The 11 Trendiest Restaurants In Vienna in 2023

The restaurants below are different in terms of atmosphere and culinary concepts; some feature vegetarian-forward menus, shared plates, or pan-Asian dishes, others might focus on natural wines. What unites them all is how cool they are. And slightly overpriced. Below, the hottest restaurant in Vienna at the moment.

Bruder is the coolest restaurant in Vienna at the moment – it’s downright icy! If hipster weren’t such a loaded word, I’d deploy it in this writeup, but instead I’ll say that Bruder is the type of place where servers wear baseball hats and tattoos, where jars of fermenting vegetables line the walls, and where natural wines come from countries such as Czechia. Crucially, though, Bruder is a serious establishment and there's no trace of the blithe arrogance that often plagues some comparably minded restaurants in Vienna.

In line with the New Nordic-school, the plates are packed with seasonal produce and homemade preserves, as was the case with my trout salad enlivened with fermented chickpeas and peanuts. The pure-tasting bratwurst with sauerkraut arrived, playfully, on a plate resembling a paper tray, the standard delivery vessel for sausages at the city's famed Würstelstands. My favorite was the poppy-seed noodles – a classic across former Habsburg lands – and elevated with mint leaves and apple variations: chutney, sorbet, and a sip of brandy. Daring and delicious. The three-course prix fixe, for €53, will leave you with a full stomach (options also include a two- and a six-course meal). Reservations are a must.

For the past decade, Mochi has been the go-to restaurant for Vienna’s well-heeled and well-informed Millennials. Show parents the place across the Danube Canal they keep hearing about? Mochi. Friends visiting from abroad? Mochi. Jazz up that dreadful covid-plagued Saturday evening? Mochi (delivery).

Mochi's short menu is centered on sushi and sashimi but other Japanese classics also appear. The karaage, bits of crunchy and tender chicken thighs, is as good as at a Tokyo food vendor. The yakitori – grilled and skewered meat anointed in a soy and mirin-spiked sauce – is charred and smoky. The wine list runs deep, with “classy” and “wild” options from Austria and abroad. A full meal and a drink comes out to €45 or so per person, less than in some other cities for similar fare; no surprise that Mochi received a Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin guide.

The success prompted the owners to expand the brand and today the group has three additional locations in Vienna, with concepts ranging from ramen to specialty Asian food retail. All of them well-oiled operations. Advance reservation is a must.

Tian Bistro is the more casual sister restaurant of Tian, the swanky Michelin-starred fine dining temple in downtown. The Bistro is located in the hip part of Vienna, in District 7’s Spittelberg neighborhood near the city center. The claim to fame of both places is their vegetarian-only lineup (guests can also opt for vegan).

Without the crutch of meat protein, these seasonal veggies pack more flavors than most of us are used to. You’re here for the €51 six-course tasting menu – the professional servers arrive with impressive-looking plates where colors, textures, and flavors play off against one another, as with the creamy, crackly, and charred zucchini variations filled with polenta. Or with the baby corn appearing as a paste, on the cob, and as pop corn. The cheesecake topped with chunks of marinated rhubarb is shockingly good.

There's an excellent wine list heavy on Austrian producers. All around, a highly recommended dining experience. After your meal, for a change of pace, you can drop in to one of the alternative watering holes around the corner from Tian: Bukowski or Kreisky.

It’s not unusual for a restaurant to flaunt its produce suppliers on the menu but often this is pure marketing gimmick. Not so with COP - Collection of Produce, a casually elegant restaurant in Vienna's city center (District 1) where seasonal ingredients do take center stage. In the summer, flavorful plates of crunchy baby corn, charred broccoli, and heirloom tomatoes were fighting for my attention with the roasted bone marrow and crispy Duroc pork. The concept is shared plates – of course; please blame the zeitgeist.

Inside, tall gray-plastered walls sync with the marble-topped tables (no tablecloths); blond Thonet chairs with cane seats and bentwood frames provide eye candy; red cushy banquettes dial up the energy. COP is part of Neni, a well-oiled international restaurant group based in Vienna. Plan on shelling out about €70 per person, with a drink included.

Nil is a chic Middle Eastern restaurant smack in the middle of Vienna’s District 7 in Siebensterngasse. Unlike with many nearby establishments, service here is pretense-free – it’s no surprise they’re packed every night of the week with well-off Viennese thirtysomethings.

The menu features reliable mid-range Levantine fare – muhammara, bab ganoush, falafel platters, tabbouleh, moussaka, kebabs and other grilled beef and lamb – with lots of vegan options and lively flavors. Given the consistent food and kind service, Nil is a safe destination for plunging into Vienna's most fashionable district while avoiding a potential disappointment. Mains are €18-22; wines, beers, and cocktails are also served.

Zum Schwarzen Kameel, which goes back to 1618, is a legendary restaurant within Vienna's upscale shopping district. This buzzing establishment has both fans and detractors and is best-known for the crowd it attracts: posh, showy, a bit vulgar, but altogether adorable middle-aged Viennese. Picture chic fifty-somethings enviably enjoying themselves with a chilled bottle of champagne. The restaurant's enormous terrace serves as a "see and be seen" stage throughout the whole year (heated in the winter).

Instead of pricey Viennese classics, you can also just drop in for a few of the open-faced sandwiches served from the display glass at the front. They're the specialty of the house (ham and horseradish! salmon! eggs spread!) and no one is going to turn up their noses at you if you get a few of those and a glass of the house Grüner while enjoying the vibes. Perhaps snobby, but not elitist is the Kameel!

O boufés is a pricey fish-forward restaurant in Vienna's city center and the sister project of the two-Michelin-starred Konstantin Filippou next door to it. Given the price points – a meal with a drink comes out to about €100 per person – businesspeople and well-off Viennese families fill most tables.

O boufés fits right into the international zeitgeist when it comes to design and concept: neo-Bauhaus lighting fixtures hang from the bare walls while tattoed servers scurry about with small plates and hazy bottles of natural wines in hand. The dishes are very tasty – sardine rilette; smoked catfish; walnut-inflected tuna tartar – but I kept wishing for more lively flavors and culinary excellence for these price points (a truly excellent dish is the €26 fish soup layered with saffron and a crabs-filled roll). And a little less eagerness on the side of the servers to "upsell" to customers.

But if you prefer the comforts of the city center and in search of a hip place with a strong wine program, O boufés is a good choice.

Busy with restaurants and bars, Vienna’s Lerchenfelder Strasse straddles the edgy-hip District 7 and the calmer and more residential District 8. Accordingly, even the trendier establishments, such as Oreno Ramen, have a neighborhoody feel. Four kinds of ramen – soy, miso, and salt-based broths, and a vegan version – lead the tiny menu into ever-more delicious territories.

The Korean fried chicken, crunchy bits of sweet-spicy thigh meat drizzled with daikon and sesame seeds, for example, is as wonderful as are the flavor bombs of fried gyozas. Food is prepared behind a steaming izakaya-type open kitchen, which is wrapped around by low tables and communal benches packed with happy-looking Viennese zoomers and Millennials. Reservations are recommended (by phone). For a post-meal drink, head to Cafe Anno up the street.

Rundbar is a natural wine bar and restaurant smack in the heart of Vienna's fashionable District 7. As often with such places, an inflated sense of cool afflicts the servers here a waiter the other day made a habit of pouring the wines on the go, two at a time, with varying degrees of success but on good days, Rundbar can be more than just a feel-good hangout for uninspired Viennese hipsters.

The place is the project of Weinskandal, a leading natural wine distributor, meaning that the wine selection is deep, especially the Austrian and French labels (pet-nat? yes! orange wines? of course!). The concept is small plates; especially good are the croquetas de jamon, the marinated catfish, and the cold cut selections. Beware, a few of those with a couple of glasses of wine will set you back by €50 or so. Advance reservation is recommended; closed on weekends.

If you’re curious about the hottest address among Viennese hipsters currently, head to Cafe Kandl. Fans of natural wines, staches, white socks, beanies, and wire-framed glasses will find themselves at home in this buzzing restaurant located in a District 7 side street. Both the food and the wine program capture our global zeitgeist: Kandl's vegetable-forward shared plates and easy-drinking reds would be familiar in places like northern Williamsburg, Brooklyn (its prices, too).

A highlight is the faux gras, a phony liver pâté made from mushrooms and wine gel and perched atop soft and crispy brioche. Updated takes of Austrian classics also appear, such as the savory Germknödel and the roasted liver with creamy potato. Kandl isn’t cheap: a few small bites and two glasses of wine quickly run up to €60 or so. Another warning: as is often the case with such unironically cool establishments, the servers can be a bit too "edgy."

Vienna’s young and fashionable fill the tables at Der Fuchs und die Trauben, a lively restaurant located in a District 7 side street. The short menu features small plates, some of them Spanish tapas (croquetas, padron pepper, jamon platters), others inspired by the food of Austria and Japan. A separate burger menu also exists, but you can safely bypass it.

You’re here for the atmosphere, which is fun thanks to a full house most evenings and the kind group of servers. Note the above-average cocktails and the solid wine list, with both natural and conventional producers. A meal with a drink comes out to about €35 per person. Next door is the similarly hopping though pricier Cafe Kandl, to compare and contrast. Reservations recommended.

Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, atmosphere, service, and price. To remain unbiased, I visit all places incognito and pay for my own meals and drinks. I never accept money in exchange for coverage. If you've enjoyed this article, please consider supporting me by making a one-time payment (PayPal, Venmo).