Many upmarket restaurants and award-winning eateries in Munich offer a lower cost lunchtime menu – and if you eat then, you have a very good chance of getting a table without booking ahead.
Based on the format of the American deli, Der Dantler in Obergiesing has now made a name for itself far beyond its local district. Eat here in the evening and you'll pay €70 for your meal. If you want to sample the Bavarian-American world of Dantler, lunchtime is a better option. You'll be served home-made pasta, pastrami sandwiches, Giesinger Ramen (soup) plus the fish dish of the day. And don't forget dessert, of course.
Three-course lunch: €28, Tuesday to Friday from 12 am to 14 pm
Der Dantler, Werinherstrasse 15, 81541 Munich
The rear courtyard of Le Berlü in the Schlachthofviertel (quarter) feels a lot like Paris. But whether you sit outside or in, the food here is always exceptional. While prices in the evening are somewhat higher, you can enjoy the delicious dishes at lunchtime at almost give-away prices. The menu is a mix of France with a little bit of Spain – for example the baked prawns, beef tartare with quail's egg or leg of lamb with bean ragout. But for dessert, it has to be the 100% French chocolate cake!
Two-course menu: €12.50, three courses: €14.50, Wednesday to Friday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm
Le Berlü, Wittelsbacherstrasse 16, 80469 Munich
The Restaurant Alois im Dallmayr only opened in 2018 – but young head chef Christoph Kunz has already earned two Michelin stars and 17 Gault & Millau points. Entering this velvety soft award-winning establishment on the first floor of the delicatessen building feels a bit like walking into a Wes Anderson film. And when, for example, Burgaud duck with buckthorn and young asparagus, or sweet cherry and coconut with Tasmanian pepper are served up, aesthetes will lose all sense of reason. And if you head to Alois at lunchtime, you can eat for a fraction of the cost of the evening menu.
Three-course menu: €59, four courses: €79, Thursday to Saturday from 12 noon to 3 pm
Dallmayr, Dienerstrasse 14/15, 80331 Munich
Also recommended: Tantris
Getting hold of freshly-caught fish in southern Germany isn't that easy, but it's certainly not impossible. If you fancy a selection of different seafoods, you can look in the glass display cabinet at Pescheria in the quarter of Glockenbach and choose your own – there's oysters, loup de mer and salmon fillet on ice. The fish is served from the lava stone grill direct to the plate. If you have lunch here, the changing lunch time menu at €9.90 – including salad buffet – is a must. And in the summer, grab a table in the wonderful terrace in the rear courtyard.
Lunch menu: from 9,90 Euro including salad buffet, daily from 12 noon to 3 pm
Pescheria, Fraunhoferstrasse 13, 80469 München
Already the entrance area of the restaurant Anoki makes a strong impression. The upscale Asian restaurant have just opened in autumn – but the people of Munich have already taken it to their hearts. Here you can meet suit-wearers and Maxmilian Street fans at lunchtime. The menu includes the finest Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine – and there are also differences in price: for example, you can spend quite different amounts of money between the rice noodle bowl with tofu and the Wagyu steak. In the evening, the choice is bigger, but also a little more expensive.
Lunch: starters between 6 and 19 euros, main courses between 13 and 72 euros, daily from 11.30 am
Anoki, Hofgraben 9, 80539 Munich
Vegetarians and vegans don't always find it easy to find sophisticated food – but that ended when Tian opened its doors in Munich. The restaurant on the Viktualienmarkt has even cooked its way to a Michelin star, making it the city's first Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant. On the menu are, for example, courgette flowers with polenta and chanterelles or mushroom consommé with beech mushrooms and brioche. Enjoy lunch rather than dinner here, and you'll pay half the price for the four-course menu.
Three-course menu: €47, four courses: €56, Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm
Tian, Frauenstrasse 4, 80469 Munich
Also recommended: Gratitude
From the outside, this place looks more French – but that might also be down to the district because Haidhausen is still known today at the French Quarter. But what the Vinaiolo serves up is fine Italian cuisine and a selection of wines that are not just for looking at. The countless wine bottles sit in a 100-year-old merchant's chest that lines the walls of this romantic restaurant. On the menu are pecorino ravioli with shrimps and caviar, sea bass with salt crust or shoulder of veal with truffle and potato purée – and just because it's lunchtime doesn't mean you can't enjoy a glass of wine.
Two-Course business menu: €24, three courses: €37.50, Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 3 pm
Vinaiolo, Steinstrasse 42, 81667 Munich
Also recommended: Osteria der Katzlmacher