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#174 of 5,682 Restaurants in Berlin
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
European, Central European
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 18 July 2021 via mobile

Unique (terrace) ambiance in Hackesche Höfe. Friendly atmosphere and staff. Menu with relatively limited choice, served with nice presentation and flavours. Worth the detour if you are looking for a quiet alternative in this busy quarter.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 5 July 2021

Having never been to Oxymoron before this was a try out, my partner and I had been in town and were enjoying the early Summer weather, why not be adventurous? After studying the menu and realising they had some good Vegan options we opted to...stay for a late lunch come early dinner. Albeit only for outdoor seating the venue looked beautiful, we were approached by a charismatic waiter and we sifted through the items. First of course for drinks, my partner opted for a Shirley Temple and I went for the Homemade Lemonade as neither of us drink alcohol. When they arrived, the Shirley Temple looked quite impressive whilst mine was 95% ice and 5% what was advertised. Although it was tasting good I have to mention that. Both my partner and I opted for the Vegan Conchiglie with Asparagus both White and Green in Coconut sauce. Which sounded rather nice, however when it arrived, it seemed the waiter had eaten half of it already, it was this miniscule amount at the bottom of the rather large pasta bowl, with a dribble of coconut sauce, now I have to give credit where credit is due, it tasted phenomenal and everything, what there was of it, tasted delicious. The Conchiglie was perfectly al dente, the Asparagus was delightfully crunchy with a vibrant fresh taste, the sauce was beautiful and herbal albeit a touch too thin. However, this was very 80's, the idea of finer dining, plush surroundings, high prices, yet nothing much to show for it in terms of value. For €15 apiece, this was quite the rip off, it seems Oxymoron want to attract a certain clientele, such as Bertie the Banker, Tony the Tax Avoider and his wife Penelope Most Proper, yet even if bloated with the fat of the land in their wallets and offshore tax havens, the return for even that investment, should be a bit more than what we got. As other diners were onto deserts my partner remarked at how much smaller even those were, so we skipped. The other problem was the service, one woman next to me had a problem with her order, yet after repeated attempts she couldn't get hold of a waiter for at least ten minutes, the waiter we had serving us was continuously with his back to the dining terrace, whilst chatting to the bar man inside and the second waiter was in and out so fast, it was akin to a game of Whac-A-Mole, and of course diners don't come equipped with tranquiliser darts and lassos. Yes it is a wonderful city venue, neat and tidy and the food is skilfully cooked but with the perspective stuck in the upside down of the 1980's, which should remain in the movies and/or Netflix, not the mouse sized portions for lion prices.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 13 October 2020

Nice location of the restaurant in a historic area, impressive architectural vies, inside and outside, the food is however average for the price, nice and friendly staff.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 14 August 2020 via mobile

We wanted to start our evening in Berlin with cocktails in this nicely situated bar/restaurant in the city center. Ok we ordered 5 different cocktails, but there was much larger choice in the menu. We had to wait too long and reproached that this was...due to our choices. When paying we were moreover offended for not tipping enough. Nice place but poor service.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 9 August 2020 via mobile

Excellent food and service! Great location. Full attention by kind and professional staff. Will return next time when in Berlin!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 6 August 2020

I am writing thin is English although I am German because it is a touristic place. Me and my husband had a reservation for 13:30, we came, stood upfront and one of the waiters saw us and told us where are table is. we sat...for about 6-7 minutes without a menu, and then I saw one of the waiters looking at us and whispering to another waiter something while pointing at us, I thought to myself maybe feel bad for keeping us waiting for long. Then the waiter came and told us "this table is reserved it is not yours" we were shocked, we told hit that we reserved and this is our table, he started arguing with us and we told him we spoke to the other waiter and he told us this is our sit. Instead of apologizing, he said "ahhh...why did you went to him and didn't go to me?" really?! We weren't so exited with the fix menu so we ordered from the regular, the starter was actually good (Eggs Benedict) but the entrees were just plain bad. I had the goat cheese ravioli, the sauce was separated and swam in oil, the Carbonara was grainy and weirdly sweet. there are places with much better prices and much better food, really, don't wate your time here.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 1 March 2020

Three of us went there for a late breakfast and what a delight it was. The place is cavernous, huge, even baronial and is finely decorated and very pleasing to the eye. We had a simple breakfast of coffee and eggs served by a well...presented, polite and good English speaking waiter. The whole experience was short but memorable. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 6 January 2020

We dined here for dinner. The menu has traditional German food but it also has a fusion of other cuisines which makes for interesting culinary experience. The interior is large yet still comfortable. Service was good, food came hot from the kitchen. It is popular...with the locals which is always a good sign. Would recommend this restaurant and would go there again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 5 January 2020

We booked dinner for New Year's eve at Oxymoron. It is situated in a beautiful old building in one of the courtyards which comprises the Hackesche Hofe. The interior is similarly impressive. The restaurant had a special New Year menu and even though it was...completely full the quality of the food was great and the service excellent. A lovely place to spend New Year's eve.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 21 December 2019

The restaurant is located in one of the beautiful Hackescher Hof internal yards, few steps from the Hackesher Markt market and station. We had dinner on a Thursday night and the place wasn't full. The hall is spacious with a nice ambiance. They have a...daily menu (not on the website) which you can order either as a prix-fix (great value) or a-la-carte just like in the regular menu. Food is a bit hard to define, I would call it creative-European with with a clear Asian influence. Everything we tried was very good. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Service is a bit stiff but efficient. I wouldn't travel here specially from the other side of town, but if you're in the neighborhood, and you're looking for a bit more up-scale experience without breaking the bank, this is a good choice.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Response from PhilipR155 | Reviewed this property |
no idea, i pay cash
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Response from Betty L |
No it is not child friendly
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Response from kizkouz | Reviewed this property |
only was there for brunch, it was pretty empty, I think Berlin is pretty friendly in general, it's more about how you wanna enjoy the experience.
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  • Food: 4
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