Bremen Ratskeller

Bremen, Germany

The Bremen Ratskeller is the council wine cellar of the Townhall of Bremen. Since 1330 the Council of Bremen held the privilege of white wine which was valid until 1815. No citizen should sell wine without the permission of the Council. All wines had to be stored in the Cellar of the Council. The purpose was to control the prices and the payment of taxes.

The Ratskeller was built in 1405 and it is one of the oldest wine cellars of Germany, furthermore the oldest wine barrel of Germany, a wine from Rüdesheim which is dated 1653, is stored here.

In the cellar there has long been a traditional tavern and today a large part of it is a gourmet restaurant. With about 650 varieties the Ratskeller has the world's greatest selection of German wines exclusively, even in total there are about 1,200 different spirits available.



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Am Markt 20, Bremen, Germany
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Founded: 1405
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Jodie Parkinson (2 years ago)
Cannot get more traditional, booking in advance on OpenTable is a must as this place is always popular and great atmosphere. Simple, tasty, authentic food. A must visit! Excellent Knipp, my favourite, went perfectly with a cold Becks. Staff are happy to help and welcoming to non-German speakers. Will always visit when in town!
B. Hern. (2 years ago)
The restaurant has outstanding corners where you can enjoy your meal with as much intimacy as you need with big groups or with smaller quantity of people. Good quantity and quality of food. The staff is nice, they can talk several languages and they are attempting. But the service, it is something that should be improved... Something that bothered me was that, after my plate was removed from the table, no waiter asked if I wanted something else after my lunch. I had to call a waiter to ask for a coffee, and I waited about 20 minutes until the coffee came. After that, I asked for the bill and the waiter came pointing out that the tip was not included...really?after waiting for more than half an hour for a coffee, I was really atonished they were expecting for a tip...unbelievable...That's why I did not give the last star in this review. Whatever, if tip is required, a tip to the managers...please, let the customers know before visiting your restaurant, it will be appreciated.
Caterina Dalpiaz (2 years ago)
I stopped for lunch and was really satisfied! The service is quick and everyone was really nice. I got the Spigeleier and it was one of the best I've ever had. I was also temped by the dessert list but I was too full :) (looks small in the picture but it was definitely not!) Prices are good considering it's right in the central square.
KriSZ (2 years ago)
I really liked the place and the vibe. The place is very fancy but cozy. High quality food and drinks. I will recommend you to make a booking otherwise low chances to get a table. We were a big group and we got the food quite fast. The waiter was a bit rude a couple of times but ... what can we do ?‍♀️ Loads of food and drinks options .... had an delicious sweet patatoes burger and some local beer.
Millie Cheng (2 years ago)
Nice staff as they recommended me white wine politely I don’t really like traditional meat but nordic fish is nice The soup is good The environment is excellent. It is cozy and the restaurant has a long history!
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