Berlin Inn Restaurant & Bakery
3131 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
09/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
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
11/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
02/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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!
01/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
12/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
09/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
07/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
05/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
...at least on friday or sat nights or sunday brunches - sometimes you luck out but sometimes they are packed full! But they gladly take reservations & its rare for your table not to be ready on time even when people are waiting outside the door.
Food is hearty - lots of meat & potatoes! Several vegetarian options too. Seems slightly overpriced but a lot of the portions are large too. I wish they offered smaller plates for a smaller price, I usually end up taking part of the meal home which is cool but inconvenient if I'm eating before a show at the aladdin.
Lisa the tattooed waitress and Dawn the manager are friendly and laid-back. In the summer the flower-filled patio is open to diners and their dogs.
03/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Went to the Berlin Inn Restaurant last night for dinner, the place was fantastic! What a nice cozy place to have dinner, it was like dining at home with full service! The food was better than any other German place here in Portland. It was nice to have a selection of different Fondues. Everything, including the desserts, are hand made on location, the owner even grows some of her own vegetables. The wait staff was fantastic, prompt and very knowledgeable of the menu items, the wine list and their extensive beer selection. It's small, so I'd recommend reservations, although it was not full on Saturday night. I'm going to have to say Bye Bye to The Rheinlander and Gustav's, the Berlin Inn Restaurant is far superior.
09/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We went to see a show at the Aladdin this eve, and thought we would try Berlin for the first time since it is so close, and the reviews so good.
Well, we should have gone elsewhere.
The place was not busy, about half the table were full, and the patio was closed. We did get a prompt and courteous greeting, were given some choices on tables, and started off the dinner feeling up-beat. The menu is quite large in terms of items and choices, and that also made us feel like we had a winner.
We started with fairly slow service. Now, the gal was very nice and pleasant, but the time between seeing her was long. We finally ordered a salad ?to start?, the schnitzel club sandwich, the special pork chops in a mushroom gravy, and Schweinshaxe. About 20 mins later, everything arrived at once (no salad to start).
The sandwich is fine, and the special was average, but the Schweinshaxe was a problem. The outer skin was very crispy, so this looked great. But after I cut into the meat, I found what I feared, that the meat was dry and over cooked.
Which was really strange, since the center was frozen. Not cold, frozen.
So Berlin must do a lot of pre-prep on the dishes. This isn?t a huge surprise, given the size and scope of the menu. But, I would expect that this pre-prep would not be like a TGI Friday?s (where they have been known to serve what amounts to frozen food dinners).
So after about 10 mins of waiting to see the server, I got up, went to the front, found her, told her about the frozen nature. And she came, got the plate, disappeared for 10 mins, and came back. The meat had been heated through and through ? and boy did the already dry meat get even dryer. Thank goodness we still had gravy from the other dish.
All in all, a really poor showing for what?s supposed to be the best German food in town. I?d do Gustav?s any day over Berlin. But maybe we just got the ?B? team tonight.
02/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Best German food in Portland. When you go I recommend the Sausage, Potatoes, and Sauerkraut dinner. (That's not what it's called but ask for it). Also, if you like beer, the Berlin Inn has some of the best beer I've had in Portland. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and more than happy to make a recommendation. When it comes to breakfast the Berlin Inn is delicious and very reasonably priced. Try the beer battered blueberry pancakes. The ambiance is nice. It makes you feel like you're in a small restaurant in Germany. It's small and can get busy so it's best to make a reservation. The prices at the Berlin Inn are all over the board. You could leave full and satisfied and sped $10. per person including beer. Or you could leave very full and satisfied spending $40 per person including beer, fondue, and desert. Either way it's very worth it. I highly recommend the Berlin Inn.
07/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
AMBIENCE and SERVICE: The converted house that is this German grub jewel sticks out in the area. Outside, a small deck/patio is surrounded by plants and flowers, giving it a slight european feel. Inside, the German decor feels Hansel and Gretel-esque as it is cozy and quaint. At the table a friend and I had, there was a view of Mt. Adams in the distance (ignoring the warehouse across the street). The staff was welcoming, friendly, and attentive.
MENU: The menu has extensive offerings of authentic German dishes, beer and wine - both of which are imported from Germany (read big German-sized beer bottles with cork tops here). For our outing, we split two dishes - a cheese fondue platter and a sausage sampler. The menu offers three kinds of fondue - a blue cheese with something, a cheddar with beer (which we had), and a gouda with something. You order and pay for what you want to dip in the fondue ($9 -$20), whether it be bread, apples, sausage, vegetables, etc. We ordered ""the Berliner with sausage"" which included a rustic bread, apples, and sausage pieces. The platter was enough for 4 people, as an appetizer. For an entree, we split the ""Best of the Wurst"", a sampler of four different and delicious German sausages with tasty sourkraut and German potatoes (something between home fries and chunky hash browns). The portion was large enough for two. We left most of the kraut and potatoes because we focused on fondue, which we also didn't finish. Their dessert platter looked DIVINE. However, there was no way that we could eat more so we passed on it.
PRICE: Total for the meal, including a beer, fondue platter, and an entree - all which we split due to each item's size - was $36 plus tip.
OVERALL: For a change, few can beat a quaint, cozy slice of Germany with vast menu of hearty, authentic flavors. Although pricey at first glance, portion sizes make an evening escape to Germany via the Berlin Inn a surprising value.
06/17/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I've eaten at all of the local German places and this is BY FAR the best food around. Other places may be less expensive, but sometimes...ya get what ya pay for. I'd much rather spend an extra $10 or so and have excellent food. I've NEVER gotten cold food there as someone else's review stated and I've been a loyal customer there for 9 years. So go! And enjoy!
12/13/2004Provided by Citysearch -
After having read the rave reviews for the Berlin Inn, I was looking forward to our dinner. We found the food to be quite mediocre and extremeley expensive for PDX. The portions were small and the food arrived cold. We've had much better German food at other places, and we definitely will not return to the Berlin Inn.
06/10/2004Provided by Citysearch -
region for four years and fell in love with the requisite Konig Ludwig Hefeweizen, red cabbage, weinerschnitzels and potato pancakes. Berlin Inn will not disappoint, as all of the above plus smoked salmon potato cakes, marinated cucumbers, smoked wurst, and almond tart were excellent. The atmosphere and food transported us back to Deutschland and we are eager to return to BI to sample the beef rouladen, kase spaetzle, and strudels. And the icing? The atmosphere and staff couldn't be nicer.