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.

Contact: Alte Meister Café & Restaurant Theaterplatz 1a, D-01067 Dresden, tel. +49/351/4810 426, fax 4810 479, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rating: Quality 69/20, Value 14/20