This is our story

We are the only live-fire restaurant spearheaded by one of Canada’s most important culinary minds. We want to challenge the fine dining experience, and offer world-class food in a more casual and inviting atmosphere. Our constantly evolving menu is based on availability of the best fresh and local ingredients from small, innovative farms and top-quality food producers surrounding our hometown, Kitchener, Ontario.

In The Kitchen

Surrounded by small, innovative farms and top-quality food producers - fresh, seasonal ingredients are the foundation of our constantly evolving menu. Cooked with skill over live fire, the ingredients truly sing.

“ ethical and sustainable culinary philosophy, attentively caring about the provenance of their food and how it is grown or raised. Gushue shapes a formative, season-based and from scratch, farm-to-table dining experience that is both accessible and fresh.” 

– Brian Lavery, See more articles and reviews in our Press Room

We built The Berlin for guests who adore market-driven, world-class food but prefer a more casual atmosphere.

As your meal is prepared by one of Canada’s most influential chefs and his team, you can enjoy a relaxed dining experience. Warm wood tones, natural stone, and exposed brick are infused throughout our dining room and event spaces. Watch the chefs in our completely open-concept kitchen. Enjoy our specially curated wine and beverage menu, or simply savour your meal. 

Perfection in contradiction. Fine dining – deconstructed.

Behind The Concept

Jonathan Gushue

For more than two decades, renowned Chef Jonathan Gushue has been satisfying palates with award-winning menus and an inventive culinary style that balances both tradition and imagination. His accolades include Grand Chef Status in 2008, the Taittinger Award for Excellence in Cuisine in 2009, the Pinnacle Award for Canadian Chef of the Year in 2010, and the Gold Award in the Chef Category from the Ontario Hostelry Institute in 2011. His work in past establishments has helped them attain multiple CAA 5 Diamond Awards and propelled them into San Pellegrino’s list of best 50 restaurants in the world. 

With The Berlin, Gushue desires to deploy the techniques and styles he has learned throughout his travels in England, France and Japan. He is trading traditional fine dining for a wood-fired grill to deliver a modern take on European fare.

Ryan Lloyd-Craig

Ryan Lloyd-Craig is a veteran in the hospitality industry with close to 25 years of experience and a big heart for the Kitchener-Waterloo area. It’s his personal mandate to ensure the restaurant is running smoothly and our guests’ experience is always enjoyable. 

His aim with The Berlin is to create a place where you’d be comfortable bringing your family – world-class food in a relaxed environment. He hopes The Berlin will empower Kitchener-Waterloo, by further strengthening the region’s relationships with the local farmers, and supporting the growth of the local economy.