There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Kaiserslautern, Germany! Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch, a delicious dinner, or after-supper drinks, you’re sure to find something you love. Check out these amazing places to eat and drink in Kaiserslautern.
Top Restaurants and Bars in Kaiserslautern
When we visited my brother in Kaiserslautern for Christmas, we only spent a few days there, and a couple days we spent on day trips from Kaiserslautern, so I haven’t gotten to try a ton of the city’s great eats. But we did pop in to a few restaurants, so these are where I recommend you eat:
Restaurant St. Martin
Restaurant St. Martin is located in Kaiserslautern’s Old Town. They have a large menu of traditional German dishes, steak, burgers, pasta, fish, and more. Keep an eye out for their seasonal specials.
In the warmer months, this is one of the best places to dine outside. They have a beautiful patio outside by the fountain where you can enjoy a delicious meal and people-watch.
Also located in Kaiserslautern’s Old Town, Gaststätte Spinnrädl is located in a half-timbered house that dates back to the 16th century. It is the oldest half-timbered residential building in the city.
This restaurant specializes in Palatinate cuisine. Dine on classics like liver dumplings, rump stakes, and saumagen. You can’t go wrong with any of their variety of schnitzel or their hearty Farmer’s Pan.
For amazing Italian food in Kaiserslautern, head to Donna Mia. Get your fill of Italian comfort foods like pastas, pizzas, and salads.
From our table, we can recommend the Spaghetti Bolognese, the Spaghetti Carbonara, and the Quattro Stagioni pizza.
Boll Burger is a yummy burger joint that specializes in their own Boll Burger, made of two beef patties, bacon, cheese, and a fried egg. They have a variety of burgers including a Chicken Boll Burger, Cheeseburger, Chilli Cheese Burger, Veggie Boll Burger, and BBQ Boll Burger.
They have a shop on Steinstrasse, and you can also find them at the weekly market on Stiftsplatz, which is where we experienced their delicious burgers.
Henry’s Bar at SAKS Kaiserslautern
If you’re in the mood for a tropical drink, grab a seat in Henry’s Bar at SAKS Kaiserslautern hotel. This is the hotel we stayed in, so it was super convenient and we were pleasantly surprised to see their tropical drink menu.
So if you want a great Mojito or Piña Colada, then definitely check out Henry’s
Tips for Eating Out in Kaiserslautern
Since Kaiserslautern has such a huge American population from the military bases there, and since many of you reading this blog are probably American, a few tips on eating out in Germany seems pertinent.
Language barrier: Kaiserslautern restaurants are well-prepared for their English-speaking visitors. They will likely have English-speaking staff and an English menu. Still, it’s considered polite to know a few words in German. Asking “Sprechen Sie Englisch?” rather than rattling off something in English will always start you off on the right foot. Use “bitte” for “please”, “danke” for “thank you” and “danke schön” for “thank you very much”.
Tipping: Tips are appreciated but not expected. In restaurants, a nominal tip of rounding up your tab is the general custom. 5% to 10% is very typical, 15% is considered generous, and a 20% tip is practically unheard of. If paying with cash, tell the server how much change you expect back. If paying with card, tell the server how much you’d like to tip before they swipe your card.
Paying by card: Before the pandemic, you could expect many places in Germany to be cash-only. But there has been a rise in contactless payments, and now you shouldn’t run into much issue paying with card. Keep cash on hand just in case, though. Unlike in America where your server takes your card and runs it across the restaurant, in Germany your server will bring a card-reader to your table and tap or swipe your card then and there. Make sure to tell them what you want to tip before they swipe.
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