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Review of Pasternak

Ranked #39 of 8,524 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $29
Cuisines: Russian, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Called here one evening. We were lucky they could fit us in as we didn't book. They menu was very varied and some great set meals that me and my wife both had. Borscht was great according to my wife. I had dumplings in soup - fantastic! Each course was excellent. Not as cheap as some reviews I read but was still a great meal in beautiful surroundings so would definitely go back. My wife is vegetarian and did have a good choice. Would recommend but would recommend booking.

  • Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great brunch!”
Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

A lot of choise for sweets and salty dishes. good quality and you can fill your plate lot of times. Really recommended!

  • Visited June 2013
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Berlin, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Russian in Berlin,with some Jewish influence”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

We had a very pleasent dinner at the Pasternak. The Restaurant is very cosy, but also ideal for a small group of friends, who might want a nicer place than the average, still affordable for everyone. We tried different kinds of Menus, which we found very filling and satisfying. I would defenitely recommend the Menu n° 2, I forgot the name but it's in the list. They also have some Jewish specialities which I will try next time for sure!

  • Visited June 2013
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London, Canada
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308 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
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“Favourite meal in Berlin”
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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63 reviews
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“Noisy, friendly, happyplace. Don't mention the food.”
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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