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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.

Cafe Berlin Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (20)
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Casual (16)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Romantic (8)
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Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The staff are friendly and attentive. The food is authentic. A must for German beer lovers!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Can always count on a good meal in this restaurant

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely German spot with very authentic food and beer!

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 (Memphis)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·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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·Dined on December 30, 2017

love it.
Good food for meat lover

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas goose and desserts were bad everything else good.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Two years ago we came for Christmas we came back. The service is great the food is great the people are great.Make reservations way ahead of time for Christmas

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Recently moved to DC and booked Christmas Dinner for the family. Best deal for a 3 course meal in DC - $49! All of the food served was excellent and three of us even had leftovers! Our server took the time to explain the beers on tap and also let us know that they worked as a team and feel free to ask any server for help, so no issues with the service. We will definitely be back and bring friends and family when they visit and can't wait to sit in the beer garden when it gets warmer!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

For ten years we have loved the Café Berlin, and this past weekend reminded us why. The service was warm and well informed, the food was great, and the crowd was fun to watch. Even though every table was occupied, the sound level was low enough that we could converse without having to raise our voices. We loved everything about the evening, and we got off to the Folger Theater in plenty of time.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Cozy, Great Beer
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Nice service and great food!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent and authentic German food served in two quiet, old fashioned dining rooms with white linen tablecloths. This is a superb choice for dinners that involve actual conversation among the participants. The atmosphere is refreshingly peaceful; the beer outstanding; the wine choices reasonable; and the menu rigorously Central European, mostly meat with some fish. Everything we ate was tasty.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was pretty good, some dishes are better than others. Service was very non-attentive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Service was outstanding and it was such a pleasure to eat good food in a quiet place where we could hear each other.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent authentic German food in a cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I took my parents here for dinner the other night and absolutely loved it. The food was amazing and the restaurant itself was quaint, easily accessible, and on an awesome little strip. Our waiter knew the menu well and suggested great entrees and drinks. I would highly recommend this place to friends and can’t wait to come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We've been here many times, and will continue. This was an early Christmas trip to DC.
EVERYTHING was fantastic, as usual. The food was prepared perfectly and courses served at the perfect times. Authentic German food! And the Beer...oh the Beer is SOOOO good.
PROSIT!!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The Herbs salad was fabulous. There were two massive fried goat cheese patties the size of burger patties. Incredible. Most generous helping of goat chees on a salad I have ever seen! Delish!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The beer steins (and the beer within) is amazing!! The house pilsner is great! The food is fantastic -- I grew up on this food as a child, and the goulash was just like momma made it!!!!!

Tags: Great Beer, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service, ambience and food were simply outstanding. We'll be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

I love this German place nestled in between row homes on Capitol Hill. The food is excellent with rotating seasonal menus including options for vegetarians and the meat lover among you. It has a cozy and homey feel to it and their holiday fixed prize menus are fabulous. Just leave the cooking to them! :-)

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was delicious! Only complaint was the light in was a bit too bright in the dining area.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Cozy .. Excellent Thanksgiving fixed price menu with both old and new world choices.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Three friends and I had Thanksgiving dinner there. My only complaint is that the service was a little slow, probably because the place was crowded. But the food was excellent, and the servers were attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We go to Cafe Berlin a few times every year. Their menu is excellent and always tasty. Always a go-to when we're craving spaetzle (they have a spaetzle nad cheese to die for!) or great German fare.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always excellent German food in cozy atmosphere & attentive service!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We visit DC every year in the fall and Cafe Berlin has become a staple even when we have a native German along! Never disappoints even with a year's time in between visits. Nice to finish a day of site seeing or business in the Capital and National Mall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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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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vip
 (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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