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Zur Letzten Instanz (seit 1621)

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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 - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened...
Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.
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  • 213
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  • 235
    Very good
  • 80
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 42
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Helpful friendly service, gluten free options and really impressive and authentic German dishes

The waiter was extremely helpful at compiling a gluten free alternative that enabled us both to enjoy the delicious grilled pork knuckle and sauerkraut....crackling to die for! Delicious beer and lovely traditional atmosphere in Berlins oldest restaurant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
hedgey77
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London
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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London
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The waiter was extremely helpful at compiling a gluten free alternative that enabled us both to enjoy the delicious grilled pork knuckle and sauerkraut....crackling to die for! Delicious beer and lovely traditional atmosphere in Berlins oldest restaurant.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It does not get any more Berlin than this place. Nice eisbein, efficient service and cold beer. What is not to like?

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Watford, England
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108 reviews 108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Another recommendation by rough guide. This is the oldest inn in berlin. Took a bit of finding but worth it. Good big portioned traditional german food.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

First of all, they did not take note of the reservation our hotel concierge had made. No big deal because there was a table avaliable. We ordered a basket of bread that never came. The food took about 50 minutes to be served and the waiter never showed up to our table. But the food was nice. Overall impression: nice... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We got lucky. No reservation. Walked in early and were able to be fed. Saw a number of walk-ins turned away. Boiled pig knuckle and german meatball. and beer. and that's not butter for the bread, it's lard. Great decor.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We booked 1 week before to avoid disappointment. We arrived early (30 mins) and received a curt reprimand from the manager. They found us a table quite quickly but we waited over 45 mins for a waitress to take our order. Everyone was very friendly and courteous but the bad organisation could not be disguised. One of us selected two... More 

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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

One ,if your going here for a meal book ahead as this place is seriously busy as it's not only a tourist hot spot but a locals favorite. Its closed Sunday but Monday to Saturday is open midday till 1 am . Jump U2 to KLOSTERSTRASSE and its on WAISENSTRASSE. We popped in for a beer and you can feel... More 

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

As a lot of reviewers have said - "MAKE A RESERVATION" to avoid disappointment Go to their website and book a date and time slot. You will get an email reply within 24 hours. If they can't fit you in they will probably offer an alternative. Or try phoning as Anja (owner) who speaks very good English. They don't offer... More 

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Surrey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You need to book in advance to get into one of Berlin's most iconic, original restaurants. It is warm, comfortable and authentic. Not pretentious. Plain wooden tables with candles and flowers. Although tasty, It is quite heavy German fare. We found the food portions so large as to be rather off putting (and we are good eaters!) so work up... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We went without reservations but it was about 1pm and we manage to share the table with 2 other travellers. There's only 1 waiter going around so the taking orders/ asking for the bill may be slower. Nevertheless, this place has the best pork knuckle in town and the ambience is great with the flowers and candles. The whole place... 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: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?