Best of Berlin

Zee Germans. They do some things (most things) well and not by accident. Soccer, automobiles and any kind of meat dish are all examples of exacting German accomplishment. Capitol Hill’s Café Berlin keeps strong the German tradition of gourmet carnivorism by offering a menu of beef and pork that would make a butcher blush. Forewarning: You are not walking away without eating a sausage.

Found in the delightful row of alfresco restaurants off Massachusetts Avenue NE, Café Berlin serves classic German cuisine made from scratch. With native German chefs working the kitchen, the restaurant provides an authentic taste of the Deutschland that will more than satisfy your daily protein intake.

In the open-air seating area, guests enjoy glimpses of the Capitol Hill foot traffic while also a degree of trellised privacy from enclosing hedges. The patron mix ranges from Hill types unloosening their collars at happy hour to neighborhood couples stepping out for a bite.


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Published on August 11, 2014 by

Written by Richard Barry

Well Nourished

February 17th marks the celebration of the first anniversary of Café Berlin’s new owners, Clytie Roberts-Glage and Rico Glage.  Located a few steps from Union Station, this Capitol Hill mainstay of almost 30 years serves classic and modern German cuisine.

Clytie Roberts-Glage is a native of Killeen, Texas, a small city with a sizable first-generation German population.  While her ethnic background isn’t German, her dad spent his high school years in Germany. After college she moved to Washington to live and work on Capitol Hill. In 2007, after being a loyal Café Berlin customer, she went to work at the restaurant, building a relationship with then-owners Irene Khashan and Peggy Reed.

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Published 02/03/2014 at

Written by Annette Nielsen