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Our cozy front dining room - Cafe Berlin, Washington, DC
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Cafe Berlin

4.7
4.7
2072 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 12 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 2,072 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Best Value

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  1. AS

    A2Schnitzel

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience1
    The food was absolutely delicious and still true to German standards (a lot of German restaurant’s “Americanize” their meals to appeal to their customers). Unfortunately the service and the ambiance were very disappointing. There’s no telling how old the carpet is and the seating arrangements are antiquated. Our waitress must’ve been new so that’s understandable but still sad… For German Standards this restaurant should be way cleaner and better staffed. The first time we went there we sat outside and it was literally perfect. Highly recommend simply for the food 🇩🇪 but take it to go or sit outside 🤷🏼‍♀️
  2. JS

    JacklynS

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This dinner was delicious! We started with the bretzels with mustards. The mustards were varied and tasty! Followed up by a half order of the wurst fest and a schnitzel dish. Both were highly satisfying. The spatzle and kasespatzle were both good.
  3. GB

    GretchenB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our meals were excellent, the beer was authentic and the service was good. The only small complaint was that the room was cool. The restaurant is quaint and fun.
  4. T

    Tori

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came on Thanksgiving and had the pumpkin soup (amazing!) and the mushroom pasta. My friends and I had such a good time and were pleased with service. They enjoyed the potato pancakes and Brie, and the wild boar and Thanksgiving meal. The custard and pecan pies were wonderful and satisfying.
  5. c

    cwmndc

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    With German-speaking friends, my wife and I had dinner at Cafe Berlin last night for the first time since Covid. It was terrific. The night was very cold so we ate inside in their cozy, friendly large dining room. On a Thursday night, the bar and both dining rooms were near full when we arrived but the noise level was pleasantly low with conversation easy. The service was friendly and knowledgeable -- although we waited 45 minutes between appetizer and main course. The choice, quality and taste of dishes were excellent with a "home made" appearance that works well here. We live nearby and will continue to order takeout from time to time but definitely will return soon to dine-in. Highly recommended.
  6. DF

    DavisF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to enjoy good, hearty food. Their menu changes regularly, with a core selection of delicious German food.
  7. L

    Letty

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, nice ambiance, terrific service even when a problem occurred. When dessert didn't get baked as promised the staff corrected the error with an alternative dessert and snappy on the house. very gracious and tasty.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service! Real authentic German cuisine in a cozy Capitol Hill home. Top recommendation!
  9. RW

    RachelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. Enjoyed having Paulener beer and authentic German dishes. The music reminded me of a recent trip to Germany. The service was exceptional. Highly recommend.
  10. JJ

    JJinDC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Oktoberfest!
  11. MH

    MonikaH

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice table outside and the food was delicious.
  12. K

    Kinsale

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Never fails to please. Glad to see the full old menu post-COVID. Friendly wait staff, shout out to Star. Service was a bit slow but hey, it was Saturday night. Simply the best German food in DC.
  13. CS

    ChrisS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE THE WIDE VARIETY OF DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD AT CAFE BERLIN. TIMMY COUSINS, BARTENDER, IS THE SECOND REASON I LIKE HANGING OUT THERE WITH GOOD FRIENDS
  14. DS

    DavidS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good, but the menu for lunch was quite limited. I want to return for dinner and try other items.
  15. SM

    SMac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife is from Germany and very much enjoyed the food. Can be somewhat noisy inside, but otherwise everything was very good. Would recommend and would return again!
  16. H

    Holbrookej

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good German food and excellent German beer on tap. fun lace to go with friends.
  17. E

    Erik

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to Cafe Berlin for over ten years both for ordinary dining and celebrations. It has never disappointed us. We love the menu, the food, and the cozy ambiance.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always excellence service, delicious food, and relaxing ambience. Highly recommend this gem in DC.
  19. p

    pegalegala

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us highly recommend it! First time at Cafe Berlin and the food was awesome as was the beer and German dry white wine. We had sausage platters with homemade German potato salad, potato dumplings, chicken weinerschnitel, cucumber salad and other delicious dishes. Pretty patio with white lights and lots of greenery.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent German food, nice atmosphere and very convenient
  21. t

    tquaid

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to Café Berlin for a wonderful Octoberfest brunch. The music and food were great and the service, as always, was terrific. Hope to be back in D.C. again soon to join the employees and owner for another memorable meal.
  22. D

    Denali

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, music, and service at the Bavarian brunch was excellent as always! Great way to end Oktoberfest!
  23. BC

    BrainC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Returning to an pre-pandemic favorite in post-pandemic times was a delight. Their menu has shift to a more elevated version of German cuisine, and I think I was expecting their former menu -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Service, as with everywhere, is slower now -- but that was just more time to enjoy the food and wonderful ambience of their outdoor patio. I can't drink alcohol, and I really appreciated their nonalcohol beer options -- a way for someone like me to appreciate the Oktoberfest experience. Definitely recommend!
  24. PB

    PhilipB

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    They used to have full menu for lunch but now only limited lunch menu. Food was just ok. Would go back for dinner menu.
  25. k

    kjgardner

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our lunch from the Oktoberfest menu. My friend and I split the Bayerische Wurstsalat, which was fine for two people and came with very good bread. Our other friend had a BLT, which was a very large sandwich! She ate half of it and saved the other half for another lunch. My friends had Gruner Veltliner and I drank a couple of the Oktoberfest beers, one from Spaten and the other a Paulaner. Both were very good. Our server, Luis, was very attentive and we appreciated his consideration.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had lunch reservations on a Thursday afternoon. It was very quiet with only a few patrons. We had sandwiches, schnitzel & sausage, with German potato salad & onion soup. Everything was quite tasty.
  27. IS

    IngridS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    We love Cafe Berlin. The food is consistently outstanding and their Oktoberfest menu is extra special. This was the first time eating here in awhile- and two things changed. Our biers were served with a big foamy head. This has never happened before and was pretty unappealing. But the bier still tasted great. More importantly- we experienced a lot of trouble getting servers to take our order, refill our drinks, bring us our check. We had to flag down a server every single time. It was as if they forgot we were there or no one had been assigned to our table. I hope this was just a blip - because we recommend this place often to out of town guests.
  28. b

    bobdindc

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I love this restaurant! It is such a treat to go there during Oktoberfest to order the Schweinehaxe, a near mammoth pork shank that is cooked to perfection and served with drama.
  29. ER

    EricR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great German food and beer. Outside patio has southern exposure. Great for spring and fall
  30. D

    Diana

    Louisville

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I loved the wines. It was fun to be outside on such a lovely evening. The service was slow but OK.
  31. WF

    WanderingFoodie

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We visited Cafe Berlin for their Oktoberfest menu and we were very pleased with the authentic menu and food quality. Beer and wine list were great too, we’ll be back again soon!
  32. OF

    OutForLunch

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We booked last minute at Cafe Berlin so it was outside seating only. Very chilly October evening but the staff were so gracious and offered blankets to comfort us. The food, drinks, and service were perfection. I hope to visit DC sometime again in the near future.
  33. M

    Mary

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    A festive german restuarant, a favorite for Oktoberfest.
  34. EW

    EmilyW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Everything was good but we were sat at 12:30 and didn’t get our food until after 2! I understand there was going to be a wait because they don’t serve the pig until 1, but over an hour?! Watched lots of plate of food pass by before we got ours.
  35. MK

    MKVa

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Oktoberfest
  36. GC

    GregC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Menu is very good. Lots of choices. Beer was tasty with Octoberfest choices. Service was poor. Waitress did not inform that the dessert we wanted should have been ordered when we ordered our meal. Very disappointing. We were unable to taste the apple strudel.
  37. BM

    BrendaM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Enjoyed it very much. Wish I lived closer.
  38. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    The food was okay, but did take a long time to come out, about ~50 minutes. The curry ketchup was amazing, however, the currywurst was very small and very high priced for such a small piece of sausage: ~$9. The bratwurst platter was also very small and only had two sausages for a very big price: ~$23. The flavor of the food was good, but the amount was not commensurate to the cost.
  39. k

    keithh

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A real Octoberfest treat in DC!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Every time I come here I think I should come more often.

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 4.7 stars by 2072 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 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Berlin

322 Massachusetts Avenu, NE, Washington, DC 20002

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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