Food & Drink

The 10 Best Restaurants in Germany (Outside of Berlin)

Published On 07/22/2015 Published On 07/22/2015
Fei Scho
Heroes Premium Burgers
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Apfelweinwirtschaft Adolf Wagner
Gratitude Restaurant
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1. Fei Scho Kolosseumstraße 6, Munchen, 80469

Of all the fusion cuisines that could work, Bavarian-Asian doesn’t sound like one of them. But alas, Fei Scho is proving even some purist foodies wrong. The menu all-stars are steamed dumplings, filled with German meats like Schweinekrustbraten (crispy pork) and pork goulash, and a bunch of side sauces, pickles and salads.

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2. Heroes Premium Burgers Leibnizstraße 13, Frankfurt am Main, 60316

Heroes’ homemade, high-stacked burgers and comic book décor have made it a Frankfurt institution among geeks and foodies alike. There are over 30 burgers on the menu (including fancy fixings like fried eggs, guac and oyster mushrooms), but the classic Butch is always a safe bet.

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3. Restaurant Bareiss 1, Hermine-Bareiss-Weg, Baiersbronn, 72270

Baiersbronn may be a Black Forest village populated at 16,000, but it’s one of the fine dining capitals of the world. In 2007, this eight-seat dining room became the second local establishment to land three Michelin stars. Restaurant Bareiss’ lunch menu is a €125 a head splurge that’s tough to feel guilty about.

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4. Matsumi Colonnaden 96, Hamburg, 20354

Master chef Hideaki Morita’s vibrant sushi platters are, as the Japanese would say, the “plain of high heaven”. Formally trained in Tokyo, Morita’s slice-and-dice skills are certified to even prepare Hugo, a poison fish that can be lethal if done up wrong (unfortunately, it’s illegal in Germany).

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5. Auerbachs Keller Mädler Passage, Grimmaische Str. 2-4, Leipzig, 04109

Auerbachs Keller has been slaying German food and wine since the late sixteenth century. Goethe was a regular, and even wrote about it in Faust I. Today, Auerbachs falls on the touristy side but quality persists. Try the traditional Saxon farmer pan served in the dining room Großer Keller – potato-sauerkraut gratin tossed up with apple, pepper and marinated pork neck steak.

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6. Apfelwein Wagner Schweizer Straße 71, Frankfurt am Main, 60594

Get whatever schnitzel and sausage you want here, but dear God, don’t forget a cold stone jug Apfelwein. There’s no beer here at this rustic wooden inn and if you even try to order it, prepare for a scolding (and everything does sound scarier with a German accent).

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7. Gratitude Türkenstraße 55, Munich, 80799

Although Berlin’s got the national monopoly on good vegan restaurants, Gratitude in Munich brings serious competition. It’s anti-minimalist portions are amazing, like signature dish: a big ol’ grilled avocado stuffed with fresh, organic herbs and veg.

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8. Café Paris Rathausstraße 4, Hamburg, 20095

In Café Paris’ art-deco saloon and butcher’s hall, you can enjoy a feast fit for French (and German) royalty. The “big breakfast for two” with cheeses, meats, salmon, bread, fruit and more is a guaranteed food baby.

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9. Bratwursthäusle Rathauspl. 1, Nürnberg, 90403

These roasted sausage links may look like your average Denny’s breakfast, but don’t let that fool you. Seared on a beech wood grill in sets of six, eight, ten or twelve, the juicy, smoky goodness of these babies is totally unbearable.

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10. Pier 51 Rudolf-von-Bennigsen-Ufer 51, Hannover, 30173

This restaurant overlooking the Machsee is perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner, either out on the breezy outdoor terrace or from behind floor-to-ceiling glass inside. The menu changes seasonally, but the tunafish carpaccio and salmon trout are both stellar options.