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Zur Letzten Instanz

German, Bar, Grill
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Waisenstr. 14-16, Berlin, Germany
+49 30 242 55 28
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which...

Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.

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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Cosy place oozing with history

This is the oldest bar in Berlin, found down a quiet street, it was hard to spit on a dark, foggy October night. We were given a table after a short wait (we hadn't reserved and it was very busy). After a short delay we were given a menu in english and our food arrived very quickly after... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
North Lincolnshire
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Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a very unique place to Berlin. A historical building and cozy environment reminiscent of middle age decor. The food here was *amazing* German themed dishes: perfectly cooked meat stuffed cabbage roll, excellent pig's knuckle with the best cracklings I have had in a long time, pickled herring and chicken salad stuffed eggs on brioche for appetizers, etc. All... More 

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Rome, Italy
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd dropped by on the off-chance and, no, there were no free tables so I immediately asked if I could book for the next day. The third time I was asked if the booking was for two (no, just me) I did have doubts, but stupidly persisted as within walking distance from my hotel. The next day I turned up... More 

Thank ulysse_10
North Lincolnshire
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the oldest bar in Berlin, found down a quiet street, it was hard to spit on a dark, foggy October night. We were given a table after a short wait (we hadn't reserved and it was very busy). After a short delay we were given a menu in english and our food arrived very quickly after ordering. I... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there to end our week in Berlin and thought this would be a nice finale. Unfortunately that didn't happen. We reserved a table for 18.00 and got there prompt. We were told to wait rather rudely then just pointed to a table in a corner. We waited around 10-15 minutes to be asked about drinks then waited another... More 

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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This is most probably the oldest restaurant in Berlin (established in 1621). They have managed to maintain the old atmosphere. When we opened the door to the restaurant we though that this would be a good place to bring our Finnish friends when they visit Berlin. After eating here we came to a different conclusion. We were very happy with... More 

Thank Janne A
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Tried to eat here twice and never succeeded. The first time we were told rather rudely that the kitchen is closed at 2.30 in the afternoon so we tried again somewhat earlier and after 10 minutes were seated at a table clearly reserved for 4 people so we ordered a couple of beers and the menu. However

Thank wildrover1953
London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is one of the very few buildings in central Berlin to survive the war time bombing so offers a rare insight into old Berlin. We arrived early so had a drink in the nice open air seating area and then went into our table. The staff speak good English and were professional. The inside is best described as rustic... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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81 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Nice old house. Very popular place, need to book in advance. However we got a bartable without booking, very lucky though cause a lot of people came after us wanting a table. Food taste good, but service not very enthusiastic about serving us. Worth a visit but would not come back. I think it would be best for a group... More 

Thank Camilla H
Kathu, South Africa
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

To think! Dining in a restaurant established in 1621! Sitting in the same chair Napoleon used to favor! The atmosphere oozed history. The food was well prepared and the helpings scrumptious. We had eisbein and meatballs. Almost too much to finish. And then there was the Berliner beer and off course, the schnapps. A real feel good experience. Tip: Book... More 

Thank Ewert B
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A nice atmospheric bar. I can imagine this would be a great winter pub. Good pub fair, nice beer but as others have mentioned you need to be patient for the food. That said when it came it was cooked well and tasted good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Waisenstr. 14-16, Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Mitte
  • Neighborhood: Mitte
  • Phone Number: +49 30 242 55 28

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: German, Bar, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine


Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.

Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Staying in Mitte

Neighborhood Profile
The center of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island. The central location makes this one of the city's most expensive places to live. It is here the oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence of some significant transformations, as well. The gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighborhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.
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