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Zur Letzten Instanz

$$ - $$$
German, European, Central European, Grill
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Waisenstr. 14-16, Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2425528
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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North East
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fact that this is the oldest pub in Berlin was enough of a reason to visit it. Was a bit worried when I saw some of the comments about the staff, but they people we encountered couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. The manager who looked after us was fabulous - funny, informative and generally an excellent ambassdor... More 

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Rome, Italy
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Terrible experience. They attract tourists because it is ancient and because they say Napoleon ate here, but everything is overpriced and the food is nothing special. 15 euros for 2 meatballs, and two means TWO! But the worst is, one bottle of still water 75 cl is priced 7.50 euros, couldnt believe to my eyes! I cannot understand how someone... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended by a friend or else would never have found this great restaurant ! Tucked away in a side street and a lot of roadworks going on, but we got there and found it worthwhile. Food is authentic German with good wine options too. Always packed so you need to book. Warm and cosy atmosphere. We had a... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for lunch,it said that it is the oldest building in Berlin.It was full but we didn't wait for too long to be seated and served.I was amazing that two waitresses managed to serve everybody,well organised.It was exactly what we were hoping for.Almost back in time,perfect.Loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Berlin's oldest restaurant, Zur Letzten Instanz, has become a tourist attraction of its own. The legend has it that Napoleon dined here too. It's a quaint place with rustic charm and serves quality, traditional Berlin food. It's flavory, salty and a tad bit oily, the way they cooked in the bygone time. The service is friendly. I enjoyed my cabbage... More 

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Penrith, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

We looked up this place on the internet to be the oldest bar in Berlin for starters it's not a bar it is a restaurant. When we arrived we had not booked a table not knowing it was only a restaurant but we were seated at a "sharing" table. We were informed we had one hour to drink our drinks... More 

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Roseland, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

On a small side street near the TV Tower area, this place is a throwback (to 1621) as the oldest restaurant in Berlin. Napoleon once dined here after taking over the city more than 200 years ago....his bust appears in the entry room where he dined. A warren of rooms downstairs and up. Definitely quaint, but hearty and tasty food,... More 

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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Old-style guest house and restaurant, we came here on recommendation of a German friend. Our first time to Berlin and we wanted traditional food. We got it. ZLI offers nicely cooked and presented food with a good wine and beer selection. Old building nicely restored and retains it's charm ... but watch your head and your step (and the spiral... More 

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Went to this "bar" to celebrate my partners 30th birthday for dinner. We were greeted by extremely rude bar tenders / waiters and we're informed we had 1 hour to eat our meals and drink our drinks on a shared table. Food was less than impressive and overpriced. Would not recommend to anyone on their trip in Berlin.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

This is the oldest restaurant in Berlin - it is cozy and warm. The service was very friendly, even for poor German speakers. They serve a lot of einbis - pok knucle - the tarditional boiled version and a "grilled" version. They also have klopse meatballs and other dishes, but einbis is the thing to order long with lots of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
German, European, Central European, Grill
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Waisenstr. 14-16, Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Mitte
  • Neighborhood: Mitte
  • Phone Number: +49 30 2425528
Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.

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  • 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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