Restaurants In Vienna
My top Vienna Restaurants
Restaurants in Vienna serving Austrian and Viennese cuisine have improved so much over the past decade.
Finding a simple tavern dishing out good quality Wiener Schnitzel, Gulash and Knödel is a lot easier now, but you need to know where to go if you want to find Vienna restaurants with ambiente and style. There are also more local upmarket brasseries and luxury eateries for fine dining, thanks to more travellers visiting the city. I think they have been teaching the Viennese a thing or two about what to expect from a restaurant!
As for Michelin star restaurants Vienna has equally been growing its small circle of gourmet temples.
To find a Vienna restaurant you like, you can review the best Viennese restaurants, taverns, and snack bars here, and find out where to get the best Vienna sausage. Price ranges provided are usually based on a main course for one person, excluding wine.
Besides sausage stands and sandwich bars, it is wise to book in advance if you have set your mind on a particular place.
Planning a gourmet city break in Vienna? The number of gourmet and quality restaurants is growing steadily and adds a top layer to Vienna's rich choice of good eateries. Review my personal shortlist of restaurants in Vienna, serving Austrian food or modern cuisine, from mid range to top notch.
Access more of my Vienna Restaurant Favourites here.
Many of these popular Vienna restaurants and taverns have upgraded the quality of food and service over the past ten years as a new generation of chefs and new competitors entered the ground. The rich cream sauces that accompany many meat dishes have shed a few calories, gulasch meat does not need to be chewy any more and cooked vegetables have regained their bite.
Viennese taverns, called Wirtshäuser or Beisln, are popular for everyday lunches and dinners and can be found anywhere in town. Watch out for typical qualities: fresh authentic food, good wine, informal, personal service, cosy.
Best Vienna Roastat Zu den Drei Hacken - serving probably the best Vienna roast in town Vienna restaurant Silberwirt - a typical and popular Vienna local tavern
More of my favourite Viennese cuisine eateries
The US trend of Private Dining has added two excellent places to traditional list of quality restaurants in Vienna. Guests dine or brunch in the private homes of local Viennese. For fellow locals, it's a great way to have privacy without the mess of cooking at their own places. For visitors, it's a great way to connect with the locals and explore local living first hand.Vienna restaurant Hofzeile 27
Social dining in Vienna is an opportunity for you to meet locals over dinner and a good conversation.
The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations, a Vienna Unwrapped event series, take place once a month in a Vienna coffeehouse.
Participants socialise very much in the way that 19th and 20th century coffeehouse lovers would have done - over a three course dinner
(yes, most coffeehouses here do excellent meals!), a coffee and
a good conversation about things of life. A conversation menu helps break the ice.
Snack And Sandwich Bars
Other than restaurants in Vienna, there is a series of traditional quality sandwich and snack bars Vienna that are a far cry from international fast food.
Delve into topless sandwiches with creamy spreads, Austro-Hungarian style pork and pickles, and local cheeses on dark sourdough bread.
Vienna sausage stands
Vienna sausage stands are our response to fast food and hot dog stalls, and a firm part of our culture since the First World War. United we stand at the sausage stand, business people next to road workers, young party folk next to grandpas.
You can read a primer on the Vienna sausage and its different varieties, and where to find the best local sausage stands in Vienna.
A note on opening hours of Vienna restaurants: You will find that quite a few restaurants in Vienna close on Sundays or public holidays (even in the city centre), especially during Christmas and on New Year's day. Do check the opening hours of your chosen restaurants (you will find them in the restaurant reviews via the links in the list of restaurants above) and make a reservation when you dine out in busy places on a week end or public holiday.
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