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Refugium

5 Am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
030 229 1661
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Ranked #620 of 5,730 restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: German
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Mitte
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Mitte
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Went there for a last treat in the city and totally regretted it! It took the waiters forever to do the slightest and easiest tasks and got very snappish on top. Food is totally overpriced and didn't impress me. Very arrogant, inflexible and rude! No. No thanks. Never again. Berlin is better than that!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The atmosphere and the historical building truly adds to the dining experience. We started off with drinks outside on the pleasant square and then went inside for a delicious and beautifully presented three course meal, to which the chef added a delectable (complimentary!) amuse bouche. Service was not very fast and the dishes took their time to get to us,... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We sat outside to have lunch as it was a nice day. Good service and comfortable seats. I had the broccoli soup which was lovely, followed by the meat balls which were ok, but I think I would have chosen another dish again. The rose wine was good at 28E. We finished with coffee which was excelletn

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We collapsed onto our seats here (we were in Berlin in the middle of a heat wave) expecting to be surrounded by tourists and given a menu of over-priced generic food (due to the tourist-central location of the restaurant). Actually, the menu was small but the most authentically German and sophisticated I saw in Berlin (I had meatballs with a... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The setting was pleasant at Gendamermarkt square, with nice view, etc., but our dinner experience became a two hour ordeal waiting for our food. To cap the restaurant incompetence, our main dish order came wrong. We gave up on dessert, afraid of might happen next. The restaurant was unrepentant and served a hefty bill. To be avoided.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The building is very interesting and it works well as a restaurant. It is in the basement of a historical church and makes a very interesting domed ceiling restaurant. I had high hopes. Whilst we did not have a bad night has the atmosphere is very good this service is very slow and I can only describe the choice of... More

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Lagos, Nigeria
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

a very unique and exclusive place with an amazing food. but....very expensive!!! too much!!! the service was perfect. the wine was good!!! the food was amazing. no music!!! very bad!!!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We had two dinners at Refufium, both as good as it could be. It was warm evenings and we sat outside at Gendarmenmarkt. The food was perfect and a lot to chose between. We also had accompany with a handicaped man in a rollingchair and it was no problem, nearly more service because of that. Visit that restaurant and you... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We happened upon this restaurant a Sunday afternoon, looking for a late lunch. Really, you'd be hard put at finding a better located outdoors restaurant in Berlin: Gendarmenmarkt is as picturesque as it gets and the weather was wonderful. Perhaps we were a bit late for lunch (2:30), but a lot of dishes, including the today's specials, were sold out.... More

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We ate outside which was fine if a little chilly. Felt that we were encouraged to sit outside to encourage passing diners of which there were none. However the food was fantastic so no complaints. I had crème brulee of German asparagus and mousse of goats cream cheese and wild garlic with sauté langustines. Followed by red fish fillet poached... More

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