Garage is a small reasonable priced bistrotype restaurant near Kurfürstendamm with friendly service.  Main courses are between 8 and 13 Euro and a good selection of wine between 14 and 30 Euro per bottle, by the glass from 3,50 Euro. After dinner they offer a small dessert for free. It is always crowded by locals, so reserve early.

Damaschkestr. 8, 10711 Berlin, tel 45086250.

Joseph Roth Diele is  a small bar/cafe that sells inexpensive food and quality beers in a relaxed environment.  Just south of Postdamer Plaza.  Food starts at around 2 euros for an open sandwich and the daily special (salad with pasta) is around 3 - 4 euros.    This is an excellent place to sit and write your post cards without feeling too touristy. 

75 Potsdamer Strasse not open on weekends.

Hoppegarten is a wonderful Bar/Restaurant not far from Rathaus Steglitz.  It has great food with a varied menu and a good selection of quality beer and wine and a very friendly atmosphere.  Locals eat and drink here and the prices are great.  You can find traditional dishes on the menu as well as international food. Open every day.  Find a review here:http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUser... Hoppegarten, Berlin

Schlossstrasse 56, 12165 Berlin, Germany Tel: 030 / 791 83 78

Savigny Eleven is a small family-operated restaurant/cafe near Savignyplatz in West Berline, (S-Bahn Savignyplatz, or about 15-20 minutes walk from Bahnhof Zoo, or 5 minutes from Hampton by Hilton). Food starts around 6.90 euros for pasta, most dishes are around 10 euro, only 3-4 dishes are over 14 euros. Some days they had specials that were cheaper than the regular menu. Mixed Grill is especially a good value if you are hungry. It comes with a nice salad and really good portion of three meats (hamburger, moist and tastey turkey steak, and lean chicken breast, all grilled) and a bed of roasted potatoes. The menu was in German, but the wait staff was happy to explain in English and help you select a dish. They even did not mind customers asking for a pitcher of tap water instead of ordering bottled water. They also accept U.S. creditcards without chips. They give out diners a copy of the menu which includes one free drink for your next visit.

Savignyplatz 11, 10623 Berlin, Germany. TEL 030 / 45 08 64 45