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Refugium

5 Am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
030 229 1661
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Ranked #574 of 5,813 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: German
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Mitte
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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
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English first
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Really lovely setting etc but food really doesn't live up to quality of the setting or price charged. Food very mediocre on our visit, really quite bland but certainly not cheap. "Emperors new clothes" kind of place... Just not worth it!

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Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Refugium is under the French dome at Gendarmenmarkt, with a modern interior design in a baroque setting serving modern German cuisine, focusing on seasonal, high quality ingredients.

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Bitburg, Germany
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Located next to the French Dom, this cozy restaurant has a tantalizing menu. This May, I had Spargel soup, but at other times, there are different seasonal specialties. There is outside dining with a pleasant view of the Gendarmnmarkt, and heaters and blankets are available when the weather is chilly. The tables are arranged in tiers, so it never seems... More

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Rome
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I stayed in Berlin for 3 days in August and this is definitely the best restaurant I dined. Beautiful location on the most beautiful square in Berlin, in my opinion. Very nice the interior of the restaurant. Imaginative and sophisticated menu, with special combinations of flavors, but always very delicate. Great shrimp and asparagus risotto. Availability of gluten-free dishes. Excellent... More

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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
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145 reviews 145 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
62 reviews 62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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