Frankfurt: Restaurant Taverne

I don’t usually write about chain restaurants or restaurants located within hotels, as they tend to be a bit predictable. Restaurant Taverne, located in the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center at Frankfurt, Germany’s main airport, is a pleasant exception.

Restaurant Taverne is a Swiss ski chalet-themed restaurant located in the hotel’s basement. Even though its location means no windows or natural light, the facility feels surprisingly open and airy.

Salad at Restaurant Taverne, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Frankfurt, Germany Flughoff
Salad at Restaurant Taverne

Diners can choose from three different areas, each on its own level within the establishment.

My wife and I stayed at the hotel for seven nights during a recent visit to Frankfurt and decided to try the restaurant for a light, late dinner. We were very glad we did.

Our server, Andrei, greeted us promptly upon arrival, graciously let us use the bit of German we both have, and recommended a couple of local wines for our dinner.

Salad at Restaurant Taverne, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Frankfurt, Germany Flughoff
Fondue at Restaurant Taverne

Because we were not as familiar with German wines as we are with the wines of other countries, he brought us samples of several different local wines so that we could make an informed choice. We settled on a Riesling from the Rheingau region which was described as “trocken” or dry.

The restaurant’s Swiss theme apparently worked, as fondue seemed just the thing to accompany the wine. The first course was followed by salad and risotto, with glasses of pear schnapps for our digestif.

Our total was about €100, not including a 10 percent gratuity, which is considered quite acceptable in Germany.

Even if you’re not traveling through or staying at the Frankfurt Airport (FRA), I recommend a visit to Restaurant Taverne in the Sheraton. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

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Photos by Carl Dombek
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