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Feb 12, 2008 07:44 PM

Seeking schnitzel in Vienna

We are seeking a geniune, non-touristy restaurant (more fine dining than casual) with great classic Austrian food, including schnitzel, of course. We are staying at the Hilton, but will go anywhere in the city for superior schnitzel in a place with some atmosphere. Any suggestions welcome.

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  1. If you stay at the Hilton, you have several choices:

    Cross the Ringstrasse and enter the City: you can get great WS at Beim Czaak in the Postgasse, and you will have a great walk through a non-touristy part of the City. Close by are also Pfudl and Zu den drei Hacken, all of them great Schnitzel places.

    For even less touristy places, go the other direction, into the 3.district:
    On the Radetzkyplatz is Restaurant Wild. They have really good WS, and nice Czech beer to drink. But you can also go farther under elevated train tracks along the Löewengasse to Kolonitzplatz (just one block). Even more down to earth is the Kolonitz-Beisl on Kolonitzplatz. There the Schnitzel is BIG and inexpensive, and you can not only dring Czech beer, but also meet real VIENNESE schnitzel-eaters...

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    1. re: Sturmi

      Excellent. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I assume these neighborhoods are all safe for walking?

      1. re: Jane Hyde

        Yes, Vienna is quite safe. You just have to be aware of pickpockets in crowded aras such as trams and subway cars or in markets. But: Even if you go on the Naschmarkt and the fleamarket located there on Saturdays, dont be afraid, you will have much fun and see so many interesting things, you just have to keep your handbag closed and your purse in a safe location...

        Now, to keep the thread food oriented: Here are a few tipps for the Naschmarkt: There are many food stalls, and some are very average and some are excellent. There is a great seafood place right at the beginning, behind the Nordsee fish junk food place. It is called Umar and is owned by a fish importer. Right behind Umar is the Indian Pavillon, a very small place with good curries. And 50 meters south is Pho Sai Gon, a small Vietnamese with great soups and rolls. And just across from Pho Sai Gon is an old style beisl for Wiener Schnitzel !


      2. re: Sturmi

        Great, I've noted those for my next trip to Vienna. An old friend has moved back there after 30 years in Toronto - he has inherited a flat in the 3rd District. Suppose I can also find Austrian wines at your Beisls?

        1. re: lagatta

          Are there any other wines ??


          In Austria, we mainly drink Austrian beer and Austrian wine. All restaurants nowadays offer a great selection of Austrian wines. Even very simple places have a good selection, eben if you drink wine by the glass and not by the bottle !!

          Enjoy your stay !

          1. re: Sturmi

            Yes, I like your wines (simple or more complex ones) very much, but they are not very available outside your country, as you know. Guess you drink them all!

            I asked because I'm really not a beer drinker - beer disagrees with me, think it might be the hops or something.

      3. Fliglmuller's may be a bit touristy (only because of the tourists eating there, not anything the restaurant does) but it's the gold standard for casual WS.

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        1. re: DeisCane

          Thanks very much for the recommendations.

          1. re: DeisCane

            I strongly disagree. It's a tourist trap not simply because it attracts tourists. The food is mediocre at best. The schnitzel is tasteless and has the texture of greasy cardboard. You wouldn't know there was meat in it. I would follow Sturmi's recommendations.

          2. Wanted to report back after our visit to Vienna. Followed advice of Sturmi and enjoyed a great meal at Beim Czaak. Thank you! Did not go to Figlmuller's. Had a reservation, but (a) could see schnizel being served and it didn't look impressive to us, and (b) line of tourists with guidebooks stretched down the road. Beim Czaak had no English menu (a great sign) and a delightful waitress happy to assist us in ordering. Appetizers, salads, breads, sides and desserts were all excellent. Would recommend without hesitation.