39 Best Restaurants in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, Germany

Auerbachs Keller

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The most famous of Leipzig's restaurants is actually two restaurants: one that's upscale, international, and gourmet (down the stairs to the right) and a rowdy beer cellar (to the left) specializing in hearty Saxon fare, mostly roasted meat dishes. Goethe immortalized one of the vaulted historic rooms in his Faust, and Bach was a regular here because of the location halfway between the Thomaskirche and the Nikolaikirche.

Herr Käthe

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A fireplace, charming rooms, an indoor balcony, and a lovely garden along with modern German "gastronomic" cuisine served by friendly waiters add up to a top-notch choice in town. Start with a tangy parsley and arugula soup followed by baked salmon or pork filet with a thyme-sherry sauce. Desserts run the gamut from sinful chocolate torte to fresh fruit sorbets topped with wild strawberries. A good choice of wines by the glass is available for non-beer drinkers.



Enjoy simple but tasty regional specialties directly in front of the Marientor. The beer garden is a good place to relax away from the action of the city center. The three-room pension is often booked far in advance.

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Alte Meister Café & Restaurant


In the historic mansion of the architect who rebuilt the Zwinger—and named after the school of medieval painters that includes Dürer, Holbein, and Rembrandt—the Alte Meister has a sophisticated old-world flair that charms locals and tourists alike.

Theaterpl. 1a, Dresden, Saxony, D–01067, Germany
Known For
  • light German nouvelle cuisine with careful touches of Asian spices
  • grand view of the Opera
  • relaxing before or after the opera
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Alter Elbehof

This three-in-one inn, brewery, and restaurant has been serving traditional German food for 100 years and is still going strong. Its rustic atmosphere and servers in traditional garb put diners in the mood for a menu of hearty classics: crisp braised pork leg, marinated chicken with steamed vegetables, beef roulades filled with mustard and bacon, or a big chef's salad served in the shady beer garden or handsome dining room. The restaurant offers a program of themed evenings with music, entertainment, and an accompanying menu on special nights throughout the year.
Werdau Nr. 12, Torgau, Saxony, 04860, Germany
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. Jan–Mar., Reservations essential


Bartel's riffs on traditional German fare with a contemporary twist, meaning plenty of lighter choices like chef's salad with plenty of crisp fresh veggies, asparagus soup, and whole local trout, along with the tried-and-true meat-based favorites: roast leg of lamb, veal with horseradish and boiled potatoes, scalloped pork, and Argentinian rump steak. The bright, attractive dining room is a welcome departure from rustic beamed ceilings and the usual gasthaus atmosphere.

Barthels Hof


The English-language menu at this restaurant explains not only the cuisine but the history of Leipzig. Waitresses wearing traditional Trachten dresses may serve some of the finest Leipzig regional cuisine, but the restaurant itself is quite modern. With a prominent location on the Markt, the restaurant is popular with locals, especially for the incredible breakfast buffet. Barthels has managed to elevate the local Leipziger Allerlei (vegetables and crayfish in beef bouillon) to an art form by proudly insisting on local and sustainable produce. Enjoy a meal here with a fresh Bauer Gose.

Hainstr. 1, Leipzig, Saxony, D–04109, Germany
Known For
  • massive breakfast buffet
  • Leipziger Allerlei (vegetables and crayfish in beef bouillon)
  • serves Bauer Gose beer

Bon Apart

If the name didn't clue you in, the checkerboard floor, effigy of Napoleon, and menu of French bistro classics will—this is French bistro dining à la gay Paree. For starters, frog legs sautéed in garlic and wine, escargots in buttery parsley sauce, and baked goat cheese are almost a meal themselves. Followed by dishes like coq au vin, steak-frites, medallions of pork with blue cheese and sautéed grapes, you'll be lucky to have room for that frothy Grand Marnier soufflé or cheese plate for dessert.

Brauhaus Wittenberg


This historic brewery-cum-restaurant is the perfect stop for a cold beer after a long day of sightseeing. In the Old Town's magnificent Beyerhof courtyard, the Brauhaus still produces local beer such as Wittenberger Kuckucksbier. In summer, try to get a table in the courtyard.

Markt 6, Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, D–06886, Germany
Known For
  • hand-crafted beer
  • southern German brewery cuisine
  • smoked fish (eel, trout, halibut) from the Brauhaus smokery


This comfortable restaurant serves hearty Thuringian specialties made from local ingredients under medieval vaulted ceilings; the outdoor tables are the perfect place to recharge after exploring the castle.



Where better than a castle serenely overlooking the village of Freyburg for a medieval restaurant? Everything is prepared according to historical recipes with ingredients from the region.



This restaurant in the historic, elegant Kaisersaal edifice is the jewel in Erfurt's small gourmet crown. Thuringia native chef Christopher Weigel has worked in top restaurants around Germany and developed his own minimalist style. Here he is pursuing his vision of a gourmet restaurant: a cozy, service-oriented oasis in which to enjoy delicious international dishes with a Thuringian accent. Using local producers, Clara serves delicious four- to seven-course menus from a list of 10 dishes.

Futterstr. 1, 15–16, Erfurt, Thuringia, D–99084, Germany
Known For
  • traditional Thuringian cuisine with modern interpretations
  • massive wine list
  • locally sourced ingredients
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

Die Destille


This small family-run establishment overlooks the Nikolaiturm, one of the towers of the city's wall. The restaurant offers good solid Silesian fare.

Nikolaistr. 6, Görlitz, Saxony, D–02826, Germany
Known For
  • regional Silesian cuisine
  • the best Schlesische Himmelreich (ham and pork roast smothered in baked fruit and white sauce, served with dumplings)
  • pleasant location
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed some days in Sept.



Part of the centuries-old complex of buildings ringing the town castle, this ancient and popular hostelry is a great place to enjoy the view from the large dining room and tree-shaded terrace.



This somewhat spartan restaurant in the middle of Weimar serves traditional Thuringian cuisine with a healthier emphasis on greens and other regionally produced goods. With several vegetarian options, Erbenhof is a welcome break from the heavy food of the region.

Brauhausg. 10, Weimar, Thuringia, 99423, Germany
Known For
  • second-best dumplings in Weimar
  • seasonal game, especially rabbit
  • solid evolving Thuringian menu and friendly staff
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch



When Ludwig Deinhard purchased the Weimar Stadtbrauerei in 1875, Felsenkeller was already 100 years old. Beer has been brewed here in small batches ever since. Although the brewpub is outside the city center, it's worth a trip to sample the brews and the inventive seasonal selections.

Humboldtstr. 37, Weimar, Thuringia, D–99425, Germany
Known For
  • changing seasonal local beers
  • hearty Thuringian brewery cuisine
  • good value
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayrischer Bahnhof


Hidden on the far southeast edge of the city center, the Bayrischer Bahnhof was the terminus of the first rail link between Saxony and Bavaria. The brewery here is at the heart of a cultural renaissance and is the modern birthplace of Gose brewing in Leipzig. The restaurant is well worth a visit for its solid Saxon and German cuisine. The new station on the S-bahn makes it easier than ever to discover the glories of Gose.

Bayrischer Pl. 1, Leipzig, Saxony, D–04103, Germany
Known For
  • Leipzig's best Gose beer
  • many other beer-inspired dishes
  • dishes cooked in a Römertopf (a terra-cotta baking dish that originated with the ancient Romans)

Gasthaus Feuerkugel


Serious and uncomplicated Thuringian regional cuisine, including the best dumplings in Erfurt, is served in this simple restaurant. All of the dishes (and the secret dumpling recipe) come from Grandma Käthe's cookbook, which relies heavily on seasonal and regional ingredients.

Michaelisstr. 3--4, Erfurt, Thuringia, 99084, Germany
Known For
  • perfect beef rolls with dumplings and cabbage
  • not touristy, despite location in the city center
  • friendly staff who are happy to convince you of the superiority of Thuringian cuisine

Kaffeehaus Riquet


The restored art nouveau house dates from 1908 has a pleasant Viennese-style coffeehouse upstairs—the best views are had from up here—and a noisier and more active café downstairs. Riquet is a company that has had dealings in the coffee trade in Africa and East Asia since 1745, as indicated by the large elephant heads adorning the facade of the building.

Schulmachergässchen 1, Leipzig, Saxony, D–04109, Germany
Known For
  • the best place for coffee and cake in Leipzig
  • Leipzig Meadowlark pastry
  • people-watching from the second floor
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner

Landhaus Hadrys

Magdeburg's bastion of haute cuisine, this gastronomic restaurant is the city's top choice for elegant dining. The young chef, a part of the esteemed Jeunes Restaurateurs group, scrupulously sources local meat and produce to create dishes with imagination and flair: marinated pork with mango and cranberries, cordon bleu of wild boar with quince and roasted bacon, or whole roasted trout with mixed baby vegetables and celery root purée. Desserts are light and fruit-focused, and the excellent cheese plate is hard to pass up. You'll want to sample the well-chosen wine list covering Europe and the best of Germany.
An der Halberstädter Chaussee 1, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, 39116, Germany
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Lüdde Bräu


Brewing Braunbier (a hoppy, top-fermented beer) has been a Quedlinburg tradition for several centuries, and this brewpub offers both locally made beer and food to go with it. The Lüdde brewery traces its history to 1807, when Braunbier breweries dotted the Harz Mountains, and it was the last surviving brewery when it closed its doors in 1966, reopening after German reunification. It remains the only Braunbier brewery in Quedlinburg.

Carl-Ritter-Str. 1, Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt, D–06484, Germany
Known For
  • brewing the Braunbier called Pubarschknall
  • incredible beer-based game dishes
  • pleasant beer garden
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Luther Keller


Head down the straw-covered stairs in front of Clara restaurant, and you'll find yourself transported to the Middle Ages. The Luther Keller offers simple but tasty medieval cuisine in a candlelit vaulted cellar.

Futterstr. 15, Erfurt, Thuringia, D–99084, Germany
Known For
  • pure kitsch, but completely worthwhile medieval experience
  • magicians, minnesingers, jugglers, and other players
  • roast wild boar
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch, Credit cards accepted

Memory Café

Sometimes only a pizza will do, and this bright, unpretentious café has enough pizza variations, including lots of vegetarian options, to satisfy any craving. For dessert, choose from 50 flavors of ice cream, 16 of which are made on the premises. An in-restaurant bar featuring the local beer on tap and wine by the glass or bottle, homemade desserts and waffles, and an outdoor terrace make this an all-around winner.



This is one of the region's most authentic town hall–cellar restaurants. Its whitewashed, barrel-vaulted ceiling and spectacular art nouveau skylight have witnessed centuries of tradition.

Am Markt 10, Weimar, Thuringia, D–99423, Germany
Known For
  • Weimar's best Sauerbraten
  • roast venison, when in season
  • wild game
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Restaurant Vincenz Richter


Tucked away in a yellow wooden-beam house, this historic restaurant has been painstakingly maintained by the Richter family since 1873. The dining room is adorned with rare antiques, documents, and medieval weapons, as well as copper and tin tableware.  The terrace is the perfect place to watch Meissen pass by.

An der Frauenkirche 12, Meissen, Saxony, D–01662, Germany
Known For
  • exquisite Saxon-German menu
  • personally produced white wines
  • wild game
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner Sun.

Scharfe Ecke


If Klösse (dumplings) are a Thuringia religion, this restaurant is their cathedral. Thuringia's traditional Klösse are at their best here, but be patient—they're made to order and can take up to 20 minutes. The dumplings come with just about every dish, from roast pork to venison stew, and the wait is well worth it. Pay attention to seasonal and holiday specialties, like roast goose in November.

Eisfeld 2, Weimar, Thuringia, D–99423, Germany
Known For
  • Thuringian dumplings
  • roast game
  • local beer and wine
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations essential


A meat lover's paradise, this rustic German restaurant-café, with outdoor seating in summer, serves up hearty local fare in a friendly, no-frills setting. You'll recognize all of the favorites, including pork schnitzel "Cordon Bleu" and the classic wiener schnitzel, served with boiled potatoes, fresh mushrooms, peas and carrots, homemade beef liver, giant meatballs, and a juicy Saxon sausage. Vegetarians are happily accommodated with a good selection of salads and veggie side dishes. For this much food, prices are incredibly reasonable.



At the back of the Schlosskirche, this restaurant's four dining rooms are tucked away in a basement with 16th-century stone walls and barrel-vaulted ceilings. The kitchen specializes in German dishes, such as Kümmelfleisch mit Senfgurken (caraway beef with mustard-seed pickles).

Schlosspl. 1, Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, D-06886, Germany
Known For
  • specialty Luther-beer in massive stone mugs
  • regional German cuisine with local ingredients
  • pleasant location with vaulted ceilings near the Castle Church
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Sophienkeller im Taschenbergpalais


One of the liveliest restaurants in town re-creates an 18th-century beer cellar in the basement of the Taschenberg Palace. The furniture and porcelain are as rustic as the food is traditional.

Taschenberg 3, Dresden, Saxony, D-01067, Germany
Known For
  • Saxon Gesindeessen (pan-fried rye bread with mustard, slices of pork, and mushrooms, baked with cheese)
  • traditional old-Saxony fare
  • bread bakery at the entrance

Strandgut Bio Restaurant

You can be sure that nary a toxin or additive will pass your lips at this organic outpost set in a handsome house on the banks of the Elbe, where diners can stroll by the gardens that provided their salads and veggies or dine on the lawn and watch the boats glide by. Fresh, seasonal, no GMOs, and humane treatment are a few of the exacting standards for your meal; the others are great taste, plentiful portions, and a pleasing presentation for dishes like Ayervedic tabbouleh with grilled veggies and pear-chutney chili, baked oyster mushrooms and lime-cucumber-avocado salad, cod fillet with a butter parmesan crust, or sea bream risotto.