A gaping hole in the wall in the wine cellar of the Formel B restaurant — which has one star in the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide — greeted the owners on Monday morning.
Rune Jochumsen and Kristian Arpe-Møller said in a Facebook post that they noticed between 50 and 60 bottles were missing, but were still going over their inventory.
The burglars broke into the wine cellar through an adjacent wine shop from which they did not steal anything, Arpe-Møller told news agency Ritzau.
“The thieves specifically went after our rare wines with very high market value,” the owners wrote in the post.
The restaurateurs estimated the value of the haul, mainly bottles of Romanee-Conti from France's Burgundy region — one of the world's most expensive wines — at upwards of 1.5 million Danish kroner (200,000 euros).
“It is a close to irreplaceable collection of wines we have spent many years building, that has disappeared in a single night,” the owners said in the post, encouraging followers to share the message in the hopes of “miraculously” recovering the wines.
Copenhagen police told AFP that an investigation had been opened.