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 newer-than-now 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"—in some cases, it's too bad the food isn't up to the 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. Café Tomaselli

    $ | Austrian

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

  • 2. Augustinerbräu

    $ | Austrian

    One of the largest beer cellars in Europe, the celebrated Augustinerbräu is at the north end of the Mönchsberg. You can even bring your own...Read More

  • 3. Bärenwirt

    $$ | Austrian

    Regionally sourced, top-quality ingredients elevate traditional Austrian dishes in this inviting Wirtshaus. Since 1663 locals have shared mugs...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Carpe Diem

    $$$ | Austrian

    Dietrich Mateschitz (who also invented the Red Bull energy drink) together with Jörg Wörther put their heads together to create something unique...Read More

  • 7. Daxlueg

    $$ | Austrian

    If you really want to enjoy food with a view, drive 3 km (2 miles) north along the B1 Linzer Bundesstrasse to Mayrwies and turn right up through...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Fabrizi Espresso

    $ | 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

  • 10. Gasthaus Wilder Mann

    $ | Austrian

    Find a true time-tinged feel of an old Salzburg Gasthaus, right down to a huge ceramic stove next to wooden chairs that welcomed generations...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. K&K am Waagplatz

    $$ | Austrian

    This old house was once the domicile of the Freysauff family, who counted among their close friends Leopold Mozart, the composer's father. Its...Read More

  • 13. Krimpelstätter

    $ | Austrian

    About a 15-minute walk downriver from the Altstadt in the Mülln neighborhood, you'll often find Festival artists celebrating after their shows...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Stiftskeller St. Peter

    $$$ | Austrian

    Legends swirl about the famous St. Peter's Beer Cellar. Locals claim that Mephistopheles met Faust here, others say Charlemagne dined here,...Read More

  • 16. 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 this...Read More

  • 17. Zum Fidelen Affen

    $ | Austrian

    The name means At the Faithful Ape, which explains the monkey motifs in this popular Gasthaus dominated by a round copper-plated bar and stone...Read More

  • 18. Ährlich

    Austrian

    Just because this restaurant is all-organic doesn't mean it isn't fun. The dining room has a country casual ambience with cozy booths. It's...Read More

  • 19. Mundenhamer

    $ | Austrian

    Chef Ernst Breitschopf knows the repertoire of good old Upper Austrian dishes inside and out: an Innviertler (raw ham with horseradish, dark...Read More

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