Food

Restaurants – Local

Eating Out – There are some lovely places to eat out whether you fancy traditional Austrian food or something more international. Sometimes you cannot book so you may have to be patient if you go at peak times. Not all the restaurants take credit cards so please have cash with you.

Mountain and Soul.  M&S is a five minute walk down the road past the free ski bus stop. It’s the large green and purple chalet underneath the small chairlift. It’s owned by the same guy, Stephan, who owns Kristalhutte mountain restaurant in Hoch Zillertal (far left of the piste map, highly recommended if you are skiing this area) and a bar in Ibiza. Christophe (manager) and his team create an “Ibiza-in-the-Alps” feeling with a cool vibe and a diverse fusion menu. Last time I was there they were installing a beach and paddling pool! Ibiza DJs play Wed, Fri and weekends. It’s a great alternative to Mayrhofen, and it’s on our local. If you do go, book at weekends as it gets busy: +43 5282 22048. Tell Christophe that Mike form Chalet Vista has sent you- you may get a free schnapps!

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Ramsau/Hippach has several restaurants, two bars and a nightclub. It tends to be a bit more “local” than Mayrhofen, which by comparison is a metropolis! If you like live music the late bar/nightclub next to the Pink Panther on the Ramsau crossroads regularly has live performances (particularly at weekends) and drinks promotions.

Moving on to the big city restaurants to be found in Mayrhofen:

Landenhof. This is one of our favourites. The restaurant is part of the hotel but they do a lot of trade from external guests. The prices are reasonable & there is a wide choice on the menu. You are invited to use the salad bar which is inclusive in the meal cost & is very good. We usually order house wine but they do have a wine list for the more developed palate! You can book here & I think they take credit cards.

Sport Manni. This is part of the Sport Manni Hotel & more central in town so gets busy at peak times. Try not to sit to close to the kitchen area if you get a choice of seats since they have a stone pizza oven which does make it quite hot closer to this area. The pizzas are great as is most other food on the menu. They is a wide choice including Austrian & even some lovely salads. They do some amazing ice-cream deserts but suggest you share since they are rather large. Again their house wine is good & reasonably priced. You cannot book here so just have to try & go off peak times or be prepared to wait. They do take credit cards
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Wirtshaus Zum Griena. If you want truly traditional Austrian food & setting then this is it. Here you’ll feel like you have stepped back in time Basically you eat in a converted barn on wooden benches & tables. The menu is traditionally Austrian so therefore meat & cheese based tending towards the heavier side. You need to book here as there is not much seating. They do not take credit cards.

Everest. On the right on the road towards the ski hire shop. Good food but you need to get in a no smoking section – upstairs I think.

Mo’s. At the main crossroads on the high street. An American/Mexican cross with sport on the various TVs dotted around the ceiling. Can get very busy in season; out of season Mo’s is a good choice as this place has life when others are quiet.  It has perhaps the widest menu of all the restaurants in Mayrhofen, offering choices for vegetarians and gluten-free dishes as well.

Ciao. This has a reasonably priced menu of mainly pizza & pasta. It is off the main high street. As you walk up hill through town you will see Sparkasse bank on your right, turn left into the side road opposite and the pink building of Ciao will be in front of you.

Hotel & Gasthof Perauer This is the hotel on your right if you were driving out of the Ahorn carpark. Hotel guests eat in there but they have tables laid out for non-guests. The ribs are great & the prawn dish is good. Typical Austrian food.

Coup and More. A combination of up-market restaurant and cocktail bar. Popular with a 30-50s set, it’s cool and classy. DJs often play Ibiza style chill tunes, steaks are good, champagne flows. Try the cappuccino martinis.

Steakhouses. There are a couple of steakhouses on your right as you walk up from the train station into town. Chateaubriand is available for couples with a big appetite and a reasonable sized wallet.

All the above is our opinion.  We’d leave the last word to Nick Dalton, professional journalist writing for The Times of London.  But unfortunately we can’t, as copyright prevents us from publishing his article.  However it’s available on the web and it’s definitely worth a read (we agree with his choice of venues).  Either Google “Nick Dalton. The height of fine dining in Austria.” or paste the following address into your browser:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/travel/destinations/europe/article3923180.ece

Seems he liked both Mayrhofen and its food.  We’re sure you will too!