We're heading to Deutschland this fall to visit the Rhine/Mosel regions, Baden-Baden, Black Forest, Lake Constance and Munich. Any must-hit restaurants, particularly in wine country and Munich? Doesn't have to be German; just good. I like fine dining, but we'd welcome more rustic recommendations, too. Vielen dank!
I don't know how well you can search old posts on this new site, but there have been lots of posts on Munich in the past. Mentioned by many are several of my favorites, most notably the Weisses Brauhaus which is excellent for both the beer and the food, which seems to me to be better prepared and also a better value than at many of the other beer halls.
We also very much like Andechs am Dom, behind the Frauenkirche.
And don't miss the Victualienmarkt -- the big, open air food market. All 3 are in the old center of Munich in the vicinity of the Marienplatz.
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A second big nod for the der Viktualienmarkt am Marienplatz -- it's sort of a gourmet-oriented farmers' market and holds a lot of traditional/folkish events -- lots of Muenchen charm, for sure. And if you can read German, QYPE.com (the German/European Yelp) is a great place for reviews.
If you're planning to hit the Kunstareal, (the art district -- Alte+Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne) I highly recommend Zest (bar/restaurant) down the street for great food and drink. It's kind of tucked away and unnoticeable at first, so you can easily miss it. Entrees are € 15-20 (US$20-25) and appetizers are about half as much. Ambience: non-touristy, kind of film sceney.
If you visit one of the wine-growing regions, look for a "Besenwirtschaft". You find them everywhere, announced by an old-style broom (Besen) over the door. These are winegrowers selling their own wine and self made food, exactly like the "Heurigen" in Vienna. This is a tradition going back to the middle-ages, and still flourishing !
For fine dining in Munich, definitely Tantris & for good, but kitschy decor... in a good way - very hard to describe, Austernkeller. There's been a lot of threads on Munich that will help you. For Lake Constance, look up Bodensee, the German name.
Weißes Bräuhaus is, where I usually take visitors first, because it is the most reliable Bavarian restaurant and ideally located.
My last visitors from Phoenix–where you seem to be from- very much enjoyed Nürnberger Bratwurstglöckl am Dom and Augustiner Biergarten on Arnulfstraße.
Tantris certainly is top of the line and sports spectacular architecture – the only 2 Michelin star restaurant in Munich. The also mentioned Austernkeller is excellent, but I think it is mainly a romantic spot for a second date or for proposing, but not a particularly Munich experience.
Andechser am Dom is very popular in this board. Although it is not among my favourites at all, it can be excellent for socializing due to big communal tables and the fact it is mostly crowded.
Schrannenhalle, adjacent to not to miss Viktualienmarkt, offers 20 something different food places. Not star-rated food, but few know, that at each of the restaurants you can order from all the others too. So in case your group is unable to agree on a particular type of food, everyone can order what he likes and you still can sit together.