If you like Michelin star restaurants Vienna is holding a few gems. Increasingly, our love for hearty local cuisine has been making space for the creative delights of fine gourmet dining.
In their gourmet restaurants our Michelin star chefs have revolutionized and lightened up Viennese cuisine. Now, Wiener Schnitzel, Palatschinken and other fried dishes get by on the bare minimum of frying oil; cream sauces are either replaced or lightened up with vegetable broths; Meat cuts have slimmed down. Finally, bread and potato dumplings have changed proportions with vegetables cooked firm to the bite.
Most top chefs deliberately source their ingredients from high quality Austrian farms. They use Austria’s rich variety of home grown vegetables, mushrooms, meat, bread and dairy products.
Heinz Reitbauer, chef of Austria’s best gourmet restaurant, the Steirereck im Stadtpark, gets his vegetables from carefully selected suppliers. Among them is the Higher School for Gardening Education in Schonbrunn Palace, a private grower of dandelions, a supplier from Vienna’s Rochus market, and a specialist supplier for wild vegetables.
“For me, the producers are the new important stars”, he says “they are often the roots for a new trend.” (source: Falstaff)
Michelin Star Restaurants Vienna: The Big Five
With fifteen Michelin star restaurants Vienna offers a sizeable selection of gourmet restaurants serving Austrian cuisine (there are others serving international food). They are either independently located or form part of hotels. As of 2019, we list one three star, four two star and 10 one star Michelin restaurants.
1. Restaurant Amador (three stars): Based in a large vaulted wine cellar, Austria’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars seduces anyone up for truly imaginative, quality yet simply composed dishes. Since 2016, Germany-born Spanish Juan Amador redefines fine dining in Vienna with daringly wonderful creations. Most of the menu won’t fit into any regional cuisine, except a few regular nods to his native Spain.
Thanks to Amador’s close collaboration with local wine king Fritz Wieninger you can rely on a top wine experience, too.
Location: Grinzinger Strasse 86, A-1190 Vienna
Opening hours: Wednesdays to Fridays 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm to midnight;
Bookings: call +43 660 90 70 500 to book a table
2. Michelin restaurant Steirereck im Stadtpark (two stars): After decades of Michelin star success, Austria’s oldest star restaurant still reinvents local cuisine to the highest standards. Above all, chef and owner Heinz Reitbauer loves to introduce guests to long forgotten veggie types such as beta carrots. Read my review in Michelin Restaurant Steirereck.
Location: Am Heumarkt 2A (inside Stadtpark), A-1030 Vienna
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 11.30 am to 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm to midnight;
Bookings: call +43 (1) 713 31 68 to book a table
3. Michelin restaurant Silvio Nickol (two stars): Located in luxury hotel Coburg Palace, this Michelin temple takes guests to a higher taste experience. Formerly nicknamed the ‘Asparagus castle’ because of its thin columns in front, Coburg Palace’s Silvio Nickol restaurant now serves incredibly innovative creations with outstanding taste. Read more in Michelin restaurant Silvio Nickol.
Location: Coburgbastei 4, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm (last reservation)
Bookings: call +43 1 51818130 to book a table
4. Konstantin Filippou (two stars): One of Vienna’s most avantgarde chefs, Konstantin Alexander Filippou’s follows a purist, straightforward cuisine. Not only has he a passion for the perfect ingredients as well as the essence of taste. At times, Filippou’s cooking reflects his Austrian/Greek background, though he is no stranger to Basque Txogitxu and Croation langostino, either.
Location: Dominikanerbastei 17, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm (kitchen closes at 2.00 pm); evenings 6.30 pm to midnight (kitchen closes at 10.30 pm);
Bookings: call +43 (0) 1 51 22 229 to book a table
5. Mraz und Sohn (two stars): Definitely for those who like breaking ground is this Viennese family business serving highly creative food. Above all, the kitchen wildly experiments with Viennese food: expect things such as octopus with greaves dumplings and chicoree, or breast and thymus from veal in egg nogg with licorice cabbage and truffled rice.
More than a decade ago, third-generation Lukas Mraz learned the ropes with Dutch cooking wizard Johnnie Boer. The legere ambiente made of a mix of country style, contemporary chic and a dash of pop art seems to have organically grown over the years. Mraz and Sohn is located across the Danube in the 20th district.
Location: Wallensteinstrasse 59, A-1200 Vienna
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 11am to 3pm; 6.30pm to midnight; closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Bookings: call +43 (0)1 330 45 94 to book a table
OPUS at Hotel Imperial (one star): Residing at Austria’s best hotel the gourmet restaurant is the youngest Viennese Michelin star winner. There, chef Stefan Speiser creates light and imaginative cuisine from every corner of the world: from saddle of Austrian lamb with fermented asparagus and polenta to Seabass ceviche with pumpkins, tomatoes and mustard seeds.
What the interiors feel like? Just think of Art Nouveau genius Josef Hoffmann, and imagine probably Vienna’s most comfortable dining chairs.
Location: Kärntner Ring 16, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 6. pm to midnight; usually closes during a week in February and from mid July to mid August;
Bookings: call +43 (0)1 5011 0389 to book a table
Among the other Michelin star restaurants are Aend, Blue Mustard, Le Ciel at Grand Hotel Wien, Das Loft at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Edvard at Hotel Kempinski, Pramerl & Der Wolf, Shiki, vegetarian gourmet temple Tian and restaurant Walter Bauer.
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