we had dinner here the other night, and it was quite good. if you opt for either the 4, 5, or 6 course menus, you save a lot of $. however, i was too full, so i just got 2 courses. good thing i did, b/c the portions here are gigantic!! i started w/ the marinated char and had the sea bass as my entree. both were very good. my friend had the scallops, and i tried them, and they were delicious.
for dessert, i tried the choc mousse and apple tart, and both were really good and HUGE.
the space is beautiful and pristine.
This is a great way to see the Reichstag dome if you can't get tour reservations in advance. By eating breakfast at the restaurant, you get to skip the lines leading to the dome but you can still get the audio guide and do a self tour of the dome. Just make sure to make a reservation for the restaurant. Prices are a little higher for breakfast but the views are breathtaking and the service is great. Breakfast was average. TIP --when you get there go to the restaurant first to get a seat closest to the windows and do the audio tour of the dome on the way down. Many people do the tour and then have breakfast and it gets crowded fast.
Must visit this place while you're in berlin, we went on a sunday so they closed at 4:30pm.
The view is amazing, it overlooks the whole of berlin, what's nice is that the brochure tells you the names of the building you're looking at.
The menu had good but very limited options, however the food was excellent, and the presentation was perfect. Staff was friendly and helpful. I would recommend the lamb meatballs and creme brullee for dessert.
Modern, lots of light (came here for breakfast) and nice view of Reichstag.
1 /1 star
The servers were pleasant but it was rather difficult to catch their attention, which was kind of surprising because the restaurant wasn't crowded.
0.5 / 1 star
I ordered Shrimp and Dill Sour Cream Omelet. The shrimp was diced so I had little pieces of shrimp with each and every bite of my omelet. Although the dish was prepared very simply (bordering on plain), I felt the quality of the ingredients used was highlighted beautifully.
BF ordered "Strammer Max", which is smoked ham on crispy bread with cheese, organic eggs, lettuce hearts and gherkins (savory pickles). He seemed to enjoy the dish but said that the bread got soggy rather quickly.
1 / 2 stars
About 33.50 (about $44) euro for 2 breakfast entrées and 2 cups of coffee. Not inexpensive but as a tourist visiting Berlin for the first time, I felt it was worth visiting this restaurant.
1 / 1 star
We breakfasted here solely so we could skip the line getting up to the Reichstag (Bundestag) Dome. Well worth it IMO, since it meant skipping a 1-2 hour line in July. I made the breakfast reservation two days in advance.
The food was quite good and, at breakfast time, not unreasonably expensive. We had an outstanding view of both the Reichstag roof and out over the Tiergarten throughout the meal, then walked right out to the dome to take in the sights and history at our leisure.
In my mind the Reichstag is a "must visit" in Berlin -- and for those tight on time, the restaurant route offers a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
Some friends told us we had to have a meal on top of the Reichstag, and the were so right. Now I have to admit there is a touristy gimmick to this but it is worth doing at least once. Or it is the sort of thing to take business contacts to or if your parents are picking up the tab.
I wasn't that excited by the dinner menu, so went for lunch instead, which I recommend doing. You need to make reservations a day or two a head, but there is an online page that works. Plus, you get to jump the line for the dome, which is a great fringe benefit.
We had the pea and smoked Salmon soup and tomato and goat cheese to start. Both were excellent, but the pea soup is a little taste of summer and just a tad better. For the rest I had the pork (really pork two ways). Which was pork cheeks braised to perfection with pork loin, chantrelles, and cauliflower purée. Excellent! We also had the pike-perch, which was perfect. Cooked perfectly, seasoned appropriately with a dill mustard sauce. The balance was spot on. Service was excellent.
As I said a bit of a tourist thing, but treat yourself at least once to come here for lunch and take in the city skyline. And if you are a visitor, might as well have an amazing lunch on top of the reichstag as you'll probably come here anyways.
Definitely a must while in Berlin.
Dined here in order to skip the line at entry to the top of the dome.
Had to make a reservation one day in advance (late Februrary) for breakfast.
Breakfast was refined and delicious; however, the service was a little spotty. I ordered the veggie omelette, which was accompanied by some delicious bread. Coffee was also very good. Prices can be a little expensive, but you can go for just coffee and cake if you like as well.
Afterwards (or before), you can go directly into the glass dome, which is an architectual masterpiece.
Käfer Berlin is a really chic, modern and trendy restaurant on the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin. The ambience is very relaxing and fresh. Plus not only can you sit inside the restaurant, they also have an open terrace over looking Berlin towards the east, if the weather is bad they have glass screens which can be closed while you take in the views from the outside in.
The Food is delicious here and the service is truly great, we had Sunday lunch here and even though it was very busy and with a children party on the terrace, noise was minimal and service was excellent, really friendly and professional staff. You can see the chefs preparing, cooking and serving your meal as the kitchen is open.
It is not very expensive, compared to many other places in Berlin Mitte, but then again not many tourists know that this gem is tucked away, in a place that they queue around the block for.
Reservations are needed and a good tip is that when reserving a table on top of the Reichstag you avoid the queue, entrance is at the side and in a few seconds you're on the roof of the Reichstag, taking in the great views and the great food. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Just had been here a few weeks back and now again for lunch to celebrate a Birthday. I was very happy on both occasions since food and service were great. This time we had a lovely table right at the window with a fantastic view over the city. The service was outstandingly welcoming and friendly. The salad with goat cheese and cranberry vinaigrette as a starter, the vegetable platter as a main and the ginger creme brulee with pistachios as dessert were cooked very well and to my liking.
What a great place this is! Featuring prompt and efficient German service. Primary draw here is to skip the wait line at the Reichstag which populated with regular folks not about to enjoy a great breakfast and cup of coffee served in a cute ladybug cup. Okay it's a little pricey, but the food is very good and the views are amazing. And you saved yourself maybe an hour of standing in line like a savage. Reservations required in advance...it's like having a Golden Ticket...
I went back again in October 2011 this time taking the girlfriend for another breakfast. Once again it was amazing service, exquisite level of food quality and a very unique dining experience being on the roof of the building where the second world war ended with a bloody siege down to the last man in the last room. All while looking over the entire skyline of Berlin. You must get reservations far in advance and provide them with some identification credentials. Not sure the public can get in here while the German government is in session either.
Käfer Dachgarten is a first class restaurant located inside the Reichstag. A reservation is necessary, but we showed up at their door without a reservation after finishing touring the Reichstag. They were getting ready for a large group and informed us we would only be allowed fifteen minutes to dine, which was fine by us. It allowed us to soak in the beautiful ambiance, have some dessert and a beverage. Service was impeccable, Continental food excellent. Entrance from the outside is below and to the right of the West Portal (West C). Open daily breakfast €9-25 09:00-10:15, lunch €14-21 12:00-14:30; afternoon cake and coffee 15:30-16:30, dinner €17-30 fixed-price €68-89 18:00-00:00 (last food order 21:30).
Schon allein das Gefühl, mit einer Reservierung an der laaangen Touristenschlange vorbei einfach hinauszufahren ist unbezahlbar :)
It was an terrible experience. We were wednessday the first guests. There were only 2 bad tables. The service was bad. No water serving with my double espresso. No cookie or choclate.
The espresso was no more than a bit starker coffee. Terrible.
No hospitality but hostility.
And that for a price we can drink at a terrace, two times so much.
Our advice, keep far away from this place!!!.
No more than 1 point.
One of the great tourist "tips" when visiting Berlin is to have breakfast on the top of the Bundestag. Not only do you avoid the long queue (you enter via a separate entrance) but the restaurant provides a good variety of breakfast choices.
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