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Borchardt: "Upscale Brasserie" Borchardt Tip by nicolaitan

Borchardt, Berlin: 3 reviews and 1 photos


Variously described as French and German in orientation, Borchardt is a Berlin institution, occupying the same site since 1863 and the longest run in the city. It has been a fashionable spot attracting movers and shakers since opened by August Bouchardt and attracts politicians, businessmen, and show business types today. There are tables for 180 with an inner outdoor space seating 80 more. The main room is high-ceilinged and dominated by huge Corinthian columns, with brass and glass light fixtures and red leather banquets.

Service here has long been a weak spot, amply discussed on internet reviews, with accusations of arrogance and unfriendliness. Very much in the brasserie style and reminscent of New York service, I would characterize the service as overefficient and businesslike (although as the restaurant emptied out later in the evening, a definite overall relaxation in the entire room was evident).

We were very pleased with the quality and presentation of our meal. Specialties include wiener schnitzel, beef and game dishes. A special of sliced duck breast with the house potatoes was first class and unsurprisingly the classic wiener schnitzel. A shared chocolate torte was an excellent choice for dessert. Borchardt is an excellent choice for an upscale dinner. And the location adjacent the Gendarmenmarkt, Bebelplatz, and amidst the new hotels and shops of Mitte is perfect. Reservations mandatory.

Address: Franzosische Strasse 47, Mitte
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: 030 81886262
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 4
Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 15, 2008
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