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The 12 Hottest New Restaurants in Berlin

Where to find everything from hearty brunch to a Japanese dinner

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Today, Eater once again returns to Berlin, Germany to discover the new restaurants and bars that have the German capital buzzing. Below, Berlin Food Stories founder Per Meurling offers his picks for the hottest openings of the past 12 months.

Berlin seems to be undergoing an Asian food boom, with new entries in the Thai (Kin Dee, Khwan), Vietnamese (Maison Han), and Japanese (Shiori) pantheon — not to mention one new, genre-bending space that looks straight out of Blade Runner (893 Ryōtei). Elsewhere, new and revamped bars pour craft beer and sling some of the city’s best brunches.

Looking for the essential restaurants? Head to the Berlin 38. Here now, the Eater Heatmap to Berlin, with points organized from west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 893 Ryōtei

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Kantstr. 135
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 309-1703121
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You’ll slip inside a scene straight from Blade Runner, just for a second, while you look for an entrance to the mirrored and graffiti-covered facade of 893 Ryōtei. Find it though, and you’ll enter the newest kingdom created by legendary Berlin restaurateur Duc Ngo (famous for iconic eateries like Kuchi, Cocolo Ramen, and Madame Ngo). Brace yourself for a night of Asian fusion cooking in the shape of a Japanese-inspired menu with the occasional Nikkei addition, extraordinary sushi, and plenty of sake — all with West Berlin’s coolest people sitting at the table next to you.

Per Meurling

2. Kin Dee

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Lützowstraße 81
Berlin Schöneberg, Berlin
(+49) 302-155294
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This restaurant comes courtesy young Thai chef Dalad Kambhu, who started it together with artist Rikrit Tiravanija and the group behind some of Berlin’s most iconic food institutions, including Grill Royal, Pauly Saal, and Dóttir. Out of her sleek Schöneberg venue, Khambu cooks her refined take on contemporary Thai cuisine, which manifests in a seasonal eight-course menu using local ingredients where it makes sense (think kohlrabi instead of papaya, and pike perch caught just outside the city). Enjoy the food with a nice bottle from the small but very fine wine list.

Robert Rieger/courtesy Kin Dee

3. Panama Restaurant & Bar

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Potsdamer Str. 91
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 309-83208435
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This ultra sleek dining project by the Contemporary Food Lab group was submerged at the very end of the Schöneberg district’s most beautiful courtyard before it single-handedly turned Potsdamer Straße into one of Berlin’s “cool” areas again. Sit down for dinner here and have chef Sophia Rudolph take you on a gastronomic journey across all the continents in her casual take on fine dining. Enjoy great service, superb bottles from the classical wine list, then head over to the restaurant’s Tiger Bar next door for after-hour drinks.

Philipp Langenheim & Corina Schadendorf/courtesy Panama

4. BRŁO Brwhouse

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Schöneberger Str. 16
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 305-5577606
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Take 38 old shipping containers, paint them camouflage green, add a craft beer brewery, a huge outdoor beer garden, and a chef who’s worked in fine dining, and you have the recipe for a next-generation Berlin brewhouse. This young craft-beer brand underlines its ambition for greatness with this seriously cool project, and the massive restaurant with the attached, outdoor beer garden gives you plenty of space to enjoy all 20 tap beers alongside a surprisingly ambitious yet delicate menu. Only the meats from the smoker will remind you of classic brewhouse fare.

Seren Dal/courtesy BRLO Brwhouse

5. Mikkeller Bar

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Torstr. 102
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 176-83141103
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This cult-status craft beer bar from Denmark opened its doors in early 2017 in Mitte and has quickly established itself as the new go-to place for Berlin’s craft beer aficionados. With 24 beers on tap and a much talked-about selection of Mikkeller beers brewed especially for Berlin (try its version of the Berliner sour beer, Weiße), this bar definitely takes the Berlin craft beer scene to the next level.

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6. Shiori

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Max-Beer-Straße 13
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 302-4337766
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Hidden on a quiet backstreet and tucked away behind a tiny sign, Shiori brings a piece of Japanese elegance to Berlin. Every night at 7:30 p.m. sharp, 10 diners are seated around a bar and then served a 12-course omakase that’s highly seasonal and focuses on regional produce wherever it makes sense. The result is an intimate and refreshing dining experience that notoriously creating bonds between diners and staff. Shiori truly seeks its counterpart in Berlin.

Sasha Kharchenko/courtesy Shiori

7. Mrs Robinson's

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Pappelallee 29
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 305-4622839
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Mrs. Robinson’s, the Asian-fusion lovechild of an Israeli chef and his British girlfriend, is a casual fine dining spot that’s been on the lips of many Berliners for the past few months. The dishes served are all based on classic, Western techniques, but every plate is infused with Asian flavors, resulting in everything from filled baos to shrimp noodles. The chef’s specialities are dairy-free ice cream desserts, and his deep-fried bao holds a seriously intense scoop of 70% Valrhona chocolate ice cream. It’s one hell of a showstopper.

Per Meurling

8. Geist im Glas

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Lenaustr. 27
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 176-55330450
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The rowdy Neukölln bar is now is back better than ever after a fire shut the original project down. By day, Geist im Glas serves one of the best brunches money can buy. Dive in here on a weekend for owner Aishah’s legendary fluffy pancakes with bourbon maple syrup and salty dulce de leche or the best huevos rancheros in town, and wash it all down with magical pitchers of mimosas and bloody marys. By night, it’s a sexy place to sip good whiskey, drink creative cocktails, have a laugh and maybe even get kissed.

Per Meurling

9. Katerschmaus

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Holzmarktstr. 25
Berlin, Berlin

This iconic restaurant was once a part of Berlin’s legendary Bar 25 nightclub, which sadly had to close its doors in 2010. Newly reopened as part of the Holzmarkt, a project with art, music, and food for the city’s aging creative scene, Katerschmaus is now standing in the very same spot where clubbers famously went to lose track of time and space. It’s now a venue best enjoyed in the daytime — more specifically, sunny days, as the venue stretches elegantly along the banks of the river Spree. The food is non-fussy and modern vegetable-focused cuisine, with the occasional appearance of German classics on the lunch menu.

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10. CODA

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Friedelstr. 47
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 309-1496396
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This wickedly cool dessert bar asks you to add another layer to your Berlin night by putting yourself in the hands of one of Germany’s best pastry chefs and his faithful disciples of cunning cocktail masters. Chef René Frank spent the past few years at the three-Michelin-starred“La Vie in Osnabrück, but these days he invites Berlin’s night crawlers to take a seat at one of the concrete tables shaping his minimalistic, dark bar. Try any one of his elaborate dessert creations (which all use zero added sugar), stunningly well-paired with a cocktail from the bar — in itself one of the best in Berlin.

Kunalum Lee/courtesy CODA

11. Maison Han

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Pannierstr. 40
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 306-2982366
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What the countless other Vietnamese restaurants in Berlin might lack, Maison Han more than makes up for with its innovative breakfast pans and banh mi baguettes, served alongside premium Vietnamese coffee imported directly by the restaurant’s in-house coffee roasters. Looking at the abundance of modern Vietnamese food projects opening around town, this is indubitably one of the most interesting examples in Berlin right now, and the hip and relaxed atmosphere makes this a perfect breakfast or lunch spot.

Sonni Holmstedt/courtesy Maison Han

12. Khwan

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Revaler Str. 99
Berlin, Berlin
(+49) 152-25120139
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This Thai street-food project serves up a meal that’s everything but subtle, cooked on a battery of open fire pits. The Khwan signature dish is the best example, a smoked and grilled chicken (best drizzled with the accompanying sweet and sour chili sauce) that hits your taste buds like a raging Thai boxer on steroids. This project is rowdy and fun and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch it at street food markets like Bite Club or during its weekend pop-up inside a warehouse hidden within Friedrichshain’s industrial RAW complex — just follow the smoke.

Freddy Street/courtesy Khwan

1. 893 Ryōtei

Kantstr. 135, Berlin, Berlin
Per Meurling

You’ll slip inside a scene straight from Blade Runner, just for a second, while you look for an entrance to the mirrored and graffiti-covered facade of 893 Ryōtei. Find it though, and you’ll enter the newest kingdom created by legendary Berlin restaurateur Duc Ngo (famous for iconic eateries like Kuchi, Cocolo Ramen, and Madame Ngo). Brace yourself for a night of Asian fusion cooking in the shape of a Japanese-inspired menu with the occasional Nikkei addition, extraordinary sushi, and plenty of sake — all with West Berlin’s coolest people sitting at the table next to you.

Kantstr. 135
Berlin, Berlin

2. Kin Dee

Lützowstraße 81, Berlin Schöneberg, Berlin
Robert Rieger/courtesy Kin Dee

This restaurant comes courtesy young Thai chef Dalad Kambhu, who started it together with artist Rikrit Tiravanija and the group behind some of Berlin’s most iconic food institutions, including Grill Royal, Pauly Saal, and Dóttir. Out of her sleek Schöneberg venue, Khambu cooks her refined take on contemporary Thai cuisine, which manifests in a seasonal eight-course menu using local ingredients where it makes sense (think kohlrabi instead of papaya, and pike perch caught just outside the city). Enjoy the food with a nice bottle from the small but very fine wine list.

Lützowstraße 81
Berlin Schöneberg, Berlin

3. Panama Restaurant & Bar

Potsdamer Str. 91, Berlin, Berlin
Philipp Langenheim & Corina Schadendorf/courtesy Panama

This ultra sleek dining project by the Contemporary Food Lab group was submerged at the very end of the Schöneberg district’s most beautiful courtyard before it single-handedly turned Potsdamer Straße into one of Berlin’s “cool” areas again. Sit down for dinner here and have chef Sophia Rudolph take you on a gastronomic journey across all the continents in her casual take on fine dining. Enjoy great service, superb bottles from the classical wine list, then head over to the restaurant’s Tiger Bar next door for after-hour drinks.

Potsdamer Str. 91
Berlin, Berlin

4. BRŁO Brwhouse

Schöneberger Str. 16, Berlin, Berlin
Seren Dal/courtesy BRLO Brwhouse

Take 38 old shipping containers, paint them camouflage green, add a craft beer brewery, a huge outdoor beer garden, and a chef who’s worked in fine dining, and you have the recipe for a next-generation Berlin brewhouse. This young craft-beer brand underlines its ambition for greatness with this seriously cool project, and the massive restaurant with the attached, outdoor beer garden gives you plenty of space to enjoy all 20 tap beers alongside a surprisingly ambitious yet delicate menu. Only the meats from the smoker will remind you of classic brewhouse fare.

Schöneberger Str. 16
Berlin, Berlin

5. Mikkeller Bar

Torstr. 102, Berlin, Berlin
Mikkeller Berlin/Facebook

This cult-status craft beer bar from Denmark opened its doors in early 2017 in Mitte and has quickly established itself as the new go-to place for Berlin’s craft beer aficionados. With 24 beers on tap and a much talked-about selection of Mikkeller beers brewed especially for Berlin (try its version of the Berliner sour beer, Weiße), this bar definitely takes the Berlin craft beer scene to the next level.

Torstr. 102
Berlin, Berlin

6. Shiori

Max-Beer-Straße 13, Berlin, Berlin
Sasha Kharchenko/courtesy Shiori

Hidden on a quiet backstreet and tucked away behind a tiny sign, Shiori brings a piece of Japanese elegance to Berlin. Every night at 7:30 p.m. sharp, 10 diners are seated around a bar and then served a 12-course omakase that’s highly seasonal and focuses on regional produce wherever it makes sense. The result is an intimate and refreshing dining experience that notoriously creating bonds between diners and staff. Shiori truly seeks its counterpart in Berlin.

Max-Beer-Straße 13
Berlin, Berlin

7. Mrs Robinson's

Pappelallee 29, Berlin, Berlin
Per Meurling

Mrs. Robinson’s, the Asian-fusion lovechild of an Israeli chef and his British girlfriend, is a casual fine dining spot that’s been on the lips of many Berliners for the past few months. The dishes served are all based on classic, Western techniques, but every plate is infused with Asian flavors, resulting in everything from filled baos to shrimp noodles. The chef’s specialities are dairy-free ice cream desserts, and his deep-fried bao holds a seriously intense scoop of 70% Valrhona chocolate ice cream. It’s one hell of a showstopper.

Pappelallee 29
Berlin, Berlin

8. Geist im Glas

Lenaustr. 27, Berlin, Berlin
Per Meurling

The rowdy Neukölln bar is now is back better than ever after a fire shut the original project down. By day, Geist im Glas serves one of the best brunches money can buy. Dive in here on a weekend for owner Aishah’s legendary fluffy pancakes with bourbon maple syrup and salty dulce de leche or the best huevos rancheros in town, and wash it all down with magical pitchers of mimosas and bloody marys. By night, it’s a sexy place to sip good whiskey, drink creative cocktails, have a laugh and maybe even get kissed.

Lenaustr. 27
Berlin, Berlin

9. Katerschmaus

Holzmarktstr. 25, Berlin, Berlin
Katerschmaus/Facebook

This iconic restaurant was once a part of Berlin’s legendary Bar 25 nightclub, which sadly had to close its doors in 2010. Newly reopened as part of the Holzmarkt, a project with art, music, and food for the city’s aging creative scene, Katerschmaus is now standing in the very same spot where clubbers famously went to lose track of time and space. It’s now a venue best enjoyed in the daytime — more specifically, sunny days, as the venue stretches elegantly along the banks of the river Spree. The food is non-fussy and modern vegetable-focused cuisine, with the occasional appearance of German classics on the lunch menu.

Holzmarktstr. 25
Berlin, Berlin

10. CODA

Friedelstr. 47, Berlin, Berlin
Kunalum Lee/courtesy CODA

This wickedly cool dessert bar asks you to add another layer to your Berlin night by putting yourself in the hands of one of Germany’s best pastry chefs and his faithful disciples of cunning cocktail masters. Chef René Frank spent the past few years at the three-Michelin-starred“La Vie in Osnabrück, but these days he invites Berlin’s night crawlers to take a seat at one of the concrete tables shaping his minimalistic, dark bar. Try any one of his elaborate dessert creations (which all use zero added sugar), stunningly well-paired with a cocktail from the bar — in itself one of the best in Berlin.

Friedelstr. 47
Berlin, Berlin

11. Maison Han

Pannierstr. 40, Berlin, Berlin
Sonni Holmstedt/courtesy Maison Han

What the countless other Vietnamese restaurants in Berlin might lack, Maison Han more than makes up for with its innovative breakfast pans and banh mi baguettes, served alongside premium Vietnamese coffee imported directly by the restaurant’s in-house coffee roasters. Looking at the abundance of modern Vietnamese food projects opening around town, this is indubitably one of the most interesting examples in Berlin right now, and the hip and relaxed atmosphere makes this a perfect breakfast or lunch spot.

Pannierstr. 40
Berlin, Berlin

12. Khwan

Revaler Str. 99, Berlin, Berlin
Freddy Street/courtesy Khwan

This Thai street-food project serves up a meal that’s everything but subtle, cooked on a battery of open fire pits. The Khwan signature dish is the best example, a smoked and grilled chicken (best drizzled with the accompanying sweet and sour chili sauce) that hits your taste buds like a raging Thai boxer on steroids. This project is rowdy and fun and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch it at street food markets like Bite Club or during its weekend pop-up inside a warehouse hidden within Friedrichshain’s industrial RAW complex — just follow the smoke.

Revaler Str. 99
Berlin, Berlin

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