I have the good fortune of living in a fabulous part of Dusseldorf and during my little over half a year in the city, I’ve discovered some wonderful restaurants and bars. I hang out with a colorful cast of fellow American and Canadian expats here in Germany and I found myself always recommending a place to someone. Finally someone said “you need to make a list of all these great places”. Then one night after a fabulous sushi dinner I wrote this list. Enjoy!
Things to know about Dusseldorf restaurants. You always need a reservation for dinner and you want to book it as soon as you have a time and date planned.
8 pm is the best time to grab dinner if you like a crowd, earlier you’ll be eating with crickets.
Zur Martinklause – meine favoriten brauhaus. When you walk in sit down at a lovely wooden table near the bar, order a Fuschen alt, and then look up and admire the lovely wood carvings on the light fixtures. The wait staff mostly speak German and are helpful without being intrusive. The jaeger schnitzel (huntersyle – Mit mushroom sauce) is delicious and comes with potato croquettes. I would take this place over a brauhaus in the altstadt any day. It’s a real neighborhood hangout.
Benzenbergstraße 1, 40219 Düsseldorf
Adjito – interesting Japanese restaurant with sushi. Beautiful rice (and I know what I’m talking about with rice… 🙂 ), nice juice spritzers with interesting combinations of fruits. The sashimi bowl is out of this world. Very reasonable prices. Entomological theme in decorations.
Lorettostraße 18, 40219 Düsseldorf
Frida’s Tapas Bar – fun tapas bar, Spanish style food mit brot, good wine and a nice painting of the lady herself in the bar area – which is a nice large table in case you want a place to gather with 5 or 6 friends.
Bilker Allee 4, 40219 Düsseldorf
New Wok Boy – Thai inspired Asian food. The shop owner is very friendly and happy. Feels like a Chinese restaurant and the food is fast and delicious and very reasonably priced, actually cheap. My favorite is the Buddhist suppe – coconut milk base with tofu, delicious veggies and lots of curry spice. A great way to warm up on a cold rainy day (so pretty much every day of the year).
Gladbacher Str. 8, 40219 Düsseldorf
Restaurant Antalya – lovely Turkish restaurant across from the Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhoff. An assortment of fresh Turkish food and delicious Turkish coffee and tea. Nearly all the patrons are Turkish and it has a nice family atmosphere.
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 12, 40210 Düsseldorf (I’m not certain of the address but it’s right near the hauptbahnhoff – walk out – turn left and walk kitty corner to the station and you’ll see this place.
Williams Bar & Kitchen – cool atmosphere, interesting cocktails, great burger, and the music is nice.
Friedrichstraße 115A, 40217 Düsseldorf
Restaurant Freiligrath – I popped in here once for a bowl of soup on a Sunday mid-morning (feeling a bit under the weather) and they took great care of me. Found a nice spot in a corner of the bar. Other folks were enjoying a lovely home style buffet.
Neusser Str. 133, 40219 Düsseldorf
Casita Mexicana Bilk – the place to go when you need your Baja-style Mexican fix. The tacos are served the way I like them – California taco truck style (but not with the price tag unfortunately) – small corn tortilla, grilled meat, fresh onions and cilantro. Start off with chips and salsa and a margarita. Nice feature is a menu on the wall that translates between German and Spanish. Fun atmosphere.
Bilker Allee 128, 40217 Düsseldorf
Papa Young Korean Soul Food – fun Korean barbecue. You grill it yourself at your table.
Neusser Str. 84, 40219 Düsseldorf
Gelateria la Luna – ice cream creations that are out of this world and very reasonably priced. Don’t be afraid of the fancy appearance it’s not too pricey.
Rathausufer 11, 40213 Düsseldorf
D’Vine Restaurant and Weinbar – gourmet chef’s menu that is out of this world. Truly some of the best food I’ve eaten anywhere in the world. 5 course chef’s meal with drinks ran about 100 USD. A nice splurge with friends. The wait staff is spectacular and the food is explained to you by the head waiter at the beginning of each course. Interesting ingredients put together in an artistic and palate appealing way. Bonus – the owner is a very active member of the community – one of the creators of the fun and entertaining pop up theatre.
Lorettostraße 23, 40219 Düsseldorf
Fischaus – delicious seafood in the altstadt and it really feels like a seafood place. If it’s mussel season don’t pass on the chance to order a pot of fresh steamed mussels. Don’t worry, you can eat the whole thing yourself. 🙂
Berger Str. 3-7, 40213 Düsseldorf
Cafe Kasbah – lovely spot to stop and warm up with a cup of frische peppermint tea on a cold rainy day along the Rhein or take a break from the weihnachtsmarkt. Looks like they have food too, but I’ve never tried it.
Rheinort 2, 40213 Düsseldorf
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