While Frankfurt’s thriving dining scene offers cutting-edge fine dining and international eateries galore, it’s the city’s authentic German restaurants that are its beating heart. From quaint apfelwein taverns to stately medieval dining rooms, take a culinary tour with us around Frankfurt’s best traditional German restaurants.
With a cosy parlour and spacious garden, Atschel is a magnet for tourists and locals alike. Inside, daily specials are written on the blackboard, below which row upon row of pretty blue and white bembel jugs (traditionally used to serve apfelwein) dangle quaintly over the bar. Atschel’s food is pure home-cooked comfort dishes, from grilled pork ribs with sauerkraut and bread to breaded crispy Frankfurt schnitzel with green sauce. This Sachsenhausen restaurant is very popular, so book ahead.
As its name suggests, Klosterhof occupies the site of a 15th century monastery in the city’s Altstadt district. With wood panelled walls and coats of arms decorating the dining room, it exudes rustic German charm. Klosterhof serves up hearty of portions of both authentic German cuisine and cosy ambience. Dishes so rustic, in fact, that some are even derived from monastic cookbooks, while Klosterhof’s meats are all locally sourced. Choose from traditional dishes like trappist schnitzel, fried in butter with trappist’s cheese and ham, or rolled braised beef filled with bacon and dill pickle in a beer sauce. What’s more, there’s a leafy outside terrace to enjoy during the warmer months - perfect for sampling their Klosterhof Naturtrüb beer.
Zum Gemalten Haus
One of Frankfurt’s oldest cider houses, Zum Gemalten Haus (“To The Painted House”) has been feeding locals since 1951. Hand-painted frescos adorn the walls while imposing antler chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. It’s like time has stopped here. Zum Gemalten Haus’s gigantic platter is a must-try, featuring a medley of meat sausages like tender Frankfurters, bratwurst and fleischwurst. Wash everything down with a refreshing glass of Riesling, local wheat beer or zingy homemade apple wine.
A traditional German restaurant with a contemporary feel, Apfelwein Wagner is a bustling eatery beloved for its communal-style dining and superb cider. Pull up a stool at one of its large banqueting tables and sample their authentic dishes with friends or family. Menu highlights include local Frankfurt specialities like grilled pork knuckle or ox breast with the city’s famed herby grüne soße, or green sauce. Named after its 1931 founder Adolf Wagner, Apfelwein Wagner remains in the family and is third generation-run.
Zum Schwarzer Stern
Housed in a commanding 15 th century timbered building overlooking the picturesque Römer, Zum Schwarzer Stern (“To the Black Star”) couldn’t be in a prettier position. 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 freshly caught fish dishes at this traditional German restaurant. Blessed with grand high ceilings and elegant medieval features, Zum Schwarzer Stern is a stylish, authentic place to dine on German cuisine.
Located in Frankfurt’s central Innenstadt district, Jumeirah Frankfurt is perfectly positioned to explore the city’s vibrant dining scene. For dining, the hotel offers three restaurants including the contemporary grillroom, Max On One. Defined by its wooden finishes, warm lighting and urban interiors, the highlight of this restaurant is Nils-Levent Grun and his team who work their magic in an open show kitchen and whip up new flavours on traditional dishes.