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Carls Bistro

Am Kaiserkai 69, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 300322400
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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Cafe, Diner, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Am Kaiserkai 69, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The Bistro had a fairly good choice of soups and snack-type of food - very tasty - and reasonably priced. The place filled up quickly - pleasant ambience good service!! Of course - the location is brilliant - right opposite the Elbphilharmonie!!

Thank Gudrun R
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Went at a recommendation from a friend. Location was great nest to harbour and the Elbphilharmonic. We ordered the set lunch starting with a tartar, then we shared 2 different mains of pan fried cod and beef bourguignon ending with also sharing the creme brulee...More

Thank PickyMonkeyYK
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Besides the bistro there is the brasserie. Its location on the Elbe river and next to the Elbphilharmonie makes this a popular spot. At 11 pm, after the philharmonic, there was a long line of diners for 'souper'. Brassrie fare: steak tartare and oysters. Hamburg...More

Thank Mick B
Reviewed 7 December 2017

I was in the Elbphilharmonie area and was looking for reasonable non-fine dining restaurant. I came across the cafe/bar part of this restaurant serving up French bistro inspired soups and sandwiches. Food was reasonably priced, well prepared, and doled out in generous servings. Service was...More

1  Thank WorldWanderer88
Reviewed 27 November 2017

This bistro is directly opposite the Elbphilharmonie, so will be busy around performances! However, we chose it following a guided tour of the Concert hall and it was nice a quite. The service was good and quick and there was decent choice of food including...More

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We popped in to the Brasserie for a late lunch after visiting the Elbphilharmonie and without a reservation, and were given a nice window seat which we were told we would have to vacate in 2 hours, which wasn't a problem. We ordered a large...More

1  Thank PotterMoose
Hotel_Louis_C_Jacob, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Carls Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Thank you for your nice Feedback! Best regards

Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We went because it was relaxed and close to the harbour. I am sure it has a great view and fantastic place to sit outside on a summer day. But on a cold and windy autumn evening the food was not really that good (besides...More

Thank Eliz3-2Travel
Hotel_Louis_C_Jacob, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Carls Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Thank you for your Feedback. Best regards

Reviewed 19 October 2017

We walked there from the hotel. The food was good, plentiful and fresh. We ordered the sandwich which are served on one piece of bread. Good coffee.

Thank Anne B
Hotel_Louis_C_Jacob, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Carls Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Thank you for your Feedback. We are looking forward, to welcome you again at our Restaurant. Best regards

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We are on the patio, facing the beautiful philharmonie building The Sole was fantastic ( accompanied by cucumber salad an potatoes )!!!

Thank Nuri P
Hotel_Louis_C_Jacob, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Carls Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

Thank you for your nice feedback! Best regards! Your CARLS Team

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

There weren't any free chairs at the bar so we sat outside on the terrace. Turned out we weren't allowed to order drinks from there. When a friend did it for us, they weren't allowed to be taken out to the terrace. We were told...More

1  Thank RedDuvet
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7 May 2017|
Response from Andrea Z | Reviewed this property |
I will try to answer: 1) Carl's offers two restaurant: Brasserie and Bistrot. They are close and communicating. 2) only brasserie is suited for a U-shaped table. However it officially starts serving at 19:30. Asking... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 37 - USD 61
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Am Kaiserkai 69, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Hamburg
  • Phone Number: +49 40 300322400
  • E-mail
Carls is situated right next to the Elbphilharmonie. It is the gastronomic offshoot of the Hotel Louis C. Jacob. The interior of the restaurant also has a harmonious feel. Its colourful appearance makes it look rather like a harbour office or a corner shop. You sit on red chairs or on red leather couches, and enjoy the view of Hamburg harbour. In fine weather, of course, you can also sit out and enjoy the terrace. The Brasserie can seat 120 people, the Bistro can seat 40 and the venue is therefore ideal for events. The Carls offers North German cuisine refined with French influences that the chef Michael Rinkert has introduced from his native Alsace.
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