Where to Eat in Heidelberg: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 3, 2017 Major Galusha

Home to the oldest university in Germany, Heidelberg was hit hard during 17th-century wars and rebuilt in the 18th century with baroque buildings. For a pleasant walk, stroll through the historic city center's Gothic streets. Be sure to take in Heidelberg Castle, the symbolic heart of the city; Alte Brucke, a beautiful 18th-century bridge; and the Student Jail. Built as long ago as the 16th century, it was used to keep mischievous students off the streets for three days to a month at a time. And they say Penn State is the number-one party school!
Things to do in Heidelberg

1. Weisser Bock

Grosse Mantelgasse 24, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, Mediterranean, German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +49 6221 90000
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 420 reviews

Weisser Bock

Traditional fine-dining restaurant with hotel rooms located directly in the center of the old town of Heidelberg. You will find the ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy!

Reviewed By Lisa G - Oslo, Norway

We spontaneously chose this place and were lucky enough to grab the only free table (a reservation didn't show up). We really enjoyed the service, the food (particularly the mains) was excellent but that was a must considering the stiff prices. We got a great recommendation for Aperitifs also. The only downside is that every now and then cars are rolling through the narrow cobblestone street, which can be a little annoying, but that's not the restaurant's fault...

2. Seppl

Hauptstr. 213, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +49 6221 1370980
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Seppl

Reviewed By StationToStation - Los Angeles, California

The service was a bit slow. The building is old and historic, which I guess is the point. The food was authentic but heavy portions and didn't deal in the subtle in terms of portion size, flavors, etc. Good for a casual night out.

3. SameSame Sushi Bar

Steingasse 3 | 69117 Heidelberg, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +49 6221 7291737
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

SameSame Sushi Bar

Reviewed By Stefanie B - Karlsruhe

I visited SameSame together with a good friend. We are both big sushi fans and therefore were pretty excited as we visited the place. The place is pretty small which was no problem, just the wooden seats are a bit uncomfortable; maybe it would be a good idea to offer some kind of covers.
I took a menu with a miso soup and a mixed sushi plate which was really good and tasty. The only thing is that the price for my meal seemed to be quite high. So I might come back but then for lunch as they have good offers for lunch.
The staff was very very friendly, I had the feeling I was really taken good care of!

4. Schnitzelbank

Bauamtsgasse 7, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol German, European, Central European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +49 6221 21189
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Schnitzelbank

Reviewed By Bocain - Cary, North Carolina

I come here every time I’m in Heidelberg because it is a classic. Great German food and beer. Bring your appetite because portions are large. And the atmosphere is wonderful - you never know who you’ll be seated next to - but that’s part of the fun.

5. Zum Spreisel

Neckarstaden 66, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +49 6221 23543
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 357 reviews

Zum Spreisel

Reviewed By David C - Nottingham, United Kingdom

In a town with a high number of tourists it was pleasing to find a restaurant offering a genuinely German atmosphere within an old well preserved building as well as a menu of hearty German food served in generous portions. The beer on tap is good (Adler) and both our meals more than adequate in size and taste. The restaurant is cosy with sectioned areas for diners; unlike many English pubs whose interiors have been gutted for reasons of profit. Service was satisfactory but not quick. Overall heartily recommended.

6. Wirtshaus zum Nepomuk

Obere Neckarstr. 2 | 69117 Heidelberg, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Full Bar German, Central European, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$141 - HK$345 +49 6221 739130
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Wirtshaus zum Nepomuk

In an early 18th-century town house on the square in front of the Old Bridge in Heidelberg, the "Wirtshaus zum Nepomuk" welcomes its guests with familiar hospitality and good traditional german food. In the cosy restauarnt you will find regional specialties such as "Schwäbischer Zweibelrostbraten" - slices of argentinian beef with onions with homemade "Spätzle" or "roulade" - filled beef-roll - on homemade red cabbage and potato pots and much more. The varied evening menu shows the whole variety of the regional cuisine of Baden and the Palatinate. The inviting ambience in the inn and the quaint hunting lodge provides an ideal setting to dine comfortably with friends and family or to celebrate one or the other festival.

Reviewed By Ulrich E - Saarbrucken, Germany

We have been visiting Heidelberg and at lunchtime we have been near the old bidge and looked for a nice restaurant. Just beside this nice door we found the restaurant "Wirtshaus zum Nepomuk". We could sit outside with nice sun protection. The waiters have been...MoreThank you for this wonderful review and hopefully you'll come eback !

7. Vinothek Restaurant Oskar

Haspelgasse 5, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol European, Wine Bar, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +49 6221 4319034
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Vinothek Restaurant Oskar

Reviewed By faeimmmario - Heidelberg, Germany

The restaurant and vinotheque Oskar appears to have a good reputation in the Heidelberg F&B scene, so we decided to drop in for dinner, as they only open in the evenings from 1800 hours onwards (closed Sundays).
Guests can opt for a menu, or order from an à la carte menu limited to seasonal ingredients, and a few dishes prepared Mediterranean style.
The service is generally friendly, but the attitude of the some staff occasionally borders on "laissez-faire".
We weren't sure if we wanted the Silvaner or Grauburgunder (both were house wines) to accompany our meal, so we requested a small sip of each. Oskar being a vinotheque, we figured it was straightforward request (just pour a sip from each open bottle). Our waiter had to "check with someone higher up", and eventually returned with two 0.1L glasses of only the Silvaner, which was not what we asked for. What about the Grauburgunder?? It took us only one sip to discover that the Silvaner was too dry, and went with the Grauburgunder, which is generally a "safe" choice.
For appetizers, we ordered a warm Pulpo salad, and the goat cheese gratin on a bed of greens. We decided on fish for our main course. There were two types listed on the menu, but as Oskar's supplier didn't deliver, they could only offer us one type - the "Dorade".
We were engrossed in conversation, so we took longer than usual to finish our appetizers (which were tasty). The staff attempted twice to remove our plates, and finally insisted because our main course was ready and getting cold (fair enough).
I was happy with how my Dorade was prepared - the skin was crunchy, and the filet rimmed with a crispy border, while the insides were tender and succulent.
Foodwise, Oskar is a strong 4-star - kudos to the chefs! However, for the prices they are charging, there was one too many awkward moments in their service, hence only 3 points overall.

8. Qube Restaurant

Bergheimer Str. 74, 69115 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$290 +49 6221 187990
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 328 reviews

Qube Restaurant

Business function, event or just good dining? Visit our best rated Restaurant, Bar, Bistro, our cosy Lounge or the outstanding Roof-Terrace in the Centre of Heidelberg. The Qube Restaurant stands for imaginative, regional as well as international cuisine, setting a high value on freshness and naturalness.

Reviewed By bmagpa - Reamstown, Pennsylvania

Maybe all places in Europe have better salads than the US - the ingredients just seem to taste more organic and fresh. But, we had a great lite dinner here during our 2-day stay in Heidelberg. Rocket salad was very good - sundried tomatoes really hit the spot. Complimentary bread and olive oil. Iced tea was good but expensive (5 E) vs surrounding areas we visited. Caters to a younger crowd, it seems.

9. Red - Die Gruene Kueche

Poststr. 42, 69115 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +49 6221 9145206
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

Red - Die Gruene Kueche

Reviewed By bcsanders - Calgary, Canada

I ate twice in this restaurant within three days and was delighted with the offerings. They provide fixed hot meals and also a delicious large buffet. Vegan items are explicitly marked The food is fresh, healthy, nutritious, tasty and presented well. The offerings at the buffet differed the two times I went, and I appreciated having new items to try. The restaurant is quite popular and quite busy so slow at times to get a table or to pay at the counter during busy periods. Staff are friendly and polite. Great selection of desserts.

10. Palmbrau Gasse

Hauptstr. 185, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards German, Bar, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +49 6221 28536
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 571 reviews

Palmbrau Gasse

Reviewed By NevermindCA - CA

Our family of 8 had lunch at Palmbrau Gasse. Our order included schnitzel (pork), Nuremberg sausages, and a pork knuckle (which they claim is their specialty). The sausages were similar to what we'd had elsewhere, but the schnitzel and pork knuckle were disappointing. Service was pleasant and Palmbrau Gasse seems popular with tourists.

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