8 places to enjoy a cosy Christmas dinner in Vienna

8 places to enjoy a cosy Christmas dinner in Vienna
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Most Austrians celebrate Christmas (on December 24th) at home with their families. It can feel a little lonely in the capital Vienna if you’re not with family, so if that’s the case, or you’re just visiting for the holidays, here’s our pick of the cosiest and best restaurants for a traditional Viennese dinner.

It’s a good idea to book ahead – and remember to ask about special Christmas menus or events. Christmas Day, December 25th, tends to be quieter, with many places closed – so do check beforehand. Traditional Austrian Christmas foods include fried carp, roast goose or turkey, baked ham, Lebkuchen and Christmas cookies, as well as Sacher torte – served of course with Glühwein and Rumpunsch.

1st district

ef16 – a modern restaurant and wine bar in the city centre, offering a menu full of regional and seasonal produce. 

Fleischmarkt 16, http://www.ef16.at/xmas

Plachutta – something of a Vienna institution, famous for its boiled beef (Tafelspitz) and other Viennese classics.

Wollzeile 38, www.plachutta.at

2nd district

Skopik & Lohn – a high-end restaurant which is a favourite with Vienna ‘foodies’. Cosy but modern, with a menu which combines Austrian, French and Italian influences. 

Leopoldsgasse 17, www.skopikundlohn.at

Don't forget to indulge in some Christmas cookies… Photo: Clara/Wikimedia

4th district

Wiener Wirtschaft – a comfortable and unpretentious Viennese restaurant focussing on homey dishes and seasonal ingredients.

Wiedner Hauptstraße 27-29, www.wienerwirtschaft.com

5th district

Restaurant Silberwirt – a cosy 200-year-old pub restaurant (Beisl) which is very popular with locals, situated in a historic 14th century building complex.

Schlossgasse 21 www.silberwirt.at

6th district

Hotel Kummer Restaurant & Bar – this 4 star hotel on Vienna's main shopping street Mariahilfer Straße has a restaurant serving traditional Viennese specialties and international cuisine.

Mariahilfer Straße 71A, www.hotelkummer.at

7th district

Hotel Sans Souci – a boutique hotel in Vienna’s hip 7th district, just around the corner from the Museumsquartier, with a small restaurant offering Christmas and New Year’s Eve meals.


9th district

Restaurant Zur Goldenen Kugel – a creative take on traditional Viennese cuisine in a quiet, non-touristy neighbourhood.

Lazarettgasse 6, www.zurgoldenenkugel.at