Germans in general are famed for their love of the noble hog (in all things schnitzely, wursty, and Eisbein-ey, which is pork knuckle by the way, and it's delicious), but everybody loves a good steak, and these seven spots are where Berlin's savviest meat-seeking denizens go when they're after a bovine upgrade, all power-ranked for your pleasure.
7. The Bird
This Prenzlauer Berg joint is a cult fav w/ American expats & those looking for a good ol’ fashion Yankee-style steak. The beef comes via Iowa’s cornfields, giving it that GMO crave-worthy flavor & dry aging for 30 days = a perfect tender bite. The place is also insanely popular for their (deliberately) super-greasy burgers.
6. The Grand
This beautifully laid-out 170yr-old chow-house uses an American grill fired up to 800°C to instantly scorch the protein, giving it "perfect caramelization". They don’t import the Iowan corn-fed, but you can sample beefs from the Alps, Ireland, Canada, and Australia instead.
One of Berlin’s top choices for meat, this tiny 26-seat resto offers a fine-dining take on steaks, but chandeliers & fancy bar aside, the place still has plenty of the city’s relaxed vibe. The menu is heavy on the bovine w/ a rotating filet of the day to back up a tentpole menu of three week dry-aged rumps, ribs, and entrecotes.
With a name that literally means "meat-lust", the motto at this lounge-like restaurant is “grill’n chill” (which thankfully refers to a general attitude, rather than an actual cooking technique). The vibe is understandably pretty laid back, w/ a DJ on the weekends & a two-for-one cocktails happy hour daily. The cow cuts come by way of an American chef, and their T-bone weighs in at an impressive 500 grams.
3. Brooklyn Beef Club
Forget about medium or (shudder) well done. This steakhouse channels the attitude of the namesake NY neighborhood w/ their own temperature-scale, done by color. So, order the beef (aged U.S. farm-raised Black Angus, no less) pink, red, or dark red, which they'll call "blue" just to further confuse the issue. The bar's slinging 170+ whiskeys, and their wine list is all-Napa.
2. To Beef Or Not To Beef
Despite sounding like the semi-philosophical musings of an angry rapper, this west Berlin spot is actually an Italian-style steakery, with beef imported from the famous Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini. Skip the classic sirloin steak & expand your steaky horizons with the Panzanese; a tender cut from the inside of the leg, and one of the reasons this place is so far up the list (alongside the sleek interior, the delicious Italian wine, and the heated slates the steak is served on to keep it warm).
1. Grill Royal
Grill Royal gets points for its celeb appeal (George Clooney & Matt Damon are fans), the mod art décor, Spree River location, and the Bond-esque classy feel of the space. The restaurant also boasts one of the largest selections of steaks in Berlin, including beef from Argentina, Australian Wagyu, and Omaha Angus -- for the best experience, Chef Michael Böhnke suggests ordering several different cuts/types of meat for a taste-test comparison.
1. FiletstückSchönhauser Allee 45, Berlin
2. The BirdAm Falkplatz 5, Berlin
3. The GrandHirtenstraße 4, Berlin
4. FleischlustPappelallee 36, Berlin
5. Brooklyn Beef ClubKöpenicker Str. 92, Berlin
6. To Beef Or Not To BeefAkazienstraße 3, 10823 Berlin, Berlin
7. Grill RoyalFriedrichstr. 105b, Berlin
This tiny restaurant may have only 26 seats, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor, offering delicious and juicy cuts of steak and a rotating filet of the day.
Opened by a pair of dudes from the Big Apple, The Bird brings a little New York dive ambience to Berlin, pouring brews and serving grub like burgers, steaks, and chicken wings.
This classy steakhouse/resto serves up delicious cuts of meat, and you can choose where your beef comes from, including the Alps, Ireland, Canada, and Australia.
This Prenzlauer Berg steakhouse is big on flavorful meat and a laid-back atmosphere, after all, their motto is "grill 'n chill".
If you're looking to chow down on some good ol' American farm-raised Black Angus, then you won't be disappointed by this Mitte steak joint.
The inevitable answer is clearly "to beef", and so this place is the perfect spot to do so. It has plenty of classic Italian dishes, but the variety and quality of the steaks is the real draw.
Locals always claim they can't stand this place, but that doesn't mean they don't flock to it gleefully. The Grill Royal is one of the many restaurants in Boris Radczun's empire and it's consistently packed by both tourists and Berliners, all of whom come to the art décor-esque spot for a great menu of filet mignon, salmon tartare, oysters, tons of steak, and about 750 wines & champagnes. If it's good enough for Clooney and Damon (a Berlin favorite for both), then it's good enough for you.