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The classics of Viennese cuisine

What makes Vienna so special? Viennese cuisine, of course! Unsurpassed in its variety and influenced by the former countries of the Habsburg monarchy. With traditional dishes ranging from Wiener schnitzel to goulash. And with really good – as we call it – "everyday gastronomy". The point is, you don't have to eat in a luxury restaurant in Vienna to get good food. You can do just a well in a down-to-earth inn. And, of course, each Viennese restaurant has a good soul, a hostess or host, a patron or a cordial head chef who delivers a special level of hospitality. – Making them the perfect meeting places for locals as well as for tourists and business travelers.

We present a few classics of Viennese cuisine. As different as the eateries are – some an inn, some a sophisticated restaurant (in Vienna they call that "gutbürgerlich", or hearty) – they all have something in common: a focus on high-quality ingredients and an awareness of traditional cuisine, with some also offering a decent splash of modernity. We take a look at the Viennese beisl on another page.

But for now let a gossamer Tafelspitz (traditional fillet of boiled beef) melt on the tongue, be impressed by the perfect golden brown breadcrumbs of a Wiener schnitzel, and pluck up the courage to try a Salonbeuschel (a traditional offal dish). You won't be disappointed.

Huth Gastwirtschaft

Restaurant
Restaurant

The Huth family runs a gastro empire in Vienna. All of its dining establishments are top quality. At the main outlet, the Huth Gastwirtschaft, they are dedicated to refined Viennese cuisine, but not at all in an outdated way. A tip from starter to dessert.

Schellinggasse 5
1010 Vienna

Lugeck Figlmüller Wien

Restaurant
Restaurant

The Lugeck stands for Viennese inn culture in a contemporary form and also appeals to a young crowd. Architect Gregor Eichinger has managed to transport the ambience of old Viennese inns to the here and now. There are classics of Viennese cuisine, prepared with sophistication, with that certain something.

Lugeck 4
1010 Vienna

Restaurant Ofenloch

Restaurant
Restaurant

The Ofenloch restaurant is one of the oldest dining establishments in Vienna. Nowadays, it is reminiscent of the architecture and cuisine from the times of the monarchy. Old vaults, historic floors, traditional paneling – almost a monument. All accompanied with refined Viennese cuisine, which also serves up specialties like Riesling veal offal.

Kurrentgasse 8
1010 Vienna

Plachutta Wollzeile

Plachutta Wollzeile
Plachutta Wollzeile

The Tafelspitz (traditional fillet of boiled beef) is the most famous dish of the Plachutta "beef dynasty". The Plachutta family runs several restaurants in Vienna, where diners can let a tender piece of beef and many other dishes of Viennese cuisine melt on the tongue.

Wollzeile 38
1010 Vienna

Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper

Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper
Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper

The "Gasthaus zur Oper" is the youngest establishment of the Plachutta boiled beef ("Tafelspitz") dynasty, although the focus here is on Wiener Schnitzel. Inside the inn, 100 year-old wood paneling provides a cozy atmosphere, while a garden attracts guests in summer.

Walfischgasse 5-7
1010 Vienna

Vestibül

Vestibül, interior shot
Vestibül, interior shot

Patron Veronika Doppler and chef de cuisine Christian Domschitz make a good team and are the hosts of this elegant Viennese brasserie in the Burgtheater. The ambience is wow! and so is the cuisine. Well-known meets reinterpreted here, from the schnitzel to the legendary lobster and cabbage of Christian Domschitz. Another tip are the Viennese vineyard snails.

Burgtheater, Universitätsring 2
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Fr, 12:00 - 14:30
    • Tu - Sa, 18:00 - 00:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Doppelschwingtüre 125 cm wide)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Garden: no steps

Weibel's Wirtshaus

Restaurant
Restaurant

A very pretty inn, somewhat tucked away in the city center, and for years a fixed star when it comes to traditional Viennese cuisine. The elegant beisl also has a noteworthy wine offering with a focus on Austrian wines.

Kumpfgasse 2
1010 Vienna

Zu den 3 Hacken

Restaurant
Restaurant

Although the traditional inn was taken over by a large brewery based in Munich, it is a figurehead for Viennese cuisine. Under local management, it offers culinary classics as well as lots of baked items – from liver to calf's head. None other than Franz Schubert and Johann Nestroy were once guests here.

Singerstraße 28
1010 Vienna

Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Restaurant
Restaurant

The Schwarze Kameel is Vienna's oldest trendy restaurant. The restaurant is known for its hearty Viennese cuisine. However, the bar in the front area is the actual hotspot. This is where the famous open sandwiches are served. Patron Peter Friese, always a friendly smile on his lips, watches over the action.

Bognergasse 5
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Restaurant daily, 12:00 - 14:30
    • Restaurant daily, 18:00 - 23:00
    • Bar daily, 08:00 - 00:00

Ludwig van

Ludwig van, interior shot, laid table
Ludwig van, interior shot, laid table

In a listed building in the 6th district, where Ludwig van Beethoven lived in an apartment overlooking the courtyard, an old beisl (Viennese-style pub serving food) was given a new lease of life. Ludwig van serves classics of Viennese cuisine in a modern and often unusual interpretation – away from Wiener schnitzel and the rest.

Laimgrubengasse 22
1060 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 11:30 - 14:30
    • Tu, 11:30 - 14:30
    • Tu, 18:00 - 00:00
    • We, 11:30 - 14:30
    • We, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Th, 11:30 - 14:30
    • Th, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Fr, 11:30 - 14:30
    • Fr, 18:00 - 00:00

Gasthaus Grünauer

Restaurant
Restaurant

The Grünauer family runs a down-to-earth Viennese inn. The classics of Viennese cuisine are on the menu and are authentically prepared. This is also the right place to go if you fancy offal such as lights and liver. That's how people eat at a typical Viennese inn.

Hermanngasse 32
1070 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Tu, 18:00 - 00:00
    • We, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Th, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Fr, 18:00 - 00:00
    • (Küche bis 22.30)

Restaurant Fuhrmann

Outdoor dining
Outdoor dining

A jewel of modern Viennese cuisine in Josefstadt: host Hermann Botolen is an exceptional sommelier and forms a very special team with his chef de cuisine. The dishes score with particular finesse, accompanied by fantastic wines. The dining garden in the courtyard is impressive.

Fuhrmannsgasse 9
1080 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 12:00 - 14:30
    • Mo, 18:00 - 23:30
    • Tu, 12:00 - 14:30
    • Tu, 18:00 - 23:30
    • We, 12:00 - 14:30
    • We, 18:00 - 23:30
    • Th, 12:00 - 14:30
    • Th, 18:00 - 23:30
    • Fr, 12:00 - 14:30
    • Fr, 18:00 - 23:30

Meixners Gastwirtschaft

Restaurant
Restaurant

The Meixner is worth a trip to the outer district of Favoriten. Berta and Karl Meixner run this uncomplicated, cozy inn. The classics of Viennese cuisine are served here, as is offal like tripe. And the guests come from far and wide for Berta Meixner's Grammelknödel dumplings.

Buchengasse 64
1100 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 11:30 - 15:00
    • Mo, 17:30 - 22:00
    • Tu, 11:30 - 15:00
    • Tu, 17:30 - 22:00
    • We, 11:30 - 15:00
    • We, 17:30 - 22:00
    • Th, 11:30 - 15:00
    • Th, 17:30 - 22:00
    • Fr, 11:30 - 15:00
    • Fr, 17:30 - 22:00

Plachutta Hietzing

Plachutta Hietzing
Plachutta Hietzing

Near to Schönbrunn Palace is the main Plachutta restaurant – in a lovely house built around 1900. Diners here also enjoy the famous and contemporary traditional cuisine ranging from Tafelspitz (traditional fillet of boiled beef) to Zwiebelrostbraten (onion roast).

Auhofstraße 1
1130 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 11:30 - 15:00
    • Mo - Fr, 18:00 - 23:30
    • Sa - Su, 11:30 - 23:30
    • on holidays, 11:30 - 23:30

Pichlmaiers zum Herkner

Restaurant
Restaurant

The Viennese beisl "Zum Herkner" was once a legend. After the takeover by Pichlmaier, it now radiates a new splendor and presents itself like a suburban house out of a picture book. Pichlmaiers zum Herkner is now once again one of the most important destinations for Viennese cuisine – with a modern twist and where offal is also given a contemporary interpretation.

Dornbacher Straße 123
1170 Vienna

Restaurant Eckel

Outdoor dining
Outdoor dining

The Eckel is a typical representative of traditional Viennese restaurants. Traditional fillet of boiled beef, onion roast, goulash – all perfectly prepared. But it wouldn't be the Eckel if a lobster didn't also taste fantastic here. The dining garden in the heart of Sievering, an area packed with heuriger, is one of the finest anywhere in Vienna.

Sieveringer Straße 46
1190 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 11:30 - 15:30
    • Tu, 18:00 - 00:00
    • We, 11:30 - 15:30
    • We, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Th, 11:30 - 15:30
    • Th, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Fr, 11:30 - 15:30
    • Fr, 18:00 - 00:00
    • Sa, 11:30 - 15:30
    • Sa, 18:00 - 00:00

Der Pfarrwirt

Der Pfarrwirt, exterior shot
Der Pfarrwirt, exterior shot

Situated in one of Vienna's oldest houses is the Pfarrwirt, whose history goes back to the year 1180. Everything here is of the highest standard, the interior, the Viennese cuisine, the artworks (including by Daniel Spoerri), the wines from its own vineyards Mayer am Pfarrplatz and Rotes Haus. A culinary institution in the 19th district.

Pfarrplatz 5
1190 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • daily, 12:00 - 00:00
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance

      • via wheelchair-accessible elevator
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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