7 Best Restaurants in Mainz, The Pfalz and Rhine Terrace

Weinhaus Schreiner

$$ Fodor's choice

It's one of the more formal Mainz wine taverns, yet Schreiner still attracts a mixed, jovial clientele who come to enjoy excellent local wines and delicious, refined takes on regional German cuisine, often with a Mediterranean twist. During periods of warm weather, you can sit in the garden .

Rheinstr. 38, Mainz, 55116, Germany
Known For
  • Saumagen (sliced stuffed pig's stomach)
  • Regularly changing seasonal menu
  • Good list of wines and German spirits
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. Jan.–Nov. Closed Sun. in Dec. No lunch weekdays.



It's loud, it's busy, and the small selection of high-quality beer is brewed on-site in a labyrinth of vaulted cellars. The menu offers regional snacks as well as hearty Bavarian fare, from Schweinehaxen (pork knuckle) to sauerkraut.

Weisslilieng. 1a, Mainz, 55116, Germany
Known For
  • Good-value weekday lunch specials
  • Free brewery tours (must be arranged in advance)
  • Fun spot to watch soccer on a big screen

Gebert's Weinstuben


Gebert's smart yet traditional wine tavern serves refined versions of regional favorites and modern European cuisine using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The geeister Kaffee (coffee ice cream and a chocolate praline in a cup of coffee) uses delicious, handmade chocolate pralines.

Frauenlobstr. 94, Mainz, 55118, Germany
Known For
  • Excellent list of German wines
  • Appealing courtyard
  • Friendly service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

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Heiliggeist's modern, minimal decor is a striking contrast to the historic vaulted ceilings in this former almshouse and hospital church, which was built in 1236. This lively café-bistro-bar serves elaborate salad platters, creatively spiced fish and meat dishes, and the house specialty, Croustarte, an upscale version of pizza. It's a popular brunch spot on weekends.

Weinhaus Wilhelmi


This tiny, historic wood-paneled pub close to the river is a favorite with locals young and old, who come to enjoy glasses of regional wine with traditional Mainzer snacks such as Handkäse (a sour milk cheese marinated in vinegar and caraway). 

Rheinstr. 53, Mainz, 55116, Germany
Known For
  • Great place to soak up local flavor
  • Extensive wine list
  • Hearty meals such as fried pork steak with onions, and liver sausage from the Mainz
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Weinstube zum Bacchus

A tiny wine tavern with a narrow, rickety staircase up to a tightly packed, wood-paneled room, Bacchus offers traditional Mainzer appetizers such as Handkäs mit Musik as well as as salads and elegant versions of classic seasonal German dishes, from schnitzel with green sauce in the spring to goose with dumplings at Christmastime. There are also good vegetarian options.
Jakobsbergstr. 7, Mainz, 55116, Germany
Known For
  • Flammkuchen (tarte flambé)
  • Small selection of German craft beer
  • Cozy atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch

Zum Goldstein

This cozy wine tavern offers simple, traditional German fare, from pickled herrings with sour cream, apple, and vinegar to schnitzel with fried potatoes and mushroom sauce, as well as a handful of international dishes. Pick a glass of Riesling from their wine list and enjoy a leisurely summer's evening in the popular walled garden, which sits in the shade of an enormous tree lit with fairy lights.
Kartäuserstr. 3, Mainz, 55116, Germany
Known For
  • Fills up quickly, reserve in advance for a table
  • Beer garden
  • Relaxed atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays.