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
120 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (85)neighborhood gem (73)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (33)good for groups (26)romantic (22)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)notable wine list (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • The Weiner Schnitzel and the
    OkdiningVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2011
    The Weiner Schnitzel and the Pork Medallions were both terrific...excellent service was provided by Ashley and this was a very nice experience for our anniversary...
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  • Refresh yourself here
    fromSmart2Finished
    Dined on 6/22/2011
    We'd had a long day of museums, and took the short stroll up Mass Avenue from Union Station. As the evening was hot and muggy, we opted for an indoor table--it was cool, calm, and the Warsteiner frosty. All of us thought the entrees were outstanding, plus two must-haves: the mixed salad plate and the poppyseed cake w/coffee for dessert. We left for the return to our hotel feeling revived. When in DC next, we're certain to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Authentic German food...great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2011
    Authentic German food...great inside or outside.Good selection of German beer- liked the Dunkel.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When the tip is added automatically
    sharsalVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    When the tip is added automatically to the bill, that item should be carried over to credit card receipt so that the consumer doesn't feel guilty about not filling in the "TIP" space. I added an additional amount even though a tip was stated on the bill just because I felt obligated to do so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • My lovely wife took me here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    My lovely wife took me here on Father's Day after playing tourist in some of D.C.'s great museums. It was a tasty end to an enjoyable day. I love German food and Cafe Berlin offers some of the better dishes in the area. Count on a not very expansive but seemingly carefully chosen wine list. The outdoor seating provides a wonderful, interesting and relaxing environment when the weather is nice - as it was when we were there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The garden is beautiful to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2011
    The garden is beautiful to sit at night. The food was very good, my German husband said it was "very authentic".
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good place to go for authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    A good place to go for authentic German food. Three in our party had lived in Germany for at least four years. It was fun to compare the dishes to those found thru out Germany.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • As usual, the food at Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    As usual, the food at Cafe Berlin was excellent. The service was quite good. I had brought two out of town guests and they were extremely pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good food. The service staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2011
    Good food. The service staff was unattentive after hello.
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  • One of our favorite places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2011
    One of our favorite places to eat out-Always consistently good food and service. It also is owned by 2 German Ladies that are there to greet you every night and most of the waitstaff is German-so very authentic. Please try to save room for dessert! The desserts are fabulous!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Many time visitor.....pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/10/2011
    Many time visitor.....pleasant and relaxing spot. Food and beer authentic and very good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great authentic German cuisine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2011
    Great authentic German cuisine. My husband always ate the same dish when he travels to Berlin and when he wants German food, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We've been going there for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2011
    We've been going there for years. Fantastic food. Even better beer. I think it has the best German food in the area. We had a couple there who tend to be picky eaters and weren't familar with German fare and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • This place is wonderful. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2011
    This place is wonderful. The food is great our server was amazing. Always a place to have fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not be going back... ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2011
    We had a horrible experience at Cafe Berlin. We made reservations for 7:00 but were not sat until 7:20. But once seated we waited another 30 minutes before being greeted by our server. Our waitress was unaccommodating, for example would not change a drink order from one beer to another. She was also snippy with us and by the end of the night was just plain rude. She made mistakes in several entrees (i.e. forgetting dressing on the side, bringing out the wrong entree). Even worse, two entrees (a chicken salad and a soup) came out 20 minutes after all the other entrees, and the waitress didn't appologize or bring any sort of bread while waiting. The manager was also unappologetic. The food was average but the meal was expensive.
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  • The restaurant food was delicious..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/3/2011
    The restaurant food was delicious........and we loved the outdoor eating. We will definitely come back for the great food and ambiance
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  • Great food and great beer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/28/2011
    Great food and great beer! Especially beer! We all love it! Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • The food was OK, I would not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    The food was OK, I would not rave about it, but their outdoor patio is very nice and far enough from the traffic that you don't inhale all the fumes. Service was fine, but the poor waitresses had more they could handle and seemed to be running constantly. they need more staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • pretty authentic German
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/26/2011
    We enjoyed outstanding service and very reasonable German food. Near Union Station, so getting a taxi after dinner is easy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent German food experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/21/2011
    Excellent German food experience. Service was great (Ashley). Tried some German beer which we also enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3 other restaurants next door
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2011
    3 other restaurants next door so vibrant evening atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not to be missed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2011
    Cafe Berlin has a beautiful beer garden located just blocks from Union Station. It is a great place to hang out, drink great German beers, eat good food and enjoy the bustle of the city. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Going to dinner at Cafe Berlin
    Fbf1217
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    Going to dinner at Cafe Berlin was a last minute decision, and as such I had little time to form any expectations. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised by the many positive features of the restaurant. The food is authentic, tasty, and plentiful. E.G. I was offered a nice selection of German beer by the 1/2 liter, liter, and 2 liter. (Go with the liter.) Our server greatly complimented the atmosphere, was fun, and energetic. I really enjoyed the ambiance as well: it was busy, populated with diners of varied age groups; a little noisy, but not at all difficult to carry on a conversation; and all the while it retained its neighborhood feel. Cafe Berlin comes highly recommended-- I see myself returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • fantastic anytime or special event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2011
    Wonderful outdoor dining area with a restaurant on each side. Very small bar inside but cozy and friendly patrons and staff. Food was off the chart fantastic. Absolutely no room for desser but the choices were a plenty. Our server Ashley was wonderful not to mention cute as a button. We celebrated our 10th anniversary here and loved every moment of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I have eaten here many times
    marianVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2011
    I have eaten here many times over the years, and have always loved the food. However, on my most recent visit, the service was so bad that I will re-think going there again. We were completely ignored for the first 15 minutes. We had to ask for bread and water - twice, in order to get more than 2 glasses for the 4 of us. It took more than an hour to get our food. When I asked the owner if our order could be hurried, she replied that the delay was caused by my duck order. There was no indication, either on the menu or from our server, that the duck would be especially slow. The waiter offered my son a soda refill, took his glass away, and never returned with it. No time to finish our entrees, and we were still late for the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Super authentic German cuisine
    Bobbye
    Dined on 5/9/2011
    Super authentic German cuisine in small intimate cafe on Capitol Hill. Great German regional wines, hard to find German restaurant menu items that actually taste great! Desserts are bragged about, but were actually a bit stale.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Very enjoyable, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Very enjoyable, especially for my mother on Mother's Day. (Both her parents were born in Germany.) The food was excellent and authentic, and the service was outstanding. Michaela was our server. Everyone was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Cafe Berlin Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Belga is a cool place, quite, and nice for a more intimate eating experience. I love the outdoor seating they have. The food is okay, not the best, needs a little bit more spices or salt. But, it was good.
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  • we were a little bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    we were a little bit disappointed because we had expected a mother's day brunch. But what the cafe offered only was different kinds of omelettes or (cold) crepes. A brunch in my opinion consist of a variety of rolls/bread, cheese, sausages, jams, coffee etc buffet-style. And this was not the case.Next door ("Cacao") looked very much nicer - this would have been the better decision.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • The best German restaurant around..
    KPReatsVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    It has been a while since we've eaten here. We ordered off the Asparagus Menu and everything was good. It reminded me of when I was stationed in Germany. This is about as authentic as it gets here in the U.S. We brought some out of town guests with us and they were equally impressed. Even though the restaurant was slow when we got there, it filled very quickly and the two servers couldn't handle the amount of diners. I saw at least two parties leave because they couldn't get waited on. This is where management has to step up and start helping out their staff.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ate outside which improved
    Karen
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    Ate outside which improved the ambiance, and made any noise a non-issue. food was what you would expect from a German restaurant.
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  • Though I had a reservation,
    HomeinDC
    Dined on 5/5/2011
    Though I had a reservation, it took awhile to find some one to seat us, and the reservation never came up. The street was busy with many tour buses blowing exhaust as they went by. The food was good, but the portions were small for the price. At other German restaurants, you typically get a hearty meal portion, seemed more boutique than classic. The server didn't know anything about the bier other than it was "German" when asked which brewery does the bier come from. Not even sure if the bier was from Berlin as the name of the restaurant would imply, didn't even ask about the wine.
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  • Desserts...so, so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/29/2011
    1-Liter Beers, Spargo Suppe, Great Entrees, Desserts Bombed! What German restaurant doesn't have Black Forest Cake!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • A wonderful Easter Brunch!
    SusaninKailuaVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    We came here for the first time for Easter Brunch and enjoyed the Asparagus menu...so many good items to choose from! The service was excellent despite being very busy. It was a beautiful day on the patio and several diners around us gave us suggestions and told us they came here often. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food and service is very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2011
    The food and service is very good. They have some of the best German food in the city. The staff is friendly and the noise level is quiet. It is located in the lower floor of a old row house and could use a bit more liting.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • My best experience at Cafe
    Herb
    Dined on 4/19/2011
    My best experience at Cafe Berlin ever. The place was almost empty which meant almost no noise and excellent service. That has not always been the case in the past. This time it was a perfect experience.
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  • Excellent. A special Spring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2011
    Excellent. A special Spring Asparagus-based menu was a welcome suprise.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I have the wienerscnitzle.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2011
    I have the wienerscnitzle. It was mediocre. okay place to grab a bite of you are over there, but not worth a trip. Outdoor seating a plus.
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  • If you like German food and
    bird3
    Dined on 4/17/2011
    If you like German food and ambiance this is for you. I'm cutting back on those calories...
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  • Authentic food...Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2011
    Authentic food...Wonderful weissbeir!!! As good as what we ate/drank in Germany.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate