33 Best Restaurants in Hamburg, Germany

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, 22769, Germany
Known For
  • outside dining in summer
  • lamb burgers and sweet potato fries
  • no reservations
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

Ti Breizh - Haus der Bretagne

$ | Altstadt Fodor's choice
Stepping into this 18th-century merchant’s house turned Breton crepe restaurant, with its sky-blue window frames and waitstaff in striped fishermen’s shirts, is a little like being transported to a seaside eatery in northern France. Ti Breizh wows with fantastically good galettes (buckwheat crepes) topped with ham, cheese, mushrooms, and fried eggs, and its caramelized apple, banana, almond, and vanilla ice-cream crepe is worth a visit alone.

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$$ | Eimsbüttel Fodor's choice

The kitchen at this much-loved little bistro in Eimsbüttel officially opens for business at 7 pm, but Vienna opens its doors early in the afternoon for those wanting an espresso or aperitif from their tiny bar. Early arrivers might still be asked to share a table in the dining room or outside in the courtyard, but given the lovingly prepared sausages, fresh fish dishes, and hearty desserts coming out of the kitchen, it will matter little to most.

Alt Hamburger Aalspeicher

$$$ | Altstadt

The Alt Hamburger Aalspeicher specializes in fish, including Hamburg's famous Aalsuppe (a clear broth with a variety of vegetables, seafood, and meat—basically everything that is leftover). Over time the Low German word for everything (all) became mistaken for the word for eel (Aal), so some restaurants make eel the focus, while others stick with creating their own versions of the soup.

Deichstr. 43, Hamburg, 20459, Germany
Known For
  • 16th-century building
  • old family recipes
  • Nikolaifleet canal views
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

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, 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

Astra St. Pauli Brauerei

$$ | St. Pauli

All over Germany, no beer brand has become so closely associated with Hamburg (and especially St. Pauli) than Astra. In addition to its main industrial brewery, the brand recently opened a new microbrewery and restaurant directly on the Reeperbahn. Here, they offer IPAs and other specialty beers that can only be enjoyed there as it is produced in much smaller batches. A full menu featuring everything from finger food to lobster make this a great starting point to a legendary evening on the Kiez.

Nobistor 16, Hamburg, 22767, Germany
Known For
  • house-brewed beer
  • good burgers
  • full food menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.


$$$$ | Schanzenviertel
The success of this extremely popular café and restaurant derives from its celebrity-chef ownership—Tim Mälzer, an old friend of Jamie Oliver, is a regular TV presence—its location in a former livestock hall in the heart of the Schanze, and its heavy emphasis on quality cuts of meat. Every night, the busy but friendly waitstaff ferry large plates of steak and pork through an interior of exposed brickwork and pipes, while diners dig into bowls of lamb, pork, and veal Bolognese in the white-tiled "deli" next door.
Lagerstr. 34 B, Hamburg, 20357, Germany
Known For
  • popular lunch at on-site deli
  • steaks (T-bone, porterhouse, and flank steak)
  • rustic interior with comic-like paintings
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Café Gnosa

$ | St. Georg

A stalwart of Hamburg's gay and lesbian neighborhood, this local favorite is probably best known for its friendly service and outrageously good cakes—spiced apple; rhubarb; and Black Forest gâteau among them—that are baked on-site in the café's own Konditorei. Beyond its sweet treats, the café whips up solid German breakfasts of bread rolls with smoked salmon and herring or cold cuts and cheeses and has a dependable if somewhat unexciting lunch and dinner menu.

Café Paris

$$$ | Altstadt

A slice of Paris in the heart of Hamburg, this turn-of-the-19th-century café's unfailing popularity derives from its superb traditional French fare, which naturally includes steak frites and beef tartare, served by crisply polite staff beneath a tiled Art Nouveau ceiling. The café's bar is an ideal spot to take in the atmosphere and sample something off the superb wine list until a table becomes free.

Carl's Brasserie an der Elbphilharmonie

$$$$ | HafenCity

This extension of the Louis C. Jacob Hotel consists of a relaxed Bistro, a wine bar, and a more formal Brasserie that boasts a large bay window with excellent views of ships gliding up the Elbe. But it's the brasserie that stands out, offering a unique take on French dishes with seasonal northern German ingredients as well as local fish delicacies.

Am Kaiserkai 69, Hamburg, 20457, Germany
Known For
  • warm and knowledgeable service
  • classic French and north German cuisine
  • three-course pre-concert menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential


$$$ | St. Georg
Aptly situated in the middle of St. Georg's main drag, this trendy yet friendly eatery justifies a visit for its good-size yet varied menu that includes the likes of teriyaki steak and wasabi burgers and homemade gnocchi with mushrooms, sage butter, and apple chutney. All the meat and fish served here is organic, and the Mediterranean-style vegetarian dishes are prepared with seasonal produce.


$$$$ | St. Pauli

Hamburg’s highest restaurant and bar awaits you on the 23rd floor of the "Tanzende Türme” (Dancing Towers) skyscrapers, dazzling with floor-to-ceiling views over the city, excellent cocktails, and creative crossover cuisine. The culinary focus here is on a variety of different steaks and cuts of meat.


$$$$ | St. Georg

Cox has delighted guests with its nouvelle German cuisine for years, and with a cool, dark interior and red-leather banquettes reminiscent of a French brasserie, it remains one of the hippest places around. Friday and Saturday night sees its two large rooms swell with diners, and consequently service can slow a little. However, dishes such as steamed catfish fillet with mussel tartare served in fennel stock, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, easily compensate.

Lange Reihe 68/Greifswalder Str. 43, Hamburg, 20099, Germany
Known For
  • steamed catfish fillet with mussel tartare
  • innovative desserts
  • stylish yet relaxed atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Das Feuerschiff

$$$ | Speicherstadt

This bright-red lightship served in the English Channel before it retired to the city harbor in 1989 and became a landmark restaurant, guesthouse, and pub. Local favorites such as Hamburger Pannfisch (panfried fish with mustard sauce) and Labskaus (a mixture of corned beef, potato, onion, beet, and gherkins) are on the ship's extensive menu, along with Argentine steaks and rack of lamb.


$$$ | Altstadt

Located in an old merchant house decorated with oil paintings featuring 19th-century sailing ships, this small and elegant seafood restaurant is a Hamburg classic. It's one of the best places to get traditional dishes such as Hamburger pannfisch (fried catch of the day in a wine-and-mustard sauce) at a very reasonable price.

Deichstr. 23, Hamburg, 20459, Germany
Known For
  • well-priced lunch prix-fixe menu
  • busy weekends (reservations are essential)
  • outdoor summer terrace
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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, 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

Hatari Pfälzer Stube

$ | Schanzenviertel

Located where St. Pauli meets Schanze, Hatari offers traditional southwestern German food in the far north. Sit at one of the long, rustic wooden tables and enjoy a plate of Käsespätzle or delicacies from the Rhineland at affordable prices. The folksy decoration gives the impression of a modest eatery frozen in time, but the clientele here is mostly made up of hip Schanze locals who flock to this restaurant for its unique vibe.

Schanzenstr. 2-4, Hamburg, 20357, Germany
Known For
  • vegetarian and vegan options
  • generous portions
  • alternative vibe
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays

Il Buco

$$ | St. Georg

Hidden down a side street off Hansaplatz, this neighborhood favorite is easily missed, but it’s worth seeking out for its excellent plates of vitello tonnato (cold sliced veal with a creamy tuna sauce), saltimbocca (marinated veal with prosciutto and herbs), and truffle pasta. The restaurant's intimate atmosphere, similar to grandmother's living room, extends beyond the candlelight and banquette seating to the amicable staff and spoken menu, which features many of the filling and comforting pasta, meat, and fish dishes typical of rustic Italian cuisine.

Zimmerpforte 5, Hamburg, 20099, Germany
Known For
  • personable service
  • small, cozy dining room
  • delicious desserts, especially the tiramisu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

Kitchens Restaurant & Bar

$$$ | HafenCity

This restaurant embodies the idea of “think global, act local” and brings the world to your table through its menu, which is inspired by cuisines from all over the world. From time to time, the menu will focus on a particular region: Istria, Scandinavia, South Tyrol. Kitchens's concept is rooted in travel experiences and culinary adaptation in an elegant environment. Open for lunch and dinner or enjoy cocktails on its rooftop bar overlooking the HafenCity.


$ | St. Pauli
Such is the popularity of this occasionally hectic little Indian restaurant in the heart of St. Pauli that a table booking doesn’t always mean you’ll be seated at the time you booked, especially if it’s the weekend. The high quality of its vegetable and meat dishes—Himalayan kofta (vegetables and cheese mixed into balls and served with a tomato, cashew nut, and fruit sauce) and rogan josh (lamb cooked with red onions, peppers, and paneer) among them—combined with the coziness of its shabby-chic styling is enough to forgive the inconvenience, however.
Detlev-Bremer-Str. 25–27, Hamburg, 20359, Germany
Known For
  • ayurvedic recipes
  • eating with your hands the Indian way (if you want to)
  • homemade paneer
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekends, Reservations essential


$ | St. Pauli

This local favorite has the distinction of serving authentic Mexican food in the heart of St. Pauli. Complete with Spanish-speaking staff and an atmosphere that asks nothing from street eateries in Mexico, this restaurant is so popular that the good mood of staff and diners alike spills onto the streets. It is hugely popular with both locals and expats.

Detlev-Bremer-Str. 43, Hamburg, 20359, Germany
Known For
  • vegetarian and vegan options
  • traditional desserts
  • rotating selection of craft beer on tap
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Neumann's Bistro

$$$ | St. Georg

This restaurant on Lange Reihe is famed not only for its regional specialties but also for its extensive wine list. Ask the knowledgeable staff which Flammkuchen goes best with your choice of wine. Also open for lunch everyday, Neumann's is a neighborhood favorite. Swing by on a Sunday to enjoy the best Schnitzel in Hamburg taking in St. Georg's atmosphere like a local.


$$$ | Altstadt

Snugly sited beneath vaulted ceilings in the cellar of the city's town hall, this elegant old pub turned restaurant and cocktail bar serves no-nonsense meat and seafood meals, including shrimp fresh from the North Sea, with a light touch of German nouvelle cuisine. Popular with local businesspeople during and after work, it's also a nice spot for a frothy beer and some Flammkuchen, Alsace's take on pizza, between traipsing around the nearby sights.

Rathausmarkt 1, Hamburg, 20095, Germany
Known For
  • historical setting
  • prix-fixe business lunch menu
  • hangout for politicians
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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, 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

Restaurant Nil

$$$ | St. Pauli

The simple but cool style, excellent service, and high-quality food (seasonal variations using local produce) at this busy bistro keep the locals coming back. Inventive four-course menus merge typical German cuisine with international flavors.

Neuer Pferdemarkt 5, Hamburg, 20359, Germany
Known For
  • modern German dishes
  • seafood
  • weekend cooking courses
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, 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.