We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Cafe Imperial

#11 of 90 Dessert in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Inner City
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Central European, Delicatessen, Contemporary
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Karntner Ring 16 | 1015 Vienna, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 50110389
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

312 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 154: English reviews
Level Contributor
141 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cafe Imperial inside the five star Imperial Hotel provides Viennese Gourmet Food. The food was averagely okay, but was too salty which does not really suit our appetite. This includes the Austrian soup which is highly overcooked. The service was nice, people were friendly and attentive along the whole meal. The ambience was nice but the windows were a... More 

Thank Justin C
Venice, Italy
Level Contributor
44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was coming here as a kid and always getting enchanted by the perfection of the atmosphere and the exrtraordinary service. It was like being part of a movie. Recently the cafè has lost most of its charme. Kitsch modern chandeliers have damaged the magic allure. Service is disappointing. I asked a salad without tomatoes: I got a salad with... More 

Thank frequentlyaround
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A quaint and regal cafe. Excellent attention by staff. Food quality outstanding. We had breakfast here and it was the perfect way to start the day

Thank David S
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We wanted a slice of cake while in Vienna, and were choosing between the Sacher hotel, Dremel and eventually the Imperial. We chose the Imperial and couldn't have been more satisfied. The beautiful wooden boxes for take home create a worthy transport for this delicacy, but there is no question that this is one of the finest cakes in the... More 

Thank world1explorer
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
59 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Hotel Imperial, of which we discovered this cafe a part of it. We only went there on the ground floor to try it at the end of our short stay in Vienna. The cafe was very tidy, clean, posh, and had delicious offers on its menu. I do remember that for some strange reason it took... More 

Thank eurostays
East Sussex, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
101 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated the eve of our 30th wedding anniversary here - my wife wanted to tr their renowned Wiener schnitzel and was not disappointed. The schnitzel was absolutely superb, light, golden, fluffy....just perfect. They knew it was our anniversary and we were offered a glass of champagne to begin the evening and after our meal they brought a plate of... More 

1 Thank T B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Cafe imperial is a special place in the city centre, ideal for watching the world go by. I came in for a light lunch and had the tafelspitz and imperial tart. The tafelspitz was excellent but I will most likely return for the tart. I even got a tart to take away and they pack it nicely for you. Definitely... More 

Thank jeewhizz
Aubrey, Texas
Level Contributor
265 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We just adore the Imperial Hotel and with some packages breakfast can be included. It is worth it as the selection is amazing and part of the Imperial experience!

Thank Drtamaragrosz
Level Contributor
85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Weisser Sparger (white asparagus) is in season in June and we felt lucky to get some in the form of a delicious soup. We also had salmon with asparagus & gnocchi and an order of Tafelspitz (boiled beef with rosti (fried grated potatoes) and apple-horseradish sauce). All were excellent. Service was good, as were the wines. For dessert we had... More 

Thank Robert S
Newick, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

It looked good and probably was, judging from the large number of full tables, however after being ignored and pushed past twice by the waiter we just wanted to ask about a table, we left. The only experience of Incivility we have had in a great city with great service and helpful people everywhere. Probably just bad luck that we... More 

1 Thank Steve_feb2016

Travelers who viewed Cafe Imperial also viewed

Vienna, Vienna Region
Vienna, Vienna Region
Vienna, Vienna Region
Vienna, Vienna Region

Been to Cafe Imperial? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Central European, Delicatessen, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, 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: Karntner Ring 16 | 1015 Vienna, Vienna 1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
  • Neighborhood: Inner City
  • Phone Number: +43 1 50110389

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cafe Imperial and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Cafe Imperial staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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.