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Jul 27, 2012 03:58 PM

Att: Sturmi - Vienna Business dinner for 10 -12

Hello Sturmi,
I am coming to Vienna for a conference and need to entertain 10-12 people for a social/business dinner. We need 3 or 4 options for the nights we are there.

Have been reading the threads and most folks are on vacation, so wanted to get more specific with you.

Looking at:
Walter Bauer, Vestibül, Mraz & Sohn, Novelli, Rudi’s Beisl and of course Steirereck, but that may be cost prohibitive.Concierge recommended Plachutta, Griechen Beisel, Fabio and Weibels (I have deleted Fabio and Plachutta based on your comments).

Anything overlooked? Anything inappropirate for a group?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Just a few comments and updates before I give my recommendation:
    Novelli closed for good. Will reopen in fall as a reincarnation of Limes (Figlmüller will open a new Wiener Schnitzel outlet in place of old Limes.)

    Fabio´s is closed for renovation, will reopen in September and will be heavily booked thereafter. Not a good place for a crowd of 10 - 12 ...

    Other places which do not easily fit a party of 12 are Rudi´s Beisl and Walter Bauer. These two places - at the opposite end of the gastronomic spectrum - are quite small and ideal only for parties of two to four.

    Which leaves us with Vestibül, Plachutta, Mraz&Sohn, Griechenbeisl and Steiereck:

    - Griechenbeisl is not quite businesslike. It is great for casual dining, but usually crowded with tourists. The only solution would be to get an extra room and decide on a menu beforehand.

    - Plachutta is just an Austrian-style brasserie. There you could dine a la carte, but mainly because their food is just high priced Austrian basics. Nothing special. Service not reliable, sometimes excellent, more often lacking...

    - Steiereck has everything you need. If you call them in advance and decide on a four course dinner it might even be not much more expensive than the other ones below:

    - I would prefer either Vestibül or Mraz&Son. Vestibül has the more interesting chef and the more spectacular location AND ambiente...

    Other choices are Restaurant Eckel in Sievering, or Restaurant Anna Sacher in Hotel Sacher. Both restaurants offer a high-end version of Austrian cuisine in an authentic ambiente, Sacher is slightly more expensive, and the service is better at Eckel. But the ambiente at Sacher is unbeatable...

    Wait, there is one spectacular but NOT expensive location: The Laterndl of Lusthaus in Prater:
    The single table for 10-12 is in the small room on top of the building. You have a spectacular 360° view over the surrounding Prater area. Food is ok, Austrian classics, you have to choose a fixed menu with some choices for main course and dessert.

    Keep in mind: Some places will ask you to decide on a fixed menu, maybe with a choice of two main courses, for such a large party !!

    5 Replies
    1. re: Sturmi

      This is very helpful, especially the info about our party size. We will see if we can find a fixed menu at Steiereck that works, and Vestibul will be a definite. The new suggestions are great as well. I will let you know what we have decided. Thank you for the fast and highly informative reply - I really appreciate all the insightful details!

      1. re: bluedog67

        I have been reviewing the restaurants to make our reservations, and am finding they are closed on Saturdays. Is this really true? I expected some to be closed on Sundays, but was surprised they are closed on Saturdays. Is this true for the whole city? Seasonal? Can you recommend one that is open on Saturdays? Sunday? We are there 28 Sept to 2 Oct.

        1. re: bluedog67

          This varies a lot. Some places open Monday to Friday, some are open 7 days a week. Business dinners rarely take place on weekends, so this explains closings on weekends. Will check the availability for Saturday/Sunday, but my first thought is that this might reduce your choice to hotel restaurants. Let us see, give me some time...

          1. re: Sturmi

            Let us check first the places I mentioned:

            Restaurant Anna Sacher is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
            Restaurant Eckel is open Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.
            Lusthaus in Prater is open Saturday and Sunday, closed Wednesday.
            Plachutta is also open 7 days a week.

            Hotel restaurants which might be suitable for your party and open on weekends:
            Le Ciel, open Saturdays.
            Restaurant Imperial, open 7 days a week:

            A less expensive alternative would be to use one of the cafes: most Kaffeehäuser are open 7 days a week, and the Cafe Landtmann even has private rooms and decent food:

            1. re: Sturmi

              Thank you - these are great choices as are the original hotel restaurants.

              We are in town for a medical conference, and it takes place on the weekend, so doctors don't have to give up office hours! Thank you for your help. I appreciate your time greatly!