- Hannah A. Brattesani
The medieval city of Lubeck is situated in the northernmost state of Germany, in close proximity to Hamburg. Its Gothic charm and village-feel make it a desirable destination if you’re looking for a place to escape the city. So whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, we have the 10 best restaurants that you simply shouldn’t miss.
This upmarket restaurant exudes tradition and class. Set up in a merchant building and dating back to 1585, Wellenwever serves Mediterranean classics with a modern twist. You can enjoy their gastronomic delights on their year-round patio or in their elegant interior. Wellenwever’s chef Roy Peterman even offers evenings where he will give you a glimpse into his kitchen and divulge a few of his culinary secrets.
Contact: Beckergrube 71, +49 (0) 451 70 43 33
Schabbelhaus is as historic as it is delicious. Though much of the restaurant was destroyed during WWII, the merchants of Lubeck restored the building and managed to retain some of its original features. The restaurant is now one of the most beautiful buildings in Schleswig-Holstein and serves delicate Mediterranean food. Choose from one of their set menus and you will not be disappointed.
Watch out for: Duck breast with caramelized chestnuts Contact: Mengstraße 48-52, 0451-72011
For an authentic German dinner look no further than Brauberger. With home-brewed beer, local dishes, and an outdoor beer garden, this is the perfect spot for a hearty meal after a long day walking around the city. Don’t miss their schnitzel!
Contact: Alfstr. 36, +49 451 71444
NoKi Nordic Kitchen
With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, stylish interior, and arguably the best Nordic food in Lubeck, NoKi Nordic Kitchen is a delightful restaurant that you will want to visit again and again. The catering team at NoKi have a preference for local producers and promise the freshest seafood. Enjoy their dishes in the rose garden or in one of their three dining rooms.
Contact: Doctor Julius Leber Straße 69, 0451/58696890
This Italian restaurant is perfect to pop into when exploring the old town. Serving perfectly executed Italian classics (with plenty of options beyond your typical pizza and pasta), Ristorante Gusto is cozy and a great value for your money. Go here if you want no-frills Italian food served by a friendly staff.
Contact: Fischergrube 47, 0451 70 78 333
In the cellar of Lubeck’s historic town hall is a popular restaurant serving hearty portions of traditional German dishes. With medieval features and a grand interior, the Ratskellar has an atmosphere that is difficult to replicate elsewhere; it is impossible not to feel as though you have traveled back in time.
Contact: Markt 13, 045172044
Veg at Table
Finding a vegetarian restaurant in a meat-centric country can prove difficult, but with Veg at Table you’re in luck. Serving a variety of vegetarian staples and the best veggie burger in Lubeck, Veg at Table is situated along the very picturesque Fleischhauer Strasse and is the perfect remedy to a long day wandering around the city.
With its mostly student clientele, minimalist decor, and delicious Italian food, Lubecker Nudelkontor is the perfect spot for a relaxed and informal meal. There’s no need to dress up or pull out the big bucks because this Italian restaurant promises great food for a great price in a friendly surrounding.
Contact: Beckergrube 25, 4517907794
This family-owned restaurant overlooks the Koberg in Lubeck and has been serving delicious Chinese food for three generations. Shanghai’s dishes are a refreshingly modern take on existing classics, and the decor compliments their food with its undeniably traditional flair and contemporary twists. If you fancy a break from German cuisine or simply hanker after something a little different, stop by Shanghai for an unforgettable meal.
Contact: Koberg 6, +49 451 77 666
The Schiffergesellschaft building goes as far back as 1401; for this reason along with the consistently delicious food, this Lubeck landmark is a favorite among tourists. The fish-based menu offers a variety of seafood combinations and can be paired with one of their many cocktails or carefully chosen wines.
Contact: Breite Str. 2, +49 451 76776