DiningFrankfurt's best traditional German restaurants

Enjoy hearty portions and quirky design on a culinary tour of Frankfurt

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While Frankfurt’s thriving dining scene does offer cutting-edge fine dining and excellent international cuisine, it’s the city’s authentic German restaurants that are its beating heart. From homely Apfelwein taverns to stately medieval dining rooms, we take you on a culinary tour of Frankfurt’s best traditional restaurants.

 

Atschel

With a cosy parlour and spacious garden, Atschel is a magnet for tourists and locals alike. Daily specials are written on a blackboard, below which row upon row of pretty blue and white bembel jugs (traditionally used to serve apfelwein) dangle over the bar. Atschel serves up home-cooked comfort food, from grilled pork ribs with sauerkraut, to crispy Frankfurt schnitzels with the city’s signature ‘green sauce’. This restaurant is popular, so book ahead.

 

Klosterhof

This traditional restaurant occupies the site of a 15th-century monastery in the city’s Altstadt district. With its wood-panelled walls and coats of arms decorating the dining room, it exudes German charm. Many of the authentic German recipes here are derived from historic monastic cookbooks. Portions are large and full of homegrown ingredients, including locally sourced meats. Choose from traditional dishes like ‘Trappist schnitzel fried in butter with Trappist cheese and ham’, or ‘Rolled braised beef filled with bacon and dill pickle in a beer sauce’. There’s also a leafy outdoor terrace to enjoy during the warmer months.

 

Zum Gemalten Haus

One of Frankfurt’s oldest apfelwein taverns, Zum Gemalten Haus has been feeding locals since 1951. Hand-painted frescos adorn the walls while imposing antler chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. Zum Gemalten Haus’s gigantic meat platter is a must-try, featuring a medley of tender sausages that includes Frankfurters, bratwurst and fleischwurst. 

 

Apfelwein Wagner

Named after its 1931 founder, Adolf Wagner, Apfelwein Wagner remains in the family to this day. A traditional German restaurant with a contemporary feel, it is a bustling space beloved for its communal-style dining with culinary highlights that include Frankfurt specialities such as ‘Grilled pork knuckle’ or ‘Ox breast served with green sauce’. 

 

Zum Schwarzer Stern

Housed in a commanding 15th-century timbered building overlooking the picturesque Römer Town Hall, Zum Schwarzer Stern inhabits one of the most attractive locations in town. Chef Jurgen Laschewski puts a sophisticated spin on classic Hessian cuisine, serving artfully plated dishes with seasonal ingredients. Choose from rich, cheesy spätzle, prime rare steak and dishes made with freshly caught fish. Blessed with grand, high ceilings and elegant medieval features, Zum Schwarzer Stern is a stylish and authentic place to get a real taste of German cuisine.