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“Favourite meal in Berlin” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pasternak

Pasternak
Ranked #43 of 7,587 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Ukrainian, European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Israeli
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Prenzlauer Berg
Description: The Pasternak Restaurant Named after Nobel literature prize-winning writer Boris Pastenak, the author of Doctor Zhivago, PASTERNAK Restaurant is located in the heart of Berlin. PASTERNAK Restaurant is proud to call Berlin locality of Prenzlauer Berg its home and count important landmarks such as "Dicke Hermann" ("Thick Hermann"), the first water tower in Berlin, Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany's largest synagogue built in 1904, and a remarkable Zeiss-Großplanetarium opened in 1987 among its neighbors. PASTERNAK Restaurant specialty is Russian and Jewish cuisine. PASTERNAK Restaurant serves its own unique house-brewed beer. PASTERNAK Restaurant brings to life the atmosphere of an authentic Russian dining room of the late 19th century, further enhanced by the live nightly piano music. A comfortable outdoor terrace with a view of the "Thick Hermann" water tower completes the picture.
London, Canada
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264 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Favourite meal in Berlin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stopped in here a couple times; once for drinks & once for dinner. Service was always prompt (not always common in Germany). The drinks were tasty & well-priced (beer & wine).
We came back for dinner after checking out the very interesting looking menu. We weren't disappointed with the Russian-Jewish cuisine. Our starters & entrees were satisfying & delicious. I ordered a small garden salad (had a great dressing on it) & the latkes for dinner. The marinated salmon that came with the latkes was the best I've ever had. Melt in your mouth tender & amazing flavour!
My husband had matzo ball soup (he thought it was just ok, but he should have ordered the borscht) and beef stroganoff for dinner. His stroganoff was incredibly tasty too.
The ambiance in the spring while sitting outside on the patio is beautiful. On a quiet side street across from a park (with water tower), so it's nice to sit with a drink & people watch, enjoying the fact you're in Berlin. We'd go back next time we're in Berlin.

  • Visited May 2013
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Stavanger, Norway
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Noisy, friendly, happyplace. Don't mention the food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Very russian, very noisy, with a pianist who bangs out the tunes, probably a great musician who vents his frustration at having to play at a restaurant. Nice staff, English-speaking to some extent. Very charming rooms. Fair prices. Good chilled vodka and no-one bats an eyelid if you order one litre for the table.
The borscht is good, so are the crepes. The rest of the food is - well, food.
Nice location, good for a small to medium party, good for outdoors.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Russian surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Good Russian food served in an old house that adds to the experience. Menu offers both Russian and Jewish cooking, portions are filling and one can overeat. Waiters are pleasant and kid around if you engage them. Food met all our expectations and brought back many childhood memories. Went back a second night with a friend and she too enjoyed the experience. It was a good change from German food and we would recommend Pasternak to all. Make reservations.
All in all we felt like we had gone back to the 50's and the piano player added to that feeling. Last time we ate there it snowed and looking out the window at the snow falling, eating Russian food, being in an old home setting made for a very romantic night.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Savona, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Russian Style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This restaurant have the well attitude to create an atmosphere of ''fin de secle'' where the guest is highly appreciated and regarded.
All typical russian disches are good and well presented.in this spectacular room furnished with confortables sofas and old chandeliers.
Interesting the suggested daily speciality offered on the menu by the cook that offers also ,a full list of traditional Russian dishes.
A satisfactory list of wines and beers supported by a good value for money.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

This was recommended by our guide book but also friends who have family in the area. The fixed menu is not only good value it also provides very helpful guidance for those non German speakers. The waiters were efficient and friendly and the whole experience was very positive. Will definitely return.

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