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A traditional wiener schnitzel, served with lemon | © tribp / Flickr
A traditional wiener schnitzel, served with lemon | © tribp / Flickr

Vienna's Best Places for Wiener Schnitzel

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Italians and Austrians bicker over where the pounded, golden bread-crumbed dish originates. Its Italian sister, the cotoletta milanese, is rumoured to have been introduced to the Viennese in the 19th Century, however, many believe this to be false. Either way, in order to legally claim it as a truly authentic wiener schnitzel, the meat must be veal, but there are many varieties; deer meat and pork are also often used. 


A quintessentially Austrian joint that has been supplying the people of Vienna with their version of wiener-schnitzel for over 35 years. The owners recently passed the baton to their two daughters, who continue the legacy of serving sensational slithers of meat. This restaurant claims that theirs is ‘a schnitzel to fear’ for its success as an inexpensive yet high-quality treat. Enjoy this typical recipe in a rustic setting and pair with potato salad or chips for a hearty, indulgent supper.

Neubaugasse 52, 1070 Wien


Classic dishes served by classic Viennese waiters, dressed in their traditional attire of black and white. Here, they cite 1905 as ‘the year the schnitzel was born’ when Johann Figlmüller set up his restaurant just streets away from St Stephen’s Cathedral. Pork cuts are used for the schnitzel at Figlmüller, pounded to tender perfection and then coated with ‘imperial breadcrumbs’ from kaiser rolls, giving the schnitzel its characteristic crunchy outer layer. Potato salad is usually served alongside – or you can choose from over 12 different salads. Not one for modest diners, the schnitzel here spills over the plate.

Wiener Schnitzel served with french fries and salad | © faglork / Pixabay

Wiener schnitzel served with french fries and salad | © faglork / pixabay

Wollzeile 5, 1010 Wien

Skopik & Lohn

New York dining meets Viennese tradition in this modern fusion restaurant. Their schnitzel recipe favours a lighter, more delicate approach, but still maintains the traditional crispy outer coating with a tender meat filling. Located in Vienna’s trendy and gentrified 2nd district, the restaurant is frequented by the younger generation.

Leopoldsgasse 17, 1020 Wien


Tucked away in Vienna’s historic ‘Bermuda triangle’ area, this is an elegant and atmospheric environment in which to try out this traditional dish. Although the restaurant boasts an ever-changing menu, the wiener schnitzel has remained a constant. Favouring the veal variety, it is succulent, expertly seasoned and served with the conventional companions of potato salad and greens.

Close up of a Schnitzel | © 65294 / Pixabay

Close up of a Schnitzel | © 65294 / Pixabay

Ruprechtsplatz 1, 1010 Wien


Pfarrwirt makes the claim of being the oldest tavern in Vienna. Enjoy your wiener schnitzel in a building that dates back to the 12th century, making it a perfect venue for sampling a historic dish. They have the saying ‘a wiener schnitzel is a wiener schnitzel’ – alluding to the simple nature of the dish.

The sophisticated dining room of Pfarrwirt | © Courtesy of Pfarrwirt

The sophisticated dining room of Pfarrwirt | © Courtesy of Pfarrwirt

Pfarrplatz 5, 1190 Wien

Cafe Dommayer

This cafe is as Viennese as they come, steeped in tradition inside out. Many Austrians will tell you to look no further when hunting for the finest schnitzel in Vienna. Here you can enjoy the dish in fancy surroundings, with the stylised furnishings and elegant chandeliers that dress the interior. In the summer, there is the option of eating outside in the charming garden. Their recipe is a traditional one, using veal as the meat of choice. Reassuringly, the place is always packed with locals.

Dommayergasse 1, 1130 Wien