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If, as you walk along the Rhine promenade, you're tempted to stop at the Weindorf, an ersatz wine village built in 1925, by all means do. It's four houses built in varying traditional styles surround a flower bedecked central courtyard where you'll dine in good weather. Smaller appetites will be more than satisfied with a plate of cheese, sausage or ham with dark bread. Bigger eaters might enjoy a platter of warm sausages served with dumplings and sauerkraut. More formal dining choices include grilled salmon, grilled pork or beef braised in wine sauce. Prices range from €6-15 with an average of €9. Service is casual but attentive.

Contact: Weindorf, Julius-Wegeler-Strasse 2, D-56072 Koblenz, tel. +49 0261 1337190, fax +49 0261 13371919.

Rating: Quality 12/20 Value 14/20

Wacht am Rhein

Wacht am Rhein serves superb German and Rheinland cuisine in a choice of three settings overlooking the Rhine and Ehrenbreitstein: the casual Winzerstube (Vintners Room), the terrace, and the more intimate restaurant. If you're in the mood for a fancy dinner, choose the restaurant. Both the food and service are excellent, whether you select a fish dish - like the mixed grill of fish filets and river crabs - or traditional German dishes like Sauerbraten and Tafelspitz (boiled beef with horseradish). Entrées range from €13-25. Cost-conscious travelers will enjoy the traditional dishes of the Winzerstube for less than €12 such as herring with an apple cream sauce (€7); wild game ragout (€1); or marinated beef in raisin sauce with dumplings and red cabbage (€11). Also offered is a more familiar selection of steaks and Schnitzels.

Contact: Wacht am Rhein Rheinzollstrasse 8, D-56068 Koblenz, tel. +49 0261 15313, fax +49 0261 9731026

Rating: Quality 14/20 Value 15/20

Löffels Keller

(Editor's Choice)

An evening in Löffels Keller, in the heart of Koblenz's Old City, will send you back seven centuries as you sit in a 13th century cellar, bathed in candlelight that flickers against the stone walls and vaulted ceilings. The cuisine is as imaginative as it is tasty, and the presentations are works of art. The menu changes monthly, but you can expect items like sweet and sour pumpkin soup with smoked chicken breast, followed by pork cutlet with melted goat cheese in an herbed cream sauce, followed by a creamy pear parfait with marzipan sauce. Although you can order a la carte, the three-course dinners are often a better deal - generally around €25. Add another €10 for wine with each course.

Contact: Löffels Keller, Mehlgasse 14-16, D-56068 Koblenz, tel. +49 0261 1004715, fax +49 0261 1004716

Rating: Quality 16/20, Value 17/20