Always wanted to know where the best chefs in Berlin like to eat and drink while not at their own joints? Well, lucky you -- we've captured exclusive interviews with some of the biggest players in the game so you, too, can feel like you're deep in the Gastro-Szene. Impress your dinner date with these high-quality recommendations, directly from the chefs and owners themselves.
"BFS, Eat Like a Chef", is our interview series with Berlin’s hospitality scene that guides you to their secret spots in the city. These really are the best places to eat and drink in Berlin, told to you by those who would know - Chefs, Cooks, Sommeliers, and Servers. Truly the finest people in Berlin sharing their finest tips. If you follow their lead, you're sure to have a great experience yourself.
“ We don't eat Schnitzel in Berlin. - Willi Schlögl
Below are Willi Schlögl & Johannes ”Schelli” Schellhorn's (from Bar Freundschaft) top recommendations for their favorite Schnitzel, Döner (inside a REWE?!), and and more in Berlin.
Discover the essence of exceptional wine and warm camaraderie at Freundschaft, a true gem nestled in the heart of Berlin. This wine bar, masterminded by renowned, Austrian wine connoisseurs Willi Schlögl and Johannes Schellhorn, captivates visitors with its relaxed ambiance and unparalleled selection. Unfolding before you is a 500-position menu, lovingly presented within the pages of a captivating dark green tome, beckoning you to embark on an unforgettable vinous journey. Freundschaft provides a haven for oenophiles seeking pure, unadulterated flavors. To make sure you don't leave hungry, they offer a rotating selection of simple yet very tasty small dishes. Whether you arrive for a celebration or an impromptu after-work indulgence, Freundschaft is where friendships flourish and wine takes center stage.
Make sure to eat the legendary Semmelknödel
LIU Chengdu Weidao is a restaurant located in the heart of Mitte, offering authentic Sichuan cuisine. With a menu full of flavorful dishes ranging from spicy hot pot to classic noodle dishes, LIU Chengdu Weidao is a go-to spot for lovers of Chinese food. The cozy and inviting atmosphere, along with the friendly staff, make for a wonderful dining experience. Whether you're in the mood for something spicy or something more mild, LIU has something for everyone. Be sure to try their famous dan dan noodles, a Sichuan specialty that's sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Get your noodles and dumplings to go for the ultimate spicy-saucy-numbing experience - smash them on the steps of one of the grand buildings on Gendermenmarkt and whisper "...so Ber-lan" to yourself, quietly.
Standard Serious Pizza
If you're craving authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Standard Serious Pizza. As the pioneer of the Neapolitan pizza craze in Berlin, Standard did for many years set the bar for quality pizza in Berlin. With several locations throughout Berlin, this pizza joint offers Neapolitan style pies made with high-quality ingredients and baked in a gas-fired oven. The dough is cold-fermented, giving it a light and airy texture, while the toppings range from classic margherita to more creative options like truffle and mortadella. Pair your pizza with a craft beer or natural wine, and you've got yourself a meal that's hard to beat.
Check out the extensive (natural) wine list and make sure to get at least one pizza from the daily specials
Experience the soulful flavors of Austria at Jolesch, a culinary gem nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Kreuzberg, Berlin. Step into a warm and inviting ambiance where traditional Austrian hospitality awaits. Indulge in a delightful array of hearty and comforting dishes, from tender schnitzels and flavorful goulash to irresistible dumplings and decadent strudels, meticulously prepared with authentic recipes and the finest ingredients. With its cozy atmosphere, attentive service, and a menu that captures the essence of Austrian cuisine, Jolesch offers a memorable dining experience that will transport you to the charming taverns of Vienna and Salzburg, right in the heart of Kreuzberg.
Leftover Schnitzel can always become a cold Schnitzel sandwich the next day. Just sayin'.
Feines aus Österreich
Discover the culinary paradise of "Feines aus Österreich," a charming Austrian deli tucked away in Charlottenburg, Berlin. Run by two delightful ladies, this tiny deli offers an exquisite selection of Austrian delights, including heavenly sandwiches on Semmeln "Brötchen". The Bergkäse, Austrian veal fleischwurst, pickles, and horseradish, along with their cured meats are all outstanding. Don't miss their sweeter but sitll delectable baked goods, especially the poppy seed cake. With top-notch ingredients and a sprinkle of love in every bite, Feines aus Österreich is a must-visit spot for a quick meal and an opportunity to take home some goodies (don't leave without Wurstsalat) Don't forget to swing by when you're in the area—it's a food lover's paradise.
They will make you a custom-made sandwich upon request.
Nobelhart & Schmutzig
Nobelhart und Schmutzig is a Berlin restaurant that has been praised for its focus on locally sourced ingredients and minimalist cuisine. Helmed by chef Micha Schäfer, the restaurant's menu features dishes that showcase the best of German produce, often paired with lesser-known herbs and spices. The industrial-chic space is also home to an extensive wine list featuring natural and biodynamic wines. If you're looking for a dining experience that's both unique and sustainable, Nobelhart und Schmutzig is a must-visit. Be sure to book well in advance, as this popular restaurant tends to fill up quickly.
If you're on the fence about jumping into the fine dining experience, watch for the Wednesday night Schnitzelfest...
Zur letzten Instanz
Zur Letzten Instanz is one of Berlin's oldest and most iconic restaurants, dating back to 1621. The menu features authentic German cuisine, including their famous pork knuckle and hearty stews. The cozy atmosphere and historic decor add to the charm of this legendary restaurant. This traditional eatery offers a dining experience that will transport you back in time and allow you to indulge in the city's rich culinary heritage.
Chat up the bartender to see if they've tried the specials yet and get their take on what's going on in the kitchen.
Discover the exquisite dining experience offered at Trio, one of Berlin's highly acclaimed new restaurants. With meticulous attention to detail, Trio presents a refined ambiance where patrons can indulge in a diverse range of expertly crafted dishes. From inventive interpretations of classics to impeccably presented desserts, Trio stands out as a remarkable destination for those seeking a sophisticated and memorable dining experience in the heart of the city.
If you weren't able to reserve a seat, just swing by and queue for one of the seats in the bar
Tim Raue's eponymous restaurant is a culinary destination located in the heart of Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood. Chef Tim Raue's innovative and eclectic dishes are influenced by his travels and experience in Asian cuisine. The tasting menu features unique and flavorful dishes, such as the crispy-skinned duck with hoisin sauce, as well as a vegetarian option. The wine list is extensive, with carefully curated selections to complement the bold flavors of the dishes. The restaurant's sleek and modern interior, combined with impeccable service, creates an unforgettable dining experience. Tim Raue is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to indulge in exceptional cuisine in Berlin.
If you can't find a table for a dinner reservation, don't forget about their lunch offering!
If you're craving a burger, look no further, Burgermeister is probably the most famous burger chain in the city and they have earned their crown. It all started in a toilet turned burger shop under a bridge and even then it drew the crowds. Even after franchising they have remained commited to quality and consistency. Clearly they all are about the meat, juicy patties and all but don't dismiss the veggie burger before trying it. It is top tier. We at BFS have fought for the Fleischermeister to stay so you better try that too! Loaded fries, optional.
LONG LIVE THE FLEISCHERMEISTER!!!
Goldie's Burger is an exceptional establishment, founded by two Michelin star chefs, and the newer sister restaurant to the OG Goldies fry and chicken shop on Oranienstrasse. Located at the head of Gräfestrasse right off Kottbusserdamm a.k.a. one of the most humming corners of KreuzKölln, you can treat yourself to one of the finest (if not THE finest) smashburgers in the city while taking in the scene. Each burger is meticulously hand crafted with premium ingredients that ensure an explosion of flavors with every mouthful. The Goldies burgers are no-fuss minimalistic creations and essentially higher quality versions of the McDonald's burgers, which means you won't find any exotic ingredients on this menu (we're talking mainly classic cheeseburgers here). From timeless favorites to the inventive throwbacks, Goldies Smashburger presents a diverse menu that caters to all levels of hunger, from a drive-by snack to four hungry bellies creaking on the Fest benches on the sidewalk.
The classic double cheeseburger is the pro move and be ready to wait for up to 45 mins in line. (unless you get there early!)
If you're looking to be seen, or go see those who want to be seen, or simply want to splash your cash around on a Tuesday night, Grill Royal is the right spot for you. From the moment you slide into the sultry banquette, you'll forget that your suit is a bit uncomfortable or your strappy shoes are cutting into your feet - you're here for one thing; to be spoiled rotten. Steak, seafood, and fancy bottles are the name of the game at Grill Royal, and they're not making any excuses about it - Make sure you come ready to enjoy yourself.
There's no halfway here - prepare yourself... and your wallet.