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About Cafe Berlin
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.
Washington, DC 20005
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am-11pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Between 3rd & 4th
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.
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.
Union Station on the red line is only 2 short blocks away.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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.
Cafe Berlin Ratings and Reviews
Always good. I've had two lunches and two dinners over 20 years on the Hill. Schnitzel and Jager Jager are consistently good. Either are better than Texas chicken-fried steak. German beers always served ice cold. Reliable on special occasions like birthdays and date-iversaries. Good desserts and very authentic overall.
We enjoyed Valentines Day with a double date with some very old friends who had also lived in Germany. It was a nice stroll down memory lane. Food continues to be excellent. Service has improved and is very welcoming. When I arrived, the hostess asked if she could take my coat, and she smiled and said, she meant could she have it to keep. I think she liked my coat. On this night, everyone had a great sense of humor. The bar was lively with what appeared to be a bunch of old friends.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Café Berlin. It was the perfect place to eat a comforting meal on a rainy winter night. The portions were generous and the prices were great. The staff were all very informative, friendly and helpful. I look forward to warmer weather where we can enjoy the expansive outdoor space.
I ordered the same salad as several times before but I received a much smaller salad than usual (even came on a smaller plate) and instead of the two large goat cheese patties I had come to love, there was but a tiny little goat cheese ball. I was disappointed. And there was a mistake on my bill—they did fix that.
Cafe Berlin is like being in Germany. Honestly from the ambience to the menu, it's authentic and delicious. The seasonal wild game menu is a real treat as well. Great service, nice wine and beer list. So many options. It's cozy and perfect for a date night, family get together or casual friends meal.
The service here was really good and the menu offers some unique dishes at decent prices. I wasn't too crazy about my sauerbraten and I thought the portion was quite small. I would like to come back and try something else because there were other items that sounded good. Friendly staff, but the ambiance is lacking.
Great German food - the wild boar and venison lasagna was fabulous. Would like to come again and sample some more dishes. German beers were great. Service attentive if not perfect. As a lone diner I was made most welcome. Not much to look at inside but cozy and the small bar looked inviting.
A must return visit.
I Cannot think of any other place where I would even think of going out for Christmas dinner! IT has been a Christmas tradition in my family for years. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the food - superb! Thank you to the Café Berlin team for making our Christmas warm and delicious!
Recently moved to DC and booked Christmas Dinner for the family. Best deal for a 3 course meal in DC - $49! All of the food served was excellent and three of us even had leftovers! Our server took the time to explain the beers on tap and also let us know that they worked as a team and feel free to ask any server for help, so no issues with the service. We will definitely be back and bring friends and family when they visit and can't wait to sit in the beer garden when it gets warmer!
For ten years we have loved the Café Berlin, and this past weekend reminded us why. The service was warm and well informed, the food was great, and the crowd was fun to watch. Even though every table was occupied, the sound level was low enough that we could converse without having to raise our voices. We loved everything about the evening, and we got off to the Folger Theater in plenty of time.
Excellent and authentic German food served in two quiet, old fashioned dining rooms with white linen tablecloths. This is a superb choice for dinners that involve actual conversation among the participants. The atmosphere is refreshingly peaceful; the beer outstanding; the wine choices reasonable; and the menu rigorously Central European, mostly meat with some fish. Everything we ate was tasty.
I took my parents here for dinner the other night and absolutely loved it. The food was amazing and the restaurant itself was quaint, easily accessible, and on an awesome little strip. Our waiter knew the menu well and suggested great entrees and drinks. I would highly recommend this place to friends and can’t wait to come back.
We've been here many times, and will continue. This was an early Christmas trip to DC.
EVERYTHING was fantastic, as usual. The food was prepared perfectly and courses served at the perfect times. Authentic German food! And the Beer...oh the Beer is SOOOO good.
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