The Top 10 Restaurants In Frankfurt's Innenstadt

Photo of Caroline Milne
29 January 2019

Innenstadt is Frankfurt’s downtown commercial hub, which means it’s constantly buzzing with activity. The ideal district for soaking up both high culture and shopping, Innenstadt also boasts a number of Frankfurt’s best restaurants. Whether you want a full fine dining experience or a casual stop to refuel, our list of Innenstadt’s top restaurants is sure to satisfy on any budget.

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While Ariston’s décor is decidedly upscale, their expertly prepared Greek menu is also accessible to more modest budgets. Boasting fresh ingredients and an impressive wine list, Ariston is a haven of relaxation that will make you feel as if you’re on a seaside holiday. The staff demonstrates an abundance of typical Greek hospitality;they’re happy to accommodate special dietary needs, and will ensure that you have everything you need to forget your worries and enjoy your food.

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If you’re craving sushi while exploring Frankfurt’s Innenstadt, Iwase’s sashimi is sure to satisfy. Don’t let the modest interior fool you as their impeccable sushi rivals the best of Tokyo’s menus. Due to the venue’s small size, make sure to make a reservation in advance, especially with a party of more than two. You’ll be glad you did.

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Quattro‘s great Italian menu is a perfect fit for both pasta and meat lovers. Their homemade pasta dishes will wow your senses, such as the orecchiette with broccoli and spicy sausage or the spinach and ricotta tortellini with sage butter. Quattro also offers a number of succulent meat dishes, as well as a variety of seafood and pizza. Here, you can expect excellent quality and warm service in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. Reservations are recommended.


Bidlabu is a culinary force to be reckoned with, offering a modern twist on traditional German and world cuisine made from only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Bidlabu’s menu is a testament to the chef’s creativity and passion for high quality food. The menu changes constantly according to available produce and inspiration, and the décor is intimate without being fussy. This is no mediocre tourist trap, whether you come out for lunch or dinner, you can expect an impressive experience here.

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If you’re in the mood for adventurous and communal eating, head over to Savanna for a taste of traditional Ethiopian cuisine. The décor will instantly transport you to East Africa, while the dishes are simple and aromatic, favouring lots of rich spices and textures. Their menu is served in sharing portions ideal for enjoying with friends, and there are great options that will satisfy both vegetarians and carnivores.

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Restaurant Opéra

Spoil yourself and your dining companion with a meal in Restaurant Opéra, housed inside of Frankfurt’s few remaining historic buildings. Their menu strikes a graceful balance between tradition and modernity, offering sumptuous dishes such as the braised quail or the halibut confit on radicchio vongole risotto, complemented by a simple, tasteful selection of fine wines. The immaculate atmosphere of the old Opera building, with its impressively high ceilings and baroque décor, makes a memorable setting for a long business lunch, a leisurely Sunday brunch or romantic candlelit dinner à deux.

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Heimat is the favorite for fine dining among Frankfurt’s local foodies and expats. The menu is kept short and changes regularly depending on the local market, as the chefs are fully committed to using only the best available ingredients. The main dishes are generous but not overwhelming, and are known to feature the most sumptuously tender cuts of meat. With food of this caliber served in a hip, modern atmosphere by an attentive wait staff, this is one restaurant that’s not to be missed.

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Sugar Mama

Sugar Mama is a charming and stylish café serving the kind of inexpensive, simple lunches and snacks you might find on a sweet grandmother’s kitchen table. The sandwiches, quiche, and hearty salads are all freshly made, and the cookies and cakes will make you forget all your cares. Their location offers a great view of the Elbe River, making this a scenic spot to relax with a warm cup of coffee and a comforting treat.

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Zu den 12 Aposteln

Zu den 12 Aposteln is a true gem, offering the best of traditional German cuisine at very reasonable prices. If you have a hankering for schnitzel, pork, or an oven-baked veggie gratin, this place is the real deal. For an extra kick of authenticity, they even offer their own range of house beers to pair with your meal. The portions are hearty, the service friendly, and the wooden décor makes for a warm and cozy dining atmosphere, so you’re sure to be satisfied on all fronts of your experience here. Come hungry and leave fulfilled.

Sultan Saray

Not your typical kebab joint, Sultan Saray is an excellent place to go for quality food on a budget. This Turkish joint prepares a wide variety of flavorful starter salads, Doners, Lahmacan (Turkish pizza) and kebabs to satisfy both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. That said, the quality of the meat here is especially good. This is the perfect place to stop for a hearty and satisfying lunch on the go, or a delicious dinner that won’t dent your wallet.

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