St Peter Restaurant, The Oldest Restaurant in Central Europe

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St. Peter Restaurant, The Oldest Restaurant in Central Europe

st peter restaurantSt Peter Restaurant, properly known as St Peter Stiftskeller, is the oldest restaurant in Central Europe dating back to  803 and no that wasn’t a typo.  I really meant 803.  St Peter Stiftskeller is found in the heart of Salzburg, Austria’s Old Town in the St. Peter’s Abbey and has been serving traditional style food for over 1200 years.  It is one of the finest restaurants in Salzburg and known for its elegant ambiance.
st peter restaurantI confess I haven’t been to St Peter Stiftskeller yet, I only discovered it while on a quick tour of Salzburg and didn’t think my jeans would have been the appropriate attire.  I do plan on going though and am especially intrigued by the Mozart Dinner Concert, in which Mozart compositions are played by period costumed clad musicians.  In-between compositions a set three-course meal is served in an ambient candle-light setting, which I think looks very romantic:

The Mozart Dinner Concert is a set menu is priced at €51 per adult, not including drinks.

If that wasn’t intriguing enough in itself, Charlemagne (King of the Franks and Emperor of the Romans) has dined at St. Peter Stiftskeller at some point before his death in 814, as have numerous other historic figures and present day celebrities including Bill Clinton.   I’ll tell him you said “hi” should I happen to see him at what I hope will be a very soon visit to St. Peter Stiftskeller.  Update:  I visited it and was VERY disappointed.

Have you dined at St. Peter Stiftskeller?  I would love to hear your opinions.

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their hiking, cycling and wildlife vacations in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Mette Christensen October 14, 2011 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I didn’t know there were resturants before the Vikings, but why not? Can’t wait to hear how they’ve changed the menu over time 🙂

  2. Laurel October 14, 2011 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I was really surprised too. I hope the menu has changed…yikes! 🙂

  3. Sophie October 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a very cool place. I have been to Procope, the oldest restaurant in Paris (self-proclaimed, at least). But that’s from the 1600s, a wee bairn in comparison.

  4. Cathy Sweeney October 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    My goodness, that’s old! What an experience it must be to dine there. Would love to try the Mozart Dinner Concert at St Peter Stiftskeller — especially if I might run into Bill Clinton there!

  5. Laurel October 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    @Sophie – The oldest restaurant in Paris doesn’t sound too bad either 🙂

    @Cathy – I can hardly wait. I’m hoping to go in the next few months and want to try the Mozart Dinner Concert as well, can you imagine running into Bill Clinton while eating?

  6. inka October 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Please do report back when you have donned your heels and LBD and enjoyed the Mozart dinner. Don’t forget the pictures.

  7. Laurel October 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    @Inka – I think St. Peter Stiftskeller would be your kind of place! I will definitely report back once I’ve been and it gives me an excuse to go and buy a new LBD as well 🙂

  8. Zhu October 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    All things considered, the dinner menu isn’t too expensive. I’d go!

  9. Sue October 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Fascinating! What a wonderful world you have to discover. Thanks for sharing to us domestics!

  10. Barry October 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Ignorance is bliss. I worry when I submit to Mr. Linky and have no time to understand what I am doing? Oh well, no guts: no glory. It is excellent to have references for excellent eateries that have stood the test of time. 803 – that was before I was born. Finally finished the lava. Moving on to Yosemite. Take care.

  11. Katherina October 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I swear I had to look back at the date 803 a few times to realize that it’s for real – that’s really old! I love the history behind these places… it specially fun when you’ve got waiter telling you all about it.

  12. Christy @ Technosyncratic October 17, 2011 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Serving food for 1200 years?! I can’t even wrap my head around that. I wonder how much it’s changed over the centuries. 🙂

  13. Laurel October 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    @Zhu – I thought the price was reasonable as well, especially since it includes live music.

    @Sue – One of the reasons I love living in Europe 🙂

    @Barry – And just think of all the hiking you could do in the nearby Alps 🙂

    @Katherina – I thought I had misunderstood as well, but our tour guide (and numerous references on the web) have verified that it really has been open since 803. Hard to believe isn’t it?

    @Christy – I’m hoping the food has changed quite a bit 🙂

  14. David October 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Ok, when I read your tweet, my first thought was “oh you North Americans, you think that a 100 year old building is old, so what is it going to be? the 1500’s? (I actually know several restaurants dating from the 1600’s)”
    But ok, this time I admit, 802! That’s old! 🙂

  15. robin October 19, 2011 at 9:01 am - Reply

    1200 years?? I hope they give the kitchen a good clean once in a while…

  16. Richard Walrod July 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    My wife and I were in Salzburg in May of 2014 on a Viking River Cruise. We ate at St. Peter Stiftskeller. It was wonderful. Probably spent more for lunch than I expected but it was well worth it. I can say we ate at the oldest restaurant in central Europe.

    • Laurel July 30, 2014 at 8:05 am - Reply

      @Richard – Glad to hear you had a positive experience.

      • Jim January 11, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

        We have just got back from 3 weeks in Germany and travelled to Salzburg where we had lunch at St. Peter, it was Christmas and the food was fantastic as well as the atmosphere, considering they were serving food for over 900 years before Australia was discovered was truly amazing

        • Laurel January 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

          @Jim – Glad to hear that you had a good experience!

  17. Erin (Travel With Bender) January 26, 2015 at 1:59 am - Reply

    We got to dine there last year during a brief visit to Salzburg. The Nockrel was amazing.

    • Laurel February 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      @Erin – Glad to hear it. I’ve heard both positive and negative reviews from people, so it seems like it’s hit or miss, but glad you had a better experience than I did.

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