Tirol’s Best Fine Dining Restaurants: Culinary Excellence

Each year the Gault&Millau Austria Restaurant Guide recognises the best restaurants in Tirol. Here's a list of the finest fine dining locations in the region.

There is no doubt about it: Tirol is home to a number of outstanding chefs. The 2017 edition of the Gault&Millau Austria Restaurant Guide awarded no fewer than 116 chef's toques to a total of 81 master cooks in the region. Simon Taxacher from the Rosengarten restaurant in Kirchberg was able to maintain his four toques from the previous year and with them his reputation as one of the very best chefs at work in Tirol. At just 27 years of age, Benny Parth succeeded in keeping the three toques awarded to him in 2016, while British chef James Baron established himself as one of the scene's rising stars at the Tannenhof. Here is a list of the best restaurants in Tirol according to the 2017 Gault&Millau guide.

1 · On Top of it All—Four Chef’s Toques for “R Simon Taxacher” Restaurant (4 Chef’s Toques, 19 Points)

„R Simon Taxacher“ in Kirchberg in Tirol, © Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten

The Restaurant at Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten in Kirchberg has been garnering the highest praise. Master chef Simon Taxacher is Tirol’s only chef to have received four chef's toques; and on top of that for the second year in a row. Embracing tradition and pursuing innovation, Simon Taxacher’s ingredient-obsessed approach yields plated perfection in dishes, showcasing his dedication to detail and his epicurean finesse.

Restaurant Rosengarten Aschauer Straße 46 6365 Kirchberg in Tirol +43.5357.4201

2 · Culinary Masterpieces at “Alexander” (3 Chef’s Toques, 18 Points)

Restaurant „Alexander“ at Lamark Hotel, © Hotel Lamark

Alexander Fankhauser serves up culinary excellence at family-operated Lamark Hotel in Hochfügen, Zillertal Valley. The award-winning chef, who had his own cooking show on Austrian television, creates his own style of cuisine wizardry together with his highly talented, uprising kitchen brigade. Both his internationally-inspired menu and his locally inspired menu that has a new approach to classic Austrian cuisine offer consistently new and exciting flavours that have earned Alexander Fankhauser three chef’s toques in the 2015 Restaurant Guide.

Hotel Lamark Hochfügen 34 6264 Fügenberg +43.5280.225

3 · Martin Sieberer Continues to Win Awards: Three Chef’s Toques for “Paznaunerstube” Restaurant (3 Chef’s Toques, 17 Points)

Paznaunerstube at Trofana Royal Hotel in Ischgl, © Trofana Royal

Award-winning master chef Martin Sieberer has been pleasing particular palates for many years in the refined atmosphere of the “Paznauerstube” Dining Room at Trofana Royal Luxury Hotel in Ischgl. This multi-award winning restaurant offers a choice of finely composed à la carte dishes and a "discovery" of four or six unseen courses with many additional morsels in between. Martin Sieberer has a love of using supreme quality ingredients and locally sourced produce he skillfully handcrafts from the ground up in his kitchen, ensuring perfection. Everything on the menu is delightfully creative, including his die-hard classic “Paznauner Schafl” lamb.

Gourmet & Relaxhotel Trofana Royal Dorfstraße 95 6561 Ischgl +43.5444.600

4 · The Rising Star: Tannenhof Hotel (3 Chef’s Toques, 18 Points)

Tannenhof in St. Anton, © Hotel Tannenhof

The newest addition to Tirol’s gourmet cuisine, from zero to three chef’s toques in its first year: British-born James Baron's Tannenhof has surprised even locals by emerging as a standout dining choice in St. Anton. Using finest ingredients, “great effort and meticulousness”, the master chef aims to achieve nothing less than plated perfection in dishes.

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

5 · Culinary Creativity: MAD (3 Chef's Toques, 17 Points)

Award-winning restaurant MAD in Ischgl, © Designhotel Madlein
Award-winning restaurant MAD in Ischgl, © Designhotel Madlein

The intricate dishes served at the gourmet restaurant MAD in Ischgl are works of art and flow together to create a memorable culinary experience. The testers from Gault&Millau awarded this restaurant 17 out of 20 points for its sometimes unusual and always exciting compositions, which they described as being like a "concert with new music".

Gourmetrestaurant MAD · Madleinweg 2 · 6561 Ischgl · +43.5444.5226 · ·

6 · 27 Years and Three Chef’s Toques: Benny Parth at “Stüva” (3 Chef’s Toques, 17 Points)

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

The calibre of 27-year-old Benjamin Parth’s skill has seen him win awards such as Best New Chef of the Year. In the 2015 Restaurant Guide, the rising culinary star from Ischgl has received three chef’s toques. Discover epicurean finesse and subtlety, underwritten by fulsome flavors and rich aromas and take in the unique and masterful touches of Benjamin Parth as his love for detail brings to you sheer dining excellence, immaculate presentation and passionate artistry.

Gourmethotel Yscla Dorfstraße 73 6561 Ischgl +43.5444.5275

7 · Vegetarian Variations: Chez Nico (2 Chef's Toques, 16 Points)

Chez Nico: Vegetarian restaurant in Innsbruck, © Tirol Werbung/W9 STUDIO
Chez Nico: Vegetarian restaurant in Innsbruck, © Tirol Werbung/W9 STUDIOS

"Refreshingly good" were the words of praise given by the Gault&Millau testers to Chez Nico, a tiny vegetarian restaurant in the centre of Innsbruck. The fine food, friendly atmosphere and attentive service in this small location in the heart of the city earned it two chef's toques in the latest edition of the renowned guide.

Chez Nico · Maria-Theresien-Straße 49 · 6020 Innsbruck · +43.650.4510624 · ·

8 · Pure Pleasure: Heavenly Cuisine at Pure Gourmet by Engel (2 Chef's Toques, 16 Points)

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

Visitors to the Pure Gourmet Stube at the Hotel Engel in Grän can look forward to top food and service. Manuel Schillinger and his team offer two sumptuous menus combining culinary creativity, technical innovation and fabulous aromas. The Pure Gourmet Stube has been awarded two chef's toques and 16 out of 20 points by the Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide.

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

9 · Keeping it in the Family: Gründler's Gourmetstüberl (2 Chef's Toques, 16 Points)

Gründler's Gourmetstüberl in Achenkirch, © alp-line
Gründler's Gourmetstüberl in Achenkirch, © alp-line

At Gründler’s Gourmetstüberl the father-son duo of Armin and Alexander Gründler serve finely balanced and perfectly composed culinary treats. The testers from Gault&Millau were impressed by the whole dining experience, from starter to dessert, as well as the cheese recommendations and excellent service, leading them to award two chef's toques to this restaurant in Achenkirch.

Gründler’s Gourmetstüberl · Hausnummer 35 · 6215 Achenkirch · +43.5246.6800 · ·

10 · Fine Alpine Cuisine with Regional Produce: Jennys Schlössl (2 Chef's Toques, 16 Points)

At Jennys Schlössl in the village of Serfaus, head chef Toni Althaler and his team take diners on a journey of discovery through the world of alpine cuisine. Only top-quality fresh ingredients are used, sourced in-season from the local region. The Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide awarded the restaurant two chef's toques and 16 points in recognition of the inventive, harmonious compositions and outstanding service.

Jennys Schlössl · Poljenweg 9 · 6534 Serfaus · +43.5476.6654 · ·

11 · An Innovative Dining Experience at “Rot-Flüh Stüberl” (2 Chef’s Toques, 16 Points)

Rot Flüh, © Traumhotel...liebes Rot Flüh

Award-winning Rot-Flüh-Stüberl Restaurant in Haldensee, Tannheimertal Valley, features an international menu of finest ingredients from around the globe, fused together for a truly innovative dining experience by master chef Holger Esser. This has won him two chef’s toques in the 2015 Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide.

Wellnesshotel ...liebes Rot-Flüh Seestraße 26 6673 Haldensee im Tannheimer Tal +43.5675.6431

12 · Culinary Delights & Welcoming Comforts at “Schlosshotel Romantica” (2 Chef’s Toques, 16 Points)

Hotel Romantica in Ischgl, © Schlosshotel Romantica

Schlossherren Stube, the restaurant at Schlosshotel Romantica, impresses diners alone with its welcoming comfort. There is only room for six tables in the quaint “Tirolerstube” parlour, where young head chef Gunther Döberl brings creative regional specialties with an international twist to the table. This was recognised with two chef’s toques by Gault&Millau in the 2015 Restaurant Guide.

Schlosshotel Romantica Dorfstraße 85 6561 Ischgl +43.5444.5633

13 · Amazing Austrian Food with International Touches—Two Chef’s Toques for “Tannheimer Stube” Restaurant (2 Chef’s Toques, 16 Points)

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

The Tannheimer Stube restaurant has been awarded two chef’s toques by Gault&Millau, a testament to the talents and dedication of head chef Markus Pichler who leads a strong kitchen team to produce the consistently amazing Austrian food with international touches that has made Tannheimer Stube a landmark restaurant in Tannheim.

Hohenfels - das Landhotel Kreuzgasse 8 6675 Tannheim +43.5675.6286,

14 · A Discovery Journey for Epicureans: Two Chef’s Toques for Tennerhof Restaurant (2 Chef’s Toques, 16 Points)

Tennerhof, © Hotel Tennerhof

Armed with a quirky sense of art and adventure, Stefan Lenz oversees a team which creates an “epicurean journey into unknown grounds” at the Tennerhof. Contemporary in technique and presentation and truly outstanding in service they are striving to create compelling flavour profiles. These effort were rewarded with two chef’s toques by Gault&Millau.

Tennerhof Griesenauweg 26 6370 Kitzbühel+43.5365.63181


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