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 means it is one of the most exciting dining locations in Germany. There is traditional German food with local favorites like Frankfurter grüne sosse and ebbelwoi, as well as Japanese ramen, vegetarian, 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 the 10 of the best restaurants in Frankfurt.
This lavish restaurant within the hotel Hessischer Hof is named for the French Feuillet porcelain from Sèvres which is on display throughout the restaurant. A gift from Napoleon, it creates an elegant setting in which to enjoy dishes inspired by the Asian, South American, and classic European cuisine.
Pair these with the over 300 wines on offer, including a selection from the owners' family vineyard. Exemplary service with several dishes dramatically prepared by the maître d at the table.
You can't visit Frankfurt without trying its famed ebbelwoi (apfelwein in the Frankfurt dialect).
This rustic wood-paneled tavern in Sachsenhausen has been owned by the same family since 1931. The third generation of Wagners currently manage the restaurant, serving 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 .
Guests sit shoulder to shoulder on the cozy wooden benches with the locals who still call this the best apfelwein tavern in Frankfurt..
This renovated grain mill from the 16th century has been refurbished into a chic modern lodge. It has an ideal setting on the banks of the river Main and features panoramic views of Frankfurt’s skyscrapers.
Everything from the noodles to the broth are made in-house and meet the highest standard. The menu offers a range of appetizers, vegetarian options, matcha ice cream dessert, sake, and — of course — ramen.
The restaurant has become a destination with people coming to the Sachenshausen location from far and wide. Tables can be booked well in advance, so reserve in advance to attain a table.
For an easy brunch or lunch in the Nordend-Ost quarter, this comfortable cafe is the spot to go. Food is fresh and modern, with an array of sandwiches like goat cheese with grilled vegetables. Drinks are also house-made like the delicious elderberry mint lemonade.
Note that it is cash-only café and it’s open until 7:30pm so you can get an early dinner here as well. Or if you visit on Thursdays or Fridays it is open after-hours as a bar.
Once you got a bite to eat, wander into the adjoining vinyl record shop, Memphis Records.
The atmosphere in sleek Emma Metzler is like that of an art gallery. Encased in glass and located on Museumsufer (museum embankment), its modern design is all bright art and fresh flowers and straight lines.
High-quality service delivers meticulously plated dishes from an ever changing French-German menu. Order the locally-sourced, organic fennel bratwurst, pfferlinge risotto, or grilled monkfish.
If you need a breather during your museum visits, stop in for their fresh baked goods for kaffee und kuchen (coffee and cake).
Set in Frankfurt’s grand opera house, visitors to the restaurant dine under the opulence of eight glimmering chandeliers in a gold-lit room. Traditional European cuisine is perfect for a special occasion, business dinner, or elegant lunch.
On the weekends, the restaurant has a delightful prosecco brunch with live piano music. Or if you arrive for a performance, visit the Intermezzo (level 2) for drinks and snacks during concert breaks. If you visit in summer, there is seating on the terrace with views of the city.
Another institution in the Frankfurt ebbelwoi scene is Dauth-Schneider. Started by a gardener named Schneider in 1849, he first served the apple wine in his home. Today, the restaurant has been open for over 150 years and underwent a renovation in 2003.
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.
During the warmer months, visitors crowd into the tree-shaded terrace.
Frankfurt offers the best of international cuisine, but this modern vegetarian cafe is a stand-out. They follow the farm-to-table concept with inventive protein bowls, inventive salads, meat alternative burgers, and fresh smoothies as well as many vegan options. If you want something sweet, they also have fresh-baked vegan goods. Everything is certified organic from local suppliers and available in-house or for takeaway.
Vevay is cash only and closed on Sundays, but one of the few open on Mondays.
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.
They serve upscale European dishes like Wiener Schnitzel, truffle dumplings, salads, and steaks. If you go on a Sunday, you can enjoy the expansive brunch options.
The restaurant has its own wine cellar and its own parking lot. Diners can enjoy the outdoor terrace and the private sandy beach in summer.