Head to one of the best local restaurants in Vienna and you can feast on authentic Austrian and Viennese cuisine without having to pay a steep price for the privilege. Thanks to the city’s gastronomic diversity, you can find plenty of international dishes with a Viennese twist at restaurants that only the locals know about.

    Whether you want to grab a bite at a go-to takeaway, informal diner or food market stall, your options are almost limitless in the Austrian capital. Discover Vienna’s great local restaurants to decide where to broaden your culinary horizons.

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    ULRICH

    Viennese and Pan-European delights in a stylish venue

    ULRICH is an all-day restaurant that serves Austrian, pan-European, and Asian cuisine in Vienna. It can get busy at just about any time, but especially during brunch on weekends. Local favourites include brioche burgers, salad bowls, and wild boar schnitzel. If you don’t fancy a cocktail for brunch, try one of the restaurant’s detox smoothies.

    Even during the busiest of times, there’s usually no wait for a table at ULRICH. You might struggle to find a table on the terrace during evenings and weekends, though. After a delicious brunch, you can explore the museums in the nearby MuseumsQuartier.

    Location: Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)1 9612782

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    Lugeck

    Contemporary Austrian cuisine with local craft beers and wines

    Lugeck serves traditional Viennese dishes with a modern twist and a host of international favourites. It occupies a centuries-old grand house for the upper class, resulting in a rather upmarket ambience. Tasty dishes include Weiner schnitzel, minced veal butter schnitzel, and the famous tafelspitz (boiled beef and vegetable in broth). You can also find plenty of burgers, steaks and meatless delicacies on the menu.

    In celebration of Vienna’s tavern culture, Lugeck has an extensive drinks menu that includes local wines and craft beers. If you want to beat the crowds, you might want to grab a table at around 4 or 5 pm for an early dinner.

    Location: Lugeck 4, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to midnight

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5125060

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    NENI am Naschmarkt

    A local hotspot for bites from the Middle East

    NENI am Naschmarkt uses Tel Aviv recipes to create an eclectic menu. It's located inside Vienna’s largest food market, with locals enjoying meals at its covered outdoor dining section. If you’re stopping by in the morning, we highly recommend the Israeli breakfast of labneh, olives, scrambled eggs and salad.

    NENI am Naschmarkt is surrounded by around 120 food stalls and restaurants where you’ll find everything from local snacks to rare international plates. Visit on Saturday morning if you want to browse goods at the weekly flea market after breakfast.

    Location: Naschmarkt 510, 1060 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to midnight, Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5852020

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    Schnitzelwirt

    A go-to eatery for Wiener schnitzels

    Schnitzelwirt has been serving delicious yet budget-friendly schnitzels to locals for over 4 decades. On its menu, you'll find around 15 different schnitzel dishes, such as baked cheese and mushroom omelette for vegetarians and classic Wiener schnitzel for meat lovers.

    On most days, you can expect your food to be served within minutes. You might have to wait around 15 minutes for a table on Friday and Saturday evenings, but the wait is well worth it. Located in Neubau (7th District), Schnitzelwirt is within a 10-minute walk of the Leopold Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

    Location: Neubaugasse 52, 1070 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5233771

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    phil

    A bookstore and bar that serves delicious local breakfasts

    phil occupies a contemporary and quirky building in Vienna, serving tasty Austrian breakfasts until 4 pm. Inside, you’ll find comfortable leather sofas and plenty of books, almost all of which can be purchased. Falafels always go down a treat, but we recommend trying the rib-sticker breakfast, which consists of scrambled eggs with a spicy tomato relish, served with Austrian meats and cheeses.

    As a popular hangout spot, phil is rarely quiet, though you can beat the crowds by arriving before 11 am on weekdays. After a hearty breakfast, you might want to check out nearby attractions such as the Hofburg, the Albertina, and the 18th-century Karlskirche cathedral.

    Location: Gumpendorfer Str. 10 - 12, 1060 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday from 3 pm to 11 pm, Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5810489

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    Bitzinger Würstelstand

    One of Vienna’s most loved traditional sausage stands

    Bitzinger Würstelstand is one of the most popular sausage stands in Vienna. This local hot spot offers the classic bratwurst, the crisp Bosna, and spicy currywurst. You can also order craft beers that come straight from the city’s top breweries.

    Bitzinger Würstelstand is just next to the Albertina, making it a great place to grab a plate of local comfort food after exploring one of Vienna’s most impressive museums. The nearest subway stations are Karlsplatz and Stadtpark.

    Location: Albertinapl. 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5331026

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    Pizza Randale 1050

    Delicious pizzas with a Viennese touch

    Pizza Randale 1050is an informal and intimate pizzeria that serves Italy’s most famous pie with a Viennese twist. Besides the classic toppings, it offers unique ingredients like fennel-infused boar sausage, walnuts, and truffle oil. For a true Viennese-style pizza, try the Wiener Blut pizza, which comes with black pudding, pepper, and apple.

    The closest subway stations to Pizza Randale 1050 are Kettenbrückengasse and Taubstummengasse. The latter station is just minutes away from prominent attractions such as the Theater Akzent, Belvedere Palace, and the 18th-century Karlskirche cathedral.

    Location: Kettenbrückengasse 1, 1050 Wien, Austria

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to midnight, Sunday–Thursday from 5 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)650 8550772

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    Leberkas-Pepi Wien Operngasse

    Serving Austrian comfort food for over 3 decades

    Leberkas-Pepi Wien Operngasse is an all-day diner and takeaway that specialises in Austrian comfort food. Since 1989, this restaurant has been a popular local haunt due to its tasty beef and pork dishes. The meat is sourced locally and free of gluten, lactose and allergens.

    Leberkas-Pepi Wien Operngasse opens until midnight, and there’s usually no wait for a table despite being located minutes away from Vienna’s most popular museums. It’s between the Secession Building and the Vienna State Opera, with the Karlsplatz subway station just 200 metres away.

    Location: Operngasse 12, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to midnight (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5850642

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    Mama Liu & Sons

    A local hot spot for Chinese fare

    Mama Liu & Sons is one of Vienna’s top-rated Chinese restaurants, adored by locals for its delicious hot pots, meatballs, and dumplings. The menu features plenty of vegan, meat and seafood variants. Some of our favourite dishes include homemade tofu balls and smacked cucumber.

    If you want to dine at Mama Liu & Sons on a budget, grab a seat at the bar and order the 10-piece dim sum platter with a cocktail. If you’re looking for something to do while you’re in the area, head over to the MuseumsQuartier, which is less than 10 minutes away on foot.

    Location: Gumpendorfer Str. 29, 1060 Wien, Austria

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday–Sunday from noon to 11 pm (closed on Monday)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5863673

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    Gmoa Keller

    Viennese classics served on a decked terrace

    Gmoa Keller is a cosy restaurant that serves almost all the Viennese classics. Its menu changes by the season, so you might find dishes like Roman snails, buffalo mozzarella with ham, pesto and olive ciabatta, and fried marrow bones with black bread toast. We recommend washing your meal down with a Viennese Vermouth tonic.

    On weekdays, Gmoa Keller offers guests dishes from its lunch menu at lower prices. Grab a table at its indoor or outdoor section on a Monday to try the surschnitzel (pork soused in spicy salt brine) with potato salad.

    Location: Am Heumarkt 25, 1030 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to midnight, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)1 7125310

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    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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