5 days is a good time range, and the location is also OK.
There are quite few interesting restaurants offering the best of Viennese cuisine within walking range.
High end, but still with reasonable price/performance ratio:
- Walter Bauer:
- Konstantin Filippou:
Modern style Vienna, preferred by young people, but agreeable to the 50+ as well:
- Hollmans Salon:
- Zum Finsteren Stern:
Viennese basics, beisl style:
- Gasthaus Pöschl: a classic. I always get the Naturschnitzel mit Reis. Great outdoor dining in summer, right on Franziskanerplatz.
- The Huth chain, located with three restaurants on Schellinggasse, now with a new place on Weihburggasse.
If you want Wiener Schnitzel, you get a decent sample at Gasthaus Pöschl, but you also might go to Figlmüller.
For Tafelspitz, Plachutta on Wollzeile is a sure hit, but pricey. Maybe better get a reservation at Rudis Beisl…
For contact details Google is your friend, or make a search at www.falter.at/wwei (suchen = search)
Wow, this could be a long list…
Give us a little bit more info:
Well I DID like it for many years, but in the last years the quality of the market and of the many restaurants has been going downhill. Yes, there are a few vegetable sellers who offer decent, but very expensive, fruits and vegetables, But for one of these there are ten who sell abominable and tasteless antipasti, dried fruits and nuts.
The food stalls are mainly tourist traps, and none of them sell Austrian or Viennese specialties.
So, if you want cheap chicken döner kebap or if you want very expensive farmed fish from far away, you may go there.
Well, let us just simply say: NO !!
22. Trzesniewski and dubious quality ????
I also would not call 21. Zum Schwarzen Kameel a tourist trap, when 99,9% of their customers are locals and regulars. I admit that their restaurant is overpriced, but their canapés - served at the bar and not in the restaurant - are the best in town, and have a great price/value ratio as well…
OTOH I would not recommend Gaumenspiel any more. We have had dinner there many times over the years, and found that their expansion has ruined service and ambiente ...
Quite a list. I have no idea how you found places such as Pizzeria Mafiosi, but the rest is a good sample list of Viennese places, bars, cafes, beisl and upscale restaurants.
On the other hand, most of them are not worth a detour or a reservation, you drop in if you are a. nearby and are b. hungry.
The following places NEED a reservation and are worth planning ahead:
Meierei im Stadtpark (Viennese classics at a prime location)
What I miss:
Konstantin Filippou (best in town)
Yes, there is a non-smoking area, but the gasthaus is quite small, and so you might smell some smoke even in the non-smoking area ( IF people smoke in the smoking area !! There are even smoking-only places such as Rudis Beisl where you might be lucky and nobody smokes while you are there…)
I do not remember whether the menu is also available in English, but if not, the waiters will help you ! And this might even be necessary, since the composition of the Wolf dishes is quite extraordinary and cannot easily be translated into English…
Lighting ?? Yes, there are lightbulbs, but bright ??? I have no idea where this review came from. Maybe some cave dweller form Manhattan who is only used to the 15 W lamps in restaurants ??
Gasthaus Wolf is definitely a great place where to get inventive Austrian cuisine. It is VERY popular with the local chic & trendy crowd, so get a reservation in time !
Decent basic Viennese food in a central location:
Quick snacks when sightseeing:
Here is a list of recommended museum cafeterias:
Do&Co at Albertina:
Once spring begins: do not forget to go to a heurigen, but not to Grinzing, go to Stammersdorf:
BTW: Do not miss Demel at Kohlmarkt !
I agree with hblink about Konstantin Filippou !! Currently the best place in town, and with a remarkable price/value ratio.
The main reason I did not mention this extraordinary place before is that the presentation of their wonderful six course tasting menu is a theatrical event which might overshadow your primary aim, the meeting with old friends to celebrate your birthday…
There is a slight discrepancy between your budget and these locations: At most of these - excluding Plachutta - you might spend maybe just 50 or 60 Euro per person, for a three course dinner including drinks…
These places are either beer cellars (Gösser Bierklinik, Beislgwölb, Melker Stiftskeller) which can be quite noisy and crowded, or rather touristy type places offering average quality of the Austrian basics such as Wiener Schnitzel and Tafelspitz (Ofenloch, Plachutta, Griechenbeisl).
The main task is to find a place were you can have nice atmosphere, good food and attentive service for a party of ten. I understand that you want something informal and cozy, not too fancy, but I doubt that any of these places, including the Do&Co and Griechenbeisl you mentioned previously, will be ideally suited, especially the service might be not adequate for a nice 50th birthday party of 10+.
We (my wife, my daughter, my son-in-law and me) have discussed this and would recommend as best place for your birthday party the Hollmann Salon:
We recently had a very nice family event there, when about 20 people met for a late lunch after the baptism of our granddaughter. The place can offer a table for 10 - 16 people, and they are used to cater to parties of this size. Of course you might have to agree on a fixed menu, with choices of starters and main course, when required. This restaurant is located in a quiet yard, Heilgenkreuzerhof, a hidden corner in the city, and is of course even nicer once you can use their outdoor dining area. The barocque architecture of this building provides a nice contrast to the modern style of their Austrian cuisine, and you will definitely never forget this birthday.
The food is excellent Austrian cuisine, great value for money, and recently they got a toque (again) from tjhe Gault Millau gourmet guide:
Other places you might want to check are located in the outer parts of the city, in the western suburbs:
Eckel in Sievering is a wonderful traditional bourgeois restaurant, the last of its kind. Service is extremely kind and helpful, their menu is a long list of Austrian classics, food quality is a perfect rendition of classic Viennese recipes and they might even offer a la carte service for a party of ten - and not a fixed menu. The place is not too fancy, it is more like an old inn with a great old garden dining area, and a nice veranda looking out to this garden.
Even older than Eckel is Pfarrwirt in Heiligenstadt. Its history as a local inn dates back to the medieval times, and it has recently been renovated and offers a great stage for birthday parties. It is more refined that the inner city tourist traps, but still has some of the informal Austrian character you are looking for.
I recommend that you visit each one of these to see for yourself whether you want to meet there. At each of these places they will love to help you with your birthday party, and I am sure you will find afterwards that you will have spent you money wisely.
We are currrently discussing your request withi our family, sitting in Cantina Friulana at a great Italian dinner...
Will let you know tomorrow what the family counsil recommends !
If you like Sachertorte, go to Demel and try their "Burgtheater-Linzertorte". This is a dry and dense nut cake to die for…
Its name derives from the time when Demel was catering to the Burgtheater. This is quite an old recipe, it was created for the opening of the new Burgtheater in 1888...
Two questions in order to give a more precise advice:
1. How many people will attend ?
Sorry, but the plum season is over, there are no more fresh plums available, so you should not expect to get decent Zwetschkenknödel right now.
But try your luck in one of the bohemian places in town, such as
Zu den 3 Buchteln
BTW: we had great Zwetschkenknödel in Oktober in Gasthaus Heidinger in 15., Selzergasse 38. Heidinger is just a simple but great Viennese beisl, and always offers some great bohemian desserts...
Gasthaus Meixner is a busy "Vorstadtbeisl", that means you will not find there any tourists, and the food is very authentic. An experience you will never forget if you like real head-to-tail cuisine !!
Glacisbeisl is located right behind the MuQa, the core of Viennese museums. The food is also excellent but more mainstream, the crowd is a more urban mix of locals and tourists...
Some good news !!
First and most important for you: By Chi has reopened in a new location, 2.,Hollandstrasse 15, which is not as centrally located as Naschmarkt but still within walking distance from the city center !
I agree with Adam about Pho Sai Gon. Their new location also is a big improvement, and their food is great as ever, although not the best Vietnamese in town…
This title should go to Good Morning Vietnam, which reopened in 9., Sechsschimmelgasse 16 !
And this is not all: there are a few other new Vietnamese places such as Viet Thao on 1., Friedrichstrasse 2 or Le Viet on 1., Stubenbastei 12, but we found them less compelling, with poorer service and not as interesting food items.
The local custom is the other way: casual lunch and fancy dinner…
But let it be: For a fancy lunch I would recommend:
And for a - very - casual dinner:
or Gasthaus Meixner
Lange Gasse is a great location for chow hounds. There are quite a food places worth visiting, starting with the great Schnattl on Lange Gasse.
There is also a real old bakery and pastry shop right on Lange Gasse, the Alte Backstube, now more of a beisl with a lot of Viennese classics on their menu, and just a short list of sweet dishes. We went there quite often 30 years ago, so I am not aware about their current status, but since they still are operating, they might have satisfied customers…
But these are not the only ones, the area is full of places to discover.
There is just one place I recommend since we are regulars there, visiting at least once every week: the Cantina Friulana on Bartensteingasse, just two blocks from Lange Gasse. Open Monday to Friday between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., this is the right place for a late lunch or early dinner. At regular dining hours, after 6 p.m., it is quite full and you need a reservation, but it is the best if you are coming back home around 5 p.m. and want a nice sample of antipasti and a glass of great wine from the Friuli region before you return to your hotel.
Hansen at the Börse building is not a Viennese style restaurant, it is more mediterrean fusion. There is a new Viennese style place right next door on Börseplatz: the Gasthaus Flosz: http://www.flosz.at/flosz/index.php
If you love cakes there are two sure hits:
If you want to have tea time British style, there is no way around the Haas&Haas behind the St.Stephen cathedral.
For "light lunch" before, during or after museum visits there is an easy choice: stay right there at the museum !!
Of course there are more down-to-earth alternatives:
And just one more thing:
@vanderb: thanks for the flowers !
and Lebenbauer in Teinfaltstrasse, close to the Burgtheater:
Close to Lebenbauer is a vegetarian buffet restaurant, and it is better than it looks: http://www.yamm.at/en/
And if you want to splurge and get real high-end veggie food for your money: take a look at the tasting menu of Steirereck: a lot of vegetarian choices there !! And if you ask you get a full vegetarian only menu ...
Maybe the water tastes bad in Amsterdam ?? I know it tastes bad in Hamburg...
Here in Austria tap water usually is fresh mountain spring water, and tastes excellent. Therefore people love to ask for - free - tap water, and many places will put a carafe of cool and fresh tap water on your table even before you are ordering. OTOH some restaurants owners feel cheated, and started to charge for tap water, and at an astonishingly high rate, e.g. 2.50 EUR for half a liter at Cafe Landtmann ! The cafe owner stated that he had been serving more tap water than coffee, and that the glass of water still comes free with every cup of coffee...
Another story: the city of Venice is even propagating the serving of free tap water at restaurants, in order to reduce the amount of used PET bottles which have to be removed daily with a great amount of work from the streets and canals: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financ...
There are a quite few interesting ethnic restaurants in Vienna, but of course the majority is just basic Italian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese and Turkish food, not to mention the terrible sushi and/or fried noodles you get at every corner...
Here are a few worth visiting:
The Georgian place you mentioned is most likely the Cafe Ansari on Praterstrasse. It is a mixture of French cafe and Georgian restaurant, but has quite a few interesting dishes, and a nice outdoor dining area.
Right next door is Mochi, a Japanese fusion restaurant.
A few blocks away is Simchas, a kosher Usbekian restaurant, serving a very interesting version of kosher food.
Another place we love to go is an Iranian grill: Hatam on Währingerstrasse. The minced lamb filet on rice is one of my favorite dishes.
For an authentic Thai street kitchen visit Isaan Thai on Gumpendorferstrasse
and for upscale Vietnamese food the Good Morning Vietnam: http://www.goodmorningvietnam.at
And you can even get some authentic Szechuan cuisine at Zum kaiserlichen Thron:
And you can even get regional Italian cuisine:
and at Wetter you get an impression about Ligurian food as served in Genova and surroundings:
One block away from Wetter is Restaurant Kent, a Turkish grill serving also a few authentic dishes you will not get at other kebap places:
And there are even two Ethiopian places worth mentioning:
Great to hear you loved Konstantin Fillippou. This small place is quite hidden in a remote corner and cannot be found by chance. You have to plan to got there, and will never regret the effort !
Thank you so much for your report !!
Exactly what I suspected.
Umar is one of the many watering holes of the chic and trendy crowd. Umars owners have a decent shop for seafood, but their "restaurant" - if you want to call this small room a restaurant - is not what their owners intended it to be. The same is true for almost all the eateries on Naschmarkt. They do not have to try to provide decent food and service, since they will be full every day and every evening anyway...
One more point for my recommendation that the Naschmarkt has lost its place on the to-do-list for Vienna !
There is smoking in many places, mostly in separated smoking rooms. A recent decision by the Austrian supreme court says that you have to be able to enter a restaurants dining area and go the bathroom without passing through the smoking area. This decision has caused many places to close their smoking areas.
As far as I remember Konstantin Filippou had a small smoking area at the bar, but since you have to enter the restaurant through the bar this area is now also non-smoking.
The same is true for Zum Finsteren Stern.
All smokers now do the same they do in other European countries, they leave the restaurant and smoke in front of the door on the street. Most restaurants have now small bar tables and ashtrays outside...
The only exception to this rule are bars, and this includes wine bars and heurigen, and very small restaurants ("beisl" smaller than 50 qm). There you can smoke, and many people smoke there ! So yes, there are quite a few "smoking only" places. One of them is the best "beisl" in town: Rudis Beisl...
All the first rate restaurants are closed Sunday, no doubt.
There is still a number of places to choose from:
For basic Viennese cuisine in a modern "beisl" setup:
For a lounge type museum cafeteria:
For a spectacular view over Vienna at night, and some decent Austrian-Spanish fusion cuisine:
And, last not least, there is always the Hotel Sacher: their "Rote Bar" restaurant is open daily. Kitchen closes 11:30 p.m.
I looked and found a few places where decent weisswurst is served in Vienna: http://www.stadtbekannt.at/de/essen-und-trinken/gut-zu-essen/wei_wurst-in-wien.html
The best place for a weisswurst again will be a Kaffeehaus: the Cafe Engländer:
And yes, there is also a decent beer garden serving Weisswurst and other kinds of wurst, and "real" Budweiser beer (imported from České Budějovice): http://www.schweizerhaus.at
Weisswurst is not a Viennese specialty...
You should go to Munich for good weisswurst !