The great restaurants of Vienna include Michelin-starred eateries, centuries-old cafés, and ultra-contemporary venues. The city is the cultural and culinary center of Austria, with Viennese cuisine being famous the world over. You'll also find Croatian, Mediterranean, European, and other international favorites in the Austrian capital.

    Whether you want to grab a pastry in a historical landmark, a national dish in a botanical greenhouse, or a seafood delight on a terrace, Vienna has you covered. Find out about the great restaurants in Vienna to decide where to reserve a table.

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    Plachutta

    Vienna’s home of boiled beef delights

    Plachutta is an Austrian restaurant with a diverse menu of Viennese treats, but the boiled beef-based dishes are its main draw. Standouts include kavalierspitz (shoulder), weisses scherzel (low-fat hind leg) and the Wienerschnitzel, one of Austria's national dishes. You can also order delicious vegetarian options, such as homemade dumplings.

    We recommend trying Plachutta’s specialty dish, called tafelspitz. It consists of boiled lean beef in a vegetable broth, often served with roast potatos and horseradish sauce. Book a table in advance if you want to sit outside during the summer months.

    Location: Wollzeile 38, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5121577

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    Café Central

    A famous diner and historical landmark

    Café Central has been delighting locals and visitors with Viennese pastries since 1876. Over the years, it has attracted the likes of Freud and Trotsky, making it as much of a historical attraction as a famous eatery. To try a local treat, order the apple strudel with vanilla custard. We recommend washing it down with a Wiener melange, Vienna’s take on the cappuccino.

    Be prepared to wait in line to enter this popular hotspot. Once inside Café Central, you can expect a relaxed atmosphere with prompt service. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit before 10 am or after 7 pm.

    Location: Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien, Austria

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

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5333763

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    Palmenhaus

    Austrian-meets-Mediterranean cuisine in a botanical greenhouse

    Palmenhaus is an upscale restaurant that occupies a former botanical greenhouse, with views of the stately Burggarten gardens. It specializes in Austrian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. On its menu, you’ll find dishes such as homemade polenta-gnocchi, vegan spelt risotto, and carp fillets with root vegetables, potatos, and horseradish.

    Palmenhaus is right next to the Hietzing subway station, making it easy to reach from anywhere in Vienna. Nearby attractions include the House of Music, the Arthouse and the MuseumsQuartier, where you’ll see an abundance of museums and Baroque architecture.

    Location: Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Open: Friday from 10 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5331033

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    Pramerl and the Wolf

    Fine dining in a former pub

    Pramerl and the Wolf is a fine-dining restaurant that’s housed inside a former pub from the 1950s. Instead of an a la carte menu, you can find a tailored set menu, usually with 9 dishes to taste. It also scores top marks for its wine pairings.

    Pramerl and the Wolf is within a 5-minute walk of the Roßauer Lände U-Bahn Station and Wettsteinpark. Due to its popularity, you’ll almost certainly need to reserve a table to dine at this exclusive establishment. Expect to pay more if you visit on a Friday or Saturday.

    Location: Pramergasse 21, 1090 Wien, Austria

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 6 pm to midnight (closed Sundays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 9464139

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    Motto

    A contemporary nightclub and fine-dining establishment

    Motto is a cosmopolitan restaurant and nightclub that has achieved cult status with the locals of Vienna. Its plush green velvet seating and bare walls make for standout aesthetics. Looks aside, Motto’s internationally inspired dishes have drawn many A-listers and international DJs to its doors.

    If you want to enjoy local delicacies, we recommend ordering Motto’s tafelspitz (boiled beef), followed by strawberry nougat dumplings for dessert. To wash your meal down, order a cocktail or 2 to enjoy in the jungle garden.

    Location: Schönbrunner Str. 30, 1050 Wien, Austria

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 6 pm to midnight (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5870672

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    Restaurant Konstantin Filippou

    Upscale restaurant with 2 Michelin stars

    The Michelin-starred Restaurant Konstantin Filippou serves a fusion of Austrian and Greek cuisine. Signature menu items include such delights as bacalao brandade with char caviar, organic egg with cuttlefish and pork belly, and poached mackerel with horseradish. If you’re feeling adventurous, we recommend the jabugo (ham) and sepia (cuttlefish) with smoked quail egg and snail.

    Reservations are required at Restaurant Konstantin Filippou. Don’t be surprised if there’s a rather long waiting list for this highly sought-after restaurant. The nearest subway station is Schwedenplatz, which is less than 300 meters away.

    Location: Dominikanerbastei 17, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Friday from noon to 3 pm and from 6 pm to midnight, Saturday from 6 pm to midnight (closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5122229

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    Tian Bistro am Spittelberg

    Fine dining for vegetarians

    The Tian Bistro am Spittelberg is an upscale diner that solely serves plant-based dishes, making it a great spot for vegetarian foodies in Vienna. Menu favorites include risotto and Spittelburger with seasoned fries. Bring your better half or a friend over the weekend to try the delicious sharing breakfast menu.

    Tian Bistro am Spittelberg is in Vienna’s trendy Neubau district, just a short walk of the Leopold Museum, Hofburg Palace, and the Albertina. The nearest subway station is Volkstheater, which is 400 meters away.

    Location: Schrankgasse 4, 1070 Wien, Austria

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5269491

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    Steirereck

    Gourmet Austrian favorites made with local and rare ingredients

    Steirereck is a formal, Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of Stadtpark (City Park). It boasts white-gloved wait staff serving the best of gourmet Austrian cuisine. Chef Heinz Reitbauer uses rare ingredients like purple Beta Sweet carrots to add a unique touch to dishes such as duck stew, broiled alpine ox, and fried lamb.

    Despite being in such high demand, there’s usually no wait for a table at Steirereck. You can expect to stay at this restaurant for just over 3 hours. The easiest way to reach Steirereck is by train to the Stadtpark subway station.

    Location: Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Wien, Austria

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11.30 am to 3 pm and from 6.30 pm to 10 pm (closed on weekends)

    Phone: +43 (0)1 7133168

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    Fischrestaurant Kornat

    Seafood restaurant serving Croatian favorites

    Fischrestaurant Kornat is a seafood restaurant specializing in Croatian-Dalmatian cuisine with Croatian wine pairings. You can also order a variety of beef and vegetarian dishes. Menu favorites include octopus salad, truffle risotto, and the trio of fish pâté.

    Fischrestaurant Kornat usually gets busiest around 7 pm. If you want to avoid jostling with hungry customers, we recommend heading to this restaurant for a late lunch on Monday or Wednesday. It’s within walking distance of various religious sites, including the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, St. Peter's Catholic Church, and Catholic Church Maria am Gestade.

    Location: Marc-Aurel-Straße 8, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to midnight

    Phone: +43 (0)1 5356518

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    Mezzanin7

    Viennese delights in an eclectic townhouse

    Mezzanin7 is a private restaurant that occupies a refurbished townhouse apartment. Inside, you'll see parquet flooring, French doors and windows, and eclectic interior décor. You'll also hear jazz and soul tracks from the 1920s and 1930s.

    Mezzanin7 serves Viennese cuisine to a maximum of 8 guests. Our favorite menu options include roast pork with sour cabbage, green chili and dumplings, and potato soup with mushrooms. Plus, the homemade cream cakes always go down a treat. The nearest subway stations are Schottentor and Schottenring. While you’re in the area, we recommend checking out the Sigmund Freud Museum.

    Location: Liechtensteinstraße 12, 1090 Wien, Austria

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    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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