Zur Letzen Instanz
Waisenstraße 14-16, Berlin, 10179
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Singles, People watching
Expert review of Zur Letzen Instanz
This no-frills restaurant has a charm all of its own, with antique decor and a menu that focuses unapologetically on German classics.
Zur Letzen Instanz, reportedly Berlin’s oldest restaurant, serves traditional hearty German cuisine in large portions. There’s no beer, but there is a wine list.
The restaurant’s specialty is Eisbein (pork knuckle).
Zur Letzen Stanz is unbeatable for historic ambiance. It is housed in a completely restored medieval building dating from 1561, with preserved original interior and annexes featuring old paintings, photographs and furniture - including a 200-year-old tiled stove which Napoleon once sat on. Other notable guests have included Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989 and Jacques Chirac in 2003. The two restaurants consist of a series of rooms and are linked by a Baroque staircase.
Service is always friendly and cheerful, although staff can be rushed at times.
In a warren of medieval streets in the centre, a short stroll from Alexanderplatz.
Main courses cost between 10-20 euros.
More information on Zur Letzen Instanz:
- Price guide:
- Waisenstraße 14-16, Berlin, 10179
- 030 2425 528
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon–Sat noon-1am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times