Contemporary Austrian brilliance in the heart of historic Vienna


On the Pass

Heinz Reitbauer

Let’s start with the setting: Much like chef Heinz Reitbauer’s cuisine, the restaurant itself combines the historic with the uber-contemporary. The original building dates from 1904, but the striking mirrored-glass extension has walls that raise up in the summer months to create semi al-fresco dining in Vienna’s green Stadtpark. The blonde wood and concrete interior is airy, stylish and sophisticated.

The art of hospitality: Steirereck has long been a feature at the upper end of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list – and while that’s undoubtedly down to the chef’s vision and skill, it’s also a reflection of the outstanding and ever-evolving hospitality that is proffered, all orchestrated by doyenne of the dining room Birgit Reitbauer. Her warmth, attention to detail and deep knowledge is reflected across the team, and has created an atmosphere that attracts global gourmets as well as locals.

A taste of Austria: Chef Reitbauer, who took over the family restaurant almost 20 years ago, has forged a unique culinary identity, which is heavily research-driven, sustainable and, of course, delicious. It’s also fundamentally Austrian, with numerous unknown or long-forgotten ingredients brought to the fore, including rare breeds of meat and fish and near-extinct fruit and vegetable varieties. Herbs and vegetables are grown on the building’s rooftop alongside its own beehives. Dishes on the exquisite tasting menu (there’s also an à la carte option) include white asparagus with fig leaf and rhubarb; pike with young spinach, gooseberries and fava beans; and calf’s liver with hop sprouts, celery and blue fenugreek.

Trolley action: This restaurant – and its customers – love a well-laden trolley. The bread trolley shows off the creativity of Austrian bakers, with 25 varieties on offer. There are also aperitif trolleys, a tea trolley, a cheese selection to die for, one national and one international digestif trolley and, before Christmas, one for vanillekipferl – the traditional Austrian crescent-shaped biscuit.


Steirereck, Am Heumarkt 2A im Stadtpark A-1030 Vienna, Austria

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