Across the pond in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest gets underway on Sept. 16 with bratwurst, stuffed cabbage rolls, pork schnitzel, and of course, big pints of beer. And although here in Washington, D.C. we’re far from the heart of the celebration, we can still partake in the fun with German eats.
Here in our foodie city, check out these authentic German restaurants near your RESA apartment for a taste of Oktoberfest without the plane ride. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a hearty beer!
Cafe Berlin, located at 322 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, D.C. which will take you eight minutes to get to by car, is a German eatery with an elegant dining room on the ground floor of three joined townhouses with a patio.
Opened in 1985 by German friends who met while working at another local German restaurant, under current owners Rico Glage and Clytie Roberts-Glage it remains a meeting place for Congressional staffers, neighborhood friends and tourists. Café Berlin features the best patio on the Hill, traditional German dishes and seasonal menus made from locally grown ingredients.
Old Europe, located at 2434 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. which is worth every minute of its 18 minute drive from your RESA apartment, is an old world setting for classic German fare and beer with antique steins, oil paintings and piano music.
The Lichtenstein family opened Old Europe with the idea of serving German cuisine, the best international wines and German beer. In the 1970s, Karl Herold took over Old Europe after working with the Lichtensteins for 10 years. Since opening its doors in 1948, Old Europe has become a true landmark in Washington D.C.
322 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
2434 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007