Palmenhaus

Price guide: Mid-range

Burggarten 1, Vienna, 1010

Price guide: Mid-range

Palmenhaus

By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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#6 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.9
4.9
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Singles, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife

Best for Families - Expert review of Palmenhaus

An Art Nouveau eye-catcher full of lofty palms and Mediterranean flair.

This is one of my favourite places for informal, casual dining. The former imperial greenhouse is the spectacular location in the Burggarten park (Burggarten was once the royal family garden). A combination of café, brasserie and bar that opened 12 years ago, it attracts a laid-back crowd during the week - young families, mums and daughters, students and office workers. In the evening there's more of a younger urban group, especially on a Friday night because of the DJ line-up.

Food and drink: 

The food is an excellent mix of Mediterranean and local cuisine with lots of seasonal goodies and a choice of fresh fish options that are chalked up daily on the blackboard. The menu alternates weekly with a daily lunch and dinner menu available. There is a huge wine list consisting of around 230 different Austrian whites and international reds, some good cheese selections and plenty of cakes on show in the glass case near the entrance – but don't forget the dessert options on the menu. I've had some really mouth-watering sweets on occasion. And ask staff for advice if you feel indecisive – this usually happens to me. 

Recommended dishes: 

Breakfast on the terrace is incredibly popular as you can see when you walk by. Try the healthy version: yogurt with fresh pineapple, mint, goats' cheese omelette, a roll, butter and jam – available from 10am - 1pm.

Ambience: 

Inside it's very much a brasserie atmosphere, with plain wooden tables and chairs – rightly so, any fancy furnishings would look pathetic inside this Jugendstil jewel. The view from the terrace onto Burggarten - once the Habsburg emperor’s private garden - is beautiful. This is one of the best places in the city for sun-lovers – both inside and out – as the glass and steel construction lets in so much light. It's a great venue in winter too. In summer the terrace is packed with people, the lucky ones get to sunbathe in deck chairs. Part of the same building is reserved for tropical butterflies. If you sit close enough to the glass you can spot some of the enormous colourful ones fluttering up and down.

Service: 

A young and efficient team work hard to please - I have never been disappointed.

Location: 

In the heart of Vienna's stunning Burggarten. Enter either through the gate across from the Albertina Museum or from the Ringstrasse passing Mozart's monument.

Price advice: 

The healthy breakfast option is 11.50 euros, soups cost 4 euros. Small or large cheese plates cost 6.70 euros or 9.80 euros respectively. Desserts are around 6.50 to 7.50 euros.

More information on Palmenhaus:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, International, Mediterranean, Snacks
Address:
Burggarten 1, Vienna, 1010
Telephone:
01 5331033
Website:
http://www.palmenhaus.at
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thu 11.30am-midnight; Fri,Sat 10am-2am; Sun 10am-midnight. 25th Dec - 9th Jan daily 10am-2am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Palmenhaus? Would you recommended it?