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Our cozy front dining room - Cafe Berlin, Washington, DC
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Cafe Berlin

4.8
4.8
2019 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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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    German, European

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 543-7656

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rico Glage

  • Catering

    Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room can accommodate up to 45 people sit-down dinner and up to 60 people open buffet, cocktail etc.

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,019 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RD

    RobD

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding and authentic German food. The outdoor patio is inviting and relaxing. The ivy-covered entry arches are a nice feature and appointment for the patio. The inside dining is very quaint and relaxing also. Best German food restaurant in DC and perhaps the best I've ever been to.
  2. DD

    DennisD

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great service. We all had an enjoyable time.
  3. MB

    MattB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s my favorite place for great German food and beer.
  4. JP

    JPerry

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food tastes like authentic German food. Would recommend trying it out.
  5. TG

    TwoGuysDC

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were not happy with the fact there was a large table of drunken partiers seated in the same room. The other tables were almost all couples on a date night. We had said that in our reservation. Everything else was great! We will go back soon in the hope that the partiers were an anomaly and that the atmosphere will be better next time!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Excellent, authentically tasting food!
  7. AT

    AmyT

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After living in Germany, it is refreshing to taste yummy German food again! The spatzle was spot on. We even returned for a second time in our short week of visiting DC!
  8. C

    Charlie

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a wonderful evening dining here. One of our most favorite dining places. Good food, service, and atmosphere at an affordable price. Especially a good time during October Fest.
  9. CS

    ChrisS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought two of my good friends here for delicious food and quiet ambiance. We've been here before and we love the place. We are looking forward to the next time
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Mittagskarte ist sehr dünn.
  11. WJ

    WandJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic, delicious German food, and we loved the beer choices!
  12. SD

    SDGMS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed one of Cafe Berlin’s most charming feature, the outside beer garden.
  13. LS

    LauraS

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service! The new owners have made it their own and it shows
  14. k

    k123

    Dallas

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The apple streudel was stellar. It was as good as I have had in my frequent travels to Germany.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great authentic German food
  16. p

    preston

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going to Cafe Berlin for years. Never disappoints. Great food. Attentive staff. Excellent menu options for food and adult beverages.
  17. PM

    PatM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is authentic and delicious. My wife and I split the Jaegerschnitzel and added several sides. It all tasted as good as any I had in Germany when stationed there. Can’t recommend them enough. I intend to go back soon and often.
  18. S

    Stephen

    Washington DC

    165 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    165 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Cafe Berlin used to be our favorite German restaurant in the DC area. Since the pandemic, their food and service has become erratic. Dishes that are good on one visit are not so good the next time. The beer selection is excellent and if you live near the restaurant, it is a great place to sit outside and enjoy a German beer. The Currywurst appetizer was good but the bread came after we had finished it and there was a charge for the bread. The main dishes were so so. The Wiener Schnitzel was soggy; the Sauerbraten was tender but cooked with too much vinegar as was the red cabbage that came with it; the Hungrian Goulash tasted as though the paprika was added at the end, rather than cooked into the dish. I grew up in a home that ate German food, so I know what these dishes should taste like. Lastly, the Apfelstrudel mit Vanilla Eis was excellent. In keeping with the erratic theme, it was poor the previous time we came and excellent the time before. The owners need to work on bringing the restaurant back to its previous levels of excellence. I would recommend coming for a beer with appetizers and finishing off with desert.
  19. RJ

    RoryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was delicious, staff was kind and helpful navigating the menu. Definitely will be back.. oh and great beer list
  20. DF

    DavisF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great beer. Outdoor seating with a German beer garden vibe. Rotating specials. Friendly servers.
  21. d

    delrayfoodie

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outside patio with great authentic German beer and food can't be beat!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. The staff, food and ambiance is what always brings me back. It feels like home.
  23. m

    michaelg

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    a terrific german restaurant.....very good food and friendly service.....and it is quiet
  24. M

    Maggie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was fine as were the alcoholic beverages. However, an ice tea ordered was basically water and a Diet Coke was watered down so much that it too was like water.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wunderbar!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    Little annoyed. When we arrived at the restaurant it was 3:50pm and the hostess told us there were only taking customers with reservations until 6:30pm. I then got on the website and made a reservation for 4:15pm and was seated. The next group of people behind us were told no walk-ins until 5:45pm and turned them away when there were plenty of reservations still available online.
  27. E

    Elena

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Adventurous dining for us. We don’t have access to ethnic German food near us and this was just perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff, exotic lagers and delicious food!
  28. TF

    TomF

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine here every time we travel to DC. The food is authentic and delicious. The staff is very helpful and attentive without rushing us. We’ll be back Labor Day weekend.
  29. MM

    MeredithM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Berlin is great! Excellent food and beer selection. Friendly and helpful staff. Outside patio is nice and relaxing. Would totally recommend
  30. k

    kjgardner

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the patio seating for lunch. I was disappointed that they did not have any maibock on draft (pre-pandemic they always had it in April and May), but the hefeweizen was good and my friends enjoyed their pilsner and gruner veltliner. My venison sandwich with a side of coleslaw was very tasty and something you won't see on very many menus. Servers Chicago and Hannah were very attentive and we appreciated their convivial attitude.

    Cafe BerlinResponded on May 13, 2022Thanks so much for your feedback, Kevin. It was great to have you back dining at Cafe Berlin. We too are disappointed we don't yet have the Maibock! We are still waiting on our Maibock delivery (which hopefully will arrive today!). Global shipping is still quite a mess with shippers needing to pay a premium to secure space on the small number of vessels that are coming from Europe.

  31. SS

    StevenS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    the food was outstanding and the service very attentive. I had the pork medallions special with delicious. The asparagus was done just right. My wife said the trout was tremendous. They have a good size beer list with some german choices that you will not find just every place. The wine list is also a nice size. I had not been since the pandemic but will return again soon. The entire dinner was a delight and the choices of deserts just cap off the night wonderfully.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Went for Mother’s Day. Nice experience. Sadly they were out of trout (what I had most looked forward to and there aren’t many other GF options) and noodles which is what I was counting on my children eating. A bit disappointing they couldn’t make more noodles, especially since it took a long time for the food to come out.
  33. CE

    ChristinaE

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there on Mother’s Day and everything was great! I brought my mother who is from Berlin Germany. She loved the food but had a comment about the goulash - she says the meat pieces should be smaller cube sizes as to absorb more flavor.
  34. C

    Carin

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints in any way. Always much more than a meal but more like an event! Just love the place.
  35. LK

    LisaK

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty German food, good portion sizes, friendly staff. Street parking was easy and free the Sunday I went. FYI not currently serving brunch (just lunch and dinner).
  36. RG

    RichardG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The German food was excellent - like I remembered it from time in Germany. The service was good for our group of 8, but obviously pressed by understaffing.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great evening with my family who sees their restaurant business like a family!
  38. B

    Brooklander

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nothing to add.
  39. HB

    HeatherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh, deliciously prepared German food. Outdoor seating in a quiet neighborhood.
  40. CS

    ChrisS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Cafe Berlin recently and in years past. I brought 3 friends with me who all love the place. We were all there just a month ago..same 4 friends. We sat at the small bar for dinner last night because 1) there was room for all 4 of us, and 2) because we all know and love Timmy Cousins, the bartender. Food was awesome, and the German Beer was the best!! Highly recommended.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 2019 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Berlin

322 Massachusetts Avenu, NE, Washington, DC 20005

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rico Glage

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 543-7656

  • Catering

    Pick-up catering is available in the DC area. Contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room can accommodate up to 45 people sit-down dinner and up to 60 people open buffet, cocktail etc.

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