Tirol’s Best Fine Dining Restaurants: Culinary Excellence

Each autumn the Gault&Millau Austria restaurant guide recognises the best restaurants in Tirol. The 2018 edition awarded 110 chef's toques to 91 fine dining restaurants in the region. Here's a list of the top dining locations.

4 Toques

Simon Taxacher continues to lead the way when it comes to fine dining in Tirol. In 2018 his restaurant at the Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten in Kirchberg continues to be the only one in the region awarded four toques by the Gault&Millau guide.

Simon Taxacher in Kirchberg (4 Toques, 19 Points)

© Restaurant Rosengarten
Simon Taxacher's cooking studio at the "R Simon Taxacher" restaurant in Kirchberg in Tirol, © Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten

Simon Taxacher has managed to maintain the very higest level of cooking at his restaurant in the Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten in Kirchberg, which has once again been awarded 4 toques and 19 points in the 2018 edition of the Gault&Millau restaurant guide. This means he is still the only chef in Tirol to have 4 toques. The guide declares that even experienced diners will "be astounded" by the cooking on offer, with particular praise reserved for the consistent style and perfect preparation as well as Taxacher's open-minded and progressive approach in the selection of his produce, which is of the very highest quality and sourced from around the world.

Restaurant Rosengarten · Aschauer Straße 46 · 6365 Kirchberg in Tirol · +43.5357.4201 · ·

3 Toques

Alongside familiar faces such as Martin Sieberer, Benjamin Parth and Alexander Fankhauser, British chef James Baron from the Hotel Tannenhof in St. Anton am Arlberg has once again managed to secure his place at the top table of fine dining. A total of seven restaurants in Tirol have been awarded three toques for 2018.

Alexander in Fügenberg (3 Toques, 18 Points)

Alexander restaurant at the Hotel Lamark, © Hotel Lamark

Together with his kitchen team, Alexander Fankhauser has in 2018 once again been awarded three toques by Gault&Millau for his outstanding cuisine at the Alexander in the Hotel Lamark in Fügenberg. The guide certainly doesn't hold back in its praise, declaring the dishes to be at a "sensationally high level" and emphasising the fine composition. The Alexander is known for giving a new twist to traditional dishes from the region.

Hotel Lamark · Hochfügen 34 · 6264 Fügenberg · +43.5280.225 · ·

Paznaunerstube in Ischgl (3 Toques, 18 Points)

Paznaunerstube at Trofana Royal Hotel in Ischgl, © Trofana Royal

The Paznauerstube is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. Over the last two decades this luxurious gourmet resraurant run by head chef Martin Sieberer has won numerous awards. Today it is considered one of the finest dining locations in Tirol. The 2018 edition of the Gault&Millau restaurant guide has once again awarded Martin Sieberer and his team three toques in recognition of the outstanding regional produce and seafood served to discerning diners in the rustic-elegant surroundings of the Paznaunerstube. Highlights also include seasonal dishes such as "Paznauner Schafl", which are served on request.

Gourmet & Relaxhotel Trofana Royal · Dorfstraße 95 · 6561 Ischgl · +43.5444.600 · ·

Stüva in Ischgl (3 Toques, 18 Points)

Restaurant YSCLA Stüva in Ischgl, © YSCLA Stüva/Gerhard Berger
Benjamin Parth's "Chocolate Forest", © Joerg Lehmann /

In 2018 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 Young Chef of the Year, 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 · ·

Tannenhof in St. Anton (3 Toques, 18 Points)

Tannenhof in St. Anton am Arlberg, © Hotel Tannenhof

After receiving three toques in his first year at the luxurious Tannenhof in St. Anton am Arlberg, British chef James Baron has managed to maintain this outstanding level of cooking. Highlights include desserts such as poppyseed ice cream, which the strict testers from Gault&Millau declared a "revelation" in the 2018 edition of the guide.

Hotel Tannenhof · Nassereinerstraße 98 · 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg ·
+43.5446.30311 · ·

Der Engel in Grän (3 Toques, 17 Points)

Pure Gourmet Stube at the Wellnesshotel Engel, © Wellnesshotel Engel
Pure Gourmet Stube at the Wellnesshotel Engel, © Wellnesshotel Engel

According to the 2018 Gault&Millau, head chef in the Pure Gourmet Stube at the Hotel Engel in Grän Manuel Schilling is currently in the form of his life. For his tasting menu and other culinary creations with a focus on regional produce and game the restaurant was awarded 17 out of 20 points and three toques in the latest edition of the renowned international restaurant guide. In the words of the guide, diners can look forward to a "miniature symphony" and "fabulous game dishes".

Der Engel · Dorfstraße 35 · 6673 Grän · +43.5675.6426 · ·

Schlosshotel Romantica in Ischgl (3 Toques, 17 Points)

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

With the departute of long-time head chef Gunther Doberl, kitchen duties at the Schlosshotel Romantica in Ischgl have passed to Gustav Jantscher. The Vorarlberg native is a more than worthy successor to Doberl and has developed a seven-course menu with a few brave and unusual choices such as smoked cow's heart with oysters (starter) and pigeon (main course) bred and reared by Jantscher himself. The verdict of the 2018 Gault&Millau? "Outstanding".

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

Tennerhof in Kitzbühel (2 Toques, 17 Points)

Terrace of the Kupferstube room at the Tennerhof overlooking the famous Streif ski run, © Hotel Tennerhof

The team at the Tennerhof, led by head chef Stefan Lenz, has once again raised the bar this year with a series of outstanding creations. Their reward? 17 points and three toques in the latest edition of Gault&Millau. There are two menus on offer in the gourmet restaurant, with each course a "culinary revalation" in the words of the 2018 Gault&Millau guide. Restuarant critics love in particular the combination of spicy, fruity and acidic flavours in the dishes at the Tennerhof.

Tennerhof · Griesenauweg 26 · 6370 Kitzbühel · +43.5365.63181 · ·

2 Toques

From the Schaufelspitz, Austria's highest gourmet restaurant perched at 3,000 metres above sea level on the Stubai Glacier, to new entries such as the Stiar in Ischgl, Tirol has 26 restaurants awarded two toques in the 2018 edition of the Gault&Millau restaurant guide.

2 toques, 16 points

2 toques, 15 points

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