Restaurants in Austria
Formerly a wine tavern and now a modern take on the traditional beisl, or pub, Gasthaus Wild serves traditional Viennese fare in a welcoming, neighborhood-like atmosphere. The interior is dominated by sturdy, dark wood tables and chairs, and yellow walls brighten the space.
Inside the century-old Hotel Bristol next to the world famous opera house, Korso bei der Oper draws after-opera crowds by night for formal, elaborate dinners—and those in search of a more casual lunch, by day.
The restaurant has a ravishing stone terrace where you dine amid old-fashioned roses, mixed borders, wisteria vines, and an emerald lawn with a velour pile. The waitresses wear checked dirndls, buttoned bodices, and smocked aprons and don't even look ridiculous.
Though it’s welcomed plenty of tourists over its 137 years—not to mention habitués like Freud, Lenin, and Trotsky—the utterly grand café inside the majestic Palais Ferstel is known among pastry-obsessed Wieners for serving the best, flakiest strudel in town.
Tucked in a courtyard behind busy Stephansplatz, Hollmann’s Salon serves exquisite portions of updated Viennese specials, including regional sheep and goat cheeses at long communal tables.
The Scene: Opened in 2007 in a residential Vienna neighborhood near Schönbrunn Castle, this hidden private home restaurant is a dream realized for self-trained chef Angelika Apfelthaler.
Julius Meinl am Graben is all about Mediterranean-Austrian fusion cuisine. Tucked behind a grandiose cheese display in his cafe of the same name is this dignified, wood-paneled dining room with white tablecloths and soft lighting.
Owned by celebrated Steirereck alum Helmut Österreicher, this namesake restaurant is housed inside the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), or Museum of Applied Arts.
A spot to linger over Viennese coffee and pastry or lunch.
This Stephansplatz eatery offers sushi alongside killer views of St. Stephen's cathedral.
Brave the Helmut Newton-style photographs of women wearing grapes instead of underwear and order the semolina-filled strudel, cooked in broth, bathed in butter, and served with a vinegary salad of green beans and red onions.
Come in for pitch-perfect thin-crust pizza.
Part of Hotel Sacher Wien, Rote Bar has a more relaxed, yet still luxurious, dining experience than its sister restaurant, the Anna Sacher.