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The 10 Best Restaurants in Vienna's City Centre

The 10 Best Restaurants in Vienna's City Centre

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The capital of Austria, Vienna, has an extremely vibrant food culture. Whether you’r after international or Austrian cuisine, both locals and tourists will benefit from this tasteful journey through the city. Explore our guide to the best places to eat in Vienna’s city centre.

Silvio Nickol im Palais Coburg

The restaurant is located in an old Palais in the city center of Vienna. The classical stone walls inside are mixed with modern design furnishing, and gives off a comfortable ambiance. Every meal is made with precision and a love for detail. The gourmet restaurant of Silvio Nickol offers five-, seven- or nine-course menus, which are can be ordered with or without wine. The menu lists meat and fish, but also tasty vegetarian dishes for the main courses and special dishes for starters and desserts.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6pm-9.30pm

Watch out for: the different residences and spa

Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 51818800


Speciality steaks and wines

This is one of the best places to eat steak accompanied of excellent wine. Artner only uses the best meat cuts, and also offers different dishes with fish and seafood. To start try the beef tatare with roasted onion cream and beef marrow, the main dish could be steak, and for dessert there is the possibility of selecting a sweet chestnut-brownie with cranberry sorbet or a chocolate variation with cream of passion fruit. The restaurant is decorated in comfortable colors and indirect lighting. The wine is stored in a cellar vault and is definitely worth a visit.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12am-12pm

Watch out for: the wine cellar houses a vast collection of European bottles

Franziskanerplatz 5, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5035034


The best wiener schnitzel in Vienna

Figlmüller offers a few typical Austrian main dishes, but people go there just for one reason – its all about the best Wiener Schnitzel in the city. It is made very simply, goes fast and is incomparable. Figlmülleris already an institution in Vienna, and popular with both young and old. It is furnished in the original manner of Austrian pubs, and waiters still wear the traditional smoking jackets. All these points lend a special antique and elegant charm to the whole experience in this restaurant.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10.30pm

Watch out for: the best Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna

Wollzeile 5, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5126177

Harry’s Time

It is just a few steps far away from the ‘Wollzeile’, which is one of the eldest and most traditional shopping streets in Vienna. The special thing about Harry´s Time is that in the evenings guests can choose between a seven-course menu and a menu that operates on the principle of eat as much as you want. These menus can be ordered with or without wine. The members of staff also take consideration to allergies or dislikes of a certain ingredient or food and adapt the menu to a customers wishes. For sure, it is an experience, especially if you’re hungry.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-1am; Sat 8am-1am

Watch out for: the amazing all you can eat dégustation menu for 71 Euro

Dr. Karl Lueger Platz 5, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5124556


Austrian and Italian dishes in a huge glasshouse

Palmenhaus offers one of the best breakfasts in Vienna. You can choose between different offers, like the classical ‘Wiener Frühstück’, breakfast with salmon, or bio yogurt with muesli and fresh fruits. For lunch and dinner you will find classical Austrian dishes and seasonal meals, but also Italian dishes. The special thing about this restaurant is its location. Palmenhaus is situated in a glasshouse, which was originally built for the private use of the Austrian emperor in the 19th century, and is very light and full of plants. Right beside the restaurant there is a section of the glassshouse that accommodates different types of butterflies.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Mon-Tue 10am-12pm; Fri-Sat 10am-1am; Sun 10am-11pm

Watch out for: the adjacent house of butterflies

Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5331033

Gasthaus Reinthaler

Traditional Austrian food in a rustic Viennese tavern

Gasthaus Reinthaler is one of Vienna’s original pubs, and is a popular place for Austrians. The restaurant is situated in the first district of Vienna, and very close to the Vienna Opera and the art museum Albertina. They offer home cooking, good portions and a very good service. You will find dishes such as fried liver with potatoes, or roast with dumplings and salad. They serve traditional starters and desserts, like a yeast dumpling filled with plum jam and poppy seeds sprinkled on top. For sure it is the right place to enjoy the true Viennese food culture.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-11pm

Watch out for: the setting in a traditional Viennese tavern

Gluckgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5123366

Plachutta (in der Wollzeile)

A Viennese institution serving Austrian specials

It is impossible imagine a food and restaurant culture in Vienna without Plachutta. This restaurant is located in the heart of the city, and has a big winter garden with an interior in the colors green and cream-yellow. The restaurant specializes in authentic and traditional Viennese boiled beef dishes. But guests will find here the original wiener schnitzel with beef too, which is excellent. The quality of the meat is certified and it comes from local farmers.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-12pm

Watch out for: tafelspitz, which is their speciality

Wollzeile 38, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5121577


A local favorite choice for lunch

Minoritenstüberl was founded about 40 years ago and is still loved by locals. The owner is a chef with heart and soul, who attracts attention because of the special composition of his dishes. It is one of these restaurants which is not very easy to find, and a real insider tip to find the authentic food culture of Vienna. With new creations, the kitchen adds new spice to the traditional way of cooking. Besides, it offers vegetarian, gluten- and lactose-free dishes. From Monday to Tuesday there is also the possibility to have a specially prepared lunch.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6am-4pm; Fri 6am-3pm

Watch out for: the speciality lunch menus

Minoritenplatz 5, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5335281


Shiki is situated very close to the Vienna Opera, in a small and calm alley in the city center. It only opened its doors in February 2015, but has already gained a lot of attention from the press, tourists and locals. The owner, the international successful conductor and violinist Joji Hattori, created a concept of presenting a special food experience by regaling his guests with contemporary, authentic Japanese cuisine with European accents and flair. The preparation of all dishes happens at the highest level, so that taste and presentation is truly a feast for your gourmet and eyes.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12am-12pm

Watch out for: the seperate dining room with a view into the open kitchen

Krugerstraße 3, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5127397

Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Restaurant, bar and patisserie offering Austrian and international cuisine

Zum Schwarzen Kameel is an exclusive restaurant, bar and patisserie all in one. The restaurant offers Viennese and international cuisine, and more than 800 wines from national and international wine-growing estates. Guests will find typical Austrian desserts like the Sachertorte or the Wiener Apfelstrudel, but also cookies and confectionery from the patisserie. There is also the possibility just to have a drink at the bar, which is a day and night a place of meeting. The very special thing is that the restaurant produces its own food products like marmalades, chocolates, oils and pastas, which are offered in their shop.

Price: fine dining

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am-12pm

Watch out for: the restaurant’s shops, selling a wide variety of home-cooked products

Bognergasse 5, 1010 Wien, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5338125

By Ricarda Reininger