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“Good food, good service and good atmosphere..” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lochner - CLOSED

Lochner
Luetzowplatz 5, 10785 Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
+49 (0)30 23 00 52 20
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Mitte
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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“Good food, good service and good atmosphere..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed dinner at this little hidden fine dining restaurant. The food was good, well prepared and stylish presented. A good selection of interesting dishes. There is also a good selection on wines but with main focus on German wines which is an acquired taste. It had a warm and cosy atmosphere with friendly and helpful service offering good advice. Overall a really good experience..

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fremont, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Deft hand with flavors, fresh seasonal dishes, wine pairings spot on”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We headed to Lochner because it has good reviews and is a short eight minute walk on a picturesque path from the Intercontinental hotel in Berlin. The restaurant is lovely with hidden beauty like the spiral staircase, strawberry plants in glass vases on the tables and a wide and welcoming elegantly set patio area for al fresco dining.

Service was warm, impeccably timed and gracious - it set the tone for a wonderful - if tragically short evening (sadly my husband had to return to the hotel within 100 minutes for a late scheduled business meeting). With the timing difficulty was there hope for our romantic and great tasting meal? Absolutely. Chef Lochner's creations transported us for almost two hours to a place where we reveled in great food and wine, cared for by gracious hosts in a lovely setting.

In Lochner - named for its very talented Chef, there are several tasting meal offerings with optional wine pairings offered, plus a la carte dining. In other restaurants, it has been my experience that wine pairings are not always good, but Lochner's were well matched with their inventive and harmonious dishes, and wonder of wonders, from sparkling to whites and reds, all wine pairings were German. Fantastic!

Chef Lochner's team gave us the flexibility required to have a heavenly meal within what could have been a stressfully short time period. The staff took care of us in every way, their introductions to dishes or wine offerings were graciously timed and enticed us to learn more without condescending to the client or disregarding our other commitments. How novel to have three women so adept with timing and making guests feel at ease, that they were able to give us such a rich and welcoming experience and still get us to work on time. Thank you, Lochner!

The meal was amazing, one of the best we have had in Berlin - without any of the fussiness or stress so often present in other environments. The staff provided a warm and beautiful setting, paired wines with our a la carte meals so well that they perfectly complemented the dishes artfully crafted and presented by a very talented chef, and transported us with flavor. From the amuse-bouche of fresh salmon, calamari and fresh dill, to the appetizers of pork three ways and an incredibly magical veal tartare wrapped in a thin slice of deep red fresh salmon, we were entranced by the depth of flavor and impeccable balance. On every plate the vegetables are not garnish but pack an incredible depth of delicate flavor that was at once delightful and strong enough to balance the rest of the dish with precision.

In the face of the meal, there could be no more thoughts of business, just the joy that came with incredible service, perfectly paired german wines with deliciously balanced dishes and great company. The star of the evening was how much we enjoyed our time at Lochner.

Seriously, we loved this meal. Our only regret is that we could not stay for dessert. I had many great meals in Berlin this week, at Lokal, Katz-Orange and Weinbar Rutz to name just a few...but Lochner created a night that I will treasure for years to come. If you are interested - the menu changes according to the availability of elements, our entrees were cod with kohlrabi "noodles" and a dish of venison with chanterelles (and a deeply flavored jus). Wonderful! I hope to return to Berlin as the food has been incredible.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hässleholm, Skåne Län, Sweden
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A wonderful surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I had really no expectations since we were recommended this restaurant by the concierge in the neighbor Grand Hotel Espanade. We were told it should be a very good kitchen - and it was indeed!

In a warm summer evening we sat outside and the service was what you can expect in a good restaurant. Best of all was the skillful, nice and cheerful attitude from the waitress which made us really feeling welcome.

The menu was just perfectly enough to satisfy all tastes without being "too much". The possibilities to combine dishes in 3, 4 or 5-courses menu where some dishes could be either a starter or main course based on your own taste was brilliant.

The presentation was perfect and we could not demand for more when it came to the taste: Delicious! A bit waiting for the dessert was the only thing that possibly could get a remark, but then you really must be fussy for finding a complaint. The total impression was after all without doubt: Excellent.

The best experiences you often get when you don't expect much so my advice is: Go there, don't expect, and be very pleasantly surprised. I strongly recommend this place.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warwickshire, UK
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22 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Slightly disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were really excited about visiting Lochner because of all the amazing reviews. However, although the setting was quaint, we were a bit disappointed all round. Firstly, the menu was quite confusing as we weren't sure whether or not we could mix and match from different options, so we had to ask the waitress to explain it. Secondly, we were expecting the food to be out of this world, but I'm sorry to say that we found it quite average, considering the cost. It also felt a little like the waitress was trying to hard sell things at times, including dessert, which we didn't want. We also had an interesting debate about German cheese, which she said was fantastic but then couldn't name or offer us any!

Sorry - I wish we could give it a higher rating.

Visited July 2013
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Winnipeg
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great food and a bit of wine education along way!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Great service, relaxed atmosphere. Excellent food and wine. A bit pricier than we usually do for dinner, but the quality definitely warrants it. On the fixed price menu, for under 40 euro, got a three course meal, with wine pairings for each course, including dessert!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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