Vienna Restaurants

As of a decade or two ago, Vienna cuisine was focused on the food of past traditions: heavy pork and potato dishes that made walking around the city afterward seem like an impossible task. Today, those traditions have been put squarely in the past, and although you can still get an excellent schnitzel at many places in the city, Vienna's flavors have evolved into much more than that.

Seasonal is frequently the name of the game, and much of what is served at restaurants in Vienna incorporates ingredients obtained from close proximity to the city. In autumn, you may find that menus fill with different types of game, as this is the traditional hunting season. Even this tradition has evolved, with the heavy venison dishes of the past replaced by lighter fare influenced by other European cuisines and starring meats such as rabbit, boar and pheasant. Middle Eastern immigrants have also begun to make their mark, with olives, curries, falafel and hummus showing up next to Austrian ingredients.

Some restaurants create fusion between Viennese and other cuisines, bringing new ingredients, flavors or techniques to a classic dish. Chefs here have always used the more common parts of the animals but also the less common, a practice which has stuck around, so you can find plenty of calf kidney, head cheese and pork feet incorporated into different preparations. Vegetarian substitutes and reinventions are another common occurrence in restaurants here.

Of course, if you really want it, there are places where you can still get a schnitzel or sausage made the way it's been done for centuries. Viennese desserts, too, are a class of dish that is hard to improve on. No one should leave Vienna without sampling at least a few different flavors of strudel, pancakes (similar to crepes) or sweet dumplings topped with fresh fruit.

Weibels Wirtshaus

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2 Kumpfgasse

Viennese Fare with Top-Notch Wine... read more

Restaurant Makedonija

5 Laimgrubengasse

Balkan cuisine... read more

Schwarzes Café

Bechardgasse 23

No zeitgeist here, just reasonably priced food...
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Mango

Theobaldgasse 11

Latino food, underground dancing... read more

Birners Strandgasthaus

Obere Alte Donau 47

Typical beer garden at the Old Danube... read more

at eight

Kaerntner Ring 8

Fancy Aroma Cuisine... read more

Kronprinz Rudolfshof

8 Cobenzelgasse

Architecturally sublime venue... read more

Aioli

12 Stephansplatz
Haas-Haus 3rd floor

Italian-Spanish combination dinners... read more

Schnattl

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40 Lange Gasse

Mr. Schnattl Himself is Cooking Here... read more

Hawelka

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Dorotheergasse 6

The most famous cafe in town... read more

Stomach

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26 Seegasse

Roast Beef a la Carte... read more

Zanoni

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Lugeck 7

Ice Cream 365 Days a Year... read more

Cafe Einstein

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Rathausplatz 4

A Students' Place... read more

Griechenbeisl

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Fleischmarkt 11

Dine with History... read more

Maschu Maschu

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Rabensteig 8

Oriental Food in the Bermuda Triangle Area...
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D'Landsknecht

Porzellangasse 13

very good restaurant in the ninth district...
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Pozsonyi út

Angyalföldstraße, 1210 Vienna, Austria

Melanie Willig Enzersdorf

Dreifaltigkeitsplatz 3, 2431 Enzersdorf an der Fischa, Austria

Am Nordpol 3

Nordwestbahnstraße 17

Wrenkh Natürlich

Himmelpfortgasse 5

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