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restaurants in Heidelberg, Germany?

We will be in Heidelberg, Germany, for one week. Do you have any suggestions on good places to eat?

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  1. I'd suggest you do a search on this board; there's been a couple of Heidelberg threads in the past.

    1. Depending upon what you're looking for I suggest the following:

      Schwarz das Restaurant http://www.schwarzdasrestaurant.com/
      Michelin 1 star and Gault Millau 16. Great execution of dishes but the space is a little too businessman's lunch for me.

      Weisserbock- 14 Gault Millau. Really well made combination of traditional and inventive dishes in a classic hotel/restaurant atmosphere. Great glass wine list featuring wines from both the Baden and Rheingau regions of Germany.

      For beer lovers there are two places: Vetter,by far the best brewpub in Heidelberg with a great menu especially the Pfannengerichte, cast iron pans full of hearty combinations. Many good daily specials. Second, Kulturebraueri Heidelberg. Not as good beer as Vetter but surprisingly good glass wine list for a brewpub. I recommend the Spanferkel.

      If you make it up towards Weinheim at the edge of the Odenswald in Birkenau is Drie Birken another 14 Gault Millau restaurant that I also recommend.

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      1. re: Trip Klaus

        Thank you so much for the Weisserbock recommendation. My husband and daughter had dinner there tonight (DD checked CH for recs) and cannot sing the praises of their tasting menu enough. DH said it might be the best meal he's ever eaten (and we've eaten at numerous 3 stars throughout Europe and the U.S.). Your suggestion provided the culinary high spot of their trip. Thanks again!

      2. Would also suggest Vetters for a good German meal. They claim to have the world's strongest beer; not to my likely but it is a novelty drink.

        1. Also recommend Vetters for good all around beer and grub. Another fun place is Schnitzelhaus Alte Muentz (schnitzel is all they serve, a hundred or so different ways). Alt Hendesse is pretty good as well, if you happen to be in the Handshusheim area. If you get sick of German food, Piccolo Mondo has very tasty Italian.

          1. If you're still here, try the Print Media Lounge, right by the train station. Very good, it's my favourite place in HD. http://printmedialounge.de/

            Vetter's (German, brewery) is also good, somewhat touristy.

            Qube Hotel (Bergheimerstr.) has a good restaurant - very laid back, but a sleek hotel restaurant with huge windows. They have the best "snack", aioli, foie gras & tapenade. Also, I'm yet the have a better schnitzel in the city. http://www.qube-hotel.de/

            Pop restaurant (Italian) in the old town is also very good. http://www.pop-heidelberg.de/

            Right next to the big church at the market square is a restaurant that serves local cuisine. I haven't yet been but I have heard good things about it: http://www.schmidts-heidelberg.de/start

            Across the river is one of the oldest fencing houses in Germany. The food is very good & you're in a historic hotel (ask the owner about the history - his wife is English & his English is very good) http://www.hirschgasse.de/flash.htm

            The other suggestions are also very good ones. Enjoy your trip!

            1. There is a truly wonderful place right by the Old Bridge. Wirtshaus zum Nepomuk. It's got great food, lovely atmosphere and excellent, warm service. It's upscale but less pricey than Weisserbock and certainly less pricey than Schwarz. Also has a beautiful hotel where each room is different.

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              1. re: heidelberg

                I second the Nepomuk recommendation. I went there Saturday night and had a LOVELY dinner. The menu is much more inspired than Weisserbock or Schwarz, IMHO. Their website needs some attention, but as long as they focus on the food - having an out-dated website is OK with me.

              2. will you be staying in the old city? there are several nice spots there.....incl a nice lunch spot up at the castle......let me know and I will dig out my notes from my trip in Dec!

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                1. re: few

                  I can easily walk to the old city. I would love any updated suggestions.

                  1. re: Jessie B

                    There is a restaurant right near (and on the same side of the street) as Hotel Ritter St. Georg which specializes in flammekuchen (the Alsatian pizza) which is TOTALLY cosy. It has the arched, gothic style celings, an open woodfire oven and long tables along the wall which encourage "communal" eating of smaller parties. I'll research the name and post it again.

                    Also, Nepomuk is STILL warmly recommended.

                    1. re: mmlandsmann

                      The Alsation restaurant you're talking about is "Bier Brezel' and is a really good choice. Nice staff, atmosphere and great Flammkuechen (the french call them "Tarte Flambe).
                      And they have these great potato wedges as a side dish if you go for something else as your main course.

                      1. re: heidelberg

                        Thanks for confirming both the name and my taste buds :) I was there with a friend and we had a really cozy evening. We were able to while away the evening without being pressured out the door. We had a spinach tarte flambe (they have lots of vegetarian options), a spætzle dish with local mushrooms and turkey breast then another tarte flambe for dessert. I was big on the tarte flambe since it had been years since I had eaten it and really missed it. Actually I love spætzle too - but both are hard to find in Denmark. I must admit I ate WAY too much that weekend - but have absolutely NO regrets.

                        1. re: mmlandsmann

                          Since we're talking Flammkuechen - another really good place for it is just off the Hauptstrasse on Theater Platz. It's much bigger and in the summer has great tables outside so you can people watch. They also specialize in Flammkuechen and have named each one after a famours actor/actress. On the walls you'll see all these plaster face impressions - of the hollywood stars. My favorite Flammkuechn here is the "Arnold Schwarnegger' it has sund dried tomatoes and salami and is yummy. REGIE is the name of the place. Regie means 'script' in German. Enjoy!

                2. It's been a while since I was in Heidelberg but, during my last visit, I rather enjoyed my dinner at Simplicissimus:


                  It used to be the best restaurant in town during its hey-days back in the early 2000s. What do other CHs think of it these days?

                  I also liked the restaurants inside Hotel zum Ritter, especially the Ritterstube.

                  If you're looking for something not German & liked to try the most authentic Japanese cuisine in Heidelberg, try Konomi at Untere Neckarstraße:


                  It's run by a Japanese couple who're long-time residents in Heidelberg.