Austria’s illustrious capital, Vienna, is replete with architectural splendor and exemplary culinary flair. The majestic capital houses some of the finest foodie institutions in Europe bring new meaning to its nickname, the ‘City of Dreams’. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in the city.
The child of a Greek father and an Austrian mother, chef Konstantin Filippou’s multicultural background is manifested in the menu offered at his eponymous restaurant. The open-plan design of the restaurant’s interior allows visitors a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Filippou’s zestful kitchen. Whilst watching the energetic chefs at work, try the heavenly suckling pig dish, combined with fresh eggplant, kimchi and zesty makrut lime.
Fabios restaurant offers fabulously crafted Italian cuisine, served in an effortlessly urban environment. The restaurant’s menu promises frequenters mouthfuls of gastronomic goodness. Try the vitello tonnato – prosciutto falorni coupled with the refreshing flavors of melon and fig. Decorated with luxurious leather, devilish dark wood and seductive low lighting, Fabios is one of the more sophisticated Viennese haunts. Fabios moonlights as a lounge bar; visitors amass in the evenings to enthusiastically quaff the aperitifs, sparkling wines and long drinks that Fabios provides.
Loca heartily invites its guests to ‘eat better,’ and with a rich menu of delicacies patrons are bound to heed this advice. Highly recommended on the evening menu is the marinated butterfish dish, combined with avocado, sprouts and spicy wasabi. Whilst enjoying your meal, indulge in a glass of fine wine or a schooner of Austrian beer from the extensive drinks menu. To secure a table at this exemplary establishment, be sure to call in advance.
Part of the esteemed Grand Hotel Wien, Le Ciel offers customers myriad eating spaces in which to enjoy their top-class Austrian-inspired fare. Hunker down in among the grand surrounds of the Rotunda as you browse the delightfully diverse lunch and dinner menus. In the evening guests can opt for a three, four or five course menu. Feast on the scrumptious lobster spring roll with a refreshing tomato-melon salad and rose vinegar.
Quintessential Viennese coffeehouse Café Landtmann is perched in front of the Rathaus, on the Ringstrasse – the picturesque four-kilometer-long boulevard that encircles the city center. Creative and erudite frequenters alike, such as Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster and Paul McCartney, favored this elegant coffee house. Fresh Austrian pastries and cakes are central to this establishment’s cuisine, designed specifically to accompany an aromatic cup of hot coffee, tea or chocolate in traditional Viennese style. Highly recommended is the sumptuous Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesoße (apple strudel with vanilla sauce) and a Wiener Melange (espresso with milk).
If outstanding Asian cuisine is your preference, look no further than Kim Kocht where eponymous South Korean chef Kim was the first female to be appointed a sushi chef in Austria. The ebullient Kim is more than happy to advise her customers on what tantalizing morsel is most likely to suit their palate. This intimate approach is exemplified by the restaurant’s interior design – sleek wood panels adorn the restaurant’s extremities and the vampish, sprawling white chairs make for a cozy dining experience. All the dishes are prepared with organically grown products; Austrian and other international influences at Kim Kocht are sure to tempt and excite patrons looking for unique flavors.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, European, Hungarian, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
The Mini restaurant and wine bar in Vienna provides the perfect setting for red wine-infused revelry and fine- dining alike with its wine bar, cocktail bar, and restaurant. Lovers of all things mellifluous should make their way into the jazz lounge where they will enjoy the sounds of live smooth jazz. The vision of Mini’s founder, Sandor Novak, is to combine traditional Hungarian fare with international influences, resulting in elegant meals. This vision is reflected in the evening menu in dishes such as the Hungarian beef strip salad coupled with boiler egg, paprika sausage and letcho vinaigrette.
Family lies at the heart of Viennese restaurant Mraz & Sohn; head chef Markus Mraz’s creative energy fuels the crafty cuisine that makes its way to the plate. Choose from either the four or six-course menus; recommended is the papa crab and Gustav Gans dish, a melange of succulent king crab, papaya and foie gras. Indulge in a glass of wine, suggested by the in-house sommelier, before nibbling on one of the 60 varieties of cheese. Bookings should be made over the phone.
Culinary adventurers should look no further than the Silvio Nickol Restaurant in the Palais Coburg hotel where outstanding cuisine is served with abandon. The restaurant’s menu makes for mouth-watering reading; guests can select five, seven or nine-course options that come with invigorating wine for an extra charge. For a taste of the classics, try the succulent leg of veal, paired with fresh zucchini, summer truffle, piquant black cumin and tomato. The Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant has been widely acclaimed for its impeccable food and exemplary service including two stars in the Michelin Guide.
Renowned restaurant, Steirereck, has a menu overflowing with diverse Austrian fare; the quality of the food has earned the establishment two Michelin stars, a nod to its world-class status. Here, the dexterous hands of head chef Heinz Reitbauer manipulate local and seasonal produce to fashion exquisite dishes that re-imagine traditional Austrian cuisine in a contemporary way. The virtuosity of the food preparation is matched only by the quality of the ingredients selected for each dish; the homemade bread and pungent cheeses exemplify this high caliber. Conveniently positioned in the central Stadtpark, Steirereck is an oasis of flavor for those with an appetite for Viennese culinary excellence.