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Oct 5, 2009 10:41 AM

Fine Dining in Cologne?

Staying in Köln for several days next week and need some restaurant suggestions (there are some helpful Cologne posts on this board, but many are several years old...).

(1) A few restaurants good for treating business clients to "a nice dinner out."

(2) Newer, possibly trendier restaurants that are at the top of their game food- and atmosphere-wise (not necessarily expensive or white-tablecloth, but not ruling those out, either).

Thanks in advance!

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  1. For now, all I can come up with is El Gaucho on Barbarossaplatz in the basement of the Ambassador hotel. It is an amazing Argentinian steakhouse. Ok, it might be a bit cheesy, but the quality of the meat is outstanding. Best steak I have ever had (which is not saying much for Germany, but it includes my steaks in the U.S.).

    I'll have to get back to you on fine dining.

    1. The best restaurant in Colone is Le Moissonnier It has 18 out of 20 from Gault Millau among other recommendations. I've used it for entertaining clients several times along with a dinner with my wife.

      One of the most interesting restaurants anywhere, the Unsicht-Bar, actually started in Cologne. Literally you will eat in pitch blackness served by blind waitstaff. It is an extraordinary experience which has led to a number of restaurants opening elsewhere in both Germany and Europe. This is an article from Time which, while written a number of years ago, is very informative:

      There is also a very good restaurant in the Hyatt in Cologne which is a hotel that has one of the most breathtaking views in the world: it sits by the end of the railroad bridge spanning the Rhein with the Koln Cathedral on the far side. This restaurant is not on the level of Le Moissonnier above but it is worthwhile because of the view.

      1. If I'm not too late I would suggest Fischers Weingenuss & Tafelfreunden. Great meal and superior wine list.