Portland >Food & Dining > Berlin Inn Restaurant & Bakery
3131 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.500369 -122.653359
Neighborhoods: Brooklyn Action Corps, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Worst of the wurst ! – Wanted to support a local independent cafe for a Sunday breakfast. Our first visit to Berlin Inn was disappointing enough to be the only time that we will ever go there. We ordered two of the most basic offerings that should be easily prepared well by most anyone wearing an apron.
The ham and cheese omelette was so overdone throughout that it seemed to have spent about 20 minutes in a hot oven prior to being served. Same goes for the eggs on the other plate. The potato pancakes were hard and dark on the outside, wet and disintegrated on the inside. devoid of flavor except for the greasy film which rose with each attempt to cut off a bite. Absent were any of the qualities that one expects to find. Server was attentive, atmosphere quaint
Mediocre food, unfriendly management – Having recently moved to the Brooklyn neighborhood in Portland, we decided to try this nearby restaurant for a late breakfast. What a disappointment! The omelet was overcooked and too brown on the outside. The potato pancakes my were crispy but greasy and bland. And they charged $2 for a side of sour cream which consisted of a small dollop in a tiny cup. When we questioned this charge, the manager refused to remove or reduce it and was unfriendly to us as we were leaving. We were taken aback at the un-Portland-like attitude and will not be going back.
Great German food and friendly service – I've been here about 5 times in the past couple years and always have a great meal. The staff (expecially the one with tattoos) are friendly and know the food well. Fondue and dessert are the best things and the main course is usually really good too. Prices are reasonable.
I've had good german food and bad german food. This place is undoubtably the best in Portland.
Most authentic german food in pdx – This little cozy restaurant has amazingly authentic german cuisine. My boyfriend enjoyed a few delicious dark beers, a unique baked kale salad, and a cheese fondue that didn't have that overwhelming wine taste you find at other german places that shall remain nameless. The service was perfect. Our tattooed server checked on us, refilled our water, but let us enjoy our meal without making us feel like she was working a tip. We will happily go back and look forward to the patio opening in the summer
Much Better Than Gustav's – After eating at Gustav's and Rheinlander several times, I was anxious to try something new. My family of 8 plus a baby went to The Berlin Inn after a friend recommened it.
The food was terrific and the staff was very friendly and prompt. I felt as if I was over for dinner at a friends house. I would recommend this place over Gustav's any day. The menu has something for everyone!
All hype and atmosphere, no substance. – After reading all the great reviews, and being a lover of German food, I was excited to eat at the Berlin Inn. The evening began with a great selection of German beers but sadly that was where the meal peaked. The food was sub-par, service was good, and atmosphere enjoyable. If you are looking for a place that has an authentic German menu and cozy comfortable dining room, but poor quality food, this is the place for you. Being that there are few German restaurants in Portland I am not surprised people speak highly of the Berlin Inn, but if this place was actually in Germany, it would be out of business within days. I had better pretzels at the Munich train station that at the Berlin Inn.
ahhh.. the schnizel and the spatzel – I was very sorry to read the review before mine, because this place has always been fantastic. What an unfortunate experience!! The staff that work there are fabulous people who really, really care about you ~ usually leading to very positive, energizing, lovely and interesting conversations. A staff member who does anything less at this place is an odd member, I'm sure... Sometimes the "family style" and very personalized manner of service can slow things down - which could be frustrating to some - but it doesn't hurt anything. Their desserts are amazing and the lady who cooks them is effing adorable. Everything I've eaten from that place has been fabulous. I've only been there thrice but there will be more opportunities I hope.
I hope they continue to flourish financially so that they can continue to please gastronomically.
You must give this place a chance! I promise you'll want to go again, and again.
Food good, waitress horrible! – This was our first time at Berlin Inn. The dinner was very good although you had to pay extra for bread (2 rolls for $2.50?!) which seemed odd BUT, the rolls were delicious. The only real problem we had was with the waitress- she was HORRIBLE! First, she came to our table briefly, slowly walking by it saying "you didn't want anything to drink, do you?" What?? Of course we would like something to drink! So when we said that yes, actually, we would like something to drink, she backed up and took our drink orders. Then we ordered the rolls and she drops them off but immediately leaves. Well, the rolls were hot and we wanted to put butter on them but we had no silverware! So, we waited patiently for her to check on us but no. My husband tried to break the bread in half but it was so hot he couldn't. When she dropped off our food, we asked for silverware and she didn't even apologize (as our rolls sat uneaten and now cold). Once she dropped the food off, she never came back by. Halfway through the meal, we finished our drinks and needed water or something. I finally had to go up to the bar and ask one of the waitress for some water! Then she drops off the check and we said we actually wanted to see the dessert plate/menu. So she got it and went through all the desserts and we ordered one. THen we heard a different waitress going through the desserts with another table and the ingredients in a few of them were completely different than what our waitress had told us! I am not sure who was wrong but I guess our waitress since she said the cheesecake was made with coconut meat - the other waitress had said it was soaked cashews with agave juice, which sounded like what I remembered from the menu. Another waitress cleared our table for us (our waitress was standing around in the bar doing nothing- I could see her!) and yet another waitress picked up our check (again, our waitress stood around). The other waitresses were very good, just ours was horrible!
Wonderful Beers! Best Saurbraten in Portland!! – We chose to have dinner at the Berlin Inn prior to seeing Cold B lood at the Aladdin. What a great surprise to our taste buds!! Being raised with a German grandfather I have eaten wonderful German food growing up and I was so happy to find a truly authentic German restaraunt!! The staff was knowledgable about the food, the beer (extensive choses) and the wine (also extensive). The saurbraten was fork tender and delicious!! We will definitely go again and again!! Oh and leave room for dessert...we didn't but they all looked wonderful!! Guten tag!
Book if it's a Friday! – One of the great German places in the Northwest. Fresh baked bread starts off the experience. I'm not normally a fan of fondues, but they were very tasty, using only the best cheeses - many places skimp on this and it leads to the horrible taste I'd always associated with it.
Meats are cooked until they're tender, there's a great selection of beers. And to wrap it all up, you can go to the shop part of it and get some extra to take home for tomorrow.
I love Gustavs/Rhinelander, but I think this place beats it out by a hair.
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