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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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

You can enjoy a tradition turkey dinner or have one of your German favorites. All meals include an appetizer and a choice of dessert from our house made German cakes and American style pies. Leave the cooking and cleaning to us!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Christmas is a special time of year at Cafe Berlin. Our tree is up and German Christmas music is playing. All meals include an appetizer and a choice of dessert from our house made German cakes. Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus feature traditional Christmas goose & many wild game options

Cafe Berlin Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Always excellent German food in cozy atmosphere & attentive service!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The waiter got the order wrong. The food was a very poor imitation of German food. The place really had nothing to recommend it. We will not go again and will not recommend it to our friends. We would have done better to have stayed home.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The meals were good as was the service. The waiter seemed knowledgable and helpful. The problem was the waiter ordered the wrong meal for me and the meal he ordered happened to be the most expensive one on the menu. He offered to take it back but my wife had her meal so that didn't seem too practical. I took the meal he brought but felt he could have adjusted the price to that of the meal I originally ordered.

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We went here after seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. There was a group of us and we were dressed up but didn't feel out of place, although there were plenty of casual attire as well. The food was great, the beer was good, and the waiter was fantastic. The only thing to note is there is only two bathrooms which seemed to always be taken and there was a very obnoxious party a few tables down, but since my party was mostly boys they just decided to give up on being annoyed and be equally loud.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere! Real deal! Thank you all!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

While the food may not be quite as good what you find in Stuttgart or Munich, it is reasonably authentic and tasty. The prices are reasonable as well, just be careful that you pay attention to the beer prices as they vary significantly depending upon the brewery. The place has a comforting ambience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Oh how I love this restaurant! Schnitzel was fabulous. Four salads and potato pancakes were outstanding appetizer selections. Great choice!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Charming server but tepid, mediocre roulade and slightly burned schnitzel. A cold, wet Mondaye night. Luckily, the wine was good.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ran out of spaetzle at 8:05 pm on a Saturday night. Forgot to bring wine to two people. Surroundings were a disappointment. No entertainment. Expected more from description on Open Table. Disappointed. Will not be back.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic from scratch German dishes. Lovely site and cozy and quiet and superb food and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Out waiter Connor was AMAZING! He’s from Germany and knew a ton! Chefs are also from Germany and know exactly how to prepare the food. Drinks were awesome and original, the grapefruit beer was incredible.

It is hard to find, but it is absolutely worth it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always a great spot to sit outside and have a great meal

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had not been here in years. Forgot how nice it is. Very good classical German food, but a little lighter than most which I liked. Sat outside on a wonderful evening. Great service, nice ambience. No rush. All around great restaurant.

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We were on our way to a cultural event in the area, and decided to try Cafe Berlin. We enjoy German food and were enthusiastic about the quality of the Schnitzel and the Sauerbraten, along were very good sides. Service was good as well. The gooseberry torte was exciting. Excellent beer on tap and decent coffee round out the experience. There's a nice biergarten but we choose indoors as there was a chill in the air. One disappointment: several items were on the online and print menus that were not available yet. So we'll have to go back soon, and we will.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I have been to Cafe Berlin both with family and with students for seminars. The restaurant is quiet and comfortable. The food as good a collection of German food as you are likely to find outside a historic German community in America. We normally came for supper, but this was for Sunday brunch. The menu was short, but imaginative-- and German.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nathan, our server, was excellent! He recommended the sauerkraut balls and we usually arent big fans of sauerkraut but we trusted them and they were amazing! Everything was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great German beer and cuisine on a charming patio. It's been here a long time but is better than ever.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Waitstaff was so very friendly and helpful. Food was authentic and delicious. Stuffed veal and weinerschnitzel were superb. Highly recommend for a fun evening out.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing, authentic German food with a great atmosphere! So much fun.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Casual, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The restaurant is a throwback to a different era in DC. It has seen better times but holds a certain charm nonetheless. A nice place to celebrate October and bring in fall.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We have been patrons of Café Berlin for several years and it never fails to please. Great food, great service, great ambiance. We lived in Germany for several years, and Café Berlin is like "coming home."

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Cafe Berlin never disappoints! My brother-in-law lived in Germany and says the food at Cafe Berlin is superb. Thanks for a great dinner!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Friendly staff, authentic food and a casual atmosphere. You won't leave hungry

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great as always

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My uncle was visiting from St. Louis and taught German for years. He asked for German restaurant. We ate there 2 nights in a row. Delicious!!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food and atmosphere of biergarten were outstanding

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My husband and I go to Café Berlin about once a month. We always have the same main dish -- weinersnitzle, which is excellent. They have a good selection of well-priced wines. For dessert, we love their gooseberry pie.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

It was just a fabulous evening. Sat outside under the Octoberfest tent. Service and the meal was perfect. See the special menu and enjoy a super treat.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Superb German Restaurant near Capitol Hill. Excellent food and intimate atmosphere. Attentive, friendly service. Great selection of popular German dishes. Extensive beer, wine and liquor choices available. Everything is very reasonably priced. A great place to revisit, time and time again. A gem!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great Beer, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 26, 2017

It's fun during Oktoberfest because they serve a special menu and various Oktoberfest beers from Germany. They also have a special tent over the patio seating and recorded music in the spirit of the festival. The servers wear the traditional outfits to add ambiance to the meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Cafe Berlin is one of our favorites on Capitol Hill. They always have good beer and great German Food. When the weather is nice, it's a treat to sit out doors and sip beer in the fresh air. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. However, they seem to be stretched too thin. Although they have a team approach to serving, so that you can flag anyone if you need something, it can be difficult to make eye contact when you want to order dessert, get another round, or ask for the check.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great beer, great food, great service! Best place in DC to enjoy Oktoberfest :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Ate inside and was nice. Started off with one waiter and had to ask for bread which we saw being served at another table 15 minutes or so after seated. Service kind of slow and waiter forgot one person who had asked for a second beer. We had to ask another waiter. Anyway, it was okay for out last night in Washington, DC.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We took my parents here to treat them, as we lived in Germany years ago. The food is good and in the past the service has been adequate. However, this time service was no good. Very slow and halfway through our waitress changed clothes and left her shift, without stopping to say anything...we'd already been waiting a very long time for our food (the table next to us came in after us and was finished eating WAY before we got our meal). The others that picked up our table were nice enough, but by then our patience had soured.
We like the restaurant because it's in a good location and the food/beer is traditional, but not sure we'll be back any time soon...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The usual wiener schnitzel was excellent, especially with green and yellow snap peas and roasted potatoes. Server Clark was very pleasant and attentive. Nice dining early on the patio.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We always dine here when in DC. Authentic German food, fantastic service, and treated like family! The zwiebelrostbraten is wonderful, as are all the other dishes, but that's our favorite.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

2nd one there. First time was very good

This evening was super disappointing

Bored, inattentive waiter and staff

Food was very average

It was Labor Day weekend ... so maybe the owners were out and the staff didn't care enough

Can't imagine going back

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Absolutely fantastic restaurant. We were in D.C. for a long weekend celebrating my parent's 50th wedding anniversary and had lunch there after visiting the Capital. It is quite a gem tucked away in a quaint neighborhood. Loved it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Have not eaten here in years- this was so nice I know I will come more often

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Best German food in the D.C. area bar none.

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