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Restaurant Smutny: The oldest Budweiser Restaurant
You hardly find a city in the world, in which eating and drinking play so important role in the everyday life, as in Vienna.
Smutny, the oldest Budweiser Restaurant of Vienna is one of the best places in the city, to taste typical Viennese dishes.
If you visit Vienna, it only seems fitting that you order Wiener Schnitzel; your plate will be overflowing from the 2 huge pieces of breaded cutlet of veal, but my lunch here is Tafelspitz, a fine piece of boiled beef with horseradish sauce. Emperor Franz Joseph was a great lover of Tafelspitz, too.
In the past couple of years I tried it in several restaurants but I am sure you can get the best one at Smutny.
At home my wife has tried severaltimes to make the same. It was not bad, but............
By the way, Wiener Schnitzel is available in almost every eatery that serves viennese cuisine for about 12 - 14 Euros. Don't confuse it with pork schnitzel viennese style (Schweinsschnitzel Wiener-Art).
Zum Bettelstudent: Schnitzel on a budget
At Zum Bettelstudent (means literally "At the Begging Student's"!) you get great local food including tasty schnitzel, and you get value for your money. Not only do they have excellent three-course lunch menu deals ("Mittagsmenu" or "Tagesmenu" from 11:00 to 14:30) for EUR 6.90, the location is also superb, Johannesgasse 12 in 1st district just a short walk from Stephansplatz and Stadtpark and all other must-sees.
Favorite Dish: Haven't been disappointed with anything yet!
typical Austrian specialities: Schweizerhaus
This large famous restaurant in the Prater should be avoided by people who are vegetarians or on a diet :). Their speciality is the rear knuckle of pork (it is called "Stelze" in austrian german. It usually weighs 1.5 kg and costs ca EUR 20,00- usually you share it with 2 or 3 people) and you eat it with horseradish and coleslaw. To drink you could order their Budweiser Budvar beer. They have a large beer garden which is always packed with people, so if you come with a larger group you should reserve a table, especially at the weekend. They have a take away service as well.
Restaurant Waldviertlerhof: Serves one of the Best Austrian Food in Vienna
I never did like Austrian food until I was brought to this Restaurant by my date. In the past, I find austrian food to be too rich, greasy and too salty. However, Waldviertlerhof changed my mind forever about real austrian food.
For the first time since coming to Vienna, I finally had some really good austrian food. It is neither too greasy, rich or salty. The portions were generous and large. The salads were fresh and crisp. The meat was excellent and the austrian wines were wonderful. The desserts were sinfully delicious. I was told that majority of the food served in this austrian restaurant comes from the Waldviertler region of Austria, where the food is of good quality and farm-fresh. As for the prices, it was not expensive at all. For Euro 12, you can get a large full meal including drinks.
The restaurant is large, warm and cosy, with typical austrian country decor and pine wooden furnitures. When I enter the restaurant, I forgot that I am in the middle of a city. The place is lively and busy with local patrons, happily drinking beer and wines, and chatting animatedly and loudly. It's like being in the country-side. All the staffs wore typical austrian costume/outfits. The service is good and quick; the waiters are nice and friendly. Some of them can speak English.
If you go in Summer, you can sit in the outdoor summer garden, where you will be eating under a huge shady tree.
This restaurant is popular amongst the locals/viennese, so if you plan to have dinner there, better if you call ahead and make reservations. The restaurant is not open on Saturday and Sunday.
Favorite Dish: You must try the Toscana Schnitzel. Very different than the typical Wiener schnitzel, and very delicious. If you are not very hungry, try the Chicken Salad. You can have either fried chicken strips or grilled chicken strips with the green salad. It will be dressed with pumpkin-seed oil, and taste so good and healthy. For dessert, you must try the eispalatschinken or pancakes (crepes) with vanilla ice and chocolate fudge. Mmmmm... so yummy!
Palatschinkenpfandl: A great place to meet for lunch
The are few things as enjoyable as sitting in an outdoor restaurant with a group of friends on a warm pleasant day. Vter Globetrott managed to arrange that as a VT meeting for us at the Palatschinkenpfandl restaurant. Being a local, he's able to pronounce the name – I’ll avoid embarrassment by not trying! The restaurant management were very helpful in catering for our large group and kindly allowed a group of us to remain long after lunch, even when other clients were arriving. Full points to both Globetrott for his selection of venue, and to the restaurant!
But this tip is supposed to be about food (if you want to see photos of the VT meeting, head for my travelogue). I hate to say it, but although the food was pleasant (I had the boiled meat/broth/stew dish in the main photo) I was too busy socialising to record the name of the dish. I was assured that it was a very “Austrian” selection however. Having said that, I confess it was a little bland for my palate – I suspect some horseradish sauce might have gone well with it (probably heresy)! Pauline had the crumbed chicken and salad dish shown in the second photo and quite enjoyed it.
typical Austrian specialities: Schweitzerhaus
in Schweitzerhaus you will find a typical so called Schweinschpitze roll (pork) baked in a crust with oven baked potatoes and fresh cabage salad. As a little side dish you will get cut turnip and some very nice salty rolls. What usually comes as well is a portion of very tasty mustard as well as some hot horseraddish. Enjoy! NOTE: Due to the popularity of the place I can recommend a reservation. However, even without one waiting time is around 15-20 min!
Restaurant Waldviertlerhof: Great authentic Austrian food
This restaurant serves really good Austrian fare at reasonable price. You cannot go wrong with any of the choices from the menu. Apart from the typical dishes like wiener schnitzel, you can try their salads, meat dishes and delicious desserts. The hotel is quaint and always busy, so book a table before coming here. In the spring / summer, the garden is open and you can have a nice lunch in the open.
In autumn, it's the season for pumpkin and Sturm, which is the first press from the grapes. This drink comes in red and white sturm and only available during this time
Favorite Dish: I love the chicken salad, local wine and pancakes with ice-cream (eis palaschinken)
Marchfelderhof Restaurant: Must experience the Marchfelderhof's warmth!
Marchfelderhof is a famous austrian restaurant located in Deutsch-Wagram, an area outside of Vienna. The interior of the restaurant is very unique - you will see so many autographed pictures & photos of celebrities and VIPs covering all the walls; on the ceilings, you can see many kinds of interesting objects such as old violins, banjo, tambourines, drums, cooking pots and pans, masks, shaded lamps; the wood panels around the tables have metal plagues mentioning VIPs who have sat there; You will be seated in a private booth surrounded with lacy curtains, odd objects, antique lamps on your tables, and stuffed pillow on your chairs.
You will get free snacks for starters (which was great for me!). The service was good and courteous, although a bit slow. But then, you are there to enjoy the ambience and the surroundings, so the waiters do not wish to intrude too often.
Favorite Dish: One of my favorite dishes was the fried veal cutlet (schnitzel) covered in pumpkin-seed batter and serve with gnocchi potatoes and vegetables. During asparagus season, the restaurant also serve locally-grown white asparagus, steamed, with hollander sauce. Most of the food were delicious.
Siebensternbräu: Sumptuous food and drink
The Siebensternbräu is a brewery and beisl in one. There are a range of beers - available in 0.3l, 0.5l and 1.0l sizes of glass with a range including an India Pale Ale (IPA), Chilli Beer, Hemp Beer, and various light and dark beers. The food comes in good-sized portions with a good range of dishes for different sized appetites - from open sandwiches to racks of ribs. The atmosphere is pleasant, with a constant flow of people through the restaurant and with reservations a definite must - otherwise you can really struggle most nights of the week to get a table at peak times.
Favorite Dish: I tend to enjoy a rack of ribs (€11.90 for a large one and €7.90 for a small one). Otherwise there are smaller dishes like Schinkenfleckerl - pasta with ham and cheese sauce. The Nuremberg white sausages (Nürnberger Weisswürsteln) with sweet mustard are also a favourite of mine. The beers are good, with the Chilli beer being well worth a taste!
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.
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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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!
Gastwirtschaft Hummer: Searching for schnitzel
For schnitzel Figlmüller in 1st district is the obvious choice,
Schnitzelwirt in Neubaugasse (7th district) is recommended by lots of locals,
for a "younger" atmosphere, check out one of the many Centimeter restaurants (for example in Spittelberg 7th district, behind Museumsquartier).
My best tip is for the "homemade" feeling and ambiente is
Restaurant Hummer, corner Florianigasse/Lange Gasse in 8th district. Reasonably priced and the food is made with pride and love.
Favorite Dish: Kalbsbutterschnitzel - it melts!
Zum Suppentopf ( Soup Pot): Don't miss the traditional old Viennese soup pot!!
If you really want to try Viennese specialities like Beef-Goulash, Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn, Palatschinken, Naturschnitzel, and so on come to this small restaurant, but be aware that it will be packed during lunch-time as a lot of locals come to eat here!
They also have a daily dish for a reasonable price and also Pasta and of course SOUPS!!!! Wonderful SOUPS!!! The best!!! Of course the traditional Viennese Soup Pot with beef and chicken meat, noodels, peas and carrots in a huge pot!!! Amazing!!!!
Also the Kaspressknoedel-Soup is fantastic, t is a bread dumpling with cheese, yummy and also served in a big pot! And of course a daily soup and Goulash soup....so if you are a soup lover and a lover of real austrian dishes without kitchy touristy atmosphere come to this place, you wont regret!!!
Favorite Dish: Naturschnitzel, and the soup pot!!!!
SCHWEIZERHAUS: Join the Viennese OKTOBERFEST from May to October
In the heart of Viennas famous "Prater", between Giant Wheel and Vienna Fair, lies a very special restaurant, most popular with most Viennese: the SCHWEIZERHAUS ("Swiss House")
The restaurant with its beergarden is a place where you may enjoy a typical Viennese atmosphere. A place to stay a while and enjoy yourself with a delicious meal under giant old trees. This Viennese institution counts as one of the city's landmarks and is a favourite meeting point for locals who bring their friends.
In the Schweizerhaus there is an atmosphere of genial togetherness. All levels of society meet here in friendly harmony !
Favorite Dish: Schweizerhaus offers traditional house man food. Beside the legendary "Stelze" (pork rear knuckle) also other delicate meals of the good old Viennese kitchen are served, such as Szegediner herb meat, "Gulasch", "Backhendel", "Cevapcici", "Powidltascherl" and vegetarian creations. Take a look into the menue!
The very sensation of Schweizerhaus`dishes is the legendary "STELZE",rear knuckle of pork, served with freshly grated horse radish,mustard and fresh white cabbage - salad.
The "Budweiser" draft beer is a must !
So, if you need some cholesterol to pimp up your arteries, indulge into this very original Viennese fare - one order of "STELZE" serves easily 2 !
Daily open from 11:00 am till 23:00 pm. Season from 15th of march till 31st of october.
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