Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Past residents include Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. In these COVID-19 times, it’s essential to live life to the full and visit inspiring destinations like Vienna whilst ensuring your experience is as safe as possible.
In this review, we investigate the top 10 best outdoor dining experiences in Vienna. By staying outdoors, these eateries are as safe from COVID-19 as you can get while still offering an exquisite dining experience.
1. Riding Dinner’s Private Horse and Carriage Rides
Vienna’s baroque streetscapes, imperial palaces, historic and contemporary buildings, and coffee-house culture give the city an atmosphere like nowhere else, but what if I told you that you could experience pretty much all of this while you dine?
How is this even possible? Well, the answer is Riding Dinner’s private, magical, and memorable Horse and Carriage Rides. These rides will show you the sights in style and come with sparkling wine, sandwiches, petit fours, and a Butler. Also, when you book a carriage, it’s always exclusively for you, with no other people, so you are as safe as possible.
Riding Dinner has been created by enthusiasts of both Vienna and delicious food. Their desire is to combine culinary arts, sightseeing, and Viennese tradition in a memorable experience whilst also conveying the cultural and traditional values of the magnificent city of Vienna.
We recommend their aptly named ‘Sparkling Sightseeing Tour’, a memorable 60 or 40-minute journey pulled along by horses in your own carriage. Whilst aboard, you will enjoy delicious Austrian sparkling wine and small savory and sweet delicacies from traditional Viennese restaurants and former suppliers of the Austrian royal court.
Besides the coachman, you will be accompanied by your butler, who will take care of your every need and will also serve the food and drinks. This truly is the most exclusive table in the entire city, and its alfresco nature means that you can feel safe while you indulge.
Riding Dinner also offers 90-minute Culinary Sightseeing tours featuring delicious 3-course menus from hand-picked Viennese restaurants as well as shorter 40-minute seasonal tours with drinks and a personal coachman.
2. Atmosphere Rooftop Bar, The Ritz-Carlton
Located next to Stadtpark, directly on the famous Ring Boulevard within the city center, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna combines the charm of four historical buildings with contemporary interior design. It is one of the best luxury hotels in Vienna.
Atmosphere Rooftop Bar on the 8th floor is the hot spot with its spectacular views over the city, whether as a lounge in summer or as the most exclusive Christmas Market in winter. This is a superb place to relax under the stars and enjoy a beverage and a light bite.
3. Dstrikt Steakhouse, The Ritz-Carlton
Dstrikt brings thoughtfulness and flair to a steakhouse experience. Enjoy rare prime cuts and more in one of Vienna’s prime locations and share our enthusiasm for steaks that are “made in Austria”. Best of all, there’s a fantastic pavement terrace at this restaurant, separated from the pavement by glass dividers and with intimate tables and chairs sat under an awning that spans the breadth of the exterior of this section of the hotel. This is a truly gorgeous place to sit and watch the world go by.
4. Motto Am Fluss Terrace
The Motto Am Fluss stands for a cosmopolitan outlook, personal service, and modern, contemporary international cuisine with an Austrian focus. Since 2010, the Motto am Fluss has enriched the Twin-City Liner’s landing stage in one of the most fascinating quarters of the city – on the banks of the Danube Canal in the heart of Vienna.
This calm oasis in the middle of the city includes a superb café with a large terrace and a view as far as the Kahlenberg. Here, fresh preparation and organic produce take priority. The menu has breakfast highlights, healthy bistro dishes, and desserts from their in-house patisserie. In addition, there are fresh smoothies, homemade lemonade and home-baked bread. All these goodies can be enjoyed alfresco on the deck, with live DJs giving the terrace a “cool” vibe.
Hollerkoch restaurant offers a terrace out on the pavement in front of this delicious eaterie. New England style seating complete with oversized comfy cushions and sheepskin fur throws cozy up under an awning that protects you from the sun.
Out the back, there is even more space with lots of white seating in a garden area, and an alfresco cobbled side ally with romantic booths offers even more outdoor dining space. The food on offer is excellent seasonal Austrian cuisine.
With more space, larger distances, and heated outdoor seating under a roof, Mochi is the best fusion sushi restaurant in Vienna. Outside at Mochi, you have green trees and pots of vegetation, bringing greenery to the historic setting.
7. Le Meridien Vienna Summer Terrace
Open during the summer months, the Summer Terrace at Le Meridien Vienna is open for full-day dining, with a light and tasty lunch and a dinner menu featuring Mediterranean, Asian, and Arabic-inspired delights.
The terrace itself is lovely, with cushioned wooden seating on cobblestones. White parasols protect the seating from the sun, and clumps of bushes and lavender surround the tables. The view looks out over some lovely lawned gardens speckled with trees.
The delicate parasols and sunny ambiance created by numerous tropical palms in the Mediterranean garden at Lucullus make this the perfect place to enjoy Mediterranean food. This restaurant is found in Vienna’s 3rd district and is not to be missed.
8. Rado’s Gastwirtschaft
Rado’s Gastwirtschaft served up an Austrian favorite: the Wiener Schnitzel. The Wiener Schnitzel is baked in their house in the classic “Viennese style” at 180 ° C out of the pan.
The Viennese love their golden brown and crispy schnitzel with homemade potato and bird salad. When you eat here, you can enjoy your Wiener Schnitzel outside as there are plenty of tables outside in front of the restaurant.
9. Regina Margherita
For Pizza in a jungly setting, Regina Margherita is for you. The pizza here has an excellent reputation, but it’s the terrace we like. You enter through a sea of verdant green plants, and if you want to eat outside, there is plenty of seating under the awning and looking out onto the adjacent square.
Labstelle is chic and minimalist. Sit outside in a fairly narrow corridor on metal seating with cocktail-style multicolored parasols sitting above them. They say that their ingredients change like the weather, but are the best and from the best producers they know. Their seasonal and regional cuisine is not to be missed.
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