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“Oh yes! Explosion of taste senses!”

MAYER's Restaurant at Schloss Prielau
Ranked #34 of 80 Restaurants in Zell am See
Price range: $0 - $34
Cuisines: Austrian, European, Central European, German, Contemporary, Diner
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: In MAYER’s Restaurant at Schloss Prielau, Andreas Mayer, decorated with two stars from the Michelin Guide among others, leads his kitchen crew. The gourmet cuisine has a French direction with intense aromas. The dishes and culinary creations retain a handcrafted look and are presented with plenty of love for detail. Most of the produce comes straight from the area around Schloss Prielau and the Pinzgau region, with some coming from the castle’s own stock. Andreas Mayer has a great respect for sustainability and makes organic quality a priority.
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“Oh yes! Explosion of taste senses!”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

This was clearly an outstanding experience to visit Andy Meyer's restaurant, probably the best of entire Austria.

I would not even like to compare it to anything else in the area, as it offers a state of the art combination of modern fusion cuisine with elements of molecular kitchen, so no hamburgers or schnitzels (however, to be fair - restaurant of that level can make anything on your demand - people at the next table have ordered pizza for the kids, and it looked great as well). Every course served was state of the art, besides one dish simply surprised us - we were given a special sound headset to accompany one of our meals - what a great idea to combine the food and the sound of nature! Unbelievable experience.

Price - yes, it is high. Very high. But comparable to other Michelin-starred restaurants, it was not a surprise for us and actually were expected to be that way. We have selected 4-course degustation menu, which was about 130 Eur per person, +4 course wine degustation for about 59 Eur per person + some other extras like aperitif champagne.

Portion sizes seems to be small at the first glance, like any restaurant of that level, but in reality it was actually even difficult to finish everything (with all the compliments from the chef), as you enjoy your food slowly over the time with explosion of taste senses with every single piece you take, you need no more! 3 course degustation menu I would say would be enough to enjoy, otherwise it can be even too much.

Wine match offered by restaurant was OUTSTANDING! It will give you an opportunity to enjoy your meal the most, especially you prefer to taste a variety of dishes, combined with the best selection of top local wines. Well done!

Few words on the design of the restaurant: there were some reviews below where people didn't really like the interior, calling it "plastic and superficial" - well, in my opinion - restaurant is PERFECTLY set, allowing a lot of personal space and not to interfere much with other visitors, large tables even for a small company which I find very convenient, VERY tastefully decorated area. Yes, it resembles traditional feel of pine wall panels (as ultimately this IS a castle in the mountains which is traditionally built), but elements of decor so much belong there - combination of old and modern made it a very enjoyable surrounding, very light and bright, great deal of details were put into design. So in my opinion, this place is by far better of some other Michelin restaurants I have had a pleasure to visit.

A tip at the end: do not go for desert within your degustation menu (just go for 3 starters/main courses) as ultimately desert plate is huge and was difficult for us to finish it, besides there is a complimentary sweets offered at the end anyway to your coffee.

Would love to return there one day for new experience.

  • Visited March 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Really good food, wine, service and amosphere! Fine dining, appropriate size of portions, so many elements and tastes. Only minus: green tea was made in too hot water. Meal wasn't cheap but it was worth of money.One of the best meals I have ever had in a restaurant. Highly recommend.

  • Visited February 2013
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I've dined twice in this wonderful starred Restaurant placed inside a Schloesslein that's a perfect summary of austrian Renaissance.
The atmosphere is supremely elegant, the service gentle and correct, the quality of cooking above every praise, the wine-list rich, the price correct for a restaurant like this one.
Absolutely suggested!

  • Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very classy”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Set in a 15th Century castle owned by the Pörsche family and a short taxi ride outside town, this is far and away the best restaurant in Zell am See and for many miles around. However, this is gourmet food at gourmet prices, so don't visit if your idea of a good meal is Weiner Schnitzel and chips or you don't enjoy the necessarily more formal atmosphere of first class restaurants or aren't prepared to pay for this kind of excellence. On the other hand if you appreciate top class and innovative cooking then don't miss this restaurant. The cooking is full of creativity and fun, after one course we were given 'scratch and sniff' cards with aromas that enhanced and complimented the food. The wine list is mainly Austrian and in my experience the sommelier does an excellent job of choosing wines to compliment the food without breaking the bank. The room has lovely widely spaced tables and a modern theme that contrasts effectively with the ancient castle. Service is exemplary. Don't miss the schnapps trolley!

Visited June 2013
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Food with imagination and local touch in a relaxed atmosphere. We had a wonderful evening at Mayer's with friends. We had only three course dinner as our friends were there with children and we thought that time wise that would be just right, and it was. Restaurant has also a children's menu which we found just great. Staff was nice with the right attitude, sometimes in an upscale restaurant like this, staff can be so stuck up that they spoil the hole experience for you. Here they were also very nice to kids. Mayer's offers vegetarian and regular menus and we could mix our choices. Wine list is also diverse. Quite costly, but suma sumarum great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Would love to go back.

  • Visited January 2013
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