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$94 - $94
German, Deli, Central European, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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Young, fresh and creative are the best adjectives to describe this modern little restaurant in the half-timbered house on a corner. The chef uses good,...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed June 29, 2020

I suppose, now the dust has settled so to speak after my visit, the lasting impression is one of enormous disappointment. Our evening was, in retrospect, one long anti-climax. We both visited Zeitwerk with high expectations that awaiting us would be an evening of bravura...culinary skill deployed on the finest ingredients the Harz region has to offer. This is, after all, what the restaurant's Michelin star and Robin Pietsch's glittering profile as one of Germany's star young chefs had led us to expect. I don't wish to be cruel or unpleasant but there is no escaping the fact that when you come away from a place like this, feeling as we did, it's like being cheated out of what's been promised. Nobody was setting out to rob or swindle us, of course, but the customer here has a right to expect the very best and that is not, definitively not, what we got. We left this soi-disant 'temple of food' both spiritually unfulfilled and gastronomically, well, empty. Unless the dishes are each and every one brilliant, serving up 14 courses the size and substance of an average amuse-bouche will merely be precious and pretentious. The fact that the majority of the items on the evening's menu (there is only one menu; there is only one sitting) were just rather ordinary, underneath all the presentational flim-flam, is unforgivable. Not one of the warm dishes was memorable: neither the cube of belly pork, nor the shards of wild boar, nor dullest of all the tiny square of salmon trout with mean little shavings of asparagus in a prissy spoonful of vapid broth. Some of the cold dishes did stand out. The mustard egg with poppy seed promised so much as the second course. There was a raw beef dish called Hackus Ohne Knieste which is a version of a regional speciality that was meltingly delicious. I did feel cheated by this dish, however. It came in a china funnel which, to my horror, too late, I realised was no more than one-third as deep as it appeared. And it was small enough to begin with, even before our hopes of getting more than a mere mouthful were dashed. And that was the other unforgivable thing about Zeitwerk. As I said, if you're going to do this kind of thing, you need to do it memorably, brilliantly, you need to astonish and delight, take the breath away and make the taste buds dizzy with each distillation of skill and ingredient. And you need to do it with flair and elan. Dazzling speed, as one taste sensation surmounts the other. There is no place for mediocrity. Mediocrity is what we got at Zeitwerk, personified for me by the one course of any substance, a sort of chi-chi version of a typical German breakfast that included a small loaf, presumably to assuage the need for actual sustenance. There is no place, particularly, for mediocrity at a snail's pace. Making people wait up to half an hour between microscopic courses while the hunger pangs grow and gnaw, is not my idea of treating customers with respect. If this is a temple of food, it's a pretty chilly one. Nor is it worth what you are made to pay to worship here.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed January 14, 2020

I was there for a new year dinner organised by my employer, It was super good service, food very tasty, very well presented, the wines were of very good quality, the staff was super polite and friendly with a very good mood There were people...with allergies, NO problem, they took care of it without loosing the character of the restaurant. I strongly recommend this place.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed August 7, 2019

I took my family out and among us was my 3 year old niece. Bringing a child (well behaved, adorable but still a 3 year old) was something new to me. I noticed two things at once: one was some irritated looks from other guests....However, I didn’t really them a lot of credit: A white angry looking silver liner with a short shirt. Do i have to say more? And the other thing, the friendly though professional way my niece was welcomed. Absolutely great service. The food was local produce and worth a star. Great experience. Modest wine prices on top! Looking forward to trying out Robins new place across the street.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 21, 2019

I found this restaurant on Tripadvisor and afterwards a hotel in the same town ;) I most say, it was worth the effort. We had a fantastic evening with excellent food and service and we just loved this restaurant - I think we need to...go back later :) FOR SURE THE BEST RESTAURANT IN WERNIGERODE !!!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed March 25, 2019

This restaurant absolutely merits its Michelin star. Be sure to allow yourself three hours for the meal - it's worth every minute. Every course is amazing and original (and delicious). The menu changes frequently and with the season, but I would trust anything they put...in front of me. Definitely a special meal!More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Fantastic restaurant, got 11 course menu, with accompanying wines. Can definitely be recommended. Extremely good value for money, will be a regular feature of our trips to Germany

Date of visit: July 2018
Robin P, Inhaber at Zeitwerk, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Dear Mr. Michael J, Thanks for your review. The team was very happy about it.

Reviewed October 4, 2017

The experience is a bit different from your normal restaurant and you need at least 3 hours before being able to leave again. They call themselves "Wohnzimmer" restaurant - which means you have to ring a bell for admittance and are personally welcomed. The service...is very friendly and is quite happy to share with you the details of the courses on the one menu. Yes - like when invite to a family home there is only one menu served - in our case with 9 course. So you need to bring time to enjoy well thought out selection of local resource skillfully prepared. So if you are not coming with a little kid (which we unfortunately did as we seemed to have missed this details from the webpage) you can expect an expedition on how to make from local ingredients an extremely tasty menu.More

Date of visit: October 2017
Robin P, Inhaber at Zeitwerk, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Dear Mr. Stephan F Thanks for your review. The team was very happy about it. Sorry for the long time for the menu.

Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

I love this restaurant. We were here many times, always something new and original and so well prepared, delicious. Best restaurant in Wernigerode, one of the best in region. Little pricey, but for the quality of ingrediens definitely worth it

Date of visit: July 2015
Reviewed April 4, 2015

We enjoyed a six course menue. The food was very creative and extremely tasty. The service was excellent.

Date of visit: April 2015
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We were on holiday for 3 days in Wernigerode and we reserved a table through the internet on 29/01/2014. The restaurant looked OK, and that's it. The waiter gave us the menu card but we already reserved for the 7 course menu so we did...not need to look into it. They offered a winesuggestion but when we asked what this was the waiter said white, rosé and red wine. We said that this was OK for us. Soon came the appetizers but we never got the opportunity to ask for an aperitif. This aperitif was offered for free in the touristbrochure which was clearly visible on the table but the waiter didn't move. The menu was some what strange, serving cold cucumbersoup in a hotplate when it is -10°C outside?? Trying to impress by making tasteless icecream with the help of "dry ice"?? And you really got just 1 glass of wine of each colour, no refill and no idea what kind of wine as they never showed the bottle. The most embarrising was in the end when I was told that this "classy" restaurant did not accept creditcards, only EC card. The international standard has changed meanwhile to Maestro but not in this restaurant. So I had to go out, leaving my wife alone to find a bank. And really find because again the waiter did not even made a small effort to show me the nearest ATM. Back in the restaurant I had to sit at the table in my coat for at least 5 minutes because the waiter was to busy talking to the other 2 guests. There was also a girl behind the bar but we had no idea what her job was, probably decoration. Really a disaster, and the cook remained safely in the kitchen all the time.More

Date of visit: January 2014
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