Restaurant Obauer, One Of The Top Four Restaurants In Austria

Obauer Restaurant

Obauer Restaurant

Restaurant Obauer deserves every accolade that it receives. The restaurant is one of only four in Austria to have received four toques and 19/20 points in the Gault & Millau Austria 2017 edition and the restaurant has had this top ranking for years. Not only that, Karl and Rudolf Obauer were chosen as Gault & Millau “Chefs of the Decade” in 2012. Being the food lovers that we are, it is no wonder then that my husband and I have eaten at Obauer every single time we have visited Austria.

The restaurant is in the small village of Werfen, Austria  located in the scenic Salzach valley just about forty kilometers south of Salzburg. You may have heard of the town because located high above it is Eisriesenwelt, the world’s largest ice cave. The 900 year old Hohenwerfen Castle and falconry center is also perched on a high peak above Werfen.

Since we were staying just north of Salzburg, we decided to made a lunch reservation, then took the scenic route to the restaurant. After being seated at our table, Rudi came out of the kitchen to welcome us back to Obauer.

Soon after, little gifts from the kitchen started arriving while we looked at the menu. We looked, no we didn’t read the menu, as we don’t understand a word of German. Not a problem at Obauer, our waitress explained every dish to us and after that, we decided on their four course tasting menu. We were told that we could substitute an item if we chose to and my husband didn’t hesitate a second to decide on the foie gras prepared four ways for his first course…he is so predictable.

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The four course menu of the day sounded delicious and I didn’t change a thing.

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There is always a few sweet tastings to go along with a cup of coffee to end the meal.

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The meal from the start to the finish was delicious, the food compositions were beautiful and the flavors just amazing. Two brothers as chefs, one fantastic lunch, we’ve never been disappointed with any meal we’ve had at the restaurant.

Not only is the food great at Obauer but chefs Karl and Rudolf Obauer are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. We couldn’t leave without Rudi insisting that we get a photo together in front of the restaurant and presented me with a Obauer apron to remember our visit.

The Chefs Obauer

The Chefs Obauer


If you are a food lover like my husband and I, the restaurant Obauer should be on your short list of restaurants to eat at if you travel to the Salzburg region. Hopefully, you will have a meal as delicious as the ones we have enjoyed at lunchtime. Of coarse, you can stay at the Obauer hotel, enjoy a multi course meal with wine parings and then head up to bed. Over breakfast in the morning, you can reminisce about your dining experience from the night before. Oh and did I mention the scenery around Werfen, after all you can never see too many castles.

Hohenwerfen Castle In Werfen, Austria

Hohenwerfen Castle In Werfen, Austria

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80 Responses to Restaurant Obauer, One Of The Top Four Restaurants In Austria

  1. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    Wow, Karen – that is some exquisite plating, and I can only imagine how good it tastes!

  2. What a wonderful meal. No wonder you keep going back! And I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the foie gras 4 ways either🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kay, We have been visiting Obauer for quite a few years now…the food is always the best. I tasted my husband’s foie gras course and he made an excellent choice. I’ll tell him you agree with his decision.

  3. I would definitely need to hike up to some castles to work all that food off. I would have to eat everything!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda, I don’t blame you for wanting to eat everything. The portions are a nice size so you are not stuffed but there are plenty of hiking possibilities if you eat too much. 😀

  4. I know where I’m going to eat the next time I am in the area. Thank you for the wonderful review, the food looks divine.

  5. Mad Dog says:

    What fantastic food! I think I’d go for the foie gras too 🙂

  6. The chocolate dessert looks the best bit.

  7. This looks like an awesome restaurant and what a view. Not only does the food look delicious but what a work of art the chefs produce. Lovely.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jovina, Our table was by the front window and we had a nice view of the mountains. Each dish really is a work of art, the brothers are very talented.

  8. Lordy lord…book me a table right now! And that photo of you is so lovely 😀

  9. Austria is on my bucket list, and I’d book a trip right now if that plate was waiting for me!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julie, I do hope you get a chance to visit Austria, my husband and I love the country. Amazing scenery, great hotels, the friendliest people and wonderful food make for a memorable holiday.

  10. lifeincharente says:

    Oh wow this post leaves me with my mouth watering. It looks amazing. Keep well Diane

  11. Mouthwatering – especially the plate with the foie gras… 🙂

  12. What a wonderful dining experience Karen! I can only dream of going to such a quality restaurant. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathryn, dining at Obauer truly is a wonderful experience. I think one of the things that I like most, besides the delicious food, is that there is no pretense…everyone from the waitstaff to the chefs themselves, make you welcome and the dining experience special.

  13. All I can say is WOW! The food, the scenery, the magic of Austria, it sounds like a fairy tale to me!

  14. Cathy says:

    Those desserts got my attention Karen! You have certainly found some excellent places to eat while travelling! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      The desserts were like the icing on the cake, so to speak…each one very good. Being the foodie that I am, a lot of research goes into the restaurants that we visit. It is great when you can go on a holiday and not have one bad meal and we didn’t.

  15. cheri says:

    Sounds like a magical place Karen, the countryside and the food. I would have a hard time leaving.

  16. Wow! Loved it! Everything looks so delicious and the place is like taken out of a fairytale!! ✨✨

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Giovanna for your nice compliment, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Obauer is in a wonderful location in Austria and the food is absolutely the best!

  17. My husband and I have wanted to go to Austria but just haven’t gotten there. Now, you have added to the list of why we should. The food and beautiful scenery is just what we we would expect. We were in in Switzerland and Germany but didn’t get to Austria, next time for sure. Thanks for this beautiful post, I felt like I was there!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emily, I really believe you and your husband would absolutely love Austria. I do hope that you get a chance to visit. I appreciate your lovely compliment, thank you.

  18. I love tasting menus — always fun to see what the kitchen will come up with. Although I’d opt for foie gras to be part of it, too. Love the stuff! Sounds like a terrific restaurant — thanks for the heads up.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post about Obauer. We have had nothing but outstanding meals each time we have visited…it is definitely one of the all time best restaurants in Austria.

  19. Eha says:

    [could not help popping in from my working holiday 🙂 !] I love degustation meals: small amounts of very specially planned foods married into an unforgettable whole. Often they are plated ‘precious’ these days: a streak of this and two dots of that. This is beautiful, sensible, appetizing food served in a simple, elegant style. Yep: your photo will be one of the most looked at from this trip: lovely memories !!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I totally agree with you about the food served at Obauer. I think that is why we keep returning to the restaurant anytime we are within an hours drive…it is that good.

  20. Love the food and the plating!

  21. What a lovely photo of you, Karen! And that dessert service looks stunning.

  22. Pam says:

    It sounds like a delicious meal, Karen! I love love Austria, it’s a beautiful country and great food also. That sounds like a great restaurant ,for sure!

  23. Summer Daisy says:

    The food looks awesome ♥

  24. Gosh, that food all looks so good!

  25. spicedblog says:

    I totally agree, Karen! You can never see too many castles. Love that scenery. But the food…woah! Those plates look like works of art rather than plates of food. 🙂 I love trying highly acclaimed restaurants like this. Definitely adding this to the list of places to visit whenever we go to Austria! Thanks for the review!

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post about Obauer. If you get a chance to visit this area, I believe you would certainly enjoy this restaurant. If you like castles you should enjoy my next post. 🙂

  26. That sounds like a phenomenal meal. I was in Salzburg, and had no idea is was so nearby! Next time!

  27. Thanks for the great Review !! 🙂 Loved it!! Best wishes Michael

  28. Monica says:

    Great photos and I can’t stop looking at that dessert plate. Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Monica. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos. The dessert was the perfect ending to our delicious lunch.

  29. Wow, that’s a much lauded restaurant. The food looks amazing.

  30. Anonymous says:

    You’ve made me hungry for travel because restaurants are the best part. GREG

  31. What an array of stunning dishes! Take me with you next time 🙂

  32. Tricia Buice says:

    Oh what a wonderful experience! I haven’t eaten food that pretty since we were in Reykjavik Iceland. You have all the fun!

  33. WOW! That’s incredible and that food was to die for!! I need to travel to Austria ASAP 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Karrie, for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I do hope you get a chance to visit Austria, it is a beautiful country with delicious food to be enjoyed.

  34. HI Karen, Thanks for treating us to this. Gorgeous pictures of gorgeous food. How fortunate that you and your husband experienced the Obauer brothers’ cuisine. With so much focus on the Nordic cuisine of Rene Redzepi/NOMA, it’s great to learn about other stellar spots in Europe.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, So nice to hear from you…you’ve been missed. Oh yes, there are lots of wonderful restaurants in Europe and Obauer certainly is one of the top ones in Austria.

  35. What a beautiful meal–and beautiful scenery! The experiences sounds delightful.

  36. Kelly says:

    What a wonderful meal! Everything looks fantastic! And I’d love to visit Austria one day!

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Kelly, Thank you for stopping by for a visit…I’m happy you enjoyed the post. I do hope that you get a chance to visit Austria someday, it is lovely.

  38. Karen, just spectacular, such plating, such beauty!! I am truly in awe of the colors on the plating along. I could actually see all the textures!!
    Thank you so much for sharing with! Happy Thanksgiving my friend, to you and your wonderful family!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Didi, Sorry to be answering your comment late, I just found it in my spam file. Thank you for your compliment, I’m happy you enjoyed the post. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our children, I hope you had a great one as well.

  39. Thanks for the recommendation. Would love to try it someday.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Allison, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post about Obauer. I do hope you get a chance to visit someday, we have had wonderful meals there. Sorry to be answering your comment late, I just discovered it in my spam file.

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