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#40 of 6,768 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Prenzlauer Berg
Ukrainian, European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
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Knaackstr. 22-24, 10405 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 4413399
9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A co worker suggested this restaurant specifically for brunch so we went without a reservation but the waiter still managed to fit my friends and I in! Super sweet staff and amazing food! Highly recommend

Thank Rocky T
Milan, Italy
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

I truly appreciated the experience. Good food (i supposed to find a bit more "Russian" foot print in it, actually), lovely rooms which let me feel back in the past. A bit busy, for brunches, i guess and i'll be more detailed once i'll tried the moments with less people. At the end, a nice and mainly recommended experience. I'll... More 

Thank GoloPaolo
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

Amazing restaurant; food is great, ambience is great, service is great, area is cool. We went for dinner but brunch looks amazing - would definitely return!

Thank travler019
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

I was worried about being inundated with a lot of wurst and sauerkraut in Berlin but I was absolutely wrong! After reading some Yelp reviews on dining around the Prenzlaurberg area, my friend and I decided to try this Russian-Jewish establishment. Mind-blowingly delicious. First of all, the entire place looks like the coziest Grandma's living room. There was a jazz... More 

Thank Shubha M
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this place one Monday evening and we're pleasantly surprised! It was very busy and a piano player was in the corner, giving the place a great night atmosphere! Although the cuisine was not one we would usually choose, the food was great! I would recommend the sharing platter to start and the beef stroganoff as a main!... More 

Thank Lauren H
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

We dined at Pasternak on the recommendation of a friend. It was a bit out of the way from our hotel, but well worth the ride. An intimate, lovely restaurant in a semi -residential area, with wonderful food and a very quiet and warm atmosphere. Excellent entrees, typical German fare, and really good strudel. Would highly recommend.

Thank Louise C
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

We came to this place first by mistake thinking that it is the Gagarin restaurant we were looking for. Few of us went in to get a table or see if they have space just to be showed out by a waiter shooooing us out like dogs with his hand. Couldn't believe how rude and unprofessional it was. When one... More 

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Green Bay, WI
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351 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

It was October 28 and so, a little chilly, but we decided to sit outside, since there were heat lamps and blankets. It worked out well. We were warm and the staff couldn't have been more accomodating. Everyone was freindly and helpful at explaining the menu. This is a Russian Restaurant and we had a alot of questions. Ordered some... More 

Thank TennisgalGreenBay_WI
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant with my business partner as per trip advisors recommendation. Arrived couple of minutes after 4pm and wanted to choose the lunch menu. The waiter was continiously speaking to us in german altought we told him, that we speak only english. He only switched to english,when he told us that the menu is not available anymore... More 

Thank zizi z
Belfast, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We visited Cafe Pasternak and were impressed. The restaurant is like a step back in time and the menu is very Eastern European. We had the breakfast for two see picture and enjoyed it hugely. Friendly Russian staff very enjoyable would recommend.

Thank Chris_doyle80

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Ukrainian, European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Knaackstr. 22-24, 10405 Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Prenzlauer Berg
  • Neighborhood: Prenzlauer Berg
  • Phone Number: +49 30 4413399
The Pasternak Restaurant Named after Nobel literature prize-winning writer Boris Pastenak, the author of Doctor Zhivago, PASTERNAK Restaurant is located in the heart of Berlin. PASTERNAK Restaurant is proud to call Berlin locality of Prenzlauer Berg its home and count important landmarks such as "Dicke Hermann" ("Thick Hermann"), the first water tower in Berlin, Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany's largest synagogue built in 1904, and a remarkable Zeiss-Großplanetarium opened in 1987 among its neighbors. PASTERNAK Restaurant specialty is Russian and Jewish cuisine. PASTERNAK Restaurant serves its own unique house-brewed beer. PASTERNAK Restaurant brings to life the atmosphere of an authentic Russian dining room of the late 19th century, further enhanced by the live nightly piano music. A comfortable outdoor terrace with a view of the "Thick Hermann" water tower completes the picture.

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Prenzlauer Berg
No Berlin neighborhood has undergone a greater change than Prenzlauer Berg. The artists and non-conformists that defined the district’s intriguing subculture in the 1980s and 90s have been replaced by a young, hip crowd that frequents the many cafes. Where there were once run-down houses in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, there are now designer shops. Beautiful old homes have been modernized and renovated, and on Sundays, thousands turn the park next to remnants of the wall into a playground for street artists, musicians, and flea market shoppers. This attracts young urban families who enjoy the balance of big city life and small-town comfort. Meanwhile, trendy, young, upper-class visitors from all over the world are attracted to the local high-end shops, cafés, and sophisticated bars and restaurants. The merits of this transformation are a favorite topic of debate around the city, but it makes for some of the best people-watching Berlin has to offer.
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