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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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

You can enjoy a tradition turkey dinner or have one of your German favorites. All meals include an appetizer and a choice of dessert from our house made German cakes and American style pies. Leave the cooking and cleaning to us!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Christmas is a special time of year at Cafe Berlin. Our tree is up and German Christmas music is playing. All meals include an appetizer and a choice of dessert from our house made German cakes. Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus feature traditional Christmas goose & many wild game options

Cafe Berlin Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Romantic (7)
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Pre/post Theatre (6)
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Business Meals (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Fantastic! A highlight of our trip to DC. Food, service and beer were a pleasant surprise in this cozy neighborhood.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great Beer, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Cafe Berlin was a perfect dinner spot overall. It is casual and not stuffy at all. The servers are very knowledgable of German food and give great recommendations. Its a very kid friendly venue and they have a great selection of Beers. The food was tasty, authentic and my kids loved it. My kids both had the Chicken and Veal Schnitzel and my husband and I shared the Wurst Platter. We have the Potato Pancakes and Fried Brie to start and the sides consisted of Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Spatzle and Potato Dumplings. For dessert we got two crumble pies Berry and Gooseberry and a vanilla cheesecake all incredible. Quantities of the main dishes were enormous and can definitly be shared. We loved it and may come back again before we leave for Lunch or Dinner again. We had an 8:00 p.m reservation on a Sunday, plenty of seating inside and out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Consistent with our many visits, the wiener schnitzel and recommended Riesling were spot on.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Exceptional as always. Meals were great and the ambience as well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2017

I had the spinach salad with salmon and it was delicious. We ate inside because it was so very HOT over lunch, but in the evening the outside patio would have been wonderful. This is a wonderful restaurant for lots of reasons, but one of the best ones is that it is quiet .... and you can depend upon hearing every word of people sitting at your table.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food, ambience and service was great. Cost of beer is ridiculously high.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food took a long time but was excellent.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We were looking for a good place to eat near the capitol, and found it! The outdoor seating was great, the pretzel appetizer was delicious - try it with the beer cheese spread!

Tags: Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Loved dining on the patio and our waiter was awesome! Great food too! We live in Minnesota, but will definitely visit Cafe Berlin again when in DC!

Tags: Great Beer, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Wonderful dinner. Thank you.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Wonderful dining experience,great food and service,nice outside seating

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Your outside patio is wonderful but it could use some big deterrents.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Delicious and interesting entrees. Great cocktails, especially the Rhubarbara!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! Always excellent service, great wine & food.
Quick ride from Union Station makes it a great place to go after a trip.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful service and great food. If you like the German classics then you will love this place.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Wonderful evening at Cafe Berlin. The service was great and the food was fabulous!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Cafe Berlin is the go-to place in DC to satisfy a hankering for German cuisine. From my first time there years ago with a group of ex-pat Germans, to dinner last weekend with friends, Cafe Berlin does not disappoint.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Great Beer, People Watching, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great German food and beer. Server was fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Cafe Berlin is known for the nice outdoor patio seating, so we were hoping to sit outside. When we arrived, the bartender asked about our reservation and then asked if we wanted to wait for a seat outside. I asked how long it would be and she said she had no idea, then proceeded to ignore us. We opted to sit inside, but regretted that decision. The indoor dining room has about as much ambiance as a dental office waiting room. The server was somewhat rude as well - abrupt and unfriendly. Apparently they were busy and there were only 2 servers - and since we were sitting by the server station, we heard them complaining about it. I enjoyed the food, which was surprising because it is hard to find good German food in this area. The pork tenderloin over spaetzle with fried onions was delicious. The pretzel with the cheese spread was a nice appetizer. The potato pancakes were just ok - I think mine are actually better. Server never asked if we wanted drink refills or dessert. If I ever to back, I would wait for the outdoor table.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great food & tap list, nice little place, will definitely come back!

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The food and atmosphere were excellent. However, the service was way too slow for a weekday lunch. Two of us waited a long time for our sandwich, salad, and soup, and they first brought the wrong food. Then we waited a very long time for the check, had to flag someone down for it, and it never did appear. We finally walked up to the bar and they had not yet even printed it. Great place, really, but we won't go there again for lunch. Too bad, because it is one of the few good choices near our office.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food was amazing. Beer was great too. Our server was very helpful with food and beer selection. We sat outside and the ambiance was great. We will undoubtedly be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Café Berlin was a good choice for a business lunch. The staff were very accommodating, including my request on the morning of the reservation for a table by a window. We arrived about 15 minutes early but were shown right to the table I requested. The service was not intrusive, and it was neither rushed nor too slow. Between the unobtrusive service and the restaurant's cozy atmosphere, it felt very comfortable to have a confidential business discussion over our meal. (And our business was politics, so discretion is especially appreciated in this location on the Senate side of Capitol Hill.) My only quibble was the very hard, crusty bread used to make my meatloaf sandwich. It was too hard and unmanageable to eat like a sandwich, especially during a business discussion, so I removed the bread and ate the rest with a fork and knife. (I wish I'd ordered the Wiener Schnitzel entrée, instead -- lesson learned.) The chilled potato-leek soup on the side was refreshing but had a slightly-too-strong taste of nutmeg. The other side dish, on the other hand -- German potato salad -- was fantastic! Not as good as mama's, of course, but a very close second. Our lunch lasted two hours, wrapping up just before 3:00 p.m., but we never felt rushed to vacate the table. I've been to Café Berlin on many special occasions for dinner, but it's also a solid "go-to" when I need to have a business lunch on the Senate side of the Hill. I'm already looking forward to next time!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Excellent traditional German fare. Best in Washington.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Cafe Berlin has wonderful German food, and an excellent German beer list. Service is both professional and friendly, and the food is simply amazing - I was born in Germany and have family I visit often, so I know good German food when I eat it. Great place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Cafe Berlin never disappoints always a good meal very friendly staff if you like German food and you're in capital it's a must-do

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fantastic! Very pleased and plan to return often.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was great but the service was awful and the staff were rude. I won't be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

My family and I visit Cafe Berlin once or twice a year when in town. It's a great spot for German dishes, quality is consistently tip-top.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 15, 2017

This is among my favorite restaurants when I am in DC for business. Great, authentic German cuisine served in a friendly and cozy atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Cafe Berlin never disappoints. It's a local gem of a restaurant with a truly from-scratch kitchen. The food is truly authentic - classic German favorites with a modern appeal. The draft beers are poured cold and with a great head just like you'd get in Germany.

We sat on the patio starting at 5:00pm, drank tasty German beers, ate homemade Bavarian pretzels, ordered schnitzel, and finished with dessert. Highly recommend the seasonal rhubarb custard cake.

Not enough stars for this place - one of our favorites ever!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Very nice for people who like outdoor eating and lovers of good beer and German kitchen.
Table arrangement a little slow, although there had been free places.
I would recommend the place for friends and families.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Outdoor seat is full even though I have reserved my seat. For appetizer, potato pancake is generic, nothing to be surprised at all. Sausage is fine, but curry sauce is way too weird, the original flavor of sausage is overwhelmed.
For entree, marinated beef is good, but why the pickle is with same flavor as beef? Fired pork is delicious, texture is spot on and mushroom sauce is amazing.
Try more entree but may skip the appetizer.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Hostess is nasty

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2017

It was a perfect DC day, with bright sunshine and a beautiful breeze, and what better way to spend it than with a cool beer in a cozy biergarten! The food was excellent and authentic (my German mother would have approved). I will definitely be back to sample some of the other offerings. I eat out often and I would absolutely recommend this place.

Tags: Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great servtce. The wait staff was awesome. They were really busy but manage to keep up with the orders in a timely manner.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

A favorite! Great place for gathering with friends, we had good meal and great time once again!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Late afternoon, we had a mostly adequately shaded table in the biergarten. Service was prompt, attentive, and cheerful. The wiener schnitzel was excellent, as usual, with a delicious medley of very fresh vegetables and potatoes. The gooseberry pie was a perfect finish.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Wienerschnitzel and Cordon Bleu were both excellent. Service was great.

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