Cafe Berlin

4.6
1535 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
Café Berlin has been serving authentic German cuisine on Capitol Hill since 1985. It occupies the ground floor of three townhouses whose front yards serve as Biergarten 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 and wines.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
German, European
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Hours of operation
Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
Sun 2:00 pm–9:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 543-7656
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rico Glage
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Catering
Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th
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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.
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Public transit
Union Station on the red line is only 2 short blocks away.
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Special events & promotions
July 7, 2015 kicks off our 30th anniversary year with beer specials, retro menu elections and our famous pig roast on July 11th. Check back on the 7th of every month during our 30th year for a special event.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with our 3-course prix fix menu featuring your German favorites, selections from our wild game menu and a traditional turkey dinner for only $55. We have seatings at 1:30, 4pm and 6:30 that fill up quickly.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with our 3-course prix fix menu featuring your German favorites, selections from our wild game menu and a traditional goose dinner for only $55. We have seatings at 2:30, 5pm and 7:30 that fill up quickly.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with our 3-course prix fix menu featuring your German favorites, selections from our wild game menu and a traditional goose dinner for only $55. We have seatings at 2pm, 4:30pm and 7pm that fill up quickly.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What 1535 People Are Saying
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HV
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuine, but modern German dishes. The beer list is good, without being overpowering. The deserts were pretty standard. The spatzle dish was really interesting--a bit Italian in composition, but fully suited for a Sunday brunch. The supper menu runs more toward the traditional meat-focused German dishes. There was a potato pancake option on the menu, but I did not find it while ordering. In any events no complaints even from a group of students from Hawaii who were clearly not familiar with German food.

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CH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a magnificent place to eat. Neighborhood casual combined with delicious food and beer. Our go to place for family gatherings.

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DA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sauerbraten I have ever eaten. You will not he disappointed.

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JH
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best German food I had this side of the Atlantic, sausages were authentic and well made, great selection of German beers and wine. Ein guter Abendessen - genau so wie in Deutschland!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the staff and food was top notch.

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KP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic and reasonably priced. The German beer was true but very pricey.
Restaurant is cozy but our neighbors are loud talkers. Nothing can be done about that. Service was exemplary.

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WH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The venison was the most tender meat I have ever had!!!!

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K
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service by Liz, fast friendly, excellent food and ambiance. Favorite in DC!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family go to! Always great service and food. My dad has been going here for 20+ yrs.

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Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The highlight of every trip too D.C.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super all around. Liz was terrific server and host

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c
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite neighborhood . Everything is good. Pork is tender and flavorful. Fish is delicious. the traditional German dishes are excellent.

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JE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Starting coming to Cafe Berlin about a year ago, and I find myself going more and more often. Always a delicious meal and great staff.

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A
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent, authentic German Food and beer selections. Worth several visits! Service can be a bit disengaged but overall is good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We ate from ~4:45 - ~6:45. Staff was kind and attentive — but noticeably understaffed. Food was excellent, and also portions were reflective of the prices. Overall, lovely experience for an early birthday surprise for my friend, and a perfect prelude to a Folger show!

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AL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the beer, and goulash was tender and tasty, with a delicious gravy.

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WL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For authentic German food & beer, you must try Cafe Berlin. Service & atmosphere are outstanding. In warm weather patio is wonderful. In cold weather it's warm & cozy inside.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A traditional German meal with delicious desserts

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Schnitzel was very bad. Coating was black but not burnt and very thin. I would not order this again unless this was an anomaly for this day

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Berlin is amazing. We love the food and the service is awesome.

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g
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

love that pig roast! why 50 characters??????????????????

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was good as usual but the service was not it’s usually stellar experience. Perhaps bc it was Ocktoberfest.

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CR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ambience rating is for the patio, which is quite nice and covered.

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JK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely meal, as always. Service was spotty; might have been busier than usual. Had to request a second .5l of beer four times, twice with our friendly otherwise helpful server, twice with another fellow who helped with serving. Such is life. Also had a side dish (we forgot about it ourselves) delivered, with a gracious apology, about 3/4 If the way through the meal. Again, these things happen. Only real gripe: the interior lighting is rather horrible CFL or LED of the harsh “daylight” type. Created a cafeteria feeling in anotherwise pleasant interior. Hoping the good folks will eventually transition to a more subdued, cozier but if lighting. A tealight on the table would be a nice touch. Still, Cafe Berlin remains one of our favorite Capitol Hill spots for dinner before the (Folger) Theater, or for a nice liter of fine beer in the boxwood hedged garden. Prosit!

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S
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Octoberfest beer and food. Go for it.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Sauerbraten had an off taste, likely due to an excessive amount of browning sauce. Kasespatzle was over salted almost to the point of being inedible. Service was mediocre at best.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended the Oktoberfest kickoff and pig roast. The owner, Clytie, and head chef, Martin, made the event so special; greeting guests and coming out to check on how we enjoyed the roast pig. They had special Oktoberfest biers on tap and all the authentic Oktoberfest fare. A tent was set up for the main outside dining area complete with hop wreaths and garlands; it truly felt like a little slice of the Oide Weisn brought to America!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We stopped for lunch and enjoyed our visit.

Very good menu selection. Both our meals were very good and the german beer was a perfect way to top it off.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal, good beer selection, and friendly wait staff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If your looking for authentic German food in D.C.then this place is for you, authentic beer selection and great menu items!

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular. I have a lot of experience with German cuisine and they struck the perfect balance between authenticity and exploration. Solid German beer list, especially given the small size of place. Very friendly servers. And Senator Collins was even there!

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic surprise. Only 0.4 mile walk from Union Station. Worth every step. Cozy atmosphere, ground level with small bar area separated by wall. Some outdoor seating as well but inside is somewhat more formal than Cafe Mozart (also in DC). Food is unpretentious and just downright mouthwatering, bordering on amazing. Authentic German draft selection and interesting Austrian/German wine list, including dessert wines. Surprising takes on standard cocktails. Small tables with intimate setting yet sufficient space for small groups. Kids could eat here too, if they enjoy German cuisine. Waiters provide very helpful service, suggestions, and guidance with menu choices. When Bavarian Chef is too far away, Cafe Berlin is an excellent substitute. Dessert and appetizer selections were also creative - not just the usual suspects.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were happy to find a German Restaurant after having eaten fast food for the last two weeks. Our meal was excellent and the service very friendly. We enjoyed every minute!

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JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

back at old favorite, but I wish they had the full menu available at brunch.

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T
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little German restaurant in DC. The food was great and the service was nice. They did not rush us out of there. Recommend asking for the outdoor seating if the weather is nice. Overall a great experience for authentic German food and beer. You won’t be disappointed.

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CP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Berlin is our special place for an evening out -20 years plus. We drive an hour to get there and it is always worth it. Every time we go there is something new and something old. Wish we lived closer and could dine here more often

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Berlin just keeps getting better. Great food, good staff and the rotating offerings of fine German draft beers always worth drinking.

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TO
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and drink was delicious, large portions. We loved the German look and feel of the biergarten. The indoors was nice as well. Would definitely recommend and return!

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GE
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We ate out on the patio. There were only two waiting staff for the whole restaurant so service was very very slow! We ordered two pretzel appetizers. The pretzels were pathetic. The top of the pretzel was normal size but the bottoms of the pretzels were so small that there was nothing really there. Overall the food was very good. We ordered the Sauerbraten, Jagerschnitzel and Goulasch. If it wasn’t for the staffing issue I would have given it more stars but the service was so bad I probably won’t be back.

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