3 Best Restaurants in Krems, Day Trips from Vienna

Gasthaus Jell

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In the heart of the medieval Altstadt is this storybook stone cottage run by Ulli Amon-Jell (pronounced yell), who serves the tried-and-true recipes of her grandmother and great-grandmother, with a bit of her own modern flair added to the mix. Snails au gratin in garlic herb butter, roast kidneys with bacon and onion, and gazpacho with buttery Parmesan dumplings are popular items on the menu. There are always lighter fish and vegetarian dishes, too, but the chef's motto is "no one goes home hungry from my tavern." Leave room for dessert if you possibly can, as the homemade marillenknödel (warm, apricot-filled dumplings) are a delight.  Book ahead in summer for a table under the grape arbor in the small, secluded outdoor dining area.

Hoher Markt 8, Krems, A-3500, Austria
02732-82345
Known For
  • enormous portions
  • delicious marillenknödel
  • preserves and other jarred delicacies for sale
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Kaiser von Österreich

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At this landmark in Krems's Old Town district, you'll find excellent regional cuisine along with an outstanding wine selection (some of these vintages come from the backyard). Owner-chef Haidinger learned his skills at Bacher, across the Danube in Mautern, so look for fresh river fish on the ever-changing set menus, along with locally-hunted wild boar and venison. The set menus start from three courses (€42.50; soup, main, and dessert) and go all the way up to six (€72.50).

Körnermarkt 9, Krems, A-3500, Austria
0800-400–171–052
Known For
  • fresh and locally sourced produce
  • selection of gluten-free foods
  • need to make reservations at least a day ahead
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch, Reservations essential

Wellen.Spiel

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This riverside bar-restaurant, overlooking the landing station from which the Danube to Melk cruises depart, makes a lovely spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Local specialties like freshly-caught fish and flammkuchen (a pizza-like pie slathered in crème fraîche, onions, and bacon bits) sit alongside no-fuss favorites like burritos, burgers, and steaks. Come in the evening to watch the sun slowly set over the river as you eat.

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