What are the best restaurants in Berlin?

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Katherine Sacks

Although Berlin isn’t well known as a top culinary destination, the city’s growing number of avant garde locales, modern eateries, and Michelin-starred restaurants give plenty of reason to pay attention to what’s going on in its food world. New restaurants are opening everyday, but these five are a cut above the rest, and are really defining the food scene in Berlin right now.

Rising culinary star chef Tim Raue has earned much praise for his innovative Asian-inspired Restaurant Tim Raue. Located near Checkpoint Charlie in the city’s trendy Kreuzberg, the restaurant combines the flavors and techniques of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine with Raue’s refined style. With two new resturants, Sra Bua and La Soupe Populaire, opened in summer 2013, Raue is continuing to make his mark on Berlin.

Set on the fifth floor atrium of the elegant Mandala Hotel in Potsdamer Platz, Facil is run by the talented chef Michael Kempf. The tasting menu is among the most affordable in Berlin, and offers some of the city’s most innovative cuisine.

Another Michelin-starred wonder, Reinstoff combines modernist cooking techniques with the inventive flair of chef Daniel Achilles. Tucked inside the industrial space of a former warehouse in Mitte, Reinstoff’s chic décor provides the perfect backdrop for this daring cuisine.

For a taste of traditional German fare, Lutter & Wegner offers some of the best schnitzel in the city, along with other traditional Austrian specialties. Inside a historic-style building across from Gendarmenmarkt, the former vinter also boasts an extensive wine list.

Grill Royal is one of the most well known restaurants in Berlin, recognized for both its incredible steak menu and its celebrity clientele, including George Clooney and friends. Located on the Spree River, this upscale steakhouse offers impressive views alongside a no-frills menu of top quality meat and seafood.

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