Restaurants & Bar

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Fine culinary variety

Restaurants and Bar

The two restaurants taku and Hanse Stube promise culinary magic moments. Let us invite you to relax and to enjoy yourself at the 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 Michelin star awarded restaurant opposite Cologne Cathedral

  • Piano Bar

    Right in the city center yet far away from urban hype

  • Culinary Highlights

    Brunch, cooking classes, wine tasting and many other culinary events


    Enjoy extraordinary
    culinary highlights

    Culinary highlights

    • Kids Parties

      Exclusive Birthday Parties for your little ones

    • Carnival

      Celebrate Cologne´s fifth season at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst!

    • Piano Brunch

      Experience the versatile delicacies of the gourmet brunch

    • Orchestra Brunch

      Sunday package: visit the concert hall and enjoy the Excelsior gourmet brunch

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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

      Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé

      For the first time in Germany, a selection of Pierre Hermé, the famous French pâtissier, 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 will never 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 the large tea selection. The charming team of the Piano Bar around Tea Master Gold Andrea Helbig will be pleased to advice you concerning the choice of your favorite tea. In addition, a selection of sweet and savoury Afternoon Tea Classics, which accomplish the classic tea ceremony, is served: 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.

      €29.00 per person including a pot of tea and a selection of Afternoon Tea classics
      €39.00 per person including a pot of tea, a selection of Afternoon Tea classics and a glass of Duval Leroy Brut Champagne

      Vist also!

      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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      Music & Culinary delights

      Prelude 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 in a box at the same time before the concert 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 pm at


      April 30th, 2015: New York Philharmonic
      Alan Gilbert Conductor: Ravel, Strauss, Strawinsky

      May 1st,  2015: New York Philharmonic
      A. S. Otter, R. Braun, New York Philharmonic, A. Gilbert Conductor: Bartók, Eötvös, Salonen

      May 6th, 2015: Wiener Philharmoniker
      K. F. Vogt, M. Goerne, Wiener Philharmoniker, D. Harding Conductor: Mahler, Neuwirth
      May 23rd 2015: The Philadelphia Orchestra
      L. Batiashvili, Y. Nézet-Séguin Conductor: Muhly, Rachmaninow, Schostakowitsch

      September 4th, 2015: Boston Symphony Orchestra
      H. Hardenberger, A. Nelsons Conductor: Barber, Dean, Strauss

      Präludium Dinner starting from 6pm, last order 7pm

      €25.00 (in addition to concert ticket)

      Your reservation

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

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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 the 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 band 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 from 02.12.2014: € 289.00 per person 
      • Box Office: € 299.00 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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      Kölle Alaaf…

      Carnival at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst

      Carnival Procession of School and Districts, February 15th, 2015

      The „ Fastelovends– Sundaach“, the Carnival Sunday is famous for parades through the streets of Cologne, organised by local schools and the different districts of the city and watched by hundred of thousands of people. This parade is very wellknown for its colorful and imaginative costumes. Your child will spend unforgettable hours at the official „stronghold“ of the children‘s triumvirate (Prince, Peasent and Maiden) of Cologne: From our Excelsior Hotel Ernst grand stand the little ones are adequately supplied and can enjoy the best view of the funny hustle and bustle.

      On Carnival Sunday (February 15, 2015) from 12:30 a.m. you may expect:

      Seats on our grandstand in front of the hotel, overlooking the cathedral and the parade
      A softdrink of your choice

      11 euro per child
      15 euro per adult

      The package is valid upon request and availability.
      We are looking forward to your reservation via phone at +49 221/ 270-3163 or e-mail to convention(at)


      Rose Monady Grandstand, February 16th, 2015

      Seat on our covered and sheltered grandstand directly in front of the hotel overlooking the Cathedral and the parade
      Warm blankets on the seats
      Hot and cold drinks at the grandstand and at the hotel from 11.11 a.m until the end of the parade
      From 12 a.m. to 3 p.m. a buffet with local and international delicacies
      In the afternoon from 3pm to 4.30 pm a buffet with cakes and hot drinks
      Excelsior Hotel Ernst carnival medal and a 'Kamellebüggel' for sweets
      Accompanied by music and moderation of the parade by Manfred Erwe

      Reserve now one of the final remaining seats on the Excelsior grand stand for 270 euro per peron (Seat in row 5-7)

      We are looking forward to your reservation at + 49 221 / 270 –3163 or per e-mail to convention(at)


      Parade Window

      The famous parade includes 120 wagons, 500 horses and 120 bands. More than 12.000 participants spread around 300 tons of sweets among the viewers. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to watch this spectacle from the aerial view? Enjoy the Rose Monday parade from the windows of our luxurious view rooms and celebrate your own and private “Rosenmontag” with your friends and acquaintances! You have a choice of three buffets (“Bauer”, “Jungfrau” and “Prinz”, which means “farmer”, “virgin” and “prince”). Our discreet and attentive employees provide a fresh draft “Kölsch” beer or assist you with the champagne or wine selection.

      Starting from 11:30 am:

      • A luxurious room with a view of the passing parade
      • Choice of three different buffets to be served to your guests (EUR 66,00, EUR 77,00, EUR 88,00)We will be pleased to provide you with your own barrel of regional Kölsch beer (Pittermännchen)

      900.00 euro per window

      We are looking forward to your reservation via phone at +49 221/270 –3163 or per e-mail to convention(at)

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      Every Sunday –
      the 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 pâtisserie offers delights and the chocolate fountain provides different sorts of chocolate and fresh fruit.

      Sundays from 12.00am to 3.00pm


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

      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 the Excelsior Hotel Ernst have designed a programme for your Sunday. First you attend the Sunday matinée of the Gürzenich Orchestra in the Kölner Philharmonie. After the concert, you will enjoy the Piano Brunch at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. This arrangement includes 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:

      January 11, 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

      Kids 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 am to 2 pm or 3 pm to 7 pm
      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