Vienna - looking for a reasonably priced traditional restaurant near Neubau
I have been reading threads about restaurants in Vienna (which, btw, has been very helpful), but I am having a hard time finding a good dinner place near the hostel I am staying. The address I am staying is Kaiserstraße 77, 1070 Wien, Austria. Can anybody (maybe the "master of Vienna" Sturmi?) tell me if there is any good restaurant in the area serving traditional food? I personally don't mind going out of the way and splurging on food, but my travel companion is not as crazy about food as I am, so the price needs to be reasonable (preferably less than 30 euros in total for a meal. We don't drink any alcohol, so that should help).
Also, please let me know if there is any good lunch spot/cafes either in city center or near Schloss Schonbrunn.
Thank you all in advance!
Ok, hi everybody, this is my first post here. I've used the boards from time to time to get some tips when travelling (and even learn something new about my hometown of Vienna from the inimitable Sturmi) but never posted myself but since you're asking about my immediate neighbourhood, I thought I'd chime in with some advice of my own.
I'm not as knowledgeable as Sturmi (nor as discerning, probably) and he has already mentioned all the places in the 7th district that come to mind. Anyway, even though it's not traditional, I thought I'd add that from your location at Kaiserstraße you're only a 10 minutes walk away from Vienna's main Turkish quarter (16th district, between Thaliastraße and Ottakringerstraße) where you can find lots of good food for very reasonable prices. You might want to stroll along Brunnengasse, which is a long open - air food market (more authentic than Naschmarkt, too) and see if something strikes your fancy. I'll mention Kent, which is probably the best known Turkish restaurant in Vienna. It's nothing special but the food is acceptable, the prices are fair, you get huge quantities of their wonderful freshly baked bread with every dish and they have a really nice garden in the back (even though it looks just like a hole-in-the-wall from the street).
http://www.kentrestaurant.at/kent16/ (Warning! Turkish music plays when opening this website. Keep your volume down.)
At the end of Brunnengasse there is Yppenplatz, a square with lots of little restaurants and cafes, where a young, artsy crowd gathers. Lots of food to be had there too, most of the young, urban, international, light, organic variety. Go here for a quick overview and links to the websites of some of the better known places there:
I personally spend a fair amount of time at An-Do there. Again, it's nothing special but the food is quite good and the prices are fair. Also, a good place for breakfast.
Lastly, if you're really looking for a reasonably priced lunch close to Schloss Schönbrunn, I'd recommend crossing over to the less upscale 14th district and go to the cheesily named Restaurant Odysseus. It's a small greek restaurant, recently renovated. I've been there with my girlfriend a few days ago and we were both surprised how good it was. I haven't tried the lunch menu, though. It's just a ten minutes walk away from the main entrance to the park (Hietzing), on Penzinger Straße 57.
http://www.restaurant-odysseus.at/ (website is still under construction and only available in German)
I realize that none of the these places fit your preferrence for traditional places but you're already served pretty well with Sturmi's suggestions of Phönixhof and Schilling. One more place one might add is Wratschko at Neustiftgasse 51. Nothing special again, just another Beisl, but I've had a few quite good experiences there. I've been told that the quality of the food varies though, depending on whether the chef, Clemens Wratschko, is in or not. It has also gained some publicity recently, by appearing on Anthony Bourdain's show (and being pesented in a very favorable light there). I haven't been back there since, so maybe it's exclusively haunted by American tourists now, who knows.
Hi Sturmi and Hugo Rune,
Thank you very much for the suggestions and for such quick responses! I look forward to try some of the restaurants you recommended. The last time I visited Vienna was before I found out about chowhound (and I was not as obsessed with food by then, haha) but I really enjoyed my meals there. I am excited to be back armed with chowhounders' knowlege!
You are right in the middle of dozens of low-cost eating opportunities. Kaiserstrasse is a residential area with a lot of small cafes, beisl, sushi places, chinese restaurants etc.
For Viennese food try the Phönixhof on Neustiftgasse and the Altwiener Gastwirtschaft Schilling on Burggasse. Schilling is right around the corner from your hostel and is open every day from 11 a.m. till midnight. A great place for authentic Viennese food, and also serving a lower cost dish of the day for lunch.
For ethnic food I recommend the Pizzerias I Terroni, I Ragazzi and I Carusi, the many Indian restaurants on Burggasse, and the Japanese grill Hidori.
Right in Kaiserstrasse is a new steak house called Flatschers, which also has wraps and high-end burgers, and a very good Chinese dim sum place called Lucky Buddha.
But there is more. These places are just the ones I have visited myself...
The Schönbrunn area is more difficult. There are two branches of the Landtmann chain inside the palace area, the Parkcafe and the Cafe Residenz, and the Cafe Gloriette in the most spectacular location overviewing the park. But expect all very crowded with lot of tourists...
Outside the park and zoo area there are restaurants and cafes in Hietzing around the old church and along the Hietzinger Am Platz and Hietzinger Hauptstrasse.
Regarding lunch spots in the city I would recommend to search earlier posts. There is a lot...