Best Restaurants in Vienna
Austria''s cuisine is a rich stew of historic, international
influences. Many local chefs combine traditional Viennese dishes
with the principles of nouvelle cuisine, creating Neue Wiener K??che
(New Viennese cuisine). Vienna is well known for its pastries, and
other famous dishes include Wiener Schnitzel, Gulasch and
(boiled beef with apple and horseradish sauce).
The best desserts to try are Sachertorte cake and
Caf?© Central is one of the most famous caf?©s in the world with
its clientele having included luminaries such as Lenin and Trotsky.
The queen of Vienna''s formal restaurant, Altwienerhof, is fittingly
situated near the Sch?¶nbrunn Palace and serves some royally
delectable dishes. Next door to St Stephen''s Cathedral,
Figlmuller''s is reputed to serve the best schnitzel in Vienna. Do
& Co, one of the city''s favourite venues, offers not only great
views from the seventh floor of the Haas Haus, but also serves
superb Viennese, Asian and South American cuisine.
DO & CO
Located on the seventh floor of the Haas Haus, Do & Co is
the flagship restaurant of Do & Co International Hotel and
offers the best views in town, situated opposite St Stephan's
Cathedral. The cuisine is international, featuring mainly modern
Viennese and Asian fare, but the extensive menu also covers South
America and wider Europe. The menu covers 'Tastes of the World',
'Beef & Co', 'Kebab, Wok and Curries', 'Catch of the Day',
'Austrian Classics', and different kinds of sushi. Reservations are
highly recommended, and dress is smart. Open daily from 12pm.
Address: Stephansplatz 12
Meaning 'corner of Styria' (a state in south east Austria),
Steirereck is one of Austria's top restaurants featuring seasonal
Austrian cuisine with a Styrian emphasis. The menu is small and
changes regularly according to the freshest ingredients available,
but everything is superbly prepared. Meals begin with freshly baked
bread, and close with a selection of more than 60 cheeses from the
restaurant's own cellar. Seasonal offerings might include
gooseliver Steirereck, Styrian roast beef, lobster, lamb with
crepes, rabbit with risotto or smoked monkfish. Dress is smart and
reservations are recommended. Open Monday to Friday.
Address: Rasumofskygasse 2
When in Vienna do as the Viennese do and indulge in Wiener
Schnitzel, the delicacy most associated with the romantic city.
Reputed to serve the biggest and best schnitzel is Wollzeile, next
door to St Stephen's Cathedral, a wine tavern where the long tables
are always packed with hungry customers sampling the golden-brown
schnitzels, that overhang the plate. Open daily for lunch and
dinner. Wollzeile is closed during August.
Address: Wollzeile 5 (St Stephansplatz)
This funky restaurant is stylish to the extreme, with quirky red
and black decor and en eclectic menu that ranges from sushi to
spaghetti. The restaurant expands in the summer with tables set up
in the attractive garden. Motto has a reputation as a gay-friendly
restaurant, and is open late into the night, closing at 4am.
Address: Schonbrunnerstr 30
The warm, cosy and classic style of the Restaurant Imperial
lends itself perfectly to a stylish dining affair. The d?©cor is
tasteful and evokes a feeling of old-world charm while chef Hans
Juergen Schauer creates delectable dishes such as fillet of turbot
with goose liver and fillet of veal, or the old favourite, Wiener
Schnitzel. Open daily for dinner. Reservations essential.
Address: K?¤rntner Ring 16
Arguably the best of Vienna's 300-odd traditional coffee shops,
offering their legendary confections and pastries, is the Caf?©
Demel. The caf?© is best known for its original Sachertorte
(chocolate frosted cream cake), but the rest of the range of sweet
delights on offer is just as delectable. Demel also serves a large
range of sandwiches and, of course, really good coffee. Open daily
from 10am to 7pm. Vienna's other renowned coffee shop is Caf?©
Central near the Hofburg Palace, where Lenin and Totsky once met
Address: Kohlmarkt 14
The venue may be Gothic, sunk into the cellars beneath the
historic town hall, but the style, atmosphere and cuisine are very
up to date. This spacious eatery features various rooms furnished
in different styles and can handle up to 1,100 people. The food can
be described as 'modern Viennese', offering fare such as goulash,
Wiener Schnitzel and apple strudel. Open daily for lunch and
Address: Rathausplatz 1
The queen of Vienna's formal restaurants is Altwienerhof,
fittingly to be found near the Sch?¶nbrunn Palace. The Kellner
family have run the establishment since 1928, and offer a
seasonally changing menu of French-based cuisine with delicate
flavours and highest-quality ingredients. Pride of the Altwienerhof
is its award-winning vast wine cellar, containing more than 20,000
bottles. Open daily, except Sundays, for lunch and dinner. Jacket
and tie essential.
Address: Herklotzgasse 6
Caf?© Central is probably one of the most famous cafes in the
world due to its high profile clientele during the history of
Vienna, which included famous artists, writers and intellectuals
such as Lenin and Trotsky. The grand, cathedral-like setting with
its marble pillared hall and soaring ceiling is a fine setting for
the excellent coffee and Apfelstrudel that they serve up, along
with an assortment of other desserts and pastries for tea. Light
lunches are served and the menu includes a variety of provincial
dishes and Viennese specialties as well as salads, soups,
sandwiches and vegetarian dishes. Piano music plays daily from 5pm.
Open daily from 10am.
Address: Herrengasse 14
This award-winning restaurant stays true to its traditional
values and is somewhat of an institution when it comes to Viennese
steak restaurants. The tasteful d?©cor and impeccable cuisine ensure
that this eatery stays within the top ranks of Vienna's dining
(boiled beef) is without a doubt the most famous
choice of beef and is the flagship dish of this restaurant. The
beef is served in the traditional manner - in beef soup, with apple
and horseradish, roast potatoes and chive sauce. Open daily for
lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: 1130 Wien, Auhofstra??e 1
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