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Cafe Berlin

4.9
1890 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1890 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor dinner at Cafe Berlin. Classic, delicious menu on a spacious, beautiful front patio. Will return again and again.

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viptdog
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Berlin provided a wonderful experience. The Sauerbraten was out of this world good and the tripple hopped dark lager I had was amazing. We felt safe and secure and can't wait to go back.

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JOHNA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing authentic German food. We had the wurst feast. It was the best. Also you have to try the Apple strudel, buttery beyond belief

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vipBethesdaBob
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cafe Berlin is a great place for Bavarian-style comfort food.

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DerekJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice German restaurant. The food was similar to authentic German food. The inside seating area could have been a little better decorated in German style for a more authentic feeling. Overall a nice place with a tasty meal! Service was good with a friendly staff!

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vipClaudiaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Friendly, reliable, delicious.

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GeorgeH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Owner/chef. Excellent beer selection. Highly recommended.

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vipflyingsquirrel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Outstanding german food and the staff is excellent.

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vipLexie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cafe Berlin is trying very hard and doing a great job at complying with all current restrictions and providing a great experience. The staff was particularly attentive and we enjoyed everything we ordered. The fleece chair blankets for outdoor dining were a huge plus!

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RickyG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, Great selection of drinks, Conveniently located near Union Station.

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KristenE
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Always an enjoyable experience. They are doing great with all COVID restrictions as well.

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EricJ
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside due to COVID restrictions but each table had a gas powered fire for warmth, a very nice touch and necessary for the cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Berlin has become my favorite place to eat, and I go there at least once during the week each month that I live in DC. Even now, with the return of the District to phase 2 coronavirus restrictions (no indoors dining), Cafe Berlin has an intimate outdoors patio with braziers or fire pits next to each table, and it’s delightful to sit beneath a Bavarian blue patio canopy and watch the passersby on Mass Avenue while enjoying delicious food and drink.

I try something different each time I’m there. The chef is outstanding and there are always new and seasonal additions on the menu. This time I started with a different take on Brussels sprouts, served hot and buttery and mixed with bits of ham and goat cheese. A great appetizer to warm up a coldish day, especially when paired with an Austrian Gewuerztraminer. Next came two thick, tender rings of osso buco on a bed of creamy grits, covered with porcini mushrooms and a rich, savory sauce. Cafe Berlin is very good with sauces. This dish wan nicely accompanied by an Austrian Zweigelt. The finish was - what else? - an Apfelstrudel, fresh from the oven. Sweet and crunchy on the outside and filled with softened apples, raisins and spices on the inside, the Strudel was made even better by a scoop of house-made vanilla ice cream. The glass of pear Schnapps to cap off the meal was Cafe Berlin’s signature finish.

You’d better make reservations ahead of time when you want to eat at Cafe Berlin. With limited outdoors seating, the patio tables fill quickly. But when you do arrive, I may be there too. We can raise a glass together. Zum Wohl!

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Denali
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio dining in the cold was very comfortable, with blankets and heaters, on top of the normal excellent hospitality, food/drinks, and service!

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KatyaD
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place !! Will be back for sure ! Loved the outdoor fire pits

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ZaneyJen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought Back Memories of Home!

I have been bringing my family to Cafe Berlin as a special x-mas treat for the past 5 years. I almost didn't book this year due to COVID but I am so glad we came. The food and cocktails were amazing. We love, love, love the Vorspeise (appetizer) platter. We also all had a cocktail before dinner and Jaegerschnitzel to eat. The atmosphere was quiet and we had the back room nearly to ourselves. We will be back again next year.

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vipGary
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate inside with distance provided, and the decorations were wonderful. Outside in the beer garden were fire pits by the tables, which added to the festive scene. Cleaning was done as required and needed so we felt quite safe inside. Well done, Cafe Berlin.

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patriciab
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. Felt very safe from covid eating outdoors. Excellent

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vipAlexandrian
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After a long hiatus, we visited again, on a nice Sunday afternoon when we could enjoy the lovely outdoor terrace at Cafe Berlin. We had a delicious meal of some of our German favorites we've been missing these during these many months of pandemic isolation!

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BenC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to Cafe Berlin for many years, and have never been disappointed

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sheilac
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always and the food was excellent. Our waiter was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the goulash soup to start. Delicious. Then whole cod and boar meatballs. Out of this world delicious. We were raving about our dinner all weekend. The beer was fantastic and the service was lovely. Highly highly recommend.

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GeorgeH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Always excellent food and outstanding beer selection. Good wine list too

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always fun, authentic, heart-warming, and soul-satisfying to experience Cafe Berlin. They are culinary artisans and their menus, which evolve with the seasons, offer so many must-haves that you will want to keep coming back. Congenial, collegial, and great value! No reason not to come experience this authentic modern German restaurant for yourself. See you there soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic German cuisine perfectly prepared; tables widely spaced on their beautiful patio encircled by lit greenery; service was very efficient and friendly.

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DanielN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The goulash was amazing. My partner and friends enjoyed their food as well. Our server was nice. A bit pricey, but worth it. Will go back again.

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vipBarbarap
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of favorite places

JB
JayneB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff so considerate as well as knowledgeable about the entrees(we had questions!)
We felt safe and very relaxed here.

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GlennP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite places to eat in DC. The food and drink is always delicious worth a visit - you will return for a second!

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viprm1966
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant for authentic German Food! Celebrated Oktoberfest with family and friends and we were not disappointed. Outstanding food and plenty of great beer. Great service and plenty of social distancing (even inside!). Absolutely recommend this restaurant!

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JenniferH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best German food & beer in the DMV area. Authentic recipes and always delicious! Great outdoor seating area makes you feel like you're in a biergarten in Deutschland!

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LocalDiner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. What more can you ask?

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vipCharlesG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with Cafe Berlin! Love this place!

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vipJacquelynZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lentil/squash soup and brussel sprouts appetizer were delicious. It was a beautiful evening to be able to sit outdoors and enjoy high-quality German beer. As it got dark early it would be great to have candles or lights on the tables to be able to see the extensive menus. The waitress was fantastic!

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rico
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most authentic German food I've had since leaving Germany.

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Terry
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our old standby. We are only eating at restaurants with outdoor spaces and Cafe Berlin has a very nice biergarten - but seating is limited and reservations a must. Consistently good German food -including vegetarian options - and rotating German draft beer.

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TomM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place in town for a great Oktoberfest dinner!

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FoodieBruce
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent German Food! Great Oktoberfest Beer Selection! Friendly Service!

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vipalexb
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food is good and a nice afternoon on the patio. But the beer prices are outrageous- at least for some of the drafts. $15 for a half liter of Ayinger? Sure, cheaper than a flight to Munich, but come on!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special occasion was...Oktoberfest! Und das Abendessen war ausgezeichnet! Mensch, ganz prima! It was a typically mouth-watering and delicious Schweinehaxe, which in case you don’t know is a pig joint that is boiled so that it is tender and slides off of the bone, and then baked so that the skin turns crackling brown and crispy. Wonderful. The side dish of warm German potato salad with bits of bacon was a perfect accompaniment, and the cool and refreshing cucumber and dill salad gave a sweet and crispy contrast to each savory mouthful of tender pork. A yummy lager imported from Munich’s Spaten brewery was just right to sip inbetween bites. That meal, which was fabelhaft, should have been enough. But I couldn’t resist, and so finished with a delightful pear tart (a Birnetorte), which was warm and slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and filled with sweet pear slices on the inside. Served with whipped cream and a scoop of house-made beer ice cream, it was a scrumptious Nachtisch. Pairing it with a glass of light Gewuerztraminer from Rheinhessen made for a pleasant finish. The owners and staff at Cafe Berlin are nice and collegial, and somehow they always remember faces (even when masked)! Cafe Berlin is my go-to place in DC during the one week per month I’m here. This week I managed to go twice!! Hope you do too.

FAQs

Cafe Berlin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 543-7656.

Cafe Berlin is rated 4.9 stars by 1890 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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