Michelin Guide stars continue to be a benchmark for outstanding cuisine.
Evaluation criteria are, in addition to freshness and quality of ingredients, expert preparation and uniqueness of the dishes.
So that you know where to find these unique restaurants in Berlin and what culinary delights they offer, we have compiled some of Berlin's top restaurants for you.
What Is a Restaurant with a Michelin Star?
Originally, the Michelin Guide was a workshop guide first published by French tire manufacturer, Michelin, in 1900 for the fewer than 3,000 motorists there were in France at the time.
In 1936, the definitions of stars that are still in use today were developed. One star symbolizes that the cuisine is worth a stop, two stars say it is worth a detour, and a cuisine with 3 stars is even worth a trip.
Gourmets still like to use the stars from the famous guide. In its latest March 2020 edition, Michelin awarded a total of 24 restaurants in Berlin with stars, 18 of them with one star, 5 with two stars, and one even with 3 stars.
This means that Berlin has one of the 11 restaurants in Germany that have the highest 3-star Michelin award. The expression "culinary metropolis" is therefore rightly applied to Berlin.
A unique cuisine....
The restaurant that is worth a trip....
On March 3, 2020, Berlin got its first three-star restaurant. Rutz in Mitte, Berlin bears the highest award from the Michelin Guide.
Star chef, Marco Müller, is one of the most innovative chefs in Germany. Inspiration menus are the names of the six- to ten-course meals, each of which features a selected product prepared in two ways.
From the outside, the restaurant looks rather inconspicuous, but inside it is purely elegant and it is nobly furnished. Leather and wood create the right atmosphere for an unforgettable evening, and in the summer, the restaurant serves food on the quiet terrace covered with vines.
The legendary and excellent wine list offers the right sip for all courses. Sommelière Nancy Großmann, who is very familiar not only with the wine list but also with the star chef's dishes, will be happy to give you good advice.
Address: Rutz, Chausseestr. 8,10115 Berlin-Mitte
The restaurants worth a detour....
You'll look in vain for luxury inside the purist CODA, and it's not particularly inviting from the outside, either. The house wall is sprayed with graffiti and the location... there are better ones.
But the concept is so unique that Michelin even upgraded this restaurant from one to two stars this year. Patisserie at its finest is served here, dessert dining is the motto.
Chef René Frank was head patissier at the 3-star La Vie restaurant in Osnabrück for six years and cooks exceptionally well. His creations balance the contrasts perfectly.
Drinks are matched to the 7-course menu, from sake to cocktails to wine.
Address: CODA, Friedelstr. 47,12047 Berlin-Neukölln
Located on the 5th floor of the Mandala Hotel, Facil, whose restaurant space is completely glazed, offers a wonderful view of the bamboo garden sprouting in the courtyard. In fine weather, the glass roof is opened.
Here, Michelin-starred chef, Michael Kempf, presents classic dishes in combination with special spice and ingredient combinations that result in an extraordinary aroma. A successful mix of classic and innovation.
Address: Facil, Potsdamer Str. 3 - at The Mandala Hotel, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
Opened in 2005, Horváth is one of the old-timers on the Kreuzberg restaurant channel of Landwehr. Horvath is a restaurant for everyone, with good food and hospitality in the foreground. The rustic interior has an almost old-fashioned feel, with heavy wood and red walls, wicker chairs in the small courtyard, and a view of the Paul-Lincke-Ufer promenade.
Chef Sebastian Frank, who was named European Chef of the Year in Madrid in 2018, presents modern Austrian cuisine. By treating vegetables, meat, and fish as equal players, he breaks down traditional kitchen rules and inspires with unconventional ideas. The result is a unique combination of contrasts and flavors. Many of his dishes are vegetarian, and you will look in vain for a Wiener schnitzel here.
Address: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
- Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
The lavish interior of Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer at the Kempinski in Berlin provides the perfect backdrop for creative top cuisine. The Berlin Room overlooks the magnificent Unter den Linden boulevard, in the Library guests dine between bookshelves, and the Federal Room captivates with its view of the Brandenburg Gate.
Chef Hendrik Otto presents traditional cuisine paired with innovative ideas and the menu changes monthly. The sommelier will pair each of your courses with the perfect wine.
Address: Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
- Restaurant Tim Raue
His logo is the hummingbird, which symbolizes creativity, uniqueness, and freedom. This is exactly what Chef Tim Raue combines in his creations inspired by Japan, Thailand, and China.
In the purist restaurant located directly at Checkpoint Charlie, near the working-class neighborhood where he grew up, Tim Raue serves his refined and easily digestible dishes that contain no bread, pasta, rice, white sugar, dairy products, or gluten. Tim Raue received the highest rating of 19.5 points in Gault Milllau and is one of Germany's top chefs. He has also made a name for himself internationally.
A special place in the restaurant is the Krug table. It’s placed directly next to the glass kitchen and Raue serves this table himself...
The house wine list consists of 1200 selections and is served by sommelier André Macionga.
Address: Rudi-Dutschke-Str. 26, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
A cuisine full of finesse....
The restaurants worth a stop.....
In March 2020, this oriental restaurant received its first Michelin star. The ambience is minimalist chic and the atmosphere is relaxing.
Chef Gal Ben Moshe combines the dishes of his native Israel with modern European style and Levantine cuisine. Interesting, contrasting, and varied flavors can be found here. Sommelière Jacqueline Lorenz's wine recommendations are excellent.
Address: Prism, Fritschestraße 48, 10627 Berlin - Charlottenburg
CORDO also received its first Michelin star in March 2020. Here, you will find Hamburg cuisine in Berlin at the highest level. The ambience is comfortably trendy with bare natural wood tables and decorative wine racks.
At CORDO, guests can choose between three, five, or eight courses. Chef Yannic Stockhausen, himself a native of Hamburg, creates the dishes and comes to the table himself to explain his dishes. The wine selection is as varied as it is interesting.
Address: CORDO, Große Hamburger Str. 32, Berlin – Mitte
- Cookies Cream
This used to be the cinema of the French Cultural Center and the entrance is not easy to find, as it leads through a back door. All the more surprising is the chic loft character inside. The exuberant atmosphere is underlined by the casual ambience in demolition chic.
Chef Stephan Hentschel presents exclusively upscale vegetarian dishes with preferably regional ingredients in this alternative eatery. Guests can put together their own three-course menu.
Address: Cookies Cream, Behrenstr. 55, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
The restaurant owes its name to the sculptor and stucco master Richard Bieber. The restaurant is part of his former studio, built in 1894, which was almost completely destroyed on the outside during the war, but whose interiors remained intact. The stucco decoration alone is worth seeing.
Creative dishes of upscale German cuisine are presented here by chef Stefan Garkisch. Herbs and spices are grown in the restaurant's own herb garden.
Address: Bieberbau, Durlacher Str. 15, 10715 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Regional products that are sustainable and handmade are turned into refined dishes here.
Chef Silvio Pfeufer presents down-to-earth, high-quality, and sophisticated cuisine that reinterprets traditional dishes. Each of the six courses is accompanied by a matching drink, with or without alcohol. The ambience is simple but stylish, businesslike. and modern.
Address: Einsunternull, Hannoversche Str. 1, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
- Hugos Restaurant
The view from the 14th floor of the InterContinental in Berlin is fantastic with the Victory Column, Alexanderplatz, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church forming a fitting backdrop for upscale cuisine in top format.
Since 1999, consistently awarded a Michelin star, Chef Eberhard Lange presents German and international cuisine at an elevated level here. The exquisite tops of the wine bar complement the dishes perfectly.
Address: InterContinental, Budapester Str. 2, 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten
Located on the 12th floor of Andel's Vienna House in Berlin, SkyKitchen offers a stunning view of Berlin's rooftops. The interior is decorated in the stylish ambience of the 1960s.
Berlin-born Michelin-starred chef, Alexander Koppe, reinterprets classic Berlin cuisine with a French base, touched with Asian notes.
Matching wines are recommended by Barbara Merll.
Address: Vienna House Andel's, Landsberger Allee 106, 10369 Berlin-Lichtenberg
The chef is Finnish and the name of the restaurant means "smoking" in Finnish. The interior has a Nordic feel, and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual.
However, the cuisine is not Finnish, instead Chef Sauli Kemppainen presents creations from Scandinavian, Spanish, and Italian cuisine here. Cooking takes place behind a large glass pane.
Guests put together their own menu, with no distinction between appetizers and main courses; all dishes can be freely combined.
The in-house sommelier recommends the appropriate European wines.
Address: Savu, Kurfürstendamm 160, 10709 Berlin-Wilmersdorf