Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna

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The Hotel Imperial has a worldwide reputation for its top-class cuisine. An exquisite dinner at the OPUS gourmet restaurant in Vienna is your guarantee of a memorable dining experience, as is a visit to the remarkable Imperial Bar. According to legend created in honour of Emperor Franz Joseph I, the Imperial Torte is just one of many mouthwatering confectioneries offered at the legendary Café Imperial Wien. Our On-Site Dining Facilities include: Café Imperial Wien, Restaurant OPUS, Imperial Bar.

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Cafe Imperial Wien

Café Imperial Wien


The gracefully restored Café Imperial Wien is a historical landmark that serves Viennese culinary classics, from the delicious boiled beef dish "Tafelspitz" to arguably the best "Wiener Schnitzel" in town as well as the famous handmade "Imperial Torte".

7:00 AM-11:00 PM
Restaurant Opus

Restaurant OPUS


Restaurant OPUS is Vienna's gourmet address, where creativity and culinary art blend perfectly with Imperial traditions.

6:00 PM-12:00 AM
Imperial Bar

Imperial Bar Wien


At the Imperial Bar, Viennese luxury meets modern European bar culture in the setting of historical archictecture. Spoil yourself in a unique ambience with an exclusive selection of vintage champagnes and champagne cocktails.

9:00 AM-1:00 AM

Werner Pichlmaier, Executive Chef

The culinary signature of Werner Pichlmaier stands for regional-global cuisine. The Styrian relies on top products from Austria and likes to complement them with high-quality French products from sustainable cultivation. A conscious and appreciative approach to food always accompanies his craft.

As Executive Chef, Werner Pichlmaier is responsible for the legendary Café Imperial Wien and the unparalleled banquets of the Palais Hotel as well as for the three-toque Restaurant OPUS. His talent and passion for culinary art were manifested by his father in his parents' gourmet restaurant “Der Pichlmaier” in Graz-St.Peter. At the age of ten Werner Pichlmaier was allowed to help in the kitchen with his two brothers after finishing his homework at the regulars’ table in the restaurant. While his great role model was the German three Michelin Star Chef Dieter Mueller at the time, Werner Pichlmaier is now inspired by specialist magazines and, more recently, Instagram for extraordinary gourmet dishes.

Afternoon Tea

Imperial Afternoon Tea

Teatime at the Hotel Imperial is a refined tradition dating back to 1873. Viennese coffee house culture, on the other hand, is long-standing hotel custom. Accompanied by a slice of Imperial Torte, these rituals reflect an indulgent joie de vivre. After a summer break, our Imperial Afternoon Tea will be back in October. Stay tuned for new dates and further information.

Imperial Bar

Friday Jazz Nights

Experience an unforgettable live music evening. We invite you to our Friday Jazz Nights in the elegant ambience of the Imperial Bar. The Imperial Bar is the new meeting place for jazz lovers in the centre of Vienna, directly on the Ringstrasse.

Champagner brunch

An Unforgettable Sunday Champagne Brunch

Join us each Sunday as we transform our halls into a paradise of seasonal delights, exquisite Champagne, and unforgettable moments. Reserve your table for an unparalleled Champagne Brunch, surrounded by an enchanting atmosphere. From 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, relish live jazz music, an exquisite buffet, and a complimentary champagne aperitif. Cheers to memorable Sundays in our historic palace!

Café Imperial Wien

The Café also delights younger guests and the young at heart with a stylish new coffee house, a venue where the history of the Hotel Imperial comes alive every day. Here, guests can enjoy an imperial buffet breakfast and a glass of champagne whilst their favourite egg dishes are prepared, and as the morning sun casts its rays on the fresh fruit and golden honey.

Cafe Imperial Wien

Culinary Specialities

Ever since 1873, the Imperial Vienna Café has been a veritable institution among Viennese coffee houses, delightfully blending as does tradition with modernity. Together with his dedicated team, executive chef Werner Pichlmaier conjures up delicious Austrian specialities with fresh local ingredients.

Café Imperial Wien - Kaiserschmarrn

Restaurant OPUS

The OPUS restaurant at the Hotel Imperial ranks amongst the Vienne's leading gourmet restaurants and has been awarded with 90 Falstaff points and three Gault Millau toques. Exquisitely light dishes inspired by Austrian cuisine. Tradition with a modern touch. Our team know how to delight the refined taste by combining his culinary expertise with fresh ingredients of local produce. From a menu and wine list of complementary design guests select tempting delicacies and fine wines to experience an enchanting evening amidst sensory splendor.

Restaurant OPUS - Tuna Belly

Artistic Work and Culinary Pleasure Combined

For more than 140 years composers, Maestri and authors have been part of a long list of illustrious guests at the Hotel Imperial. A meeting place for artists, a place for dialogue and a location where a wealth of creativity has given birth to many masterpieces.

Restaurant OPUS

An Elegant Stage

We want to offer you an elegant stage and at the same time a discrete setting for many inspired and delightful conversations. And so the name stands for the program - classic and immediate - locally rooted, with an international claim. OPUS - Latin for creation, particularly of a composer and yet also for the conception of any kind of masterpiece.

Executive Chef Werner Pichlmaier and Maitre d' Man

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For more information regarding the current menu and reservations please visit our website via the link below.

Imperial Torte
Imperial Torte
Imperial Torte
Imperial Torte

The Exquisite Master Confection, Handmade at Hotel Imperial Vienna

They say our best souvenirs are retained in our memory. Nonetheless, the Imperial Torte is one of the most popular sweet gifts visitors take home from Vienna.

Legend has it that a kitchen apprentice created the Imperial Torte in honour or Emperor Franz Josef I to mark the opening of the hotel in 1873. This event marked the birth of the superb Imperial Torte. The young scullion Xavier Loibner guarded the recipe with his life, and it has been a secret ever since. People‘s enjoyment of the cake is still as exquisite today as it was in 1873: a mouthwatering chocolate icing, a slightly tart aroma of almonds and the fusion of chocolate cream and marzipan combined to make the perfect composition. This speciality is in a class of its own: every slice takes you back to imperial Vienna in 1873.

Handmade at the Imperial Hotel and then carefully packaged, the Imperial Torte travels across the world.

Imperial Torte Boutique

Visit our lovely Imperial Torte Boutique to taste our famous Imperial Torte. Alongside other items you will also find our exclusive gift sets and handmade chocolates.

Hotel Imperial Torte - The exquisite master confec


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