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Zur Letzten Instanz

#529 of 7,271 Restaurants in Berlin
$$ - $$$German, European,
Waisenstrasse 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2425528
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“meatballs” (62 reviews)
“pork knuckle” (82 reviews)
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CUISINES
German, European, Central European, Grill
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Waisenstrasse 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We ordered the pork knuckle and the sausages and both were delicious. The service was good. A few wasps around outside, but nothing the restaurant could do about this.More

Thank joemastro
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wasps are getting rare these days, you´re right in keeping them alive :-) you have really made a good choice by choosing our porc knuckles, it is our specialty, which is served to many guests. We thank you for your visit and your good rating!...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the second time I have dined at Zur Letzten Instanz - but unfortunately the last. It is supposedly the oldest restaurant in Berlin - no lesser a person than Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have eaten there (his chair and table greet you...More

Thank Roger S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Other pubs claim to be older in this city but in my opinion and without a shadow of a doubt Zur Letzten Instanz holds the claim. It's been serving happy customers since 1621 including Napoleon, Beethoven and Angela Merkel and many many more famous dignitaries...More

Thank Neil K
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

This is definitely the rating of the month. Dear Neil, thank you so much for your detailed description of your visit at our restaurant and the 5 star rating. We would be very pleased to welcome you again. Best wishes your Instanz team.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am rating this place with average, only because of the very rude attitude of a single waitress (a blond about 60yr old waitress with glasses) which i have seen in other reviews that has challenged the patience of other customers also. I just tried...More

Thank Christos P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traditional German fare served to a very high standard. Would particularly recommend the meatballs and the veal liver. After a few days in Berlin, this was by far the best meal so far. Will be coming back!!

Thank scooteruk73
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear scooteruk73, thank you very much for your kind report and recommendation. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to your next visit! Your Instanz team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we visit Berlin, we come to this restaurant to see this historic restaurant to enjoy wonderful Eisbein and other German dishes. Although we did not have a reservation this time, they made us a table for one hour and half, which was adequate for...More

1  Thank kdoi2017
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear kdoi2017, thank you for your visit and your detailed report. It is in fact recommended to book a table in time. Since we are very well attended, it might be difficult to get a table. Thanks for your kind rating too! Your Instanz team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decide to go to this restaurant as our first proper meal in Berlin because of its history & some good reviews from other bloggers. The restaurant itself is a very nice cottage with some elegant vintage wall decor. Although we booked in advance &...More

4  Thank Jesslyn C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this restaurant when visiting a near-by church for a convert. "Stumbled" being the operative word here -- because I di not think many Berlin visitors would venture into this part of "Mitte" without cause. But they should: this is a gem in...More

Thank GalwayGeographer
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear GalwayGeographer, this is a wonderful review of your visit at our restaurant. We are very happy that you´ve enjoyed the food. Thank you also for the time, which you have taken for the detailed evaluation. Great, thanks. You are always welcome to join us!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great restaurant with lovely ambiance and food. Traditional German food. The meatballs were Devine. The home made apple pie was great as well. Staff were very friendly.

Thank Susan G
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Susan, thank you very much for your kind report and your recommendation. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your next visit! Your Instanz team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and his girlfriend visited this restaurant july 2018. The meal was nice but when they asked for the bill and said they wanted to pay with creditcard the waiter said that this was not possible. The nearest bank was rather far away and...More

4  Thank sannemaria
Nearby
Mitte
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
...More
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No dress code required
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February 11, 2018|
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Response from SydenhamJohn | Reviewed this property |
Probably best to either phone or email them
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May 14, 2017|
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Please give us a call on +49 30 242 55 28 for reservations. Best Your Instanz team
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
German, European, Central European, Grill
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Waisenstrasse 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Mitte
  • Neighborhood: Mitte
  • Phone Number: +49 30 2425528
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Description
Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621. In 1621, a retired knight’s servant of the elector of that time opened a little distillery, and by this he laid the foundations for “Letzte Instanz”. Thanks to the “Graues Kloster” (Grey Monastery), in Waisenstraße, belonging to Nikolaikirche, the distillery was getting more and more popular even beyond the borderlines of the city. The monastery, working place of doctors, alchemists, and astrologists, and which also had a printing work and a foundry of letters, enhanced the popularity of Waisenstraße and attracted a large number of guests coming to our restaurant.
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