Frankfurt Restaurants

Many international cuisines are represented in the financial hub of Europe. For vegetarians there's usually at least one meatless dish on a German menu, and substantial salads are popular, too (though often served with speck, or bacon). The city's most famous contribution to the world's diet is the Frankfurter Würstchen—a thin smoked pork sausage—served with bread and mustard, but not with sauerkraut like the American hot dog also called a frankfurter. Grüne Sosse is a thin cream sauce of herbs served with potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. The oddly named Handkäs mit Musik (literally, "hand cheese with music") consists of slices of cheese covered with raw onions, oil, and vinegar, served with dark bread and butter (an acquired taste for many). There is the Rippchen, or cured pork chop, served on a mound of sauerkraut, and the Schlachtplatte, an assortment of sausages and smoked meats. All are served with Frankfurt's distinctive hard cider drink, Apfelwein, by the glass or ceramic pitcher.

Smoking is prohibited inside Frankfurt's bars and restaurants, but allowed in most beer gardens.

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  • 1. Adolf Wagner

    $$ | Sachsenhausen

    With sepia-toned murals of merrymaking above the dark-wood wainscotting, this Apfelwein classic succeeds in being touristy and traditional all at once, and it's a genuine...Read More

  • 2. Café Mozart

    $ | City Center

    Reminiscent of a traditional coffeehouse, this café has been offering all types of sweets and pastries, along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner since 1915. Open...Read More

  • 3. Erno's Bistro

    $$$$ | Westend

    This tiny, unpretentious place in a quiet Westend neighborhood seems an unlikely candidate for the best restaurant in Germany, yet that's what one French critic...Read More

  • 4. Kartoffelküche


    For more than 30 years, this simple restaurant has been serving traditional dishes accompanied by potatoes cooked every way imaginable. The potato-and-broccoli gratin and the...Read More

  • 5. M Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Westend

    Many say the M Steakhouse serves the best steak in Germany, all of it imported Nebraska prime beef. Prices are in line with the quality...Read More

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  • 6. Vinum Weinkeller

    $$ | City Center

    Housed in a former wine cellar that dates from 1893 in one of the alleys off Fressgass, Vinum specializes in regional wines, by the glass...Read More

  • 7. Weisse Lilie

    $ | Bornheim

    Come to this Bornheim favorite for the delicious selection of tapas, paella, and other Spanish specialties. The dark interior has wooden tables brightened by fresh-cut...Read More

  • 8. Zum Gemalten Haus

    $ | Sachsenhausen

    There aren't many classic Apfelwein locales left, but this is one of them. It's just as it has been since the end of the 19th...Read More

  • 9. Arche Nova

    $$ | Bockenheim

    This sunny establishment is a feature of Frankfurt's Ökohaus, which was built according to environmental principles (solar panels, catching rainwater, etc.). The menu is mainly...Read More

  • 10. Café Laumer

    $ | Westend

    The ambience of an old-time Viennese café pervades this popular spot, where there's a lovely garden in summer—as well as some of the city's best...Read More

  • 11. Café Siesmayer

    $ | Westend

    This sleek establishment at the Palmengarten is accessible either from the botanical garden or from the street, offering fresh-baked pastries throughout the day and a...Read More

  • 12. Café-Restaurant Holbein's

    $$$ | Sachsenhausen

    The restaurant on the ground floor of the Städel art museum changes from a casual bistro at lunch to an elegant restaurant open until midnight....Read More

  • 13. Daheim im Lorsbacher Thal

    $$ | Sachsenhausen

    This is a traditional-looking restaurant that has been reinvented with a modern vibe; it also claims to have the largest Apfelwein and cider selection in...Read More

  • 14. Ebbelwoi Unser

    $ | Sachsenhausen

    This friendly Apfelwein restaurant offers typical decor, with traditional wood paneling and coat hooks on the wall. It's popular with locals, who come for regional...Read More

  • 15. El Pacifico

    $ | Bornheim

    Some of Frankfurt's best Mexican cuisine is found in this festive little place. Warm and colorful, this restaurant serves a variety of fruity margaritas and...Read More

  • 16. Embassy

    $$ | City Center

    This modern restaurant, bar, and lounge near many of the city's largest banks makes it a natural for business lunches, but it also attracts many...Read More

  • 17. Exenberger

    $ | Sachsenhausen

    The menu is typical of Old Sachsenhausen—apple wine and sauerkraut are served—but the interior is bright and modern and the Frankfurt specialties are a cut...Read More

  • 18. Frankfurter Botschaft

    $$$ | City Center

    Frankfurt's Westhafen (West Harbor), once busy and commercial, has been transformed into an upscale neighborhood of apartments, a yacht club, and waterfront restaurants. One of...Read More

  • 19. Grössenwahn

    $$ | Nordend

    The Nordend is noted for its trendy establishments, and this corner restaurant, which is often crowded, is one of the best. The name translates as...Read More

  • 20. L'Emir

    $$ | City Center

    The atmosphere is right out of One Thousand and One Nights at this restaurant near the train station, with belly dancers performing every Saturday night...Read More

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