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#262 of 6,485 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
German, European, Central European
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Gendarmenmarkt 5, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2291661
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Given the location on Gerndarmenmarkt square, you might think this would be a tourist trap, but it's not at all. It's very good food, with professional, very attentive service. We were there for lunch on a sunny day and were happy to sit outside under umbrellas, looking at the beautiful buildings on the square. We had fish and chicken dishes... More 

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Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my mother to this lovely restaurant on our last evening of our holiday in Berlin. After 2 weeks we were a bit over curry wurst, pork knuckle and potatoes so this was a perfect end to our trip. We arrived around 8pm, without a reservation, but were seated quickly at an outside table looking out over the Gendarmenmarkt square.... More 

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Bromyard, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a heatwave of 33 stopped here for recovery. Lovely terraced area under the shade of trees. Looking onto the square. Friendly waiting staff. Reasonable prices for such a spot. Inside restaurant looked stunning.

Thank tdsjjd
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Service was great. Food was great. Nice atmosphere in a great location. I celebrated my birthday here with 16 people. I was able to enjoy myself thoroughly because I saw people being taken care of, with glasses refilled without being pushy and everyone being served promptly. Food was creative and tasty. Guests all had positive comments.

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

We ate there one evening, sitting outside with a view of the Gendarmenmarkt and the beautiful Catherdral a few yards away. We had the 3-course option which wasn't cheap (about 65 euros each) but considering the view, the first class service, and wonderful food, it was a holiday treat that was well worth it.

Thank Mike E
Lafayette, California
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We had a lovely dinner at Refugium while an outdoor concert was taking place just next door in front of the concert hall. Asparagus soup, lightly smoked trout, Caesar salad and salmon three ways appetizer were all very tasty and well presented. Service was good. With 4 glasses wine, a cappuccino, a black cherry dessert (only so-so) and a large... More 

Thank RJC113
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Food was nice, nothing overly special, but certainly good value when eaten outside with the beautiful views of the square and culture wrapped around every viewpoint. Staff were fabulous

Thank Luke M
Budapest, Hungary
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1,898 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This restaurant has a brilliant setting, and the food is also very good. You really feel like a guest here - the service is good. too. The prices are a little bit too expensive.

Thank 545medva
England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Booked in advance of our trip to be certain of a place. We were not to be disappointed. We had excellent service and a great meal. being a nice evening we sat outside and were able to enjoy the air and the music from the buskers. a very enjoyable experience

Thank johntravel2016
Marlow, United Kingdom
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433 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Great setting and great venue, but the food didn't quite hit the mark, given the price. The food was ok. Amouse Bouche of cauliflower panacotta was disappointingly bland. Starter of tuna carpaccio was good. Main course salmon a bit oily and asparagus over cooked. Tiramisu was bland but chocolate sorbet good. Overall did not quite hit the mark given the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$17 - $39
German, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gendarmenmarkt 5, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Mitte
  • Neighborhood: Mitte
  • Phone Number: +49 30 2291661

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

Staying in Mitte

Neighborhood Profile
The center of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island. The central location makes this one of the city's most expensive places to live. It is here the oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence of some significant transformations, as well. The gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighborhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.
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