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Cafe Berlin

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German, Central European, Eclectic, International
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322 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002 (Between 3rd & 4th)
Union Station on the red line is only 3 short blocks away.
(202) 543-7656
Website
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Tasty German Food

We're big fans of German food and when we found that Cafe Berlin was within walking distance of the Folger Theater, we decided to give it a try. Since we visited in the winter, we sat inside in the cozy dining room. Overall the food was quite tasty and we really enjoyed it. We definitely plan on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
nannerp
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Alexandria, Virginia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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149 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We're big fans of German food and when we found that Cafe Berlin was within walking distance of the Folger Theater, we decided to give it a try. Since we visited in the winter, we sat inside in the cozy dining room. Overall the food was quite tasty and we really enjoyed it. We definitely plan on being back, especially... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
351 reviews 351 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The food and the beer are both German and very good. Cafe Berlin has a bit of a strange entrance (fooled us twice), but it's worth finding your way in. The first time we dined here, we were seated outside and it was quite nice. As the weather turned cold, we returned and ate inside. We were seated next to... More 

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We had a lovely evening with good friends here. On the positive side, the beer & desserts were both excellent. I just wish I could say the same for the food in between. The jäger schnitzel was the definition of mediocre, & the Wiener schnitzel was dry & bland. The one bright spot among the entrees was the pork medallions.

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Tacoma, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A long standing restaurant hidden under a stairway on Massachusetts Ave on Capitol Hill. A restaurant with white table cloth and napkins, excellent German food, Great Beers and a cozy atmosphere. This restaurant has been a secret place for those who love German food, but don't tell everyone. It is small, intimate, and excellent. I had Bratwurst on Pretzel bun,... More 

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Colchester, Vermont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I am not a big German food fan, but I loved the spinach salad and the goulash. My three friends had a variety from the menu and all loved their selections. This is a nice area of DC and the restaurant next door is another fave of mine. Pretty likely I'll be back on the area!

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Buford, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We took a cab from the Air and Space Museum to Cafe Berlin (near Union Station, but the walk from the Mall we thought would be a bit long). I made a reservation on the way. When the cab dropped us off, we thought we were in the wrong place - the restaurant looks like someone's townhouse, but there were... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Having lived in Germany for a few years I appreciate being able to get an authentic German meal on occasion. Cafe Berlin gives me my fix when in the DC area. The owner and servers are German, the have seasonal menus similar to what you would find in many German restaurants. They have an array of German beers and wine.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The food was amazing, just like the first time. Both times noticed that if you're not dress up, they are not as welcoming. Still worth the visit.

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harrisonburg, va
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Be prepared if you dine with a full house in the dining room as the noise is unbelievably loud and you will find yourself speaking to your table guests almost at a yell! While our Christmas Eve dinner was excellent, the noise detracted from dining in an environment fitting an upscale establishment and a special occasion for a Christmas Eve... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Headed here with our teenagers after day at the Natl Mall-walked on a brisk night. The outing was a throwback to trips we've taken to Switzerland including this delicious food! Quaint cozy elegant and casual enough for all occasions. We are no strangers to German food or Good food- this hit both spots. The salads were fresh and entrees a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 322 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
    (Between 3rd & 4th)
  • Public Transportation: Union Station on the red line is only 3 short blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: (202) 543-7656

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: German, Central European, Eclectic, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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