Zur Goldenen Kugel is an upscale Beisl serving Viennese classics and seasonal dishes. If you’re visiting Vienna in late October, or November, pre-order their traditional Martinigansl mit Rotkraut & Knödel (traditional goose dish with red cabbage and dumplings) when you make your reservation. This establishment is more expensive than the average Beisl (down-to-earth traditional Viennese tavern), but the prices are completely justified. Zur Goldenen Kugel website.
Gmoakeller is a traditional Viennese restaurant dating back to 1858, located near the Akademietheater and Wiener Kozerthaus. This is a great restaurant to savor Viennese specialities. We ate the Martinigansl in November and it was outstanding. Gmoakeller Website.
Servitenwirt is a cozy restaurant with a terrace on the charming Servitengasse in the 9th district. Their Mittagsmenu (lunch menu) is reasonably priced and very good. Servitenwirt website.
Lugeck. Housed in the historic Regensburger Hof building in Vienna’s first district, Lugeck is a fresh-faced Viennese tavern created by Hans and Thomas Figlmüller. Come here for the Wiener Schnitzel. Lugeck website.
Plachutta. This restaurant serves traditional Viennese cuisine. This is the best place to try Tafelspitz, Emperor Franz Joseph’s favorite dish. The service, presentation, and quality is excellent. They have several locations across Vienna. Plachutta website.
Gasthaus Kopp. This is a no-frills, down-to-earth, traditional Austrian Beisl. It’s out-of-the-way, but worth the extra effort to get here. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Gasthaus Kopp Website.
Ilona Stüberl. Ilona is a tiny, cozy Hungarian restaurant in the first district. This gem has been operating since the 1950s. Food portions are generous and prices are very reasonable. Ilona Stüberl Website.
Gasthaus Quell. Serving Viennese classics, Gasthaus Quell is a lovely place to eat during the week (open Monday – Friday). The interior is cozy, warm and authentic. Gasthaus Quell Website.
Kaffee Alt Wien. Traditional café in the first district, founded in 1922. They serve a limited, but tasty menu. This is a great place to meet up with friends, drink beer, eat goulash, and of course drink a Melange. Kaffee Alt Wien Website.
Breakfast and Brunch
Motto am Fluss. Located on the Donaukanal (Danube Canal), this stylish brunch spot is great for sunny days. It feels like you’re eating on a river cruise ship. Come here if you’ve had your fill of bread basket breakfasts. Motto am Fluss Website.
Meierei im Stadtpark. Located in the Stadtpark (City Park), this fine breakfast spot has a light-filled interior as well as an outdoor seating area. The menu features many small dishes, so that you can order several items. It’s a great place to enjoy an unhurried breakfast. Meierei im Stadtpark Website.
Palmenhaus.The Palm House is an Art Nouveaux style greenhouse located in the Hofburg Palace Gardens (Burggarten). It was constructed in the early 20th century for the imperial family. Today, it’s a restaurant and a great place for Brunch, or just a coffee. This airy light-filled space is centrally located, but somehow hidden. Palmenhaus Website.
Gloriette. There’s no better place to have brunch (Saturday & Sunday only) than on the grounds of Schloss Schönbrunn. The Sissi buffet brunch is located in the Gloriette, perched on a hill overlooking the palace. Make sure to make a reservation. Café Goriette Website.
Neni am Naschmarkt. This atmospheric Middle Eastern restaurant is located in the Naschmarkt. Though they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we recommend dining here in the evening on a hot summer’s day. Neni Website.
Pizza Mari. This casual, low-key pizzeria serves excellent Neapolitan pizzas. We love the local neighborhood vibe and the service. Closed on Mondays. Pizza Mari website.