A guide to the best restaurants in Portschach

There’s plenty to tempt in this elegant Austrian town. You’ll find plenty of traditional restaurants serving regional specialities, but there’s also some Italian restaurants and a couple of cafes. Wherever you go to eat, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome on your Austria break.

More than just coffee at Lissi's Cafe der Genuss Laden

This is the town’s most well-loved cafe. Decorated in a cute, traditional style, with a beautiful shaded outdoor garden, it has a homely atmosphere that will make you want to stay for hours. As well as coffee and homemade cakes, Lissi’s serves delicious, seasonal Carinthian food. The pasta filled with wild mushrooms and pumpkin is a knock-out.

Real Carinthian hospitality at Portschacher Stuberl

This cafe-restaurant, located on the town’s high street, is the real deal. With a friendly owner and welcoming staff, you’ll feel right at home. The restaurant serves country-style Austrian classics and regional Carinthian fare. Try the pork steak or cabbage rolls. There’s an extensive list of local wines too.

Unbeatable pizza at Ciao Ciao

Located on the main road coming into town, this is the perfect place for a pit stop after a busy day of sightseeing. This family-friendly restaurant mixes a buzzing atmosphere with Italian classics – the pizza and pasta are especially delicious.

A traditional welcome at Zocklwirt

This old-style tavern was named after the previous landlady’s wooden slippers, known as zockln. Relax in this traditionally decorated tavern or sit outside in the flower-filled garden, surrounded by hills and forest. Zocklwirt serves two types of regional Austrian cuisine – Styrian and Carinthian. Expect hearty, well-cooked portions.

A local hangout at Dorfwirt

Located away from the main tourist drag, this friendly neighbourhood restaurant is perfect for those looking for a more authentic Austrian experience. You’ll be given a warm welcome and served hearty portions of classic Austrian dishes such as goulash and schnitzel. On a summer’s afternoon, their biergarten is the perfect outdoor spot for a cold beer.

Wonderful homemade bread at Backerei Wienerroither

This bakery meets restaurant is the town’s most popular breakfast destination, serving homemade bread, croissants, fresh juice and aromatic coffee. It’s also the place to go for a sugar fix, as it serves homemade ice cream and indulgent cakes.

Lakeside dining at Strandleben

This is one of the town’s best located restaurants, with a large terrace right on the banks of the lake – a perfect spot to watch the sun set. The restaurant serves simple, well-cooked Italian food. Expect pizza and pasta alongside crisp salads, as well as a few Austrian dishes. The menu contains a detailed allergy guide too.

Delicious dishes at Thomas Gruber

This simple but stylishly decorated restaurant is known for its excellent hospitality and delicious food. Their chef was recently named one of Austria’s best by Rolling Pin Magazine. The restaurant is a melting pot for different cuisines, from local Carinthian food to Asian sushi, so you’re bound to find a few surprises on the menu.

Italian style at Corso

This stylish, modern restaurant serves Italian food with an emphasis on freshness and quality. You’ll find more than just pizza and pasta here – there’s also a lot of fish dishes on the menu. The saffron risotto with grilled shrimps is particularly sumptuous.

Spoilt for choice at Franzl's

This restaurant is popular with both tourists and locals. Decorated in a traditional style, it offers a warm welcome and a large menu, ranging from classic Austrian fare to pizza and fresh seafood. It’s a perfect spot for groups and families during your Austrian holiday.