It should come as no surprise that Frankfurt, a town which shares its name with a simple sausage beloved in ballparks across America, knows a thing or two about food. But what may surprise you is the level of service and culinary expertise available in this German city. As a key business, finance and commerce hub, Frankfurt caters to an elite international clientele, and the restaurants here have emerged as a beacon to lovers of fine dining from around the world. On today’s menu we offer you a mouth-watering list of the 5 best restaurants in Frankfurt. Visit one, or all of these eateries with a Frankfurt car rental during your next vacation to Germany.
Elevated Dining: Main Tower Restaurant & Bar
Wherever you are in Frankfurt it’s easy to quickly identify just how far you are from an excellent meal. The Main Tower Restaurant & Bar soars above the Frankfurt skyline – a clarion call to foodies in every corner of Frankfurt. Rising 660 feet above the city, the Main Tower caters to those with lofty culinary expectations and those who dine here will not be disappointed. Forget the food for a moment – it’s impossible to get your fill of the panoramic views this eatery offers. As the fourth tallest structure in the city, the Main Tower is the only skyscraper which is open to the public and while this 53rd floor gem may not be ideal for those with a fear of heights, lovers of fine wine, excellent service and perfectly prepared food will relish the opportunity to dine among the clouds. If you’re seeking the perfect destination for a romantic dinner we urge you to give the Main Tower’s “modern German fusion” menu a try.
Embrace Innovation at the Restaurant Villa Rothschild
While there’s something to be said for the clean modern lines and accelerated pace of downtown Frankfurt, we also understand the appeal of slipping away to a country refuge where you can enjoy a blissful meal. When you embrace this impulse during your trip to Frankfurt, make Restaurant Villa Rothschild your destination. Awarded two Michelin stars, this innovative eatery can be found in the former country abode of the Rothschilds. Nestled within a ten hectare park and flanked by the picturesque Taunus mountain range, Villa Rothschild is an oasis worth driving to. Chef Christoph Rainer thrills diners who make the trip, serving dishes which are an innovative take on classic European fare. We recommend reserving a table on the terrace if you’re visiting during fair weather because one could argue that the pastoral views served here rival the urban vistas delivered by the Main Tower Restaurant & Bar.
Frankfurt Elegance: Villa Merton
Treat yourself with a meal in one of Frankfurt’s most delightful quarters. Villa Merton is housed in the Diplomatenviertel district and Chef de Cuisine Matthias Schmidt’s bold menu has earned this restaurant a Michelin star. While the ambiance, decoration and design in Villa Merton are traditional, the cuisine is anything but – Chef Schmidt ignores culinary staples like olive oil and citrus fruits in favor of the fresh flavors imbued by oil of wheatgrass, Japanese roses and more. Diners at Villa Merton will enjoy fresh air – the main dining room doors are often cast open to a shady, tree-lined street – and if you’re visiting Frankfurt during the summer we recommend alfresco dining in Frankfurt. Hosting an exclusive get together following a meeting or conference? Consider Villa Merton – this restaurant offers a private dining room on the first floor which is sure to delight your co-workers, friends or family.
Ideal Atmosphere: Zarges
Looking for something different during your stay in Frankfurt? Choose Zarges. Offering an impressive French Mediterranean menu and an inviting interior designed by the renowned Jacques Garcia, diners at Zarges will be treated to rich fabrics, comfortable couches and luxurious oriental rugs and lamps. On the whole the design of Zarges offers diners a Baroque era feel and visitors can expect an ambiance which deftly toes a trendy line while still managing to feel welcoming to all. Zarges should be at the top of your list if you’re looking to escape during lunch or dinner, and while it’s not typically as busy during breakfast this restaurant offers an assortment of mouth-watering freshly-baked pastries which may be one of the best kept secrets in the city. Planning a get-together or hosting a business party in Frankfurt? Zarges offers a range of private saloons which can seat anywhere from four to fifty people.
Traditional Gem: Restaurant Francais
Housed at the Steinberger Hof Hotel, the Restaurant Francais offers upscale diners the traditional charm and class they’re seeking. Step into this restaurant’s grand dining room and you’ll be welcomed by an open fire, oak parquet floors which are over 100 years old and beautiful Tromp-l’oeil paintings adorning the walls – all in keeping with the french theme of the decor. While the dining room at Restaurant Francais is impressive, we encourage diners who are visiting during the warmer months to request a table outdoors on the delightful summer terrace or the restaurant’s light and airy conservatory. Chef Patrick Bittner wows visitors with his fresh take on traditional Germanic cuisine, but diners are also invited to enjoy the delicate flavors of caviar, oysters and foie gras here. Looking to draw out a romantic evening? Try the seven or eight course tasting menu and allowing Chef Bittner to take your taste buds on an incredible journey you’ll never forget.
Whether you’re in Frankfurt for a 2-day business meeting or you’re spending a week here as part of a family vacation – dining at one of the best restaurants in Frankfurt is the ideal way to enhance your trip. At Auto Europe we understand that food is a universal language – wherever you’re from, no matter what language you speak, we know that bold, innovative cuisine has a way of breaking down barriers and bringing people together.
At Auto Europe we’ve been bringing people together in the world’s greatest cities for over 60 years – catering to a diverse clientele with vehicles of every shape, size and price. With the guaranteed lowest rates in the industry on car rentals in Frankfurt and elsewhere, and experienced travel specialists available toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555, Auto Europe’s team is ready to help you plan every stage of your trip. Whether you’d like to request a free quote or you’re calling from Germany in need of roadside support – we’re with you every step of the way. If we have inspired you to visit one (or more!) of the best restaurants in Frankfurt, give Auto Europe a call and we’ll be happy to help you plan the ultimate culinary adventure.