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Just one of many nice dishes I’ve had since we moved to Wiesbaden…

Those of you who found me when we were living in Stuttgart may know that back in October 2015, I made a restaurant guide for the Stuttgart area.  I provided a list to all of the reviews I wrote of restaurants in and around Stuttgart.  Since I’m now in Wiesbaden and the Stuttgart guide went over so well, I’ve decided to make one for up here.

And because I remember how long it took me to make the first list, I’m going to start one now.  That way, it won’t take all day!  As usual, each listing will contain a link to my first review and a very brief impression of the place.  Some places will be reviewed more than once.  You can find additional reviews by clicking the tags.  I will try to update if and when I become aware of a closing, but I can’t promise to always catch them.  You should always double check official Web sites before you make the trek to a place.

Downtown Wiesbaden

Casa del Sabor- Argentinian Steakhouse

Delicious beef from Argentina, as well as other grilled specialties, cocktails, and fruit juices.  Great location, good service, and they even have fajitas and burgers.

Chillers- American/Californian sports bar

Convenient to the train station, Chillers offers German style American food and mixed drinks.  It’s not bad– I liked the music.  Service was slow and my food was lukewarm, but there were extenuating circumstances.  I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to go back.

Chookdee- Thai

Beautifully decorated Thai restaurant, very close to Karim’s and the Town Hotel in downtown Wiesbaden.  Dog friendly, with one outside table.  Excellent food that will fill you up.

Due Amici– Italian Crossover Kitchen

Nice crossover Italian restaurant on “restaurant row” in Wiesbaden.  They have some Italian dishes, as well as a few that aren’t Italian, like salmon burgers with Asian accents and Australian beef.  Service is friendly, professional, and warm.

Ente- Fine dining

Wiesbaden’s only Michelin starred restaurant.  Specializes in duck, but offers tasting menus and an exquisite and extensive wine list.  Bring your euros or a credit card with a high limit.  Very expensive, but excellent food quality and impeccable service.  Good place for a celebration or to impress.

Five Guys– American burger chain

Wiesbaden just got its very own Five Guys outlet downtown.  We have tried it– in fact, on its third day of operation– and it was just like what you’d expect in the United States.  No need to go to Frankfurt for a burger fix now!

Hiro Sushi- Sushi

Nice sushi place in downtown Wiesbaden, very close to the Radisson hotel  Pleasant service, good food, and beautiful presentation.  Prices are also reasonable.  A good bet for a Saturday afternoon.

Karim’s- Moroccan/Mediterranean

Really excellent Moroccan cuisine in downtown Wiesbaden.  Offers a nice outside terrace, a full bar, and a good range of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delights.  Reasonable prices and good service.  Dog friendly.

Kavos– Greek

Modern styled Greek cuisine near Wiesbaden’s “restaurant alley/row”.  Reasonably sized portions.  Waitress speaks English.  Good food, but can get crowded inside.  Takes reservations and has a children’s menu.  No gyros on the menu, but they offer fresh fish.  Ask what they’re serving on the day you visit.

La Cantinetta- Italian

Very elegant restaurant in downtown Wiesbaden.  Waiters are rather assertive, but the food is wonderful and beautifully presented.  Indoor and outdoor seating is available.  It’s also a wine bar.

Lambertus- German/International

Beautifully decorated restaurant near Wiesbaden’s famous casino and in the Kurhaus.  Traditional menu with a few international surprises thrown in.  Good service and lots of atmosphere, but a bit pricey.

Le Petit Belge- Belgian/beer

Cute little cafe/beer shop right on the main square by the big red church downtown.  They offer a simple menu with waffles, crepes, frites, and desserts, as well as a vast array of Belgian beers.  You can also buy some to take home.  (NOW under new ownership)

Little Italy Cucina Italiana- Italian

I have a feeling this little Italian eatery is going to become a favorite.  Located downtown, with outside tables and a very small dining room.  Lovingly prepared Italian food.  Credit cards and reservations accepted.  English spoken.

Martino Kitchen- International

Wonderful restaurant affiliated with the Truffel Hotel.  Very fresh and imaginative cuisine, with special pricing for 3 to 6 courses.  You can sit at a normal table or at the chef’s table, where you can watch the chefs working.  Really excellent food and professional service.

Phaisto’s- Greek

Family friendly Greek restaurant near the Klarenthal area of Wiesbaden, not far from Villa im Tal.  Has a kids’ play area, free parking, and generous lunch hours on weekends.  Good service by kind people and good food at fair prices.

Ratskeller- German

Kind of a traditional Bavarian beer hall kind of place, located right by the Rathaus.  Good service and filling food.  Good selection of beers.  Might be a fine place to take people who want an authentic German experience.

Scotch N’ Soda– Irish pub

Fun Irish pub near “restaurant row” in downtown Wiesbaden.  There are televisions for watching sports and they also play music on the sound system.  Impressive array of whiskies and beers, as well as your usual Irish pub food.  They have some interesting names for some of their burgers, some of which are decidedly strange.

Vapiano- Italian chain

Ubiquitous Italian chain restaurant.  Decent food, but kind of noisy and crowded.  Will probably please your kids and you can drink wine.

Villa im Tal- Austrian/International

Wonderful restaurant just beyond the Wiesbaden city limits.  It’s in a rustic location in the woods, near a riding school.  The food and service are impeccable; parking is free; and they take credit cards.  Well worth a stop, especially if you’re celebrating.

Breckenheim-Wiesbaden

Alt Breckenheimer Stübchen- German/Gasthaus fare

Super cute little restaurant just a three minute walk from my house.  Has good, hearty food, mostly Schnitzels, sausages, steaks, and salads.  Reservations are recommended on weekends, since it’s a small place and popular with locals.  Outdoor seating available in warmer weather. (CLOSED AS OF JUNE 2020)

La Fonte– Italian

Local family run Italian restaurant in Breckenheim’s sportsplatz.  Great service and food, large outdoor area that is covered and heated in cold weather.  Plenty of free parking.  Dog friendly.  I think we’ll be regulars.

Tam’s Kitchen– Asian/sushi/delivery

Super fresh sushi!  Absolutely delicious.  Available only via take out or delivery, since the place is actually a catering operation.

Delkenheim-Wiesbaden

Akropolis– Greek

Full service Greek restaurant in Delkenheim.  Offers standard Greek fare and takeout.

Nordenstadt-Wiesbaden

Hotel zum Wiesengrund- German

Excellent family run restaurant connected to a small hotel. We stayed a night in the hotel and had dinner in the restaurant.  I was pleased to try fried fish and they also offered homemade apple most and roasted goose.  It’s a popular place with the locals, so reservations may be advisable.

Rambach-Wiesbaden

Castello Romano- Italian

Pleasant family run Italian restaurant.  Accepts reservations and offers well-prepared fish dishes and other traditional Italian delights.

Cem Klein Mediterranean Grill- Mediterranean

Really good food, freshly prepared.  Excellent service.  Innovative cuisine.  Make reservations!

Eppstein

Ristorante Kaisertempel- Italian

Beautiful views overlooking Eppstein.  Good Italian food and reasonable prices.  Free parking.  Reservations may be advisable.

St. Georgen Brau- German and Italian

Hotel restaurant right next to the Eppstein Burg.  Good fish, salads, and pasta dishes.

Erbenheim


Der Grieche- Greek

Very nice Greek restaurant a block from the Rathaus, where you might find parking (parking is a bitch in this area).  Friendly service and delicious Greek food.  Biergarten is also available and they brought us chocolate mousse on the house on our first visit.  Chocolate wins me over every time!  Open all day on Sunday, and very close to Clay Kaserne!

Franks– The Culinary Soul of Wiesbaden- International/Gourmet

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal at this restaurant, situated in a business park in Erbenheim. The menu is upscale and priced accordingly, but the food is excellent.  Franks is not open on Saturdays or Sundays, but does have lunch and dinner on weekdays.  There’s also a “smokers bar” and plenty of free parking.  Reservations are available on OpenTable and if you have an issue with the menu, be sure to speak to the chef.  He was very accommodating on Valentine’s Day with my aversion to mushrooms and lamb.

Bad Soden

Rocco’s Italian Grill & Bar– Italian/steak/ribs/Italo-American-Mexican

Great Italo-American restaurant offering ribs, steaks, pizza, pasta, and pulled pork, as well as a lively bar area.  Bad Soden is a cute spa town and this is clearly a popular place for pleasure seekers.  Good service and really great food… a lovely change of pace from the usual stuff.  The beef ribs were especially impressive!

Bierstadt

Jit’s Thai Kitchen– Asian food/Thai food/delivery

Decent Asian food that is available for delivery.  Has a nice dining room that we didn’t experience due to the COVID-19 crisis.  They offer a dish that is similar to a pu pu platter, which I haven’t yet seen in Germany.  Good crispy duck, too.

Frankfurt

Conrad’s RestaurantGerman

Rather ordinary German restaurant that specializes in schnitzels.  Food was okay and so was the service, but beware of the Klofrau looking for change for the bathrooms.  Prime location next to the shopping district.  Outdoor seating available.

Fletcher’s Better Burger– Burgers

This small burger chain exists only in Frankfurt, but I predict it’s going to catch on. Juicy, fresh, American style beef burgers with homemade buns are what you will find at any of the four locations of this emerging chain. You will also find veggie burgers, sweet potato fries, cross cut waffle fries, beer, and soft drinks, including house made lemonade. Highly recommended, and outdoor seating is available.

Five Guys- American fast food burgers

Yes, this is the very same chain you know and love in the USA.  It’s generally a madhouse there, but if you are missing American style burgers, you can get them here.  Outside seating available and probably preferable, since it seems to stay busy all the time.

Pirosmani– Georgian food

Good Georgian food in a pleasant restaurant.  Service not particularly friendly, but it’s a nice change of pace.  I’d go there again for the food.

Hochheim

Hochheimer Terrasse- German

Very nice German restaurant with a full bar and traditional food.  Seems very popular as a party venue.  We have so far only had a buffet dinner there, but I think we’ll be back.  We enjoyed the service and the food, so I bet a la carte will be even better.

Hofheim

Blanca Bistro– tapas/Middle Eastern/salads/vegan and vegetarian

Healthy food with an international flair.  Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, salads, tapas, and Middle Eastern treats like hummus and falafel.  Very fresh food, beautifully presented with lots of colors.  They also have cakes and smoothies.  So far, we have only had take out, but we hope to dine there at some point.  Excellent food!  ETA: Sad to say that as of May 8, word got out that this restaurant is closing due to COVID-19.


Casalinga da Rita- Italian

Tiny place in the charming village of Hofheim.  We went there when I was about to drop from hunger and enjoyed a lovely late lunch and red wine.  Parking may be a challenge, but it’s worth the trip.

Ristorante L’Opera– Italian

Pleasant little restaurant at Kramer Passage.  Has excellent pizzas, pasta dishes, sandwiches (including burgers and pork sandwiches), and grilled fish.  Indoor and outdoor seating available.  Good service, fair prices, and high quality food.  Mobility challenged people may have trouble with the restroom, though, because it’s located at the top of a spiral staircase.

Restaurant Ariston– Greek

Greek restaurant in Hofheim.  Offers basic stuff like gyros, souvlaki, salads, and fish.

Waldgeist- German/Biergarten

Big restaurant offering big portions.  Seriously… if you want big beers, big steaks, big burgers, and an eventually big behind, this is not a bad place to be.

Hofheim am Taunus

Amici- Italian

Family run pizzeria and Italian eatery.  Pizza, pasta, and some surprisingly interesting specials.  Very friendly and hospitable service, complete with a limoncello shot with your bill.  Well worth a stop!  Sadly, Amici is now CLOSED.

Hofheim-Wallau

Spirit of New Orleans- Cajun/Soul food

Absolutely amazing restaurant with authentic food from Louisiana.  Run by an American Army veteran who used to be an Army cook.  Very authentic food with burgers, shrimp, spare ribs, po boys, gumbo, and jambalaya…  I think we’ll be back!

Kronberg im Taunus

Mangia, Mangia– Italian food/pizza

Lovely Italian place with a large, modern, indoor seating area and a terrace.  Specializes in pizzas, burgers, salads, and pastas.  Child friendly, with reasonable prices and friendly service.

Mainz

Aposto- Pizza/pasta

Chain restaurant that serves pizza, pasta, fish and meat dishes, and grill specialties.  Service is friendly and professional and it’s a very casual place.  We found our dishes kind of mediocre.  The pizza is probably better, although we did like the pasta itself.

Sixties– Irish pub/craft brew bar

An Irish pub that offers beers from other countries, craft beers made locally, music, and football.  A better bet for drinking rather than eating, although bar food is available.  You can also get pizza, simple pasta dishes, and schnitzels there.

Weinhaus zum Spiegel– German Wine bar

Cozy little wine bar near the cathedral.  Serves snacks and small plates, along with many types of local wines.  Friendly proprietor speaks English.  Very cute interior, although the food offerings are minimal.

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