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Cafe Berlin

4.7
1390 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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  • 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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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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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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Catering
Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1390 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TheaterFan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 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.

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RandyL 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 .

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

Great food, great beer and wonderful service.

We’ll definitely be back.

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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.

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brillo8235 (Washington DC)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Awesome as always!
Best German food and beer.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

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Nena (Washington DC)
3.0  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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Kristina (Baltimore)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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Nena (Washington DC)
5.0  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!

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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 13, 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 (Washington DC)
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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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

love it.
Good food for meat lover

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas goose and desserts were bad everything else good.

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vipGary (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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vipFoodiePhil (Washington DC)
5.0  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!

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