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Cafe Berlin

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Available Monday-Friday 11:30am to 3pm
Kartoffel Pfannkuchen
Potato pancakes, house made apple sauce, sour cream
two Bavarian style pretzels with a trio of mustards or Obatzter (bier cheese spread made with beer, Camembert, butter, caraway, paprika) 9/11
Sauerkraut Bälle
Sauerkraut and cheese, breaded, fried, with whole grain mustard aioli
Soup of the day 4/6
Pikante Gulasch Suppe
Hearty beef and vegetable soup seasoned with paprika 5/7
Grilled chicken $+3.00
Spinat Salat
Spinach, candied walnuts, crispy bacon, hard-boiled egg, house made honey-mustard
Gemischte Salatplatte
4 Traditional German salads cucumber-dill, carrot-raisin, cabbage-caraway and tomato onion
Deutscher Wurstsalat
Bierwurst, fleischwurst, hard German salami, bell peppers, lemon vinaigrette 10 /// the Swiss way-with cheese… 12 10/12
All sandwiches are served with the soup of the day and your choice of German potato salad or green salad
Reuben Sandwich
House cured corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, homemade thousand island dressing, marble rye (can be made with roast turkey)
Wurst Sandwich
Bratwurst,​ bockwurst, bauernwurst, debrizinier or weisswurst, sauerkraut, pretzel roll make it currywurst style w/ curry sauce (no sauerkraut)
Cajun Sandwich
Blackened chicken breast, monterrey jack, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard, pumpernickel
Schnitzel Sandwich
Breaded pork schnitzel, sautéed onion, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayonnaise, ciabatta roll
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Puten BLT
House roasted turkey breast, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, spicy mayonnaise, pumpernickel
Wiener Schnitzel
Veal, pounded thin, breaded, pan fried, roasted potatoes, veggies
Pork loin, pounded thin, breaded, pan fried, bacon and mushroom gravy, spatzle
Red wine marinated braised beef roast, bread and potato dumplings, red cabbage
Bratwurst, weiss wurst, kasseler rippchen, crispy bacon, nurnberger sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes
German​ meatloaf, mashed potatoes, creamed peas, onion gravy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
German, European, Central European, International
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 13 December 2018

Cafe Berlin proved again to be an ideal spot for a quiet lunch with friends. It's convenient to Union Station and the Hill, smallish and white-tableclothed but not at all pretentious. The lunch menu offers a good variety of traditional German foods, creatively prepared. Sandwiches...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank VirginiaTrippers
Reviewed 7 December 2018

We found this on TA and it sounded nice. We ran out of evenings and decided to go for lunch. They split the schnitzel entree for us and it was plenty for two with sharing a starter. Wonderful beer on tap and fabulous desert. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Maine_Traveler74
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

I had the great fortune to eat a bratwurst in a brezel roll at the Heurich House Christmas market. Amazing taste and on a fresh brezel. It was truly like being back in Bavaria at a Christmas market! I’m ready to visit the restaurant for...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank XVictorious
Reviewed 13 November 2018

I got to go to Cafe Berlin when some friends visited the area. They like German food as much as I do, so we decided to go downtown and have dinner. We didn't make a reservation, so when we got there, we were told they...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank RestonVoyager
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Close to the train station - nice. Good comfort food. We had schnitzels with sides like authentic German potato salad which were tasty. Not as great as the best ever in Vienna, but still a taste of Germany during Oktoberfest. German beers on tap, and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank mazalea2012
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I made the effort to go to this restaurant on the suggestion of someone else. They did not disappoint. I had the goulasch and he had the venison dish. Both were good. We may have to go back while we are here to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank travelpurplemonkey
Reviewed 8 October 2018

My Bride and I had occasion to be in DC recently and engaged a local lady in conversation about random things. That led to her recommending we head to Cafe Berlin for something many tourists might miss. We did, and I now have a new...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank WWilliams1965
Reviewed 25 September 2018

The food was good but overcooked and dry. The service was confused and slow. We ordered potato pancakes and they lacked any taste.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ed R
Reviewed 20 September 2018

In DC for a meeting and wanted a local restaurant within walking distance of my hotel. Jackpot with the Cafe Berlin. Authentic German food all made fresh daily. The chef and sous chef are from Germany and have worked together for 20 years. The restaurant...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Janet W
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

My friend advised me this cafe,so it wasn't a random choice visit. The first impression is that you are in Europe. It's located in a quiet place, so has such a cozy atmosphere. We had a table outside,and great weather together with the greenery around...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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