Salzburg Restaurants

Salzburg has some of the best—and most expensive—restaurants in Austria, so if you happen to walk into one of the Altstadt posh establishments without a reservation, you may get a sneer worthy of Captain von Trapp. Happily, the city is plentifully supplied with pleasant eateries, offering not only good, solid Austrian food (not for anyone on a diet), but also exceptional Italian dishes and neue Küche (nouvelle cuisine) delights. There are certain dining experiences that are quintessentially Salzburgian, including restaurants perched on the town's peaks that offer "food with a view" or rustic inns that offer "Alpine evenings" with entertainment. Some of the most distinctive places in town are the fabled hotel restaurants, such as those of the Goldener Hirsch or the "S’Nockerl," the cellar of the Hotel Elefant.

For fast food, Salzburgers love their broiled-sausages street stands. Some say the most delicious fare is found at the Balkan Grill at Getreidegasse 33 (its recipe for spicy Bosna sausage has always been a secret). For a quick lunch on weekdays, visit the market in front of the Kollegienkirche—a lot of stands offer a large variety of boiled sausages for any taste, ranging from mild to spiced.

In the more expensive restaurants the set menus give you an opportunity to sample the chef's best; in less expensive ones they help keep costs down. Note, however, that some restaurants limit the hours during which the set menu is available. Many restaurants are open all day; otherwise, lunch is served from approximately 11 to 2 and dinner from 6 to 10. In more expensive restaurants it's always best to make a reservation. At festival time most restaurants are open seven days a week, and have generally more flexible late dining hours.

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  • 1. Balkan Grill

    $ | Hot Dog

    Known simply as "The Bosna Grill," this tiny sausage stand has become a cult destination for locals and international travelers. Find the long...Read More

  • 2. Brunnauer im Magazin

    $$$$ | Modern European

    His time served behind the line of many of Salzburg's most recognized establishments has taught award-winning Chef Richard Brunnauer the traditions...Read More

  • 3. Café Tomaselli

    $ | Austrian

    This inn opened its doors in 1705 as an example of that newfangled thing, a Wiener Kaffeehaus (Vienna coffeehouse), and was an immediate hit...Read More

  • 4. Ikarus

    $$$$ | Modern European

    This extraordinary Michelin-starred restaurant, set with the ultramodern Hangar-7 and overlooking its gleaming vehicle collection, offers a...Read More

  • 5. Pfefferschiff

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    The Pepper Ship is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Salzburg, despite being five kilometers (three miles) northeast of the Neustadt...Read More

  • 6. 220GRAD

    $$ | European

    Whether you're craving a stellar late breakfast (served until 2 pm) or you're on the hunt for a carefully crafted espresso, you'll want to put...Read More

  • 7. Bärenwirt

    $$ | Austrian

    Regionally sourced, top-quality ingredients elevate the traditional Austrian dishes in this inviting Wirtshaus, just north of the Old City....Read More

  • 8. Blaue Gans

    $$$$ | Austrian

    In a 500-year-old building with vaulted ceilings and windows looking out onto the bustling Getreidegasse, the restaurant of the Blaue Gans Hotel...Read More

  • 9. Café Bazar

    $ | Café

    Sip a Melange (frothy milk coffee) under the shade of the leafy trees at this people-watching coffeehouse institution on the Salzach River...Read More

  • 10. Café Sacher

    $$ | Austrian

    Red-velvet banquettes, sparkling chandeliers, and lots of gilt mark this famous gathering place, a favorite of well-heeled Salzburgers and an...Read More

  • 11. DaxLueg

    $$ | Austrian

    If you really want to enjoy food with a view, drive three kilometers (two miles) north along the B1 Linzer Bundesstrasse to Mayrwies and turn...Read More

  • 12. Die Weisse

    $$ | Austrian

    This Weissbierbrauerei combines the original charm of one of Salzburg's most historic breweries and adds a high-ceilinged, wood-paneled modern...Read More

  • 13. Espresso Fabrizi

    $ | Austrian

    Named after the former Italian owner of this historic house (note the beautiful small archway passage), this is a top spot for tasting Marzemino...Read More

  • 14. Gasthof Hohlwegwirt

    $$ | Austrian

    It's worth a detour on the way to Hallein along the B159 Salzachtal-Bundesstrasse about 10 km (6 miles) south of Salzburg to dine at this inviting...Read More

  • 15. Glüxfall

    $$ | Modern European

    A personalized, choose-your-own-breakfast-adventure menu (served until 1 pm) lets you savor several beautifully prepared, whimsically presented...Read More

  • 16. KOLLER+KOLLER am Waagplatz

    $$$ | Austrian

    With white-linen tablecloths, candles, flowers, and windows opening onto the street, this is one of Salzburg's most pleasant restaurants. Menu...Read More

  • 17. Kuglhof

    $ | Austrian

    In Maxglan, a famous Austrian "farmer's village," now part of the city tucked behind the Mönchsberg and next to the Stiegl Brewery (best reached...Read More

  • 18. Pan e Vin

    $$$$ | Italian

    This cozy Old City restaurant offers some lovely Italian and Mediterranean specialties on its extensive (and expensive) menu. Try the roasted...Read More

  • 19. St. Peter Stiftskeller

    $$$$ | Austrian

    Legends swirl about this famous Altstadt beer cellar: locals claim that Mephistopheles met Faust here, others say Charlemagne dined here, and...Read More

  • 20. Triangel

    $$$ | Austrian

    See and be seen among the Salzburg Festival glitteratti in Triangel's large outdoor seating area, or cozy up in the intimate dining room of...Read More

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