As a self-acclaimed city of foodies, Vienna features a wide range of eateries – ranging from budget-friendly pubs to incredibly upscale restaurants.
And the latter are the perfect places to spend a truly exquisite evening if there’s something to celebrate, or just to wine & dine your loved ones in style.
The following gourmet temples are, by far, not everything Vienna has to offer when it comes to luxury dining, but it’s a good cross section of the long-established and the new-and-funky of Vienna’s food scene:
Best Places to Dine in Luxury
With 220 metres the, by far, highest restaurant in Vienna offers not only spectacular views over the Danube and the sparkling lights of the city below, but also a truly exquisite menus. And for everyone who can’t get enough of the view, the adjacent cocktail bar serves superb drinks in an equally spectacular and unique atmosphere.
Where: DC-Tower, Donau-City-Straße 7, 1220 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12 pm – 2:30 pm & 6 pm – 10 pm; Sat: 6 pm – 10 pm; Sun: 12 pm – 3 pm (Brunch)
Web: 57 Meliá
Culinary shootingstar Fabian Günzel is the owner of this spectacular eatery. With just one set menu, an open kitchen, and a truly minimalist aesthetic, there is no question about the true star in this venue: the superb food that takes fine dining to a whole new level, and has been awarded one Michelin Star for its creative, reduced way of combining ingredients.
Where: Mollardgasse 76, 1060 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12 pm – 2 pm & 7 pm – 9:30 pm; Sat, Sun & holidays: closed
Another Micheline Star awarded venue, the Loft is a vibrant, exciting restaurant with a great view to match the menu. Located on the 18th floor of the Sofitel hotel, this restaurant is the perfect place to meet and enjoy any time of the day. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are always of the best quality and offer choice dishes that incorporate both international and regional delicacies.
Where: Sofitel Vienna, Praterstraße 1, 1020 Vienna
Opening hours: Breakfast: Mon – Fri: 6:30 am – 10:30 am; Sat, Sun & holidays: 6:30 am – 11 am; Lunch: Mon – Sat: 12 pm – 2:30 pm; Dinner: Sun – Thu: 6 pm – 12 am (last seating: 10 pm); Fri & Sat: 6 pm – 12 am (last seating: 10:30 pm)
Web: Das Loft
The Deval, named after chef Daan de Val, is an exciting venue that has earned its place on this list with a truly exquisite regional, environmentally friendly, zero-waste menu. Expect the unexpected, and -morst of all- expect the unique here: for example, there’s regional fish prepped in traditionally Japanese ways, and it’s truly amazing!
Where: Doblhoffgasse 5, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 6 pm – 11 pm; Sun & Mon: closed
If you haven’t heard about Fabios yet, you haven’t been long in Vienna. This international restaurant with a heavy emphasis on mediterranean cuisine is a favourite with (inter)national celebrities. It might be the long breakfast-hours, the truly exquisite food, the outstanding bar, or any combination thereof, that makes the Fabios a true hot-spot of Vienna’s inner city, but whatever it is, we concur!
Where: Tuchlauben 4-6, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 9 am – 1.00 am (breakfast: 9 am – 12 pm; kitchen: 12 pm – 11 pm); Sun: closed
Chef Sören Herzig has made a name for himself after arriving in the city with superstar chef Juan Amador a few years ago. Located in a factory-like building that used to be temporary home for many of the Dorotheum’s antiquities, the Herzig effortlessly manages to bridge the gap between providing local business with fair-priced lunch-menus and staging super exquisite dinner experiences at night. With a set menu of (officially) 7 (it’s more like 12, in reality) courses, guests get to taste a wide selection of examples of the chef’s masterful way of creating surprising (and surprisingly tasty) combinations.
Where: Schanzstrasse 14, 1150 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 11:30 am – 2 pm & 6:30 pm – 12 am; Sat: 6:30 pm – 12 am; Mon: closed
One of the very few women in Austria’s fine dining scene, Sohyi Kim, has created a magical place to showcase her finest cooking. The 10-seat only restaurant doesn’t have a menu, but rather serves whatever the fabulous mind of Korean-born Kim comes up with that evening. The resulting ten-course menu is always surprising and promises (and delivers) truly experimental and innovative (taste) experiences.
Where: Währinger Straße 46, 1090 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12 pm – 3 pm & Wed – Fri: 6 pm – 11 pm
Web: Kim Kocht
Klee am Hanslteich
It’s not just the food that makes the Klee am Hanslteich such a must-go venue, its also the view. Set right on the shore of a little lake, this gem of a restaurant is the perfect place to combine great food (make sure to leave room for desert – the chocolate bake with passionfruit is just to die for!) with scenic ambience and revitalising nature.
Where: Amundsenstraße 10, 1170 Vienna
Opening hours: daily: 11 am - 12 am (November – March: until 11 pm)
Web: Klee am Hanslteich
Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald
A true classic amongst Vienna’s fine dining scene, the Le Ciel is a multi award-winning restaurant and a place to temporarily forget the world. Chef Roland Huber has shifted the menu slightly away from traditional French cuisine, and instead delights with many Asian-inspired dishes that somehow manage to not clash with the truly historic interior despite their modernity.
Where: Grand Hotel Wien, 7th floor, Kärntner Ring 9, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 12 pm – 3 pm & 7 pm – 12 pm; Sun & Mon: closed
Web: Le Ciel
Mraz & Sohn
The Mraz family (father and son in the kitchen, another son in the service) offers truly unique and exclusive food in a completely unpretentious setting. Guests at the restaurant, though, get wined and dined in spectacular fashion – only the very best, high-quality ingredients take centre stage and are always the shining stars of the often minimalist but highly enjoyable creations, while the truly spectacular wine menu rounds off the meal. The (usually) 12 course creations served here have scored the family restaurant not only two Michelin Stars, but also three Gault-Millau Toques!
Where: Wallensteinstraße 59, 1200 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 7 pm – 12 am; Sat & Sun: closed
Web: Mraz & Sohn
Patara Fine Thai Cuisine
The Austrian venue of the Patara enterprise (just 9 restaurants worldwide!) is the perfect place to sample authentic Thai food in a sophisticated atmosphere. Unique recipes, a love for the created foods that translates unto the stunningly arranged plates, and super elegant and luxurious surroundings combine into a spectacular dining experience at the Patara Vienna.
Where: Petersplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 12 pm – 3 pm & 5:30 pm – 11 pm; Sun & holidays: 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Web: Patara Vienna
Restaurant Edvard at Kempinski Vienna
If you ever felt curious about what a both alpine and mediterranean style of cooking might look and taste like, then then superb restaurant Edvard at the Palais Hansen Kempinski is your venue of choice. Traditional regional and seasonal ingredients are combined into outstanding international dishes and have scored chef Thomas Pedevilla one Michelin Star.
Where: Palais Hansen Kempinski, Schottenring 24, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 12 pm – 2 pm & 6 pm – 10 pm; Sun & Mon: closed
Web: Restaurant Edvard
Restaurant Konstantin Filippou
With an Austrian mother and a Greek father, it should not come as a surprise that Konstantin Filippou made a career of mixing those two influences together to create the perfect dining experience. In the simple, low-key atmosphere of the restaurant, the creative, modern dishes (served as Business lunches as well as multi-course set dinners) shine even more than they would elsewhere. The spectacular taste experience has awarded the young chef two Michelin Stars and four Gault-Millau Toques – so far.
Where: Dominikanerbastei 17, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12 pm – 3 pm & 6:30 pm – 12 am
Web: Konstantin Filippou
Set in one of the most opulent venues in the whole city, the Opus is the perfect restaurant to showcase the best of Austria and Vienna. It’s not just the beauty of the 1930s dining room that makes the restaurant at the Hotel Imperial stand out, but also the exquisite, light Austrian cuisine that is prepared to perfection here. Top quality ingredients and a seemingly endless high-class wine card make an evening at the Opus a truly unforgettable experience.
Where: Hotel Imperial, Kärntner Ring 16, 1015 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 6 pm – 12 am; Mon: closed
Web: Restaurant Opus
The refined Japanese restaurant is the perfect venue for everyone who loves treating themselves to authentic and sophisticated asian cuisine. The Shiki (literally: conductor) is the culinary baby of Joji Hattori, a world renowned violinist and conductor who has learned his art in Vienna. After years abroad, he has returned to the city – this time to treat guests with finest Asian dining culture, instead of music. But once an artist, always an artist, and so it’s little wonder that the culinary compositions served here have been awarded both Michelin Star and Glault-Millau Toques.
Where: Krugerstraße 3, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 12 pm – 12 am; Sun & Mon: closed
Silvio Nickol at Palais Coburg
“Succumb to your curiosity” as a restaurant motto can either be a promise or the recipe for disaster. Fortunately, German-born Silvio Nickol celebrates perfection and superlative gourmet culture in absolutely spectacular fashion. His virtuous dishes have been awarded two Michelin Stars and four Gault-Millau Toques so far, and are, without doubt, true, edible art. If that’s not enough reason for a visit, please know that the restaurant has also been awarded the honour of having the “world’s best wine list” two times (2014 and 2017).
Where: Palais Coburg, Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Web: Silvio Nickol
Skopik & Lohn
At Skopik & Lohn cool aesthetics meet innovative, Austrian cuisine. The menu might be on the smaller side, but the dishes are both creative and incredibly tasty. What we like best is that the guest, truly, is still king here and is treated and cared for as hardly anywhere else.
Where: Leopoldsgasse 17, 1020 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 6 pm – 1 am
Web: Skopik & Lohn
Steirereck im Stadtpark
The Steirereck is, without any shred of doubt, the pinnacle of Austrian high cuisine – and it will very likely stay it for many years to come. Chef Heinz Reitbauer has a real knack for re-interpreting traditional Austrian dishes in a way that elevates them easily to match the heights of traditional French cuisine. Regional ingredients meet traditional dishes, meet an extravagant and creative mind that can with right be described as an artist. Heinz Reitbauer and the Steirereck have earned four Gault-Millau Toques and two Michelin Stars, and have been voted into to list of the world’s top-50 restaurants, multiple times.
Where: Stadtpark, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm & 6:30 pm – 10 pm; Sat, Sun & holidays: closed
The Bank Brasserie & Bar
Located in what used to be the opulent bank foyer of the Austrian Landesbank, the Bank is the perfect place to breakfast, lunch, and dine in style. Everything, from the old marble floor to the intricate details adorning walls and windows to the spectacular chandeliers screams style, luxury and sophistication, and so it shouldn’t surprise that the dishes themselves mirror all of these qualities as well. The open kitchen makes for another visual highlight for guests as they are waiting for their brasserie classics with a modern, regional twist to be served. And for groups of up to 8, the “Chef’s Table”, where dishes are served family style, is the perfect way of combining a luxurious dinner experience with the homeliness and ease of eating with good friends and family.
Where: Bognergasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Breakfast: Mon – Fri: 6:30 am – 10:30 am; Sat & Sun: 6:30 am – 11 am; Lunch: Mon – Sat: 12 pm – 2:30 pm; Sun (brunch): 12 pm – 3 pm; Dinner: Mon – Sun: 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Web: The Bank Brasserie & Bar
Tian Restaurant Vienna
A vegetarian restaurant making the list of Vienna’s top luxury restaurants? Yes. Emphatically, yes! Chef Paul Ivic’s creative and tasty creations let guests forget about the lack of meat on their plates in a matter of seconds, and we honestly don’t think that anyone has ever left dissatisfied. Everything from grains, fruit and veggies to the incredible dips, stocks, and sauces and even to the wine and juices on the drinks menu, are sourced as locally as anyway possible, with extra attention to a fair, sustainable practice and prices. Guests and critics alike thank the Tian team this dedication to high quality goods, and have awarded the vegetarian high-cuisine served here with one Michelin Star and three Gault-Millau Toques.
Where: Himmelpfortgasse 23, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tue: 6 pm – 9 pm; Wed – Sat: 12 pm – 2 pm & 6 pm – 9 pm; Sun, Mon & holidays: closed