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Oct 20, 2009 06:46 PM

Hamburg, Germany

Headed to Hamburg soon, not too much on the boards about food in the city -- any suggestions? I'm not familiar with German food, so generic foods to look out for are welcome as well. Thanks!

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  1. Check out Restaurant Nil. Creative, fresh, local. Friendly owner.

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      1. re: linguafood

        I second Nil - and pretty much anything linguafood recommends in Hamburg or Berlin!

        And I also liked the "Freischwimmer" a lot. It's off the beaten path, in Eimsbüttel, one of Hamburg’s liveliest and most interesting neighborhoods. As the name suggests (referring to, of all things, a swimming certificate), the place has a great quirky personality (bowling alley in the basement and all). The food is interesting and well executed - a combination of German and Mediterranean. The wine list short but quality. And the service is knowledgeable, attentive and friendly.


        1. re: dutchgrub

          Awww. That's sweet! Actually, I don't really know that many places in Hamburg... so it sounds like I should be turning to YOU for future Hamburg advice '-)

          1. re: linguafood

            Ha ha! I definitely know my way around HH... I liked El Toro near Schlump last time. Have you been there? Consistently good Spanish fare!

        2. Ignore the cheesy name and do yourself a big favor by having dinner at Picasso, a tapas restaurant near the Rathaus in the Altstadt. My husband and I had wonderful, authentic-tasting food there. Grilled octopus appetizer, paella for me, grilled fish for him. Everything was fantastic. I hear the other tapas are good too, but we had no room because of the generous portions. Also recommend Vina Esmeralda, a Gewurztraminer/Muscatel blend on the menu. A tad fruity and absolutely great with this style of food.

          I live in Berlin and have seriously thought about making the 2 hr. train trip just for dinner.

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          1. re: ChristinaMason

            thank you all for the excellent suggestions!

            1. re: 46137

              Have you gone yet? Where did you go? How was it (besides excellent)?

                1. re: ChristinaMason

                  not yet - nov 18-23 - I'll be sure to post the full report! :)

                  1. re: 46137

                    Great, I hope you have a wonderful time. Seriously, get the paella and grilled octopus, wine, and you'll be good to go :)

                    Also, if you discover any wonderful places, please share!

            2. re: ChristinaMason

              I had a STUNNING evening at Picasso - had the grilled octopus - amazing. The bartender and owner were beyond hospitable. A HIGH recommend! The sangria was spectacular!

              1. re: 46137

                Oh, hooray. I'm SO jealous. Maybe I'll take my dad to Hamburg in December, just for the excuse to eat the octopus again ;)

            3. The Rive restaurant - very good fish with a great view. Good local fish choices


              1. Went here for early dinner (5pm) - - VERY good and friendly service! Excellent cakes.

                1. Oh, I forgot: Cafe Paris ( is also really lovely, has inexpensive drinks and nice food. Gorgeous interior.

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                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                    thx! A local recommended this tonight! I will give it a try tomorrow!

                    1. re: 46137

                      My friends had the carrot soup, gnocchi with walnut-honey pesto, and a rhubarb cake. They looked great and prompted lots of raves! I had the incredibly cheap kir and mineral water, because I was broke ;)