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Jacob's Restaurant, Hamburg

Hotel Louis C. Jacob
401–403 Elbchaussee
Germany 22609
Tel: 49 40 822 550's insider take:

Sitting a few miles west of town overlooking the Elbe River traffic—including the occasional horizon-blocking cruise ship—Jacob's is a Michelin-starred classic without the stuffy pretension. It's far from cheap: Prix fixe lunch menus start at about $85, but delicacies such as Bresse pigeon and a meltingly tender calf's head in a delicate tomato compote deliver sophisticated and satisfying flavor. The wine list is encyclopedic (800–1,000 bottles), including several excellent 2005 Rieslings by the glass. Getting there (by car, if at all possible—otherwise, it's a bit inconvenient to reach) takes you along much of Hamburg's prime real estate overlooking the river.

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