Reservations are highly recommended for all restaurants on this list.
Lutter & Wegner am Gendarmenmarkt
Germans say that this upscale gathering spot serves the best wiener schnitzel in the city. The menu focuses on regional cuisine with an Austrian touch and the restaurant stocks an impressive wine list.
Address: Charlottenstrasse 56, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 2029540
White Trash Fast Food
This rock n’ roll joint serves great burgers and is one of the most famous bar-restaurants for young people in Berlin. The decor is a bizarre mixture of haunted house/circus/Chinese restaurant and the atmosphere is equally lively. DJs or live bands perform throughout the night.
Address: Schönhauser Allee 6-7, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 50348668
I Due Forni
A rugged pizza parlor run by Italian anarchists. You don’t come here for the service but for the unique punk Berlin atmosphere and of course the famous pizza. As they say, here, the pizza is king, not you. Open until midnight.
Address: Schönhauser Allee 12, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 44017333
This is where local carnivores come to eat. It’s a chic, meaty steakhouse that also attracts a share of celebrities and socialites (but the experience doesn’t come cheap). Al fresco dining on the terrace on the banks of the Spree river is popular during the warm months.
Address: Friedrichstraße 105b, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 28879288
Another Berlin joint popular for its burgers and steaks. Opened in 2006 by two guys from New York striving to make Berlin’s best burgers…sandwiched between English muffins. Premium, domestically sourced beefsteaks are ground fresh every few hours into cooked-to-order burger patties served alongside mounds of hand-cut fries.
Address: Am Falkplatz 5, 10437 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 51053283
This cozy restaurant pays true homage to Germans’ overtly honest nature. There are no prices here and you won’t get a bill at the end of your meal. Before leaving, you simply drop into a fish bowl how much you think your meal was worth. Wine is also complimentary but you do have to pay 2 euros for the glass and after you can serve yourself from a variety of wines available at the bar that night. The post-20h buffet style dinner is basic, usually featuring a daily soup, salad, and a main which ranges from pasta to roasted chicken. Come early as the seats fill up fast and guests, understandably, tend to linger for a while.
Address: Veteranenstraße 14, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 4406983
A very popular, trendy little bar centrally located in the middle of Berlin Mitte. It’s a great place for a low-key drink or cheap pre- or post-dinner cocktails. The bar is located next to the bustling budget Vietnamese restaurant, Monsieur Vuong.
Address: Alte Schönhauser Straße 44, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 97984778
Ick koof mir Dave Lombardo, wenn ick reich bin
I believe the rough translation here would be “I’ll buy Dave Lombardo, when I’m rich.” The (strange) name is certainly a mouthful but locals say it’s a great Berlin Mitte bar, filled with the young and trendy. It’s situated around the corner from Weinerei restaurant (mentioned above).
Address: Zionskirchstraße 34, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 179 7908197
If you’re looking for a very different experience, head to Kreuzberg. Once a part of West Berlin, the area has historically been home to Berlin’s alternative scene and is a melting pot of cultures. Kreuzberg is famous for its nightlife and also houses some great restaurants. Top picks in Kreuzberg include:
Address: Oranienstrasse 34, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 81799958
Noted for its talented bartenders and expertly mixed cocktails. Small plates of antipasti, from the Italian restaurant next door, are also available.
Address: Dresdener Straße 122, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 6155560
Both bars are located around the corner from a myriad of other bars, making them an ideal starting/end point to a night out in Berlin.