Living just outside of Stuttgart gives me the chance to try out restaurants in the city now and again. I don’t go into Stuttgart all that often, but when I do, I definitely try to fit in a visit to a favourite restaurant or visit some place new. I’ve compiled a few of my top Stuttgart restaurants based on cuisine. After the name of each place, I’ve included the address as well as the neighbourhood in Stuttgart where it’s located (ex. Stuttgart-Mitte, Stuttgart-Ost, etc.). At the end of this post, I share a map including these recommended spots so you can plan your next meal in Stuttgart.
Steubenstraße 12, Stuttgart-Ost
Tokio Dining is a cute Japanese restaurant located near the Mineralbäder (mineral baths) in Bad Cannstatt. Whimsically decorated with little rabbits all around, Tokio Dining serves authentic Japanese cuisine like ramen, udon, soba, nigiri, sashimi, and okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake as shown in the photo above).
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Mineralbäder (U1, U2, U14)
Hauptstätter Str. 61, Stuttgart-Mitte
My friend Rachel introduced me to Origami; in fact, it’s where we met for the first time. I’ve only ever been here for lunch, but their menu is fantastic. They serve carefully prepared rolls with fresh herbs like mint and cilantro and the fish is fresh. Since it’s on the expensive size, I’d suggest visiting for lunch to take advantage of their more affordable lunch menu.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Österreichischer Platz (U1, U14, U21)
Ludwigsburger Str. 159, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
Located in Zuffenhausen, Yuoki is a spacious restaurant featuring a unique all-you-can-eat concept. In addition to their regular menu, diners can opt for the Taste 120 menu where they are given iPads from the server along with instructions on how to order. Select up to 5 small plates of nigiri, soup, maki, warm dishes, dessert and more every 10-15 minutes until you’ve had your fill (or until your 120 minutes are up). The most affordable time to try the Taste 120 menu is for lunch from Monday to Saturday, but they also offer the Taste 120 menu for dinner (with more selection) during the rest of the week.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Zuffenhausen Rathaus (U15)
Ostendstraße 20, Stuttgart-Ost
Restaurant Vinayaga was the first restaurant I visited in Stuttgart and it remains my favourite almost 3 years later. We had actually planed to try another Indian restaurant the night we discovered Vinayaga but luckily we chose to eat at this gem instead. Every dish we’ve eaten here has been amazing but my favourites are the prawn korma, aloo matter, matter paneer, butter chicken, and garlic naan. The servers are also very friendly which is a plus!
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Bergfriedhof (U4, U9)
Osterbronnstrasse 60, Stuttgart-Dürrlewang (Vaihingen)
After seeing a movie at Corso Cinema, the English movie theater in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, we wanted to go out for Indian food. After a quick search online, we stumbled upon Namaste India in Stuttgart-Dürrlewang. We planned to order some dishes off their regular menu, but when we discovered their dinner buffet, we couldn’t resist. For only 7,90€ Monday to Friday for lunch and 11,90€ on Sunday for lunch and dinner, you can enjoy several warm dishes, rice, papadums, chutneys, naan bread, soup, salad and dessert from their buffet. The quality was fantastic which made the buffet deal even more of a bargain.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Dürrlewang (U12)
Reutlinger Str. 1, Stuttgart-Degerloch
Beautifully adorned with fresh flowers and Thai decor, Lilavadee is the perfect choice for a special occasion. We have celebrated both Valentine’s Day and my birthday here and have enjoyed their freshly prepared Thai dishes as well as their tasty cocktails. While Lilavadee’s dinner menu is on the pricey side, they do offer a small lunch menu from Monday to Friday which is more affordable.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Degerloch (U5, U6, U8, U12)
Theodor-Heuss-Straße 14, Stuttgart-Mitte
Floating Market is a stunning Thai restaurant located just off of Stuttgart’s main pedestrian shopping street (Königstraße). The koi ponds and split-level interior sure lend to the wow-factor of the restaurant. Our pad Thai, green curry, and red curry were delicious.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Rotebühlplatz Stadtmitte (U1, U14, U24) or Schlossplatz (U5, U6, U7, U12, U15)
Esslinger Str. 12, Stuttgart-Mitte
Takeshii’s is a modern and edgy Vietnamese restaurant in Stuttgart’s Bohnenviertel. The restaurant is only open for dinner and fills up quickly, so I’d suggest making a reservation in advance. Try the duck curry, the roll-your-own summer rolls and a yummy cocktail from their expansive drink menu.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Rathaus (U21, U24) or Charlottenplatz (U5, U6, U7, U12, U15, U21, U24)
Wilhelm-Geiger-Platz 7, Stuttgart-Feuerbach
Imagine trying to make plans to meet someone for dinner at this restaurant:
“Where should we go?”
“How about the ‘Burger.Place’?”
“What burger place? Where is it?”
“No, it’s called ‘Burger.Place’!”
Burger.Place is a relatively new burger joint in the booming Stuttgart burger scene. A fellow Canadian expat suggested we meet here (cue the conversation above) since they serve Canadian-style burgers (whatever that is!). They have a fill-in-your-own order form where you can check off your desired burger, toppings, sauces, extras, fries, and the like. I was especially excited to discover poutine on the menu, a Canadian classic. Be aware that this small restaurant doesn’t have a washroom, though!
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Wilhelm-Geiger-Platz (U6, U13)
TC Original American BBQ
Emil-Kiemlen-Weg 51, Bad Cannstatt
TC Original American BBQ is run by Tim Cavanaugh, an American expat living in Stuttgart. He brought his love of classic American BBQ like pulled pork, ribs, burgers, and hot dogs to Germany with him and opened up a restaurant in Bad Cannstatt. In addition to the BBQ classics, you can also find New York-style cheesecake and root beer floats on the menu.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Riethmüllerhaus (U12)
Marienplatz 12, Stuttgart-Süd
L.A. Signorina is another restaurant that Rachel introduced me to; what can I say – she knows all the good places to eat in Stuttgart! They specialize in pizza and they do it so well. There are only 10 different kinds of pizza on the menu – 2 classic, 4 with red sauce, and 4 with white sauce. They rotate their menu through the year to feature seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, avocado or shrimp. My favourite is the Margherita pizza; you can’t go wrong with a classic! The restaurant fills up quickly, so do make a reservation. Insider tip: you can also dine next door at Cafe Kaiserbau and order from the L.A. Signorina menu since they share a kitchen.
Nearest U-Bahn stop: Marienplatz (U1, U14, U21)
What are your favourite Stuttgart restaurants? I’m always looking for recommendations!