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Cafe Berlin

4.7
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1822 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.

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Special menus

  • Oktoberfest Pig Roast

    Sep 26 - Oct 24, 2020
    Our famous spit roasted pig with traditional sides, apfelstrudel and 1L of Oktoberfest bier for $55.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1822 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMDF1
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect evening for outdoor eating - food and wine were delightful . On to Oktoberfest!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Pricey but the food is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice outside patio to help with distancing. Food was great!

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Schnitzel portions have shrunk since last visit. Food still quite tasty and beer garden a lovely setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I dine at Cafe Berlin once or twice a week when I’m in DC (about half of each month). It’s become my go-to place because of the relaxing outdoor patio ambience, the endearing collegiality of the staff and owners, and the changing but always nice entrees and starters. Also a scrumptious Bavarian dessert or two. But wait! I’ve forgotten to mention the thirst-quenching fresh draft German beers, directly imported from their manufacturers. Some are constants on the menu, and some rotate - but there’s always a widely varying selection. It’s great value, and a must-drink and must-taste cafe.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best German food this side of the Atlantic. Friendly staff. The outside garden is beautiful. All table are under huge german-bier umbrellas! Amazing spot.

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vipPatS
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a great time at Cafe Berlin. The food is warm and the beer is cold. By keeping their menu smaller during these difficult times they are ensuring that the quality of the food remains at the highest levels. While my schnitzel was a little too thin, its flavor was excellent. The sauerbraten, wurst platter, and cod at the table were all expertly prepared. Of note is the sides from the salads to the spatzle everything was fantastic.

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LouiseH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We ordered the restaurant week specials, both of which were excellent. Given that we are only now feeling confident enough to eat outside at restaurants, we were very pleased that the food and service were so good!

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vipEatmore
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Decent German food. Not an extensive menu. But the schintty was good.

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DanielleW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and very accomodating! Reserving a table was quick and easy

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KaitlynM
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service, felt totally safe with good social distancing and safety measures. I will definitely eat here again, pandemic or not!

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vipNeighbor
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Food was delicious, service was great, and ambiance was nice.

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NoelE
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic, from the food, service, beer, atmosphere!

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ConnorM
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great authentic German cuisine and a lovely outdoor patio to enjoy to escape the city feel (or during a pandemic). The staff is diligent about providing a comfortable, safe dining environment and compliments that with delicious food and great German beer!

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TomJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They always have unique selection of German draft beer.

JJ
vipJasonJeremy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience at Cafe Berlin.

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RegionalArchitect
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, exotic beers, big umbrellas. What's not to like?

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natalieJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff. CoVID-19 precautions in place. Lots of sun umbrellas to keep you shaded.

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RodneyN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything and everyone was fine. I like that they seemed to be taking covid-19 seriously.

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RMfoodie
Austin
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! The best German food in DC and a great outdoor patio.

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vipStephenS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dinner was delicious. We sat out on the patio, which was very nice. It was early evening so there wasn’t much shade at first, but later it was fine. The waiter was very attentive and we loved the beer and great German dishes.

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CarlW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Berlin remains one of the best reliable standards of DC's restaurant scene. They're still professional and everything is delicious.

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GlennP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the owner to the phenomenal service, I would argue that this is one of the best restaurants in DC. This will be one of the places we will continue to go back to.

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uncolea
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even though it was a really hot evening, it was pleasant sitting outside. They made sure we had plenty of cold water and did not rush us from the table.

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vipPeterB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We enjoyed sitting on their spacious patio at a good distance form the nearest diners. Dinner was very good and German draft beer heavenly. Friendly efficient service.

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RichardC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant outdoor seating to go with a good German menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food & service. Outdoor seating due to Covid

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RobbieTom
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great beer! Waiters Jeremy & Bianca friendly, attentive, very helpful. Café Berlin outdoors - the place to be!

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vipBradG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are long time fans of Cafe Berlin. Wonderful setting on the patio. Stop by and enjoy outside dining.

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very tasty schnitzel. Outdoor patio is nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s one of my faves in DC. Ambience on the outdoors patio is always great, the weather was pleasantly accommodating, the Erlanger Hefeweizen was as delicious as usual, and the Wurst were plump and juicy. Plus the male server was very congenial. What could be better?

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vipGourmetKen
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great outdoor dining experience with social distancing in place, delicious food and gracious service.

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vipBradG
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The patio at Cafe Berlin is great for having dinner and social distancing.

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Lainey
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So nice to be outside having lunch and a beer again!

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RayE
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with my wife and my son who's 10 yr , after having RUSSIAN food the night before it was hard to convince him to go , I ordered the goulash my wife also had the goulash, my son had the pretzel, we convinced him to try the goulash next think ya know he want his own plate, the food here is very authentic the server we had was outstanding, we will be telling everyone about this place.

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vippartychick
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was spectacular! Will definitely be returning soon.

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SusanP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amazing food. We had the trout, bretzels and the dumplings. All fantastic. The noise was a little on the loud side and the tables were pretty closely packed together. The service was perfect and so was the beer.

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vipLawrenceS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent, traditional german food. Attentive service. Reasonable prices. This is as good as it gets in Washington, but not at the same level as the best restaurants in Germany. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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vipvickiboys
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a pleasant surprise...I made a last minute reservation to this authentic german bistro and my girlfriend and I were totally smitten! Great little bistro in NE Washington DC., lovely menu with small bites, authentic german fare, and lovely desserts. Will absolutely will make a return visit and highly recommend to others!

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DaynaS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was amazing! The staff was very nice, we enjoyed our experience!

FAQs

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

Cafe Berlin is rated 4.7 stars by 1822 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Berlin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ecommerce.custcon.com/Selection.aspx?c=3cc1186f-c709-4829-ac22-a53031cf2937.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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