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Cafe Central

#59 of 2,949 Restaurants in Vienna
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Innere Stadt
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Herrengasse 14, Vienna A-1010, Austria
+43 1 533376324
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Today
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: This famous traditional cafe with its 130 year history was first opened in...
This famous traditional cafe 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 cafe was a meeting point for all ages. Unique architecture combined with the best coffee specialities, classic Viennese cuisine and finest home-made pastries make every visit a special experience.
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful

Very good service, reasonably priced. Food and drink was excellent. Orange juice was freshly squeezed. A refreshing old Austrian cafe feel.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Karolyn L
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Buffalo, New York
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Buffalo, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Very good service, reasonably priced. Food and drink was excellent. Orange juice was freshly squeezed. A refreshing old Austrian cafe feel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

After a long day visiting my daughter and I decided to try a mid-afternoon pastry at the Café Central, which had come highly recommended by our Viennese tour guide. I had the apfelstrudel with vanilla sauce and a Maria Theresia coffee (with orange liquor) and my daughter had a hot chocolate with whipped cream, and a chocolate cake with vanilla... More 

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Forget the waistline and treat yourself to a hot chocolate with cream and a picee of apple strudel. You won't be disappointed.

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38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This place is gorgeous. The desserts are very very good and the coffee is good. We recommend it, totally. The service needs to be improved because they take a lot of time to bring the food and to take an order.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The ambient is very good. It is like a mixture of history and modernity. Music is also very good, thanks to the pianist guy. The waiters are helpful and smiley. Service is on time. Food, wine, dessert, coffee, etc.. all was very good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful places in Vienna, especially if you go there in the morning before the tourist crowds arrive. Then you can watch elderly civil servants having a coffee before the coninue to their desk in the closeby ministries. The cakes are delicous, the service quick- and the whole atmosphere unique.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Good coffee and cakes, great ambiance and surprisingly good service compared to the usual Austrian waiter mannerisms

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Great ambiance, good drinks, good pastry, good for relaxing and chilling out. The beautiful interior and the music played by a pianist makes its all worth while to visit. But its always busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It is a truly authentic Viennese coffee-house. One of the few that remained unaffected by hype. The coffee is average. Food is quite alright, and the menu has all the traditional dishes. Nevertheless for me it remains a coffee-house. You can get a far better meal for less money elsewhere. Because of the central location, it tends to be a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stopped during lunch time and they still accommodated us for coffee and cake! Quick service for Vienna- perhaps as this is such a tourist place they want you in and out due to the queues of people ALWAYS at the door! Good Cake but coffee wasn't the best presented. Dated china ware. I've been once, I don't need to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Herrengasse 14, Vienna A-1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Innere Stadt
  • Neighborhood: Innere Stadt
  • Phone Number: +43 1 533376324

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 21
  • Cuisine: Austrian, Bakery, European, Dessert, German, Continental, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

This famous traditional cafe 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 cafe was a meeting point for all ages. Unique architecture combined with the best coffee specialities, classic Viennese cuisine and finest home-made pastries make every visit a special experience.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm

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