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Lutter & Wegner, Berlin

56 Charlottenstrasse
Germany 10117
Tel: 49 30 202 9540's insider take:

There's a whiff of 19th-century Mitteleuropean splendor at this handsome and historic restaurant on Gendarmenmarkt. In business since 1811, Lutter & Wegner is one of Berlin's most venerable wine merchants and occupies a spacious, beautifully wood-paneled room. The menu offers appetizing French, German, and Austrian dishes, but the regulars, many of whom are politicians, all go for impeccably cooked Viennese dishes like Wiener Schnitzel or lamb with a curd-cheese crust. Hankering for something light? The steak tartare is delicious. Or German? The Sauerbraten (marinated roast beef) is superb. And if the prices in the restaurant scare you off, try the bistro, which does great salads and cold-cut and cheese plates. There are branches at 52-53 Oranienburger Strasse and in the Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz.

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