Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2018 and has been updated.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is known for its rich history of military might, high art and scientific achievement. Home of famous thinkers like Freud and internationally recognized musical geniuses such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Vienna is the pinnacle of class and sophistication.
Austrians take business seriously, and a day of meetings can work up quite an appetite. Consider these five fine dining experiences when you're in town with a client:
When you need to impress
This minimal, contemporary European restaurant has earned two Michelin stars, so treating your business associates and potential clients to a meal here makes for a memorable dining experience. You can try the tasting menu or go all out for an 8-course meal with wine pairings – Mr. Filippou does a fine job of showcasing boutique wines from around Austria. The atmosphere is relaxed, so you can hold good conversation while enjoying some of the best food in Vienna.
Dining at Loca is an experience that you and your clients can bond over because there is no set menu, rather a 3 or 6 course secret menu that changes from day to day. The waiter questions you about your likes or dislikes and any food allergies, and then presents you with fresh, tasty, and delicious dishes which are often a mix of traditional and creative. To secure a table either call in advance or reserve through their Facebook account.
A sweet setting for coffee and dessert
The gorgeous architecture and historic guest list – among them Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, and Leon Trotsky – make the 143 year old Cafe Central a glamourous setting to entertain. It can be a bit touristy, but the ambience is beautiful for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up of coffee and delicious pastry or even a late-night stop after dinner.
In addition to wonderful coffee drinks, such as espresso topped with rich whipped cream, you'll find a number of homemade pastries to choose from. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and popular meals include classic schnitzel, beef tartar, smoked salmon, and boiled veal. We don’t recommend a business dinner if you need quiet, because there is piano music starting at 5 PM. But if you do want to go for dinner, reservations are highly recommended.
The cafe Landtmann has been a Viennese touchstone since it first opened its doors in 1873. Featuring golden inlays from the 1920s, the establishment blends modern comfort with old-world charm. The current owners of the restaurant, who have presided over the Landtmann legacy for over 40 years, remain steadfast in their desire to bring a world-class dining experience to locals and travelers alike.
In addition to a robust selection of coffee and pastries, the Cafe Landtmann offers a full menu. Prized dishes include Viennese chicken, salmon filet, spinach risotto, ribbon vermicelli and ham, chopped veal scallops and beef goulash.
The Distrikt Steakhouse is located in the heart of downtown Vienna
For a perfectly cooked steak
The Distrikt Steakhouse is located in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton hotel in the heart of downtown Vienna. Featuring gorgeous al fresco seating, this restaurant is ideal for business lunches and dinners. Indeed, the steak brunch menu is perfect for a late morning meal with business clients.
The menu features organic ribeye steaks from Waldviertel, filets from Salzburg, Flank Steaks from America and Wagyu beef from Japan. The establishment also boasts an impressive wine selection and a dessert menu that will leave any diner satisfied.
Door No 8 Restaurant
Hidden off the bustling streets and down a flight of stairs is a restaurant where you and your party can get steaks cooked exactly to order. If the weather is nice, you can sit outdoors – but be aware that smoking is still allowed at outdoor restaurants in Vienna – or in one of two dining rooms. Side orders are extra, and the chocolate lava cake is amazing. Reservations are recommended.
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