Vienna for our Wedding Anniversary
We will be in Vienna for a little over a week at the end of August. We are looking for a nice restaurant to splurge on for our wedding anniversary. We have never been to Vienna but I have been reading through previous posts. I was considering Steirek or Walter Bauer. Anyone have a preference between those two or another suggestion. We would likely be going on a Saturday if that makes a difference (I gather a lot of restaurants are closed on weekends). Thanks!
I have no experience with Walter Bauer, but can say that the 2 meals i've had at Steirerek were 2 of the best of my life. Their tasting menu is outstanding, the duck ohmygod, so good. The service is just exemplary. And the bread. I dream about the bread.
Steirereck is closed on Saturdays...
What you can use for a Saturday dinner is their downstairs Meierei, which has a classic Viennese menu and a great view.
Walter Bauer is a wonderful intimate small restaurant, but might not be the best at the end of August, when the weather is still warm and it is wonderful to sit in the open !!
I would recommend one of the following restaurants with outdoor dining options:
Great inventive new cuisine in a small, modern restaurant: and a nice outdoor setup on a quite city street.
Great inventive cuisine in a baroque palais: Silvio Nickol in Palais Coburg.
Modern Viennese cuisine at its best, in a great setup on Ringstrasse, facing the city hall and its park: Vestibül
Zero kilometer cuisine in a no frills vintage garden setup, muss less expensive than the rest, but only a single tasting menu: Freyenstein.
Venerable fin-de-siecle atmosphère: Eckel in Sievering (closed for two weeks (2nd and 3rd) in August).
At Silvio Nickol the 8-course tasting menu is 168.- Euro. I am quite sure that it is worth every cent, but still, this is the most expensive tasting menu in town. ATTN: Silvio Nickol is closed until August 26, reopens August 27 !
At Steirereck the 7-course tasting menu is 135.-, and at Filippou the 6-course menu is either 75.- or 85.- Euro.
And the food at Filippou is at least as interesting as at Silvio Nickol, just the ambiente is less spectacular...
BTW: At Freyenstein the 5x 2-course tasting menu is 43.- Euro ...
Sunday lunch at a Kaffeehaus is a safe bet, but nothing spectacular. The advantage: the choices are many, and you will get a decent price/performance ratio.
A better place for Sunday lunch is the Meierei im Stadtpark, the "classic Viennese" outlet in the lower floor of the Steirereck. Very popular, reservation a must !!
Museum cafeterias are also quite convenient, you might e.g. combine the visit to the museum with a nice lunch in the Kunsthistorische Museum KHM. At the KHM there is buffet brunch on Saturdays, quite popular, reservation a must !
A very special place is the Hermesvilla: located in a large park, it is three places in one: former residency of Empress Sisi, a museum with great exhibitions and a restaurant, open for Sunday lunches: