This French restaurant, located in the eastern city centre, was founded in 1853 by A.F.W. Borchardt. The unique decor conjures up an atmosphere of ... More
This French restaurant, located in the eastern city centre, was founded in 1853 by A.F.W. Borchardt. The unique decor conjures up an atmosphere of purity and elegance with the columns and mosaics lending a ceremonial air to the interior. Favoured by politicians, actors and sports personalities, Borchardt's is a firm fixture on Berlin's gastronomic map. Dishes such as fillet of beef with herb butter and potatoes make an excellent choice; anticipation of the imminent arrival of yet another VIP only serves to enhance the experience.
Food overrated. (Their bouillabaisse is meagre and one wonders if they know really what it should be like. Wiene Schnitzel with tastless meat and industrial breadcrumbs.)
VERY BAD SERVICE.( Side dishes accompanying main dishes arriving MUCH too late. Waitress brushing crumbs off table onto our coats. Waitress pushing us on directly to coffee and displeased when we requested menu to order dessert)
VERY RUDE WAITRESS ( After all the bad service, she had the nerve to ASK for a tip, and made a scene when she got very little)
This is a restaurant which could do well to go and visit others in order to learn what good cuisine REALLY is and to teach its staff the basics of politeness.
NOT classy at all. The essence of vulgarity.
We were in this restaurant about a week ago. Without a reservation it was possible to get a table. In the entrance they said we had about 1-1, 5 hour time but after 1 hour the waiter gave a hint to finish as quickly as possible.
Like a few other reviews it was the most negative experience we had in our life in a restaurant (little space around the tables, bad manners waiter, very unfriendly). Especially the last was awful. Because of his behaviour, for the first time we didn't give a tip. The waiter was really angry about that (professional attitude?) and throw the small chance on the table. He didn't say anything to us when we left the restaurant but we heart him saying (I never had this experience before), Anyway, we as well.
The food was indeed nothing special and the price for this to high.
A day later we sent by email our compliant to the restaurant but no reaction at all.
Conclusion: for me and my family the most negative experience during our stay in Berlin.
We made a phone reservation from the states two weeks in advance for Saturday night and when we arrived were sent to the basement. They didn't even check the reservation list and said, "the foods the same there." Upstairs it was quite elegant, downstairs is like a pizzaria. The service was terrible, some of the food was undercooked. Stay away.
Came with friends expecting a nice evening. We had booked tabel well in advance and were seated in a ugly basement with terribly loud and boring music. Our reservation weren't checked. The food was mostly fine but the service and atmosphere were terrible!! The head chief or what ever he is called was arrogant. Can't recommed Borchardt but please try Bocca di Bacco which I think is perfect!
Booked a table at Borchardt in good advance when travelling to Berlin last week. When arriving at this famous restaurant-by that time overcrowded, we were shipped to the basement without any explanation, where we vere to eat in what looked like a cheap hospital cafeteria, no windows, loud music and terribly inefficient waiters. The food was OK, compared with the price, and when we asked to at least get to eat our dessert in the famous upstairs restaurant, we were completely ignored by the pompous owner/head waiter?, who offered us free desert-OK, and a glass of the worst Sauterne I have ever tried. The food-as I said earlier-was OK, but I am not going back. Ever.
everything is just absolutly amasing...the crowd good be a litter younger and not that stiff but otherwise nice 1....food and atmosphere is great and if you want to you can hang around after dinner and have a nice drink with very nice chill music
My experience at Borchart is as follows:
I am from Athens and I was planning to spend the New Year's Holidays at Berlin so I decided to book a restaurant one month in advance. I made the reservation by phone one month ago, and as soon as I arrived at Berlin (this was one week before New Years Eve) I called for confirmation and they ensured me that everything was ok with my reservation.
When I arrived, I approached the man responsible for the tables, and I told him I had a reservation under the name X. The guy didn't even check his reservations he just told me that there is a mistake and there is no reservation. By the way the restaurant was packed with what seems to be the high class of Berlin. He also told me that everyone knows that in order to reserve a table at Borchart you have to pay an amount in advance as a deposit. They didn't mention anything like that in any of the two phone conversations we had. He also told me that he would arrange another reservation at another restaurant of the same owner called Pan Asian which is cheaper (he had the nerve to tell me he was going to send me at a cheaper place). He went to call the responsible there and he came back telling us happily that he had made a reservation there and that a table was waiting for us there. We went there and the woman responsible for the tables at PanAsian told us to wait in the bar until she finds a table. After one hour waiting , the woman responsible came to us and told us that there is no table and if we want we can eat at the bar.Then we left and after trying to find a restaurant to eat we ended up at a fast food chinese since everything was of course packed.
That is one of the worst experiences of service I ever had abroad and it ruined our New Years Eve.
This place is located closed to Gendarmenmarkt in a beautiful area of down town Berlin. You need to make your reservation in advance because it�s always booked. The waiters are very friendly and absolutely professional. You will find traditional haute cuisine and something I would call modern fusion cuisine. My girlfriend and I had dinner on November 7ht, started our dinner with excellent fine de claire - oysters as opener, a lobster-bisque, Ceasers salad with prawns, roasted cod with fettucine in anchovy sauce, and halibut with sour lentils and little vegetables. The fish, both cod and halibut were perfect and delicious. There was nothing they could have made better. Dessert was a wonderful parfait with a soft mandarin flavour surrounded by fresh orange, grapefruits, mandarins and marinated kumquats. I had an excellent Sauvignon blanc, South Africa, that you can order by glass. All together a fantastic experience. Something very special is the offer of three different beef qualities for grill (Argentinean, Irish and Kobe- Beef).
The money you spent at the Borchardt is the best investment in culinary experiences you can make.
We walked in without a reservation and had the best meal in our Berlin visit. The turbot and crab risotto were superb, however, the sage and garlic crusted veal chop was sublime. Our server, Nicole, took great care of us, well worth the visit!
We had reservations for over a week - arrived full of anticipation and very well dressed. Were told by a frantic maitre'd that several larger parties had arrived and "it appeared hopless". After we suggested that we wait at the bar, he informed us that the others at the bar "were not waiting for a bus..." we were welcome to wait but he couldn't promise anything. We left, informed him politely to take us off the list and he just laughed...I mean there are enough top restaurants in Berlin (Margaux, Fischer Fritz, Facil...)one doesn't have to tolerate this.
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