Berlin is a city that thrives in the contemporary, drawing in visitors from all over the world to revel in the city’s multifaceted scenes and subcultures. Its boundary-pushing, open ethos translates from its world-famous clubs to its modern gastronomy scene, creating a dynamic, contemporary dining experience. To discover the latest and greatest, check out our list of the best contemporary restaurants in Berlin.
Katz Orange is a laid-back restaurant with an outstanding and international menu that uses season produce. Its rustic charm icludes exposed brick, warm tones and a comfortable interior that creates an inviting atmosphere. The menu combines Katz Orange’s core value of sustainable gastronomy, often using locally sourced produce for their seasonally tailored dishes. The restaurant is part of the Contemporary Food Lab and is committed to a holistic, progressive and conscious approach to food – giving guests a contemporary, seasonal dining experience in the heart of Berlin.
Opened in 2014, House of Small Wonder is the sister restaurant of a Brooklyn-based joint of the same name. Its culinary concept follows in the footsteps of the original location, incorporating Japanese influences with fresh, flavourful, comfort food. Using organic, locally sourced ingredients and unique Japanese flavours where possible, the menu is an exciting mix of classic brunch specials, homemade bread, croissants and fusion Japanese dishes. The warm, organic feel of House of Small Wonder’s menu can also be felt through the restaurant’s interior, where natural light, quirky design and plenty of plants create a contemporary, cool vibe.
Bringing together culinary fusion and quirky design, NENI Berlin is part of the 25 Hours Hotels empire, embodying the signature flair the hotels are known for. Located in West Berlin, the restaurant’s menu is a cultural mosaic of Persian, Russian, Arabian, Moroccan, Israeli, Turkish, Spanish, German and Austrian influences. Combining modern flavours with rooftop views and a unique, jungle-like atmosphere, NENI promises an amazing, one-of-a-kind menu in a stunning setting.
DUDU is a chic, minimalistic Asian fusion restaurant located centrally in Mitte. The restaurant’s interior is sophisticated, modern and stylish, and this energy is further reflected throughout its menu, offering plates of marinated meats, freshly-made sushi, simple but perfectly executed papaya and peanut salads, and delicately flavoured pho soups. Contemporary and cool, DUDU is the very definition of simple, modern Asian dining.
Evolved from the unique and one-off spirit of Japanese tea ceremonies, Shiori is an incredible and intimate dining experience in Berlin. The restaurant has only one, small sitting a night, catering to ten diners, offering a truly special dining experience. With a menu of traditional Japanese cuisine, each night the restaurant creates a delightfully cosy dining experience for its guests.
BRLO is the Berlin-based craft beer brewery and modern cuisine restaurant uniquely located in a collection of converted shipping containers by the Spree in Kreuzberg. Having mastered the craft beer game in Berlin, BRLO turned its attention to gastronomy. The restaurant concept is built around aims to take the relationship between food and beer to a new level. With the huge two-levelled space serving up a contemporary, seasonal menu, including dishes like the BRLO Pale Ale-glazed cauliflower and dry-aged pork belly, there’s something here for everyone.
Good Bank takes the farm-to-plate restaurant model to a whole new level – they grow all their vegetables and salads right here at their in-house vertical garden. Located in central Mitte, Good Bank transforms unused urban areas into productive farms for fresh, delicious produce. Avoiding any pesticides, they offer a sustainable dining menu, filled with amazing, mouthwatering flavours including decadent vegan truffle mushrooms bowls and gin-salmon avocado salads.
Modern Mexican cuisine has found a home in Berlin at Santa Cantina. The sister restaurant of Santa Maria and Piri Chicken, Santa Cantina takes all the classic favourites from Mexican cuisine you love and adds its own contemporary twist. With favourites like jerk chicken tacos, mushroom nachos and yuca fries, as well as plenty of sharing plates, small dishes and an amazing selection of margaritas, Santa Cantina offers an extensive menu of well-priced modern Mexican treats.