Medley of gooseberry and liquorice, one of Simon Taxacher's creations
, © Restaurant Rosengarten
Medley of gooseberry and liquorice, one of Simon Taxacher's creations , © Restaurant Rosengarten

Tirol’s Best Fine Dining Restaurants: Culinary Excellence

Due to the measures implemented by the Austrian government in 2021 to restrict the spread of the coronavius, several fine dining locations in Tirol have suspended their restaurant-guide ratings.

Each autumn, the renowned Austrian restaurant guide Gault & Millau crowns the best fine dining restaurants in Tirol. In the 2022 edition there are a total of 102 locations listed, making Tirol the third-best represented place in Austria after Vienna and Styria. Benjamin Parth, Chef of the Year in 2019, is once again among the guide's top 16 chefs in Austria.

Proof that Benjamin Parth has a keen eye when it comes to recruiting up-and-coming talents is that Noemi Krondorf, head pâtissière at his Stüva restaurant in Ischgl, was awarded the title Pâtissière of the Year 2022. 

Among the shooting stars on the fine dining scene is the Weinstube in Ischgl, which was awarded 2 Toques in the 2022 Gault & Millau guide.

4 Toques

The best of the best in 2022 include locations run by familiar names such as Benjamin Parth, Martin Sieberer and Boris Meyer. They are joined this year by the Interalpen - Chef's Table at the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol in Telfs near Seefeld. All in all, five restaurants in Tirol have been awarded four Toques by Gault & Millau in 2022. Five further locations have decided to suspend their ratings in the guide.

Stüva in Ischgl (4 Toques, 18.5 Points)

Restaurant YSCLA Stüva in Ischgl, © YSCLA Stüva/Gerhard Berger

In 2019 the Gault&Millau critics were thrilled by the culinary creations of head chef Benjamin Parth: "Taste! Taste! Taste!" was their verdict. Parth, whose awards include Chef of the Year 2019, is currently pursuing his dream of becoming one of the best chefs in Austria in the Stüva restaurant at the Hotel Yscla in Ischgl. With his simple yet beautifully composed dishes, many of which feature seafood, he is getting closer and closer every year.

Gourmethotel Yscla · Dorfstraße 73 · 6561 Ischgl · +43.5444.5275 · ·

"Interalpen Chef’s Table" in Telfs-Buchen/Seefeld (4 Toques, 17.5 Points)

Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol, © Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol

"Good things come to those who wait." That is very much the credo for those who plan on dining at one of the two Chef’s Tabels in the Hotel Interalpen. Booking a place here isn't easy but it really is well worth it. Head chef Mario Döring and his team supported by sommelier Theresa Lichtmannegger treat their guests to the very definition of fine dining.

"Interalpen Chef’s Table", Hotel Interalpen  Dr.-Hans-Liebherr-Alpenstraße 1 6410 Telfs-Buchen/Seefeld +43.50.80930

"Stiar" in Ischgl (4 Toques, 17.5 Points)

"Stiar" restaurant in Ischgl, © Restaurant Stiar

The youngest of the gourmet restaurants in Ischgl symbolises the mentality of the Paznauntal Valley when it comes to fine dining. With elan, ambition and plenty of hard work, the Zangerl family first created the basis by setting up its own abbatoir, butcher's shop and smokehouse before then opening the "Stiar" restaurant, led by head chef Gunther Döberl, in the Sport- und Genusshotel Silvretta.

"Stiar" at the Sport- und Genusshotel Silvretta · Dorfstraße 74 · 6561 Ischgl · +43.5444.5223 · ·

Hubertusstube in Neustift im Stubai (4 Toques, 17 Points)

Hubertusstube, © SPA Hotel Jagdhof
Hubertusstube, © SPA Hotel Jagdhof

"The Taste of Tirol" is what head chef Boris Meyer promises his diners at the Hubertusstube in the Hotel Jagdhof. The game on the menu is hunted in the surrounding forests, the river trout are fished in the rushing Ruetz just a short walk from the hotel, the lamb comes from the restaurant's own farm, and the vegetables, eggs and dairy products are sourced from farmers in the region. Last but certainly not least, the wonderful mushrooms are foraged from the thick pine forests in the Stubai Valley. Meyer's cooking philosophy is to let the ingredients speak for themselves. As well as local specialties, highlights also include more exotic creations such as scallops and lobster. The reviewers from the Gault & Millau team also praised the friendly, flexible wine service.

SPA-Hotel Jagdhof  · Scheibe 44 · 6167 Neustift · +43.5226.2666 · ·

Restaurant Oniriq, Innsbruck (4 Toques, 17 Points)

One of Christoph Bickel's vegetarian variations: iced spring herbs with advocaat and French sorrel.
, ©  Tirol Werbung /Sebastian Gabriel
Christoph Bickel and Nikolai Prachensky, chef and sommelier at Oniriq.
, ©  Tirol Werbung /Sebastian Gabriel
Oniriq in Innsbruck is a haven for fans of vegetarian food.
, © Tirol Werbung /Sebastian Gabriel

Oni…what? Oniriq(ue)! This fine restaurant in the heart of Innsbruck takes its name from the French word for "dream". After 20 years cooking in top locations, including a three-star restaurant in Chicago, head chef Christoph Bickel returned to his home region of Tirol to fulfil his dream of opening his own restaurant. Oniriq is known for its five-course and seven-course meals available with a vegetarian, meat or fish option. Classic dishes are presented in a new and unusual context, often using little-known wild herbs.

Restaurant Oniriq • Bürgerstraße13 • 6020 Innsbruck • +43.650.4510624 • •

Gannerhof in Innervillgraten (4 Toques, 17 Points)

Gannerhof, © Gannerhof
Gannerhof, © Gannerhof

The proud owner of 4 Toques in the Gault & Millau guide, Josef Mühlmann – owner and head chef at the Gannerhof – can now officially call himself the best chef in East Tirol. His popular restaurant is made up of three traditional farmhouses which have been preserved in almost original condition in the heart of the quiet Villgratental Valley. Culinary highlights include arctic char from the valley's rivers, pork from pigs fed on apples, local mountain chamois and dairy products from the region. The well-stocked wine cellar has 350 different wines from across Austria.

Gannerhof • Gasse 93 • 9932 Innervillgraten • +43.4843.5240 • •

Schlossherrnstube in Ischgl (4 Toques, 17 Points )

Schlossherren room at the Hotel Romantica in Ischgl, © Schlosshotel Romantica

After a one-year hiatus, new head chef Patrick Raaß finally has the chance to showcase his culinary skills. At first sight most things may seem the same as before, but take a closer look and you will see the menu is slightly smaller and more international. This decision was taken to provide an alternative to the traditional Austrian cuisine on offer next door at the Weinstube. The verdict of the Gault&Millau testers? "Wonderful".

Schlosshotel Ischgl · Dorfstraße 85 · 6561 Ischgl · +43.5444.5633 · ·

3 Toques

From the well-known and well-loved Heimatbühne in Ischgl to newcomers such as the revolutionary "Guatzessn" in Stumm im Zillertal, 12 restaurants in Tirol have been awarded three Toques in the 2022 edition of the Gault & Millau guide.

2 Toques

All in all, 31 restaurants in Tirol have been awarded two Toques by Gault & Millau in 2022. These include both newcomers, such as "das Köhle" in Serfaus and "Space73" in Ischgl, as well as perennial favourites like the Blaue Quelle in Erl and the Bistro-Restaurant Rosengarten in Kirchberg. The Weinstube in Ischgl is among the scene's up-and-coming locations.

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