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Berlin’s Most Exciting Michelin Starred Restaurants

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Updated: 9 February 2017
A treasure trove of affordable eats, highly sought after street food markets, and kebab stands galore, Berlin certainly has a certain reputation when it comes to its gastronomic scene. Things are often casual and alternative, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of places around the city that are Michelin worthy as well. Here are the most exciting among them.
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Located on the serene street of Jägerstraße, just a stone’s throw from Gendarmenmarkt, VAU is a contemporary restaurant with a French-inspired tasting menu that will blow the mind of even the pickiest of foodies. Each of the two menus is comprised of courses that are designed to complement one another in ways that are likened to a classical composition and an edgier jazz ensemble. In addition to the menu listings themselves, chef Kolja Kleeberg surprises guests with extra little dishes along the way, making this meal exciting to the senses from start to finish. Visit their interactive website for a virtual taste of the creativity injected into each dish.

Jägerstraße 54-55, 10117 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 202 9730

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Mani by Amano Group

Part of the equally hip and luxurious hotel by the same name, Mani serves modern variations of French and Eastern Mediterranean delights under the direction of head chef Octavio Oses Bravo in an earthen tropical interior. Appetizers are served tapas-style, making this an excellent choice for those who enjoy a more communal dining experience, though the food is so delicious some things might truly be difficult to politely share. The menu selections are intriguing too, with things like quail egg topped with harissa mayonnaise, or cauliflower paired with almonds and salted lemon. Meanwhile, mains include an elevated version of grilled halloumi, along with Middle Eastern-style lamb and succulent, dry aged beef.

Torstraße 136, 10119 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 5302 8080

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Pauly Saal

Established by the same owners as the famous steakhouse Grill Royal, Pauly Saal is known for its remakes on traditional German fare. The vibe is more casual than many fine-dining establishments, but there is still an undoubted sense of sophistication that makes a meal here feel special. The restaurant’s glossy brick tile walls are punctuated with an enormous rocket situated at the back of the restaurant. A taxidermy animal or two are situated on shelves beneath striking, multi-tiered, yellow light fixtures, and the evergreen upholstered chairs provide a striking contrast to the existing color scheme. If eating dinner in what could be the set of a Wes Anderson film weren’t enough reason to visit, Pauly Saal also does fantastic cocktails and upscale bar snacks to complement.

Auguststraße 11-13, 10117 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 3300 6070

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Lucky Leek

What makes Lucky Leek in Prenzlauer Berg particularly special is that it’s possible to enjoy this fine-dining experience entirely vegan, which means that it is more than welcome as a break from Berlin’s many fast food-style vegan imbisse, or the ubiquitously meat-heavy haute cuisine. Items are made with the freshest of seasonal veggies, meaning that the menu changes often. If you’re wondering just what exactly vegan fine dining might entail, some options include apple-celery risotto, potato-cucumber soup, kohlrabi carpaccio, and walnut moussaka, among many other tasty, plant-based delicacies.

Kollwitzstraße 54, 10405 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 6640 8710

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Fischers Fritz

Located in the Regent Hotel, Fischers Fritz offers a new take on traditional bistro-style fine dining in this timber-clad restaurant with baroque accenting that provides excellent views of the nearby Gendarmenmarkt. They predominantly serve French-inspired seafood dishes, like salt crusted sea bass and Breton lobster served with sweetbread. Between the extra treats doled out between courses, the in-house sommelier on hand to answer questions and make suggestions, and the lovely ambiance, Fischers Fritz rightfully boasts two Michelin stars. Plus, Fischers Fritz also does an excellent breakfast spread featuring an array of cheeses, meats, breads, eggs, and more.

Charlottenstraße 49, 10117 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2033 6363

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Also known for its wonderful breakfasts and baked goods, Alpenstueck is an upscale restaurant specializing in contemporary Alpine cuisine. Light and flaky whilst simultaneously moist and juicy, they make one of the best schnitzels in the city. The interior itself is quite elegant, decorated in pale tones and accented with a feature wall made of inverted beech logs and tables garnished with fresh flowers and candles. This spot is popular among artists and creative elites in the city, and it is known for its cozy, home cooked dishes, which are also typically a bit lighter than most traditional German fare.

Gartenstraße 9, 10115 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2175 1646


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The restaurant of the Mandala Hotel, FACIL is a gourmet Asian fusion eatery set in tranquil surrounds. Situated beneath a retractable glass ceiling, the restaurant is located on Potsdamer Platz and its walls are almost entirely comprised of large glass windows. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu at FACIL surpasses the appeal of its dazzling ambiance, earning it two Michelin stars. Dishes are unique, light, and perpetually creative. The set menu, for instance, includes wagyu beef tartare, braised brisket paired with plums, and yellow beet served with eucalyptus and sunflower. Be sure to save room for dessert, as FACIL’s patissier Thomas Yoshida is known for his artful creations, which feature unique blends of ingredients like rhubarb, coffee, and sorrel mushrooms.

Potsdamer Straße 3, 10785 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 5900 51234