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“Historical traditional German food”

Zur Letzten Instanz
Ranked #180 of 8,708 Restaurants in Berlin
Cuisines: German, Bar, Grill
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Mitte
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.
Reviewed January 23, 2014

Book in advance. At least a week or more.
Food is superb. Service equaly good.
The oldest restaurant in Berlin. Napoleon was there!

PS! The review is from easter 2011, and not march 2013

Thank RogerVerstad
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

It is difficult to get a feeling for old Berlin, but a visit to this small historic hostelry will take you back in time. Difficult to find, but well worth the effort. It certainly has atmosphere. Excellent German food in the usual large portions, with a good range of local beers. My wife and I visited on a very cold night and appreciated the warm welcome and the cosy interior. The proprietors claim a long list of imbibers from Napoleon to Angela Merkel, so I was pleased to add my name to list.

Thank Colin T
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Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Lovely pub situated just outside alexanderplatz. Was a bit hesitant to walk up the dark, poorly lit street leading up to it though!
The service is alright, they do the job but nothing out of the ordinary. The place was lovely, homely (the inside is worth a look regardless) and although we didn't eat there, the food looked great.
Best thing about the place is the beer. I'd recommend the black beer :)

Thank naomi c
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We visited this restaurant by chance, our first choice being fully booked we found this on Tripadvisor and decided to give it a try. It was quite difficult to find, off the main street. We were lucky to get a table without booking and were squeezed in upstairs in the corner. This was perfect for us as we had a good view of the restaurant. The decor was charming and we discovered the history of the place, that it was the oldest pub in Berlin! The beer was very good and portions were large. We both had the pork knuckle which was just what we needed, authentic hearty German food.

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Thank TaraR09
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Berlin's oldest restaurant with amazing, authentic German food. Try the pork knuckle (Eisbein - cooked, Grillhaxe - grilled) with potato dumplings or the meatballs. Staff is very friendly if you speak German. You will manage with English as well. One of my favourite restaurants in Berlin.

Thank Tuomas S
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