Herberstein’s is a sophisticated venue. Inside, brick arches surround the tables and allow for an intimate evening meal. The four course dinner for two serves up impeccable fare and a bottle from the expansive wine list. Herberstein uses only the finest ingredients for its dishes, prepared in an inventive and imaginative style. There is also a very popular sushi bar.
Herberstein, Altstadt 10, 4020 Linz, Austria, +43732786161
A fifteen minute tram ride from Linz’s Hauptplatz, this restaurant is well worth the journey, if only for the view over the city. The restaurant is pretty inside, but in good weather a seat on its terrace is a must. Particularly famed for its desserts, Postlingbergschlossl serves traditional Austrian treats such as spatzl (dumplings), and even brews its own beer on site. Try to make it up there in time for a sunset aperitif overlooking Linz.
For their latest culinary venture, Elfriede and Robert Seeber have teamed up with chef Christian Dattinger and created one of the most popular restaurants in Linz: Promenadenhof. The wine cellar itself dates from the 17th century, and now stocks to over 150 different wines. For would-be-sommeliers, there is a cozy area in the cellar if you’d rather bypass a formal dinner. The beer garden, which can seat 300, is always lively and a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. The restaurant itself is earthy and rustic, with a fireplace and rustic tavern-like ambiance.
Promenadenhof, Promenade 39, 4020 Linz, Austria, +43732777661
When you find a restaurant full of Italians in Austria, you know you’re on to a winner. Famously fiercely patriotic about their food, the Italians in Linz seem to have accepted Trattoria da Giuseppe as one of their own. This Italian-run trattoria is the best place to go in Linz for pasta, while their steaks are always well reviewed. Tucked away behind the cathedral in the center of Linz, Giuseppe Verdichizzi runs the kitchen, while his wife Susanne takes care of the front-of-house business.
Trattoria da Giuseppe, Herrenstraße 23, 4020 Linz, Austria, +436648404010
Verdi is renowned for its outstanding culinary delights, offering dishes such as Riesling sweetbreads and plump free-range chicken with truffle gnocchi. Einkeher, meaning ‘stopover’, is a smaller and more traditional affair. However, like Verdi, its kitchen is overseen by acclaimed chef Erich Lukas, who never fails to disappoint. The stunning views over the city are a happy bonus.
Hidden away in the OÖ Kulturquartier, near the Ursuline Chapel, sits U.Hof: the ideal spot for a quick lunch during a busy shopping day. Its airy courtyard provides a quiet oasis away from the hectic shopping street of the OÖ Kulturquartier, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu incorporates both classic Austrian delicacies and a selection of tasty and original pan-Asian dishes.
U.Hof, Landstrasse 31, 4020 Linz, Austria, +43732770605