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 | Italian

    So small it's easy to miss, this former dairy shop, now an Italian specialty shop, offers Italian fare for a quick lunch. There's a small but...Read More

  • 2. Tantris

    $$$$ | Schwabing | European

    Few restaurants in Germany can match the Michelin-starred Tantris. Select the menu of the day and accept the suggestions of the sommelier or...Read More

  • 3. Alter Simpl

    $ | Maxvorstadt | German

    Named after Germany's most famous satirical magazine, Simplicissimus , this pub-restaurant has been a Munich institution since 1903, when it...Read More

  • 4. Andechser am Dom

    $ | Altstadt | German

    At this Munich mainstay for both locals and visitors, the vaulted, frescoed ceiling and the old stone floor recall the nearby Andechs monastery...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Brasserie L'Atelier Art & Vin

    $ | Altstadt | French

    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 wine...Read More

  • 7. Brasserie OskarMaria

    $$ | Altstadt | European

    After New York, Munich has more publishing houses than any other city in the world. Literaturhaus is a converted Renaissance-style schoolhouse...Read More

  • 8. Bratwurstherzl

    $ | Altstadt | German

    Tucked into a quaint little square off Viktualienmarkt, this delightful Bratwurst joint cooks up specialty sausages right in the main room over...Read More

  • 9. Café Dukatz

    $ | Lehel | French

    This café has been a popular relatively upmarket eatery on the Munich scene for years. Even with the closure of their city-center restaurant...Read More

  • 10. Faun

    $ | Ludwigsvorstadt | Eclectic

    The beloved Faun is on Hans-Sachs-Strasse, one of the city's most interesting streets, with great restaurants and boutique shops—even a century...Read More

  • 11. Gandl

    $$$ | Lehel | French

    This specialty shop, where you can buy various European staples from French cheese to Belgian chocolate, doubles as a comfortable, relaxed restaurant...Read More

  • 12. Gasthaus Isarthor

    $ | Lehel | German

    This old-fashioned Wirtshaus is one of the few places that serve Augustiner beer exclusively from wooden kegs, freshly tapped on a daily basis...Read More

  • 13. Görreshof

    $ | Maxvorstadt | German

    In 1893 Augustiner, the oldest brewery in Munich, built this sturdy Wirtshaus to sustain travelers on the 12-km (7-mile) trek from Munich to...Read More

  • 14. Halali

    $$$$ | Maxvorstadt | German

    With nearly 100 years of history to its credit, polished wood paneling, and antlers on the walls, the Halali is an old-style Munich restaurant...Read More

  • 15. Hofbräuhaus

    $ | Altstadt | German

    The Hofbräuhaus is simply the most famous beer hall not just in Munich but in the world. Regulars aside, many Bavarians see it as the biggest...Read More

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  • 16. Königshof

    $$$$ | Ludwigsvorstadt | Eclectic

    Don't be fooled as you cross the threshold of the dour and unremarkable-looking postwar Hotel Königshof. The contrast with the opulent interior...Read More

  • 17. Max-Emanuel-Brauerei

    $ | Schwabing | German

    This historic old brewery tavern, first opened in 1880, offers great value Bavarian dishes. The best part about this place, however, is the...Read More

  • 18. Nero Pizza & Lounge

    $ | Altstadt | Italian

    The typical Italian thin-crust pizzas and pastas at this independent restaurant are great; try the diavolo, with spicy Neapolitan salami. They...Read More

  • 19. Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom

    $ | Altstadt | German

    One of Munich's most popular beer taverns is dedicated to the delicious Nürnberger Bratwürste (finger-sized grilled sausages), a specialty...Read More

  • 20. Pfälzer Residenz Weinstube

    $ | Altstadt | German

    A huge stone-vaulted room within the Residenz, a few smaller rooms on the side, wooden tables, flickering candles, dirndl-clad waitresses, and...Read More

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