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Cafe Central

Travellers' Choice award winner
$$ - $$$
Inner City
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Soups, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly
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Herrengasse 14, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 5333763
10:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Im so glad my friends brought me here! The place is very cozy and soothing together with the live piano music just perfect to just sit back and relax and enjoy their luscious desserts! Their apple struddle was lovely! And the viennese coffee was awesome! Im sure i would come back here.

Thank PaulaSanchezC
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a very good Wiener schnitzel for lunch. A casual dining experience - for me personally because of the history of famous diners down the centuries !

Thank NicoleHug
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Quickly stopped off here at the end of the day for a quick drink and a sausage dish. The atmosphere was lovely with a piano being played in the background. The ceiling and decoration in the cafe are absolutely lovely..... much like the food!

Thank David E
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went for brunch and there was a great selection of brunch style food and the coffee was very good. Beautiful old style Viennese building and service was excellent.

Thank anna T
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes this is a Viennese institution but it is overpriced and does not provide particularly high quality food. The risotto I had was like porridge and just about as tasty.. Service is efficient but not what you would describe as warm.

Thank John J
Matamoros, Mexico
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Is a must if you are a historical cafe lover. Cafe Central has been visited for many important people. Is why I made the decision to go there. After around 20 minutes line, waiting, finally, got a table. The place is very nice, the architecture, got the feeling, travel in time. The quality of food is excellent and the service.... More 

Thank Perla E
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

10 minutes to order, 10 minutes to bne served and 15 minutes to pay. We asked for the bill 3 times, friendly waiters, nice place but anything else!

Thank Sonia Y
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate breakfast at cafe central on Friday morning. Unfortunately the menu lacks variety. The food itself was not fresh, the bread was stale. Must say it was very disappointing.. However the deserts did look very appetizing, however after the food we received prior we decided to not even try them out.

Thank Eden L
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A long queue outside was worth the wait in the end. Classic Viennese cafe, grand surroundings and decor. Organised and efficient service, the waiters were friendly and helpful, which was a first in comparison with all the other establishments we visited. Menu was traditional fare, well presented and priced as expected in the central tourist area. I had goulash soup,... More 

Thank JP S
Drammen, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came in after dinner to enjoy some drinks. Great ambience, busy buzz, friendly and professional staff and lovely music played live by a grand piano player. The room in itself is worth visiting for its beauty. Romanesque domed ceiling, decorated columns and Viennese Tonnet chairs and tables make it a place to see.

Thank EiWiSu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Soups, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Herrengasse 14, Vienna 1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
  • Neighbourhood: Inner City
  • Phone Number: +43 1 5333763
This famous traditional café with its 130 year history was first opened in 1876 and at the turn of the 20th century it was a popular meeting point for leading lights in the world of art, literature, politics and science such as Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, Peter Altenberg and Leo Trotzki. Then, like today, the legendary literature café was a meeting point for all ages, regular guests, Viennese locals and visitors. Unique architecture combined with the best coffee specialities, classic Viennese cuisine and finest home-made pastries make every visit a special experience. Daily Live Piano Music from 5pm on! Reservations are strongly recommended to avoid waiting time - upon availability. Many thanks in advance for your understanding!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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