Wilhelmshaven Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Wilhelmshaven

December 10, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Wilhelmshaven (meaning William's Harbour; German pronunciation: [vɪlhɛlmsˈhaːfn̩]) is a coastal town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the western side of the Jade Bight, a bay of the North Sea. Wilhelmshaven is the centre of the "JadeBay" business region (which has around 330,000 inhabitants).
Things to do in Wilhelmshaven

1. An Bord

Schleusenstrasse 22, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch HK$78 - HK$235 +49 4421 500466
Excellent
49%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

An Bord

Reviewed By mozarthill - Fort Hood, Texas

Spending the week in windswept Wilhelmshaven has been an interesting adventure. The cuisine here is so different from Southern Germany. Fish, fish, everywhere! My mother and I celebrated her birthday at the An Bord this week and I have to say that it was quite good! The outside of the building is welcoming, with the menu posted outside the door. Inside the bar that is situated in the middle of the room is in the shape of a ship's bow, complete with the ornamental topless woman. The entire restaurant is decorated tastefully in an understated nautical theme. The menu was large but not overwhelming. We decided to start the evening with an appetizer to share. We chose the shrimp in garlic butter. Before the appetizer was served, we were brought a small "welcome" from the kitchen. Not being a food critic, I am not sure what the "proper" name of the dish would be called...but it had the consistency of panna cotta, but was made with Kohlrabi (German turnip) and had a small dollop of chili sauce on top. It was quite flavorful and we both enjoyed it. We were then served our shrimp skewers. Although we were splitting an appetizer, the kitchen tastefully put one skewer and a small salad on two seperate plates for us. The shrimp and garlic butter were great, not overcooked, and had a nice flavor. The salad was crisp and the DRESSING was fantastic! We then ordered the Fish Platter for two. It was enormous! We were served four different types of fish (Zander, Salmon, Rotbarsch, and sadly I cannot remember the last) along with 4 large prawns and two miniature lobsters. Along with this was a medley of steamed vegetables and fried potatoes. There were three sauces that came with the platter for the fish (and veggies too, I suppose!) which were a Mustard Dill sauce, a Hollandaise sauce, and then a red sauce (which resembled a ketchup mayo mix). I liked everything except the red dipping sauce. It was really just bland and had no particular flavor. I think if they put a dash of chili sauce in it, it would be great! For dessert I had the Creme Brulee, which had been prepared ahead of time and tasted fine. The price for our entire meal, including 3 beers, 1 house wine (a Merlot that tasted fine), a Mineral Water, and a Cuppucino came to 64 Euro. This is a great restaurant for the town of Wilhelmshaven. I really enjoyed myself and liked the food!

2. Banter Ruine

Jadeallee 61, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol German, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +49 4421 41484
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 141 reviews

Banter Ruine

Reviewed By wwsinging - Chichester, United Kingdom

Directly opposite the Columbia hotel this unassuming little pub was great with good robust food, charming service and an intimate and cosy atmosphere. The food was great (Schnitzel & seafood) and pre-empted with a "freebie" mixed salad which was delicious. It seemed to cater for locals which is always a good sign. If you're looking for something a little more real than eating in a hotel restaurant, this great little place immediately opposite is perfect. And dogs are welcome!

3. Seglerheim

Schleusenstr. 23 | Restaurant am Nassauhafen, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Reservations German, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +49 4421 43143
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Seglerheim

Reviewed By Bosbeek

The restaurant is located far (approx. 4km) from the center of town, but in the midst of beuatiful locks and harbors. From the outside Terrace and the cosy dining room guests enjoy a magnificent view of the old port and a cast iron bridge. The menu is tradional with obviously a lot of choice in seafood. The quality of the ingredients and preparation of the food is good. Nevertheless, we got somewhat disappointed with the dish with coquilles st jacques. It is one of the most expensive dishes on the menu. As the accompanying shrimp were missing in the kitchen at the end of the day (can sometimes happen), this loss in the dish would be 'compensated' with extra scallops. But even under these special circumstances, the kitchen produced a dish with no more than four coquilles st jacques!

4. Pier 24

Jadeallee 30, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Central European, German, International, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +49 4421 7785755
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Pier 24

Reviewed By Travel_Mau - Florence, Italy

Very good restaurant in Wilhelmshaven.
Nice dishes, recommended the fish.
The presentation of the dishes is also very good.
They have some good wines too.
In summer is really nice because it has also some tables outside on the dock.
Book it! Otherwise much likely you won't find a table!

5. Guido's

Virchowstr. 21, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Steakhouse, German Lunch, Dinner +49 4421 9875695
Excellent
47%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Guido's

Reviewed By Isabel Caroline M

Where is Guido? I cannot sorry ? , it's a Hotel or Pub? How too ever. . We look us that once on. When our that gooooggggllleeee like, then write that. I have never been there. I can not write anything. Hearthfelt greetings Caroline

6. Fellini

Bahnhofstr. 22, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner +49 4944 21773441
Excellent
33%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Fellini

Reviewed By Karin Y - Oldenburg, Germany

I have been to this restaurant twice and both times were good. They have a very extensive menu with pizzas, soups, salads, and pasta. The restaurant is a little more than casual, but you will be fine if dressed down.
The wait staff knows a little bit of english, but your best bet is to know the basic ingredients of pizza to help you through it. The pizza was about 14 inches and was cooked very well. You get served bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
This is the best italian place I've found in Wilhelmshaven (Don't go to the one right across from the mall next to the Eis shop, GROSS)

7. Le Patron

Suedstrand 106, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol German, European, Soups, Central European, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +49 4421 368457
Excellent
39%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 138 reviews

Le Patron

Reviewed By FirstLadyNI - North Ferriby, United Kingdom

We were staying one night in Wilhemshaven and jumped in a taxi and asked the driver to take us to a good restaurant. He dropped us at Patron where we had a lovely meal, the staff were excellent and the place is obviously popular with locals and tourists alike as it was busy but that did not effect our experience . We had soup starters and fish mains, mmmm lovely

8. Seestern

Suedstrand 116, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +49 4944 2194100
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Seestern

Reviewed By IWNoordergraaf - Groningen

They just switched of the coffeemachine. As such understandeable for lack of visitors, but a little disappointing for us, being nearly frozen and refuged from the icy Promenade (Seestrand)

9. Laarnis

Jadeallee 46, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +49 4421 7595095
Excellent
64%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Laarnis

Reviewed By BJT_9000 - East Midlands, UK

Had a fantastic meal here, great selection on the menu.
They didn't have an English menu which is a bit of an issue for me but one of the group was German and could translate.
Well worth a visit and we are going again next week!
The building is very nice too..

10. Steak-House Landfrieden

Sengwarder Chausseehaus 1, 26388 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany Steakhouse Dinner +49 4425 320
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Steak-House Landfrieden

Reviewed By ReviewInProgress - Germany

Having a reservation, we went there in the early hours of the evening for dinner.
The place has nice interior and we felt welcome. But service is very slow. It took a while to order drinks, then to order food. The food also took a while, which was hard on the kids.
Once the food was there, the quality of the steak was fine.

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