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Zur Letzten Instanz

) #200 of 6,953 Restaurants in Berlin $$ - $$$ German, European,
Waisenstrasse 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2425528
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“pork knuckle” (74 reviews)
“meatballs” (46 reviews)
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CUISINES
German, European, Central European, Grill
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Waisenstrasse 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice experience, in an old Berlin ambience: the table at the reserved time, the waiters very friendly, helping in the choice of the menu tor dinner.The specialties excellent (grilled Axe, apfelstrudel.beer...)More

Thank jesusadan2017
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Dear jesusadan2017, thanks for your visit, your experience report and your rating! We are very happy about it! Best wishes...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this little restaurant in a back street near Alexanderplatz whilst walking back to our hotel. We thought we had found a hidden gem. Hidden yes and some customers had difficulty finding this place. As we sat down we realised that all the other...More

Thank Vivienne J
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Dear Vivienne, thank you for your visit and the very good review and recommendation. We are very pleased that you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a shame the customer service at Zur Letzten Instanz is so underwhelming. I guess places like this, which have become famous and popular over the years, don't really need to invest on being polite and making an effort with customers who don't speak German....More

Thank guido_piccoli
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in Berlin to run an exhibition booth with coleagues (so we could be called business tourists). Nice old charming place a bit out of place next to the state courts and across the road from Alexanderplatz. Ordered both types of pork knuckle and also...More

Thank StanleyAUS
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago
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Dear Stanley, thank you for your visit and the very good review and recommendation. We are very pleased that you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here a couple of times now and not been disappointed with the food. Not touristy whatsoever, especially as it's not in the middle of the main touristy drag but still close enough to get their by foot. Expect to pay around 25EUR pp for...More

Thank scrumpy3708
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
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Dear scrumpy3708, thanks for your visit and your detailed description. Thank you for the recommendation and evaluation too! We are...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought that as Berlin's oldest restaurant, it might be very touristy. However, I do not agree with the negative reviews. It was excellent, and well priced. The Konigsberger Klöpse were fantastic, as much for the parsley mash as the meatballs. There is an amazing...More

Thank RaymondM535
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
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Dear Raymond, thanks for your visit and your great recommendation. We are pleased that you enjoyed it with us. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

food not that great with poor options price is reasonable no so many wine options good beer try to sit outside if you can

Thank yoav_yoav
Reviewed 18 May 2017

I had dinner here after watching a Rick Stein show. It was fabulous with old school german food. I had the meatballs with mashed potato and it was just like my grandmother use make. I also had the apple pie which was to die for....More

Thank Splashy2017
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
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Dear Splashy2017, thanks for your detailed recommendation and evaluation of your visit at our restaurant. We are very happy about...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This must have been the seventh time I ate at this restaurant and, as always, I was delighted. They have fantastic beer, really tasty food and excellent service. Whenever I go there I go for the classic Berlinian food and I am never disappointed, be...More

Thank StefanonHolidays
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017
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Dear Stefan, dear Stammgast, you were lucky enough to get the place Napoleon claimed for himself :-). It's really a...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

We had looked for restaurants to eat in prior to our break in Berlin and decided to book this as we wanted to eat on a Saturday night. It was very easy to do online and we got a confirmation within a day or so...More

1  Thank Linda L
Christoph K, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Zur Letzten Instanz, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Dear Linda, many thanks for this very nice and detailed description of your visit at our restaurant. We like it very much and it motivates us :-). Furthermore we thank you for your super review, great! Please visit us again soon, we would be very...More

Nearby
Mitte
The centre of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
city's most expensive places to live. It is here the
oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
...More
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dpaz
Could I make a reservation for 3 people tonight May 14th? Thank you. David Pazynski
14 May 2017|
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Response from Christoph K | Property representative |
Please give us a call on +49 30 242 55 28 for reservations. Best Your Instanz team
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Nicholas572
Could I please book a table for 2 persons at your wonderful restaurant on either one of the dates below if available Times are approximate and we can be flexible. 1st choice on Saturday 25/02/2017 at 20.30. 2nd choice on Friday 24/02/2017 at 20.30 3rd choice Sunday 26/02/2017 at 14.00 Many thanks for your consideration Nick and Catherine
20 February 2017|
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Response from Christoph K | Property representative |
Hi Nicholas, thanks for your booking request! We have booked a table corresponding your first choice: saturday 25th of February at 20.30. for two persons. See you soon at our restaurant! Your Instanz team
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taylajoel
Hi Sorry but I hate beer. Do they sell wine or spirits as well as beer. We are a party of 8 thinking of booking.
31 January 2017|
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Response from Christoph K | Property representative |
Hi, yes we have spirits and wine as well, and the best: very tasty ones. If you´re coming with 8 people we recommend booking a table until 5 p.m. If you plan to come today you should phone us before: Please have a look at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
German, European, Central European, Grill
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 01:00
Thursday
12:00 - 01:00
Friday
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Waisenstrasse 14-16, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Mitte
  • Neighbourhood: Mitte
  • Phone Number: +49 30 2425528
  • E-mail
Description
Napoleon is believed to have once dined at this restaurant, which opened in 1621.

In 1621, a retired knight’s servant of the elector of that time opened a little distillery, and by this he laid the foundations for “Letzte Instanz”. Thanks to the “Graues Kloster” (Grey Monastery), in Waisenstraße, belonging to Nikolaikirche, the distillery was getting more and more popular even beyond the borderlines of the city. The monastery, working place of doctors, alchemists, and astrologists, and which also had a printing work and a foundry of letters, enhanced the popularity of Waisenstraße and attracted a large number of guests coming to our restaurant.
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