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Max Stark

#44 of 1,763 Restaurants in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
Altstadt-Nord
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Unter Kahlenhausen 47, 50668 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 (0) 0221 / 200 56 33.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Authentic rustic Cologne food and beer

Small traditional restaurant with a modern touch. Very good local rustic food like "Himmel un Ääd mit Flönz" and Sauerbraten with horse meat. With Päffgen Kölsch they serve one of the best beers in Cologne. Really authentic with only few tourists, despite being in walking distance to the main... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
hurzlipurzli
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Cologne, Germany
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Cologne, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Small traditional restaurant with a modern touch. Very good local rustic food like "Himmel un Ääd mit Flönz" and Sauerbraten with horse meat. With Päffgen Kölsch they serve one of the best beers in Cologne. Really authentic with only few tourists, despite being in walking distance to the main station. It gets a bit loud when crowded, but it feels... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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94 reviews 94 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you are looking for standard German fare, head to the touristy Altstadt. Go ahead. Leave this place for me. A warning, it is not large so you should either make a reservation or go a bit early. I have been here a couple for business trips but now that we live here, I wanted my wife to try this.... More 

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lancashire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Visited on Saturday evening. Very busy. Could only buy a beer, no soft drinks so we had to leave. Rude staff! A smile wouldn't hurt!

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Tarporley, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We went on the basis of other reviews and weren't disappointed! I always like to research places away from the tourist crowds - often you only have to go a relatively short distance to find the right place. It was noisy and crowded when we arrived, but we found a couple of seats on a long, shared table and settled... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We had the schnitzel. Very tough and thick. Not sure it was veal. When I asked waitress if she could tell me the specials in English, she said no. Virtually no one else in the place.

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Mississauga, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Local eatery with extensive, excellent menu. Fresh, tasty green salads; traditional himmel und aad (blood sausage on mashed potatoes with apples and fried onions) and jagerschnitzel (pork schnitzel with mushroom gravy and frites were delicious (very large portions). Fun watching the serving of Kolsch beer - small narrow glasses are used because it doesn't stay fresh long once poured -... More 

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burton on trent
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

hi spent a sunday evening in october in max stark where we were lucky to get a table straight away at 8pm as after that there seemed to be always someone waiting at the bar for someone to leave,when i say we got a table we had to share it with an american couple who had already eaten but this... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

I was looking for a nice and typical place in Cologne to eat well and drink the famous kölsch beer; after looking in Tripadvisor I ended up at Max Stark and I wasn't dissapointed! The place was indeed crowded on a wednesday night, mainly by locals who were enjoying their kölsch beers with a large choice of local dishes. The... More 

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Pequannock, New Jersey
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136 reviews 136 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Had a really nice pork dinner with fries & a few beers. Small place but waiter was great, gave me an English menu & kept the Kolsch coming!!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great food. Disappointed that they took advantage of myself and my family because in America we tip servers above the total bill. This is good to do in Germany but not expected. We gave a little bit extra but one of the max stark employees stopped us at the door and told us to give him more money for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Unter Kahlenhausen 47, 50668 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Cologne>  > Altstadt-Nord
  • Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
  • Phone Number: +49 (0) 0221 / 200 56 33.

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: German

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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