The English translation of the name is” The Copper Cauldron” which you will see reflected around the premises. From the outside it is very difficult to judge what type of establishment it is or its size. Inside it is much bigger that its appearance would suggest. An apt description of the décor might be wacky. It would be a shame to spoil the surprise by saying more.
Being a large restaurant it might be felt that it will be impersonal. That is not the case as the staff take great care to get to know their customers. Because of this you may have to wait some time before your order is taken. The staff are always visiting the kitchen and so make sure food is brought to the table as soon as it is ready. Rarely do you hear the bell ring for “service”.
And what food! Small portions are unknown in this establishment. Not only that but it is cooked to perfection. You could believe that there is one chef looking after the meat, another the fish, another the vegetables and yet another preparing the salads. In our two meals we covered a range of dishes – burger, fish and poultry and it was all of the same high standard.
There is an extensive wine list including a number of wines from Italy where the owners may have family contacts. We had a bottle of Italian one night and an Austrian the other and both were of the same high standard.
Zell am Zee has many restaurants of dubious standards but the Kupferkessel stands head and shoulders above them – look nowhere else to eat.