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Oct 1, 2012 05:17 PM

Vienna: old-fashioned, classic, rustic...

There is a wealth of information in a variety of threads on Vienna, but a good portion of it relates to high(er)-end restaurants. We've got nothing against high-end (we're hoping to spend one evening at Steirereck), but we're much more interested in local (or other regional Austrian) food that is more classic. If it's old-fashioned, that's fine. If it's rustic, that's fine, too. These places are disappearing everywhere and since it's been 22 years since my last visit to Vienna, who know what will be left next time I come.

So, in addition to the places already recommended (thank you one and all for the various recommendations we've found!), we would be most grateful for even more suggestions for lunch/dinner places that serve dishes that are harder to find, food your grandparents ate, classic, Austrian places. Sure, we'll do some of the obligatory tourist stuff, I guess, and we'll stop for things on the street and a heurige in Stammersdorf, but what else must we put on our list?

And breakfast too. I realize that's a tougher find, but any recommendations are most welcome.

Oh: if it makes any difference, we'll be there 22 October until 29 October.

Vielen Dank!

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  1. Recently I posted a list which should help you a lot: An beisl listed as "Viennese classics" will provide you with the kind of food you are asking for:

    But I am ready to give you a more specific list of places if you tell us where you will stay !?

    Regarding breakfast: Any Kaffeehaus will offer you a continental breakfast, some even more: Haas&Haas on Stephansplatz offers 30 varieties of breakfast:

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    1. re: Sturmi

      Many thanks. Somehow that particular post escaped my net. My apologies; I can see that your list is already quite substantial.
      We're staying at the Bristol (I compromised: in return for agreeing to stay there, she agreed to another day in Vienna). I love walking the Innere Stadt, so the hotel is at least convenient for that. But we're willing to travel a bit, especially for dinners; don't consider us limited too much in terms of location. (On the other hand, I don't think either of us is too eager to spend 2 hours travelling for dinner and then two hours back.)
      Again, apologies for overlooking the thread. We should be able to arrange a wonderful time with your list.

      1. re: Gypsy Boy

        Bristol is a great hotel, very conveniently located. And within walking distance there are a few wonderful old-fashioned beisl providing classic Viennese cuisine:

        Gasthaus Pöschl in Weihburggasse (our favorite for lunch in the city)
        Gasthaus Reinthaler in Gluckgasse
        Reinthalers Beisl in Dorotheergasse
        Hedrich on Stubenring (hard to find, therefore a trip advisor link:

        For a great experience eating a delicious 8 mini-course dinner for Euro 39,- : Freyenstein

        1. re: Sturmi

          Of course Freyenstein is NOT within walking distance, but this relates to your remark that you would also "travel a bit"...

          Freyenstein is easily reached by taking the trams 40 or 41 to Gersthof.

          1. re: Sturmi

            We've had delicious and satisfying meals wandering into unassuming gasthauses in non-notable locations, so for day-to-day traditional Viennese home-style cooking the possibilities are pretty much endless!

            1. re: kukubura

              I saw an Anthony Bourdain program when he went to Vienna. He started off by saying he'd avoided visiting Austria partly because of an Austrian barber he'd had as a child and because the stereotype didn't appeal to him - the germanic cuisine and that Vienna is famous for its pastries and he just wasn't a fan of sweet food. Vienna's reputation as a quaint, traditional town was also a turn-off.

              But by the end of the program it was very evident that he'd fallen in love with Vienna and its food and its charm.

              And so have we. We've just booked tickets for another weekend in Vienna in early December as an escape from the modernity of Dubai and I can't wait. The Christmasmarkets! The neighborhood beisls and gasthauses and cafes! The beer and wine and coffee and pastries! And just walking through the Inner Stadt in the evenings, soaking up the atmosphere. Vienna is the one place where we don't have to worry about local cuisines and restaurants disappearing, to the contrary the Austrians seem very proud of their culinary heritage and keep the traditions alive whether through new interpretations of old dishes or simply preparing them as their grandmothers had always done.

              By the way, off topic, but we're returning to Baltimore for Christmas itself. Anything new in the city I should be aware of? I gather Hampden has become a major dining destination which amuses me as someone who knew what Hampden was like twenty or even ten years ago.