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Schmaltzy schnitzels have been replaced by prized Styrian beef—organic meat from farm-raised cattle—while soggy Nockerl (small dumplings) are traded in for seasonal delights like Carinthian asparagus,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

    $$ | 1st District | Contemporary

    When you're ready to collapse after taking in all the art at the fabulous Albertina, fall into the museum eatery's high-back, camel-color leather...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Mayer am Pfarrplatz

    $$ | 19th District/Döbling | Wine Bar

    Heiligenstadt is home to this heurige in one of Beethoven's former abodes; he composed his 6th Symphony, as well as parts of his 9th Symphony...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Österreicher im MAK

    $$ | 1st District | Austrian

    Chef Bernie Rieder learned his craft from his father and brings the flare of the Austrian countryside to the kitchen. The restaurant is a destination...Read More

  • 8. Schöne Perle

    $$ | 2nd District/Leopoldstadt | Austrian

    This "beautiful pearl" is one of the most popular dining spots for locals in Leopoldstadt. It offers traditional Austrian comfort food, including...Read More

  • 9. Skopik & Lohn

    $$ | 2nd District/Leopoldstadt | Austrian

    Many restaurants have set up shop in former stalls on the market square in the artsy neighborhood that has sprung up around Karmelitermarkt...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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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