Fish Restaurants in Hamburg
What would Hamburg be without its fish? Fish has had a firm place in Hamburg‘s culinary culture for a long time. Today, it is as much a part of the city as the cry of the seagulls and the boats on the Elbe.
It‘s no wonder then that the Hanseatic people take first place in Germany when it comes to eating fish; they eat 6.8 kg of fish per person per year. Everywhere you go in the city, you can discover small snack bars, cafes, and restaurants with various fish creations. Sometimes you‘ll find fish prepared in traditional ways, like in Daniel Wischer‘s fried fish kitchen, and sometimes you‘ll find it prepared more creatively, like in the Waterkant restaurant in St. Pauli. The Große Elbstraße is just a stone‘s throw away from Hamburg‘s fish market and is an insider‘s tip for everyone who comes to Hamburg. In recent years it has developed into a true pleasure mile for fish and seafood specialities. On a leisurely walk of less than 1.7 km, you can find authentic “fischbrötchen“ (fish sandwiches) and crispy „backfisch“ (fried fish), of course. But, amongst the mix, you‘ll also find traditional wholesalers such as Hummer-Pedersen, where Hamburgers buy their lobster and oysters for the weekend on Saturday morning - accompanied by a glass of champagne, of course. Plus, you can enjoy the very best sushi from Henssler and sit down at other excellent fish restaurants with elevated „fine dining“ offerings and great views of the Elbe.
Typical Hamburg fish dishes that every fish lover should put on their to-eat list are, for example, Plaice served in the “Finkenwerder“ style, Hamburg “Pannfish“ (crispy fish served in true Hamburg style), “Labskaus“ with herring and, of course, a good “fishbrötchen.“ But now let‘s “butter the fish,“ (or, cut to the chase) as we like to say in this country, with a selection of top addresses for the best fish and seafood.
The Jellyfish supports sustainable fishing and solely uses wild and line-caught fish and seafood. Being one of Hamburg's best fish and seafood restaurants, it has won several awards for its innovative cuisine.The small, excellent choice of high-quality dishes changes monthly and is complemented by fresh catches of the day.
Weidenallee 12 (Eimsbüttel)
Tel: +49 (0)40 410 54 14
Ever since the 15th century, the site of this traditional thatched-roof cottage has been the first port of call for hungry travellers. In keeping with this tradition, owner Heiko Stock invites his guests to make themselves comfortable in his restaurant with its open kitchen. Virtually all facets of seafood are covered by Heiko and his team, ranging from classic dishes such as wild salmon with tomatoes or feta cheese and basil to extravagant sushi creations.
An der Alsterschleife 3 (Lemsahl-Mellingstedt)
Tel: +49 (0)40 611 36 20
If you would like to enjoy Hamburg’s maritime flair, this is the place to go. Situated right on the ferry dock, the FISCHclub Blankenese offers typical Mediterranean and local fish dishes, as well as many variations of home-baked cakes. While prices are more on the expensive side, they can be justified by the view, the excellent service and the choice of fine dishes.
Strandweg 30a (Blankenese)
Tel: +49 (0)40 86 99 62
In the 1980s, Rüdiger Kowalke made a name for himself with the Fischereihafen Restaurant, and the restaurant’s excellent reputation continues to this day. The selection of dishes is as varied as the guests: business people, families and celebrities come here and enjoy the culinary creations amidst an elegant setting. The menu offers typical regional dishes as well as modern and exotic creations. For the real maritime experience you can dine on the restaurant’s spacious terrace with a view of the port and the passing ships.
Grosse Elbstrasse 143 (Altona-Altstadt)
Tel: +49 (0)40 38 18 16
Henssler & Henssler
Classic Japanese sushi creations meet international cuisine: the family business of TV chef Steffen Henssler has been firmly rooted in the port since 2001. Puristic and yet rich in contrast, Henssler’s culinary approach focusses on fresh quality ingredients and diverse preparation styles.
Grosse Elbstrasse 160 (Altona- Altstadt)
Tel: +49 (0)40 38 69 90 00
Situated in an industrial area north of Hamburg Airport, the immediate vicinity of this red-brick house is quite lovely as a small park borders the premises of this maritime restaurant. The Marlin is equipped with a large outdoor terrace and a light, elegant interior. Whether it is Sylt fish soup or sushi specialties: you can expect quality at the highest level – freshly caught seafood prepared by experts.
Tarpen 40 (Langenhorn)
Tel: +49 (0)40 30 85 00 40
The Liman (Turkish for port) is located on Mühlenkamp near the Outer Alster Lake. Guests can expect a simply furnished, stylish bistro with a select menu and a good concept. The restaurant specialises in preparing excellent fish dishes using only the freshest ingredients. The house specialties include appetisers such as prawns in a home-made garlic cream sauce or Calamaretti Patagonia.
Mühlenkamp 16 (Winterhude)
Tel: +49 (0)40 37 08 56 53
Ponton Op'n Bulln
The Ponton Op'n Bullen is connected to the mainland by a gangway. Here you can meet a mixed crowd: residents of Blankenese and other Hamburg locals, as well as blow-ins and tourists can be seen meeting here for coffee and cake or classics such as fried fish Hamburg-style, Labskaus or pickled herring sandwiches. Guests can enjoy arguably the most beautiful sunset in the city – or simply the stunning view over the port with its passing container ships and small yachts.
Blankenese ferry berth (Blankenese)
Tel: +49 (0)40 86 64 51 27