Restaurants in Vienna
To eat in Vienna is to understand the great Imperial city. This was a place where people came from all corners of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which is why today you can eat Hungarian goulash and Turkish kebabs alongside Croatian fish dishes.
Traditional Austrian food is coming back after a long period out of fashion. Top restaurants are once again proud to dish up schnitzel - that deep-fried slice of veal with a lemon on top. Bars serving tapas and small plates are popular in modern eateries but it is, of course, the ubiquitous café that will always dish up the finest cakes with a coffee. There a lots of French and Italian restaurants offering refined dining, and at the same time there are Imbiss stands everywhere where you can grab a sausage and a bottle of Gosser lager as a snack.
The Vienna restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €60)
Moderate (€20 to €60)
Cheap (under €20)
These prices are for an average three-course meal for one person and for a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent. They include VAT but not service charge or tip. More expensive restaurants automatically add a service charge of around 10% to the bill, otherwise a tip is usually required - usually 5 to 10%.
Café Bar BloomCuisine: Modern Austrian
Tasteful and refined, Bloom caters to the rich and the stylish traveller who wants the very best from their Vienna experience. The cooking is crisp and modern, with a few traditional Austrian flavours thrown into the mix (think: beetroot and bread-crumbed meat with contemporary foams and sauces). Décor is masculine, proud and simple. Ask to go up to the roof terrace bar of the Lamee Hotel to enjoy your coffee and dessert overlooking St Stephen's Cathedral.Address: Central, Rotenturmstrasse 15, Vienna, 1010
Telephone: +43 1 532 2244.
Guesthouse BrasserieCuisine: Modern Austrian
Currently the talk of Vienna's dinner tables, Guesthouse Brasserie has bagged Stefan Grassl as chef and was fitted out by Terence Conran, who is also responsible for the attached hotel. But what a hotel and brasserie it is: modern and minimal with retro touches. Classy, high-end food may come out of the kitchen but this eatery is still welcoming and warm, not least thanks to the bread baking ovens which are fired up all day to warm pretzels.Address: Central, Furichgasse 10, Vienna, 1010
Telephone: +43 1 512 1320.
Salonplafond im MAKCuisine: Modern Austrian
Attached to the Museum of Modern Art (MAK) is Salonplafond. Formerly the Österreicher im MAK, Salonplafond is a modern take on the traditional Viennese tavern. It features a hidden patio garden with an outdoor bar and serves fresh seasonal and regional food.Address: Central, Stubenring 5, Vienna, 1010
Telephone: +43 1 226 0046
Bodega EspañolaCuisine: Spanish
With an antique Spanish décor and a large open fire during the colder seasons, Bodega Española harks back to the days when the Hapsburg dynasty had strong connections to the Spanish throne. Located near the Belvedere Galleries, this is one of the finest tapas restaurants in the city. The menu features many small dishes, as well as excellent main courses, like bacalao á la malagueña (a fish speciality from Malaga) and lamb steak with lemon-rosemary potatoes. Reservations recommended.Address: Central, Belvederegasse 10, Vienna, 1040
Telephone: +43 1 504 5500.
MottoCuisine: Austrian, Asian, Mediterranean.
Situated down by the Donau Canal, you'll find all kinds in Motto: from TV stars to office workers. Top quality staff, modern cellar surroundings and live DJs make up a relaxed but convivial atmosphere, but it's the Austrian, Asian and Mediterranean menu that keeps this place full. The steaks here are famous, but save some room for the dark and white chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Evening dining reservations recommended.Address: Central, Schönbrunner Strasse 30, Vienna,
Telephone: +43 1 587 0672.
Of the many beisl (traditional beer taverns) that dot Vienna, Ubl ranks among the finest. It still retains the heavy dark-wood wall and floor panelling reminiscent of such establishments, but there is also a refined, dining atmosphere with a good list of quality Austrian wines. Order from a small but well-thought-out menu filled with Viennese classics, though it's hard to go wrong with the tafelspitz (boiled beef in a broth, served with horseradish) or wiener schnitzel (breaded veal).Address: Central, Pressgasse 26, Vienna, 1040
Telephone: +43 1 587 6437.
TrzesniewskiCuisine: Traditional Austrian
Close to the Cathedral (just off Graben), this taste of Old Vienna has been serving locals for over 100 years with its "unspeakably good (open) sandwiches". It has a selection of around 20 each day, though you'll need a few to fill up. They also sell rough wine at the same price and beer in a tiny "pfiff" (one eighth of a litre) glass. It's very popular so you may have to stand to eat but that is all part of the experience.Address: Central, Dorotheergasse 1, Vienna, 1010
Telephone: +43 1 512 3291.
In a city of schnitzels and pork everywhere, veggies don't have it so great, but that is changing. Wrenkh, Vienna's top vegetarian restaurant and (designer) bar, serves excellent seasonal food to a young and trendy crowd. Expect dishes such as miso soup, Greek fried rice with vegetables, feta cheese and olives and wild rice risotto with mushrooms. If you enjoy the food enough, Wrenkh even does evening cookery classes teaching the art of veggie cuisine.Address: Central, Bauernmarkt 10, Vienna, 1010
Telephone: +43 1 533 1526.
ZawodskyCuisine: Traditional Austrian
In the green and vineyard-cloaked district of Grinzing, to the northern stretches of Vienna, is Zawodsky - a lovely traditional heuriger (wine tavern). It is best visited in summer, when its apple trees offer plenty of shade for the picnic tables that dot the extensive garden, although a cosy evening indoors during spring and autumn is also inviting. The tart wine served is best mixed with soda water (common practice at a heuriger), while the hearty buffet, which offers fresh spreads, breads, salads and roast meats, requires more than one visit. There's occasional live music.Address: Grinzing, 19, Vienna, 1190
Telephone: +43 1 3207 9782.