Zell am See is a traditional Austrian lakeside village and its restaurants follow suit. The vast majority offer a hefty list of Austrian favourites that are intermixed with international cuisine. In the middle you'll find a few exclusively restaurants providing you with tastes from all over the world, including Italian and Thai, to name a few. But their village settings will always make them local at heart.
There's very little you won't find in the way of choice at Deins & Meins, a sleek brasserie-type restaurant that's shaded with a purple glow. Steak, goulash, pizza, mac n' cheese, venison schnitzel with dumplings, burgers and chips all deck the menu, not to mention pasta topped with pigs in a blanket.
Classic Austrian cuisine in an upscale setting is what you get here, with steaks and soups of the day for the traditional, and for something different try the Bavarian boiled beef. Desserts are top notch, with lemon sorbet, souffle with cranberries and caramel sauce and chocolate mousse with pistachio ice cream up for grabs.
The Villa Crazy Daisy is on a busy corner and features outdoor seating ripe for people watching on your holiday to Austria. The food here is vast and varied, with everything from burgers and chips, steak, salad and pizza on the menu, plus a long list of beers at the bar.
To mix up the Austrian fare, Ban Thai comes to the rescue. As the name and the decor suggest, Thai food is the speciality here, so you can expect to find ample amounts of pad Thai, soup and curries that are spiced to order.
When we say there's a little bit of everything at Brasserie Traube, we mean it. Here, you can find curried chicken and barbecue ribs, schnitzel, steak and chilli prawns, pizza, mixed grills and everything in between. The presentation is especially lovely, as are the generous portion sizes.
You probably guessed that The Burger Factory specialises in burgers, and if so, you'd be correct. But not just any burgers. Here, the burgers are organic and fresh, then topped with everything from brie cheese to bacon and eggs. On the side you'll find coleslaw, fries and a sweet potato option too, plus plenty of craft beers.
Kupferkessel buzzes with a busy pub atmosphere, where the walls are decorated with vintage bikes and traditional Austrian food is interspersed with international favourites. There's a lot of diversity on the menu, with the likes of steak and burgers, pizza, grilled fish, soup and pasta.
Seewirt das Restaurant combines upscale food with a more rustic atmosphere in a lodge-style building stashed right up along the lake. On the menu, you'll find venison with a side of cow berry sauce, fish, dumpling soup and beef, plus a whole host of desserts including chocolate cake sweetened with dragon fruit and avocado ice cream.
Another way to mix up Austrian cuisine is with a pie from Pizzeria Giuseppe. It's a no-fuss spot that serves up pizza with a nice thin crust, plus other Italian favourites including pasta topped with a hefty portion of seafood, risotto and ravioli.
The views steal the show at this charming little restaurant, tucked up in the hillside away from the crowds and overlooking the village, lake and mountains beyond. The food is beautiful too, with meat and cheese platters, apple strudel and pints of beer.