Cafe Berlin

4.6
1509 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
What 1509 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Octoberfest beer and food. Go for it.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
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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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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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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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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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
2 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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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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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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k
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great, food was exceptional. The food looked and tasted "home cooked" - highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful, and food was delicious

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Key West
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed at the Cafe Berlin. the food and ambiance are wonderful.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a group of nine gathered to enjoy an evening with a friend from out of town. The food and service were great and everyone had a terrific time!

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LQ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and food were excellent!

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EB
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We five went offtimes (Sunday early dinner) but were seated in the empty far dining room - I would have preferred scooting two tables together closer to some action since it was super slow. Server was kind of nice but in a hurry (why?) but the food was great as always. We had Vienerschnitzel, Huhnerschnitzel, Trout, Wurst platter and Kasespatzle. And Bretzel to start (the best.) I think in the future I will stick to peak hours and regular staff. I love the Cafe Berlin and want to enjoy the best they have to offer.

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has GREAT jagerschnitzel! Nice setting in a residential area.

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

Entrees on the menu not available, coupled with beers on the menu that were not available only made the poor service more noticeable.

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CG
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal. The food was excellent and the service stellar!!

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, excellent food and cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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MA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually eat here once a year, and I always look forward to the delicious meal that I know I'm going to get. German food is one of our favorite types, and you're sure to have an authentic meal that will be amazing. Can't wait till we get back here again!

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JL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best German food I have ever eaten. Appetizer combo was perfect. Nice German beers

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here on business! Love the food and the patio atmosphere. I recommend this restaurant to friends and colleagues all the time. A very nice escape from the touristy areas.

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BB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, and the service is friendly and professional.

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GM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. Excellent German food and beer, friendly and accommodating service.

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Miami
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Classic Bavarian food - but a little lighter than often found. Fun beer and wine lists. Would recommend the Sauerbratten.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic German Food. My wife and son had the wiener schnitzel , which compared very well to the real deal we had in Germany years ago. My daughter loved the pork medalions and German mac & cheese. I was very happy with the beef goulash -- hearty, tasty, and satisfying. The portion size was just right -- I finished everything but didn't feel bloated. And of course, the draught beer and bavarian pretzels were great, too. Service was prompt and friendly, without being at all intrusive.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service was lacking. The server barely checked on us and considering how warm it was outside we were only served 1 bottle of water for 4 people. Specials were not mentioned even though the server mentioned to a larger party that came in after us. We asked for dessert menu and server came out with a tray of desserts and was less than enthusiastic describing each of the items. The bill was brought out with absolutely no thanks - typically a server will thank you for coming or even ask how the meal was - we received neither.
we will not be returning in the near future. not worth the drive.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and beautiful Biergarten

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We've been to Cafe Berlin many times and have marveled at the food and the service. Our most recent visit produced a mixed experience. At first, no one came to wait on us which was disappointing. Then there appeared to be a "discussion" about who would serve our table of three. One wait staff person brought menus but then another person took over. The young man who took over was pleasant but wasn't 100 % when it came to bringing more water, etc. We'll go back for sure but I was disappointed at this visit.

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TH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great German beer, excellent service, lovely outdoor patio seating on a nice day! We will be returning again and again, one of our favorite places for dinner in the DC area.

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KP
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Highly recommend for those who like to get out of the tourist area and enjoy good ethnic German food.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Café Berlin. We have never had a bad experience. The staff is amazing, food is so tasty.

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1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The perfect day in DC, 84 degrees and so we sat outside. Beer and Schnitzel were good and Red cabbage and Spaetzle were home made and perfect. My husband had the trout which was fresh and tasty. Next time I’ll try the Sauerbraten!

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M
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic traditional German food, the best I’ve eaten in a long time.

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