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Cafe Imperial

#7 of 100 Dessert in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Inner City
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Central European, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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Kaerntner Ring 16 | 1015 Vienna, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 50110389
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Zagreb, Croatia
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was amazing - the waiter was very polite, court, and attentive. Live piano music could be heard from a nearby showroom. Apfelstrudel was quite decent though not amazing.

Thank Juraj A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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331 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Legend has it that this cake was made for Emperor Franz Josef. And only in this café you can taste a real Imperial Torte and buy it with you. Although, in my opinion, here, a lot of other delicious pastries.

Thank Vladimir M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for light dinner. Had salads and soup and of course dessert and coffee. 50€ including tip. Small room across restaurant too. I am told most prestigious hotel in town, but did hot in lobby, Japanese, french and American couples on a late Monday nite.

Thank malcolmholoholo
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

It may be expensive but the ambience is lovely and the service impeccable. Like a previous reviewer, I was dressed casually in jeans and shirt but treated with the utmost respect. The cakes and coffee were top notch. A pleasant respite from the tourist track.

Thank James B
Cannon Hill
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113 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

great cocktails and good food, not much of a wine list as they do specialize in cocktails . good evening out

Thank 164jennyk
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We decided to come here for coffee and dessert after a long day of sightseeing. We chose this Café instead of Sacher because their signature Torte, (according to many reviews), seemed to be more flavourful. Now, after tasting both, I agree with those reviews. It was not as busy as Café Sacher, thus peaceful, comfortable and relaxing. Even though we... More 

Thank Anthi T
Paris, France
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We went twice, first day for lunch, the service was really good and the cakes really nice - especially the Apfelstrudel. The second day, we went for dinner, the service was ok, very slow though. The food is good.

Thank julie e
Santa Rosa, CA
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137 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We were having lunch in the Cafe waiting for our room to be readied. Both of us had a salad with jumbo shrimp - delicious. We were dining at about 2:00 or so and the telephone at the desk in the cafe was ringing almost non-stop -- such an irritation/disruption. It is simply too loud and we were seated in... More 

Thank MangoChetney
Sydney, Australia
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85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We decided to avoid the hype of the Sacher Hotel and have morning tea here instead, and we were not disappointed. The Mozart Torte was amazing, so tasty and moist. Hot Chocolates were presented beautifully. Service a little slow, but we were fine with that as it gave us a chance to just soak in the atmosphere of the city... More 

Thank RichardLOZ
Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I was recommend to go to Café Imperial and to forget about the buzz around Sacher. Since I'm a foodie, I decided to try them all. Service: beyond expectations, exactly like a high hand place can be. I don't understand the reviews that complain about the service. Since I was there along, I had the luxe to observe everything. Every... More 

Thank Dany G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Central European, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kaerntner Ring 16 | 1015 Vienna, Vienna 1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
  • Neighborhood: Inner City
  • Phone Number: +43 1 50110389

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Inner City

Neighborhood Profile
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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