, yes, and you must go up to the 5th (or is it 6th?) floor of KaDeWa and select something for a picnic or in-hotel meal. The food there is overwhelming and one wants to just take it all home. We settled for smoked catfish, some good bread, a few cheeses, grapes, and some great pastries.

Other than that, we ate currywurst and pommes frites at the small Turkish places that are all over -- and thankfully for us open very late.

I hope this is helpful. Enjoy your trip to Berlin; we loved the city.

hsv Jul 31st, 2004 07:05 AM


both hotels you are mentioning are in great areas. The Hilton is on Gendarmenmarkt in Mitte district and basically in the middle of nightlife and day activities in close proximity to Berlin's great Blvd. Unter den Linden which leads to the Brandenburg Gate (approx. 10 min. by foot from the hotel).
The Marriott is a brand new property on the ultra modern Potsdamer Platz, an area that used to be located on the death strip separating the two parts of the city and has been impressively (if a bit sterilely) revived over the past ten years.
Be glad it is not on the still a bit socialist-monstruous Alexanderplatz in the other direction. The Brandenburg Gate is approx. a 5 minutes walk from the Marriott.

Concerning restaurants, I enjoy Lutter & Wegner on Gendarmenmarkt (only steps from the Hilton) featuring a German-Austrian cuisine and pretty good wines.
Another possibility is the pretty hip Borchardt, also featuring German food with probably a bit of French influence. Quality varies a bit, but you might be able to spot some local (or even international) celebrity there. The Borchardt is also basically around the corner of Gendarmenmarkt.

Another place that might be worth a shot it Lindenlife on Unter den Linden which features modern cuisine at reasonable prices and a good wine list. It has received some very good comments by critics and might just be a bit too cool in style, but that's very subjective, of course.

Gugelhof is a place in Prenzlauer Berg district, not too far from Mitte and features Alsatian cuisine. Nice atmosphere and reasonable food.

Enjoy your trip

DAX Jul 31st, 2004 08:13 AM

Another vote for an alsatian dinner at Gugelhof on Kathi Kollwitzstrasse ( 10 euro by taxi from Potsdamerplatz or 2 blocks north of Senfelderplatz U bahn station). I believe the german chancellor took Bill Clinton for dinner there. A loud informal bistro good for dinner, not great for lunch.
Weitzmann, a block east, around the park is jammed on Sunday morning lunchtime, great place for people watching. Prenzlauerberg area is where the young trendy locals goes. There is a lot of places to eat on Rosenthaler strasse just north of Hackeshermarkt (S bahn), there is even a very cool Starbucks lounge there.

hsv Jul 31st, 2004 11:37 AM


your recollection of chancellor Schroeder and Bill Clinton dining at Gugelhof is absolutely correct.

Schroeder is also known to frequent Borchardt.


DAX Jul 31st, 2004 05:16 PM

Thanks for clearing it up hsv, I wasn't sure if it was Schroeder at the time.

For a unique experience, there is one restaurant in Prenzlauerberg I must recommend called UNSICHTBAR. A clever name for a restaurant owned by a blind person where people dine in total darkness. All guests preorder & pay outside in the well lit foyer, then one of the blind waiters will take them inside a different world. Eating in the dark where one can't even see a shadow is something else. It's fun just trying to pour wine/soda into the glass. The food is quite good and creative. They have a similar restaurant in Zurich called Blinde Kuh.

hsv Jul 31st, 2004 11:16 PM


one woulld not believe it but Schroeder really has been around for some time (for good or for bad, I' leave that to everyone's own opinion...) ;-)

But your advice on Germany is really spot on, as usual, as I noticed.


DAX Aug 1st, 2004 07:42 AM

hsv, Gleichfalls. Your in depth knowledge goes well beyond Germany - all the way to Southern California!

Schroeder is interesting to me. His politics have made Germany a very prominent player in the European/world politics now, but his tax hike & reforms have put quite a big squeeze on the german citizens/businesses.

What about restaurant tips in Berlin ? If you enjoy american theme park style restaurants, go to the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz.

spiegelcjs Aug 3rd, 2004 08:43 PM

Thanks to all of you. The Mariott won out because of my numerous points and the hotel costs in Berlin high in September. We will take all of your suggestions and take cabs or walk if necessary.

Thanks again. I will post when I return.

fritzrl Aug 16th, 2004 11:13 AM

I spent 4 days in Berlin in early July, and had a great time. Our budget allowed only 2* hotels, and we, too, avoid ostentation when it comes to mealtimes. Good food at a reasonable price is always our goal.

Berlin restaurants easily met all our budget and meal-quality expectations. Our favorite area to patrol for meal possibilities was Savigny Platz. There are a number of restaurants there, ranging from trendy "fusion" style places to pub-like family restaurants, where the locals drop in for a drink and a schnitzel while they watch a sporting event on TV.

Savigny Platz is only an S-bahn stop or two away from Bahnhof Zoo. In addition to the restaurant offerings, there are plenty of interesting shops of various kinds to investigate.

Our favorite place, BTW, was called the Cafe Rosalinda. Basic food, excellent service, chatty regulars, excellent drinks.

Have fun in Berlin.


spiegelcjs Aug 22nd, 2004 12:50 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded to my question about restaurants; now one about evening activities. Are there any shows, theater, local places we should see in the evening. We usually like to go back to the hotel about 5:00 clean and go to dinner and walk around or attend a performance at a hall, theater, church or synagoge. We will be in Berlin September 5 through the 9,


DAX Aug 22nd, 2004 06:22 AM

All shows are done in German but I figure you can still enjoy a musical or a live soccer match.

The Blue Man Group is showing at the Potsdamerplatz Theatre. Les Miserables is playing at the Theatre des Westens. You can buy the tickets at We called their phone number directly & got our tickets promptly for a very small fee. My wife & daughter are into musicals & have seen different shows but neither of these two.

Friedrichstadt Palast has a Las Vegas style musical revue with dinner called Hexen(witches). The show will open on Sept 4, so you may have to buy tickets in advance. This show is probably the best if you're looking for a local show.

There is a soccer match in Berlin against the Brasilian team within your dates.

For another evening, you may consider going to the Hackeshermarkt by S Bahn or taxi. At least on weekends, there is a lot of local nightlife/restaurants to watch people in the square as well as along the Rosenthalerstrasse. The Sony Center in Potsdamerplatz is filled with tourists (not locals) most day & night.

Have fun in Berlin !

hsv Aug 22nd, 2004 10:51 AM

The Museum of Modern Art of New York City is having a guest exhibition with variuous master pieces at Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin through September 19th.
Opening hours will last until at least 24.00 h and it might well be worth visiting unless you are very familiar with the MOMA in NYC already. Tickets should be purchased in advance as the exhibition is extremely popular.

and enjoy your visit to Berlin!

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