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Restaurant • Fine Dining


Restaurant Merkles

At restaurant Merkles in Endingen, owner and chef Thomas Merkle excellently showcases his exciting cuisine. Belonging to the Merkle family for over 30 years, this fine-dining spot is well-known for its generous hospitality and refined culinary art. The restaurant’s inviting ambiance is the ideal setting for your gastronomic journey. Chef Thomas has a knack for transforming successful flavour combinations into aromatic and harmonious dishes. His cuisine is versatile, creative, and spice-oriented. It’s no wonder that his cooking was awarded a Michelin star. The environment, Baden’s wine region, greatly contributes to the overall picture by providing wines that beautifully match the chef’s menus.


Endingen, Germany

Thomas Merkle

Thomas Merkle
MdH Membre d'Honneur

Thomas Merkle is chef at restaurant Merkles. After his culinary training at various high-end restaurants like the Hotel am Münster in Breisach, Hereditary Prince Ettlingen, and Schwarzwaldstube Traube Tonbach, Thomas joined the hotel management school in Heidelberg to become a chef and state-certified restaurateur. In 2003 he joined his family’s establishment Merkles restaurant, where his cuisine has been awarded 1 Michelin star and 17 points from Gault Millau. Here, Thomas excellently showcases his regional cuisine, in which he combines flavours from all over the globe.

1 Michelin star

Regional cuisine

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Merkles’ cuisine

Restaurant Merkles is where chef Thomas Merkle’s cosmopolitan nature meets local regional cuisine. Thanks to his great eye for detail and imagination, you can enjoy artistic culinary delights that are beautifully balanced and harmonized. The head chef only works with first-class produce, preferably fresh products from the region. But carefully selected meat, poultry, fish and seafood from international top suppliers also find their way onto the restaurant’s menu. Next to the standard menus, Merkles offers a special, affordable 3-course JRE menu for guests under the age of 30: the Twenü.

Endingen am Kaiserstuhl area

Restaurant Merkles is located in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl, a small town in the state of Baden-Württemberg. With over 1500 hours of sunshine per year, this state proudly holds the German record. Popular excursion destinations in the area include the beautiful university town of Tübingen with its medieval townscape and 16th-century castle. The nearby city of Freiburg is known for its famous "Bächle", the narrow waterways in the alleys of the old town. Germany’s largest lake, Lake Constance, is also nearby and extremely popular for hiking, sailing, and cycling.



Merkles Hauptstraße 2 79346 Endingen Germany


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Opening times

Monday 11:30 - 13:30 17:30 - 20:30
Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Thursday 11:30 - 13:30 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 11:30 - 13:30 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 11:30 - 13:30 18:00 - 21:00
Sunday 11:30 - 13:30 17:30 - 20:30


5 course surprise menu with aperitif

from € 299 for 2 people

Mastercard Priceless Cities – Dessert Special

Sit down for an evening of fine dining, and then create your very own dessert with guidance from an expert chef. Start by booking a dinner at one of about 80 JRE—short for Jeunes Restaurateurs—restaurants across Europe, run by an association of young chefs known for using traditional cooking methods to innovate the cuisine of their home countries. After your meal, head behind the scenes to the upscale gastronomy's kitchen, where you'll learn how to prepare a sweet treat. Exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.



Discounted enjoyment for all under 30: 3-course menu including aperitif, greeting from the kitchen, two matching glasses of wine, mineral water and coffee to finish. When? Wednesdays & Thursdays

€ 95 per Person

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