If you like Michelin star restaurants Vienna is holding a few gems. Our love for hearty local cuisine has made space for the creative delights of fine gourmet dining.
Our Michelin star chefs have modernised and lightened up Viennese cuisine in their gourmet restaurants. Wiener Schnitzel, Palatschinken and other fried dishes now 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 five Michelin star restaurants Vienna offers a small but fine selection of gourmet restaurants serving Austrian cuisine (there are others serving international food). They are either independently located or form part of hotels. We currently list three one-star and two two-star restaurants.
1. Michelin restaurant Steirereck im Stadtpark (two stars)
2. Michelin restaurant Silvio Nickol (two stars)
3. Michelin restaurant Walter Bauer (one star)
4. OPUS at Hotel Imperial (one star): The gourmet restaurant at Austria’s best hotel is the youngest Viennese Michelin star winner. 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. The interiors are inspired by Art Nouveau genius Josef Hoffmann, and feature probably Vienna’s most comfortable dining chairs.
Price: (4 courses) approximately EUR 85 (excluding drinks)
Location: Kaerntner 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
5. Mraz und Sohn (one star): This Viennese family business and gourmet restaurant serves highly creative food. 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. 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.
Price: (3 courses) approximately EUR 65 (excluding drinks)
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
The Vienna Unwrapped Food Guide profiles Vienna’s Michelin star restaurants, plus the best Viennese gourmet restaurants, taverns and brasseries, private dining places, snack bars, sausage stands, wineries, coffeehouses and cake shops. Get the Food Guide free with the Vienna Unwrapped Book.
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