Restaurants in Vienna

To eat in Vienna is to understand the great Imperial city. This was a place where people came from all corners of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which is why today you choose from an array of Hungarian goulash, Turkish kebabs and Croatian fish dishes.

Traditional Austrian food is coming back after a long period out of fashion. Top restaurants are once again proud to dish up schnitzel - that deep-fried slice of veal with a lemon on top. Bars serving tapas and small plates are popular in modern eateries, but it is, of course, the ubiquitous café that will always dish up the finest cakes with a coffee. There are lots of French and Italian restaurants offering refined dining, while Imbiss stands everywhere offer you sausage and a bottle of Gosser lager as a snack.

The Vienna restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €60)
Moderate (€20 to €60)
Cheap (under €20)

These prices are for an average three-course meal for one person and for a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent. They include VAT but not service charge or tip. More expensive restaurants automatically add a service charge of around 10% to the bill, otherwise, a tip is usually required - usually 5 to 10%.


Cuisine: Traditional Austrian

Close to the cathedral (just off Graben), is an Old Viennese institution that has been serving locals lunch for over 100 years. Trzesniewski is a company specialising in the ‘open sandwich’, a wedge of dark rye bread slathered in a wide variety of toppings: egg, ham and chives, cream cheese etc. Perfect for a mid-morning snack, you’ll probably need a few to fill up. They also sell rough wine at the same price and beer in a tiny "Pfiff" (one-eighth of a litre) glass. It's very popular so you may have to stand to eat, but that is all part of the experience. There are now ten locations in Vienna.

Address: Dorotheergasse 1, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 512 3291

Skopik & Lohn

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Modern Austrian, American

Tasteful and refined, Skopik & Lohn caters to the rich and the stylish traveller who wants the very best from their Vienna experience. The cooking is elegant and playful, with a few traditional Austrian favourites thrown into their 1920s NYCesque cuisine (think schnitzel with fresh salads and foams). Décor is dramatic and modern, with chaotic black paint splashed up the ceiling. The wine list is extensive, and deserts are varied and exotic.

Address: Leopoldsgasse 17, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 219 8977

Guesthouse Brasserie

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Modern Austrian

Currently the talk of Vienna’s dinner tables, Guesthouse Brasserie has bagged Markus Leitner as chef and was fitted out by Terence Conran, who is also responsible for the attached hotel. But what kind of hotel and brasserie it is? Modern and minimal with retro touches. Classy, high-end food may come out of the kitchen, but this eatery is still welcoming and warm, not least thanks to the bread baking ovens firing up all day to warm fresh pretzels.

Address: Führichgasse 10, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 512 1320

Salonplafond at the MAK

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Modern Austrian

Attached to the Museum of Modern Art (MAK) is Salonplafond. Formerly the Österreicher im MAK, Salonplafond is a modern take on the traditional Viennese tavern. It features a hidden patio garden with an outdoor bar and serves fresh seasonal and regional food.

Address: Stubenring 5, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 226 0046


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Austrian

Of the many Beisl (traditional beer taverns) that dot Vienna, Ubl ranks among the finest. Though retaining the dark-wood wall and floor panellings reminiscent of such establishments, it also has a refined, dining atmosphere with a good list of quality Austrian wines. Order from a small but well-thought-out menu filled with Viennese classics; though it's hard to go wrong with the Tafelspitz (boiled beef in a broth, served with horseradish) or Wiener Schnitzel (breaded veal). It has a lovely garden for summer.

Address: Preßgasse 26, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 587 6437


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Austrian, Asian, Mediterranean

Situated down by the Donau Canal, you’ll find customers from every walk of life in Motto, from TV stars to office workers. Top-quality staff, modern cellar surroundings and live DJs make up a relaxed but convivial atmosphere, but it’s the Austrian, Asian and Mediterranean menu that keeps this place full. Brunch here is also lovely, offering everything from sweet options (waffles, French toast and granola) to baked sweet potatoes and a particularly unusual dish of egg and pineapple on toast. Evening dining reservations recommended.

Address: Schönbrunner Straße 30, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 587 0672

Bodega Marqués

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Spanish

With simple Spanish ambience and a sweet pavement seating area, this restaurant serves up some seriously good vibes and even better tapas. The menu features many excellent small dishes, such as fried fish fritters with aioli, fried garlic and chilli shrimp and spicy Spanish sausage in a red wine sauce. Reservations recommended.

Address: Parisergasse 1, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 533 9170


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Traditional Austrian

Within the green and vineyard-cloaked district of Grinzing, in the northern stretches of Vienna, is Zawodsky - a lovely traditional Heuriger (wine tavern). It boasts a charming and pretty garden, full of apple trees and picnic tables. Summer is the best time to visit, as the foliage will offer ample shade from the sunny sky. A cosy evening, however, in autumn or spring, is also lovely, with indoor tables offering a welcome perch from the chill. The tart wine served is best mixed with soda water (a common practice at a Heuriger), while the hearty buffet, which offers fresh spreads, breads, salads and roast meats, requires more than one visit. There's occasional live music.

Address: Reinischgasse 3, Grinzing, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 3207 9782


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Vegetarian

Veggies may struggle in a city full of schnitzel and pork, but this doesn’t have to dampen your spirits. Wrenkh, Vienna's top vegetarian restaurant and (designer) bar, serves excellent seasonal food to a young and trendy crowd. Expect dishes such as asparagus cream soup, Greek rice-shaped pasta, mushroom ‘Schnitzel’ and Chia-pudding. They also serve a few excellent fish and meat options. If you enjoy the food enough, Wrenkh even does evening cookery classes teaching the art of their unusual cuisine.

Address: Bauernmarkt 10, Central, Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43 1 533 1526
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