Restaurants in Düsseldorf range from classy business joints to traditional Black Forest taverns, encompassing dishes that range from Japanese and European haute-cuisine to the best beer in the land. Discover the contemporary trends and exquisite tastes of the city with this list of the 10 best restaurants around.
Boasting exquisite panoramic views over the Rhine River from its perch on Media Harbor, Sansibar is a high-class lounge-come-bar that offers a multitude of international dishes. From juicy steaks to sushi, oysters, fresh fish and the traditional German curry-wurst, this joint by Breuninger is a smorgasbord of flavors. What’s more, great wines abound, with more than 350 types on offer from the cellar. Located on the first floor of the Breuninger Center, Sansibar is a delight for all palates.
Perched high on the upper floors of the Hyatt Regency, Dox Restaurant manages to combine chic, glamorous interiors and modern service with a classic Japanese kitchen. Watch out for some great marinated fruits and the trademark ‘chirashi rice DOX’, a fresh mélange of the fish of the day, shrimps, avocado, yuzu mayo and unagi sauce.
Not just another burger place, Bob & Mary is a restaurant specialising in artistic mastery of everything burger related. Bob & Mary boasts a distinct architecture and a stylish interior design, all based in the bustling Media Harbor. Its creative ideas come directly from its well-travelled owners, united in the passionate pursuit of designing the perfect concept burger restaurant. Besides juicy burgers, this one serves crispy salads, sesame chicken, and fresh, mango-packed fruit deserts.
Simplicity and excellence are the first words that come to mind about this traditional Japanese restaurant with European influences. Yoshizumi Nagaya, the mastermind behind the restaurant, treats dishes with all the meticulousness of a scientist and the creativity of an artist. A heritage passed on from the grand-master of traditional Japanese cuisine, Takada Hasho. The restaurant is famous (and awarded) for combining traditional, purist Japanese dishes with the haute cuisine of Europe, creating real uniqueness and innovation. All of the options on the menu are worth trying, but the shabushabu, or wagyu roast beef with mango-sesame-ponzu sauce and the cherry blossom ice cream and leaf croquant, are definitely chart-toppers!
Among Germany’s finest burger restaurants, What’s Beef?‘s particular philosophy revolves around regional foods and environmental sustainability. Consequently, all the ingredients here are organic, high-quality and locally-produced. Of course, the beef is of the highest standard, too, and all dishes are prepared on the same day the meat is delivered. The highlight of the menu is arguably the wagyu burger, but there are also some juicy steaks and spare ribs to get stuck into.
Because after a juicy burger comes the time for coffee and relaxation, there is no place like Toykio Coffee & Gallery to go and unwind. Encompassing the cream of the city’s cafe culture with a pinch of art and cutting-edge design, some sandwiches, cookies, paintings, bagels, books, graffiti, drinks, toys, and posters, this one represents a real culinary hotspot in Düsseldorf . ‘Yet, it was all a dream’, says a sign on the wall at the back of the bar; a terse capitulation of this otherworldly design cafe created under the tutelage of Selim Varol.
Victorian is a multiple award-winning restaurant that’s hailed for its gourmet dishes, cooking methods and innovative combinations that change daily. Expect a menu that ranges from fresh fish in the main to delicious starters, such as radish, cucumber and mustard that manage to challenge tasters’ perceptions. The restaurant has a major focus on lunch, but also has delightful dinner options and an impressive collection of wines from all over the world.
Touting the oldest beer production in Düsseldorf (now in continuous production for 175 years), Schumacher Alt is one of the few independent breweries in town. Family-owned and ready to spoil its guests with the finest bier, the ale here comes deeply colored an intense amber, with flavors of citrus and malts. Food-wise, the menu is a typical German one, with meat products specially prepared, such as goulash, pike-perch filet and a cascade of soups from this part of the Rhine Valley. Staff are always happy to offer recommendations.
Uber-traditional Dorfstube is a complete timber restaurant with a nostalgic hint of the old fashioned German village tavern. The restaurant is quirky with curious pieces of décor, like the grand old Alkoda stove, accompanied by home-made wood grinders, cook-clocks and lines of classic tea cups with reindeer prints, specifically designed in line with the original Black Forest kitchen. But Dorfstube does far more than just traditional design, it also impresses with extravagant dishes, such as warm oxtail pralines and coq-au-vin from local farmers, followed up by a crispy rhubarb crumble.
Breweries are typical places for Germans to meet and chat after a hard day at work, but characterful Uerige is not only a local meeting place, it is also home to some of the best regional German beer in the country. With a friendly and cozy atmosphere spread across six major rooms, patrons have plenty of space to celebrate German cuisine, beer or just being in Düsseldorf. On the menu, distinctive types of sausages, soups, tartar, and red beet carpaccio with goats’ cheese rub shoulders, while for dessert try the super-light and creamy panna cotta.