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 Sunday from 12.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 09.30pm.

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

    Book a table online »

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    New Years´Eve Party in Cologne!

    Excelicious 2014

    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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    EXCELSIOR | Sunday | BBQ

    EXCELSIOR | Sunday | BBQ

    The Excelsior Hotel Ernst cordially invites you to the EXCELSIOR | Sunday | BBQ! Every Sunday an exquisite barbecue in the Mediterranean ambience of the inner courtyards awaits you. Selected barbecue specialties, freshly prepared and presented by our kitchen team, combine the best of summerly inspired cuisine.

    Marinated lamb cutlets, spits of juicy corn poulard and aromatic rib eye steak complement the barbecue menu followed by delicious prawn skewers and spare ribs. Mediterranean salad of pasta, colorful lettuce with different dressings and antipasti guarantee a light and balanced culinary experience.

    Side dishes such as rosemary potatoes, ratatouille and a variation of bread with dips round off this versatile offer. Enjoy refreshing fruit salad as perfect finish of the BBQ Sunday!

    Every Sunday from
    July 6th to August 31st, 2014
    06.00 pm until 10.00 pm
    € 54,00 per person

    Your reservation

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

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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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    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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    Excelsior Afternoon Tea

    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. Our charming team of the Piano Bar will be pleased to advice you concerning the selection of your favorite tea.

    In addition we serve a selection of sweet and savoury High Tea Classics, which accomplish the classic English Afternoon Tea: Scones with clotted cream and marmelade, small sandwiches, English muffins and small crumpets.

    Our Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


    Pot of tea including a selection of English Afternoon Tea Classics: € 23,50
    Pot of tea including a selection of English Afternoon Tea Classics
    and a glass of champagne: € 33,50

    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 High Tea.

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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

    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

    (Bookable upon request and availability)

    Your reservation

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