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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full service Greek restaurant in Delkenheim. Offers standard Greek fare and takeout.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Conrad’s Restaurant– German
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.