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7 best restaurants in Salzburg you should visit without fail

Yes, there is baroque architecture, scintillating skyline and alpine extravaganza. But that shouldn’t keep you away from tasting the delicious Austrian cuisine. From fine dining restaurants to rustic eateries to Michelin-starred establishments, these are the best restaurants in Salzburg. Along with the wonderful sights, the impeccable taste of the food will also linger in your hearts.

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1. St. Peter Stiftskulinarium

Set within the walls of St. Peter’s Abbey, St. Peter Stiftskulinarium established in 803 A.D. is the oldest operating restaurant in the world. But with the innovative cooking methods & the excellent craftsmanship, the restaurant is far ahead of the times.

Inside the restaurant are 11 historical dining rooms, each distinct in their own way. Visiting the restaurant during the summer? Make sure to dine in the inner courtyard & lounge. Dining in St. Peter Stiftskulinarium will make you a part of history.

Price range: €21-40
Must eats: Wiener Schnitzel, Braised & pink roast of wild rabbit, Wine
Address: Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1/4, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

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2. Gasthaus Zwettler’s

Gasthaus Zwettler is where traditional Austrian hospitality meets modernity. The 160-year-old restaurant with vaulted ceiling needs no introduction. The restaurant management takes it upon themselves to ensure the quality of the food served is top-notch.

All the ingredients here are sourced from the best of ingredients making sure you have a wonderful experience. Gasthaus Zwettler is a great place for lunch and given the excellent taste, the restaurant buzzes with visitors all the time, so do make a prior reservation.

Price range: €11-20
Must eats: Beer, Wiener Schnitzel, Beef Goulash
Address: Kaigasse 3, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

3. Esszimmer

Esszimmer is an award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant in Salzburg. Styled elegantly, Esszimmer presents classic Austrian cuisine in a creative form. Walk into the restaurant with zero expectations, owner Andreas Kaiblinger & his team will take you on an unforgettable journey filled with a world of flavours.

Every dish is so neatly plated that you will find it hard to disrupt the arrangement and eat it. Come during summer and you can enjoy your food on the patio under the sunlight. The restaurant can also be booked exclusively during special occasions.

Price range: Above €41
Must eats: Wine, Mashed potato, Venison, Duck
Address: Müllner Hauptstraße 33, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

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4. Indian restaurant Taj Mahal

If you are an Indian traveller in Salzburg and already missing Indian food, then go on an escape to Indian restaurant Taj Mahal. The interior of the restaurant carries Indian colours and is illuminated by amber lighting which adds to its one-of-a-kind setting. And the service here is really swift. So, you’d better be prepared to eat fast.

Unlike other restaurants in Salzburg, Taj Mahal offers an extensive range of vegetarian options. Try out this restaurant – if you are looking for a change from the typical Austrian food. During festive days, the restaurant gets a complete changeover adding to the festive feel.

Price range: €11-30
Must eats: Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken
Address: Bayerhamerstraße 13, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

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5. Bärenwirt

Serving the people of Salzburg with great food and excellent service from the 17th century, Bärenwirt is one of the oldest inns in Austria. And at the heart of the restaurant is the motive to serve the visitors with the best ‘backhendl’ possible in the country and Bärenwirt does it with conviction.

And the exciting part about dining at Bärenwirt is the terrace seating. On a clear day, you get to soak in the best of views.

Price range: €11-20
Must eats: Schnitzel, Potato Salad, Backhendl
Address: Müllner Hauptstraße 8, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

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6. Die Weisse

Established in the 1900’s, Die Weisse is the oldest wheat beer brewery in Austria. Notably enough, it is also the first brewery in Austria to offer gluten-free bio wheat beer. While the brewery has undergone several changes over the years, the original recipe used in Die Weisse has remained the same.

And mind you, this is not just a brewery. The traditional restaurant setting here makes it a great place to dine with the locals and learn a bit or two about the thriving culture.

Price range: €11-20
Must eats: Beer, Sauerkraut, Cordon Bleu, Bratwurst
Address: Rupertgasse 10, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

7. Burgerista

As you would have guessed from the name, Burgerista is all about burgers. And it is very easy to assume that burgers in Burgerista are just like any other commodity. But for the management, burgers are more than just business. It is their way of life. Take a bite and you can feel their passion.

The delicious range of burgers on offer will keep you occupied for long. But worry not you have company. The homemade lemonade comes with free refills. If you are a fan of burgers, this place is a must-visit.

Price range: Under €10
Must eats: Burgers
Address: Griesgasse 15, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

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