The best restaurants in Vienna right now (2024)

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From Austrian classics to top-notch global imports, the best restaurants in Vienna are ready to fill up that stomach

Photograph: Café Kandl

Written by Emma Hughes, Natalie Marchant & Susanne Garber

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For beautiful cathedrals, fairytale palaces and a whole lot of great food, Vienna is the spot. There’s an abundance of authentic Austrian food here, but you won’t have to look hard to find a hell of a lot more on offer too.

On our list we’ve got everything from Michelin stars and fine dining to potato pizza to steaming bowls of ramen, and we’ve added what you can expect from the prices too. Whether you’re after café culture, snack food or a special occasion dinner, here are the best restaurants in Vienna right now.

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Top restaurants in Vienna

1.Mraz und Sohn

What is it? A family-run Viennese restaurant, or, let’s be honest, a top-level Viennese institution. Mraz und Sohn is possibly the best place to dine in Austria’s capital at the moment. Of course, that comes at a (hefty) price, but it pays off. Trust us.

Why go? Finely coordinated courses that usually follow a motto (an ingredient). Some courses in between come as ‘surprises’ – and they really are. Mraz und Sohn means fine dining in an absolutely relaxed, unsophisticated way, and if you're lucky, sitting with a view of the open kitchen.

Price: Blowout

2.Pramerl & the Wolf

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What is it?An unpretentious modern take on a traditional Beisl, this Michelin-starred restaurant is well worth splurging out on. There’s no à la carte menu; you choose between a small or large taster menu, accompanied by freshly baked bread and other surprises from the kitchen.

Why go?All the cooking, service and wine at Pramerl & the Wolfare handled by chef Wolfgang Zankl himself, alongside his sous and sommelier – making for a very intimate (and social) dining experience. Booking essential.

Price:Blowout

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3.Hausbar

What is it?Fine-dining meets extraordinary co*cktail creations at Hausbar, situated next to famous Karlsplatz. From Thursday to Saturday, this spot serves up aseven-course menu with a mix of contemporary international cuisine and traditional Austrian influences (vegetarian on request). There’s a particularly lovely atmosphere in summer when the garden in the inner courtyard is open. Reservations are required.

Why go? Hausbar was originally designed as a place to hang out for drinks, but hassince become one of the best places for fine dining in Vienna. Don’tskip the co*cktail accompaniment to your meal, which can also be ordered non-alcoholic.

Price:Pricey

4.Lugeck

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What is it?Set in the impressive Regensburger Hof building, Lugeck is run by the same family behind the historic Schnitzel restaurant Figlmüller. This gastro-pub take on an old-school wine tavern offers Austrian classics and an array of international dishes.

Why go?If you want to try a contemporary spin on traditional Wiener schnitzel or Franz Joseph I’s favourite boiled beef dish, Tafelspitz, washed down with a carefully chosen glass of Austrian wine or craft beer, this is the place for you. Lighter dinner options include beetroot couscous and pirozhki (Russian fried buns).

Price:Average

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5.Mani

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What is it? Maniis very chilled out; one of those places where you can order a bunch of dishes to share and stay eating for hours. Prices are reasonable too.

Why go? Start with the starters, but don’t forget about the main course (very easily done with starters as good as this). Homemade Baba Ghanoush or oven-baked eggplant on tomato confit is a culinary treat not only for vegetarians.

Time Out tip:Yppenplatz is also home to Brunnenmarkt – a market famous for fresh Asian ingredients.

Price: Average

6.Café Kandl

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What is it? At first glance, Café Kandl is a rather unimpressive place, but the courtyard of the old Biedermeier house is something to be seen. And so is the menu, featuring sophisticated dishes that rely on regional and seasonal ingredients, and strange, unusual gins from all over the world.

Why go?This is becoming the spot for Vienna's young creative types, and for good reason. The focus here is on trendy but delicious natural wines which compliment the food beautifully.

Price: Pricey

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7.Thell

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What is it?A decades-old favourite in the 5th district that’s kept its edge, thanks to frequent revamps (the name was changed to Thell earlier in 2023) and a seriously sexy menu. It’s great for people-watching, so don’t be surprised if you spot one or two visiting A-listers among the stylish regulars.

Why go?With its bare walls and plush green velvet seating, Motto looks the part – and the aesthetics are backed up by top-class cooking. Go for their elegant takes on traditional favourites like Tafelspitz (boiled beef) and strawberry nougat dumplings.

Price:Blowout

8.Bruder

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The best restaurants in Vienna right now (14)

What is it? Viennese cuisine, but with atwist. Rather a lot of twisting, actually. Bruder (brother in English) focuses on playing with unusual nuances, subtle flavors and the art of fermentation.

Why go?Large glass jars of pickles, homemade bitters and liqueurs cover the wall behind the bar, and homemade vinegars, pickled vegetables, and fermented drinks sing from the menu. But trust us, you don't have to be a pickle lover to eat well here – Bruder gets the balance just right.

Price: Average

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9.Pizza Mari’

What is it? Pizza Mari’ is a relaxed, modern Italian serving up authentic Neapolitan pizza. In the warmer months, it’s especially nice to sit outside.

Why go? For some of the best pizza in Vienna at very reasonable prices.The ‘patate-style’ with cream cheese, thin slices of potato and rosemary is one of our favourites, and make sure to order an espresso after your meal, as the Italians do – Mari has its own coffee roastery.

Time Out tip:The Augarten is a lively park just around the corner for a post-dinner beer on the grass.

Price:Average

10.Erich

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What is it?A subterranean bar-slash-restaurant in the uber-cool 7th district. Erich is tucked down the side of Sankt-Ulrichsplatz, and it’s easy to walk past it – but you’ll be glad you didn’t. From breakfast tacos to salmon poké bowls to dairy-free sundaes made in collaboration with Veganista, Vienna’s first all-vegan ice cream parlour, it ticks all the boxes around the clock.For breakfast, make sure to check out its brother restaurant,Ulrich, nearby.

Why go?For great coffee, modern takes on Austrian classics like Kaiserschmarrn shredded pancakes, and an unbeatable after-dark vibe. The gin and tonic menu is one of the best in the city, too.

Price:Average

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11.The Palmenhaus

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What is it?Vienna’s world-famous botanical hothouse (think Kew with a fancier roof), overlooking the stately Burggarten gardens, is home to an all-day brasserie The Palmenhaus. The menu is Austrian-meets-Mediterranean, with a strong selection of wines by the glass, expertly mixed co*cktails and desserts to die for. Frond memories guaranteed.

Why go?Where else can you tuck into dumplings surrounded by loads of lush tropical foliage? It’s particularly inviting on a chilly day: follow up one of the hearty lunch specials (mushroom ragout, strozzapreti with veal bolognese) with a slice of warm almond and chocolate cake and stewed plums.

Price?Pricey

12.Café Phil

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The best restaurants in Vienna right now (20)

What is it?A bookshop that’s also a bar and also does a banging breakfast? It can only be Café Phil. Vienna’s quirkiest hangout shouldn’t work, but it does – crash on the comfy leather sofas with a plate of falafel and an arty zine, and watch the world go by through the window.

Why go?Set yourself up for a long day of pavement pounding with one of their rib-stickers, served until 4 pm: scrambled eggs with spicy tomato relish, porridge and berry compote, or Austrian cured meats and cheeses. Stick around into the evening, and you might catch a party or DJ set.

Price:Average

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13.Maka Ramen

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The best restaurants in Vienna right now (22)

What is it? It’s hip, it’s artsy, it’s colourful – and it’s tiny. Maka Ramen’s concept is simple, but the flavours are out of this world.

Why go? Maka do four main ramen with a load of different topping options (think short rib, seidentofu and homemade fish cake), but definitely try a few of their Japanese tapas to start (try the Korean fried chicken).These guys also put an emphasis on the drinks, and offer a selection of trendy natural wines.

Time out tip: Maka is located in thevery cool 7th district, where you’ll find a string of bars and cafés (most of whichturn into nightlife venues in the evening), as well as small arthouse cinemas andgig venues.

Price: Average

14.O Boufes

What is it?Small plates and natural wines right in the heart of the city. Next to Viennese fine-dining fixture Konstantin Filippou, O Boufes is an industrial-chic bistro of the kind you’d find in London, Paris or Berlin’s edgier districts. With its bare walls and Klimt-gold accents, it’s a real looker – and the dishes are works of art, too.

Why go?This is some of the most exciting cooking in Vienna right now: think ox with egg, dashi, hazelnut and cauliflower, prawn saganaki with feta and basil, and Mangalica schnitzel with cucumber, anchovies and sour cream. The low-intervention wines are thoughtfully chosen: ask for some suggested pairings and settle in for a night to remember.

Price:Blowout

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15.Neni Am Naschmarkt

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What is it?A super-cool restaurant in Vienna’s biggest food market, the Naschmarkt, serving Tel Aviv-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grab one of the coveted tables outside, get a plate of the filo cigars filled with spinach and sheep’s cheese and soak up the atmosphere.

Why go?As well as being a great spot for refuelling mid-shop, Neniserves the best modern Middle Eastern food in the city. The shakshuka is as good as it gets, but it’s worth branching out and ordering the Israeli breakfast: labneh, scrambled eggs, olives, salad and one of Neni’s famous fluffy pittas. Come hungry.

Price: Average

16.Tian Bistro am Spittelberg

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What is it? The wallet-friendly spin-off ofvegetarian fine-dining restaurant Tian offers a brilliant range of meat-free dishes in the trendy Neubau district. With an emphasis on regionally sourced and seasonal ingredients, Tian’s dishes arelikely to satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Why go? For lip-smacking plant-based food in a casual urban setting, this is the place to head. Go with a friend to try the sharing breakfast at the weekend (you pick a main each and share everything else). Alternatively, choose a risotto or the amusingly named Spittelburger, with seasoned fries and a duo of dips, from the à la carte menu.

Price: Average

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17.Mochi

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What is it?Vienna’s best-loved Japanese fusion restaurant specialises in sensational sushi and sashimi. From dragon rolls to thinly sliced Iberico pork with truffle teriyaki glaze and dreamy donburi bowls, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to order the entire menu.

Why go?Getting a table at Mochitakes some doing, but persevere because every mouthful is a delight. The staff are brilliant, too – let your server know what you like and your budget, and they’ll do the rest. Left it to the last minute? Try the Mochi Ramen Bar in the Stuwerviertel, which is walk-ins only.

Price: Average

18.Pizza Randale

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The best restaurants in Vienna right now (30)

What is it?Formerly a grungy bar, Randale has livened up Kettenbrückengasse with its ’gram-friendly décor and creative pizzas: you can pick from fennel-infused boar sausage, walnuts and truffle oil, or rocket, tagliata and tomatoes. The Wiener Blut pizza comes with black pudding, apple and pepper. Happily, there’s now a second branch in Leopoldstadt.

Why go?It’s basically impossible to have a bad time here. The vibe is laid-back, and the pizzas themselves are perfection, with blistered, chewy crusts and just the right amount of sauce.

Price:Average

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19.Mama Liu & Sons

What is it?Great-value dim sum, hot pot and noodles in a loft-style dining room – it’s easy on the wallet, but a night at Mama Liu & Sons still feels like a treat.

Why go?The fried and steamed dumplings are a standout, and it’s worth saving space for less obvious dishes like smacked cucumber and homemade tofu balls. The huge, hearty hot pots easily feed two – choose between a vegan version, a seafood one and a meat feast. If you’re travelling solo you can park yourself at the bar with a co*cktail and a 10-piece dim sum set for not too many Euros at all.

Price?Average

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