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Zur Letzten Instanz

German, European, Central European, Grill
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Waisenstr. 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 242 55 28
5:00 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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Tucson, Arizona
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177 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw this on an episode of Rick Stein's Weekend Getaways and thought, "why not?". It is (slightly) off the beaten track but easy enough to find and as everyone knows it has been serving food since 1621. We arrived early in the evening and got the last table that was not reserved in the house! Since it started to... More 

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Hutchinson Island, Florida
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes, I know there are some mixed reviews. And the gentleman running the place can be brusk (he is German after all)--but I recommend you go when you visit Berlin. We had the pork knuckle and the stuffed cabbage--outstanding. I wish I had enough room for dessert. The staff were very polite. The history and atmosphere add to the experience.

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Bruges, Belgium
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first meal in town. It was MAJESTIC - please try the pork knuckle (grilled) - it's heaven on earth! they also have a delicious apple cake that you should ask in advance (at least 20 min). Staff was super friendly. In general, it's a nice experience in Berlin! You will love it!

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Boise, Idaho
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel was very close to the mitte area in Berlin where we were staying. We had heard it was the oldest restaurant in Berlin, so we had to try it. It was a pleasant summer evening so we sat outside in the charming beer garden. It has very traditional German food, so don't expect a lot of variety beyond... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, outstanding service, a bit outside main attracions, because it is attraction itself. Worth to see interiors, but seat outside

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We get to know this place through Trip Advisor which suggested it as the most ancient restaurant in Berlin with traditional cuisine. Indeed, it was. Even if busy was a lovely place where to have some delicious traditional food. The restaurant tells its history and you can feel years and years of hospitality. Just few steps outside the city centre,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the grilled pork knuckle, schnitzel and the liver and all came out quite well. The schnitzel was definitely the highlight. Beers were not bad either and everything was very reasonably priced. Ambience was nice, we sat out in the little garden which is perfect for a nice summer day. The only reason this gets 4 instead of 5... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this for four of us having seen it on Rick Steins long weekend in Berlin. It is one of the oldest restaurants and serves traditional German food. The service was pleasant and the welcome friendly. We sat outside as it was a lovely evening. The house Reisling was good dry and crisp. We all had only a main... More 

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Berlin, Germany
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were treated disrespectfully and it's not worth to go there. Terrible service! We needed to ask for the table to be cleaned, drinks coming too late, suggestions from the waiter were in a disrespectful tone, so it created a really rare atmosphere to be able to enjoy the food, as if we didn't know anything about food or being... More 

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Bourton on the Water
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We probably should have known this would be a let down as it is obviously a bit of a tourist trap. It claims to be the oldest inn in Berlin and it is very traditional both in its style and its menu. The food was OK, although be warned, if you order the pig's knuckle, which is a very classic... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
German, European, Central European, Grill
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
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, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Mitte
  • Neighborhood: Mitte
  • Phone Number: +49 30 242 55 28
Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.

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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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