Cafe Berlin
Cafe Berlin

Cafe Berlin

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeberlin-dc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 543-7656
  • 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
117 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (73)neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (46)special occasion (37)good for groups (32)romantic (27)great for lunch (21)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)notable wine list (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Awesome Winter Menu
    DebfromDCVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The winter menu is on, and that means Jäger Jäger, more commonly known as venison schnitzel. Served with a divine cream sauce and hazelnut spaetzle, this is absolute tops in winter comfort food. Besides the good food, the service here is top notch. I always feel spoiled from the moment I walk in the door.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall - TOO SALTY
    Sue202
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The Sauerkraut Balls were actually fantastic! We were expecting a great meal to follow, but the Schnitzel was just okay, and the potatoes and vegetables were WAY too salty. It was like eating a salt lick..that was all you could taste. I can't recommend going, unless for just a beer and the Sauerkraut Balls.
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  • Fantastic
    MacM
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Hill residents, but it Took us a while to start frequenting cafe Berlin. It's a great spot with outstanding German fare and an accommodating staff. I enjoy sitting outside if possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great German food
    Dumpling
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Authentic German cuisine, varied menu but traditional. Beware large portions though! You will not leave here hungry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    umpkinpeter
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We've been going to Cafe Berlin for years, for special occasions, group dinners and everything in between. The food is delicious and authentic, the service is warm and efficient, and we always feel that it strikes the right balance of fine dining with eating in a friend's home. The new ownership has carried its good reputation and even improved upon it. We love Cafe Berlin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is spiraling downwards
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food is lovely but the service is worse each time. At this point it's execrable. A combination of neglect, sloth, forgetfulness, incompetence. It's been a neighborhood staple for us but we may have to give up. It's not pleasant to be totally exasperated by a dining experience.
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  • Great food!
    IchliebeDeutschland
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our party of 5 we're seated quickly. The food was delicious. Would recommend!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    Sharon0719VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I was in the mood for Oktoberfest and Cafe Berlin was ready with their special Oktoberfestmenu. Everything was great, including the wonderful fall weather. Sitting outside was particularly nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were looking for authentic German food and we found it. The service was excellent, friendly, and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Outdoor Tent is Nice
    bobeatsoutoften
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The beer selection was lacking, there were only 3 draft beers available, one was banana flavored - Pretty Gross! The food was good. The place is relaxed and you can enjoy with friends without being rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SLARA
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Awesome Oktoberfest menu!! Wait staff is amazing - Rico and Clytie make a great team!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for Octoberfest
    MKVaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A good experience of German food and beer. The restaurant was very accommodating to our group of 8, and was even able to split the check to our desire (without asking).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • We love German food...
    TheTravelingTomVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    ...and this is definitely the best and most "authentic" we've had on this side of the pond. We can't wait to get back (and it's cheaper than airfare.)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service ruined the experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went there with a group of native Germans because we had heard the food was quite authentic. Indeed, it was authentic - and it was very tasty - but the service was absolutely terrible. After the appetizers were served one of the guests mentioned to the waiter that there was a very tiny amount of meat in the appetizer. The waiter said he'd see what could be done and simply never came back. We received our food from another waiter than the one we ordered from almost 45 minutes after ordering. It was embarrassing, frankly, and really spoiled what could have been a very lovely evening.
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  • Second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We first lucked into this restaurant by finding it in the AAA travel Guide and took friends to lunch There. We went back a second time with other Friends and had another great meal. All loved our entrees, Beer and service. Enjoy the patio in good weather.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food I had was very good and there are many options for those who want to explore German cuisine. If you are not a fan of German food, probably not the place for you, though there is enough variety to please most. Service was perfect combination of attentive and low-key.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Delightful and Delicious
    beenthere
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A beer and a meal in the outside beer garden make Cafe Berlin a favorite place on the Hill. Seasonal beers on tap and a basic menu with specials make it a reliable place for a festive time and a tasty meal. On weekend both brunch and dinner are available so members of the party can choose their menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • repeatable goodness
    Patriot522
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    There for wife's 55th birthday with her parents and kids. Berlin Cafe is constantly a great restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Awesome Food!
    TBONE
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I really enjoy this restaurant, I typically am not a fan of Sidewalk eateries, there is some good shade and it is in a quiet area which makes it enjoyable at anytime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great start to the Oktoberfest menu
    JadePlant
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went to relax outside before it got too cool at night - everything was as expected - German food, german music (sort of) and good German beer. The patio is lovely - make reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oktoberfest
    kjgardner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our party of 3 visited the restaurant on the first day of Oktoberfest 2014. We had hoped to be able to sit outside under the tent with the music, but they told us we would have to wait half an hour at least. Perhaps I should have specified outdoor seating when making the reservation? In any event, we were seated inside, next to the serving station. It was definitely not as festive, but we did enjoy the Oktoberfest beers (Paulaner and Spaten) and the special menu offerings such as the Scheinebraten (roast pork). The service was very good even though the restaurant was busy, and the servers looked great in their Bavarian-style clothing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oktoberfest time
    tpetchy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Not specifically planning for Oktoberfest we made our reservations. They had set up tents in front of the restaurant to accommodate those that wanted to be in the "Beer Garden" atmosphere, we did not. The service was excellent; as my wife, not a beer drinker, had tons of questions. The staff, dressed in lederhosen and German style dresses, politely answered anything she wanted to know and offered a sampling of the two types of beer she was considering. The sampling was not a normal menu item.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort food
    Yogi
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We took our college freshman out for dinner, and found Cafe Berlin through Open Table. It's a great place for meat and potatoes kind of people, and they make good German specialties, such as potato pancakes, wurst, and sauerbraten. Nice beer selection too.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Crunchy schnitzel
    pat34145
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have been to the Café Berlin many times over the years, the last time the food was not up to par.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service.
    Vito
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our waiter Chase was wonderful! He was attentive, helpful, and respectful. The food was top notch German cuisine. We had a very nice evening at Cafe Berlin. I highly recommend it!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cebrownddsVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    have been here before and had a far better meal. something must have changed in the attention to detail in the kitchen. the schnitzel had a greasy, burned taste. when i came here several months ago the same dish was prepared expertly.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Der Klassiker
    gutbuergerlich
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Genuine German fare as you would find at a good restaurant in Germany. Great draft beer selection. Will be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great for an unplanned romance!
    PatSVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Cafe Berlin is that kind of place that everyone should go to at least once. Beautiful outdoor seating area, warm and hospitable wait staff, with tremendous German food specialties. This is German done right. The food and beer are straight out of Germany with three rotating specials on tap and served in authentic glasses. Goulash noodles are freshly prepared, and the potato dumplings along are worth the visit. My roulade was served with a fantastic brown gravy and on the side some of the freshest and best red cabbage I had had in a long time. This is certainly some of the best food that you will ever have outside of Germany.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always delivers
    ELM040
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fourth or fifth time we have dined there. I have traveled in Germany quite a lot, and have come to appreciate good authentic German cuisine, which isn't always easy to find in the U.S. Café Berlin doesn't pretend to be uber-trendy, but it certainly delivers.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • The Real Thing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Authentic and delicious German food. Friendly and efficient staff.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Rodbf
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience. We wanted something a little different and this was prefect. The beer was huge! Potatoe pancakes and bratwurst made a great appt. weinersnitzel was perfectly cooked. I'd definitely recommend and compared to other dc restaurants, a bargain!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Fantastic! As usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was wonderful to be greeted almost like family as we walked in. The food was cooked to perfection and the presentation was great. The service couldn't have been better or more timely. We go there EVERY time we're in D.C.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Authentic German Fare
    Riggers
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    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.
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    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    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.
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    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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • 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.