Top restaurants in Austria & Best Places to Eat

From the rolling hills of the Alps to the bustling streets of Salzburg and Vienna, Austria is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, and with good reason. Vibrant culture and stunning natural scenery are just two of the things this small nation has to recommend itself, and today travellers are coming from around the world to see what else Austria has to offer. 

Whether you fancy traditional dishes or modern innovations, Austria’s many restaurants do not disappoint; from small, intimate restaurants to large dining halls, you can find something for everyone on your Austrian adventure. Between exciting flavour combinations, fresh ingredients and traditional methods, some of Europe’s top restaurants in Austria, so it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new and indulge yourself on holiday.

Delicious dining at Austria’s best restaurants

If you’re looking for a decent meal in Austria you don’t have anything to worry about – from rural skiing destinations to the busy cities, the country’s best chefs are reinventing traditional foods and proving that fresh, locally sourced ingredients are all you need to make a meal special. A few of the highlights include:

Palais Coburg – Vienna’s Palais Coburg should be the first stop on any wine lover’s list. In addition to a decadent menu, the wine cellar boasts some 60,000 bottles – heaven on earth for any connoisseur. 

Wagnerei – If you’re after traditional Austrian cuisine, head to the city of Linz and stop in at Wagnerei in the old town. Chef Walter Wagner is known to infuse his traditional dishes with influences from the Mediterranean and beyond, making for a one of a kind menu you won’t find anywhere else.

Hospiz – Known as ‘the’ dining experience in Austria’s Alps. Located in Lech am Arlberg, this cosy restaurant is the perfect antidote to the crisp, cold slopes. In addition to its mouth-watering dishes, the restaurant also has a little something extra to draw visitors in – a stone wine cellar, dating all the way back to 1386.

M32 – This Salzburg restaurant takes dining to new heights, literally; from this hilltop dining room you can find stunning views of the city and fortress, along with inventive dishes and décor inspired by the modern art gallery the restaurant is attached to.

Find a table 

If you want to find somewhere good to eat while you’re travelling in Austria, look for inspiration online; Michelin has published its expertly curated list of Austrian restaurants  that you can browse to find something to your taste and budget. Similarly, popular online travel guide Frommer’s has put together a list of the best restaurants in Austria – on it you’ll find a nice blend of traditional and contemporary options in tourist-friendly destinations.

Even if you can’t speak German, you can still book a reservation before you go. Tools like Open Table also make it easy to find and reserve a table – you can browse top restaurants, read reviews and find offers all before your leave home.

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