Grab a Paulaner and take a seat in this beautiful, park-like setting. Draws a young, professional German crowd for the natural views and great beer selection. Offers a traditional Bavarian dining menu, as well as a good selection of vegetarian dishes. Visitors should make time to take a walk through the park, too. A must-see while in the city. As with most beer gardens, you may bring your own food, but are required to purchase beverages on-site. Also like other beer gardens in the area there is both a full service area as well as a self service area depending on your needs.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: A lakeside beer garden deep within the English garden is a summertime treat.
Mike's expert tip: Paddle boats can be rented while the parents enjoy their beers.
If you're looking for a hearty meal of wiener schnitzel and beer, Donisl is just the place. This authentic Bavarian joint, located in the heart of Munich's Marienplatz by the town hall, boasts a rich history that dates back to 1715. You can take in the traditional atmosphere of hunting trophies and aged wooden seating while you indulge in some filling but affordable dishes like scrumptious pork roast and dumplings. And of course, no German meal is complete without a cold, classic beer. Donisl features a wide selection of delicious beers from the local Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner breweries. After 6pm, you can even settle into the sounds of live alpine music as you savor the taste of a truly satisfying M�nchen meal!
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Good traditional Bavarian food, reasonable prices, and reasonable portions all directly at Marienplatz.
Mike's expert tip: During the summer Donisl has tables on Marienplatz with good views of the street performers.
This café is located in one of the most beautiful regions of the city and affords visitors excellent views of the famous Glockenspiel, for which the café is named. Located on the fifth floor of the main building on the Marienplatz, the café serves up great beer and coffee and a delicious light menu. A must-see for sweeping views of the city center. Come early to get a seat. In fact, to watch the glockenspiel in action from the café, you must be there at either eleven in the morning or at noon, making this a good option for brunch.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Located directly across from its namesake, this cafe has some of the best views possible of the famous landmark.
Mike's expert tip: Make sure to arrive early for a seat with a view.
This Schwabing "haute" culinary treat has been a favorite for business and leisure travelers in the city for quite some time. International chef Hans Haas continues to amaze and astound the taste buds with his gourmet menus. Excellent shellfish and game entrées make for a perfect meal and the ambiance and service complete the meal. The chef has two Michelin stars and makes this restaurants one of only a few in Munich that can boast truly world class dining experiences for those privileged enough to understand the difference. This is not directly downtown and so it is advised to make a reservation and then take a taxi to the restaurant.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: The best known high-end restaurant in the city, this isn't Bavarian cuisine!
Mike's expert tip: Make reservations as early as possible as it can be very difficult to get in even weeks in advance.
This popular restaurant transports diners back in time to a traditional 16th century banquet. Feast on an array of German meats and side dishes and enjoy the beer selection. A definite place to go to experience German history and to enjoy a delicious meal. The menu comes straight from the history books from the a member of the Welser family in Augsburg. The Welser family was at one time of of the wealthiest families in Europe and controlled trade routes as far as South America. Because of this extreme wealth, one of the women in the family started a fine dining cookbook and guide to manners for the time.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: A theme restaurant serving medieval food in a medieval cellar. The music, rules, food, and costumes make this fun for everyone.
Mike's expert tip: Make reservations early as this place isn't that large.
This hip and chic bar is a fun diversion while in the city. Enjoy an array of well-mixed drinks in one of the house-themed rooms, including a cocktail in the bathroom or a beer on the double bed. In the dining room, a series of small courses is presented to diners, rather than a traditional menu - you choose which dishes you want. A Munich favorite for drinks, atmosphere and food. The specialty in the main restaurant is to go for the chef's 8 course menu where you tell him anything you don't like and he surprises you with whatever is fresh that day. This is a unique and wonderful splurge for the average tourist.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: A restaurant set up as a colonial home. This place is unique and impressive for a splurge evening.
Mike's expert tip: The bar is loud and unspectacular, so go straight to the proper restaurant and enjoy several courses of bliss.
Enjoy beautiful artwork and cuisine in an historic location, where both Lenin and Hitler allegedly ate. In the heart of Schwabing, this restaurant has been serving Munich since 1890 and celebrates its middle-class Italian roots. A romantic and intimate courtyard lays on the Euro-charm here. The pasta is made fresh daily with the finest of ingredients. Specials are usually displayed from a sign in the windows or out on the street itself, but the prices are reasonable and the food is very Italian. To find this place one needs to go just a few blocks to the West of the University.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: A historic Italian restaurant in the heart of Schwabing. The history can be ignored for a couple of hours.
Mike's expert tip: The atmosphere is definitely better in the evening.
Although Munich is not known for its seafood and is in fact quite far from the sea, that does not mean it doesn't have a top class seafood restaurant. The Austernkeller ("oyster celler") serves Munich's largest selection of bivalves and seafood, all fresh and flown in daily. Specialties could be Maryland-style crab cakes, sesame-encrusted scampi or foie gras with glazed apple and red-wine sauce. The décor is Bavarian and the atmosphere is casual with cozy booths. Close to the Isar Tor, the restaurant is easy to reach by public transportation, but the entrance is subterranean so look carefully or you may miss it.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Munich's best seafood restaurant is in a cellar hundreds of kilometers from the sea.
Mike's expert tip: Ask for the specials as we're talking about seafood here and what's best is always changing.
This is the epitome of a traditional German beer garden. Housed in an immense hall that is as wide as a city block and with seating for hundreds of diners and beer connoisseurs. The interior has dark panels with deer heads and old portraits mounted on the walls. Be prepared to share a table and conversation with your neighbors, as most tables seat a minimum of six people. Enjoy mustard pretzels as a prelude to the time-honored German fare, which includes pork shanks and sausages served with Sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. The beer hall is massive with dozens of seats out front, hundreds in the main dining section, and a few dozen more in the beer garden out back.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: The second location of the Augustiner brewery is now a massive beer hall, and one that is both easy to find and reasonably priced.
Mike's expert tip: In the summer go all the way back and there is a quiet courtyard where you can enjoy the great outdoors.
This is truly a sight to behold for the traveler who has never seen a "true" beer hall. There are so many people here that you wonder if they have capacity laws in Munich. It is truly the epitome of the traditional German arm-in-arm beer drinking and singing beer hall. Although it seems to be a touristy place, there are also any local Germans that go and don't tell anyone; it's that fun. Truly a must see and experience in Munich. The building has three floors inside and also includes a small beer garden for those rare moments in Munich where the weather is warm and dry. The top floor is for events, but is the most beautiful and includes a free museum.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: This is the beer hall of beer halls, the most famous and respected with replicas on every continent.
Mike's expert tip: Do not make reservations as they only take reservations for the upstairs area, which is not the Hofbräu experience!