You'll be hard-pressed to find a finer setting for a dressy dinnertime experience anywhere else in town than at Alte Meister. What used to be a sculptor's studio fits inside an upstairs niche against the north wall of the Semper-designed Old Masters Gallery. You'll dine on the Theaterplatz, looking directly at the Hamburg-born architect's namesake opera house-bathed in lights to intensify the visual punch.
Entrée highlights overseen by chef Dirk Wende include duck breast with honey sauce (€16), filet of pike perch (€16.50), and saltimbocca of young boar (€18)-all complemented by selections from a continental wine list. Finish with an elderberry parfait from the dessert menu (€4.50). Reasonably priced breakfasts and lunches are served daily, indoors and on a terrace.
A long bar takes up precious space, and tables are placed close together. Take the pre- and post-performance surge of opera-goers into consideration when making reservations.
Rating: Quality 69/20, Value 14/20