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Vienna’s 10 best restaurants

“Tell me where you eat, and I will tell you who you are” – once in Vienna, you can safely paraphrase the famous aphorism.

The capital of Austria amazes the imagination with gastronomic attractions: what are even the famous cafes of Vienna, which were visited by Mozart and Strauss, Bismarck and Freud! There are sophisticated, elegant restaurants in the city, noisy and lavish pubs, and absolutely incredible Viennese coffee houses – some are at an altitude of 160 meters! In short, the choice of an establishment where you can dine in Vienna will not be easy, and pleasure will be guaranteed.

The visiting card of Vienna – Restaurant Rote Bar

What are the best restaurants and cafes in Vienna that convey the atmosphere and spirit of the real Austria? In order to answer this question, it is enough to go to the Sacher Hotel, the same one that is located next to the Vienna Opera. It is here that you will find the famous restaurant that proudly bears the title of the trademark of the Austrian capital, Rote Bar.

Stunning imperial interiors, piano music, an atmosphere of luxury and tranquility – Rote Bar always keeps its brand impeccably. Coming here, guests have the right to count on a gorgeous evening – and expectations are more than justified.

The restaurant’s menu is classic, with an emphasis on traditional Austrian cuisine. There is a dress code for guests: semi-formal or business suit.

Philharmoniker Strasse, 4

Restaurant Rote Bar menu

Daily 12: 00-00: 00

Several other Vienna gastronomic attractions are located in the building of the Sacher Hotel: the Saher Café and the Anna Sacher restaurant. In both cases, an unforgettable, unique atmosphere and fine cuisine await you, culminating in the original Sachertorte with its signature chocolate medallion.

The most fashionable restaurant in the Austrian capital – Steirereck

Steirereck is not just a major Michelin restaurant in Vienna, but – neither more nor less – a real iconic landmark of the Austrian capital. Four conquered Gault-Millau chef’s caps, 2 Michelin stars and an honorable 10th place in the rating of the 50 best restaurants in the world confirm the high class of this respectable and chic institution in Vienna in all respects.

Here you will get acquainted with the modern Austrian cuisine: traditional and innovative – a stunning variety of dishes and local wines (there are 25 types of bread alone!), Stylish interiors, refined atmosphere and truly royal service. And one of the best restaurants in Vienna offers a beautiful panoramic view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Danube.

Am Heumarkt, 2a

Steirereck Restaurant Menu

Mon-Fri 11: 30-15: 00, 18: 30-23: 00

If you want to take a gastronomic tour and visit other Michelin-starred restaurants in Vienna, then you will find a difficult choice of 9 more stunning places: Mraz & Sohn, Walter Bauer, Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald, Opus at the Imperial Hotel, Konstantin Filippou, Edvard at the Kempinski Hotel, Tian, ​​Amador and Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant.

Unique Viennese style – Figlmüller

Figlmüller is jokingly called “the restaurant of one schnitzel”: this dish has been prepared here since 1905, reverently preserving the original recipe and traditions of Austrian national cuisine. Schnitzel à la Figlmüller is a real culinary masterpiece made from the best pork; it reaches almost 30 centimeters in diameter and literally hangs from the edges of the plate.

In addition to chic schnitzels, the menu contains equally delicious dishes, for example, veal liver with baked apples and onion rings, chicken cordon bleu or the famous Tafelspitz. Interestingly, the menu differs depending on the address of the restaurant. So, Austrian beer is served only on Bäckerstrasse, and there is more choice of types of meat and desserts.

Bäckerstrasse, 6

Wollzeile, 5

Menus for Figlmüller restaurants

Figlmüller Bäckerstrasse: daily 11: 30-23: 30

Figlmüller Wollzeile: daily 11: 00-22: 30

Vienna’s oldest inn – Griechenbeisl

It would be an unforgivable omission to describe the best restaurants in Vienna and ignore the Griechenbeisel. This is an absolutely chic place with a long history, a truly Austrian atmosphere and, of course, traditional and delicious cuisine. You can try Viennese schnitzel or Viennese potato soup in one of the many halls of one of the oldest restaurants in Vienna. Each room is decorated in its own style and recreates the atmosphere of bygone eras.

For more than 500 years, Griechenbeisl has gone from a small local inn to a first-class restaurant, which at various times was honored with their presence by Mozart and Beethoven, Wagner and Strauss, Chaliapin, Pavarotti, Bismarck – more than 30 geniuses of world art and politics. This is evidenced by autographs in one of the premises of the restaurant – “Mark Twain’s Room”. By the way, today it is a protected architectural monument.

Fleischmarkt, 11

Restaurant Griechenbeisl Menu

Daily 11: 00-01: 00

The most romantic restaurant by the water – Motto am Fluss

Among the restaurants in the center of Vienna, the romantic Motto am Fluss on the Danube Canal occupies a special place. This impressive structure is architecturally reminiscent of an elegant cruise ship, from the “deck” of which you can enjoy a charming view of the city. The interior of the restaurant is distinguished by Venetian motives, laconicism and restraint of the interior.

Thanks to the skill of the chef and perfectly selected dishes, the menu leaves all guests satisfied, without exception. In addition, Motto am Fluss is famous for its own pastries, an excellent wine list and organic Austrian beer, which is brewed from local natural ingredients. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Vienna for a romantic evening.

By the way, on the 3rd floor of the building there is a café with an open terrace, where you can not only dine, but also have a secluded breakfast with a cup of coffee and a book in hand.

Schwedenplatz, 2

Restaurant menu Motto am Fluss

Daily 11: 30-14: 30, 18: 00-02: 00

Restaurant with a gorgeous panoramic view – Das Loft

Das Loft is a chic restaurant on the 18th floor of the 5-star Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, where guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine and breathtaking views of Vienna. In the evening, the ceiling of the restaurant is illuminated with original colored frescoes that create the effect of a moving space – their radiance is noticeable even from the street.

Das Loft’s cuisine is international, with almost no Austrian influences. For example, the menu contains beef-tartars, lobster bisque, artichokes with burata, but Viennese Tafelspitz should be looked elsewhere. After 6 pm, the restaurant has a dress code.

Praterstrasse, 1

Das Loft Restaurant Menu

Breakfast: 6: 30-10: 30

Lunch: 12: 00-14: 00

Dinner: 18: 00-00: 00

The best Tafelspitz in Vienna? In Plachutta!

Plachutta is a chain of restaurants in Vienna, a whole “family”, each brainchild of which has its own flavor. For example, Plachuttas Grünspan focuses on traditional Austrian beer, while Gasthaus zur Oper is famous for its truly delicious Viennese schnitzel. But Tafelspitz is considered the signature dish of Plachutta, which is served here in accordance with all traditions: with rich broth, bone marrow, several types of side dishes, sauces and seasonings. They bring it directly in copper saucepans, on a heated stand.

These are undoubtedly some of the best, if not the best, restaurants in Vienna with Austrian cuisine and quite reasonable prices. Add to this the great location, great atmosphere and good service, and you can hardly resist stopping by Plachutta even once.

Prices: schnitzel with potato salad – 20-22 €, soups – 5-10 €, tafelspitz – 23-24 €, other meat dishes – 20-23 €, kaiserschmarrn and other desserts – about 8 € (prices and menus in restaurants of the chain may vary).

  • Wollzeile, 38
  • Auhofstrasse, 1
  • Heiligenstädterstrasse, 179
  • Walfischgasse, 5-7
  • Ottakringerstrasse, 266

Plachutta restaurant menu

Plachutta Wollzeile: daily 11: 30-00: 00

Plachutta Hietzing: Mon-Fri 11: 30-15: 00, 18: 00-23: 30, Sat-Sun 11: 30-23: 30

Classic Austrian Brasserie – Salm Bräu

Perhaps the best beer restaurant in Vienna – Salm Bräu, is located right next to the lower exit from the Belvedere Park. The local beer is really impressive, especially since most of the varieties on offer are produced here, in our own brewery. Salm Bräu also has its own distillery – its signature pear schnapps, Salm whiskey and berry liqueurs are known far beyond Vienna.

Crispy and juicy pork ribs, knuckle, salads, soups, schnitzels are served with drinks – the menu in the restaurant is truly huge, as are the portions themselves. The interior, made in a traditional and laconic rustic style, deserves special praise. In many ways, it is he who creates the very, unique and organic atmosphere of an Austrian beer house in the restaurant.

Prices: beer (0.5 l) – 4.20 €, liter of beer – 8 €, a portion of pork ribs for two – 30.70 €, soup – 4 €, schnitzel with boiled potatoes – 18 €, cordon blue – 15, 30 €.

Of course, Salm Bräu is far from the only popular Viennese brasserie. For example, Ribs of Vienna, 7 Stern Bräu and the Centimeter restaurant chain are equally popular with locals and tourists.

Rennweg, 8

Salm Bräu Restaurant Menu

Daily 11: 00-00: 00

The most famous Viennese coffee house – Central

Paraphrasing Coco Chanel’s proud aphorism, we can confidently say: “There are many cafes and pastry shops, there is only one coffee shop Central”. The most famous and unusual cafe in Vienna is famous for the fact that since its opening back in 1876 it has become a favorite meeting place for artists and writers, actors and politicians. At various times, Sigmund Freud, Adolf Hitler, Peter Altenberg, Stefan Zweig, Alfred Polgar, Leon Trotsky and other historical figures drank coffee here.

And today the coffee house “with history” has retained its unique charm and chic interior. Live piano music sounds here, and guests are offered a menu of homemade desserts, as well as snacks, soups, salads and meat dishes.

Prices: Wiener Schnitzel € 21.90, Tafelspitz € 20.50, soups € 5.90, apple strudel € 7.30, Kaiserschmarrn € 9.50, beer € 4.20, glass of wine 4 -5 €.

Herrengasse, 14

Central Restaurant Menu

Mon-Sat 7: 30-22: 00, Sun 10: 00-22: 00

Dinner under the clouds – Restaurant auf dem Donauturm

Of course, not all of Vienna’s most unusual restaurants are at their best, but not all of them can boast such an unusual location as Restaurant auf dem Donauturm. The Danube Tower is considered one of the main symbols of the Austrian capital. Built more than half a century ago, it reaches a height of 252 m – and at an altitude of 170 m is one of the most famous and unusual restaurants in Vienna.

In addition to a restaurant with traditional Austrian cuisine (Rindssuppe, Kalbsbutterschnitzel, Blumentopf, etc.), the tower has a wonderful coffee shop with a small menu of appetizers, salads, meat dishes and desserts. Like the restaurant itself, it slowly revolves around its axis, so that within an hour, without getting up from the table, you will see the whole wonderful panorama of Vienna.

Prices: meat dishes – 20-25 €, desserts – 4-8 €, a bottle of wine – from 30 €.

Donauturmstrasse, 4

Donauturm restaurant menu

Daily 11: 30-15: 00, 18: 00-00: 00

Listing the most interesting restaurants and cafes in Vienna to visit, it is very difficult to stop. After all, each institution is a real local landmark. For example, the must-see Café Mozart is Vienna’s oldest coffee house. Or the confectionery “Demel” – at one time members of the royal court loved to visit it. In short, an incredible gastronomic adventure awaits you – and let it make your stay in Vienna even more memorable and enjoyable!

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