Best Places to Eat in Vienna and Salzburg

I think everyone has heard about Austrian cuisine. Which dish is primarily associated with Austrian cuisine? Most of the people will name the Viennese schnitzel. However, this method of cooking veal was borrowed from the Milan chefs many years ago.

 

There is nothing surprising that the Viennese schnitzel is today known as the national dish of Austria. The Austrians creatively modified the recipe, they replaced oil with cream and added flour, which created a new unexpected taste and glorified the dish to the whole world.

 

Other famous Austrians dishes came from different countries that were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or the neighboring countries, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and Turkey. Not every Austrian today can confidently tell about the roots of Austrian dishes. Pancakes with cottage cheese, apple strudel, goulash, squids stuffed with minced meat and bacon—all these dishes local chefs once adapted to their taste, thus forming a national Austrian cuisine.

 

Austrian cuisine was greatly influenced by the culinary culture of Judaism. It brought to Austria a recipe for stuffed fish, which over the years has been transformed here into a carp (gesulzter karpfen). Today this dish is included in the menu of the best country’s restaurants. One of the most popular dishes of Austrian cuisine is a veal stew from a veal liver (beuschel) most likely also has Jewish roots.

 

The development of Austrian cuisine did not stop today. In accordance with the latest trends, the famous chefs continue to make new elements in the recipes of traditional dishes, replacing high-calorie foods with healthier ingredients. They create gastronomic masterpieces, experimenting with habitual tastes and combining them with exotic ones. Have you ever tried carpaccio from alpine beef with pesto and ginger sauce?

 

So the Viennese classics is born in the modern interpretation. Famous Austrian chefs Eckart Witzigmann, Dominic Stolzer, Heinz Reitbauer, Marco Krainer successfully work today both at home and around the world, glorifying their national cuisine. The restaurants in which these masters work are listed among the best on the planet and deservedly get Michelin stars.

 

In my article “National Food or What to Try in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, and Austria”, I wrote about Austrian national cuisine and recommended to try famous Schnitzel and other meat dishes, Austrian strudel, Sachertorte and of course, Viennese coffee.

 

Here I’m going to tell you about top places to eat in Vienna and Salzburg, great restaurants and cafes, both cheap and expensive, but definitely the best.

 

Where to Have a Delicious Dinner in Vienna?

 

The first thing that comes to mind if you’re a tourist is to visit TripAdvisor and find out where to eat in Vienna. And this is a good idea because there you can get almost all the information about restaurants and cafes in one place.

But remember that the reviews on the site are the personal opinion of each individual tourist, which does not necessarily coincide with yours. And many really worthwhile places where you can eat in Vienna are beyond the top 100 on TripAdvisor. So I would like to start with Michelin star winning restaurants.

 

Gourmet dining in Vienna

 

Plachutta restaurant is one of the so-called luxury restaurants, where food is transformed into a real masterpiece. The atmosphere, strictly observed traditional recipes, meat exclusively from local small farms—all this shows how responsibly they approach their business, which makes the dishes even tastier. This restaurant was included in the list of Michlen 2016.

Its specialty is Tafelspitz, a kind of stew with vegetables served in a copper pot after simmering for at least three hours. Just like Emperor Franz Joseph, who claimed this as his favorite dish, everybody loves this typical Austrian recipe.

The restaurant is so proud of how deliciously Tafelspitz and Schnitzel are prepared there, that even placed its recipes on its website so that upon arrival home you will have the opportunity to cook similar dinner as at Plachutta. You can get it here. In the restaurant, you can also buy cookbooks about Austrian cuisine.

The restaurant is always full of families, businessmen, stars, who all come for lunch or dinner. Here you will appreciate not only the kitchen but also the warm atmosphere. In summer, a huge terrace can accommodate more guests.

Address: Wollzeile 38, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 (0)1 512 1577

Working hours: daily from 11:30 till 00:00

Average meal price: 31-51 €

 

Labstelle is another Vienna’s farm-to-table restaurant: all bread is baked on site, all produce is grown within the Vienna city limits, and all meat is raised locally. With dishes like smoked trout with sweet-pepper pancetta and cheese dumpling, spaetzle and veal served three ways, it’s essentially a farm stand in the city. Here you can enjoy the German, Austrian, and Swiss cuisine.

Scandinavian design and original refined cuisine merge into a single whole. This restaurant, located in the heart of the city, fully focuses on the trend of slow food, which means eating without haste and with pleasure.

Address: Lugeck 6, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 22362122

Working hours: Mo–Fr 11.30–02.00

Average meal price: 36-56 €

 

Walter Bauer. Hidden away in one of the quietest quarters of historic Vienna, this charming and unpretentious Michelin-starred restaurant serves the very best in traditional cuisine. A small menu includes mostly Austrian dishes with a European twist. Perhaps, Leberkäse with mustard is the last thing you expect in Michelin restaurant.

However, even ordinary Leberkäse is turned into a delectable delight and served with a dash of mustard. Here you try modern and international dishes, such as foie gras with confits and brioche, or duck breast with polenta. The selection of cheeses accompanied by nuts and fruit is also the best here.

The owner has over the years encouraged some of Austria’s greatest chefs, including Christian Domschitz and Michael Feuerbrand, to perform their very best in his kitchen, using only the finest ingredients. Quality is the most feature of this elite restaurant. The best Austrian wines, including reds Gradenthal and Blaufrankisch, and white Gruener Veltliner, and friendly service make this restaurant one of the best in Austria’s capital.

Address: Sonnenfelsgasse 17, Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 5129871

Working hours: Mon: 6 p.m. – midnight; Tue—Fri: noon—3 p.m.; 6 p.m. – midnight

Average meal price: 47-74 €

 

Steirereck Restaurant is a place of enjoyment and relaxation in one of the most beautiful settings in town—in the heart of Stadtpark at Vienna’s center. Steirereck is popular not only because of its location in the city park on the river bank. It is also the most fashionable restaurant in Vienna with traditional Austrian cuisine. Housed in a monolithic glass cube, Steirereck’s design is super-modern, but inside you’ll see nice wooden tables with white table linen.

The cuisine combines fresh local ingredients with precise technique. The freshwater mountain fish, char, is cooked at the table in hot beeswax before being returned to a plate with yellow carrot, pollen, and sour cream. Here you can also try perfect goulash from the meat of mountain chamois, breaded pieces of bread with golden crust, mutton ribs, as well as an unusual dessert of pink petals. You have to try this extraordinary culinary art!

In Steirereck wine cellar there are 35 000 bottles of wine. There is also a cheese cellar, a well-known bread card in Europe, and a large selection of sorbets – this is more than enough to make anyone want to visit this restaurant.

Address: Am Heumarkt 2A, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 7133168

Working hours: Mon-Fri: 08-23; Sat-Sun: 09-19

Average meal price: 70-150 €

 

Mraz & Sohn Restaurant is a family-owned-and-run restaurant. It received two Michelin stars mainly for dishes that shine with a creative taste of their main ingredients, be it Wagyu beef or octopus. First, you’ll be surprised by the simplicity of the décor: two barely-lit dining rooms seating twenty guests. Then, with the lounge music, the candles, the ambiance – all vaguely reminiscent of a spa – you’ll soon get into a trance-like state.

Everything is extravagant here, aiming to surprise you in a good way. At the beginning, you’ll receive a “water menu” listing over 20 varieties of bottled water. The main menu is rolled up in a tube on a wooden carved tablet, and small tasty surprises are hidden underneath.

The cuisine of Mraz family is highly creative and you will soon notice the playfulness of the presentations. The tasting menu called “No risk No fun” is a perfect introduction to the gastronomic universe of Mraz & Sohn.

There are two additional menu selections as well in addition to the à la carte with dishes like the Danube salmon with gin-cucumber oysters or cap of a rump of veal with peas, passion fruit, and almonds. If you are lucky to dine at the restaurant in May, you will have the local game delicacy of Maybuck. It can be served with musquee pumpkin, mushrooms, curd, and blueberry.

All gourmets will love this place where dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients. Mraz & Sohn is a restaurant which should be on everyone’s list of top restaurants when in Austria. The amazing cheese presentation and a bottle from a great wine cellar make it worth a visit.

Address: Am Heumarkt 2A, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +4313304594

Working hours: Mon-Fri: 7 p.m. – midnight

Average meal price: 65-112 €

 

I would also like to include Zur Alten Kaisermühle to this list of gourmet restaurants. This restaurant, opened as far back as 1893 on the banks of the Danube river, harmoniously combines Austrian, Italian and Spanish cuisine.

The restaurant has one distinctive feature that makes it so popular: rare ingredients from strictly defined regions. Red pepper is exclusively from Galicia, Spain; trout is from Austrian Molln and Italian Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Norwegian salmon, which is served to guests, is taken out in the fjords in Larvik, Norway. Even ice cream is here from Italy.

The main highlight is the atmosphere. In summer, when it’s warm, you can sit on the summer terrace and admire the views of the Danube.

Address: Fischerstrand 21A, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 2633529

Working hours: Tue-Sun from 11:30 to 23:00

Average meal price: 21-41  €

 

Best Inexpensive Places in Vienna

 

When you think of budget food destinations, Vienna is not the first place that pops up in your mind. However, it is surprisingly full of inexpensive but nice eating options. In addition to the omnipresent döner kebab, you’ll find cheap pizza, traditional Austrian food at excellent prices and more than a few vegetarian options.

You must have heard about Rosenberger, a network of cheap self-service restaurants with an unimaginable number of dishes from international, not exclusively Austrian cuisine. Here I’ll suggest some of the tourists’ favorite places keep in mind for your trip to Vienna.

Sägewerk Wien is one of the most original Vienna food places serving a wide range of foods from pizzas to burgers and noodles. You are given a menu in form of cards where you should circle out the flavors you want to add to your meal. You can create your meal yourself. Perhaps, it’s not the cheapest place to choose in Vienna but still budget enough not to make you bankrupt. Great choice to spend a nice evening in Vienna!

Address: Währinger Str. 21, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 9422489

Working hours: Mon-Sun from 11:00 to 02:00

Average meal price: about 6-7  €  for a pizza

 

Der Wiener Deewan is one of the legends of Vienna cheap food. It is a Pakistani restaurant, so expect Pakistani kitchen, always hot and spicy. There is also food for vegetarians. You can also pick up glasses of water anytime you want and there is usually a filled cup of it at every table, you just need to take your own glass.

Deewan is a place to be when you’re on a budget. This place is one of the few world’s “pay-as-you-wish” restaurants. It means that you can pay as much as you want and eat as much food from the buffet as you like. Loved by every student in Vienna, Deewan offers tasty Pakistani food with five curries to choose from. A must-try among the cheap places to eat in Vienna!

Address: Liechtensteinstraße 10, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 9251185

Working hours: Mon-Sat from 11:00 to 23:00

Average meal price: “pay-as-you-wish” system

 

Leberkas Pepi is a perfect option for you if you’re looking for something traditionally Austrian and you’re on the budget. It serves Leberkas – a cool traditional Austrian crusty meat eaten in a bread. You’ll say that you can get Leberkäse anywhere: at the supermarket, the butchers, the Würstelstand. But in Leberkas Pepi they are the best.

In the menu, you’ll see twelve items – classic, cheese, horse, mushroom-truffle, chili, spinach-garlic, roasted onions, chili-cheese, spicy, pizza, turkey and seasonal. So as long as you are not a vegetarian, there is everything your heart desires. Leberkas Pepi is definitely worth visiting if you want to eat the most delicious sandwich Vienna has to offer. It’s simple, very tasty and super affordable.

Address: Operngasse 12, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 5850642

Working hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-02:00

Average meal price: starting from 3  €for a Leberkas

 

In the network of small restaurants Centimeter, you can eat delicious and inexpensive Austrian cuisine. There are huge portions, one is enough for two or three people. All dishes are measured in centimeters.

Here you can try two-meter sausage with mustard and horseradish or a kilogram of chicken wings, potato soup in bread or ribs XL with sauces and garnish, all sorts of meat pierced on a sword or a whole wheelbarrow containing a broad variety of what the kitchen has to offer.

Address: Stiftgasse 4, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 5850642

Working hours: Sun-Thu 08:30—00:00; Fri, Sat 08:30—01:00

Average meal price: 10-13 €

 

If you want to eat really tasty, without excessive splendor, to get pleasure from a superbly prepared meal and all this for not so big money, then go to the restaurant Ribs of Vienna.The restaurant specializes in pork ribs. They are served on a board and measured not by weight but by length. A portion is one meter! Do you imagine a meter of ribs? This is really a lot!

Looking at the menu, you’ll feel like in a paradise for rib-lovers. There is a long list of spare ribs in it’s varying styles and sauces. The top hits at Ribs of Vienna are ribs in the flavors of ginger, dijon, and diabolical. Ribs of Vienna attracts a lot of tourists, and you may find a long line outside the restaurant during busy lunch hours, but the ribs may be the best you’ve ever had!

Address: Weihburggasse 22, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 5138519

Working hours: Mon-Sun 12:15 – 17:00

Average meal price: 15.90 € for 1m of ribs

 

The Tresniewski buffet is good for a quick snack in the city center. It offers little sandwiches with various toppings and egg-based spreads. From herring-onion to cucumber-egg, hearty meat or light vegetarian, spicy or mild, there is an open-faced sandwich for every taste. It’s a great choice for a budget traveler and one of the top cheap eats in Vienna.

Address: Dorotheergasse 1, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 493 13 32

Working hours: Mon – Fri 08:30—19:00; Sat 09:00—17:00; closed Sun

Average meal price: each sandwich is 1,30€

 

Schachtelwirt is a beautifully designed place serving high-quality Austrian food with a twist of modernity. Here Austrian starlets like Schnitzel and Schweinsbraten are served up to go in a takeaway box. It’s a nice value for money and a perfect place for an affordable lunch.

Address: Judengasse 5, Vienna, Austria

Phone number: +43 1 5320707

Working hours: Tue – Fri 11:30—21:00; Sat 12:00—22:00; closed Sun-Mon

Average meal price: main courses start from 7 €

 

Besides all listed restaurants and cafes, you can have a cheap but tasty dinner at Würstelstand am Hohen Markt, a classic Vienna sausage stand serving one of the best Bratwursts (fried sausage), Käsekrainers (sausages with cheese inside) and Currywurst (sausages with a curry powder). Price is from 2,50 € per sausage.

As for good beer, we recommend you to visit Centimeter, 7Stern, Plutzer Bräu and Salm Bräu. What concerns coffee houses and confectioneries in Vienna, of course, it’s just impossible to count them, so it’s the topic of another article.

Related: Travel from Prague to Vienna

Salzburg Michelin Restaurants

 

Maier’s Gastro is the place where you can find the best steak in Salzburg. The cozy atmosphere of this small, family-run restaurant is unpretentious. In service and décor, the place goes for understated elegance, with napkin rings made of string and a handwritten chalkboard menu.

The weekly menu depends on what’s fresh at the market, but always includes a few classics like beef tartar, carpaccio, rib-eye, or entrecôte. The offerings might also include tagliatelle with scallops, trout caviar, or saffron sauce. Bread is baked daily and there’s a good selection of Austrian wines.

Address: Steingasse 61, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +43662879379

Working hours: Tue-Sat 18:00–01:00

Average meal price: the main course starts from €10–€30

 

Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood. The warm wood décor, winding staircase, and curvy bar give it a feel all its own. There’s a menu of “Great Little Somethings” with creative versions of culinary favorites, like beef tartar, mashed potatoes, and cress in a sanshō pepper cone, or scallops with a Jerusalem artichoke creme in a chili cone.

There are also cute little plates of mini burgers, steak, or scallops, served with mini cutlery. Carpe Diem is a convivial and laid-back choice for downtown dining.

Address: Getreidegasse 50, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +43 662 848800

Working hours: Mon-Sun 08:30–00:00

Average meal price: the main course starts from €49–€110

 

In Esszimmer cooking is a real art, and here you can watch it from the dining area through a window to the kitchen, where the chef makes the magic happen. The chef’s menu starts with scallops on onions, speck, and mushrooms, followed by turbot with calf’s head, greaves, and muscles; it’s all visually stunning, with intense but familiar tastes.

While the meals are offered in tasting menu form, guests are also free to order individual courses. The interior is modern, with an open room, clear lines, and subdued lighting. A major highlight is the glass floor, where diners can watch the Almkanal flowing beneath.

Address: Gstättengasse 1, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number:  +43 662 87 08 99

Working hours: Mon-Sat 11:30–23:00

Average meal price: main courses -€26–€29, chef’s menu – €110

 

Pan e Vin is set in a 600-year-old building with an interior decorated in warm tones. It serves typical Italian dishes and quality wine in an intimate space with only a few tables. This chic restaurant is close to most of the concert halls in the city.

Their tomato soup with meat and pasta are must-tries. They offer a set 5-course menu which allows customers to sample their main specialties. The menu changes seasonally to offer the best and freshest ingredients. The restaurant organizes events such as wine tastings, cocktail receptions, and corporate meetings.

Address: Gstättengasse 1, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +43 (662) 844666 14

Working hours: Mon-Sat 11:30–23:00

Average meal price: €33–€89

 

Riedenburg is a gourmet restaurant with a romantic garden pavilion. Here you will be able to try seasonally inflected flavors, such as homemade porcini ravioli with thyme butter and quail breast with pomegranate risotto. These dishes are expertly matched with top wines.

Address: Neutorstraße 31, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +43 662 830815

Working hours: Tue-Sat 12:00–22:00; Sun-Mon 18:22

Average meal price: €36–€69

 

Magazin is an exquisite Michelin-starred restaurant. It shelters a deli, wine store, cookery school and restaurant. The menus fizz with seasonal flavors: dishes like marinated alpine char with avocado and herb salad and saddle of venison with boletus mushrooms are matched with wines from the 850-bottle cellar and served alfresco or in the industrial-chic, cave-like interior.

Address: Augustinergasse 13, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +436628415840

Working hours: Tue-Sat 12noon-midnight

Average meal price: €61 (£50), four-course set menu

 

Affordable Salzburg Restaurants

 

Augustiner Bräu was a brewery, but now it displays the best bits of Austrian cuisine. There are two ways of enjoying all that this institution has to offer: either you order a buffet in advance (for 8 people or more), or you turn up and create for yourself a smorgasbord of the different foods on offer. A self-service arcade of spreads, baked goods, and cooked meats lines three large beer halls and a beer garden. Try famous Leberkäse with a pretzel and thinly sliced white radish.

Address: Lindhofstraße 7, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +43 662 431246

Working hours: Mon–Fri 15:00–23:00; Sat-Sun 14:30-23:00

 

In Gasthaus Wilder Mann you’ll see cheery staff in traditional dress, tall glasses of local Stiegl beer and vast portions of bratwurst and goulash. It’s hard to imagine anywhere more traditionally Austrian than this. The outdoor tables, in a cobbled alleyway off the main shopping street, are best for non-smokers.

Address: Getreidegasse 20, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +43662 841787

Working hours:  Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00

Average meal price: €18.50 (£15) with beer

 

If you’re fed up with Austrian specialties and need some comfort food, visit BioBurgerMeister. This restaurant takes a serious approach to its burger production, with their fresh and organic meat sourced locally from the Salzburg region.

If you’re are a vegan, don’t worry, these guys cater for almost all dietary requirements, with great suggestions for a tasty and filling meal. What’s more, this place is ideally located in the heart of one of Salzburg’s oldest streets, so you can enjoy the beautiful architecture and small-town atmosphere of the Linzergasse.

Address: Linzer G. 54, Salzburg, Austria

Phone number: +43 662 265101

Working hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-22:00

Related: Travel from Prague to Salzburg

Conclusion

If you visit Austria, try its traditional Austrian cuisine and culinary delights of famous chefs. The gastronomic experience will complement the impressions of the sightseeing and inspire new trips.

 

Some Austrian recipes have undergone changes, other have been perfected over the years. So now we can enjoy exclusively Viennese goulash, strudel, Austrian pancakes called palatschinken with apricot jam and whipped cream, and many other delicious dishes inexpensive gourmet or in rather cheap restaurants in Austria.

 

If you are thinking about the most suitable and comfortable way of transport during your gastronomy tour, be sure that traveling in a private car with a local English-speaking driver, using our service, is an ideal solution for you!

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