Vienna Restaurants

Vienna has tried hard to shed its image of a town locked in the 19th century, and nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchens of the top-notch Austrian chefs who dominate the culinary scene here. They have turned dining from a mittel-europäisch sloshfest of Schweinsbraten, Knödeln, and Kraut (pork, dumplings, and cabbage),
Vienna has tried hard to shed its image of a town locked in the 19th century, and nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchens of the top-notch Austrian chefs who dominate the culinary scene here. They have turned dining from a mittel-europäisch sloshfest of Schwei
Vienna has tried hard to shed its image of a town locked in the 19th century, and nowhere is that more evident than in t

Vienna has tried hard to shed its image of a town locked in the 19th century, and nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchens of the top-notch Austrian chefs who dominate the culinary scene here. They have turned dining from a mittel-europäisch sloshfest of Schweinsbraten, Knödeln, and Kraut (pork, dumplings, and cabbage), into an exquisite feast of international flavors.

No one denies that such courtly delights as Tafelspitz—the blush-pink boiled beef famed as Emperor Franz Josef's favorite dish—is delicious, but these traditional carb-loaded meals tend to leave you stuck to your seat like a suction cup.

The dining scene of today's Vienna has transformed itself, thanks in part to a new generation of chefs, such as Heinz Reitbauer Jr. and Christian Petz, who've worked hard to establish an international brand of Viennese cooking, Neue Wiener Küche (New Vienna cuisine). They have stepped onto the stage, front and center, to create signature dishes, such as fish soup with red curry, which have rocketed to fame; they have fan clubs, host television shows and publish top-selling cookbooks, such as Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna; there are star Austrian chefs the way there are in New York and Hollywood, and these chefs want to delight an audience hungry for change.

Schmaltzy schnitzels have been replaced by prized Styrian beef—organic meat from farm-raised cattle—while soggy Nockerl (small dumplings) are traded in for seasonal delights like Carinthian asparagus, Styrian wild garlic, or the zingy taste of common garden stinging nettle. Wisely, Vienna has also warmly welcomed into its kitchens chefs from around the world, who give exotic twists to old favorites.

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  • 1. Hollmann Salon

    $$ | 1st District

    At last someone was wise enough to open up an eatery so weary wanderers could spend time appreciating the wonders of this baroque court. The...Read More

  • 2. Café Frauenhuber

    $ | 1st District | Café

    Repair here to find some peace and quiet away from the busy shoppers on Kärntnerstrasse. The original turn-of-the-20th-century interior with...Read More

  • 3. Café Schwarzenberg

    $ | 1st District | Café

    A bright-yellow facade and a large terrace welcome all to this café across from the Hotel Imperial. The location is perfect if you want a snack...Read More

  • 4. Figlmüller

    $$ | 1st District | Austrian

    This Wiener schnitzel institution is known for breaded veal and pork cutlets so large they overflow the plate, and it's always packed. The cutlet...Read More

  • 5. Gasthaus zur Oper

    $ | 1st District | Austrian

    Vienna's famous Plachutta chain has added another restaurant to its stable of eateries. Located in a side street near Kärntnerstrasse, this...Read More

  • 6. Griechenbeisl

    $$ | 1st District | Austrian

    Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert all dined here—so how can you resist? Neatly tucked away in a quiet and quaint area of the Old City, this ancient...Read More

  • 7. Kleines Cafe

    $ | 1st District

    This landmark café, owned by Austrian actor Hanno Poschl, is on one of the most charming squares in Vienna, between Himmelpfortgasse and...Read More

  • 8. Konstantin Filippou

    $ | 1st District | International

    This newly opened establishment has quickly become a go-to place in Vienna's Altstadt. The dining room alone is an invitation to stay a while...Read More

  • 9. Motto am Fluss

    $$ | 1st District | Contemporary

    Even though night owls flock to Motto am Fluss until the wee hours, this sleek eatery serves an inspired selection of dishes when the sun is...Read More

  • 10. Ströck

    $ | 3rd District/Landstrasse | Austrian

    Everything old is new again at one of Austria's iconic institutions. Long known as a reliable haunt for breads and strudels, Stroeck is giving...Read More

  • 11. Walter Bauer

    $$$$ | 1st District | Austrian

    Hidden away in one of the quietest quarters of historic Vienna, this charming and unpretentious Michelin-starred restaurant serves the very...Read More

  • 12. Weibels Wirtshaus

    $$ | 1st District | Austrian

    Down an old cobbled lane between Singerstrasse and Schulerstrasse and a stone's throw from the cathedral, Weibels Wirtshaus is one of the coziest...Read More

  • 13. Zanoni & Zanoni

    $ | 1st District

    Between Rotenturmstrasse and Bäckerstrasse, this place dishes up 25 or more flavors of smooth, Italian-style gelato, including mango, caramel...Read More

  • 14. Haas & Haas Colonial Teahouse

    Café

    If you find yourself tired of coffeehouses in Vienna (is that possible?), and are longing for a decent cuppa, head for the far end of the...Read More

  • 15. Huth

    $$ | 1st District | Austrian

    During a visit to the Haus der Musik, repair to its restaurant overlooking the towers, roofs, and steeples of the city. The chef serves spare...Read More

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