While Frankfurt’s thriving dining scene offers cutting-edge fine dining and international
eateries galore, it’s the city’s authentic German restaurants that are its beating heart.
From quaint apfelwein taverns to stately medieval dining rooms, take a culinary tour
with us around Frankfurt’s best traditional German restaurants.
As its name suggests, Klosterhof occupies the site of a 15th century monastery in the
city’s Altstadt district. With wood panelled walls and coats of arms decorating the
dining room, it exudes rustic German charm. Klosterhof serves up hearty of portions of
both authentic German cuisine and cosy ambience. Dishes so rustic, in fact, that some
are even derived from monastic cookbooks, while Klosterhof’s meats are all locally
sourced. Choose from traditional dishes like trappist schnitzel, fried in butter with
trappist’s cheese and ham, or rolled braised beef filled with bacon and dill pickle in a
beer sauce. What’s more, there’s a leafy outside terrace to enjoy during the warmer
months—perfect for sampling their Klosterhof Naturtrüb beer.
A traditional German restaurant with a contemporary feel, Apfelwein Wagner is a
bustling eatery beloved for its communal-style dining and superb cider. Pull up a stool
at one of its large banqueting tables and sample their authentic dishes with friends or
family. Menu highlights include local Frankfurt specialities like grilled pork knuckle or
ox breast with the city’s famed herby grüne soße, or green sauce. Named after its 1931
founder Adolf Wagner, Apfelwein Wagner remains in the family and is third generation-
Zum Gemalten Haus
One of Frankfurt’s oldest cider houses, Zum Gemalten Haus (“To The Painted House”)
has been feeding locals since 1951. Hand-painted frescos adorn the walls while
imposing antler chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. It’s like time has stopped here. Zum
Gemalten Haus’s gigantic platter is a must-try, featuring a medley of meat sausages like
tender Frankfurters, bratwurst and fleischwurst. Wash everything down with a
refreshing glass of Riesling, local wheat beer or zingy homemade apple wine.
With a cosy parlour and spacious garden, Atschel is a magnet for tourists and locals
alike. Inside, daily specials are written on the blackboard, below which row upon row of
pretty blue and white bembel jugs (traditionally used to serve apfelwein) dangle
quaintly over the bar. Atschel’s food is pure home-cooked comfort dishes, from grilled
pork ribs with sauerkraut and bread to breaded crispy Frankfurt schnitzel with green
sauce. This Sachsenhausen restaurant is very popular, so book ahead.
Zum Schwarzer Stern
Housed in a commanding 15 th century timbered building overlooking the picturesque
Römer, Zum Schwarzer Stern (“To the Black Star”) couldn’t be in a prettier position.
Chef Jurgen Laschewski puts a sophisticated spin on classic Hessian cuisine, serving
artfully plated dishes with seasonal ingredients. Choose from rich, cheesy spätzle, prime
rare steak and freshly caught fish dishes at this traditional German restaurant. Blessed
with grand high ceilings and elegant medieval features, Zum Schwarzer Stern is a
stylish, authentic place to dine on German cuisine.
Located in Frankfurt’s central Innenstadt district, Jumeirah Frankfurt is perfectly
positioned to explore the city’s vibrant dining scene. For dining, the hotel offers three restaurants including the contemporary grillroom, Max On One. Defined by its wooden finishes, warm lighting and urban interiors, the highlight of this restaurant is Nils-Levent Grun and his team who work their magic in an open show kitchen and whip up new flavours on traditional dishes.