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 2020 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 2021 there are two Tirolean chefs among Austria's top 20: Benjamin Parth and Martin Sieberer. 

Simon Taxacher's legendary award-winning restaurant does not feature in the 2021 guide, sadly. However, he will continue to run his fine dining bistro at the Hotel Rosengarten in Kirchberg, which was awarded two Toques in the 2020 edition of Gault & Millau Austria. 

4 Toques

Among those receiving four Toques once again in 2021 are Benjamin Parth, Martin Sieberer and Boris Meyer. They are joined by newcomer Chef's Table at the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol in Telfs near Seefeld. In total, five restaurants in Tirol were awarded four Toques in Gault & Millau Austria 2021. Five other locations previously rated with four Toques have opted out of being listed in this year's 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 · ·

Paznaunerstube in Ischgl (4 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 four 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 · ·

Schlossherrnstube in Ischgl (No Rating for 2021)

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 · ·

Tannenhof in St. Anton (No Rating for 2021)

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 · ·

"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

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 · ·

"Kupferstube" at the Tennerhof in Kitzbühel (No Rating for 2021)

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 four 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 2020 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 · ·

"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 · ·

"Tannheimer Stube" in Tannheim (No Rating for 2021)

Tannheimer Stube in the Landhotel Hohenfels, © Hohenfels - das Landhotel

The "Tannheimer Stube" gourmet restaurant in the Genießerhotel Hohenfels in Tannheim is one of the most exciting up-and-coming eateries in Tirol. For 2020 it has received four Toques in recognition of the outstanding cuisine produced by head chef Markus Pichler, who takes pride in bringing a modern twist to Austrian cuisine and combining culinary classics with international elements.

Hohenfels - das Genießerhotel Kreuzgasse 8 6675 Tannheim +43.5675.6286,

3 Toques

From the "Schaufelspitz", Austria's highest fine dining restaurant located at over 3,000 metres above sea level on the Stubai Glacier, to new entries such as the restaurant "Le Treize" in Seefeld, 15 locations in Tirol have received three Toques in the 2021 edition of Gault & Millau.

2 Toques

All in all, 29 restaurants in Tirol have been awarded two Toques in Gault & Millau 2021. These include both newcomers, such as the Böglerhof in the Alpachtal Valley and the Restaurant Heleni in Zell am Ziller, as well as perennial favourites like the Blaue Quelle in Erl and the Bistro-Restaurant Rosengarten in Kirchberg. 

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