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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
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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Hayling Island
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be prepared to queue, its worth the wait. Traditional Austrian fare served in classic surroundings. Staff are are friendly, service is excellent. You are are not hurried. A wonderful experience.

Thank rogerpB6317LA
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Human hair in the strudel, say no more!!! Bad experience, you wait 30 minutes for a table to order something and then this is what you get.

Thank Liviu C
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Traditional Viennese cafe centrally located. The inside of the building itself is beautiful. Service is good. The food options are varied, and reasonably priced as well as the lovely selection of cakes. We arrived on a Saturday around midday and there was a small queue out the door but it soon moved through. Highly recommended a must see when visiting... More 

Thank P_head83
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As far as old school cafe houses go, this one is by far the most popular and there will be a Q unless you are very lucky. The inside is very cheesy traditional and the service is clearly catered for getting tourists in and out as quickly as possible which is fair enough. They have a pastry / cake counter... More 

Thank Meike M
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This cafe was too famous, and most of people there were tourists. The internal environment was classic and cozy, but the coffee was nothing special but over-priced. We can find other place in Vienna with better food/beverage easily and more reasonable prices.

Thank EvY03tw
Vienna, Austria
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After seeing the concert in Hofburg Kappelle, we decided to have brunch at Café Central and it was just perfect ! We did not have any reservation and had to wait for 15 minutes in the qeue but that was fine.

Thank 57Tristan
Moscow, Russia
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Worth queing at the door - the restaurant is a must for a good taste of traditional cuisine. It doesn't feel crowded though it accomodates a great number of visitors. The original interiors are well maintained, the staff are efficient. A piece of advise - though you can eat hot food and salads, do try some of their mouth-eatering desserts... More 

Thank Katherine A
Owermoigne Dorset
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116 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful classic decor and fantastic cakes make this a must do when visiting Vienna. We had good friendly service and enjoyed all the dishes which included goulash soup and beetroot risotto in addition to the warm strudel and cooked cheesecake. Lovely surroundings to enjoy a breather from the sightseeing and markets.

Thank TLPaul
Market Deeping, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came across the cafe central by accident. We joined the short queue and were seated within 10 minutes which was great being 6 of us. We enjoyed a light lunch of soup and roll followed by delicious deserts. A real treat and can highly recommend.

Thank Janthecat
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was a delight. On a crisp winters evening we were able to sit outside under a patio heater with cosy blankets provided. Lovely food and polite, attentive staff. We visited twice on our holiday and no doubt will be back on our next visit to Vienna

Thank Lynn J

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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
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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?

Staying in Inner City

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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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