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“Great food at Europe's oldest restaurant”

St. Peter Stiftskulinarium
Ranked #17 of 646 Restaurants in Salzburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$46
Cuisines: Austrian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: St Peter Stiftskulinarium 803 AD History, gastronomy, culture and civilised social life come together in the elegant surroundings of the St Peter Stiftskulinarium, the best address in Salzburg, Mozart's sublime home city. Inside the walls of a Benedictine abbey at the heart of Salzburg's colourful Old Town, the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium has been a popular meeting place for princes and bishops, citizens and merchants for more than a millennium. A documented visit by Charlemagne in 803 is its claim to be Europe's oldest hostelry. More than a restaurant, the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium remains Salzburg's rendez-vous of choice - a place for good eating and drinking, of course, but also for entertaining, exchanging ideas and being seen. Townsfolk and tourists mingle with travelling celebrities, gourmets and business folk. Splendid private rooms host fashionable receptions. Its location between the Cathedral and the Festival Theatre in the centre of this intimate and cultured small city.
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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“Great food at Europe's oldest restaurant”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our Salzburg immersion concludes at the ancient Benedictine abbey of St Peter where Klaus assumes the role of guide and introduces us to the delectable delights of St Peter Stiftskeller, reputed to be the oldest restaurant in Europe, serving weary and wet travellers since 803! There our buoyant, ebullient party of professional conference organisers rest their weary bones, like hundreds of thousands of pilgrims before them, feasting on an amazing, unusual Duet of Char with Radish Foam followed by Veal Tenderloin with White and Green Asparagus, Sauce Hollandaise and Parsley Potatoes. Set in one of the many private rooms of the warren-like venue, our table is magnificently set with care and attention bringing us together in an atmosphere of supreme conviviality and friendship. - See more at: http://padraicino.com/salzburg-much-sound-music/#sthash.bVPQN60T.dpuf

  • Visited May 2014
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“A special place, beautiful atmosphere”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

My daughter and I splurged on a good restaurant amidst our traveling. The garden entrance attracted me to this restaurant (no reviews read prior). . The different dining rooms (most were closed) are interesting to see. Our meals were outstanding, however the prices are high. The other parties in the restaurant that evening were corporate groups (expense account) and a tour group.
The food was fresh and continental in style. On a splurge like this, if I see creme brulee on the menu, I'll order it. It was wonderful and enough for 2 or 3... :).

  • Visited May 2014
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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165 reviews
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“Wish we had stayed for lunch - don't make our mistake”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We originally heard about this restaurant on Burt Wolf's PBS travel show and immediately said we would go there for lunch, because we loved its unique history. Then we read the TA reviews, and we became concerned that so many people said the food and service were only so-so. When we got to Salzburg, we had a lovely chat with the restaurant manager and looked around. We were impressed with the restaurant, its couryard, and elegant touches like huge bouquets of pink roses on the tables. We also felt very welcomed by the manager. It was mid-morning, so we continued on our tour and said we'd be back for lunch.

Then we got distracted by friends and ended up with them at the Cafe Tomaselli because of its connection to Mozart (see separate review). Meanwhile, other friends did go to St. Peter's and they raved about their experience -- the food, the service, the setting, everything.

Bottom line: I think we made a mistake. How many people get a chance to eat at the oldest restaurant in Europe, with such a fabulous history? We wish we had returned there for lunch, and if we ever get back to Salzburg we will definitely not make this mistake again.

Visited May 2014
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butler
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“delicious food in historic setting”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

While on a guided tour or Salzburg, we noticed the plaque on this building that claimed it was the oldest restaurant in Europe. Charlemagne supposedly ate here! We were intrigued so we left our group and went inside. We were very glad we did. I had the risotto, which was tender and creamy, and my husband had beef, which I sampled, and it was delicious as well. His meal comprised several courses, and the food just kept coming! This restaurant was an amazing find. I don't know what the rest of the tour group did, but we were glad we made the decision to stop here.

  • Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Dinner concert with Mozart - what an amazing experience”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

During our visit in Salzburg, we ran into Stiftskeller St Peter restaurant. We were looking for a dinner concert to listen to Mozart's music live and we accidentally found it.
Later on we found out that it is probably the oldest restaurant in Europe (possibly the world).
We decided to go for the dinner concert which had a fixed menu (excluding drinks) and price. The ticket was 54 euro per person and there was another higher priced ticket for VIP treatment (different menu and drinks). You may need to book a little in advance (previous day) if you plan to attend on Fridays and weekends. The dishes were really tasteful and very well presented. Also the wine was really good and there were bottle and glass options. The dinner courses are served during the intermissions of the concert.
The ticket also included the concert which consisted of 5 musicians (violins, etc) and 2 opera singers (a man and a woman), all dressed up with costumes. Their performance was fantastic and we really enjoyed it. The musicians played beautifully and opera singers had really great voices and acted very well on their roles.
The whole dinner from arrival to leave would last around 3 hours as you need to be half to one hour before there, plus the 2 hours of dinner service and concert.
The staff were very friendly and very professional. They have people assigned for the concert venue, so service is fast.
The venue is quite big. The dinner concert is on the first floor and the room is renovated and very nicely decorated. The restaurant also has a ground floor and various dining rooms, so you can just go for a meal there. There you can see the age of the building more and it gives a nice atmosphere of the old. There are also tables outside at their yard to sit when the weather is good.
In retrospect, dining at Stiftskeller St Peter was a great experience and I would highly recommend the dinner concert.

  • Visited May 2014
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