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Schmaltzy schnitzels have been replaced by prized Styrian beef—organic meat from farm-raised cattle—while soggy Nockerl (small dumplings) are traded in for seasonal delights like Carinthian asparagus,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. Restaurant Edvard

    $$$$ | 1st District | International

    This gourmet establishment at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel earned a Michelin star within months after opening last year. Chef Philipp Vogel...Read More

  • 2. Steirereck

    $$$$ | 3rd District/Landstrasse | Austrian

    Considered one of the world's 50 best restaurants, this eatery is definitely the most raved-about place in Austria. It's in the former...Read More

  • 3. Zum Schwarzen Kameel

    $$$$ | 1st District | Austrian

    Back when Beethoven dined at the Black Camel, it was already a foodie landmark. Since then, it has split into a Delikatessen and a restaurant...Read More

  • 4. Anna Sacher

    $$$$ | 1st District | Austrian

    The Sachertorte is the culmination of a family saga that began with Franz Sacher, Prince von Metternich's pastry chef. Franz's son and his wife...Read More

  • 5. Fabios

    $$$$ | 1st District | Mediterranean

    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...Read More

  • 6. Hofzeile 27

    $$$$ | 19th District/Döbling | Austrian

    With an intimacy often lacking in larger restaurants, Hofzeile 27 seats just a dozen guests. Sibylle Fellner-Kisler opened up her elegant home...Read More

  • 7. Kim Kocht

    $$$$ | 9th District/Alsergrund | Asian

    Korean-born Sohyi Kim has established herself as Austria's most inventive Asian chef. Every night in her cozy, wood-paneled dining room she...Read More

  • 8. Le Loft

    $$$$ | 2nd District/Leopoldstadt | French

    Dine at Vienna's most posh restaurant while taking in the stunning, 360-degree panoramic vistas of the city's skyline from the 18th floor of...Read More

  • 9. The Dining Room

    $$$$ | 13th District/Hietzing | Austrian

    The pioneer of private dining in Vienna, Angelika Apfelthaler prepares and serves a gourmet dinner three times a week in her lovely Mediterranean...Read More

  • 10. 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

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