Cafe Berlin

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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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Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A recent dinner seated inside and an even more recent lunch outside both were quite pleasant with good food and atmosphere. Although Cafe Berlin is very near our home, previously, my wife and I had not visited for several years because we remembered the food as heavy and nothing special while the area has many great alternatives. But both of our recent meals were very tasty with interesting salads, soups and mains, and the Octoberfest beers were great. I should add that the woman behind the bar -- who may be the "new" owner and also, I learned, serves as hostess -- snapped at me "I'm busy" when she overheard me tell a person in line that I hadn't seen anyone to check-in for my reservation. But otherwise, service for both meals was friendly and efficient. Will definitely return.

SP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food! I'll say that again, delicious food. Good drinkable beer selection though not huge.

VM
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual Oktoberfest restaurant continues to please in every way.

PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and ambiance.

MP
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Berlin us a mandatory stop for us when we visit DC. We are never disappointed; the food is exceptional and the atmosphere at the restaurant is charming. We sat outside this time -lovely. Highly recommended.

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Berlin is a favorite spot. I go often

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, creative menu for everyone.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch! The menu, food, and drinks were tops. The place was full and the wait staff were really moving around to keep pace. Will come back again.

MK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Berlin was recommended to me by friend. Overall, it was a good experience. Being Oktoberfest season, the menu offered traditional German and Bavarian cuisine. That being said the menu was also limited due to the season. The food was tasty.
The place was packed that’s for sure. Luckily we had reservations because those who did not had a bit of a wait to be seated. Cafe Berlin offers indoor and outdoor seating. They had a band lined up, so outdoor seating was not possible for my visit. I may go back just to try their food options outside of Oktoberfest season. I would give the pricing 2 stars. Semi-pricey. $13-$18 depending on what you order.

MM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and a great experience at Cafe Berlin, no matter the season. One of DC's overlooked gems!

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent German food with a refreshingly modern twist. But all of the old standbys are available, too. My weinerschnitzel was some of the best I have ever had....tender, crusty and delicious. We sat outside on the lovely courtyard patio and enjoyed a beautiful evening. Good German beer makes this place even more special. Highly recommend.

MC
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our dinner there! Food was great, very personable server, great beer!

B
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food selections, staff knew all the ingredients a nd could explain the menu perfectly. Great beer selections.

L
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love the German food especially the wursts and sauerkraut! Favorite place and eating outside was a treat!

MB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in town on vacation, & found an ad for Cafe Berlin in a DC travel magazine from my hotel.
I am so glad I found them. I had the Weiner schnitzel, & it was delicious. I had gooseberry tart for dessert...YUM! The service was great. It was extremely hot & humid that evening, & the wait staff was running in & out of that heat. They were working hard. I didnt have any beer, but they had a good selection.
I definitely recommend!

g
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great patio dining and ambience for Octoberfest! Food was well prepared and served promptly. Wonderful happy hour specials

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delish. Our friends had lived in Germany and were very pleased with the food and beer selection. All 6 of us enjoyed.

k
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate from the Oktoberfest menu. The wurstsalat was very good as usual. The schnitzel sandwich that I ordered had came on a nice panini-like roll and the sandwich had a surprising kick to it that I enjoyed. It went very well with the tasty Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest beer, which is made in the traditional "marzen" style. Bianca, our attractive server wearing a durndel, was very pleasant and efficient.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

BG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food delivery took way too long. Appetizers took 35 minutes to arrive and the main course 45 minutes plus to arrive. No service with a smile. Will not be returning.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Loved sitting outside

L
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I think the food is consistently good. The chicken schnitzel was delicious with bacon-mushroom gravy!!!

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing new fall salad. Service was great, friendly and prompt. Love the outdoor tent for Oktoberfest. Hoping to go for one of the Brunches next!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

One of the best German meals I have eaten! It was a bit loud in the dining area, due to the surrounding groups but it did not significantly detract from our amazing experience.

LB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Being a Hungarian, I was disappointed with the Goulash soup—virtually no meat in it. The Wiener Schnitzel was a little overfried, but the potato salad and red cabbage were excellent. Price was reasonable and service was very good.

I
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped for brunch. The food was outstanding and seemed authentic. The server was very gratuitous and kind. We sat inside to get out of the heat. Our table was cozy and cool. Good value.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall very nice place to eat. Food is authentic and always delicious. Need to get rid of the fruit flies as they were somewhat annoying.

M
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time going to cafe Berlin and it was delicious. The staff and a manger where so nice and friendly. It’s a quiet almost home in the wall we can not wait to go back!

S
Washington DC
147 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Berlin is a good place to go for a snack and a beer or a full meal with family and friends. It has the most authentic German food in the DC area and paid street parking, a plus in a crowded city.

KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was amazing, the staff is so nice and helpful and schnitzel and bratwurst were delicious!

DW
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great German food at very reasonable prices. A favorite restaurant during my travels to Washington, DC.

b
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, prompt service. We will go back.

H
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent low noise level. Beer and food very good

CP
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff greeted my friend and me on a Sunday evening. It was a relatively quiet night and we ate inside. The attentive waiter took our order for drinks and the sauerkraut balls appetizer. They arrived hot and crunchy - I love the mustard sauce! My friend had the pork medallions and I the pork Jagerschnitzel. Both entrees arrived in a timely way and prepared to our expectations. The mushroom gravy is wonderful. My friend had dessert and I an after dinner drink. I plan to return again!

C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an awesome evening eating outside and enjoying the moment

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful dinner. We were a large party with several children. Service was prompt, food was excellent, and everyone left happy and full. One in our party grew up in Germany and was pleased with the authenticity of the food.

AP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. So tasty.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Cafe Berlin! .

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best German food I’ve ever eaten. Service was great. Beer and wine selection was also great. Prices were reasonable.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delish food & good service

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