Munich

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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Munich

Augustiner Grossgaststätten

No visit to Munich is complete without a massive meal of pork and dumplings washed down with beer at one of the large-scale, brewer-run dining halls. The Augustiner, located in the pedestrian zone, has a delightful courtyard as well.

Neuhauser Strasse 27, 011-49-89-23-183-257, www.augustiner-restaurant.com
Tags: family | moderate | traditional

Brenner Grill Pasta Bar

Tucked away in a courtyard behind its Maximilianstrasse address, this large, airy eatery immediately charms with its high, arched ceilings held aloft by Greek-style stone columns. Whether you order a pasta dish (like linguine with baby calamari and chili white-wine sauce) or something from the grill (sole with lemon, fresh herbs and olive oil; thinly sliced beef filet with peppery arugula and parmesan), your meal will be prepped and cooked in one of two open kitchens situated in the middle of the restaurant (sleek ventilation hoods keep it from getting smoky).

Maximilianstrasse 15, 011-49-89-452-2880, www.brennergrill.de (German only)
Tags: moderate | great value | italian | jim's pick

H'ugo's Pizza Bar Lounge

The former pizza chef from Munich’s somewhat overrated P1 disco serves pizzas here until late at the night. The Munich-chic crowd is somewhat pretentious, but your focus will be on the A-1 pizzas, so don’t worry.

Promenadenplatz 1-3, 011-49-89-221-270, www.hugos-pizza.de
Tags: moderate | trendy | open late

Hofer - der Stadtwirt

Choose the bistro, the courtyard, or the “Red Room” upstairs – the food is always good. Lunchtime attracts a mixed crowd of local clerks and lawyers for Bavarian and Austrian specialties prepared with a light hand (think veal in aspic with pickles).

Burgstrasse 5, 011-49-89-242-10-444, www.hofer-der-stadtwirt.de (German only)
Tags: moderate | notable chef | traditional

Jagdchlössl

Take the U1 or U7 U-Bahn (3 stops from the train station) to lively Rotkreutzplatz to reach this very homey restaurant with earthy Bavarian fare: pork roast, white sausages, sauerkraut, and good beer. Meet real Munichers, on the terrace or inside.

Nymphenburger St. 162, 011-49 -089-168-9241, www.jagdschloessl-muenchen.de
Tags: family | budget | patio | local favorite | traditional

Königshof Hotel Restaurant

Known as the city's best restaurant, Königshof has earned quite the list of accolades, including a Michelin star for the last three years and 18 out of 20 points in Gault Millau, an extremely discriminating French restaurant guide. As one might expect, given the posh hotel in which it resides, the dining experience here is a rather formal affair. In addition to minding your p's and q's, enjoy charming views of the Stachusplatz and indulge in chef de cuisine Martin Fauster's seasonal, mouth-watering concoctions, like sea bass in a salt crust with artichokes and Sicilian lemon and shoulder of beef braised with melted goose liver, Périgord truffle, and smoked potatoes.

Karlsplatz 25, 011-49-89-551-360, www.koenigshof-hotel.de/en
Tags: expensive | continental | jim's pick

Mongo's

The theme is Mongolian barbecue – you pick the ingredients, which include a wide selection of Asiatic noodles, fresh vegetables, meats, and fish, and the chef prepares them in a twinkle of the eye with a variety of spices and a lot of show.

Oberanger 28, 011-49-89-232-25800, www.mongos.de (German only)
Tags: moderate | trendy

Nektar

Not your typical dining locale, this restaurant-cum-lounge offers the height of cutting-edge chic to its trendy, see-and-be-seen clientele. Nektar has eschewed the old table-and-chair standby combo for white sofas/beds (in a white room with nightclub lighting) that encourage patrons to lounge and recline while sampling small fusion plates. Make no mistake; this place is all about the scene.

Stubenvollstrasse 1, 011-49-89-4591-1311, www.nektar.de
Tags: expensive | design | trendy | cocktails

Pfistermühle

For traditional Bavarian fare, hit up this charming, historic gem, located smack dab in the middle of medieval Munich, just outside the Marienplatz. Dating back to 1573, the ivy covered restaurant used to be a Duke's mill. These days, it serves hearty southern German cuisine paired with fine wines and fresh Ayinger draft beer, straight from the owners' family brewery. Seating for 95 is spread over four restored mill vaults, and in the summer, the outdoor biergarten accommodates an additional 30.

Pfisterstrasse 4, 011-49-89-2370-3865, www.platzl.de/english
Tags: moderate | historic | traditional | german | jim's pick

Prinz Myshkin

The tried and true vegetarian haute cuisine here is so popular that the restaurant is often full and the service is frequently slow. Still, it’s worth the wait. The half-portions are enough for most diners.

Hackerstrasse 2, 011-49-89-265-596, www.prinzmyshkin.com
Tags: moderate | trendy | vegetarian

Seven Fish

This contemporary wine and fish bar - owned by two Greek brothers who made their mark on Munich's restaurant scene with tapas bars El Griego and El Perro - serves up fresh, delectable seafood in an environment subtly reminiscent of an underwater grotto. The menu changes almost daily, depending on what the fishermen have caught. Outdoor seating is available in warm weather.

Gärtnerplatz 6, 011-49-89-2300-0219, www.sevenfish.de/english
Tags: seafood | expensive | trendy | patio | jim's pick

Tantris

Established almost 40 years ago, Tantris is still turning out nouvelle cuisine in a refreshingly modern setting. With two Michelin stars to its name (it was once Germany's first three-Michelin-starred restaurant under chef Heinz Winkler), the food - lobster terrines, truffle salads, sepia risotto, tomato coulis - will delight, as will the décor. Swiss artist Bruno Weber's mythical sculptures invite patrons into a spacious main hall, characterized by a high ceiling, contemporary artwork, and balloon-like, yellow and orange glass lamps. Looking for something even more whimsical? Head up to the Tantris Lounge, where chef Hans Haas serves Michelin-quality finger food - no silverware necessary! When the weather is fine, dine atop the roof terrace, surrounded by an oriental garden.

Johann-Fichte-Strasse 7, 011-49-89-361-9590, www.tantris.de
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | design | jim's pick

The Hofbräuhaus

At this legendary beer hall (founded by Duke Wilhelm in 1589), it’s Oktoberfest 365 days a year and there’s always plenty of beer, pretzels, schnitzel, music, and fun to go around. Lederhosen optional.

Platzl 9, 011-49-89-290-136-10, www.hofbraeuhaus.de
Tags: budget | nightlife | historic | traditional | bar | bar menu | german

Uníco

Herbert Eineichner – a top Munich chef – brings the Mediterranean breezes to his exquisite “cuisine essenziell.” Explore his creations in the dégustation menus, where lamb dishes alternate with scallops, sorbet, and to-die-for desserts.

Maistrasse 36, 011-49-89-539-06363, www.restaurant-unico.de (German Only)
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | culinary

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