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For 2
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Cafe Berlin

1391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great Beer
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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rico Glage
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Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th
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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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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.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1391 People Are Saying
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TheaterFan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Authentic German food, prepared fresh from scratch every day. Delicious!!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We had a delightful meal with a friend we habe not seen in years. The service was correct and the meal quite good.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018


5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Delicious! Didn't think they could top veal schnitzel but the venison schnitzel was the best I've ever had. And the mustard and beer cheese with pretzels was the best. I wanted to buy the mustard to bring home. I ate it plain when the pretzels were gone. Love this place. I need to go more often!

HillPlayer (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

JenksJP (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great beer and wonderful service.

We’ll definitely be back.

Circagirl (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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.