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Food & drink

Enjoying fine wine and great food is part of everyday life in Oppenheim, and there are so many different places for you to do the same. In the Strausswirtschaften, tasty nibbles and light-bites are the perfect foil for wine that comes directly from the vineyards. Gourmet cuisine is also on the menu in Rheinhessen, in the towns and cities and in more rustic settings. Add a generous serving of local flavours, and there's bound to be surprises in store, even for well-travelled connoisseurs.
"Völker's" inn and vintner's garden
Oppenheim's old town provides the charming setting for this traditional wine and sekt inn run by a friendly husband-and-wife team. Ute Völker, the head chef, offers innovative takes on regional favourites as well as Mediterranean- and Asian-inspired cuisine. Whether it's modern or classic, hearty or nouvelle cuisine, vegetarian or a meat-lover's delight, everything is freshly prepared and 100% natural. Josef Völker meanwhile, is on-hand to help you choose the ideal drop to go with your meal. If the weather is fine, dine al fresco in the Mediterranean-style vintner's garden, which is framed by beds of fragrant herbs and sweet-smelling flowers.
"Platen" restaurant in Rheinhotel Nierstein
Boasting a long tradition and excellent service, this hotel restaurant is set on the banks of the Rhine in Nierstein, just north of Oppenheim. Recommended by several culinary guides, it's an ideal place to enjoy classic, regional and international cuisine made using in-season, organic ingredients, most of which are sourced from the local area. Alongside the excellent set meals, specialities include traditionally prepared and beautifully presented dishes of fish and meat. The wine list has the most world's most comprehensive selection of Rheinhessen wines, as well as whites and reds from all over the globe.
Restaurant Stivale
Fans of gastronomía de Italia will love this superb restaurant. The menu features pizza and pasta favourites together with a surprising variety of typical Italian fare. The specials menu changes every day, and Italian bread is freshly baked every morning. The kitchen uses only the freshest ingredients. Many of these, such as wine, olive oil, ham and cheese, are imported directly from Italy – bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to your table.
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