60 Best Restaurants in Vienna, Austria


$ | 2nd District/Leopoldstadt Fodor's choice
One of Vienna's most popular third-wave coffeehouses brews and lives up to its hype and long lines with exceptional coffee, stylish decor, delicious baked goods and sandwiches, and a sustainable focus. It's also just a cool place to hang with all the cool people. The patrons are a mix of locals tapping away on laptops over lattes and visitors enjoying the people-watching and the small selection of wine and bubbly.
Praterstrasse 38, Vienna, Vienna, 1020, Austria
Known For
  • trendy spot
  • pleasant and large outdoor seating area
  • exceptional third-wave coffee
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Café Central

$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

Made famous by its illustrious guests, the Café Central is one of the most famous cafés in all of Vienna. The soaring ceiling and gigantic columns are hallmarks of the landmark, which was home to Viennese literati as well as world game changers at the turn of the last century, including Leon Trotsky, who mapped out the Russian Revolution here beneath portraits of the Imperial family. There is more than the standard café fare here, with the kitchen serving salmon fillet sprinkled with roasted pine nuts; or try the Mohr im hemd for dessert, chocolate hazelnut cake dusted with powdered sugar and served with hot chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Piano music fills the marble-pillared hall in the afternoon; it can get packed with tourists, but it's worth the crowds.

Café Landtmann

$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

A favorite of politicians and theater stars (the Burg is next door, the Rathaus across the street) since 1873, this was Sigmund Freud's favorite café (he lived within walking distance). If you want a great meal at almost any time of day, including options of several schnitzels, or just a slice of decadent cake, there are few places that can beat this one. During Ball Season, you'll spot tired but chatty groups of gowned and tuxedoed Viennese repairing here for breakfast after their night of dancing. An air-conditioned glass veranda has added contemporary flair to this venerable location.

Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 4, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria
Known For
  • house specialty "Franz Landtmann," mix of espresso, brandy, and whipped cream
  • lots of history and famous guests
  • glass-enclosed veranda

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Café Sacher

$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

Arguably the most famous café in Vienna, it is the home of the legendary Sachertorte, a dense chocolate torte with fresh aprioct jam in the center. This legend began as a Delikatessen opened by Sacher, court confectioner to Prince von Metternich, the most powerful prime minister in early-19th-century Europe. War-weary Metternich must have been amused to see a battle break out between Sacher and Demel—a competing confectioner—as to who served the real Sachertorte. Sacher puts its apricot jam in the cake middle, while Demel puts it just below the icing. If you're not a sweets person, try a savory alternative: Sacher Würstl (slim sausages served with freshly-grated horseradish, mustard, and home-baked bread). Mirrors and chandeliers add glitter, and there is live piano music every day from 4:30 until 7 pm.

Cafe Sperl

$ | 6th District/Mariahilf Fodor's choice

Coffee in Vienna is designed to be savored and enjoyed, and one of the most splendid places in Vienna to do just that is at the Sperl. Featured in Hollywood films A Dangerous Method and Before Sunrise, the venerable café—commandeered way back when as the café for artists—is more than just a fantastically pretty face. The Old Vienna ambience is not merely preserved here, but vibrantly alive. Get a table by the window to ensure a captivating street view, and be sure to enjoy the piano music Sunday afternoon. It's in the 6th District, not far from the MuseumsQuartier and the Naschmarkt.

Gumpendorferstrasse 11, Vienna, Vienna, A-1060, Austria
Known For
  • the go-to café for artists
  • live music on Sunday
  • great people-watching at the window tables
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. in July and Aug.

Das Loft

$$$$ | 2nd District/Leopoldstadt Fodor's choice

Dine at Vienna's poshest restaurant while taking in the stunning, 360-degree panoramic vistas of the city's skyline from the 18th floor of the Sofitel Stephansdom. The gourmet meals, often made with seasonal, locally-sourced fare, are just as fabulous as the view. A four-course tasting menu may include roasted foie gras, fresh panfried pike perch from nearby Neusiedler Lake, and crispy lamb crown, with a dessert of peanut-butter-yogurt mousse with butterscotch ice-cream and caramalized chocolate. The ambience is centered on the spectacular ceiling, designed by Swiss multimedia artist Pipilotti Rist. She has created a magnificent visual feast, which is best viewed at sunset, as the changing colors outside have a lovely dance with the colors playing out on the ceiling above you.


$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

Vienna's best-known pastry shop, Demel offers a dizzying selection, so if you have a sweet tooth, a visit will be worth every euro. And in a city famous for its tortes, its almond-chocolate Senegaltorte takes the cake. Demel's shopwindows have some of the most mouthwatering and inventive displays in Austria.


$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

The display cases are filled to the brim at the world-renowned Demel, a 200-year-old pastry shop and chocolatier, famous for sweetmeats. Chocolate lovers will want to try the Viennese Sachertorte (two layers of dense chocolate cake, with apricot jam sandwiched between and chocolate icing on top) and compare it with its competition at Café Sacher. Don't forget to watch the pastry chef at work in the glassed-in courtyard. Beyond the shop proper are stairs that lead to ornate dining salons where the decor is almost as sweet as the goods on sale.

Haas & Haas Teahouse

$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

Situated in the courtyard of the Stephansplatz, with a direct view of stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral, this teahouse is a rare find in a city steeped in the tradition of coffeehouses. It is a cozy tea parlor, indeed, with a selection of more than 200 brews and a particularly splendid afternoon tea menu. Presented on the obligatory three-tier tea rack, the traditional finger sandwiches come with all sorts of fillings and are accompanied by scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream, and a selection of petits fours. They also have an extensive breakfast menu with bakery items, egg dishes, waffles, and pancakes, as well as substantial lunch items including salads and plates of pasta.

Stephansplatz 4, Vienna, Vienna, 01, Austria
Known For
  • English-style afternoon tea served daily
  • extensive menu of international dishes
  • small spot by the cathedral
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards

Konstantin Filippou

$$$$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

In a stunningly short time, Filippou has made a remarkable impression on the Vienna dining elite, evident from its Michelin star and its Gault Millau Chef of the Year award. A seat at the prized kitchen table allows a view into the kitchen to watch the chef preparing the meal, including the famous escargot seasoned with horseradish and watercress. The dining room itself is an invitation to stay awhile; crisp, ice-blue walls are a cool complement to warm, blond-wood floors and pine tables. An abundance of natural light further softens the ambience during daylight, which is when many of Filippou's customers come to enjoy a multi-course business lunch that changes weekly. Dine outside in the garden in spring and summer and you won't regret it.

Dominikanerbastei 17, Vienna, Vienna, 1010, Austria
Known For
  • frequently changing, six-course tasting menu with wine pairing
  • outdoor garden dining in spring and summer
  • one of the top restaurants in Vienna (and most expensive)
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends and last 3 wks of Aug., Weekdays noon–5, 6:30–midnight

Neni am Naschmarkt

$ | 6th District/Mariahilf Fodor's choice
Smack in the middle of of the Naschmarkt, Neni is a perennially-popular spot run by an Israeli-Austrian family, serving up Israeli-Middle-Eastern specialties from tabouli to lamb, plus a few fusion dishes (think bok choy and salmon with sesame tahini). They've beeen so successful that they now have locations in other cities across Europe and a few cookbooks, but this is the original location.

Restaurant Edvard

$$$$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

This gourmet establishment at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel earned a Michelin star within months after opening. Now chef Norman Etzold has taken over the kitchen, continuing to prepare masterpieces for Vienna diners. The interior is elegant, not opulent, with ivory walls and ebony-covered chairs complementing the stark white table linens. There are two entrances, one from the hotel lobby and one at the street, a nod to locals that this restaurant is for them, too.

Schottenring 24, Vienna, Vienna, 1010, Austria
Known For
  • three-course dinners served family-style and prepared tableside by the chef
  • daily afternoon teas
  • plenty of local patrons
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Restaurant Grüne Bar

$$$$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

The classic Austrian dessert, the Sachertorte, resulted from a family saga that began with Franz Sacher, Prince von Metternich's pastry chef, and ended with Franz's son and his wife, Anna, opening the 19th-century hotel. Today, the Restaurant Grüne Bar continues the tradition of creating some of Vienna's finest cuisine. The restaurant has two menus—one with traditional Austrian fare, and one featuring more innovative dishes. The slightly less formal Rote Bar, at the front of the hotel, always has classics on offer, including Tafelspitz (boiled beef), the favorite dish of Emperor Franz Josef.

Philharmonikerstrasse 4, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria
Known For
  • famous Sachertorte chocolate cake
  • traditional Austrian fare with some more inventive dishes
  • lots of Vienna history
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Aug., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

Steirereck im Stadtpark

$$$$ | 3rd District/Landstrasse Fodor's choice

Considered one of the world's 50 best restaurants and holding two Michelin stars, this eatery is definitely the most raved-about place in Austria. Winning dishes include delicate wild boar's head with "purple haze" carrots, turbot in an avocado crust, or char in beeswax, yellow turnips, and cream. At the end of the meal, an outstanding selection of more than 120 cheeses awaits. The restaurant is in the former Milchhauspavilion, a grand Jugendstil-vintage dairy overlooking the Wienfluss promenade in the Stadtpark, the main city park on the Ringstrasse. If you don't want the whole gala Steirereck experience, opt for a bite in the more casual lower-floor Meierei, which is still stylish, with its hand-painted floor and furniture in shades of milky white.

Am Heumarkt 2A, Vienna, Vienna, A-1030, Austria
Known For
  • buzzy dishes using herbs from on-site rooftop garden
  • the more casual Meierei on the lower floor
  • selection of more than 120 cheeses
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential


$ | 4th District/Wieden Fodor's choice
Oma is the word for Grandma in German, and if you ever wished you had one of your own to make you homemade kuchen (cake) or simple, hearty Austrian meals, make a beeline for Vollpension. This delightful cafe-restaurant employs Austrian grandmas (and a few grandpas) who make their favorite cake recipes for you to enjoy. They also serve hearty breakfasts and small but satisfying snacks like sausages with bread and mustard, potato salad, and sandwiches. In addition to coffee and tea you'll find wine, beer, prosecco, and coffee cocktails.

Zum Schwarzen Kameel

$$$$ | 1st District Fodor's choice

Back when Beethoven dined at the Black Camel, it was already a foodie landmark. Since then, it has been renovated (but only in 1901) and more recently split into a Delikatessen and a restaurant. Try the former if you're in a hurry—fresh sandwiches are served at the counter. If time allows, dine in the elegant, intimate, Art Nouveau dining room. The Beinschinken (Viennese ham) is the specialty of the house and is renowned throughout Austria.

Bognergasse 5, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria
Known For
  • house specialty Beinschinken
  • deli sandwiches from family recipe
  • elegant dining room
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential


Stock-im-Eisen-Platz 2, Vienna, Vienna, Austria


$ | 7th District/Neubau

If you're lucky, you can snag a table in the idyllic garden of this low-key pub, hidden away inside a delightful Biedermeyer cobbled courtyard. The staff is young, hip, and carefee, and will gladly serve you breakfast until 3pm—both traditional Viennese-style plus vegan and vegetarian options. Vines and ivy provide cover from the intense summer sun while walls of the passageway leading from the courtyard are lined floor to ceiling with concert placards. In winter, there's nothing more cozy than to sit inside and sip the ginger apricot punch.

Stiftgasse 8, Vienna, Vienna, 1070, Austria
Known For
  • hip and young crowds
  • large breakfast buffet on Sunday
  • weekly cocktail specials
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Daily 9–2

Café Ansari

$ | 2nd District/Leopoldstadt
Run by a Georgian couple with Lebanese roots, this stylish and airy restaurant is part modern Viennese coffehouse, part Mediterranean escape. The light-filled interior features a beautifully tiled bar area with Lebanese tile, ornate lamps, and vases filled with fresh flowers, while the shady terrace is a perfect spot to slowly enjoy specialties like khinkali (meat-filled dumplings) and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), along with Georgian wines, and specialty teas and coffees. Make a reservation for breakfast here as the Georgian breakfast of cheese filled bread with an egg in the middle has made it one of Vienna's most popular breakfast spots. Come with a group so that you can sample the Russian breakfast (with Vodka) and a Viennese breakfast, too.

Café Frauenhuber

$ | 1st District

You can retreat to Café Frauenhuber, billed as Vienna's oldest café, to find some peace and quiet away from the busy shoppers on Kärntnerstrasse. Breakfast is a go-for-broke affair, and might include a pot of tea (or coffee), a glass of prosecco, fresh-squeezed orange juice, toast, and fresh salmon with a dash of horseradish. The original turn-of-the-20th-century interior is a visual treat, with the obligatory red-velvet seating and somewhat tired upholstery (if you don't suffer from back problems you'll be fine). Despite the history, you'll generally find fewer tourists here than in other typical cafés, and more of a local feel, which it's had since it opened its doors in 1824.

Café Griensteidl

$ | 1st District

Once the site of one of Vienna's oldest coffeehouses and named after the pharmacist Heinrich Griensteidl—the original dated back to 1847 but was demolished in 1897—this café was resurrected in 1990. Karl Kraus, the sardonic critic, spent many hours here writing his feared articles, and it's also here that Hugo von Hofmannsthal took time out from writing libretti for Richard Strauss. Although this establishment is still looking for the patina needed to give it real flair, locals are pleased by the attempt to re-create the historic atmosphere. Numerous newspapers and magazines hang on the rack (many are in English). It's also entirely no-smoking.

Café Hawelka

$ | 1st District

Practically a shrine—indeed, almost a museum—the Hawelka was the hangout of most of Vienna's modern artists, and the café has acquired an admirable art collection over the years. The Hawelka is most famous for its Buchteln, a baked bun with a sweet filling, served fresh from the oven. While cakes, sausages and other hearty fare are on offer, this is a place where many come for just a cup of coffee or a casual drink. Ask to have a look at the guest book, itself a work of art, with entries including some illustrious names (including Elias Canetti, Andy Warhol, and Tony Blair). Back in the 1960s, the young John Irving enjoyed the atmosphere here, too, as you can see when reading The Hotel New Hampshire.

Dorotheergasse 6, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria
Known For
  • Buchteln, a baked sweet bun with a sweet filling
  • famous former guests
  • impressive art collection

Café Mozart

$$ | 1st District

The café, named after the monument to Mozart (now in the Burggarten) that once stood outside, is overrun with sightseers, but the waiters manage to remain calm even when customers run them ragged. Crystal chandeliers, a brass-and-oak interior, comfortable seating, and delicious food—the Tafelspitz is excellent—add to its popularity. With the Opera just behind the café, this is a fine place for an after-performance snack; be on the lookout for opera divas here for the same reason.

Albertinaplatz 2, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria
Known For
  • Tafelspitz that locals love
  • fabulous decor
  • role in the classic movie The Third Man

Café Museum

$ | 1st District

The controversial architect Adolf Loos (famed for his pronouncement "Ornament is a sin") laid the foundation stone for this coffeehouse in 1899. Throughout the 20th century, this was a top rendezvous spot for Wien Secession artists, along with actors, students, and professors, because of its proximity to the Academy of Fine Arts, the Theater an der Wien, and Vienna's Technical University. Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Josef Hoffmann all enjoyed sipping their melange here. Apart from the eye-catching 1930s-style steel globes, the ambience is much like that of other cafés in town, with red upholstery, marble-topped tables, and black bentwood chairs. On weekdays at noon, a tasty daily special, such as rucola salad with potato puffs seasoned with a creamy garlic sauce, guarantees a full house.

Café Schwarzenberg

$ | 1st District

Located near the Hotel Imperial, this is an ideal spot for a coffee and cake or a meal after a performance at the Musikverein or Konzerthaus, both just a couple of minutes away. Open until midnight, it has a good choice of food and pastries. Wall-to-wall mirrors reflect the elegant clientele perched on dark-green leather seats. Even though the waiters can be a little snobby, the overall atmosphere is still nice enough to encourage longer stays. Piano music can be heard until late on Wednesday and Friday, and from 5 until 7 pm on weekends. Sit outside when the weather allows and appreciate the lights on Schwarzenbergplatz.

DO & CO Albertina

$$ | 1st District

When you're ready to collapse after taking in all the art at the fabulous Albertina, take a break at the museum's on-site eatery where you will find a variety of options including sushi, Mediterranean, and Italian. In summer you can sit outside on one of the city's nicest terraces and enjoy the view of the Burggarten.

Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria
Known For
  • lovely terrace with a view of the Burggarten
  • bar seating for snacks and other light fare
  • sushi and gazpacho
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential


$ | 6th District/Mariahilf

This bustling restaurant in a stall along the Naschmarkt is a prime place to stop for a bite and watch the crowds go by. The menu is as diverse as the customers, and includes various Turkish mainstays, such as tzatziki and falafel, and a variety of international choices. Some options can include chicken and avocado salad, pumpkin curry with vegetables and cashew nuts over rice, and Moroccan lemon chicken with couscous. The prices are easy on the wallet, and the customers tend toward the young and hip.

Naschmarkt Stand 412–415, Vienna, Vienna, 1060, Austria
Known For
  • mostly Turkish cuisine, including falafel and tzatziki
  • fun market atmosphere
  • breakfast until 4pm


$ | 6th District/Mariahilf
This lively cafe-restaurant, conveniently located next to the Naschmarkt, is best known for its breakfast (served until 4 pm every day) and for its classic coffee house feel with contemporary decor (one wall is decorated with ripped posters.) Lunch options like baked sweet potato, homemade sage gnocchi, and Styrian baked chicken (a classic dish from Styria, a region in Austria known for its wine and food) hold their own to brunch favorites like avocado toast with poached eggs and salmon and blueberry pancakes. It's a popular stop for a late-afternoon cocktail or late-night coffee.


$ | 1st District

The origins here go back to 1683, when this spot opened as one of the city's official Stadtheuriger (wine taverns), to provide Turk-fighting soldiers with wine before going off to battle. Below the Esterházy palace, the atmosphere is like that of a cozy cave, with the maze of rooms offering some of the best wines of any cellar in town, plus a typical Viennese menu noontime and evenings. Ordering seems back to front: food orders are taken at the counter, while a waiter comes to the table to take your order for drinks. The best choice for meat lovers is roast pork with dumplings and cabbage. The wine tavern is closed July and August, but the restaurant and garden are open all summer long.

Haarhof 1, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria
Known For
  • history as one of the city's official wine taverns
  • great wine list (duh)
  • meat-heavy food menu


$$$$ | 1st District

The easiest way for Viennese to experience sleek, suave, New York–style power dining—short of paying for a round-trip plane ticket—is to book a table at this Italian hot spot in the heart of Vienna. If they can, that is. Wait-listed weeks in advance, this modernist extravaganza has brought a touch of big-city glamour to Alt Wien, and everyone from foodies to fashionistas loves it. Seafood is so fresh it's flown in daily for the kitchen to prepare specialties, such as shrimp marinated in lemon and served on a bed of Tuscan beans, or roasted sea bass in a couscous salad of cucumber and avocado. For beef eaters, the chef prepares a special piquant sauce poured over a rib-eye steak.