Austria

Restaurants in Austria

Expect plenty of hearty, meat-centric dishes on the menu at the restaurants in Austria. While Austria isn’t typically known for its culinary prowess, the nation is seeing a culinary renaissance, and the stick-to-your-ribs, meat-and-potatoes dishes that characterize Austro-Hungarian cuisine are expertly prepared at Austrian restaurants. Prepare for a calorie-fest with popular dishes like wiener schnitzel (boneless meat fried in a coating of flour, egg and breadcrumbs), goulash (a hearty soup or stew of meat and vegetables), and fresh apfelstrudel (apple strudel).

Some of the best restaurants in Austria include Motto am Fluss in Vienna, which serves Austro-international cuisine prepared with organic cuts of meat in a stylish but low-key setting; Steirereck im Stadtpark in Vienna, a Michelin-starred establishment helmed by chef Heinz Reitbauer that offers a modern twist on Austrian classics, like barbecued Alpine beef served with Viennese figs and celery, pan-fried grayling fish with sesame, and a cheese trolley that boasts hundreds of cheese varieties; Magazin in Salzburg, where chef Richard Brunnauer serves dishes inspired by seasonal offerings like scallops with vine-ripened peaches or venison medallions in porcini sauce; and El Gaucho in Graz, an exceptional Argentine steakhouse that will make you swear you’ve been transported to another continent.

Café Ritter, which opened in 1867, declared bankruptcy in 2009 and an H&M clothing store was set to occupy its quarters, in a former aristocratic palace, until a "Save Café Ritter" page on Facebook attracted 4,600 fans. (For now, a new owner has rescued it from extinction.)

In the heart of poppy territory, Mohnwirt uses the seeds in noodles, dumplings, to crust fish, essentially everything. Try the Viennese-style torte, seven five-millimeter layers interposed with a mixture of whipped cream and poppy seeds.

The mountaintop restaurant serves local specialties (pig’s knuckle with honey-infused sauerkraut, followed by Kaiserschmarren, a crêpelike dessert).

Perhaps one of the most famous restaurants in Vienna, Trzesniewski is often overrun with hungry locals and tourists fighting for space along the buffet line. The restaurant itself is small, and with only six or seven tables, seating is at a premium.

Serving Italian-inspired Austrian fare, this two-story restaurant is housed inside the 17th-century Palais Collalto, a Baroque palace where the six-year-old Mozart gave his first Viennese concert.

Vienna’s historic Innere Stadt district is home to Indochine 21, the hotspot for trendy diners to enjoy cocktails and French-Vietnamese fusion. Chef Wini Brugger brings to the table over a decade of training in Southeast Asia, having formerly resided in Vietnam.

The fashionable cafe has a glass-enclosed winter garden designed by the cutting-edge Austrian firm Wehdorn Architects, that poses a striking contrast to the wood-paneled Jugendstil interior lit by ornate brass chandeliers.

In the high-altitude hamlet of St. Christoph, this ski-in, ski-out restaurant is a rustic chalet with a cozy atmosphere and a Bordeaux-heavy wine list.

Crowds descend upon Gordon Bukovcan's cozy wine bar throughout the day. After all, the bar is on the lower level of renowned Julius Meinl gourmet supermarket, where many customers head downstairs (shoppping bags in tow) to enjoy a glass of wine.

A family tradition since 1618, Zum Schwarzen Kameel is renowned for its traditional Austrian food. Owner Peter Friese has maintained the restaurant's formidable reputation since 1974, with modern flourishes such as exotic spices taking center stage.