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Oct 14, 2012 07:40 AM

Vienna Dining on Sunday

Looking for a restaurant for dinner on a Sunday night in Vienna. Really wanted to try Steirereck, but alas it is closed on weekends. Saw hbink's and Sturmi's suggestion for Meierei. Any place else to consider that is open on Sunday evening? Thanks.

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  1. I assume you want some fine dining ?

    No real high-end places are open for a Sunday dinner ...

    You may either choose the pretentious pseudo-high-end places such as Artner, Livingstone, Indochine or Cantinetta Antinori, or you do what the Viennese would do, and go to a Kaffeehaus.

    Most of the Kaffeehäuser are open all of Sunday and will offer Viennese classics, which are sometimes even edible...

    I recommend either Cafe Landtmann, Cafe Weimar or Cafe Engländer.

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    1. re: Sturmi

      Thanks for the leads. I will check them out.

      Fine dining may be too limiting a description, but yes, we would like a nice meal in Vienna. Main considerations are excellent food and few, if any, Americans. Cost is not an issue.

      1. re: LDLee

        The number of Americans including American tourists is quite small. The majority of tourists nowadays is German, Italian, Russian, Arabian and Chinese. The number of Chinese tourists is climbing rapidly, but they have their own restaurants which are "invisible" to locals and other tourists.

        Fine dining on Sunday evening is usually restricted to hotel restaurants, but only a few of these are now offering "excellent food"....

        1. re: Sturmi

          After more research I found a few restaurants - with acceptable food - open on sunday evening for dinner:

          Pfarrwirt in Heiligenstadt, the oldest inn in town…

          Restaurant Motto (a little bit on the queer side !):

          Meierei (as you also mentioned):


          Lusthaus, at the core of the Prater:

          1. re: Sturmi

            Thanks. I will check them out.

          2. re: Sturmi

            Mentioned to one of my traveling companions the "invisible" Chinese restaurants. He asked me if they were any good. Being a Beijing native, he is reticent to eat at most Chinese restaurants outside the PRC because they serve westernized dishes. However, he is always interested in visiting high quality restaurants with professional trained chef to see how they have adapted their food to the local supplies. Any suggestions for him? Thanks,

            1. re: LDLee

              Interesting question. There are wt oypes of restaurants catering to Chinese tourists: the frist kind is also available for locals, but will serve close parties of Chinese tourists with a special menu:: e.g. the Happy Buddha / Lucky Buddha / Tsing Tao chain:

              The other, real hidden type of restaurant is with the area of Naschmarkt/ Kettenbrückengasse, which is what you might call a Chinatown in Vienna. I noticed a restaurant of this type in Köstlergasse: the Restaurant Nanking. It does not show any menu, and is always closed, but clearly in an operating mode ...

              1. re: Sturmi

                I will share with Sonny.

                I think we are going to have lunch at Meisterei then dinner at one of the cafes you listed.


      2. We were in Vienna in July and dined at Fabio's, which was behind our hotel. We enjoyed our meal very much and thought the food:price ratio was a good value. It was difficult for us to find a place as well, and we had grown tired of heavy Central European cooking by then. We found the Italian food well prepared a welcome change.

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        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          Fabios has just reopened after a two month renovation and is currently one of the hottest places in town.

          But of course: closed Sunday.

        2. We went to Meierei for mid-afternoon lunch. The feed and service was very good. Had the oyster sampler, pumpkin soup (outstanding), veal ragout (excellent presentation, but some pieces were tough so overall disappointing), and the cheese sampler. The wine pairings suggested for each were excelent. Was most impressed by the Austrian cheeses. Although we shared each course, we were too full to try anywhere else during the evening.

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          1. re: LDLee

            You should have tried the "Kalbsbeuscherl" instead of the veal ragout !
            Or did you eat the Kalbsbeuscherl and were not aware what you ate ???