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Cafe Berlin

4.7
1430 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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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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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 1430 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on February 7, 2015

The menu includes many German dishes. Our choices were expertly prepared. Go for the food, not the ambience -- proletarian decor in a subterranean shell. Undependable on-street parking but our walk from Union Station was easy.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

We have eaten at Cafe Berlin perhaps fifteen times over the past seven years, and it's always been quite perfect: a quiet oasis of good food and good service. The cuisine is authentically German and Austrian, with a broad range of selections of wild game as well as the more common schnitzels and sauerbraten. The Spätzle are really well done, and the beer list includes not too many, but a good range of terrific German beers of different types. The desserts are great too. When most restaurants are just too noisy for us to hear one another, the Cafe Berlin is just what we want.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

Not since Germany have I had food this authentic. Great food and service. Worth every dollar.

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2.0Dined on January 25, 2015

The food was tasty, but it took almost an hour from the time we ordered until the food came out. That's an awfully long wait.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

We've spent considerable time in Germany and are always pleased with how authentic Cafe Berlin dishes are. On this particular visit we enjoyed an absolutely delicious spundekäse with soft pretzels/bretzen, as well as schnitzel and lentil soup. The cheesecake was just as a German-style cheesecake should be: cheesy, not overly sweet, dense atop a fluffy cake base and served with plenty of freshly whipped cream.

Also important to mention, service is always excellent here.

We are devoted fans of this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

We have been to this DC restaurant near Union Station many times. The food and service are consistently outstanding. Very professional staff and service. Chef accommodates dietary restrictions since all food made from scratch. extensive menu, prices quite reasonable for DC. Will return!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2015

Had dinner with a friend on a rainy night and thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. Our choices for entre were Wiener schnitzel, venison Wiener schnitzel, & rouelanden. All were very good. I started with cheese & sauerkraut balls which were delicious an we also shared potatoe pancakes. We ordered a German red wine and had a great time.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2015

Took my family there for dads birthday. Considering we have tried the true german food, food cooked here was if not as good, was very close to it! and the beer! ah!!!
Luckily they dont do the birthday singing and dancing, so we got a shot of Schnapps [on the house]. Perfect dad birthday! Would def go back for any occasion!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2015

The Food at Cafe Berlin is Excellent! I had a vegetarian option, Maultaschen, which is like a German ravioli and my friend had the venison schnitzel with spaeztle. Bothe we AMAZING and extremely rich. If you're hungry you can come here. We also had the salad, which was good and the sauerkraut balls, which were excellent...creamy and rich!

The Staff was nice. The owner was there, which was cool. She was busy with work; it seemed she didn't necessarily want to be bothered.

All in all it's a gem that I recommend. If you're looking for STELLAR food...I'd definitely choose Cafe Berlin. If you're looking for upscale and stellar service, the food certainly makes up.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2015

I went for lunch during Restaurant Week. Compared to previous Restaurant Weeks, the menu was much less "German" - which is a pity since I want to eat German food at a German restaurant.

I had the Zuericher Geschnetzeltes and did not like it. I always had that dish with noodles or spaetzle and not with potato roesti (hash browns). However, I may not know what the proper side is. Unfortunately, the roesti was not crisp at all and the sauce was way to watery, not rich (creamy) enough.

I doubt I will go back.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2015

A long time favorite (30+ yrs). I prefer warmer weather when the beer tastes more refreshing on the patio. But good, solid German food.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2015

My husband and I have dined here 3 times and all three were exceptional! The food is wonderful, the servers and hostess are all very pleasant and helpful, friendly, and delightful to be around!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

The food was fantastic, and the service-absolutely amazing! Couldn't believe how quickly everything came out. The wild boar ribs, sausage and ragout were amazing-especially in the cold weather! Thanks again so much!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Since my wife was born and raised in Germany and we lived there for several years, we were a little concerned the food may not be authentic. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the staff, our worries were put to rest. Service, ambiance, food, and the overall dining experience were excellent. We will be returning and recommending the place to family and friends. Thanks for a great experience.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2014

This is the restaurant if you are anticipating German food. It's really great The service was excellent, and it's very energetic in ambiance. Young people in service everywhere! The German food is of course "heavy." The selection of beers great. We had a good time.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

This is the best German food I've had outside Germany (I spent several years there while growing up). Awesome Spätzle, Knödel, and Rotkohl. As far as mains, the Rinderroulade is very tasty

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

We made our year end holiday season visit once again and have a fine meal. Thanks again Café Berlin for the great food--

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Having lived in Germany for 2 years, my husband and I have a difficult time finding German restaurants that compare to the real thing. Cafe Berlin was surprisingly very close! The beer, food, and dessert were all delicious. Our waitress was wonderful as well, and we hope to go back again in the future.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Our food was exceptional. Always a good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2014

The Christmas goose was great. They offered a fixed price menu that offered a wide selection. They also offer a large selection of German beers. The atmosphere made it great for Christmas or any evening.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2014

Our food was mediocre. My goose was tough and my husbands beef was dry. Have had much better Blackforest cake. Overall would not recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2014

We specifically chose Cafe Berlin for our Christmas Dinner because Dad wanted Christmas goose. All of the entrees and side dishes were delicious. We were very disappointed that they ran out of the Chocolate Mousse cake dessert (and we were just the 2nd seating). My dessert was just OK, but I also tasted the blueberry dessert and black forest cake, both of these were pretty good.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2014

Most enjoyable prix fixe Christmas dinner. Will do it again, and next time have the goose.
Nice service, nice selection, and fun atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2014

Went to Cafe Berlin with a group on Christmas Eve for the 4th year in a row as one of our party was born and raised in Germany and we all like the special menu. This year was different as they implemented group seating times at 2:30, 5, and 7:30. Our group was larger than most so seemed to always be at the end of the service cycle which wouldn't be a problem except towards the end, the servers started to push for us to leave so they could prepare for the next sitting. Not their fault, just a symptom of the problem of sitting an entire restaurant at the same time. Despite that small annoyance, the food was great, as always, and the service was good and friendly. Our only beef with the entire affair is that they make no accommodations for small kids. The entire menu was large plates with an emphasis on heavier game-based meats. Great for adults and probably for some children but most just aren't ready for that no matter how much their parents coax them. It's also a bit harsh to expect parents to pay the $39 adult rate for a 4 year old but there were no options provided. Not sure we will be planning for next year's Christmas Eve gathering at Cafe Berlin, even if we love the food and tradition, as we do have to consider the desires of all of our party, including the children.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2014

Just as we remember visiting Germany. Looking forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2014

Great place to go if you are look for German food.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2014

Cafe Berlin was actually a back-up choice. But we were so delighted with it that we will DEFINITELY be returning. The menu was intriguing - replete with German standard fare as well as an appealing game menu. My family and I sampled several appetizer offerings and found them delicious. Six different entrees between us allowed us to sample across a range of palates. All were wunderbar.

The ambiance is similar to what you would find in the "off-the-beaten-path" restaurants/trattorie that one searches for when travelling abroad - you know, the ones that the locals patronize vice the tourists - the ones with the authentic offerings vice the commercialized faux dishes that the tourist has come to believe represents the traditional.

Highly recommend this restaurant. Just make sure you leave at least one reservation open for me!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2014

The wild game menu was very, very good - especially for the winter months. Our easier knew the dishes well and made suggestions we all found helpful. And he knew the wines. Well go back again and again.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2014

We enjoyed our lunch as always and chose from the wild game menu. I had pheasant and my husband had wild boar ragout. Both dishes were delicious. Our server was friendly and the atmosphere is very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2014

Cafe Berlin is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I often visit it after a concert at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, which is easily within walking distance. It's a good idea to make reservations on the weekends, as it gets crowded early. In this visit, they were running a special wild game menu, in addition to their usual offerings. It was very difficult to decide, among dishes involving wild boar, venison, and pheasant. I hope they run that menu again some time, so that I can go back and make other choices! The one problem we had was that it took a long time to get our entrees. To his credit, our server (Jay) recognized the problem and offered us free dessert, which we accepted. This isn't the first time we've had to wait an unacceptable time for a course or for the check. Other than that, it's highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2014

Café Berlin is an authentic German eatery. The food is plentiful and prepared just as you would find it in Berlin. They also have a great beer and wine list. Nice location and, weather permitting, Café Berlin has an excellent outdoor seating area. If you enjoy authentic German cuisine, Café Berlin is a must visit!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2014

What wonderful place for a holiday luncheon for co-workers. The food and drink were wonderful, the service attentive, and the restaurant was festively decorated for the season. Super convenient, short walk from the Union Station Metro.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2014

Had seen this German restaurant while walking, but had low expectations since i living in a German household. The food was very good and the atmosphere charming. in the summer there is patio seating which is a good way to enjoy a stein of German beer. The Rotkohl (Red cabbage) is very good - almost as good as my mother's. good menu with German staples and also a wild game menu. Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

This restaurant was great in everyway. Food, ambiance, and service were perfect. I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here after a concert last Saturday. We ate off the seasonal menue. She had pheasant and I had something like a shepard's pie only with the potatoes on the bottom made with wild boar. Both were excellent. We also shared a salad and a dessert and each had two glasses of wine and the meal came to $103 without tip. I would say the noise level was quiet except that there were 2 guys at the table next to us who talked quite loud such that we could understand everything they said. A little distracting. I would also recommend that you get a table in the back room if possible. We were in the front room and my wife got to view the kitchen every time a waiter came and went. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and explained why they made particular recommendations so that you could judge for yourself. I was considering between the rockfish, kassler rippchen and the wild boar and the waiter said he really like the wild boar but "wasn't much of a fish guy." With regard to the kassler rippchen he said it was very good but you could get that anytime since it was on the menue all the time where as the season menue wasn't.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2014

First of all, the food is German and very good. The beer selection is also German with plenty of excellent choices. We visited for a late lunch and were seated next to a large, very boisterous group. I'm pleased that they were enjoying themselves, but it really cut in to our enjoyment a bit. Service was good but a little spotty. On a previous visit, we had been seated outdoors and it was quite pleasant. If you're in the area, you'll really enjoy the food at Café Berlin.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2014

The food and service were super good. I really recommend their venison schnitzel; it's fantastic.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2014

This was our first visit to the Café Berlin and as much as I like turkey and it was Thanksgiving Day, I had a traditional German meal of sausage and sauerkraut which was superb and my wife who is a vegetarian had an excellent stuffed butternut pasta. We will definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on November 27, 2014

Good selection of menu options - the pumpkin soup was a bit tart but tasty, and jager jager was as expected - delicious and filling. Those who got the traditional turkey dinner found it to be very filling. Drink specials were very nice, and service was quick and friendly. Dining room is small but as advertised, 1920s style.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2014

Had the Wiener Schnitzel and Jaeger Schnitzel, enjoyed both. The Jaeger was a little over salted to my taste, but my wife thought it was perfect.

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