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The 10 Best Restaurants In Hamburg

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Not only Germany‘s second largest city, but also one of the largest ports in Europe, Hamburg is full of contradictions and surprises. Located where Alster and Elbe meet, the city hosts an impressive restaurant scene, renowned for its diversity, creativity and high quality. Whether you wish to taste a delicious seafood dish or have an amazing international dining experience, the city’s eating spots will not disappoint you. Here is our guide to the 10 best.

Haerlin

Located at the prestigious Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, this restaurant is widely recognized beyond the city with two Michelin stars, and a visit will easily convince you of it’s worth it. Choose one of the creative menus based on classic French gourmet cuisine, enjoy the elegant interior and let Haerlin‘s team of perfectionists spoil you. Book in advance for a table with a direct view of Alster or stop by the Chef’s table for a champagne aperitif.

Address & telephone number: Neuer Jungfernstieg 9 – 14, Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg, +49 0 40 34 94 33 10

Haerlin
Haerlin| © Courtesy of Haerlin

Estancia Steaks

This is the place for every demanding meat lover. If you crave a delightfully grilled steak, Estancia is ready to serve you perfectly cooked and presented dishes, accompanied by a matching selection of excellent wines, spices and sauces. The cooking details and advice provided by the restaurant’s friendly staff will only improve your unique steak experience.

Address & telephone number: Grosse Reichenstrasse 27, Hamburg, +49 40 30384280

Liman

Although the neighborhood around the Mühlenkamp isn’t exactly what one would call maritime, this cozy restaurant is certainly the ideal place to feel the seaside atmosphere. Suitable both for a dinner with family or friends and a romantic candlelit evening, Liman is known for its super fresh fish specialties. To taste a bit of everything, order one of the outstanding mixed plates, and if you want an affordable meal of high quality, the lunch specials served from Monday until Friday between 12pm and 3pm will be a nice surprise.

Address & telephone number: Muehlenkamp 16, Hamburg, +49 40 37085653

Liman | © Courtesy of Liman
Liman | © Courtesy of Liman

Békaa

A wide range of spiced meat dishes, seafood and vegetables will keep you coming back to this Lebanese restaurant. If you’re not sure where to start, order some meze to sample a bit of everything or try the popular makloube, served with a refreshing yogurt sauce. Accompany your meal with tabbouleh or another tasty salad. Make sure to save room for one or more of the mouthwatering desserts.

Address & telephone number: Rentzelstrasse 50, Hamburg, +49 40 454975

Hamburg | © Roel Hemkess/Flickr

Hamburg | © Roel Hemkess/Flickr

LEAF

Inspired by both international and German cuisine, this restaurant proves that although finding somewhere with excellent vegan food is a difficult task, it is achievable. Even if you are not a vegan, you will fall in love with this cozy restaurant. LEAF‘s changing menu, consisting of certified organic ingredients, will impress you with a variety of innovative dishes. Take your time to fully experience some diverse, complex flavors and textures for an evening to remember.

Address & telephone number: Eulenstrasse 38, Hamburg, +49 40 87095177

Alt Helgoländer Fischerstube

Located at a picturesque waterfront area right on Hamburg’s fish market, this is one of the most beloved fish restaurants of the city. Supplied daily with delicacies from the sea, Alt Helgoländer Fischerstube is the right place to eat high quality, fresh seafood masterpieces that give traditional recipes a modern twist. Take a look at the wonderful decoration, telling its own tales of the past or head for the terrace for the exceptional harbor atmosphere.

Address & telephone number: Fischmarkt 4a-c, Hamburg, +49 403194696

Sea bass, fennel and tomato | © Stijn Nieuwendijk/Flickr
Sea bass, fennel and tomato | © Stijn Nieuwendijk/Flickr

Dal Fabbro

In case you need to escape for a while from the local cuisine, this Italian restaurant is always a great choice. Dal Fabbro offers carefully selected meals and presents them in the best possible way. The elegant interior, the warm candlelit ambiance, the excellent wine list and the attentive service make it the perfect spot for couples and special celebrations.

Address & telephone number: Blankeneser Bahnhofstrasse 10, Hamburg, +49 40 86 89 41

Man Wah

Although it is hard to choose from the delicacies, all of the dishes are worth a try. Man Wah is a nice surprise offering a wide variety of excellent food. Always busy both with locals and visitors, a visit will explain the reason. Try some traditional Chinese dishes and do not leave without tasting the top-notch dim sum.

Address & telephone number: Spielbudenplatz 18, Hamburg, +49 40 3192511Steve's Dim Sum Birthday Party 17 | © Meng He /Flickr
Steve’s Dim Sum Birthday Party 17 | © Meng He /Flickr

A Varina

During your culinary adventure in Hamburg, you may notice the well-known Portugesisches Viertel, or Portugese Quarter, a lively district filled with narrow streets that host numerous Portuguese restaurants. A Varina stands out for its welcoming atmosphere and an incredible seafood selection you simply can’t miss.

Address & telephone number: Karpfangerstrasse 16, Hamburg, +49 40 37 26 62

Akadimia

What distinguishes Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from German is the simplicity of ingredients, the use of olive oil and above all the social dimension of the dining experience, making a meal a nice occasion to meet with family or friends and talk around the table. Akadimia is an outstanding family-run restaurant, offering a wide selection of dishes along with a pleasant atmosphere. Enjoy your meal with your loved ones, share some meze and wash them down with ouzo or tsipouro for a complete Greek experience.

Address & telephone number: Rothenbaumchaussee 31, Hamburg, +49 40 41498310

lamb souvlakia | © Geoff Peters /Flickr
lamb souvlakia | © Geoff Peters /Flickr