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Zur Letzten Instanz

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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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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in...
Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.
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  • 286
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  • 315
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  • 117
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  • 50
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  • 57
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner last Friday

Having a visitor from South Africa that wanted to taste real German food made us decide to take him Zur Letzten Instance. We had grill haze, the Berlin liver dish twice and the Kohlrolade with black beer. What an enjoyment with all dishes. We really had a great evening and can only recommend this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Wolfgang M
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Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having a visitor from South Africa that wanted to taste real German food made us decide to take him Zur Letzten Instance. We had grill haze, the Berlin liver dish twice and the Kohlrolade with black beer. What an enjoyment with all dishes. We really had a great evening and can only recommend this place for real good traditional food,... More 

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Thank Wolfgang M
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great traditional Berlin/Brandenburg region restaurant. Currently the oldest in the city, can be somewhat difficult to find. Resides next to the only surviving portion of the cities original defensive medieval wall. They have great regional specialties, including the "Eisbein", literally 'ice leg'; it's a misnomer and a delightful portion of pork knuckle, with sauerkraut and dumplings. Service was outstanding and... More 

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Thank Ryan F
Turin
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very typical German food, oldes restaurant in town. Albeit a bit touristic, it conserves a charme which does not make you feel in a fake place at all. Some dishes are simply delicious and the service is German: quick, efficient, a bit aseptic.

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Thank Silow
Berlin, Germany
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238 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Typical Berlin fare, served in an old building. I was told that it is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Berlin, but I can't verify that claim. Most of my colleagues thought the cooking was reasonably good, though my rumpsteak was a bit overcooked and tough. Service wasn't particularly bad, but the waiter could have been a bit more respectful... More 

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Thank John R
Boston, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is housed in a neat old building on a cobblestone street. We made reservations which worked out nicely.The atmosphere is cozy with dark wood panels and candles. I recommend the Horseradish Soup if it is on the menu. Our waitress was not at all friendly (hence, the lower rating). If you get a friendly waiter or waitress you... More 

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Thank Nora B
Turin, Italy
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Me and my friends tried to eat something in this restaurant few days ago. We entered and we asked for a table. The restaurant was fully booked. We asked to book for the next day but they said that was always full. So we asked for another place to eat and they said: out there are many restaurants! We asked... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I visited Zur Letzen Instanz for lunch and we had a lovely time: the restaurant in itself is very characteristic and the food amazing! My partner ate the veil liver which he stated to be "the best he had ever had" and I picked the meatball dish, which was very nice as well. Two small suggestions: staff... More 

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Thank kika332
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Although all the guides include this restarant, and some foreign leaders have eaten here, we did not enjoyed our dinner, as it was not better foodwise or more colourful than any district tavern serving german food. I ordered beef liver which was mooshy. We were disappointed We will not try this restaurant again

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Thank DimitrisKouts
Lugano
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Local typical restaurants very nice on the atmosphere. Staff is gentle but seems they really need to run, so in the end service was really fast and poor, so the nice atmosphere dissolved pretty fast. I cannot say food was not good but it was really nothing special to me. Because also the price was not cheap, I would not... More 

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Thank janLu80
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The staff is very rude - except a young guy. We don't know German, so we needed help to understand the menu as they didn't have an English one. Our waiter got angry when we asked different dishes and wanted him to describe the food. One of us ordered a glass of bier but the same waiter brought it in... More 

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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, Families with children

Description

Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mitte

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Mitte
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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