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What time do people eat dinner in Berlin?

Apr 21st, 2008, 10:02 AM
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What time do people eat dinner in Berlin?

Hello there,

My hubby and I are heading to Berlin May 3-5 and I am just making the all important restaurant reservations

In Italy and France I know people tend to eat dinner later (starting around 8pm). I've never been to Berlin, so I am not sure what time to make reservations for...any suggestions?

Thanks!
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Apr 21st, 2008, 10:25 AM
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I was in Berlin this past Christmas and I noticed the restaurants full at about 9 PM.

I stayed at the Melia on Friedrichstrasse. A lot of Spaniards stay here. The dining room did not get busy until about 10 PM.

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Apr 21st, 2008, 10:40 AM
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One thing about German and Austrian restaurants, if they are open, they will serve you what ever is on the current menu.

True the more popular places fill later than 7 pm, but I have never had a problem finding what I wanted earlier in the evening.

If you want a popular place, I do suggest reservations.

Otherwise you may have to wait a while.
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Apr 21st, 2008, 10:49 AM
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Dinner at 8 or at least half past seven
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Apr 21st, 2008, 11:09 AM
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Usually between 19:00 and 20:00, some restaurants open as early as 18:00.

Late dinner times in France and Spain come from the fact that geographically they should have Western European Time, that means that the sun sets later than in central Europe.

Berlin is pretty close to the 15th degree of longitude which defines Central European Time.

Thus in Berlin the sun has the same height at 19:00 as in Paris at 20:00.

In Rome, people eat late because of the summer heat.
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Apr 21st, 2008, 11:21 AM
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Late dinner times in France and Spain come from the fact that geographically they should have Western European Time, that means that the sun sets later than in central Europe.

Berlin is pretty close to the 15th degree of longitude which defines Central European Time.


I doubt the rational. France and Spain had later dining hours long before the EU standardized its time.
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Apr 21st, 2008, 12:31 PM
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When we were last in Madrid we forgot about the late meal hours and when we boarded the Metro around 8o PM were kinda amazed at the mass of people coming and going.

I remember eating a meal near the Plaza Mayor around 11:30 PM and the restaurant was jammed..certainly not the story anywhere I have ever eaten in Germany.
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