Set in a neo-Baroque mansion in the Union International Club, Villa Merton is known for championing high-quality, local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Matthias Schmidt makes great use of regional produce in his French-influenced cuisine and takes inspiration from established culinary traditions while also pushing out the boundaries. Typical choices include beef stew and pigeon with venison sausage.
Villa Merton, Union International Club, Leonhardsbrunn 12, 60487 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 703033
At the pleasantly rustic Weinsinn bistro, the extensive wine list is as important as the food – if not more so. Dishes are designed to enhance the 250 wines available, sourced from a mix of large producers and smaller, independent vineyards. Expect a diverse menu featuring the likes of Scottish lamb curry with peas and coconut, and Breton plaice with shrimps and vegetable cassoulet.
Weinsinn, Fürstenbergerstrasse 179, 60322 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 5699 8080
Allgaiers is one of Frankfurt’s most atmospheric restaurants. Its simple interior features oak panelling and has silver accents here and there, providing a perfect backdrop for the hearty cuisine on offer. The menu reinterprets classic German cuisine and incorporates French influences to produce flavourful, well thought out dishes with a wealth of vegetarian options. Cabinets filled with more than 400 wines ensure there is a choice to compliment any dish.
Allgaiers, Liebigstrasse 47, 60323 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 9895 6611
Restaurant Français in the Frankfurter Hof hotel more than deserves its exalted reputation and boasts one of the most opulent dining rooms in the city. The space has a heritage feel, featuring an open fire, fine French wall coverings and a parquet floor made from 100-year-old oak. It’s an ideal setting for chef Patrick Bittner’s classic French cuisine. His menu is varied, ranging from Arctic char with artichokes to sweetbreads with apple, radish and vanilla.
Restaurant Français, Steigenberger Hotel Frankfurter Hof, Kaiserplatz, 60311 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 215118
Restaurant Villa Rothschild
At this gourmet establishment in the Villa Rothschild hotel chef Christoph Rainer entertains diners with an expert display of the culinary arts. His exacting presentation and skill have earned the restaurant two Michelin stars while his light interpretation of classic dishes puts a modern spin on the menu. Be sure to try the standout dish, lobster with an oriental bisque, mango and poppadum.
Restaurant Villa Rothschild, Villa Rothschild Kempinski, Rothschildpark, 61462 Frankfurt, +49 (0)61 742 9080