The two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Haerlin is one of the most popular eateries in Hamburg. One of only three restaurants in the city to hold such an accolade, it has been praised widely for its technically perfect dishes and, of course, stunning views over the Inner Alster Lake. Seasonally adapted menus ensure only the finest ingredients are used, such as the top seafood that the area is renowned for. The restaurant offers two menus, with highlights including smoked brown trout with berry dashi, John Dory with oysters and a sea-herb emulsion, and mango with olive oil, avocado and coriander.
Restaurant Haerlin, Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14, 20354 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 3494 3310
The different cuisines on offer at Au Quai, along with fantastic views of the harbour, has made the restaurant a popular hotspot. The seafood restaurant features Mediterranean, French, Italian and Asian influences, with each dish created with flair using top-quality ingredients. Specialities include the Au Quai bouillabaisse and pasta della Mama, both of which are cooked to original, traditional recipes. The restaurant also features a raw bar, offering oysters and sashimi dishes, alongside an impressive poke menu of enticing bowls such as the spicy, crunchy tuna bowl, Korean fried-chicken bowl and fjord trout bow. If this wasn’t enough, the menu also has a range of vegan options, such as sweet potato gyozas and pumpkin salads. In the summer be sure to take advantage of the restaurant’s terrace.
Au Quai, Grosse Elbstrasse 145B/D, 22767 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 3803 7730
For picturesque views across Hamburg’s developing harbour area and the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, book a spot at Carl’s Brasserie. Taking inspiration from French brasseries, the restaurant cites many classic features, from the dark-stained wood flooring to the leather booths and art deco lamps. The food here is also influenced by France, with classic dishes such as beef bourguignon with glazed onions and mashed potatoes, crispy duck with cider sauce and fish stew. Offering a little slice of France with views of the river Elbe, this is a great restaurant for relaxed dining.
Carl’s Brasserie, Am Kaiserkai 69, 20457 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 3003 22400
Occupying a key spot on the Dockland pier, Fischereihafen Restaurant is a veritable institution in Hamburg. Renowned for its excellent seafood, it has welcomed esteemed guests such as the Princess of Wales. Ornate interiors are absent here and, instead, visitors can expect a slice of old-school dining, with the flavours of the food setting the tone. Starters include spicy tuna tartar while mains feature fillet of North Sea turbot, Scottish salmon fillet, king prawns and North Sea sole.
Fischereihafen Restaurant, Grosse Elbstrasse 143, 22767 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 381816
Conveniently located between the Elbe and Altonaer fish market, Rive offers top harbour views alongside high-quality seafood. Rive focuses on using seafood from sustainable catches and products from local regions, and the fresh fish is mostly organic and purchased daily. The freshness of the fish translates into an impressive series of plates. The menu is divided up between Jewels of the Sea, a raw bar, starters, soups, grills, sides and mains. Highlights include seafood spaghetti with prawns, mussels and calamari; Scottish organic salmon with a spice crust; and tuna with a white bean puree. If you’re looking for an alternative to fish, the menu also offers classic German dishes such as wiener schnitzel.
Rive, Van-der-Smissen-Strasse 1, 22767 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 380 5919