Dinner at Europe’s Oldest Restaurant

One of the coolest parts about traveling in Europe is that you get to see the places you learned about in your history classes, which makes it feel so surreal, knowing that it’s not just a story and that you’re standing where things happened thousands of years before. Salzburg’s St. Peter Stiftskiller restaurant lays claim to being the oldest restaurant in Europe. Formerly a monastery, this gorgeous restaurant began serving food as part of an inn in 803. Can you imagine what life was like back then?

st peter stiftskeller

I was so excited when the restaurant extended an invitation to us to come in for dinner and experience the history and amazingness of St. Peter Stiftskeller in person! Tucked away in the back corner of a quaint square at the base of the Fortress/mountain, we saw a faint glow of lights. As we got closer and approached the entrance, I knew it was going to be a place I’d never forget.

st peter stiftskeller entrance

When we first walked in, there was an open space area with live music, Christmas trees and lights everywhere, and not surprising, a huge crowd of people gathered, chatting and enjoying some drinks to warm up from the chilly weather outside. We checked in with the hostess and were shown to another quieter (but still buzzing) room where dinner would be served.

st peter stiftskeller bar

Our table was in the corner of the coziest room – a room that centuries ago was a wine cellar in the former monastery! There seemed to be a good mix of locals and tourists, with quite a few different languages being spoken around us. This is something St. Peter Stiftskeller was clearly used to, as their menu was readily available in a few different languages!

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To start, we opted for the bread basket, some wine, and sparkling water! With the basket came three different types of toppings to go with – chive butter, olive oil, and a spread (which they switch up frequently).

st peter stiftskeller bread basket

There were so many delicious-sounding options to choose from for the main course, but after some debating, my mom and I decided to go for the shared platter, St. Peter’s Mixed Grill. And by shared platter, I mean FEAST. Our eyes bulged out of our heads when we saw how much food was coming toward us, but we couldn’t wait to dive in! What came with it? Poultry, beef, pork, buttered rice, mixed veggies, and french fries!

We couldn’t bring ourselves to finish the platter, but we did make a pretty good dent in it! It definitely felt like we were on an episode of Man vs. Food!

st peter stiftskeller food

Despite the fact that we “couldn’t possibly eat another bite,” we magically found a tiny bit of room in our stomachs when the dessert menu was presented. Isn’t that always how it goes?! We decided to split the Salzburger Nockerl, a dish made of egg and sugar, and topped with cranberries and raspberry sauce. YUM.

st peter stiftskeller dessert

After our meal, our waitress took us around on a quick tour of the rest of the restaurant. We had no idea how big it was! And the Christmas decorations just got better and better as we wandered through. I’ve seriously never seen a more magical restaurant at Christmas. In fact, we found out that there were well over 100 Christmas trees dispersed around the restaurant. Talk about a Christmas wonderland!

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The grandest of rooms was at the rear of the second floor. It was just emptying as we walked up and caught a glimpse of the most beautiful ballroom! Each night, there’s a Mozart Dinner Concert in this room, where you can enjoy a dinner by candlelight (1790s style), in the way that people did back in Mozart’s time. So cool! If you didn’t know, Salzburg is where Mozart was born, so you’ll find hints of Mozart all over Salzburg.

st peter stiftskeller mozart

One room in particular really stood out to me. A room with a distinct smell and look that’s not quite like the others. Why? Because the ceiling is entirely cave! Yep, St. Peter Stiftskiller sits in/under a mountain! Just another awesome tidbit to add to the impressive list!

st peter stiftskiller cave

St. Peter Stiftskeller was one of the most unique and magical places I’ve ever dined and I’d go back in a heartbeat! If you’re planning a trip to Salzburg, I highly recommend carving out some time to grab a bite here. You won’t regret it!

st peter stiftskeller christmas

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  • Wow, what an amazing experience, and such a beautiful place!

    • It so was, Christine! I hope you’re able to get there one day to experience it firsthand!

  • Now that I’ve officially followed/stalked you on all forms of social media, I can comment. First off, jealous that you are traveling while I am literally sitting on my couch at home. Secondly, what a cool place!! I too, find it so awesome to be in places that I learned about in my history classes in college (well, what I paid attention to anyways) ;) glad it was so much fun!!

    • Thanks for reading/following/stalking :) haha. It was so amazing! You should definitely add it to your bucket list. Start planning a trip, even if it’s not quite in reach yet! There are so many incredible things to see out there!

  • Wow! Adding that to the bucket list. Such a gorgeous place, definitely seems worth it!

    • SO worth it! Who knew such an amazing restaurant was tucked away in Salzburg?!

  • oh my goodness, it looks absolutely amazing. and i always find room for dessert haha!

    • It’s so weird how room for dessert always magically appears :)

  • What a beautiful restaurant and the food looks delicious! I totally get what you’re saying about seeing places you’ve learned about in history class- isn’t that the coolest?!

    • It was incredible, Annie! Have you been to any places you’ve learned about in history classes?

      • I haven’t traveled out of the country much (yet) but I went to Washington, D.C. which was totally cool and historical! That was one of my favorite trips and I totally remember learning about a lot of it in class.

  • So freaking amazing! I’m saving this on Pinterest right now, and I’m going to see if we can eat there when we’re in Salzburg later on this year! I can’t even wrap my head around the history that I’ll be witnessing in Europe this year!

    • YES!! Do it!! You definitely won’t regret it. I can’t even begin to put into words what a mind blowing experience it is traveling through Europe. I’m SO excited for you!!

  • What an awesome experience! I’m a historian, so that really speaks out to me!

    • It was, Tayler! You’ll have to add it to your travel bucket list. As a historian, there’s SO much to see!

  • That’s one of the things I love about Europe–everything is just so old! That place looks so magical, especially since it’s all decked out for Christmas!

    • Agreed! It’s mind blowing how so many of the buildings are even still standing after all this time! It was such a cool place, I hope to get back there again one day!

  • I LOVE anything historical, so I HAD to read this post! How freakin’ awesome, Rachel!

  • Steph

    SO gorgeous! One day I’ll make it out there!!!!

  • So beautiful!

    • It was! Probably THE coolest restaurant I’ve ever been to!

  • Belle Vie A Deux

    Oh wow! I had never even heard of this place and I thought I had been all over Europe! What an amazing experience! ah! Im jealous :) very very cool

    • It’s tucked away in a corner that could be so easily missed, but it’s amazing! You should definitely make a stop there the next time you plan a Europe trip!

  • Wow, that place looks delicious and beautiful!

    • It was incredible, Jeannie! Definitely a place worth visiting!

  • Wow what a COOL experience! Adding this one to the bucket list for sure.

    ​​xx katie // a touch of teal

  • That’s so much fun. I like how historic the architecture is, the decor is amazing, the food looks so yummy.

    • It was amazing! Definitely a place to add to your bucket list to visit!

  • This looks like an absolutely amazing experience! I should eat here next time I’m in Salzburg. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • tannawings

    I love history and this looks like a dream. I am sure since 803 it was much much different. Your meal looks wonderful and the place looks magical.

    • Oh most definitely! It was incredibly magical though. Love how they’ve preserved it all these years!