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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 - 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: 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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Good for:
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 33
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  • 45
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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
Verry Good German Food

If you want to have a table in this restaurants you would need to book it in advance! The people and the food was very nice. Very typical German food but with a very good quality and price. There are a lot of foreigners so don't be surprise when you come in, you will hear french, English, Chinese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Johann C
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  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you want to have a table in this restaurants you would need to book it in advance! The people and the food was very nice. Very typical German food but with a very good quality and price. There are a lot of foreigners so don't be surprise when you come in, you will hear french, English, Chinese, Spanish and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The pork knuckle was amazing! The atmosphere lovely and Germanic. Felt like a building from beauty and the beast. The ice cold vodka shots too...went down a treat and I usually detest vodka!

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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Little place that's packed with great food. Staff friendly, food very good including deserts. Would def go back. Reservation prob best if visiting at peak times. We didn't but still got a seat

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

During a very long day walking around Berlin we chanced across this great little pub, with the temperature outside around 2 degrees we were happy to walk into this pub. We only stayed for one beer each but the hostess brought everyone in the pub a very nice piece of apple pie each and with the very warm welcome we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

We dined tonight at the Zur Letzten Instanz on the recommendation of our Sandemans New Berlin tour guide, Franziska (see separate review of the tour) and a cross-check of it hereon TripAdvisor. Both were on the money. It is a totally quaint and non-turisty small restaurant which serves traditional food in a relazed setting. We were able to get an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This pub was recommended by several sources I had consulted on where to find a quality pub meal - pork knuckle especially - in Berlin. As this one was close to our hotel, we arrived on Saturday at about 12:30pm and were pleased to find it quite empty (it had filled up almost entirely by about 1:30pm). The staff were... More 

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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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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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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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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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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 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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