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Cafe Berlin

4.8
1977 Reviews
$30 and under
German
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.

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Experiences

  • Bavarian Brunch

    Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2021

    Join us for Bavarian Brunch! We will feature a special menu of traditional German breakfast dishes alongside Cafe Berlin's creations. Enjoy live German folk music and don your lederhosen or dirndl for a chance to win the title of Best Dressed (and a goodie bag from our friends at Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr)!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1977 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic German and the strudel was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places on Capitol Hill Great staff, excellent food, fabulous outside terrace and fun bar Laid back and worth it.

DC
DCFoodLoverCapitolHill
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the amazing beers to the delicious dishes, Cafe Berlin continues to be a Capitol Hill neighborhood gem!

AV
ArlingtonVAresident
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, attentive but not rushed service. Recommendation from waiter of freshly baked Apple strudel well worth the wait!

TM
TomM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Oktoberfest sausage plate! The half-portion size is enough by itself to fill you up.

SC
SusanC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

If you are looking for awesome German food in DC, this is the place!

MM
MonaMona
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Pretzels are ok, rest of the food is not authentic at all. The potato pancakes were barely edible. After living in Germany for years I so much wanted to love this place but it was very disappointing.

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bobdindc
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food at Cafe Berlin was terrific and the service was excellent. The waiter was very attentive but not overly so.

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WilliamF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic Cafe Berlin October fest dinner!

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AliciaD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb seasonal German food as well as the classics. The portions are generous and the ingredients fresh. Appreciate the menu indicates if it is a dish taking extra prep. Friendly waitstaff and owners usually on-site.

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AK22
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were wonderful. Authentic German food and beer. Highly recommend! We will definitely be back.

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HeidiD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to soak up some German gemutlichkeit. The staff are lovely and were very patient and kind with our very elderly guest. We loved the music, food and beer and will be back!!

DB
DanielB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Best place in DC for authentic German dining experience

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vipkarld
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I understand that prices have to go up sometimes. But not sure it's a good idea to increase the price of the Wiener Schnitzel by $5 and make it smaller at the same time. Also unfortunately the breading was burned. I'm disappointed since I love Cafe Berlin.

LH
LeslieH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and beer options are really good - difficult to choose! Everything was delicious; service excellent; we went early and sat outdoors-the perfect dining experience. Highly recommended!

LM
LarryM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oktoberfest! Outstanding imported beers. Tasty sausages, potato pancakes, pretzels, sauerkraut, apple strudel—what’s not to love! And German folk music accordionist.

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TwoFoodiesinDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic ambiance and authentic food in a great setting.

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erics
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere… highly recommended!!!

KD
vipKimD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend visiting while you can order from the Octoberfest menu. Our party of six had three appetizers and each ordered a different dinner plate. All of them were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best dinner on the patio! All of the Oktoberfest specials were so delicious!

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vipTimK
Montreal
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pig roast for Oktoberfest was fantastic. The food, the beer, the desert - all were fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun afternoon with friends. We had a delightful time and look forward to eating there again.

JD
JamesD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oktoberfest pig roast outstanding as always

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Neal
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We would go about 3 times a year but not since covid. Less on the menu and we asked for some bread. The answer was we dont have any? They do most of the baking on premises?

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CarlosC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tasty food, good German beer selections, and a wonderful al fresco experience. Must try some of the Deutschland Riesling with any of your meals.

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felixfrancine
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cafe Berlin is a cozy neighborhood stand by with a relaxed vibe and tasty German-inspired food.

RF
RodgerFromDC
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband loves the jagerschnitzel & he gets it every time we come here. Last night I had the trout & was very happy. I also love the Hefeweizen, which is served in a wonderful tall glass!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely, without a doubt, fantastic. As good as German food in Germany. If it's your first time and you want the experience, order everything that looks good. Totally worth it! Also, the Cherry Blossom Fizz was on point 💯

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RebeccaC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every bite. The indoor decor was not exciting, but did not detract. Would love to eat outside next time.

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Magotake
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!!!

DD
DeborahD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our dinners were delicious, and the warm welcome was like coming home.

JH
vipJohnH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to sit outdoors and enjoy an authentic German beer— on tap! The wiener Schnitzel is crispy and tender. Cucumber dill salad is just the freshness needed. We started with curry wurst. Awesome. Service is friendly and efficient.

DC
DCEater
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat dinner! Very good food and beer!

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Greatfood
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, great service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Schyler
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Berlin Cafe is always a treat. The chef definitely has a gift with fish (cod this time around). A cloth napkin restaurant with seriously above average food.

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vipDavid
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my long time favorites but have not been there in a while due to the pandemic. The food was better than I remembered and of course the selection of German beers is outstanding. Combine that with a great patio and overall it was an excellent experience. I’ll be going back

CP
vipClevelandParkLover
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was visiting an old friend after a long absence. A colleague and I returned to Cafe Berlin after a long Covid absence and noticed lots of favorite things and some changes. The welcome was warm, we were led to our seats, ordered drinks, perused the menu and caught up with a long-time server who filled us in on changes. We had the sauerkraut balls, which were had a larger size than they had before but were as good as ever. My colleague had the half sausage platter and I had the jagerschnitzel. Both were prepared with attention to detail, were delicious, and brought back warm memories of things as they had been. We didn't have room for dessert, but this first visit in 18 months convinced us that we will visit again soon for good food and warm, friendly service.

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DeeAnn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, authentic food and fantastic service. We're will be back!

NI
vipNItalia092721
Washington DC
134 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tim was an excellent bartender and server. Excellent suggestions, particularly the very tasty Gruner Veltliner. It paired well with the fish plate and the pork. The blueberry peach torte was delicious, and huge.

I will definitely be back.

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vipPami
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

the room was very cold and the music was annoying
the food was okay, but not typical German food that we expected

FAQs

Cafe Berlin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 543-7656.

Cafe Berlin is rated 4.8 stars by 1977 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Berlin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ecommerce.custcon.com/Selection.aspx?c=3cc1186f-c709-4829-ac22-a53031cf2937.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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