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For 2
Date
Mon, 1/22
Time
10:30 PM
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Cafe Berlin

4.7
1374 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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  • Great Beer (37)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
German, European
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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
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Phone number
(202) 543-7656
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What 1374 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

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!

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Melinda (Pittsburgh)
4.0
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.

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vipLQ12 (Washington DC)
5.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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vipfood (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Can always count on a good meal in this restaurant

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Buzz 
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely German spot with very authentic food and beer!

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
4.0
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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
German, European
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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
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(202) 543-7656
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Catering
Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.
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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.
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Public transit
Union Station on the red line is only 2 short blocks away.
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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
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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.