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Austria Restaurants

Café Sacher
Hotel Sacher
5–7 Schwarzstrasse
Austria 5020
Tel: 43 6628 8977

Austrians are mad for coffee, of course, and this Belle Époque institution is a fine place to join them. Try a slice of Sacher-Torte, a traditional chocolate cake filled with apricot jam, as well as the Sacher Coffee (black coffee, cream, and chocolate and peach liqueur).

Open daily 7:30 am to midnight.

Café Tomaselli
9 Alter Markt
Austria 5020
Tel: 43 66284 44880

A local landmark since 1705 and the oldest café in town: Young Mozart was a regular. Come here for tea, coffee, ice cream, people-watching, and most of all, the pastries (from strudel to tortes). During the week, they have a mere 30 sweets to choose from. Go on a Saturday, when they up that to 50 tantalizing options.

Open daily 7 am to 9 pm, September through June; 7 am to midnight, July and August.

Cantinetta Marchese
Hotel Elefant
4 Sigmund-HaffnerGasse
Tel: 43 662 843 619

If you're craving Italian food, look no further than the wine cellar at Hotel Elefant. Tucked away downstairs, Cantinetta Marchese serves authentic delights such as penne all'arrabbiata and tasty tiramisu.

Open Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm.

Coffee and Teahouses

For centuries the city's grand cafés have served as Vienna's communal living room as well as a working studio for the capital's crush of starving artists, musicians, actors, and writers. While you're less likely to find a Mozart-in-the-making than a Tokyo tour group crowding many of the cafés these days, the more genuine ones do flaunt the feel of a neighborhood clubhouse, and each has something to recommend it. Café Central may be too pretty for its own good: All the flashing cameras aimed at the landmark's vaulted ceiling and a pianist who sometimes plays show tunes can undermine the Café's sense of history (corner of Strauchgasse and Herrengasse; 43-15333-76426; If you're looking for a more genuine atmosphere, head to the Café Landtmann, where a renovation in April 2007 has helped revive the Secession-era café that was Freud's favorite (4 Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring; 43-124-1000; Café Hawelka is famous for its serious art collection and Jugendstil interior (6 Dorotheergasse; 43-1512-8230; For a purely local experience try Café Sperl, near the Ringstrasse, where bona fide artists and musicians still gather to eat the Sperl Torte—a confection of rum, chocolate cream, and almond paste that easily wins the citywide torte-off (11 Gumpendorferstrasse; 43-1586-4158; For a more complete menu, consider Haas & Haas teahouse, which dishes up dim sum, English afternoon tea, and Austrian confections in an expansive Biedermeier courtyard (4 Stephansplatz; 43-1512-2666;, but save room for Demel, nearby in the Kohlmarkt—an elegant Baroque Konditorei—a pastry shop that also serves coffee and hot chocolate (14 Kohlmarkt; 43-1535-17170;

DO & CO Restaurant
12 Stephansplatz
Austria 1010
Tel: 43 1535 3969

Despite being under the direction of renowned caterer Attila Dogudan, Do & Co's menu is an awkward potpourri of international cuisines. Goose liver in a mango pineapple sauce with a sizzling crème brûlée, anyone? It's best to stick with the sushi and fish dishes. What gives this place the edge is its location—the aerial view of St. Stephen's Cathedral from the modish, glass-enclosed dining room atop Haas Haus is unmatched in the city.

Open daily 12 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to 12 am.

33 Müllner Hautpstrasse
Austria 5020
Tel: 662 87 0899

Andreas Kaiblinger opened this contemporary restaurant in summer 2004. The four separate weekly seasonal menus are ambitious enough to give Kaiblinger a chance to regain the Michelin star he won at his former restaurant Perkeo, though it's hard to concentrate on the plate with so much eye candy here. Ocher, vermilion, and polished concrete walls set off multicolored chairs, and there's a glass installation allowing diners to peer into the Almkanal River flowing practically through the room.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 2 pm and 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

1 MuseumsQuartier
Austria 1070
Tel: 43 1523 7001

Halle's thoroughly modern menu features a blissfully batter-free grilled squid and a tart rosehip mousse with cranberry sauce. But don't go expecting a generic contempo bistro. Even the more informal diners in Vienna offer a scoop of theater, and this one, located squarely in the middle of the MuseumsQuartier, above the Kunsthalle Museum, comes plopped down in the imperial box of the former winter riding school, so the very arty crowd sits under swirling Baroque plasterwork. If the packed jewel box gets too noisy, you can flee outside from May through September, when the restaurant's wooden terrace allows you to eat directly on the MuseumsQuartier's central courtyard and watch the art world spin.

Open daily 10 am to 2 am.


A Heuriger is an Austrian wine restaurant, usually located at a vineyard, where servers wear lederhosen and dirndls, and a buffet is stocked with salads, fresh bread, cheeses, spreads, and traditional entrées. Heuriger Wieninger, about ten miles north of the city center, presents the vintages of Fritz Wieninger, one of Vienna's best new-generation winegrowers (a cell phone-wielding, well-dressed, articulate breed); his grüner veltliners, cabernet sauvignon/merlot cuvées, chardonnays, and pinot noirs are paired with dishes such as pastry-wrapped chicken in leek sauce and pork chops stuffed with spinach and feta (78 Stammerdorferstrasse; 43-1292-4106; Heurigen in Grinzing (in the 19th district) tend to be touristy, but Heuriger Sirbu is more of a local spot with simple decor and specialty salads and cheeses (210 Kahlenbergerstrasse; 43-1320-5928). Even better for avoiding the tourist hordes are Wolff (50 Rathstrasse; 43-1440-3727) and Schreiberhaus (54 Rathstrasse; 43-1440-3844;; both are located in Neustift am Walde, on the edge of the Vienna Woods. If you can't make it out to the vineyards, try Esterházykeller, located just off the tiny Naglergasse at the end of the Graben. This enormous, multilevel cellar has rooms connected by winding tunnels (1 Haarhof; 43-1533-3482; The Gigerl—hidden in the tiny Blumenstockgasse, behind Kärtnerstrasse—is another sweet city alternative and a favorite with families (3 Rauhensteingasse; 43-1513-4431;

M 32
Museum der Moderne Salzburg
32 Mönchsberg
Austria 5020
Tel: 43 66284 1000

A restaurant fabulous enough to stand up to the art and architecture of the adjoining museum. The central design feature is itself a work of art: A 500-antler lighting installation by architect Matteo Thun. When you tire of gazing up, look outside for a stellar view of the Baroque Altstadt—or, in summer, go outside and dine on the terrace. Sepp Schellhorn, the chef at Goldegger Seehof—also a cookbook author and (for his sins) president of the Austrian Hotelier's Association—is at the helm.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 am to 1 am.

13 Augustinergasse
Tel: 43 66284 15840

Magazin opened in 2003 and shook everything up in this essentially conservative town. A complex of renovated burgher houses joined by a modern glass gallery, the pioneering miniature culinary empire features a well-stocked food shop (including 600 Austrian wines), a cooking school, and a determinedly stylish restaurant. Dinner is served at a long, 28-seat communal table, in a cavelike bunker; the menu makes up for the rest of Salzburg's caution with exuberant dishes such as rump of lamb paired with octopus and curd-semolina dumplings, grilled scallops on orange crème, and a spicy hot chocolate with chile.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to midnight, September through June; open daily 10 am to midnight, July and August.

Motto am Fluss
2 Franz-Josefs-Kai
Tel: 43 1252 5511

This sprawling double-decker restaurant on the Danube Canal was an instant success when it opened in 2010. The more formal ground-floor restaurant could get by on its looks alone; the sweeping picture windows overlook the canal, and silver globe chandeliers hang over Fornasetti drapes. Thankfully, the ambitious menu follows through with new wave Austrian goes border-hopping cuisine that jumps from local organic beef to risotto crowned by foie gras. But it is the second story café that is real clubhouse, especially at lunch, when crowds of style-centric locals sit at long communal tables and tuck into gnocchi, bruschetta, and a supernal plate of chicken livers.—Raphael Kadushin

Open daily 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6 pm to 11:30 pm.

Österreicher im MAK
5 Stubenring
Austria 1010
Tel: 43 1714 0121

This would qualify as one of the grandest of Vienna's grand cafés if it didn't go one step further and offer a serious, contemporary menu as well. Aligned with the Museum of Applied Art (MAK) and sitting next door to it, in a cavernous room capped by painted ceilings, the epic brasserie is jammed every night. Expect an exuberant mix of bobos, artists, and style-hounds—because it does things right. That starts with its seamless mix of old-and-new-school decor (brown leather banquettes, MAK-designed tableware, a chandelier made of empty wine bottles) and carries through to the menu created by local star chef Helmut Österreicher. The left side of the menu is devoted to classical Viennese signature dishes, such as beef goulash with bread dumplings, while the right side counters with the chef's updated venison served with juniper-rosemary dumplings. Just don't forget the Tafelspitz: Anyone who can make boiled beef taste this good deserves his toque.

Open daily 8:30 am to 11:30 pm.

38 Wollzeile
Austria 1010
Tel: 431 512 1577

With the charm of an Austrian Gasthaus and the elegance of haute cuisine, Plachutta prides itself in preparing exemplary Tafelspitz (a traditional boiled beef standby) with potatoes and vegetables. Cookbook author and beef specialist Ewald Plachutta no longer runs this central Vienna restaurant, but his son Mario is following in his father's footsteps. The only-in-Vienna food is so good that fresh renditions of the original keep sprouting up. The Plachutta family now owns six restaurants in Vienna—try the Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper branch (5–7 Walfischgasse; 43-1512-2251). The staff can border on surly, but the high gray wainscoting and black leather banquettes make this the best-looking of the bunch. It's also well placed, a block from the Opera House.—Update by Raphael Kadushin

Open daily 11:30 am to 11:15 pm.

Restaurant at Hohensalzburg Fortress
34 Mönchsberg
Tel: 43 6628 41780

The Hohensalzburg Fortress's former outdoor dining area with its beer tables and benches has been spruced up into an echt restaurant serving the Austrian canon; the famous local dish Salzburger Nockerl soufflé is a specialty. As well as the food, also come here for the stunning view over the outskirts of Salzburg and the Tennengebirge.

Open daily 9 am to 8 pm.

Restaurant Herzl
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
7 Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz
Tel: 43 66280 84889

More informal than its sibling restaurant at the Goldener Hirsch, this folkish dining room is situated right next door to the hotel, with its own entrance. The interior simulates an Alpine hunting lodge, with beamed ceilings and lamp shades painted with leaping wildlife. The menu features the kind of genuinely hearty, rustic food that isn't dumbed down for passing tour groups. Real culinary ethnographers will order the combination plate of velvety liver sausages and very black pudding.

Open daily 11:30 am to 10 pm.

2a Am Heumarkt
Austria 1030
Tel: 43 1713 3168

Perfect for an after-opera dinner, this lush restaurant is all operatic flamboyance itself, from its setting in the middle of the central Stadtpark to its flotilla of rolling dinner carts dishing up liqueur, bonbons, cigars, and cheese, to the kitchen's opulent entrées that land on your table beside their own recipe cards (though it's doubtful you'll ever whip up that Breton lobster with tamarillo-balm jelly, lime-oil-glazed almonds, and spiced yellow tomato jam with black pepper). If that's one ingredient too many, you'll find the more casual downstairs eatery Meierei offers a more playful and inviting form of drama. Billed as a dairy bar and whitewashed from floor to ceiling so you feel like you're eating inside one of the milk bottles that line an entire wall, the restaurant offers a traditional Styrian beef with onion sauce and some very serious cheese platters, including one plate flaunting nine renditions of blue cheese alone. But it's Meierei's 19 gorgeous glasses of milk that earn the café its farm-fresh cred; start with the purist's full-cream milk and build, slowly, to strawberry milk, coconut milk, tonka bean milk, and the delicately perfumed geranium milk.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Stiftskeller St. Peter
4 St. Peter Bezirk
Tel: 43 66284 12680

Claiming to be Europe's oldest restaurant (established in the year 800), this local landmark—part of a sprawling Benedictine abbey in the middle of the Altstadt—is proof that playing tourist sometimes pays off. You might want to skip the Mozart dinner concerts, which take dinner theater to a new level but sometimes haul in entire tour groups (local signature dishes are served in a candlelit second-floor Baroque hall while costumed singers run through their Mozart paces). Nab a table downstairs in one of the surprisingly quiet, wood-paneled dining rooms and tuck into the roasted saddle of suckling pig with savoy cabbage, followed by a perfect plum tart, you may wind up being seduced by the place, in spite of yourself.

Open daily 11 am to 10:45 pm.

2 Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring
Tel: 43 1532 4999

This showcase for chef Christian Domschitz's updated Viennese cuisine is worth a stop for the interior drama alone. Located in the former imperial entrance of the Burgtheater, the dining room, an exuberant romp of heavily veined marble and plaster cast cherubs, looks like a stage set. Domschitz's equally playful cooking can waver. His signature lobster gets lost under a big overstated mound of cabbage and lobster sauce. But beetroot soup with smoked eel, and a pike perch paired with morels, are showstoppers.—Raphael Kadushin

Open Mondays through Fridays 12 am to 12 pm, Saturdays 6 pm to midnight.

Zum Schwarzen Kameel
5 Bognergasse
Austria 1010
Tel: 43 1533 8125

One of the best places to watch bona fide Viennese society, the Friese family's Jugendstil restaurant and café has been attracting deep-pocketed Austrians since 1618. While the more formal restaurant offers classic Austrian fare, what really turns the place into an all-day insider's clubhouse is the jammed café, anchored by a sandwich counter filled with the best three-bite meals in town (variously topping the open-faced sandwiches: minced blood sausage, herring salad, mushroom salad, and ham and lentils). Locals down the canapés standing up at tall counters, but you can pack a picnic to go in a top-drawer Viennese souvenir: A box decorated with the restaurant's logo of a black camel proudly sporting a big plumed headdress, like a very leggy (four, actually) Vegas showgirl.

Open Mondays through Saturdays from 2:30 pm to midnight.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.