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#40 of 6,421 Restaurants in Berlin
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Prenzlauer Berg
Ukrainian, European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Israeli
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Knaackstr. 22-24, 10405 Berlin, Germany
9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Lugano, Svizzera
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

Excellent food. Very busy during weekends, it is better to reserve a table in advance. I really enjoyed its atmosphere at lunch time when it is quieter. Service is also very good and friendly.

2 Thank vtor
Brighton, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We stayed in Prenzlaur Berg and went to Pasternak for the famous Berlin brunch. We were not disappointed. A great experience and full of locals. You can order from the buffet lots of interesting canapé type foods, a BBQ of pork, sausages and squid cakes, fruit etc etc. AND you can order a la carte from the Breakfast menu. The... More 

1 Thank Wabma
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

This is a Russian restaurant. Decor is nice and the menu is interesting, but the food was average. Overcooked veal that looked great on paper, but was disappointing. Service was good.

Thank Rich G
Højbjerg, Arhus, Denmark
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Pasternak used to be a restaurant, where food was great. I am sorry, but the experiance was bad! Where is the proudness and and the serious cooking?

Thank Pkk404
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We entered the place without planning it... and it was a very good surprise, with a Russian atmosphere, with customers speaking Russian (a good sign of quality), with deco at its best. Food is fine and delicious

1 Thank neekkoho
Berlin, Germany
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328 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

The reviews were good so we were excited to try this place for Sunday at dinner time. Made reservations but it wasn't necessary at 6:00. We had the Doctor Zhivago sampler- shrimp, mushrooms, quail eggs and caviar, pickled herring with apple, salmon and sour cream, served with bread. It was good but don't know if I would order it again-... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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116 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The sheer mention of the name Pasternak conjures up the image of Dr. Zhivago, one of my favourite films of all time. I visualized an old worldly setting and it was that and much more. In my research on Berlin, I had read about Pasternaks as a 'must do' restaurant for brunch, in the trendy neighbourhood of Prenzlauerberg in East... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you are bored by the offer of all the other brunch locations with everytime the same food, then Pasternak is the right choice. To be onest, it is a bit more expensive than other places. But, the quality, the variety and the amount of food is worth this. There are loads of different savoury specialities. From salads over fish... More 

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Going back to a favourite restaurant is never without risk. The special first encounter, sometimes unexpected, may cloud judgement, expectations may build up in recollection and standards may slide in the time that passes between visits. I speak from, on occasion very bitter experience. Not so with Pasternak in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Competition may have increased over the years in this... More 

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Cardiff, UK
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We first discovered this place ten years ago on one of our earlier trips to Berlin. Prenzlauer Berg wasn't as hip then as it is now but this great Russian restaurant is really good and it's quality has not diminished. Traditional decor, a great and authentic menu mixed with excellent modern cuisine makes this a must in Berlin. The wine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Ukrainian, European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Israeli
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
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: 4949304413399
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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Staying in Prenzlauer Berg

Neighborhood Profile
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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