Restaurants & Bar

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Fine culinary variety

Restaurants and Bar

Our two restaurants taku and Hanse Stube promise culinary magic moments. Let us invite you to relax and to enjoy yourself at our elegant Piano Bar. Seasonal culinary highlights combined with traditional service and exquisite cuisine await you throughout the entire year!

  • Hanse Stube

    The Hanse Stube, Cologne’s prime address for many years.

  • taku

    The house of Asian delights opposite Cologne Cathedral.

  • Pianobar

    Right in the city center yet far away from urban hype.

  • Culinary Highlights

    Brunch, cooking classes, winetasting and many other culinary events.


    Enjoy our
    culinary highlights

    Culinary highlights

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    Matcha tea ceremony 抹茶

    Matcha tea ceremony 抹茶

    Another innovation at the taku that Mirko Gaul has introduced after his culinary journey through Asia:

    Our new Matcha tea ceremony is now available at taku. Directly prepared at your table! Matcha (jap.: „pulverised tea) consists of finest powder of crushed green tea which is used during the Japanese tea ceremony.  This sort of tea has an intense green colour and a mellow sweet flavor.

    To produce round about 300 gramm of Matcha powder, the traditional granit mills need an hour. The way of preparatin of Matcha was probably developed in the 6th century in China. As used in the traditional East Asian medicine, the tea leaves are dried as medical plants and are milled afterwards.
    This type of medicine was traditonally produced in Buddhist abbeys and mainly consumed there. Based on this tradition, the first tea ritual of the cen and chan Buddhists emerged. 

    The taste of genuine matcha is called umami which symbolized the fifth sense of sense.
    Get to know your own umami in a traditional tea ceremony happening at your table!

    Opening hours

    Tuesday to Saturday from 12.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 09.30pm.

    On Sunday and Monday, taku is closed.
    Please note that dogs are not permitted at our restaurants.

    Book a table online »

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    Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé

    For the first time in Germany, a selection of Pierre Hermé, the famous French confectioner, creations are now available exclusively at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst for Afternoon Tea:

    Taste Pierre Hermé’s world famous Macarons, a pleasure to eyes and palate which you never will forget!
    The harmonic ambience and the stylish design of the hotel lobby and wintergarden accompany the Afternoon Tea at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Enjoy a pot of tea from our large tea selection. The charming team of the Piano Bar around Tea Master Gold Andrea Helbig will be pleased to advice you concerning the selection of your favorite tea. In addition we serve a selection of sweet and savoury Afternoon Tea Classics, which accomplish the classic English Afternoon Tea: Scones with clotted cream and marmelade, small sandwiches with smoked salmon, cucumber, cream cheese or ham, English crumpets and small brownies.

    The Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé is served daily from 3pm to 6pm. Please reserve a table in advance.

    29 Euro per person including a pot of tea and a selection of Afternoon Tea classics
    39 Euro per person including a pot of tea, a selection of Afternoon Tea classics and a glass of Duval Leroy Brut Champagne

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    Your reservation

    We kindly ask you to make a reservation beforehand via
    phone: +49 (0)221 / 270 –1

    Please note that dogs are not permitted at Afternoon Tea.

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    Our Terrace – an oasis

    Terrace – an oasis

    Our courtyard terrace was redesigned this year to reflect a Mediterranean lifestyle and ambiance. In the city centre, we want to welcome you to an oasis of relaxation and tranquillity that will remind you of the South of France. Corresponding to the Mediterranean design of the terrace, the seasonal menu of our restaurant Hanse Stube features light dishes inspired by the Mediterranean coast.

    Discover an oasis in the middle of the city life:

    In our idyllic courtyard you may wonderfully relax, while having a cool summer drink or a light-meal during a break or a pleasant summer evening with friends.

    The terrace of the restaurant Hanse Stube awaits you with a mediterranean ambience  and innovative French cuisine with a local touch.

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    New Years´Eve Party in Cologne!


    After the great success of the past years we proudly announce that the Excelsior Hotel Ernst will celebrate EXCELICIOUS 2014 – The Red Carpet Night at the Grand Hotel.

    This year, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst awaits you again with a one-of-a-kind walking dinner guaranteeing action during the whole event! Experience an incredible evening and taste a large variety of delicacies at different culinary stations which are spread throughout the entire hotel. Each area of the hotel is accessible for you and offers a great variety of gastronomic highlights embedded in an individual ambience.

    In a relaxed and casual atmosphere we will present you a complete “New Year's Eve Menu”, while serving champagne, long drinks, soft drinks, cocktails, wine, and Kölsch beer. Our kitchen and service team will offer you small dishes which you can individually compose according to your own wishes and preferences. 

    Due to our walking dinner concept you can easily move through all areas of the hotel, chat with other party guests and dance to the music of the show band Max & Friends all night long while discovering the best of international gourmet cuisine. Our large and varying dessert buffet will brighten up this eventful night.

    At the kitchen party in our restaurant 'taku', which is awarded with a Michelin star, you get to know Asian finger food and Sushi at its best during your own journey through the world of Asian delicacies accompanied by the music of our Live-DJ.

    Enjoy a symbiosis of innovative gourmet cuisine, exclusive drinks and music for everyone´s savor: We are especially proud to present you our local special guest » cat ballou. Whether live music of the Cologne trio cat ballou, the show band » Max & Friends, jazz-rhythms, House, or Soul music – all live music acts performing at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst guarantee exceptional entertainment at the end of the year. With our entertainment program you can take excelicious moments for granted!

    Greet the New Year with a glass of champagne while admiring the breathtaking fireworks around the Cologne Cathedral. After this fascinating show the celebration continues until the early morning at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst.


    New Year's Eve, 31.12.2014, starting at 7.30 pm

    Price (including access to all event locations as well as the complete food and beverage offers):

    • Bookings until 01.12.2014: 269 € per person
    • Bookings from 02.12.2014: 289 € per person 
    • Box Office: 299 € per person 



    Your reservation

    We look forward to your reservation via
    phone: +49 221 / 270 –1 or
    e-mail: excelicious(at) »

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    How sweeeeet…

    World of Sweets

    Chocolate has gone through many development stages over the centuries:From a god’s to a children’s beverage, from luxury to consumer good, from an exquisite product for special events to a snack for every occasion. No matter how it is enjoyed: as a powder, bar, praline or spread; nobody can resist its unique taste.

    An exquisite selection of handmade truffle - and praline specialties -seductive, sweet, nutty, fruity, delicate, creamy, tangy or aromatic - await you at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Our pâtissierie creates pralines and truffles with fruits of the season. Discover the diversity of flavors, forms and ideas and immerse into Lea Holzapfel’s incomparable world of sweet pleasures.

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    Every Sunday –
    our Piano Brunch

    Piano Brunch

    The Piano Brunch is a gourmet event. Every Sunday, you travel around the culinary world of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst accompanied by live piano music.
    Together with the Live Sushi Station and our Sushi chef you will discover taku's specialties.

    The Hanse Stube will carve the Sunday roast before your eyes, squeeze lemon juice on your oysters and explain the cheese selection.
    The Excelsior Hotel Ernst patisserie offers delights and the chocolate fountain provides different sorts of chocolate and fresh fruit.

    Sundays from 12.00am to 3.00pm


    Piano brunch includes all non-alcoholic drinks, red and white wine, beer and hot beverages € 65.00


    Piano brunch break from June 29th to August 31st, 2014

    Your reservation

    We look forward to your reservation.
    Phone: +49 221 / 270 –1
    e-mail: info(at) »

    Please note that dogs are not permitted at Piano brunch.

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    Enchanting your senses

    Orchestra Brunch

    The Gürzenich Orchestra and our house have designed a programme for your Sunday. First you attend the Sunday matinee of the Gürzenich Orchestra in the Kölner Philharmonie. After the concert you will enjoy the Piano Brunch at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Arrangement including first-category concert tickets and the Piano Brunch with soft drinks, coffee specialities, selected white wine, red wine and beer.


    € 119.00 per person

    You can book the Orchestra Brunch for the next season at the following dates:

    September 21, 2014
    October 12, 2014
    November 9, 2014
    December 14, 2014

    You can book the Orchestra Brunch for the next season at the following dates:

    January 11, 2015
    February 1, 2015
    March 1, 2015
    March 15, 2015
    April 12, 2015
    Mai 17, 2015
    June 7, 2015
    June 21, 2015

    (Bookable upon request and availability)

    Your reservation

    We look forward to your reservation.
    Phone: +49 221 / 270 –1

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    Music & Culinary delights

    Präludium Dinner

    The Excelsior Hotel Ernst and the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, as social venues in Cologne, are affiliated with each other for many years. They pursue the common goal to offer unforgettable memories to their guests. Expand the musical enjoyment of your concert visit with a culinary note during the new Präludium Dinner at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Four thematically matched components (starter, soup, main course and dessert) will be served at the same time before the concert in a box in order to get you in the right mood. You have plenty of time to enjoy these delicacies in anticipation of the concert while sitting in the exclusive atmosphere of the hotels wintergarden or on the lobby lounge.
    If you enjoy the Präludium Dinner with us, you will also receive the program of the evening complementary on presentation of the concert ticket at the foyer of the Cologne Philharmonic Hall. You will find an electronic version of the program by 10 o’clock at

    September 15th, 2014 & October 28th, 2014

    Präludium Dinner starting from 6pm, (last order 7pm)

    25 Euro (in addition to concert ticket)


    15th September 2014, Cologne Philharmonie, 8 p.m
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor

    Modest Mussorgsky / Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow
    A night on the bald mountain (1866–67, 1886) for Orchestra.
    Processing of "Ivanova noč'na Lysoj gore" (Johannis night on the bald mountain)

    Richard Strauss
    Thus spake Zarathusdra op. 30 TrV 176 (1896)
    Tone poem for large Orchestra by Friedrich Nietzsche

    Antonín Dvořák
    Sinfonie Nr. 8 G-Dur op. 88 B 163 (1889)

    € 147,-  126,-  105,-  72,-  42,-  25,-
    | Z: € 90,- additionally Advance booking fee

    28th October 2014, Cologne Philharmonie, 8 p.m.
    Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzosopran

    I Barocchisti
    Diego Fasolis Conductor

    The program will be published later.
    € 130,-  110,-  85,-  60,-  35,-  25,-
    | Z: € 85,- additionally Advance booking fee


    Please reserve via Cologne Philharmonic Hall under +49 221 / 280 - 280.

    Your reservation

    We look forward to your reservation.
    Phone: +49 221 / 270 –1

    Birthday Party

    Happy Birthday!

    Which day of the year could be the most exciting for kids? Of course their own birthday! Year for year parents ask themselves: „What can we do to make it a special day for our sweetheart ?“ Visiting the zoo or cinema is past – offer your child a unique experience, which stays in mind for a long time!

    Treat your offspring to an exclusive event with a birthday party at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. An exciting and diversified program awaits the little guests in the hotel kitchen: Starting with the decoration of their own aprons up to the mutual consumption of the self made meal at the colourful decorated table – a high fun factor is guaranteed!

    Leave the organization of this extraordinary celebration up to us and relax while your child experiences unforgettable moments at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst!

    The Program

    • Decoration of an own apron
    • Cocktail mixing (non-alcoholic)
    • Decoration of muffins
    • Cooking of the meal
    • Mutual meal
    • Give-aways for the birthday guests
    • Gift for the birthday child

    Date: Upon request
    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm or 3.00pm to 7.00pm
    Duration: Approximately 4 hours
    Participants: for 6 to 8 children between 7 and 12 years

    Your reservation

    We are looking forward to your reservation via
    phone: +49 221 / 270 –3164