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Our cozy front dining room - Cafe Berlin, Washington, DC
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Cafe Berlin

4.7
4.7
2106 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    German, European

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 543-7656

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rico Glage

  • Catering

    Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.

  • 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    Union Station on the red line is only 2 short blocks away.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Liebe

    $66.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Along with our a la cart menu, we will offer a special 3-course menu featuring pate, venison Wellington, and smoked trout. Dinner can be enjoyed in our cozy dining rooms or al fresco with blankets and fire pits in our romantic biergarten.

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What 2,106 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LA

    LADR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Berlin is a charming, quiet, restaurant with exceptional service and delicious German inspired cuisine! Love the cozy bar, variety of beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options. We've dined inside, outside on the beautiful patio, and attended special catered events in their large dining room. We've never been disappointed and will continue to return. I highly recommend Cafe Berlin!
  2. C

    Carls

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Capitol Hill's true gems. Never disappoints. Tim, the bartender, is an absolute rockstar. Rest of the staff friendly, efficient, and welcoming.
  3. SA

    SavannahA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had a lovely dinner here, great food at a great price, even looking at other tables their food looked delicious as well. Will definitely be coming back!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food5service4ambience5
    Went for restaurant week, the restaurant didn't end up having half of the options, and they were no not willing to substitute. Moral of the story. We paid a lot of money just to be told we can't have anything.
  5. J

    Jeff

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Love the chicken schnitzel.
  6. RF

    RichardF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It’s always a pleasure to come here..great food,comfortable seating, easy noise level..it’s consistently a great time
  7. MS

    MSB23

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent German food; friendly service; good ambience.
  8. WU

    WilliamU

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food and service were OK, but not nearing excellent or very good in any way.
  9. I

    Intleater

    Cincinnati

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A true classic! If you have a yen for true German food, this is the place to be.
  10. ZT

    ZToto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations at 9:30 exact time when the kitchen closes, to be on the safe side we called them and made our order. When we got there the waiter was very nice and welcomed us and our food was ready Excellent service and excellent food !! We had a great time
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn’t been to this old mainstay in >10 years and we’re glad we came back! Very cozy, very German and great food! Astrea was excellent, witty, fun and knowledgeable - a server you wish was at every eating establishment!
  12. PL

    PariL

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food was just”ok”. Waiter was great. Owner/manager unfriendly and rude. Will not go back.
  13. G

    Ginkgofan

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We made a reservation for Christmas dinner. Our party of was seated promptly, but at a table situated almost inside the doorway of the back dining room. One of our party was sat at the end of 2 smaller tables pushed together, and felt jostled every time a waitstaff or guest passed through to the other dining area. Seating was too tight to be entirely comfortable, however, the food and experience overall was excellent. The one in our group that ordered venison received a very small dinner portion of steak conpared to the portion sizes of our other dishes ordered, but it was cooked very nicely. Christmas goose was worth the trip from Leesburg.
  14. DC

    DCFeline

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service.
  15. S

    Schmerzer

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Berlin for Christmas Dinner. What a delight! The venison was excellent.
  16. S

    Sandy

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Potato pancakes and sauerbraten meet the standard. The holiday serving team was above and beyond. We were first to arrive for the Christmas dinner crowd, so we got my favorite table and had time to confirm our menu choices. The food overall was very good. The host was focused and professional. Can see going back to Cafe Berlin fro another special occasion.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect Christmas Eve dinner!
  18. DF

    DavisF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a special occasion, or a date night, or a place to bring the family, or a dinner with friends, or an average Wednesday. You get the idea. This is a nice establishment, with authentic German food, nice ambience, and friendly servers. The menu changes regularly, and there are often specials. Christmas Eve dinner was terrific.
  19. TH

    ThomasH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was our Christmas present to each other, and we came for the special Christmas Eve goose - served with Farina dumplings, rotkraut, chestnuts and a marzipan stuffed apple. It was a delicious, home style german Christmas feast that was worth the cab fare into DC and back! The atmosphere and friendliness of the staff was great; they let us in early when our ride dropped us off 30 min too soon, even though they were not open for service yet. Danke Schoen!!!
  20. EE

    EricE

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food …the best German fare in the DC area
  21. L

    Lindsay

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried to make reservations for the next night but they’re closed Mondays! Def coming back to DC just for the food here, the pheasant was out of this world & schnitzel amazing.
  22. GR

    GnoRules

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Cafe Berlin. The food was great and the staff was really friendly and attentive. I would definitely come again.
  23. DH

    DanielH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Berlin does not disappoint! Outstanding food, great service, and a nice atmosphere. Have been going here for years and will continue for years to come!
  24. b

    bobdindc

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Friends and I went to Cafe Berlin for our annual Christmas dinner and had another great meal!
  25. MW

    MichaelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we travel to Washington, D.C., Cafe Berlin is the very first place we dine at!
  26. WG

    WilliamG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food quality has dropped off significantly. Have been going there for years but will not be returning.
  27. HH

    HollyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Service was friendly and knowledgeable
  28. EK

    EKZoo

    Washington DC

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy our meal. Veal schnitzel & potatoes & red cabbage.
  29. M

    Marilyn

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, authentic German cuisine. We started with the Bretzel and the mustards served with it were unique and delicious. Members of our party had the venison, trout, and half-size Wurstfeast. The venison was the best we had ever had – cooked perfectly. Polite and helpful wait staff. The value was excellent and we will be back!
  30. MJ

    MichelleJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal options and the staff were amazing! Will be back!
  31. RK

    RaK18

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, yummy drinks!! Food was very salty though.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner with our guest who is an exchange student from Germany. She was thrilled to be able to order her favorite foods and give her stamp of approval!
  33. AS

    A2Schnitzel

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience1
    The food was absolutely delicious and still true to German standards (a lot of German restaurant’s “Americanize” their meals to appeal to their customers). Unfortunately the service and the ambiance were very disappointing. There’s no telling how old the carpet is and the seating arrangements are antiquated. Our waitress must’ve been new so that’s understandable but still sad… For German Standards this restaurant should be way cleaner and better staffed. The first time we went there we sat outside and it was literally perfect. Highly recommend simply for the food 🇩🇪 but take it to go or sit outside 🤷🏼‍♀️
  34. JS

    JacklynS

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This dinner was delicious! We started with the bretzels with mustards. The mustards were varied and tasty! Followed up by a half order of the wurst fest and a schnitzel dish. Both were highly satisfying. The spatzle and kasespatzle were both good.
  35. GB

    GretchenB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our meals were excellent, the beer was authentic and the service was good. The only small complaint was that the room was cool. The restaurant is quaint and fun.
  36. T

    Tori

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came on Thanksgiving and had the pumpkin soup (amazing!) and the mushroom pasta. My friends and I had such a good time and were pleased with service. They enjoyed the potato pancakes and Brie, and the wild boar and Thanksgiving meal. The custard and pecan pies were wonderful and satisfying.
  37. c

    cwmndc

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    With German-speaking friends, my wife and I had dinner at Cafe Berlin last night for the first time since Covid. It was terrific. The night was very cold so we ate inside in their cozy, friendly large dining room. On a Thursday night, the bar and both dining rooms were near full when we arrived but the noise level was pleasantly low with conversation easy. The service was friendly and knowledgeable -- although we waited 45 minutes between appetizer and main course. The choice, quality and taste of dishes were excellent with a "home made" appearance that works well here. We live nearby and will continue to order takeout from time to time but definitely will return soon to dine-in. Highly recommended.
  38. DF

    DavisF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to enjoy good, hearty food. Their menu changes regularly, with a core selection of delicious German food.
  39. L

    Letty

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, nice ambiance, terrific service even when a problem occurred. When dessert didn't get baked as promised the staff corrected the error with an alternative dessert and snappy on the house. very gracious and tasty.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service! Real authentic German cuisine in a cozy Capitol Hill home. Top recommendation!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Cafe Berlin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 543-7656.

Cafe Berlin is rated 4.7 stars by 2106 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Berlin

322 Massachusetts Avenu, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    Union Station on the red line is only 2 short blocks away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rico Glage

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 543-7656

  • Catering

    Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.

  • 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.

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