Awarded with two Michelin stars and 5 toques in the Guide Gault Millau as well as 4½ F’s from gourmet magazine Der Feinschmecker, the gourmet Restaurant Haerlin with chef Christoph Rüffer has a reputation stretching far beyond the boundaries of Hamburg.
Christoph Rüffer and his team prepare a real firework for your palate, with creative flavour combinations and surprising textures in menus which change with the seasons. A clear focus is placed on top quality and where the products come from. Creativity and international influences can also be seen in the interior design: Chinese silk wallpaper and gold embossing add to the cream and green tones.
Since 2002, the gourmet menus at the Restaurant Haerlin have borne the handwriting of Christoph Rüffer. The emphasis is on imaginative compositions which stand out with fresh, seasonal products, skilfully combined flavours and surprising textures. A love for using regional products is combined with culinary skills of the highest level.
The 45-year-old Christoph Rüffer has many years of experience in the industry to call upon, and is a firm fixture of the German gourmet scene. Christoph Rüffer learnt traditional haute cuisine at the “Le Gourmet” restaurant in Munich (which in his time had 1 Michelin star), then went on to gather more experience under Henri Bach at the “Hotel Résidence” (2 Michelin stars) in his home town of Essen, under Claus-Peter Lumpp in Baiersbronn at the “Hotel Bareiss” (3 Michelin stars), and under Harald Wohlfahrt at the “Traube Tonbach” (3 Michelin stars).
Creations at Restaurant Haerlin
A firework for your palate
Christoph Rüffer’s cooking takes in influences from all over the world and is creatively well thought through. The imaginative compositions are made up of fresh, seasonal produce, which is clearly recognisable from its taste. Fittingly, Rüffer names the four seasons as an inspiration. The quality and origin of every single product is of paramount importance to him.
All culinary masterpieces are given a personal touch by the Haerlin team - not just from head chef Rüffer by also from sous chef Tobias Günther, whose style has left its mark. With the title of Sous Chef of the Year (2018), he shows that two things are key to the Restaurant Haerlin: top-class food and a first-class team.
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Events at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Chef‘s Table - a special kind of experience
In the middle of the newly designed kitchen event area, up to eight guests at the Chef’s Table can watch Christoph Rüffer and his team hard at work behind the scenes at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten while enjoying a champagne aperitif or gourmet dinner.
Experience a fantastic evening with the Restaurant Haerlin team in an extraordinary atmosphere and experience the fine art of gourmet cuisine up close and personal.
Head Chef: Christoph Rüffer
Assistant Chef: Tobias Günther
Restaurant Manager: Marius Jürke
Head Sommelier: Christian Scholz
We are looking forward to welcome you at our Gourmet Restaurant Haerlin** in Hamburg.
Tuesday – Saturday: 6.30 p.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Last order at 7.30 p.m.
01/01 - 08/01/2024
18/03 - 25/03/2024
22/07 - 19/08/2024
21/10 - 28/10/2024
Bringing pets into public areas, restaurants and guest rooms is not permitted.
Gourmet dinner for two
Enjoy an exclusive evening for Two at our Gourmet Restaurant Haerlin** and discover culinary delights.