Although it is a country landlocked on all sides, fortunately, Austria doesn’t miss out on the joys of seafood. With fresh produce being shipped from nearby Italy or Croatia, Vienna boasts some wonderful seafood restaurants, serving everything from crustaceans and shellfish to swordfish. Here are our picks of the best.
Located in the heart of the city, and close to River Danube, Fischrestaurant Kornat promises the very highest quality of seafood, whether it be lobster, crab or their “catch of the day”. Inspired by Croatian-Dalmatian cuisine, this friendly, family-run restaurant has an excellent and wide-ranging selection of mains, including exotic catches such as octopus, swordfish, tuna, and crab. With an interior of ocean-blue walls and port-hole windows, you’ll forget you’re so many miles away from the sea.
This inconspicuous joint in the trendy 4th district of Wieden prides itself on its “Istrian” technique for serving seafood. Much of their produce hails from nearby Croatia and Serbia, and recurring ingredients include Istrian truffles, wild asparagus, and plenty of olive oil. Homely and comforting, Sopile has an uncomplicated atmosphere and a menu featuring many fishy favourites, such as calamari and the squid ink seafood linguini.
This restaurant aims to bring the best catches of the Dalmatian coast to Vienna’s dinner tables. Kaj remains one of the newly gentrified 2nd district’s relatively unknown restaurants, but is among the city’s best places for seafood. Conveniently located near the beautiful Prater park, it is a simple and inexpensive joint, and most importantly, a place that is extremely passionate about their menu. Be sure to pair your meal with a glass from the wine menu, where you’ll discover some excellent Croatian varieties.
Lobster, the seafood star made famous at 1970s dinner parties, continues to have a reputation for being one of the sea’s classier treats. This cosy restaurant in the heart of Vienna serves lobster in every way imaginable; in pasta, in salads, carpaccio, inside a burger, or accompanied by steak and chips. Although not the cheapest choice when it comes to seafood in Vienna (the sandwich is a sky-high 24 euros), it is a great chance to sample this crustacean in creative and fresh ways.
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At Sezai’s, you are able to hand-pick your own fish from their tank or fresh from the ice fridge and then watch the chef prepare it in their open kitchen – a reassuring experience for a seafood lover in a landlocked country. There’s a wonderfully rich menu that will suit fish fans of every ilk, and it includes fresh tuna, salmon, octopus, cod, and every posh fish fan’s dream, caviar. The interior is chic and modern, and there is a wonderful outdoor area for dining in the summer months.
The family behind the delightful Konoba Pescaria is originally from Dubrovnik (a gorgeous Croatian island fronting the Adriatic Sea) so they know a thing or two about the best ways to serve seafood. As produce is delivered three times a week, straight from Croatia, you are guaranteed freshness at this restaurant. One of the most popular dishes is the sea bass baked in sea salt crust – a local Croatian specialty that will transport you to the Dalmatian coast.