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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.

Exclusive Anniversary Menu
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Hotel Imperial, our Executive Chef Werner Pichlmaier has created an exquisite menu that will take you back in time. Treat yourself to a true culinary experience and taste dishes that have their roots in the 19th century - perfectly prepared with a modern twist!
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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
Christmas Tree Decoration

Imperial Christmas Offers

We are pleased to present our exclusive Christmas program. Whether an indulgent Advent brunch, an individually arranged Christmas party or a romantic Christmas Eve - Hotel Imperial offers the perfect ambiance. Enjoy the festive season in our unique Palais rooms with exquisite culinary creations by Executive Chef Werner Pichlmaier. Our banquet team will be very happy to make a personalized offer for you.

Champagne by glass in row

New Year at the Hotel Imperial

A truly imperial setting for an enjoyable start to the new year is offered by Hotel Imperial. Celebrate an unforgettable turn of the year with us in our beautiful Café Imperial with exquisite culinary creations by Executive Chef Werner Pichlmaier. The New Year's brunch in the palatial salons and the New Year's concert menu in the Café Imperial leave nothing to be desired.

Imperial Festsaal Table

Take Your Partner, Please!

Discover the perfect harmony of history and tradition, luxury and romance and enjoy an extraordinary ball night in Vienna! Swinging and roaring, the city of music and waltz celebrates breathtaking ball nights. Our Executive Chef Werner Pichlmaier has created special menus for three highlights of the Viennese ball season for an unforgettable ball night...

Werner Pichlmaier, Executive Chef

The culinary signature of Pichlmaier stands for regional-global cuisine. The 47-year-old Styrian relies on top products from home and likes to complement this with high-quality French products.

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 was 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 out in the kitchen with his two brothers after finishing his homework at his regular table in the restaurant. While his great role model was the German three Michelin Star Chef Dieter Müller at the time, Werner Pichlmaier is now inspired by specialist magazines and, more recently, Instagram for extraordinary gourmet dishes.

Enjoy an Unforgettable Sunday Champagne Brunch

Every Sunday we convert our festive halls into a heaven of seasonal delicacies, exquisite Champagne and memorable moments. Make sure to reserve your table and be part of our unsurpassed and truly imperial Champagne Brunch, while being enchanted by an extraordinary atmosphere. Our brunch, accompanied by live jazz music, is offered from 11.30 am till 2.30 pm and includes besides an exquisite buffet one glass of champagne as aperitif. Santé to memorable Sundays in our former private palace!

Champagner brunch
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.

1873 HalleNsalon 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.

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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Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna