A guide to the best restaurants in Salzburg

Discover where to find the best restaurants in this historic Austrian city

Salzburg is a city in the north of Austria, bordering the Alps and brimming with history. It’s where Mozart was born, where the Von Trapp family started their singing career and where The Sound of Music was consequently filmed. Its charmingly baroque city center is now a Unesco World Heritage site.

The city is dominated by the Hohensalzburg Fortress, high above the rooftops of the historical district. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, it was built in 1077 and acquired its current look by about 1500. Visitors will get a panoramic view of the old city. Music and the arts are a huge part of the city’s life – so much so that it calls itself the Stage of the World – and thousands attend around 4,500 events every year, including the prestigious Salzburg Festival.

With all these events and attractions, a lively restaurant scene has grown up to serve the many locals and tourists, and there are dining options for every taste. Here the MCC team has put together a selection of the best places to eat.

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Blaue Gans

The Restaurant Blaue Gans Inn (Blue Goose) is one of the most luxurious restaurants in Salzburg.The original inn had served food to customers since 1350 and now that it has been turned into a boutique hotel, it has continued the tradition. Its cozy restaurant  with vaulted ceilings serves classic European and Austrian dishes, including offal, historic recipes and luxurious desserts.
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Call: +43 662 8424910
Address: 41-43, Getreidegasse, 5020 Salzburg

The Glass Garden Restaurant 

One of the restaurants within the five-star Hotel Schloss Monchstein, The Glass Garden is situated in the middle of a newly built glass dome –  which can be opened in good weather – giving diners spectacular views over the city. The gourmet a la carte menu is the Executive chef Markus Mayr, has been awarded four toques and one Michelin star, Find out more
Call: +43 662 84 855 50
Address: Mönchsberg Park 26, 5020 Salzburg

Imlauer Sky

Set within the Imlauer Hotel Pitter, The Sky restaurant, offering panoramic views of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, offers international as well as regional dishes in smart surroundings that include an outside terrace high above the streets. Open from breakfast onwards.
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Call: +43 662 88 978 666
Address: Rainerstraße 6, 5020 Salzburg

Esszimmer

This Michelin-starred restaurant offers a menu of contemporary Austrian dishes with classic influences served in a yellow-hued room with a fireplace. There’s also an outside terrace.
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Call: +43 662 87 08 99
Address: Müllner Hauptstraße 33, 5020 Salzburg 

Ikarus

Ikarus is a two-Michelin-star restaurant within the interesting concept of Hangar-7, home to the Flying Bulls collection of aircraft. Its even more edgy concept is that it has a guest chef, from all countries of the world, every month, so the menus change accordingly. The decor – as may be imagined from the location – is steel, glass and ultra-contemporary.
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Call: +43 662 21970
Address: Wilhelm-Spazier-Straße 7A, 5020 Salzburg

Bärenwirt 

This  old-world inn is known for its traditional dishes including schnitzels, fried chicken, bread dumplings and beer. The decor is plain and woodlined and there’s an outdoor terrace.
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Call: +43 662 422404
Address: Müllner Hauptstraße 8, 5020 Salzburg

803, St Peter Stiftskulinarium

The ‘803’ in the title of this restaurant refers to the years the monks’ cellar was first mentioned as a place involved in the wine trade. It’s been involved in the enjoyment of food and drink ever since. Classic dishes are served in the elegant surroundings of what is reputed to be Europe’s oldest restaurant.
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Call : +43 662 841 26 80
Address: Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1/4, 5020 Salzburg

Café Tomaselli

This historic cafe, the oldest coffee house in Austria, was founded in 1700 and the Tomaselli family has owned it since 1852.Today they serve their coffees with their renowned pastries, cakes and desserts, all made in-house, from 7am to 7pm, in their lofty, wood-paneled rooms.
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Call: +43 662 844 48 80
Address: Alter Markt 9, 5020 Salzburg

Cafe-Konditorei Fürst

One of several branches in the city, this was the original, opened by confectioner Paul Fürst in 1184, in a building that dates back to the 13th century. He became famous for his marzipan sweet the ‘Mozartkugel’ but today his descendants run cafes that serve their delicious cakes, pastries and desserts as well.
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Call: +43 662 84 37 59
Address: Brodgasse 13, 5020 Salzburg

Afro Cafe 

Jazz music and Africa meet in this small, bright café that serves from breakfast through to 8pm with smoothies, healthy food, African curries and more.
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Call: +43 662 844 88 80
Address: Bürgerspitalplatz 5, 5020 Salzburg

Café Sacher

Set in the Hotel Sacher, the Café Sacher offers gorgeous, red-plush surroundings in which to enjoy morning coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and most certainly at some point, a slice of the world-famous original Sacher-Torte cake, which has been delighting diners since 16-year-old apprentice chef Franz Sacher invented it for a royal dinner in 1832 after the head chef became ill.
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Call: +43 662 889 77 23 84
Address: Schwarzstraße 5-7, 5020 Salzburg

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