Frankfurt is often the first city people visit in Germany because of its major international airport. From here, travelers may move on to other destinations around the country, but they shouldn't leave without a good meal.
The modern, international nature of the city lends to one of the most exciting foodie scenes in Germany. There is traditional German food with local favorites like Frankfurter grüne sosse and ebbelwoi, as well as Japanese ramen, vegetarian dishes, and illustrious fine dining.
Note that restaurants in Frankfurt are often closed on Mondays and reservations are recommended, even on weekdays as big conventions can take all the best spots.
Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Frankfurt.
Located inside the hotel Hessischer Hof, this lavish restaurant is named for the Sèvres-imported, French Feuillet porcelain on display. A gift from Napoleon, it creates an elegant setting in which to enjoy dishes inspired by Asian, South American, and classic European cuisine.
Pair these with the more than 300 wines on offer, including a selection from the owners' family vineyard. Expect exemplary service with several dishes prepared by the maître d at the table.
This rustic, wood-paneled tavern in Sachsenhausen has been owned by the Wagner family since 1931. As you sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the locals, you'll be treated to traditional, local dishes like handkäse mit musik (fragarant cheese) or schnitzel with Frankfurter grüne sosse (Frankfurt green sauce).
And don't forget to order a bembel (pitcher) of crisp, slightly sour, ebbelwoi (apfelwein in the Frankfurt dialect)—Adolf Wagner is considered to serve up the best in the city.
Sitting on the banks of the river Main and featuring panoramic views of Frankfurt's skyscraper, this 16th-century grain mill has been refurbished into a chic modern lodge.
You don't have to be a hotel guest to dine here, though. The restaurant's menu is composed of classic German cuisine, and visitors can take advantage of the large biergarten when the sun is shining or the enclosed wintergarten during the gloomy season.
Step away from German food for an experience at this acclaimed Japanese restaurant. From the noodles to the broth, everything is made in-house and meets the highest standard. The menu offers a range of appetizers, vegetarian options, matcha ice cream dessert, sake, and—of course— ramen. Tables can be booked well in advance, so reserve your table ahead of time to ensure your spot.
For brunch in the Nordend-Ost quarter, this comfortable café is the spot to go (with an adjoining vinyl record shop to peruse afterwards). Fresh and modern, you'll find an array of sandwiches (think goat cheese with grilled vegetables) and house-made drinks (try the elderberry mint lemonade). While Lucille Kaffeehaus closes at 6 p.m. most days of the week, it transforms into an after-hours' bar (open until 1:30 a.m.) on Thursday and Friday evenings.
If you need a breather while museum-hopping your way through Museumsufer, this sleek and modern restaurant is just the ticket.
Encased in glass and featuring bright art, fresh flowers, and straight lines, Emma Metzler is like that of an art gallery. High-quality service meets meticulously plated dishes from an ever-changing French-German menu here. Order the locally-sourced, organic fennel bratwurst, pfferlinge risotto, or grilled monkfish. For a post-museum treat, try the kaffee und kuchen (coffee and cake).
Dine on traditional European cuisine—under the opulence of eight glimmering chandeliers—at this gold-lit establishment, set in Frankfurt’s grand opera house.
On weekends, Restaurant Opéra serves up a delightful Prosecco brunch with live piano music. If you're here during the summer, make sure to get a seat on the terrace for beautiful city views. And, of course, concert-goers can visit the Intermezzo (level 2) for drinks and snacks during intermission.
Can't get enough of the Frankfurt ebbelwoi scene? Dauth-Schneider, first opened in 1849, has a strong foothold. Here, the classics reign. Blend in with the locals by ordering sulz fleisch (cold meat and jelly terrine) or gekochte haspel (pickled pork knuckle). Or, stick with something more familiar like a Frankfurt sausage platter. If you're here during the warm, summer months, join the crowd and grab a seat on the tree-shaded terrace.
This modern vegetarian café follows the farm-to-table concept with inventive protein bowls, salads, meat-alternative burgers, and fresh smoothies. You can find your pick of vegan options as well, including fresh-baked goods. Organic-certified, all the food here is sourced from local suppliers.
Vevay is cash-only and closed on Sundays, but it is one of the few places that's open on Mondays. Meals are available in-house and for takeout.
Once the home of steam engines in the 19th-century, this restored industrial site is now a protected historic monument. Located in the rapidly gentrifying area of Westhafen, the impressive interior has exposed brick, a stunning chandelier, and mezzanine seating.
Druckwasserwerk serves upscale European dishes like Wiener schnitzel, truffle dumplings, salads, and steaks. Come here on a Sunday, and you'll find an expansive brunch menu. The restaurant has its own wine cellar, and diners can enjoy the outdoor terrace and private sandy beach in the summer.