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Cafe Central

Travelers' Choice award winner
$$ - $$$
Inner City
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Soups, Central European, International
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Herrengasse 14, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 5333763
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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135 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful but popular so be prepared to queue. It is very much worth the wait as the cakes are wonderful and the service excellent, all set in a fantastic building with a superb ambience. Reasonably priced too.

Thank harlyc
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took friends to the Central for lunch and were surprised how friendly and efficient the waiters were. And the Schnitzl was great. Cafe Central is magnificient and touristy but they keep a Viennese charm. Long lines - make a reservation in advance...

Thank OnTheWay888
Springfield, New Jersey
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every little detail is exquisite in this café. The ambience is superb, the service is outstanding, the food is great.

Thank sandler0811
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My partner and I visited Vienna in early December to see the Christmas markets. Before travelling I had seen an article in a paper listing Cafe Central as one of the top ten places in the world to go for coffee, it did not disappoint - the coffee was so good! I am coeliac and I was very pleased with... More 

Thank Helen M
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is probably the best Cafe in Vienna. Sometimes there is a queque outside to wait for a free place. Normally i dont like to wait but it it really worth the time for waiting. The inside is beautiful and the service is perfect friendly and fast. we tried two cakes which were amazing but the Kaiserschmarren on the table... More 

Thank Christian V
San Dimas, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have read a lot of website's bad review before I went,but though it should not be that bad, today I truly received the waiter's BAD attitude.

Thank tiffanylu88
Albi, France
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227 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On a cold snowy day, we were surprised that there was no queue as we have read by other reviewers, so we were seated quickly. The service was impeccable throughout, professional and slick. We ordered lunch dishes which were all superb, breaded chicken, calfs liver which was amazing, and pork belly. We decided to have some of the tempting cakes... More 

Thank TarnMark81
Espoo, Finland
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

On a chily day we want warm ourself with a warm hot chocolate and some cake. Chocolate was not so dark as we would like to have, however, chokolate cake was perfect. Please be noticed, they didn't accept credit card.

Thank Pataassa68
Nazareth, Israel
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a perfect place and a very good food, but, it's expensive and I simply wanted to see more food inside those meals, to those that like to eat, it's not enough for you...

Thank RabiHana
bristol UK
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188 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We queued for about 20 minutes to get in and then waited a while to be served, however we were in no rush and the waiter was very professional and the food very nice. But hot chocolate in a cheap milkshake glass? Lovely interior and not too expensive.

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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
$6 - $20
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Soups, Central European, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Herrengasse 14, Vienna 1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
  • Neighborhood: 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 center. 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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