9 Best Restaurants in Altona, Hamburg

Landhaus Scherrer

$$$$ | Ottensen Fodor's choice

A proud owner of a Michelin star since it opened its doors in 1978, Landhaus Scherrer continues to be one of the city's best-known and most celebrated restaurants. The focus is on the use of organic, sustainable ingredients to produce classic and modern German cuisine with international touches, and unsurprisingly, the accompanying wine list is exceptional.

The Burger Lab

$ | Altona Fodor's choice
Somewhat ironically, for a long time it was very hard to find a decent hamburger in Hamburg; however, this small restaurant sandwiched between the Schanzenviertel and Altona is perhaps the best of the newly sprouted burger joints. Set up by two Germans and a Kiwi, The Burger Lab grinds the beef for its gourmet burgers as well as whipping up their own excellent sauces, which include chipotle aioli and burned onion cream
Max-Brauer-Allee 251, Hamburg, Hamburg, 22769, Germany
Known For
  • outside dining in summer
  • lamb burgers and sweet potato fries
  • no reservations
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

Am Kai

$$$$ | Altona

Still a shining star in the row of romantic restaurants that sit along Hamburg's riverfront, Au Quai, in keeping with its location, has a menu heavy on seafood. Raw oysters and sashimi share the menu with offerings of tuna and North Sea sole, and amongst the beef dishes there’s a Surf and Turf to keep lovers of both worlds happy.

Grosse Elbstr. 145B-D, Hamburg, Hamburg, 22767, Germany
Known For
  • koi pond in the eclectic dining room
  • outside summer dining
  • four-course "Hamburg Kulinarisch" menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch, Reservations essential

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Fischereihafen Restaurant

$$$$ | Altona

For some of the best fish in Hamburg, book a table at this splendid portside restaurant, which looks plain from the outside, but feels like a dining room aboard a luxury liner inside. The menu changes daily according to what's available in the fish market that morning; the elegant oyster bar here is a favorite with the city's beau monde.

Grosse Elbstr. 143, Hamburg, Hamburg, 22767, Germany
Known For
  • great views of the Elbe from the sun terrace
  • oil paintings of nautical scenes on the walls
  • imperial caviar
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Restaurant Eisenstein

$ | Ottensen

A long-time neighborhood favorite, Eisenstein sits inside a handsome 19th-century industrial complex turned art center and serves fantastic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at affordable prices. Sharing space with a movie theater, the restaurant is popular with pre- and postmovie crowds and probably best known for its gourmet wood-fired pizzas like the Pizza Helsinki (salmon, crème fraîche, and onions) and the Blöde Ziege (Stupid Goat) with rosemary-tomato sauce, crispy bacon, and goat cheese.

Friedensallee 9, Hamburg, Hamburg, 22765, Germany
Known For
  • modern, international cuisine
  • popular with artists and movie industry people
  • high ceilings and brick walls invoking rustic charm
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Rive Fish & Fable

$$$$ | Altona

It would be difficult to find a better spot in town than this handsome seafood restaurant to watch big boats cruise by while satisfying your appetite for fresh lobster, sashimi, bouillabaisse, Scottish salmon, Dover sole, and oysters. Its ample sun terrace sits just above the Elbe, while the large open-plan dining room has ceiling-high windows facing downstream toward the city and the Elbe Philharmonic Hall.

Van-der-Smissen Str. 1, Hamburg, Hamburg, 22767, Germany
Known For
  • flavorsome seafood and grilled meats
  • great value two- and three-course lunch options
  • excellent service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential, Closed Mon.


$ | Altona

While it may not conform to everyone’s definition of a “beach”—in this case a long stretch of trucked-in sand on the north bank of the Elbe, directly across from the giant cranes and container terminals of the city’s port—there’s little doubting the popularity of the Elbstrand (Elbe beach) among locals. Whenever the sun’s out, you’ll find them out here in force, walking dogs and sipping beers and white-wine spritzers from a couple of little beach bars. Strandperle also does a decent chili con carne as well as curry sausages and fish rolls to keep hunger pangs at bay.

The Bird Hamburg

$$$$ | Altona

Tucked away close to a lively square full of bars with a more local vibe not far from the Reeperbahn, The Bird is a New York-style restaurant serving some of the best and most creative hamburgers and steaks in town and a great selection of domestic and international beers.


$ | Altona

A great choice on a sunny afternoon, ÜberQuell houses both a pizzeria and a microbrewery in a landmarked historic building right by the Elbe River. Enjoy a lager, an IPA, or one of their many seasonal beers on the always lively terrace and a pizza fresh out of the brick oven.

St. Pauli Fischmarkt 28–32, Hamburg, Hamburg, 20359, Germany
Known For
  • specialty beer brewed on site
  • lively atmosphere