Our visit was complete, now all we had to do was find somewhere for lunch. As we walked along the pathway to head out, we saw a menu at the Abbey restaurant. We were very surprised to find the prices reasonable, so opted for one of the round wooden tables set up outside under the umbrella's.
We were both very happy with the meals we ordered, and were happy we had decided to eat here.
Thanks to good friend VT member Trekki for informing me, the meal with the dumplings is Semmelknödel.
This restaurant is in the very pretty garden pavillion and is extremely bright and cheerful with lots of natural light. In summer food is served on the terrace outside and I think there is also a large restaurant downstairs but we ate on the ground floor. Service came with a smile and a rather kitchy traditional costume. It was also efficient and reasonably quick.
Favorite Dish: We had lunch in this restaurant from a set menu. There was a plate of salad with strips of ham to start, beef with potatoes and vegetables to follow and a light-as-a-souffle orange and cream gateau for desert. It was plain food but extremely tasty. Personally I was so relieved that there were no dumplings lurking anywhere, I thought it was like manna from heaven - well it is a monastery so maybe St Colman was looking out for me.
The very best thing about this lunch was the absolutely astonishing price of EUR12.50, a really pleasant surprise having payed more than double that the previous lunchtime in Vienna.
Café Restaurant Central is a café in the centre of Melk and is a good place to meet people as well as to play a game of pool - there is a table there - a rarity around these parts of Lower Austria.
Favorite Dish: Their home made toasted sandwiches are well worth going for - otherwise the food menu is a bit on the tired side - nevertheless good for a quick snack or a coffee at non-inflated prices.
Directly at the entrance to the Stift Melk, is placed this handsome restaurant with terrace.
Familiar atmospheres, swift and friendly personnel, a full-time warm kitchen, are some of the many goodness of this restaurant.
There are 600 seats in the restaurant, distributes in the ground floor and in the two halls, with baroque paintings, on the first floor.
On the garden terrace, there are 150 seats.
This restaurant is opened daily and offers, to the many visitors, a traditional Austrian kitchen, or many exotic menus.
This terrace, in the middle of the garden, is very popular in summers.
A small, quiet little hour, on the fashionable terrace, after a walk in the beautiful baroque garden, is a full of pleasure, in the middle of the nature.
The baroque garden pavilion and its famous paintings by Johann Wenzel Bergl, is a wonderful building with a splendid architecture.
This restaurant is one piece of art in the middle of the park.
The construction is realized into a beautiful setting, and with a special sense of taste.
The inside of the pavilion is a real art exhibition, with beautiful pictures, a real art sightseeing in the culinary art.
Here, a coffee to drink is a real joy for the eyes and soul.
Why not stop for ice cream or a coffee at the Monastery's Pavilion, which is located on the hilltop immediately adjacent to the beautful gardens. There are occasionally evening concerts inside the Pavillion.
The pavilion houses a buffet where you have some coffee and cake and anything else you want.
Favorite Dish: Apfelstrudel or Sachertorte is ALWAYS a good choice :-)) ! And you can a "Kleiner Schwarzer" (Short Black) or a "Melange" (that's black coffee with much milk and cream) ....
Just what it says, it has a great cup of joe, right on the main road coming down from the Abbey above. An easy stop for a friendly cuppa. Wieser is a large chain throughout Austria---
Favorite Dish: coffee
On the walk down from the Library, we saw the lovely Cafe Rathouse on the main road down the hill, with tables out front for scenic dining!