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Restaurant Lubella: Viennese & international casual dining
The main restaurant is inside Hotel Astoria, but there is also a limited amount of outdoor dining about 30 metres along the street. We prefer outdoor dining because it allows us to indulge in people watching, and it's very pleasant anyway on a warm summer evening.
There's an extensive menu of Viennese, Italian and other European dishes and a good wine list.
Service was good, friendly, efficient, even though the poor waiters have to walk some distance between the kitchen and the outdoor eating area.
Favorite Dish: One of my favourite dishes is cordon bleu and Lubella do it very well. It's available with either pork or chicken. Also very good was the spaghetti al pesto, with pesto and olive oil and fettucinni carbonara. Another favourite is pork cutlets with mushroom sauce & potato croquettes. Geina's favourites are Pangasius grilled with spaghetti, which has plenty of garlic in it, and grilled plaice with vegetable rice & garlic butter. As usual, we also enjoyed glasses of valpolicella and Aperol spritzer.
Naschmarkt Beisl: 'The best Wiener schnitzel'
The board outside the restaurant claims they serve 'the best Wiener schnitzel', and so far we agree with them. It's the best we've found so far - big but not too big as so many are, quality meat, perfect crisp golden outside.
The restaurant is in Naschmarkt amongst other restaurants/cafes, and it has a great relaxed atmosphere, with everyone just out for a meal, a drink and relaxed enjoyment.
The service is excellent, menus in several languages and there's a good choice of dishes and drinks.
Favorite Dish: The Wiener schnitzel, and particularly the cordon bleu are my favourites. I also enjoy bratwurst while Geina also likes the spare ribs. I think the potato salad they serve with the schnitzels is a disappointment, so I order French fries with mine.
I also discovered a beautiful variety of white wine, Gruner Veltliner, here, and it goes down very well with the food.
Anker: Traditional bakery, and more
Anker is a chain of bakeries that has been in existence since 1891. They bake a huge variety of breads, rolls, cakes, they serve breakfast and coffee and a big choice of freshly made filled rolls.
We often stop at one for morning coffee, or a mid-morning coffee & doughnut (the Viennese version, krapfen, is lighter than the usual doughnuts).
There's even one in the U-Bahn station at Karlsplatz which we've used on rainy mornings as it's alongside the hotel we stay in.
Wiener Wurstl - sausage stalls: Delicious street food
Dotted around the city centre are a number of sausage stalls, serving a choice of various types of local sausages.
They're freshly cooked, served with mustard and a slice of bread or a roll. There are extras of course, including cheese, pickles, sauerkraut.
They're very clean and hygienic, with stainless steel counters for customers to stand at to enjoy the sausages.
Favorite Dish: There's a choice of five or six different flavours, so you choose whichever you enjoy most.
Beim Hofmeister: Traditional Viennese family restaurant
A really old family-run restaurant, the even older restaurant having been taken over by the present owners' grandparents in 1919. It has a casual, friendly family feel to it, with the parents waiting on tables and son in the kitchen.
They serve mainly Viennese cuisine - schnitzel, tafelspitz, apfel strudel, sachertorte, for example - but they also serve more exotic dishes such as ostrich steak and venison.
The small pedestrian street it's on has several restaurants along it, lovely old buildings either side and small, quality shops.
It's a beautifully relaxing place to sit, the food and service is top quality, the wine is excellent, the owners are friendly and helpful.
All in all, it's become one of our favourite restaurants in Vienna.
Favorite Dish: The mixed grill platter for two people is particularly good, with three types of sausages, bacon, chicken, pork and French fries. We also enjoyed the spare ribs, served with very interesting potatoes, and the Schnitzel. I also enjoyed a glass or two of the house red wine, which is very good and good value.
Strock: Bakery/cafe at Naschmarkt
There are plenty of eating places at Naschmarkt but this is the one we always go to for mid-morning coffee and something from the bakery.
It's really a bakery but has three or four small bench-style tables inside and the same number of tables to stand at outside. Very casual, clean, friendly counter service, oven fresh bakery items.
Gerstner: Cosy traditional cafe
A cosy, traditional, busy cafe with a very nice atmosphere. It's another of the famous old Viennese companies, having been founded over 150 years ago.
It's right in the centre of the city, serving cakes, snacks, coffee and drinks and on a cold or wet day when you can't sit at one of the outdoor cafes Gerstner is a very good choice.
Counter service for take aways and table service if you decide to eat in.
Favorite Dish: The Austrian white house wine is excellent, as is the coffee. Cakes are a bit rich and creamy for my taste but that's what most people like and they are top quality.
Stadtheuriger: traditional & traditional
Zwoelf Apostelkeller is one of those a must see places when in Vienna, offering traditional Austrian dishes in a very traditional atmosphere. The restauarant is situated in one cellar, over 600 years old, and looks really attractive. It is slightly touristy place but still recommendable, and the prices are really affordable.
Unfortunately, I didn't dining in the restaurant because it was full and had to wait over 45 minutes for a free table. Besides, since I was alone the waiter wasn't very interested to find a place for me, actually he was suggesting to find another place nearby.
s´Steger´s: Eat local
One of my tricks when I travel in places that have good public transportation is to get on the train or trolley and go out of the city into the suburbs at least 5 or 6 stops get off the train /subway trolley and walk around until you see a neighborhood restaurant where they do not have the menu in English and than try that. s' Steger's was just such a place not a tourist in sight when I was there. As I eat everyone that walked in was a friend of the owner and his wife and I meet them all n the two hours I spent eating and visiting taxi drivers, school teachers, garage owner, and retired railroad worker. For food I just look at what other ordered and did the same I ended up with wonderful Schnitzel in fact as good as any form the fancy places at half the price and twice the cultural atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein mit Erdäpfelsalat
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Tichy Eissalon: Tichy - the very best Icecream in Vienna
Icecream in Vienna is a MUST !!!
And Tichy is the very best in my opinion and multiple experience !
Be prepared to have a bunch of people ahead of you at the take-away counter where you may choose among more than 20 different tastes of Icecream.
And of course you can also take a seat in the cafe or on the terrace and taste one of their many famous ice-coups, a cup of coffee or some icecream-cakes !
This Eissalon is closed in Wintertime !!!
Favorite Dish: My personal favorits are :
Kastanieneis ( chestnuts-icecream )
Coup Tropical ( a really big portion of fresh fruit-salad including cumquats, mangos, lychees etc. )
Eis-Marillenknödel, a speciality invented by Tichy !
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Palatschinkenpfandl: a perfect place to taste Kaiserschmarren
"Palatschinke" is the austrian name for pancake and in this restaurant you get a really wide choice of them, including one of the best "Kaiserschmarren" I ever had. This restaurant is in the very centre of Vienna, in a side-street without car-trafic and it also has tables in the street during summer !! There are 2 entrances to that restaurant : one in Koellnerhofgasse and one in Grashofgasse4
All dishes are explained in English and French as well !
The restaurant is open daily 10.00a.m.-00.00 midnight
10 minutes of Free internet for each guest !!
ask for the internet-coin at the kitchen !!
Favorite Dish: Palatschinkenpfandl has a large choice of dishes, including 6-8 "Tagesmenues" with a main course + the choice of one of 5 deserts or 5 types of soup and of course you may get it also with soup+desert. Take a look at my pictures : I had a delicious pumkin-soup first (without pic) then a pan full of roasted potatoes, fried turkey&chicken & salad and for desert I had 2 pancakes, filled with sweet chestnuts and chocolate-topping. Such a "Tagesmenu" is 10,50 Euros , when you choose any soup OR desert with it !
When you choose desert PLUS soup, you pay just 12 Euros.
Kaiserschmarren is my favorite meal, it is some sort of "thick pancake" with raisins and cut into small pieces - I had mine with "Zwetschken-roester" (thick plum-stew) for 7 Euros - see my main picture !
They have a total of 8 different "Kaiserschmarren" : with apples, cinnamon, poppy-seeds etc.etc.etc.
For drinks you may get also Milk, milkshakes, yoghurt and some great austrian wines in addition to the ordinary soft-drinks and beers.
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Schnitzelhaus: The cheapest Schnitzel in Vienna
Schnitzelhaus is a chain of " fast-food-restaurants " serving mainly Schnitzel for a cheap price and in very GOOD QUALITY !!
Favorite Dish: A Giant Schnitzel is 5,50 Euro - and it will mostly be bigger than the (plastic)plate
potatoe salad, cucumber sald of french fries are 1,30 Euros each
0,5l beer is 2,oo
0,5l soft drinks 1,90
And if you simply want to have a snack or try Wiener Schnitzel - take a " Schnitzelsemmel " - a roll filled with a Schnitzel for just 2,20 euros
To be honest: Wiener Schnitzel HAS TO be made of veal, so:
this is not the real Wiener Schnitzel
they make it according to your wishes with
pork, turkey or smoked pork-cutlets
b.t.w.: the famous Figlmueller Schnitzel from your guidebooks
is also NO real Wiener Schnitzel, as it is made of PORC !!!
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Zur Goldene Glocke and Ubl: A couple of typical Austrian restaurants
We visited these two typical Austrian restaurants:
Zur Goldene Glocke at Schönbrunner Strasse 8, 1050 (the 5th District) and Restaurant UBL at Pressgasse 26, 1040 (4th District).
Both have friendly staff who speak good English and the food is marvellous. Average bill for two people with a couple of drinks, main course and a sweet in both places is around 30-35 Euros.
The menus are typically Austrian.
Both have outside space as well, Goldene Glocke has a garden tucked away at the back (which is partly covered so OK to eat when it's raining), UBL has a terrace on the street corner (no roof) but it's behind a tall hedge so the traffic doesn't disturb dining at all.
Goldene Glocke:Pilgramgasse (line U4)
Restaurant UBL: Kettenbrückengasse (line U4)
Zum Schmankerlwirt: Simple and nice
The restaurant is located in the 3rd district and it is easy to find; the place is simple and very casual. The food is the usual Viennese-Austrian fare but really delicious. The prices were also very reasonable.
This restaurant was proposed by Michael (Globetrott) for a small VT meeting during my sister's (Borneogrrl) visit in early May 2007.
Favorite Dish: They served the usual Viennese cuisine such as Wiener Schitzel (breaded veal escalope), grilled Pork, or fried Chicken - all served with yummy potato salad or home-made fries plus crunchy coleslaw. You can drink the local Austrian wines and beers here too.
They have a unique dessert - strawberries and vanilla ice-cream with pumpkin-seed oil. Yummy!
Schönbrunner Stöckl: Classic and Wonderful Experience
The restaurant was a short walk from our hotel; and it was fairly quiet when we arrived. However, as the afternoon progressed, it became much busier and more lively.
The decor is fairly traditional, but as we were there on the run up to Christmas the music a little more international.
Favorite Dish: The menu is extensive and enjoyable. I stayed very traditional and had a Wiener Schnitzel.
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