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By Elite Traveler | February 3 2019
Strong local food traditions jostle with sophisticated international fusion on Vienna’s vibrant culinary scene. The city’s elegant, Michelin-lauded restaurants and warm, charming bistros offer world-class gourmet dining at its most refined.
Here, you’ll also find home-from-home delights of intimate, family-run eateries. Both are food experiences to be treasured in this city of contrasts, which so effortlessly blends the contemporary and the classic, the innovative and the traditional, the intimate and the spectacular.
Elite Traveler brings you its pick of the five best restaurants in Vienna.
This two-Michelin-starred restaurant is an intimate and charming spot within the Stadtpark, serving classic Viennese dishes alongside contemporary Austrian and international cuisine, complemented by wines from an exceptional cellar of 35,000 bottles. With Chef Heinz Reitbauer at the helm, this restaurant has earned reader recognition in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
When you visit Vienna, a trip to Fabios is an absolute must. A much-loved destination restaurant offering innovative Mediterranean fine dining, Fabios’s mouth-watering, creative interpretations of classic dishes have helped it forge a reputation as one of the finest gourmet experiences in Vienna. A light-filled elegant contemporary interior of wood and leather adds style and comfort to a chic and memorable dining experience.
In Vienna’s The Ring Hotel, At Eight gets to the heart of traditional Viennese cuisine. Be served in a bright, modern dining room or enjoy a meal in the garden during Austria’s warmer months. The menu changes according to what’s seasonally available, making new dishes available almost monthly for a new experience every time. At Eight is also noted for its wine list to complement dishes like deep-fried breaded veal and saddle of venison.
Nestled in one of Vienna’s quiet, curving lanes this charming family run restaurant is an absolute gem among Vienna restaurants, so much so it has earned itself a Michelin star for its consistently excellent traditional dishes, elevated to contemporary standards with invention and flair, and perfected over 20 years on the Viennese gourmet landscape. Its cellars are stocked with the best Austrian wines, and Walter Bauer, the owner, is a well-loved figure on the country’s culinary scene; warm, welcoming and exceedingly talented. Restaurant Walter Bauer has earned one star from the Michelin Guide for its high quality cooking.
Located within the Palais Coburg, this two-Michelin-starred restaurant by chef Silvio Nickol is widely regarded as one of the top restaurants in Vienna. celebrated for its gourmet modern cuisine, in which fine ingredients are creatively transformed. Expect dishes such as king crab with salsify, watercress and Jerusalem artichokes, and caviar with beet, tarragon and sheep’s cheese. Each course in the various tasting menus can be paired with wines from an extensive list of fine wine and champagne.