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Cafe Berlin

4.7
1944 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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Experiences

  • Father's Day Pig Roast

    Jun 20, 2021 only

    Celebrate Dad with our famous spit-roasted pig with traditional sides, apfelstrudel and a stein of German bier for $55 at this special Sunday seating. A small selection of appetizers will be available but we will not be offering our full a la cart menu until after 3pm on Father's Day.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1944 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SimonB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I wish the Hungarian goulash was available year-round, but still consistent food, and delicious beers!

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NoraL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant - the outside garden transports us to Germany!

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Doug
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Go here every time we visit DC. Reminds us of all our trips to Germany over the years.

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Germanfoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have authentic German food with great service at a reasonable price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. We informed the staff in advance that one person had an allergy issue and the hostess immediately explained the options for us after seating us. The space was a little tight as they were trying to fit as many tables outdoors as possible and we happened to be in the high traffic area, but overall everything was fantastic and I’d definitely go back.

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DennisD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, great service. Nice selection of German Beers

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DCJack
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Restaurant has potential. Little underwhelmed by food and service.

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vippateb
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit with friends

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vipphilhelb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful German restaurant on Capitol Hill. Best schnitzel in town.

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vipNancyB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Servers were overwhelmed with too many guests and not enough waiters/waitresses. We waited very, very long time for first round of drinks and appetizer. Server forgot to bring a soup appetizer as well. Food is good, but service is lacking unfortuantely

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FatJoe
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great meal!!!!!

Sauerbraten was very good!

Get the strudel!

JL
JacquelineL
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful outside dining with a feeling of being in the lawn of a German home.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Server was friendly but she disappeared a lot. Maybe she was covering both inside and outside.

I would definitely come again

MD
vipMDF1
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a delight. Food and service were excellent.

Cafe Berlin
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thanks for your feedback!

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Layla
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was mediocre. We were seated in the back dining room at a table for six. We were just a couple. The room was stuffy and they had dehumidifiers or air conditioners on the floor. Server was friendly, food was prompt but bland. The ambience is on the patio, not inside.

Cafe Berlin
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thanks for taking time to leave us feedback! Sorry we did not live up to your expectations. The units in our dining rooms are HEPA air filtration units put in place when we re-opened indoor dining to add additional protection for our staff and customers. Best, Clytie

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I asked the owner if we could move to a table outside since the inside was musty and moldy and she said they were full although there were empty tables outdoors. Within 15 min the party that was seated by us inside moved outdoors !! After our meal I spoke to the owner and said that was unacceptable specially because I have severe allergies and she moved another table outdoors, she said “oh I am sorry ! “ That was it ! I said “well that is not helpful” she out of the blue yelled at me in front of everyone and said: “god dammed you try and run a restaurant in a pandemic!” imagine how my digestion was ! Rude people and server !

Cafe Berlin
Responded on May 26, 2021

We differ in how we recall the exchange. After being seated you did ask to move outdoors, but we had reservations for all outdoor tables. Later, a reservation for outdoors cancelled, I sent a staff member to your table to move your party. It wasn't until you were leaving & started yelling at me that I realized the wrong party was moved. I explained the mistake & apologized profusely & you continued to yell that "it wasn't good enough." I regret loosing my cool & apologize that mistakes were made

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Berlin never disappoints, and our server, Bianca is always attentive and friendly. It has a really lovely outdoor patio with perfect ambiance.

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Andrey
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent German spezialitaeten, especially schnitzels and kartoffelsalat. Beer is also decent. Highly recommended!

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Chrissy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food wasn't too authentic for German fare.
Ambience very nice though!

Cafe Berlin
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thanks so much for taking time to send us feedback! We regret that we failed to live up to your expectations. The food in German varies wildly between regions. Our Chef and Co-owner was born, raised, and trained on the Islands of Germany (Rugen and Sylt) and worked for many years in the Black Forest and Bavaria before immigrating to the United States. He certainly puts his stamp on all of our dishes but they are very much in line with meals we have eaten when visiting family there.

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vipJuno
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent! On previous visits we received great service. This time, the server (male) was surly and did not respond reasonably to requests. For example, my wife aske him to compare two beers and he asked what she meant. In other places, the server usually responds with comments about hops, flavors, alcohol content, etc. In this case he ultimately offered to bring a taster but never did so.

He never inquired about the quality of the food and the dirty dishes stayed on our table for about ten minutes until another server cleared the table. We asked for desert menus and he bought one menu for the table. He brought the check but another server ran the card and returned it to the table. We really like Cafe Berlin. However, when we return we will request another server.

Cafe Berlin
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thanks so much for taking time to give us your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your food and apologize that our service failed to live up to our standards. We will endeavor to do better and hope you will give us another chance!

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va007
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Berlin has been a favorite of mine for many years. It is one of a handful of German restaurants in the DC Metro area - for that reason alone, it would merit supporting any way possible. But, this restaurant has earned more than just being another German foodie's outpost in this area - it has a style all its own. The food is good (and plentiful) and the service and atmosphere are great.

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vipPeterB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A lovely beer garden with great German draft beer and quite good food. Cream of asparagus soup superb. I am a big fan of the hunerschnitzel!

Cafe Berlin
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thanks so much for your feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is delicious, atmosphere was amazing, staff was lovely. Will definitely be going back!

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MikeS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, service was great. Overall a great experience.

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StephenV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent although the saurbratan portion was a bit small. Overall very satisfied.

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Mike
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, as always.

Geschmecht gut!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in DC. Always a fantastic part of my life.

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SarahE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, reasonably priced liters of beer, fun patio. The restaurant on a Saturday evening was clearly short staffed. Although we were enjoying beer and apps, it took the staff 1.5 hours to get to us to order actual entrees. I had to seek out a staff member to order. I don’t blame the staff— they were all very nice, but it was clear that they were stretched very thin. My advice at the moment is to plan on spending a long time if you grab dinner here, plan for it to be your entire evening. Just pretend like you’re actually in Germany!

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MichaelJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best German meal I had in a long time. I had the white aspergus with hollanddaise sauce and boilled potatoes, it was out of this world.
Our waiter was attentive, and very organized, and did everything right to make this a perfect visit.

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vipJohnH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always keeps fresh, seasonal items on its menu as well as all of the old German favorites. We went during spring's Weiss Spargel Fest and had some terrific white asparagus soup and Weiner Schnitzel with white asparagus & Hollandaise sauce. So good! Chef keeps being creative and service is always friendly and efficient. Try to sit outdoors if you can. Great atmosphere. And great BEER selections!

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vipJacquelynZ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The white asparagus and the risotto salmon were delicious as were the asparagus ice cream and strawberry rhubarb desserts. The service was ecxcellent and the outside seating was so very welcome on the beautifully warm evening. The prices are expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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vipBethesdaBob
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe Berlin is a great place to go if you want your craving for Schnitzel and Spatzle satsified!

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DavisF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Cafe Berlin for over 20 years. It has held up nicely. The current owners have brought a new vibrancy and have added rotating specials. This gives you the standard, time-tested selections and exciting new options as well. Don't forget to choose a German bier to go with your meal. They have several on tap.

MJ
MaryJ
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. Staff very attentive.

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GeraldS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great service was good and the atmosphere was pleasant. Very enjoyable

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ALFREDM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is the first time we have eaten at Cafe Berlin that the food was mediocre. The potato pancake were overcooked, the sauerbraten was too vinegary, and the weinersnitzel was pounded so thin that your could hardly see the meat from all the breading (besides being very dry!).
Two tables were occupied in the room, and the man talking at the other table was talking so loud that if he weren’t talking in another language, we could have understood every word he said.
We have made it a point to eat at Cafe Berlin every time we were in DC (a couple of times a year). This was our first disappointing experience there. Not sure we will return 🙁

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vipMDF1
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to dine. The food and service are exemplary and now that the weather has warmed the patio is a terrific option for dining.

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KenH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outdoor table that was cleaned while we watched; very thorough cleaning. The weather was beautiful when we went, but if it had not been, they had blankets and outdoor heating at the ready. They had imported German bier on tap - including a recent favorite of mine; it was reasonably priced. We had a traditional appetizer, potato pancakes - made from scratch - which was served with sour cream and with apple sauce. The entree was a holiday special, lamb shank, which was plentiful in size and equally large in deliciousness and flavor; moist, tender, everything you want to see and taste in a meal. Surprisingly, we had room for the strawberry and rhubarb cheesecake with crumbles and whipped cream. The staff provided excellent service throughout and knew all the ingredients in all the dishes. The owner even stopped by our table to see how everything had been. We will definitely come back - with friends in tow - and recommend to anyone who reads this post!

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vipjldjd
Western KY
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Easter brunch. Food was delicious, staff excellent and the apple strudel desert was the best ever.

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 1944 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Berlin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ecommerce.custcon.com/Selection.aspx?c=3cc1186f-c709-4829-ac22-a53031cf2937.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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