60 Best Restaurants in The Rhineland, Germany

Casa di Biase Brasseria

$$$$ | Südstadt Fodor's choice

Sophisticated Italian cuisine is served here in a warm, elegant setting on the city's southwest side. The seasonally changing menu focuses on fish and game, and the wine list is interesting and extensive—although sometimes pricey.

Der Postwagen Ratskeller

$$ Fodor's choice

Sitting at one of the low wooden tables in this rustic spot on the first floor of the Rathaus, surveying the marketplace through the wavy old glass, you can dine well on solid German fare. In warm weather, the terrace provides great views of the Dom.

Markt 40, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, 52062, Germany
Known For
  • Himmel en Erd (black pudding, mashed potatoes, apples, and fried onions)
  • Sauerbraten (marinated beef)
  • roasted guinea fowl
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Fritz's Frau Franzi

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Chef Benjamin Kriegel earned a Michelin star for his innovative cooking, experimenting with unusual combinations of flavors and textures using mainly locally sourced ingredients. The five- or six-course menu of small plates changes with the seasons; recent highlights included marinated and smoked Bavarian char with borscht aspic, sour cream, and fermented white cabbage.

Recommended Fodor's Video

Gutsrestaurant Schloss Vollrads

$$$ Fodor's choice

Great care is taken over the light, seasonal international dishes here, which are made with fresh, carefully chosen ingredients and served with the estate's wines. Choose to dine in the Kavalierhaus (squire's house, 1650), the orangery, or in the summer, on the flower-lined terrace facing the garden.

Im Schiffchen

$$$$ Fodor's choice

In a historic brick building in the charming suburb of Kaiserswerth, this Michelin-starred restaurant, with its elegant wood-paneled dining room and artfully presented gourmet French dishes, is worth the trip. Diners can order the prix-fixe menu or à la carte, with or without wine pairings.

Kaiserswerther Markt 9, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, 40489, Germany
Known For
  • gourmet French cuisine
  • sourdough bread baked in-house
  • extensive selection of wines by the glass
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch, Reservations essential

Naniwa Noodles and Soups

$ Fodor's choice

Düsseldorf has one of the largest Japanese communities outside of mainland Japan, and Naniwa is a standout in the heart of the Japanese Quarter. Lines can stretch down the block, but service is quick and worth the wait for traditional soup and noodle dishes. 

Oststr. 55, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, 40211, Germany
Known For
  • 20 different varieties of ramen
  • customizable dishes
  • affordable daily lunch specials
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Thurs.


$$$$ Fodor's choice

On a quiet residential street on the outskirts of the Altstadt, and hidden from view in summer by an ivy-covered patio, this restaurant feels like a true escape—befitting its laid-back name, Beach House. The regularly changing menu focuses on high-quality seasonal ingredients prepared in an elegant, yet no-fuss fashion. 

Georgstr. 28, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, 53111, Germany
Known For
  • roasted duck breast
  • roasted lamb fillet
  • carefully crafted wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

Waldhotel Sonnora Restaurant

$$$$ Fodor's choice

At this elegant country hotel in the forested Eifel Hills, guests are offered one of Germany's absolute finest dining experiences in a room plush with gold and white wood furnishings and red carpet. Choose a spectacular five-, seven-, or eight-course menu or dine à la carte: the chef is renowned for transforming truffles, foie gras, and Persian caviar into masterful dishes, and challans duck in an orange-tarragon sauce is his specialty.

1 Auf dem Eichelfeld, Dreis, Rheinland-Pfalz, 54518, Germany
Known For
  • elegant surroundings
  • excellent wine list
  • numerous accolades
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed. and 2 wks in summer and winter, Reservations essential

Alte Gutsschänke


Locals and tourists mingle naturally at this proper, old-world Geheimtipp (hidden gem), near the open fireplace and antique winemaking equipment; as the night progresses, locals might unpack their musical instruments and start playing. The food is local and fortifying: sausages, cheeses, ham, and homemade soups served with the wines from host Arthur Schmitz's own estate. However, no beer served here.

Schlossstr. 6, Cochem, Rheinland-Pfalz, 56812, Germany
Known For
  • very friendly atmosphere
  • simple, rustic dishes
  • excellent wine list but no beer
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Alte Mühle Thomas Höreth


Thomas and Gudrun Höreth's enchanting country inn—a former mill dating back to 1026—is a labyrinth of little rooms and cellars grouped around oleander-lined courtyards. Highlights of the menu include homemade cheeses, terrines, pâtés, and Entensülze (goose in aspic), served with the Höreths' own wines.

Mühlental 17, Kobern-Gondorf, Rheinland-Pfalz, 56330, Germany
Known For
  • excellent wine and Sekt (sparkling wine)
  • beautiful location
  • eclectic, charming decor
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. No lunch weekdays

Altes Brauhaus

For a classic brewery pub experience, look no further than this traditional German restaurant with its classic chequered flooring, wooden furniture, and welcoming owner. The hearty food here comes in large portions: if you're feeling hungry, order the Haxentopf "Spezial," chunks of pork knuckle meat braised with onions and vegetables and served in a cast-iron pan with potatoes and a fried egg; wash it down with a glass of Königsbacher Pilsener.

Altes Haus


This wonderfully charming medieval half-timber house (1368) is Bacharach's oldest one standing and a favorite setting for films and photos. It doesn't disappoint with its food and wine, either: the kitchen uses the freshest ingredients possible and buys meat and game from local butchers and hunters, serving up local classics such as Rieslingrahmsuppe (Riesling cream soup) and Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) in addition to the seasonal specialties.

Oberstr. 61, Bacharach, Rheinland-Pfalz, 55422, Germany
Known For
  • good regional wine list
  • friendly service
  • cozy atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Easter

Am Knipp


At this Bierstube dating from 1698, you can dig into regional dishes like Zwiebelrahmrostbraten (onion meat loaf) at low wooden tables next to the tile stove. Pewter plates and beer mugs line the walls.

Bergdriesch 3, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, 52062, Germany
Known For
  • schnitzel with onions and mushrooms in cream sauce
  • Zwiebelrahmrostbraten (onion meat loaf)
  • slices of turkey breast with a warm mustard dressing
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. No lunch

Art Cafe


Located right on the bustling Drosselgasse, this quaint café offers a picture-perfect rendition of the town's most iconic refreshment: the Rüdesheimerkaffee. First created in the 1950s by German television chef Hans Karl Adam, the Rüdesheimerkaffee is made by flambéeing Asbach Uralt brandy and sugar in a specially made cup until the sugar dissolves, pouring strong coffee over it, and garnishing with mountains of whipped cream and chocolate flakes. The café also serves an excellent rendition of a Baumstriezel (chimney cake) and a wide selection of local spirits and wines to enjoy while watching people pass by outside.

Drosselgasse 5, Rüdesheim, Hesse, 65385, Germany
Known For
  • Rüdesheimerkaffee and Baumstriezel
  • great selection of local spirits
  • charming old-world atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.

Beckers Restaurant


This wine estate in the peaceful suburb of Olewig features a gourmet restaurant with four- and five-course prix-fixe menus. Bordeaux and Burgundy wines are available in addition to the estate's own wines, and wine tastings, cellar visits, cooking classes and guided tours on the wine path can be arranged. In addition to the gourmet restaurant, the hotel also has a wine bar serving regional cuisine and a more casual wine tavern.

Olewiger Str. 206, Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, 54295, Germany
Known For
  • superb food
  • beautiful terrace
  • numerous accolades
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues. No lunch, Reservations essential

Benner's Bistronomie


This bistro has a striking art nouveau interior, the walls crammed with paintings, a grand piano (live music nightly), and a good-size bar, attracting an upscale clientele and the post-theater crowd. Delicately mixing French and German cooking, Benner's is well known for its black Angus steaks as well as its very popular (and expensive) Sunday brunch.

Kurhauspl. 1, Wiesbaden, Hesse, 65189, Germany
Known For
  • lovely verandah for good weather
  • relaxed but sophisticated crowd
  • good service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Berens am Kai


While it still retains its Michelin star, this acclaimed restaurant recently adopted a more casual approach, offering a pared-down modern tasting menu as well as à la carte dishes with French, Mediterranean, and Asian influences. The harborfront setting remains spectacular.

Kaistr. 16, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, 40221, Germany
Known For
  • refined cuisine
  • wine list with vintages from around the world
  • magnificent water views
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Tues. No lunch Sat.

Bistro Zicke


Weekend brunch (served until 4 pm) can get busy at this café, located on a quiet square one block from the riverfront. Otherwise, the bistro—with its big windows and walls plastered with old movie and museum posters—is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the Altstadt.

Brauerei im Füchschen


This legendary brewery serves classic German comfort food along with its excellent namesake beers (both Altbier and Pils) in typically rustic dining rooms, as well as out in the spacious glassed-in winter garden.

Ratinger Str. 28, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, 40213, Germany
Known For
  • Wiener schnitzel with cranberry marmalade and roasted potatoes
  • pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe)
  • Sauerbraten "Rhein Style"

Burg Landshut Restaurant


Offering a stunning panorama view over the Mosel River, this sleek and modern dining spot offers beautifully presented traditional dishes. Note that the best views are from the window tables, and these are limited in number. Try the Kaiserschmarrn (a fluffy shredded pancake made popular by Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I) as your dessert to experience a much-loved German comfort food.

Burg Landshut, Bernkastel-Kues, Rheinland-Pfalz, 54470, Germany
Known For
  • Mosel river views
  • modern design located inside a castle ruin
  • fresh and contemporary German dishes
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed.

Café Elefant


For three decades, writers and artists from Cologne's elegant Agnesviertel neighborhood have been meeting at this cozy locale on a quiet, tree-lined street. Inside, the ambience—like a little corner of Montmartre—is just right for thinking deep thoughts, or simply chatting over a slice of chocolate cake. Even when the cake's all gone, night owls can enjoy the café's delicious Camembert and lingonberry blintzes.

Weissenburgstr. 50, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50670, Germany
Known For
  • Königin Pastete (puff pastry with homemade chicken ragout)
  • Kürbiscreme Suppe (pumpkin soup)
  • Elefantentoast (bread toasted with fresh ham, cheese, and vegetables)
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards

Café Stanton


Cologne's main pedestrian shopping street is practical but uninspiring—some even say ugly. This café is an airy, artsy oasis with outdoor terrace seating and a view of the 14th-century Antonite church. The food is international with an emphasis on the Mediterranean, and includes many organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The selection of cakes is divinely German, and there's a jazz dinner every Saturday. Three enormous, delicate chandeliers, made entirely of plastic waste, provide lighting.

Schilderg. 57, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50667, Germany
Known For
  • Stanton burger (with organic cheese, braised onions, tomatoes, and homemade ketchup)
  • Lammhüfte (leg of lamb with honey sauce, green beans, and potatoes au gratin)
  • vegan chocolate mousse

Capricorn i Aries

$$$ | Neustadt-Süd

Locals flock to this stylish corner brasserie serving hearty staples of French rural cuisine with a Rhineland twist.

Alteburger Str. 31, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50678, Germany
Known For
  • steak frites with Béarnaise sauce
  • confit de canard
  • crème brulée
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch Wed.--Fri.

Da Franco Ristorante

Da Franco's location on a promenade right on the Rhine and the sunny outdoor terrace is a big plus for this Italian trattoria, serving a range of thin-crust pizzas and salads along with a varied menu of pasta and classic meat dishes: crab meat ravioli with a sage cream sauce, veal stuffed with Parma ham and mozzarella, squid-ink tortellini topped with roasted salmon, lake perch sautéed with anchovies and white wine sauce. Be sure to factor in some extra time to compensate for the distracted wait staff.

Die Wirtschaft


Beate and Florian Kreller give you a warm welcome to their historic building full of cozy niches and exposed beams, where local dishes are the specialty, with emphasis placed on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian options are available alongside the schnitzel and sausages.

Hauptstr. 70, Winkel, Hesse, 65366, Germany
Known For
  • pretty courtyard
  • friendly service
  • rustic atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch weekdays


Ice-cream fans can't miss a visit to this ice-cream shop opposite the Liebfrauenkirche. Inventive flavors and natural ingredients mean that the cold sweets here, from bitter chocolate and fig or panna cotta caramel ice cream to sour cherry sorbet or eggnog gelato, are hugely popular: be prepared to stand in a long line, but the efficient, friendly staff will have you served as quickly as they can.
Braug. 6, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, 56068, Germany
Known For
  • ice-cream laboratory on show
  • seasonal flavors
  • cash only
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Dec.--mid-Feb.

Em Höttche


Beethoven was a regular at this tavern, which has been around since the late 14th century. Today it offers one of the best-value lunches in town, and the kitchen stays open until 1 am. The interior is rustic, the food hearty and nonfussy.

Markt 4, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, 53111, Germany
Known For
  • Halver Hahn (an open-face sandwich of soft cheese on rye bread)
  • Bonner Zwiebelmett (minced raw pork with onions)
  • Rheinischer Brauhausteller (fried potatoes with bacon and onions)

Früh am Dom

$ | Altstadt

For real down-home German cooking, few places in Cologne compare to this time-honored brew house in the shadow of the Dom. It's often crowded, but the mood's fantastic. Bold frescoes on the vaulted ceilings establish that mood, and the authentically Teutonic experience is completed by such dishes as Hämmchen (pork knuckle). The seasonal beer garden is a great spot for people-watching.

Am Hof 12–18, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50667, Germany
Known For
  • Rheinischer Sauerbraten with dumplings and homemade apple sauce
  • Himmel un Ääd (fried black pudding with potato-apple mash and fried onions)
  • grilled pork rib specials on Wednesdays

Gaststätte Em Hähnche

$ | Innenstadt

For over 80 years, this rustic corner tavern, in the shadow of the lovely St. Gereon's church, has served solid German comfort food to a mostly local crowd. There’s fresh Kölsch on tap, and the service is remarkably friendly.

Christophstr. 7A, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50670, Germany
Known For
  • Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) with applesauce, onions, or a house-made cucumber-sour cream sauce
  • currywurst
  • schnitzel
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

Geniesserei Alte Wache


With its position right on the market place in the center of town, you'd be forgiven for suspecting the Alte Wache to be a tourist trap. However, you'd be mistaken, as good regional cuisine such as local trout (Forelle) with potato and apple salad as well as salads, sandwiches, and a very popular spaghetti bolognese are on the reasonably priced menu in this spacious, friendly, air-conditioned café.