A guide to the best restaurants in St Gilgen
This quaint lakeside village stays true to its roots, with restaurants that serve interesting variations of traditional Austrian cuisine. Most restaurants offer local, homemade food and wonderful panoramic views of the nearby lake, so there’s lots of delicious cuisine to enjoy on your Austria break.
An Austrian feast at Wirt Am Gries
This local restaurant is one of the town’s most popular dinner spots, and it’s easy to see why. It has a rustic yet stylish interior and a large beer garden, perfect for the summer. Here you’ll find Austrian classics alongside more innovative fare such as stinging nettle and cheese dumplings as well as white chocolate tart with rhubarb and rosehip ice-cream.
A meat lover's paradise at Angusta
It’s located off the main tourist drag, but make sure you seek out Angusta. This atmospheric, wooden-beamed restaurant serves the best Angus beef steak, cooked slowly on a wood-burning grill. Try it with the show-board, a platter of side dishes, for an extravagant, delicious meal.
Hang out with the locals at Brunetti
This town centre restaurant has a lively atmosphere come evening, and is a local favourite for a beer and a bite. Tuck into well-cooked Austrian food such as wiener schnitzel and homemade egg noodles known as spatzle.
Refuel after a swim at Brunnwind
Located next to the village’s bathing beach, Brunnwind is the perfect place for hungry swimmers to refuel. This modern building has large windows which offer a stunning view of the lake, while the restaurant caters to all tastes, serving a mixture of traditional Austrian dishes and European classics.
Food with a view at Cafe-Restaurant Muhlradl
Located on a gentle slope outside the town centre, this family-run restaurant looks out over the village, Lake Wolfgangsee and the mountains beyond. Enjoy the view from their terrace or inside the restaurant as you tuck into classic Austrian dishes served with a smile. You’ll also find coffee and indulgent cakes.
A hungry walker's paradise at Larchenhutte
This traditional Austrian hut is located midway up the Zwolferhorn mountain, so it’s the perfect place for a pit-stop after a walk. The large garden has stunning mountain views, and the staff leave out baskets of fleece blankets so you can enjoy it during the colder months. Tuck into hearty, homemade Austrian fare, and if you’re lucky, you might be treated to some pine schnapps afterwards.
A taste of the Mediterranean in St Gilgen at M
This lakeside restaurant is the perfect place if you want food with a view, whilst enjoying a lighter alternative to Austrian cuisine. Here you can enjoy crisp salads and fish dishes alongside Italian classics such as pizza, pasta and gnocchi.
Fine dining at Haus am Hang
This upmarket restaurant offers delicious, Mediterranean-inspired fine dining. They have delicious tasting menus as well as a la carte options, offered with exquisite wine pairings. Though, it’s more suitable for couples and groups of adults than it is for families with children.
Get your chocolate fix at Cafe Eissalon Dallmann
Those with a sweet tooth will love this cosy cafe. The owner is well known for making delicious strudels, tortes and Mozartkugels – chocolate-covered nougat and marzipan balls. He even runs cooking workshops where he’ll teach you how to make them.
A culinary journey through Eastern Europe with Gasthaus Gimsenwirt
Located a short drive out of town, this restaurant is worth the visit. Gasthaus Gimsenwirt has modern decor, with touches of traditional Austrian charm. The kitchen staff have selected dishes from countries in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, giving a modern twist to their grandmothers’ recipes. Try the Somlauer Nockerl – a Hungarian dessert speciality.