Berlin’s Top 50 Eateries 2017

The ultimate food bucket list

Jul 5th, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the annual BERLIN’S TOP 50 EATERIES list! This 2017 list marks the second year of this selection – a guide to my most favourite restaurants and eateries in Berlin. Like every year, the list contains everything fine dining restaurants to street food trucks and is designed for locals as your ultimate food bucket list!

What with all the Michelin StarsWorld’s 50 Best and Eater top lists, there are so many guides to where you should be dining out across the world right now. And whilst those such as my Eater guide to The 12 Hottest Restaurants in Berlin are an exceptionally useful tool for everyone visiting our city for a short period of time, none of these lists really dive into the heart of dining like a local. That’s why I created the Berlin’s Top Eatery award, and here, for the second year running, is the fundamental top list of our fine city’s very best eateries – all from the perspective of a local. This list forms the culinary backbone of our city, bringing together the food institutions which lead the way and act as culinary role models to all of their peers. Of course it’s highly subjective – but if my overly excessive eating in this city’s food establishments is good for anything, then it’s such a list.

“the fundamental top list of our fine city’s very best eateries – all from the perspective of a local”

Every food-serving institution in the city is eligible to win a spot on this list (provided they’ve been open for 6 months and longer). Only proper meals – no bakeries, cafés, ice cream shops or bars – feature, and every year I revisit everyone who made last year’s top eateries and assess them against newer openings. A win therefore, comes with an obligation to; stay great, be consistent, and to improve the quality of the food experience every day, and every service.

All eateries who’ve won the award this year have a black ‘Berlin’s Top 50 Eateries 2017′ sticker which you can look out for in their windows or on their doors. Help me celebrate the achievements of these food heroes by visiting these eateries and supporting their businesses, because the following 50 places are truly damn exceptional (ranked here in alphabetical order):


893 Ryōtei
The slick, West Berlin, Tokyo gangster experience, with sensational sushi and Nikkei food.

Adana Grillhaus
Traditional Turkish Grill House with the tastiest lamb chops in town

Bandol sur Mer
The relaxed fine-dining institution with a modern take on French cuisine

Big Stuff BBQ
The papa bear of the Berlin BBQ scene

Buns Mobile
The best food truck in Berlin serving delicious things in delicious buns

The Peruvian hotspot and very best pisco bar in Berlin

Cocolo Ramen
The champions of Berlin ramen

The fine-dining experience that’s much more than a dessert bar

The experimental Austrian gastro winebar

Da Jia Le
The quality thinker of the Chinese food scene

Doyum Grillhaus
The best Adana kebab in Berlin and an extraordinary destination for Turkish grilled meats

Duc Anh (at Dong Xuan)
The very best classic Vietnamese food in Berlin

Eins Unter Null
The contemporary, terroir-driven fine dining experience

Traditional German Brotzeit based with outstanding charcuterie and cheeses

The ultimate produce-focused dining experience

The unique, modern, DIY Turkish BBQ restaurant

Grill Royal
Notorious celebrity hangout and the best steak house

Güllü Lahmacun
Homemade Turkish heaven with exceptional Manti and Gözleme

Heno Heno
The amazing Soba and Udon experience

Neo-Austrian, refined fine-dining on the banks of the canal in Kreuzberg

Imbiss 204
The magical German eatery with the best meatball buletten in Berlin

The Berlin döner institution which sets the döner kebab-meat benchmark

Industry Standard
The groundbreaking modern bistro that put Neukölln on the food map

Modern Israeli-Palestinian comfort food, served with a lot of soul

Kings of the Thai BBQ. Smoked dreams start here.

Kin Dee
The most refined Thai food in Berlin right now

Konak Izmir
The king of the Berlin köfte sandwich

Kumpel & Keule
One-stop artisan butcher and home to the best sausages in Berlin

Lebensmittel in Mitte
The very best place for a sensational Southern German lunch

Lode & Stijn
The exceptional Dutch neo-bistro

Madame Ngo
The best place for Pho in Berlin

Michelberger Hotel
Modern fusion-dining inside Berlin’s coolest hotel

The extraordinary Jewish deli and home to the best pastrami our city has to offer

Mrs. Robinson’s
Infectiously addictive bao and awesome Asian-inspired desserts

Nobelhart & Schmutzig
The regional produce-focused revolution of Berlin’s fine dining scene

The best sushi in Berlin made by a Korean sushi-master

Pastificio Tosatti
Some of the city’s best handmade pasta and stunning Italian comfort plates

Pauly Saal
Contemporary and fresh German fine-dining in a stunning location

Pignut BBQ
U.S. Southern style pork and chicken BBQ

Schöneberg’s amazing chicken döner kebab heaven

Salumeria Lamuri
Beautiful pasta salumeria

Standard Pizza
The perfect Neapolitan-style pizza

Thai Park
An extraordinarily unique piece of Thai food culture in West Berlin

The Store Kitchen
The monumentally fresh and vibrant contemporary eatery inside Soho House

Tommi’s Burger Joint
Our Icelandic messenger of true burger hope

W-Der Imbiss
The gloriously unique Hawaian-Indian-Mexican fast food joint

A piece of Tel Aviv food and party sunshine in Berlin

Perfect Makali and other awesome Syrian dishes

The best and most authentic Japanese restaurant in Berlin

Zur letzten Instanz
Because once in a while we all need to eat a proper Eisbein