Best restaurants in Lower Austria & Burgenland

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Krems an der Donau

    Zum Kaiser von Österreich

    The 'Emperor of Austria' is one of Krems' most well-loved upmarket restaurants. Interiors recall a hunting lodge, which sets the scene for menus built around the region's bounty of game, from deer to pheasant to rabbit. Other hyperlocal ingredients like Wachau apples and apricots, wild herbs and mushrooms, Waldviertel fish and Weinviertel pumpkins are also used in the finely crafted, imaginative dishes. The kitchen is happy to cater for vegetarians and those with allergies – just let the staff know when you book, which you must if you ever want to get a table here.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Danube Valley

    Restaurant Loibnerhof

    Situated 1.5km east of Dürnstein’s centre, this traditional, family-run restaurant inside a Biedermeier, 400-year-old vaulted cellar serves up creative takes on Waldviertel cooking. In summer, there are tables out in the family's orchard. Take away the house nut schnapps, apricot jam or foie gras parfait.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Neusiedler See

    Zur Dankbarkeit

    This lovely old restaurant has been serving some of the best regional cooking around for over two decades. The inner garden, with its trees and country ambience, is the ideal spot to knock back some local wine.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lower Austria

    Schau.Spiel

    Breakfast or brunch, dinner or drinks, this impressive, 21st-century restaurant-bar does it all right in the centre of town. The range of food on offer means there's something for everyone, even vegans, and the atmosphere here is always lively. Good place to come if your hotel or guesthouse doesn't do breakfast.

  • Restaurants in Burgenland

    Restaurant Henrici

    This smart restaurant shares the former gatehouse of Schloss Esterházy with its sister wine bar Selektion. It's an atmospheric space to graze or dine, with a crowd-pleasing menu of burgers, pasta, Mediterranean-style fish dishes or local specialities such as the Esterházy-Rostbraten – roast beef with potato Spätzle – and the Esterházy-Cream Cake. As you might imagine, there's a very comprehensive regional wine list too.

  • Restaurants in Neusiedler See

    Peter Schandl

    Set in an 18th-century town house, and with a shaded courtyard, noted winemaker Peter Schandl serves up a menu that's beyond usual cellar-door fare. Seasonal offerings might include a cream soup of pumpkin with ginger and roasted pumpkin seeds, a peppery, coarse liver sausage and cucumber-mustard relish or a meatloaf with cabbage. Just off Rathausplatz.

  • Restaurants in Krems an der Donau

    Filmbar im Kesselhaus

    This stylish student restaurant and bar injects a bit of life into the otherwise very quiet university campus and has become the place in the area to meet up for a drink (and an art-house film), even if your student days are long gone. The organic menu's a mix of snacky, international dishes such as burritos, pasta and quiche.

  • Restaurants in Krems an der Donau

    Jell

    Occupying a gorgeous stone house, Jell is hard to beat for a rustic atmosphere and fine wine from its own vineyard. Its friendly staff also adds to a great regional experience, making this one of the best dinner spots in town. Also has a terrace for warm-weather dining. Located just east of Pfarrkirche St Veit.

  • Restaurants in Neusiedler See

    Weingut Gabriel

    If you are going to eat anywhere in Rust, make it this rustic wine spot on the main street. Not only is the pay-by-weight buffet brimming with delicious sausage and cold cuts, the wine is good and, in season, the idyllic cobblestone courtyard is a wonderful vantage point to observe the local storks.

  • Restaurants in The Danube Valley

    Restaurant Zur Traube

    This upmarket place retains the charm of its past life as a village inn. Fittingly Austrian classics are served here, but updated with a contemporary eye and freshness. There's a particularly impressive cellar to choose a glass or a bottle from (as it should with the restaurant called 'the grape').

  • Restaurants in The Danube Valley

    Restaurant & Hotel Schloss Grafenegg

    This traditional hotel restaurant, with an atmospherically retro interior, is owned by celebrity chef and winemaker Toni Mörwald and is known for its attention to detail. The menu is an almost purely Austrian affair, with the occasional intruder such as foie gras making the cut.

  • Restaurants in Lower Austria

    Eat Art

    The menu changes every two weeks at this simple, arty restaurant, with the focus on regional dishes made from whatever happens to be freshest. A whole load of local ingredients from surrounding villages go into the pot here. Reservations are advisable.

  • Restaurants in Lower Austria

    Landhaus Stüberl

    The name suggests a traditional tavern, but this postmillenium eatery in the Landhausviertel is anything but, and is aimed firmly at lunching bureaucrats (hence the opening hours) from the nearby Landtag and culture managers who come here to finger their devices and 'touch base'. The food is Italo-Austrian and can be picked at indoors or on the terrace overlooking the Traisen River.

  • Restaurants in Waldviertel & Weinviertel

    MOKA

    The rather knowingly nostalgic MOKA just doesn't do poppy-seed cake, but a whole range of poppy-seed cakes. These include white poppy seed, poppy seed with almond or chocolate-topped versions alongside the traditional darkly fragrant one. The coffee here is spot on, plus there's a spritz menu and a terrace for summer days. And yes, this is cake that's worth a detour.

  • Restaurants in The Danube Valley

    Weinschenke Altes Presshaus

    Attracting the day-tripper crowd, this centrally located Heuriger -style place offers local wine – lots of Veltliner – and a long menu of snacks and hearty meals such as goulash, schnitzel and wild boar steaks. The snacks here are totally authentic, with old favourites such as black pudding, pork fat and crackling or liver pâté on brown bread.

  • Restaurants in Krems an der Donau

    Schwarze Kuchl

    For some good, filling local food, a 9am beer or a salady lunch, head to this Krems institution on the main drag through town where you can enjoy veal goulash, apricot-filled pancakes and Waldviertel potato-and-beef hotpot (Gröstl) while warming your toes on the huge tiled oven. Spills out among the shoppers on busy days.

  • Restaurants in Neusiedler See

    Heuriger & Vinothek Fabian

    One of the best places for a light lunch of local cheese or venison sausages or an evening wine tasting with something more substantial (schnitzel, goulash) is this modern Heuriger south of the town centre. Owner Fabian Sloboda has gathered together tens of the region's best wines and pairs them with tasty treats.

  • Restaurants in Burgenland

    Weinschwein

    Entering the Hofpassage, a pretty courtyard off Hauptstrasse, you are greeted by a large plastic pig, but have no fear – this is no rural-themed, knickknack restaurant but a trendy, clean-cut Heuriger –type cafe with heaps of informal al fresco seating, a menu of old favourites plus the odd Spanish intruder.

  • Restaurants in Krems an der Donau

    Salzstadl

    Housed in an old salt store, this well-established restaurant has been banging down local favourites such as pike-perch, goulash and grilled chicken for over 20 years. It also doubles as a theatre/music venue with live jazz and other genres taking to the stage at least once a month. Check the website for the program.

  • Restaurants in Lower Austria

    Lilli’s Gastwirtschaft

    This grandmother's parlour of a restaurant plates up a lunch menu for €7.50 and often uses organic beef from the Waldviertel. Specialises in classics prepared in a no-nonsense way, including Tafelspitz (boiled beef in broth with apples) and apricot-filled dumplings.