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Cafe Berlin

4.7
1869 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.

Support Cafe Berlin during COVID-19

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

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 26, 2020

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we have opened up our reservation books for Thanksgiving Day. Our menu has yet to be finalized but it will be much the same as previous years with turkey, wild game, and many of your German faves.

What 1869 people are saying
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sheilac
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always and the food was excellent. Our waiter was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the goulash soup to start. Delicious. Then whole cod and boar meatballs. Out of this world delicious. We were raving about our dinner all weekend. The beer was fantastic and the service was lovely. Highly highly recommend.

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GeorgeH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Always excellent food and outstanding beer selection. Good wine list too

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always fun, authentic, heart-warming, and soul-satisfying to experience Cafe Berlin. They are culinary artisans and their menus, which evolve with the seasons, offer so many must-haves that you will want to keep coming back. Congenial, collegial, and great value! No reason not to come experience this authentic modern German restaurant for yourself. See you there soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic German cuisine perfectly prepared; tables widely spaced on their beautiful patio encircled by lit greenery; service was very efficient and friendly.

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DanielN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The goulash was amazing. My partner and friends enjoyed their food as well. Our server was nice. A bit pricey, but worth it. Will go back again.

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vipBarbarap
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of favorite places

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JayneB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff so considerate as well as knowledgeable about the entrees(we had questions!)
We felt safe and very relaxed here.

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GlennP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite places to eat in DC. The food and drink is always delicious worth a visit - you will return for a second!

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viprm1966
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant for authentic German Food! Celebrated Oktoberfest with family and friends and we were not disappointed. Outstanding food and plenty of great beer. Great service and plenty of social distancing (even inside!). Absolutely recommend this restaurant!

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JenniferH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best German food & beer in the DMV area. Authentic recipes and always delicious! Great outdoor seating area makes you feel like you're in a biergarten in Deutschland!

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LocalDiner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. What more can you ask?

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vipCharlesG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with Cafe Berlin! Love this place!

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vipJacquelynZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lentil/squash soup and brussel sprouts appetizer were delicious. It was a beautiful evening to be able to sit outdoors and enjoy high-quality German beer. As it got dark early it would be great to have candles or lights on the tables to be able to see the extensive menus. The waitress was fantastic!

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rico
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most authentic German food I've had since leaving Germany.

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Terry
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our old standby. We are only eating at restaurants with outdoor spaces and Cafe Berlin has a very nice biergarten - but seating is limited and reservations a must. Consistently good German food -including vegetarian options - and rotating German draft beer.

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TomM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place in town for a great Oktoberfest dinner!

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FoodieBruce
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent German Food! Great Oktoberfest Beer Selection! Friendly Service!

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vipalexb
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food is good and a nice afternoon on the patio. But the beer prices are outrageous- at least for some of the drafts. $15 for a half liter of Ayinger? Sure, cheaper than a flight to Munich, but come on!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special occasion was...Oktoberfest! Und das Abendessen war ausgezeichnet! Mensch, ganz prima! It was a typically mouth-watering and delicious Schweinehaxe, which in case you don’t know is a pig joint that is boiled so that it is tender and slides off of the bone, and then baked so that the skin turns crackling brown and crispy. Wonderful. The side dish of warm German potato salad with bits of bacon was a perfect accompaniment, and the cool and refreshing cucumber and dill salad gave a sweet and crispy contrast to each savory mouthful of tender pork. A yummy lager imported from Munich’s Spaten brewery was just right to sip inbetween bites. That meal, which was fabelhaft, should have been enough. But I couldn’t resist, and so finished with a delightful pear tart (a Birnetorte), which was warm and slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and filled with sweet pear slices on the inside. Served with whipped cream and a scoop of house-made beer ice cream, it was a scrumptious Nachtisch. Pairing it with a glass of light Gewuerztraminer from Rheinhessen made for a pleasant finish. The owners and staff at Cafe Berlin are nice and collegial, and somehow they always remember faces (even when masked)! Cafe Berlin is my go-to place in DC during the one week per month I’m here. This week I managed to go twice!! Hope you do too.

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Oystereel
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Pork knuckle was delicious. Definitely worth the price! (Not always on menu. Need to call and ask.)

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vipMike
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio dining. Service was great, and food was spectacular!

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twinkies
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Waiter was medicocre and inattentive. Food and wine were very good.

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vipKenny
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Large portions, very good beer. Cool place in Cap Hill!

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KaitlynM
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely second time back. They were great about keeping everything clean, and we felt like there was more than enough room between us and the other customers outside. We'll definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The staff are friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Food and ambiance are always a reason to sit outside and enjoy their fantastic menus. It’s a favorite and will continue to be.

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vipJ2P4
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sie schmeckte sehr gut. My wife and I have been enjoying the Sunday Suppers (take-out) and this was our first foray into the dinning room since covid. This was a great opportunity to try a couple of the Oktoberfest beers with the Wurstfest dinner, my sides were the gurkensalat and sauerkraut. My wife had the Huhnerschnitzel (chicken pounded flat with a light breading). We felt very safe and comfortable eating inside.

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sheilac
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Berlin gave excellent service food and atmosphere despite Covid issues

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DorianW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, would certainly recommend. Food is authentic and they have a great selection of German beer.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for one of three special Oktoberfest servings of roast suckling pig. Fantastic, as are all of my many occasions dining at Cafe Berlin. In addition to the suckling pig, there was also Apfelstrudel - also yummy! As if that’s not enough to please, they also had three new imported Oktoberfest beers. I tried two (Paulaner and Spaten) and both were satisfying. I was at the Munich Oktoberfest two years ago, and visited many tents including Paulaner and Spaten. My experience then was well-matched by Cafe Berlin now. I’m going again (to Cafe Berlin) this Saturday, and can’t wait!!

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Frank
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and drinks. Always a great time.

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vipGeoffS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. What a gem. Traditional German food doesn't get enough credit and Cafe Berlin makes a good argument for why.

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TomM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to go for Oktoberfest sausage, kraut, and German potato salad--first rate!

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LGCC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Oktoberfest menu, authentic German beer and food offerings, but also other seasonal fare. Appropriately spaced and sanitized outdoor dining, with indoor option.

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vipshoppergirl
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The almond crusted trout was amazing!
House wine was very expensive.
Overall, very good experience- we sat on the patio.

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vipJKevinR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining area. Excellent service and delicious Oktoberfest menu. We had a great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We’ve never had a bad dish here!! Your food never disappoints. Café Berlin has become our top dining choice for German cuisine. Things were hopping tnite due to Oktoberfest so service was a little wonky at times, but they were quick to accommodate.

Never a bad time or bad food. I so appreciated the HEPA filter for inside dining. You guys are doing so much to make your guests feel comfortable and safe. Thank you!!

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KathleenB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I highly recommend Cafe Berlin. It was a pleasant surprise and the food was excellent.

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DavisF
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, hearty food. Great selection, in an outdoor setting.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor courtyard with well spaced tables. Really enjoyed their special OctoberFest menu items.

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 1869 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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