Linz is a small city in Upper Austria. If you find yourself with a rumbling belly here, head to one of these restaurants in the Old Town quarter. From traditional Italian eateries to contemporary restaurants serving Asian cuisine, there is something here for everyone.
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
The chefs at Muto aim to approach their food with a fresh perspective, taking simple ingredients and then creating playful and creative dishes. Their evening menu includes exciting mains such as Mexico-inspired meals and traditional pasta dishes. Best if you want a classy evening.
Zum kleinen Griechen
Restaurant, Greek, Contemporary, $$$
This building where this restaurant is located dates back to the beginning of the 15th century, when it was used as stables. Much of the original structure remains and today it houses a small restaurant called ‘The Little Greek’, which has been open for over 30 years. On the menu you’ll find mains such as salmon with locally sourced vegetables, and steak with parsley and cream. The wine list contains many Austrian varieties with around 300 top domestic and international wines.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Restaurant Zaffran is a no-nonsense Indian eatery with a daily rotating curry menu, featuring a range of both vegetarian and meat dishes. Perfect for lovers of spice, the dishes are prepared fresh and using top ingredients. From the drinks menu, the refreshing mango lassi is highly recommended.
Scandinavian cooking is rare in Austria. However, if curious (and you should be), then be sure to head to Restaurant Cook. The food isn’t wholly Scandinavian but inspired by this style of cuisine. There is a simple yet varied menu, with delicious-sounding dishes such as tuna steak with wok-fried vegetables and, for dessert, coconut panna cotta.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Izakaya serves authentic Japanese cuisine, with mains such as miso soup with tofu and seaweed, marinated octopus and seaweed salad, and baked tofu with homemade ginger. Sushi is also available, with the options of fillings such as organic trout, salmon and pickled ginger.Alongside the dishes, there is a wide selection of beers and wines with Japanese varieties as well as international.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
If you have cravings for something warming and carb-heavy, this traditional Italian eatery will satisfy them. Located a short walk away from the Danube river, the interior is minimalist and chic and there’s a variety of original, hearty Mediterranean dishes alongside the classic fish and pasta mains.