Munich Restaurants

Munich claims to be Germany's gourmet capital. It certainly has an inordinate number of fine restaurants, but you won't have trouble finding a vast range of options in both price and style.

Typical, more substantial dishes in Munich include Tellerfleisch, boiled beef with freshly grated horseradish and boiled potatoes on the side, served on wooden plates. Schweinebraten (roast pork) is accompanied by dumplings and sauerkraut. Hax'n (ham hocks) are roasted until they're crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. They are served with sauerkraut and potato puree. Game in season (venison or boar, for instance) and duck are served with potato dumplings and red cabbage. As for fish, the region has not only excellent trout, served either smoked as an hors d'oeuvre or fried or boiled as an entrée, but also the perchlike Renke from Lake Starnberg.

You'll also find soups, salads, casseroles, hearty stews, and a variety of baked goods—including Breze (pretzels). For dessert, indulge in a bowl of Bavarian cream, apple strudel, or Dampfnudel, a fluffy leavened-dough dumpling usually served with vanilla sauce.

The generic term for a snack is Imbiss, and thanks to growing internationalism you'll find a huge variety, from the generic Wiener (hot dogs) to the Turkish döner kebab sandwich (pressed and roasted lamb, beef, or chicken). Almost all butcher shops and bakeries offer some sort of Brotzeit, which can range from a modest sandwich to a steaming plate of goulash with potatoes and salad. A classic beer garden Brotzeit is a Breze with Obatzda (a cheese spread made from Camembert and paprika served with freshly sliced rings of onion).

Some edibles come with social etiquette attached. The Weisswurst, a tender minced-veal sausage—made fresh daily, steamed, and served with sweet mustard and a crisp pretzel—is a Munich institution and, theoretically, should be eaten before noon with a Weissbier (wheat beer), supposedly to counteract the effects of a hangover. Some people use a knife and fork to peel off the skin, while others might indulge in auszuzeln, sucking the sausage out of the skin.

Another favorite Bavarian specialty is Leberkäs—literally "liver cheese," though neither liver nor cheese is among its ingredients. Rather, it's a sort of meat loaf baked to a crust each morning and served in pink slabs throughout the day. A Leberkässemmel—a wedge of the meat loaf between two halves of a bread roll slathered with a slightly spicy mustard—is the favorite Munich on-the-go snack.

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  • 1. Due Passi

    $ | Altstadt

    So small it's easy to miss, this former dairy shop now offers a limited but fine selection of Italian fare, with a menu of fresh...Read More

  • 2. Limoni

    $$$ | Maxvorstadt

    There are a number of fine Italian restaurants around the city, but this is certainly one of the best, with excellent, often experimental meat and...Read More

  • 3. Prinz Myshkin

    $$ | Altstadt

    This restaurant is one of the finest in the city, and it's vegetarian to boot, along with a selection of vegan dishes. The delightful holiday...Read More

  • 4. Tantris Maison Culinaire

    $$$$ | Schwabing

    Recently reimagined as a trio of restaurants under one roof, Tantris, which has been around since 1971, has smartly broadened its range of modern French...Read More

  • 5. Vino e Gusto

    $$ | Altstadt

    This welcoming Italian spot serves excellent traditional homemade pastas as well as a variety of meat and seafood dishes, including Sicilian prawns in a spicy...Read More

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  • 6. Alter Simpl

    $ | Maxvorstadt

    This cozy, atmospheric pub-restaurant has been a Munich institution since 1903 when it was a meeting place for the leading writers, comedians, and artists whose...Read More

  • 7. Augustiner Keller

    $ | Maxvorstadt | German

    This flagship beer restaurant of one of Munich's oldest breweries opened in about 1812. It is also the location of the unbeatable Augustiner...Read More

  • 8. Brasserie L'Atelier Art & Vin

    $ | Altstadt

    Take a seat by the wall of windows or at the long blond-wood bar, in this airy, casual brasserie, which specializes in French food and...Read More

  • 9. Brasserie OskarMaria

    $$ | Altstadt

    Inside Literaturhaus, a converted Renaissance-style schoolhouse that is now a literary center, this stylish brasserie is named after Munich writer Oskar Maria Graf, who fled...Read More

  • 10. Brasserie Tresznjewski

    $ | Maxvorstadt

    A good spot, especially if you're visiting the neighboring Pinakothek museums, this convivial corner bar and café attracts an interesting mix of students, artists, businesspeople,...Read More

  • 11. Brasserie Tresznjewski

    $$ | Maxvorstadt | Eclectic

    A good spot, especially if you're visiting the neighboring Pinakothek museums, the ever-popular Brasserie Tresznjewski serves an eclectic menu...Read More

  • 12. Bratwurstherzl

    $ | Altstadt

    Tucked into a quaint little square off Viktualienmarkt, this delightful Bratwurst joint, dating from 1901, cooks up specialty sausages over an open grill right in...Read More

  • 13. Brenner Operngrill

    $$$ | Altstadt

    In an impressive columned hall that once was the stables of the royal residence, this sprawling restaurant features three distinct indoor dining spaces—the main grill...Read More

  • 14. Bucci Bar

    $$ | Schwabing

    This cozy, low-key Italian restaurant serves a rotating menu of excellent pasta dishes, many featuring seafood, and the spritzes here are particularly good....Read More

  • 15. Buffet Kull

    $$$ | Altstadt

    This chic yet comfortable Parisian-style bistro delivers a high-quality dining experience accompanied by an impressive variety of wines and friendly service. The daily specials are...Read More

  • 16. Cafe Chance

    $ | Lehel

    Vietnamese specialities, including Banh Mi sandwiches served on crusty rolls and Pho Bo (noodle soup with beef), are available at this attractive café, a short...Read More

  • 17. Café Dukatz

    $ | Lehel

    With three locations—one in Maxvorstadt at Klenzestrasse 69, one in Schwabing at Haimhauserstrasse 11, and this one in Lehel—Café Dukatz has made a name for...Read More

  • 18. Faun

    $ | Ludwigsvorstadt

    This happy combination of Munich tavern and international bistro is set on Hans-Sachs-Strasse, one of the city's most interesting streets. Juicy Schweinsbraten and burgers satisfy...Read More

  • 19. Gandl

    $$$ | Lehel

    This specialty shop, which stocks various European staples from French cheese to Belgian chocolate, doubles as a comfortable, relaxed restaurant; in summer, tables spill out...Read More

  • 20. Gasthaus Isarthor

    $ | Lehel

    This old-fashioned Wirtshaus is one of the few places that serve Augustiner beer exclusively from wooden kegs, freshly tapped on a daily basis—beer simply doesn't...Read More

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