Cafe Berlin
Cafe Berlin

Cafe Berlin

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeberlin-dc.com/
  • Phone: 2025437656x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, German
  • Executive Chef: Rico Glage
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room can accommodate up to 45 people sit-down dinner and up to 60 people open buffet, cocktail etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Clytie Roberts-Glage 2025437656x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd & 4th
  • Public Transit: Union Station on the red line is only 2 short blocks away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located in a residential neighborhood where street parking is typically ample. Alternately, Union Station is just 2 blocks away and has a large parking garage.
A word from Cafe Berlin
Café Berlin has been serving authentic German and traditional cuisine on Capitol Hill since 1985. It occupies the ground floor of three townhouses whose front yards serve as patio for outdoor dining. The interior features a small bar and two cozy dining rooms. The restaurant is located within a short walking distance of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol. It draws politicians, congressional staffer, and tourists as well a loyal following of neighborhood residents. The traditional dishes are authentically prepared with lighter touch by chefs with extensive experience in German cuisine. In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant offer seasonally changing menus that feature fresh asparagus in the spring, salads and light fares in the summer, Bavarian dishes during Oktoberfest in the fall, and wild game in the winter. Desserts which are freshly made in-house include apple strudel, black forest cake, and luscious cream tortes. The bar offers a selection of imported German beers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cafe Berlin reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (101)neighborhood gem (84)special occasion (46)fit for foodies (44)romantic (34)good for groups (29)great for lunch (22)great for brunch (20)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (6)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great Authentic German Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I got a reservation here for my birthday based on the reviews I had seen online. I was not at all dissappointed. There were six of us and they easily accommodated us. The service was amazing and friendly. Our server helped with suggestions and had no problem with separating our checks. The owner of the restaurant took time to speak with us and even discussed the possibility of special ordering a beer from Austria for me. The food was phenomenal and authentic. The portions were ample. The meet and cheese board is a must for an app. The beer selection is fantastic and the prices aren't too steep. I will most definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Germany in DC
    socr1st
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great German food and excellent service, might have to come back for their Oktoberfest, sounded fun.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value
    IknoGerman
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ambiance, food and service is what you'd expect in small, family German restaurant. Limited menu; prepared well. Food portions more American than German (smaller), and bread dumpling a little dry, but still good flavor (used good bread). Prices are reasonable for dinner. Nice outside seating area. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always... but with a twist
    Me2BeVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Café Berlin has been one of my favorite restaurants in DC for over 15 years. Recently we went to celebrate a birthday--just the two of us. As always, the food was exceptional; however, I was pleasantly surprised that the restaurant has been redecorated and there are some great new changes to the menu. For example, they now offer sauerkraut balls. Yes, I thought they would be gross too--but they are now one of my favorite foods. They're amazing and like nothing you have ever experienced. When we asked our server about the changes, we were told that the former chef heard that the two ladies who owned the restaurant before had retired and sold it to a former chef--so it stayed in the family and with people who love it. Try it. You'll love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Dave
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food, beer and wine list reminded me of being back in Germany. Staff was outstanding. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Meal
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was very good. It seemed that they used very fresh ingredients and not prepackaged processed foods. The staff was very nice and friendly. The little courtyard out front looked very inviting had it not been raining we would have enjoyed sitting outside for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daniel
    Danny
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a nice neighborhood restaurant with nice outdoor dining. The service was great. The food so-so.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kind and accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We arrived 45 minutes late for our reservation but we seated by a gracious host immediately. Service by team approach which proved very efficient. Seasonal beers a definite plus. Food well prepared. Portions hearty but not overwhelming. An excellent spot. One downer: beer prices are very high relative to Germany but average for DC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful German Food!
    Alexandrian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Café Berlin is a favorite, we return to again and again. This was a summer evening's visit with friends, and a nice one, as the food is good, the beer great and a comfortable place to go--
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lecker!
    BonneVivante
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Every so often, I have a hankering for food from Deutschland and to satisfy my craving THIS time, I paid a visit to Cafe Berlin....and I am SO very glad that I did! This quaint little cafe on Capital Hill now has a new regular! The food was enjoyable and the service even better. My waitress, (who by the way is from the motherland!) was attentive, incredibly friendly and very helpful with menu recommendations. For my appetizer, I had the fried brie w/fruit compote; my entree was a stuffed beef roulade served with dumplings (INCREDIBLE!) and dessert was gooseberry pie. Now, back to those dumplings: These tasty gems should not be missed! They are little bites of heaven with dollops of brown-buttered breadcrumbs nestled atop! DELICIOUS!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and beer
    Matt
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Dinner was great and good selection of German beers. Outdoor patio is amazing in the summer, would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Lunch
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It was very good, except no Black Forest cake as dessert option. I had not been to Cafe Berlin in quite a while and their dessert selection used to be more extensive. Today, they had "only" six cakes to choose from. Since I am a huge dessert person, that was a disppointment for me.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great German Food
    Mhilt126
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Go to Cafe Berlin for some Great German Food. The management was especially sensitive to food allergies that several people in our party had. The pickled herring and the fried brie were wonderful appetizers. Everything else was great, too. Our server was very slow to take our orders. But, once we had ordered, the service was excellent. We found the noise level inside a bit loud - but once the folks who were at that loud table left, the noise level was fine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go hungry
    EmptyStomach
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food at Cafe Berlin is really good -- love that red cabbage! -- but go hungry because the servings are large and are definitely heavy on the meat and carbs (which is pretty typical for German food). Maybe a better place for winter than summer dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the Weiner Schnitzel!
    KatWags
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I am a fan of the Weiner Schnitzel and the Huhner Schnitzel. Very tasty! I have found that they have better service on the weekends, as when I went on a Monday it was rather slow despite only 4 other tables being seated. With that being said, the service wasn't bad by any means!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst German food I've ever tried.
    Germany
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Please do yourself a favour and do not eat here if your looking for good German food. I'm embarrassed as German to think that people assume this is real German food.
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  • Great food....takes time
    Kalrol
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was great, the service was reasonably attentive but only 1 server for the entire outdoor patio. The food took a long long time. We ordered sandwiches, soup, and salad and the food took nearly 50 minutes to arrive. If you have that amount of time for lunch I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    They were out of several of our first-choice beers, but extremely courteous and attentive service and the food was tasty, well-prepared, and exactly as we expected.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but
    nigelwVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was great, but they were short staffed and it showed, other than that I'd go again for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Washington Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Blocks for the nation's capital, this restaurant has to be one of the nicest patio settings in the area. Combine that with friendly, attentive service and good food and it is easy to see how Cafe Berlin has endured.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A most pleasant evening
    paunch
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a most pleasant evening dinner. The food is typical German,and prepared well,and the Beer, well nothing beats German Beer. Although the restaurant is on Mass Ave., it is quite. For a more intimate setting, sit inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    awesome german food and beer in Washington D.C.. ...a hidden gem. d
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent German food
    dpdcVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Cafe Berlin has excellent German food and a terrific selection of German beer - a good place to enjoy dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Good food, great service. It was pouring rain, I was walking and missed the place. My guest was also late, but everyone was accommodating. Food was excellent as well. Just like a German Gasthaus!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • German?
    Wolfytoo
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Knowing German food very well, I would say this over salted, mushy food is not even close to German. Ok outdoor seating. Fair wine and beer list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellemt!
    TheHFamily1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We love going to Cafe Berlin! We make the drive there a few times a year and it would be more if we didn't live over an hour or more away. The food is delicious and very authentic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ok yes -not exactly"haute cuisine"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Not sure I would really describe this place as neighborhood gem but it was close to my neiborhood and fit our needs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Dinah
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    A very pleasant evening, eating outside. Good food, good service, conversation possible. Nice to sit outside without being right on the street.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a solid German meal
    Kieraz
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a 10:30 reservation and it was still crowded. Our table was available and we had a choice of inside or outside. We chose outside -- inside was cacophonous and it was nice weather. The wait staff was good and the food did the job. There aren't many German restaurants around here, and this did the trick and made for a fun evening. The portions are big, so come hungry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite---
    Alexandrian
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We returned to Café Berlin which is a favorite of ours for a special birthday occasion. They food was wonderful and the service warm and friendly. Thanks to everyone there for making it a special evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A big dissapointment
    jplitch
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    After waiting over an hour for our food our waitress advises us the kitchen did not receive our ticket due to a printer malfunction and it would be another 10 minutes which turned into 20. When it did arrive my pork medallions was actually a chunk of undercooked pork. We decided to take our dessert to go but unfortunately there was not one German dessert on the menu. Apple streudel and German chocolate cake ONLY on weekends!!!! On a positive note we were offered a complimentary round of drinks and my leftover raw pork was delicious when I finished cooking it the next day.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Best German cusuine in the city
    blester
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Authentic German food with a fantastic patio to enjoy a beer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • germanlass
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a great time except for the fact that our table was mostly in the sun. When we asked about switching, we were told that all tables had been reserved. But this was not the case.......Not a deal breaker, but not customer-oriented either. But the food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best German Food in DC
    DebfromDCVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I love Cafe Berlin and have been going there ever since they opened in the early eighties. It might not be haute cuisine, but the food is always well prepared, fresh and delicious, and the service is always friendly and efficient. They just started with the summer menu and the veal schnitzel with asparagus and hollandaise is phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food but it takes awhile
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food and beer is good, but it took a long time to get our food. LIke almost an hour. And it was not busy. So I'd recommend it as long as you aren't in a hurry.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    SueWVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The night we ate at Cafe Berlin the weather was wonderful, and their outdoor patio was packed. Even with a huge crowd, the food and service was up to Cafe Berlin's very high standards. Cafe Berlin is always a pleasure and a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    ate outside..Perfect weather, relaxed evening, perfect spot to unwind.. great food and beer. will be back often.. will beinterested to see how it is indoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience - Special Occasion
    likegoodrestaurants
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The occasion was our anniversary and it was GREAT. The food was great, service was very attentive and the ambiance was what you want for such an occasion. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best German food in metro DC
    7hom7homVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Mom enjoyed her chicken schnitzel, dad his wurstplatte, and I my schweine medallions. Outside filled up while we were there on Thunder Sunday 6p. Service downgraded because beefeaters on rocks were very skimpy. CB does have vegetarian selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is under par
    DinnerVisitor
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    food is under par. most meat are overcooked and over-salted. Went there on Sunder night, there seems only 1-2 servant. That's clearly not enough. The waiter is hard working but can not handle so many tables and has to leave customs waiting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet