the best restaurants in saalbach
Foodies are served just as well as party animals in Saalbach and neighbouring Hinterglemm. Together they have nearly 70 restaurants, with a great choice of mountain eateries too. Many double up as après bars, morphing from lunchtime venues to buzzing afternoon drinking spots. The Austrian tradition of half-board packages means that hotel restaurants tend to dominate the food scene.
For further Saalbach inspiration, see our guides to the resort’s best accommodation and après ski.
Near the Schattberg gondola in Saalbach, Bobby’s Pub draws a young crowd, with bowling lanes, pool table, darts, table football and computer games. It does a great value dish of the day, plus pizzas, kebabs and burgers.
Contact: 00 43 65 41 63 89; bobbys-pub.at
On Saalbach’s main street, the restaurant at Hotel Peter has a traditional atmosphere and food to match. The speciality is a Felsensteak made from local beef, with herbs and a brandy sauce – it’s usually presented by Peter himself, decked out in his lederhosen.
Price: ££ Contact: 00 43 65 41 62 36; hotel-peter.at
Hotel Peter, Saalbach – wolfgang garger
A stylish venue at Hotel Alpine Palace in Hinterglemm, Arte Vinum has leather dining chairs, candlelit tables and top‑quality Austrian and international wines. Expect delicious fare too – highlights include beef carpaccio, venison ham, or pike-perch with cabbage and beetroot.
Price: £££ Contact: 00 43 65 41 63 46; hotel-alpine-palace.com
Arte Vinum, Saalbach
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Reached from the top of the Magic chair high above Saalbach, Thurneralm is a big place that specialises in hearty cheese, bacon or liver soups with dumplings. It also does good pasta dishes and Tiroler gröstl. The traditional Kaiserschmarrn pancake with plum sauce is big enough for two.
Price: £ Contact: 00 43 66 43 12 90 06; thurneralm.at
Above Leogang, Asitz Bräu has a great ambience and has been a mountain inn since the 1930s. It serves Tirol beer brewed to a special recipe. The food stands out too, with excellent pepper steak and whole roasted trout on the menu as well as the usual spare ribs and Tiroler gröstl.
Price: ££ Contact: 00 43 65 83 82 46; asitzbraeu.com
At the top of the Reiterkogel gondola above Hinterglemm, Wieseralm is housed in a lovely wooden hut and splendidly cosy on a snowy day. It is owned by the trendy Design Hotel Wiesergut in Hinterglemm and has a big south-facing terrace with panoramic views, ideal for a long lunch in sunny weather. As well as traditional Austrian food such as wiener schnitzel and goulash soup, it serves fancier dishes such as fresh oysters and bison steak.
Price: £££ Contact: 00 43 65 41 69 39; wiesergut.com