Imlauer Sky Bar & Restaurant

In Salzburg, a town known for Mozart, marvellous mountains, medieval manors, and maybe mostly: amazing meals, it’s no small feat to stand out on the culinary scene, but Imlauer Sky Bar & Restaurant does.



My home town Burghausen (check out this post) is only 20 minutes away by car on the Bavarian side of the river Salzach (“salt river”), which also flows through Salzburg (“salt fortress”). I’ve spent a year with the German mountain troops in Berchtesgaden, a stone’s throw away. So I can’t count the times I’ve been to this beautiful town of just over 150,000 residents, which – you guessed it – made its fortune by charging exorbitant tolls on the salt from the nearby salt mines that was passing through it on the river.


My wife (Ms B) and I also visit the town regularly, when seeing my family. We usually prepare well, do our research, and then pick traditional restaurants in old town, some of which have been serving their customers for centuries. This time around, we had hardly had any time to prepare. We were a bit tired from the flight from London and just walked around near the hotel, when we bumped into this restaurant. Quick check on Tripadvisor (#16 out of 550 local restaurants), and up we went in the elevator to the top floor of Imlauer Hotel Pitter.

We were wearing very casual clothes and must have looked tired, but the friendly staff immediately made us feel welcome and were perfectly fine with us enjoying the mind-boggling views from the terrace before making up our minds if to choose the bar or the restaurant. We finally ended up picking the restaurant and were led to our table next to the window front.


No time to be wasted on long deliberations, considering we were starving, so Ms B opted for veal medallions with morel cream, baby spinach, herb gnocchi and mushroom foam (€27.50), while I went for perhaps the most Austrian of all dishes: “Tafelspitz”, prime boiled beef, pan-fried potatoes, apple horseradish, cream spinach and chive-sauce (€21.50).

The food arrived quickly and we were both very pleased with our food. Everything was just right. The braised beef looked as beautiful to the well-trained eye as braised beef can look, and the tastes were spot on. The veal came presented so perfectly (see featured photo on top of post), it could’ve easily got away with it at any of the six Michelin-starred places in town, we presume. The flavours were simply fabulous.

We will definitely be back on our next trip to Salzburg: 5 out of 5 in our book.

Looking for more food inspiration? Check out our posts about Café Englander and Café Central in Vienna, restaurant Lafleur in Frankfurt, Berners Tavern and Benares in London.

For travel posts, feel welcome to have a look at our trip to the Sahara, our day trip to the Douro Valley near Porto, Portugal, our visit to the North Pole (Spitsbergen), or our street art tour of Lisbon.

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