This list is what we at BottleStops consider the Best Restaurants in Mainz for German food and wine. These are places where the locals enjoy honest classic (in some cases also modern) German cuisine with a glass of regional wine - generous, tasty and most satisfying.
A restaurant in a former sacral building, a hospital from the 14th century – quite a spectacular setting to enjoy food classics such as Schnitzel or Spätzle.
Modern yet cosy; very good food, popular with a younger crowd and families. Located in the hip and quirky Mainz Neustadt area. Offers a lunch menu.
Rustic and cosy, the wine tavern Hottum is one of Mainz’s oldest Weinstuben. It fills up as soon as the doors open at 4pm, so be prepared to share a table with locals.
Weinstube Roter Kopf
Excellent warm and cold snacks to go with wine as well as hearty mains. Very transparent about the provenance of their ingredients, which all come from local producers.
A slightly more formal-feeling and more refined version of a Weinstube, with an excellent seasonal menu of regional specialties using local ingredients. A little pricier, but worth every penny.
Weinhaus "Zum Spiegel"
A tremendously photogenic historic half-timber house in the heart of the old town, this is the place for a glass of wine and a snack, or a simple dinner of fresh bread and coldcuts.
Quaint and cosy with a great atmosphere, always busy, lovely winding stairs. The menu is definitely skewed to the Pfalz; they have a good selection of wine, but also serve beer.
Modern cuisine flanked by an outstanding list of local and regional wines by the glass. Wine aficionados should ask for the full wine list, which contains rare and matured bottles.
Heinrich’s Die Wirtschaft
Not far from St Stefans Church this tiny restaurant serves well-crafted seasonal German and International cuisine. There is a reasonably priced wine list with predominantly domestic wines.
Wine takes the center stage in this winebar at the fringe of old-town. Still do order some of the excellent cold and warm snacks to go with the outstanding selection of wines from Germany’s key regions.
This list was compiled with the kind support of Christie Dietz, food journalist and resident blogger at asausagehastwo