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Cafe Berlin

4.7
1991 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 & 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
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 1991 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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AshA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, staff attentive as always. Loved the venison!

MZ
MeganZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a cute and quaint date spot. The food and drinks were just what we were looking for! The servers / managers were friendly and attentive. We will be back!

MY
MaryY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service! Wiener Schnitzel and beer were very good.

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MarissaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

beautiful, charming, quality food. Warm seating outside

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vipDrTed
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Maybe it was just an off day. But our waiter was fairly nonexistent. I had to ask another waiter for bread. when it came there was no butter. She said she would be right back with it but she never came back. The person delivering drinks eventually brought butter by this time our Entrées had come.The food was mediocre at best. Then when we finished our main course we order dessert which took about 20 minutes to come. We usually have outstanding service and food from Café Berlin. I’m not sure what happened. Maybe short staffed because of COVID. I give them a pass this time and hope the experience is worth the money next time. Said

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RayC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Berlin is an incredible experience because of the staff, the food, the ambience and the outstanding caring and compassion by the owners. You are not customers to them, but family. They want you to have a fun filled and relaxing time there with your guests. I am so grateful to be able to have this wonderful experience time and time again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service and food were very good and the Apple Strudel was excellent. I recommend it.

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vipNkss
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had forgotten how good this place is! My only suggestion for outdoor dining (especially as it starts getting dark quite early) is that it is very dimly lit and can be difficult to see your food. Even some pixie lights would help.

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vipTiffani
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

We made reservations for anniversary, but were very disappointed. Pre- and during Covid, we came for this special occasion, were seated at an intimate window, were given a little treat to honor our anniversary. This year, 2021, everything has changed. We were put a table surround by lots of people, the wait staff barely had time to take our order, and finally no acknowledgement of our special occasion.

This place may be good for a bite when you want your basic German fair, but it isn't definitely worth reserving for any occasion. Just eat and leave. Very sad.

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AntonioFerrari
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite spots in D.C. Strongly recommend!

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WestK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lots of mushroom gravy on the jaeger schnitzel - delicious!

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vipKaloraman
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was delicious, inexpensive, and a large enough quantity for a second meal at home. We had sauerbraten and goulash. The service was adequate, but barely. Server disappeared for long periods. The indoor English basement area where we sat is very spartan and not welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always. Authentic German cuisine. Disappointed that they were out of Kartoffelknödeln but still... amazing.

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marcoa
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Seated indoor on time. Room decor bland and unimpressive. No bread offered (Differently from any restaurant in Germany). Table left barren (i.e. no napkins or silverware) until food delivered, while we already had drinks (beers). Rapid ordering, no explanation or recommendation on menu items ot daily specials. Relatively extensive menu. Suggested to pre-order Strudel dessert due to preparation time. Out of pork schnitzel so I had to get classic veal one. Rather greasy but not bad. Wait that felt too long, considering that we did not have appetizers.
I recommend it only for who is on a major crave for German food. Not much else to commend the venue

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PeterB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful beer garden and delicious contemporary German cuisine.

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vipBigDaddy
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for the German Sunday Brunch and Oktoberfest band (The Lost Lederhosen) all were great. Food is as good as it gets without flying to Germany. Music was fun and entertaining and the staff were great. Beautiful setting in a lovely fall Sunday in Capital Hill. Charming little piece of Germany right in DC

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HelenB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cafe Berlin is charming and friendly. First time to the Octoberfest Brunch. Only reason I didn't give it a full 5 across the board is because of the table by the bathrooms and the order of sauerkraut balls was chincy. 3 balls for $8? Had I known you only got 3 of them, I would not have ordered. $2.66 per little sauerkraut ball is silly. Also, amount of sauerkraut on the breakfast platter was also on the skimpy side. Beer was great Music was great. Service was friendly.

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AliciaD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Make a reservation! Worth planning ahead as their menu is from scratch and seasonal.

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vipRaider
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service with a superb German band performing for Octoberfest

MB
vipMissBiscuit
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love cafe berlin! Such great food and a lovely outdoor dining experience.

CG
vipClydesGTN112521
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, great suggestions and service from Tim.

The Paulaner Octoberfest Tim suggested was delicious, and paired well with the green salad, figs and strong white cheese.

The veal with sauerkraut and cream sauce was absolutely delicious, another great suggestion from Tim.

Great suggestions from Tim, great advice, great service.

I'll be back soon.

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AshA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and great service! The staff are so friendly and very attentive. The food was spectacular. We had the seasonal salad and the wurstfeast, and we left very satisfied.

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MWDC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal with extended family on the patio, thanks to our patient server for answering tricky GF questions. Potato pancakes , stuffed veal and trout were excellent. Make the effort to order ahead on the apple strudel and you won’t be disappointed.

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adeturk
Tampa
57 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get there early for the sauerbraten. We had a late resevation and they were out. I had a backup plan of the wurst fest - 5 different sausages. I was gonna order the 1/2 portion but the waiter talked me into the whole. I had enough leftovers to make 2 sandwiches the next day. The kraut and red cabbage were excellent. We also had liter steins which is a must for any german restaurant. Felt like I was at an authentic german restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic German and the strudel was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places on Capitol Hill Great staff, excellent food, fabulous outside terrace and fun bar Laid back and worth it.

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vipsparlkeplenty
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Cafe Berlin, the beers are always delicious as is the food. This visit we were able to get a dish from the Oktoberfest, it was perfect! We are from out of town but whenever we visit DC we make a point of stopping in.

DC
vipDCFoodLoverCapitolHill
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the amazing beers to the delicious dishes, Cafe Berlin continues to be a Capitol Hill neighborhood gem!

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ArlingtonVAresident
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, attentive but not rushed service. Recommendation from waiter of freshly baked Apple strudel well worth the wait!

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TomM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Oktoberfest sausage plate! The half-portion size is enough by itself to fill you up.

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

If you are looking for awesome German food in DC, this is the place!

MM
MonaMona
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Pretzels are ok, rest of the food is not authentic at all. The potato pancakes were barely edible. After living in Germany for years I so much wanted to love this place but it was very disappointing.

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bobdindc
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, the food at Cafe Berlin was terrific and the service was excellent. The waiter was very attentive but not overly so.

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WilliamF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic Cafe Berlin October fest dinner!

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AliciaD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb seasonal German food as well as the classics. The portions are generous and the ingredients fresh. Appreciate the menu indicates if it is a dish taking extra prep. Friendly waitstaff and owners usually on-site.

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AK22
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food were wonderful. Authentic German food and beer. Highly recommend! We will definitely be back.

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HeidiD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to soak up some German gemutlichkeit. The staff are lovely and were very patient and kind with our very elderly guest. We loved the music, food and beer and will be back!!

DB
DanielB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Best place in DC for authentic German dining experience

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vipkarld
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

I understand that prices have to go up sometimes. But not sure it's a good idea to increase the price of the Wiener Schnitzel by $5 and make it smaller at the same time. Also unfortunately the breading was burned. I'm disappointed since I love Cafe Berlin.

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LeslieH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner and beer options are really good - difficult to choose! Everything was delicious; service excellent; we went early and sat outdoors-the perfect dining experience. Highly recommended!

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 1991 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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