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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.

322 Massachusetts Avenu, NE
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
German, European

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

Cross Street:
Between 3rd & 4th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(202) 543-7656

Website:
http://www.cafeberlin-dc.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Rico Glage

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
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Notable Wine List (5)
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Bar Seating (4)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Husband loves German food, and I love the husband. And turns out I enjoy German food too. Great way to spend a Valentines Day evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

First time there. Great beer and champagne based cocktails. Comfort food was good and service wonderful .

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, great beer and wonderful service.

We’ll definitely be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Awesome in all respects. Have been to Cafe Berlin many times, and will no doubt go many more times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Awesome as always!
Best German food and beer.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was slow, especially beer. For a German restaurant, slow beer is problem. Also, waiters & many staff don’t speak German, which would add to the ambiance for an authentic German restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Einfach wunderbar.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 25, 2018

Three of us dined together and everyone really enjoyed their food choices and beer. Our server was knowledgeable and just-the-right-amount of attentive. I am gluten-free, so options were difficult, but I knew that going in. I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Superbly prepared imaginative food that is authentically German. Fresh, delicious, and the wait staff is excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I enjoyed my visit very much. The mulled wine hit the spot as did the fish sandwich which featured a delicious crusted cod. I recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The staff are friendly and attentive. The food is authentic. A must for German beer lovers!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We went at an offpeak hour on Sunday and fully enjoyed our dining experience. Great food, good desserts, and they accommodated our baby with car seat...not easy to do in small spaces.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A nice restaurant tucked inside. Beer choices nice and simple menu too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Can always count on a good meal in this restaurant

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food and good service, what's not to like?

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely German spot with very authentic food and beer!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent food as always and not much salt. Had Jager Jager Schnitzel for the second time, excellent!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

love it.
Good food for meat lover

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas goose and desserts were bad everything else good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful location to have Christmas dinner, very festive, great service, no push to leave for another group as the dining times were nicely spread out.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Two years ago we came for Christmas we came back. The service is great the food is great the people are great.Make reservations way ahead of time for Christmas

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Cozy, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Disappointing meal. In the past always great food. Hopefully this was just an off day. Did not have time to send over cooked entries back.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Nice service and great food!!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was pretty good, some dishes are better than others. Service was very non-attentive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Service was outstanding and it was such a pleasure to eat good food in a quiet place where we could hear each other.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent authentic German food in a cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.
PROSIT!!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The Herbs salad was fabulous. There were two massive fried goat cheese patties the size of burger patties. Incredible. Most generous helping of goat chees on a salad I have ever seen! Delish!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The beer steins (and the beer within) is amazing!! The house pilsner is great! The food is fantastic -- I grew up on this food as a child, and the goulash was just like momma made it!!!!!

Tags: Great Beer, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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