5 – Cinco by Paco Pérez
Catalan star chef Paco Pérez’s very first endeavor outside Spain is this Michelin- starred restaurant in Das Stue Hotel. His aim is to tickle all five senses with avant- garde taste experiences that take full advantage of the flavors and ingredients of his home country. €€€–€€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.5- cinco. com. Drakestr. 1. T: 030.3117220. S Tiergarten. C3
Situated in a glass atrium of The Mandala Hotel and ringed by the courtyard’s trees, Facil has mastered understated elegance in both its décor and cuisine. Double- Michelin- starred chef Michael Kempf is particularly masterful with seafood when creating his fine menus. €€€€. Mon– Fri L&D. www.facil.de. Potsdamer Str. 3. T: 030.590051234. S Potsdamer Platz. D3
Named “Best German Restaurant” of 2012, recipient of a Michelin star, and with head chef Matthias Diether named “Berlin Master Chef 2013,” First Floor has clearly earned its gourmet stripes. Part of the Hotel Palace Berlin, the fine dining spot serves inspired French haute cuisine.
€€€€. Daily D, closed Mon. www.firstfloor.palace. de. Budapester Str. 45. T: 030.25021020. S+U Zoologischer Garten, U Kurfürstendamm. C4
Pure, straightforward luxury is the formula at this restaurant in the Regent Berlin Hotel. One of just a handful of Berlin restaurants to earn two Michelin stars, Fischers Fritz will not fail to impress with its elevated cuisine and finely honed service.
€€€€. Daily B, L, D. www.fischersfritzberlin.com. Charlottenstr. 49. T: 030.20336363. U Französische Straße. E3
Austria- born chef Sebastian Frank has built himself a reputation – and earned a Michelin star – with his highly creative, oftentimes minimalist use of seasonal ingredients, from sunchokes to candied parsley root to spruce needles. Vegetarian options available. Warm, wooden interior and lovely outdoor patio for the warmer months. €€€. WedSun D. www.restaurant- horvath.de. Paul- LinckeUfer 44a. T: 030.61289992. U Kottbusser Tor. F4
On the 14th floor of the InterContinental Hotel, Hugos offers great views of the city along with the Michelin- starred French- German cuisine of chef Thomas Kammeier. Its reputation as one of Berlin’s go-to gourmet destinations is well earned. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.hugos-restaurant.de. Budapester Str. 2. T: S+U Zoologischer Garten. C4
Refined yet bold top-notch dining has brought this restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria widespread renown. Under the leadership of star chef Pierre Gagnaire, the menu has clear French influences while daring to incorporate flavors from India, the Middle East, and further afield. €€€€. Daily D, closed Sun. www.waldorfastoriaberlin.com. Hardenbergstr. 28. T: 030.8140000. S+U Zoologischer Garten, U Kurfürstendamm. C4
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
Like Fischers Fritz, the Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer has two Michelin stars and a well- earned spot in the upper echelon of Berlin’s finest restaurants. No detail is spared in the creation of an unforgettable dining experience, and the masterful hand of chef Hendrik Otto is evident in every taste. €€€€. Tue– Sat D. www.lorenzadlon- esszimmer.de. Unter den Linden 77. T: 030.2661196. S+U Brandenburger Tor. E3
Located in the gymnasium of a former Jewish girls’ school, Pauly Saal’s chic, hip décor is matched by a menu of equally creative German cuisine, which was newly awarded a Michelin star in 2013. Meat dishes made from local game are a special highlight. €€€. Daily L&D, closed Sun. www.paulysaal.com. Auguststr. 11-13. T: 030.33006070. S Oranienburger Straße. E2
Chef Daniel Achilles didn’t earn two Michelin stars by playing it safe. The two nightly dinner menus at Reinstoff – one focused on regional tastes, the other incorporating influences from further afield – are successful experiments in exciting, avantgarde cuisine. How about some licorice algae or miso praline? €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.reinstoff.eu. Schlegelstr. 26c. T: 030.30881214. U Naturkundemuseum, S Nordbahnhof. E2
Wine bar, wine shop, and restaurant in one, it’s a safe bet that a meal at Rutz will come with the perfect wine accompaniment. Chef Marco Müller’s six-, eight-, and 10- course “Inspiration Menus” combine simple yet diverse ingredients into creative taste sensations. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.rutz-weinbar.de. Chausseestr. 8. T: 030.24628760. U Oranienburger Tor. A3
From his humble beginnings growing up in Kreuzberg, Tim Raue has become one of the most known culinary names in Berlin, plumbing the Far East for his inspiration. His namesake restaurant serves refined interpretations of Asian cuisine, such as his famed personal take on Peking Duck.
€€€€. Tue–Sun L&D. www.tim-raue.com. RudiDutschke-Str. 26. 030.25937930. U Kochstraße. E4
Managing to be both luxurious and minimalist at the same time, the Michelin- starred Vau is one of the most high- caliber restaurants in the city. Headed by star chef Kolja Kleeberg, who has since expanded upon his fame with a cooking show on TV, the Vau kitchen combines the best of French and German culinary traditions. €€€€. Mon–Sat L&D. www.vau- berlin.de. Jägerstr. 54-55. T: 030.2029730. U Hausvogteiplatz. E3