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  • Because Vienna was the imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire, whose reach spread across central, eastern and southern Europe, you can expect "Austrian cuisine" to encompass a broad spectrum of dishes. In addition to Wiener schnitzel, roasted meats, dumplings, and superb pastries and cakes, you'll also find Hungarian goulash, Turkish kebabs, Italian ice cream and much more.

    Vienna is also famous for its coffeehouses. In addition to wonderful coffee and pastries, coffeehouses also frequently serve snacks and light meals. Wine taverns called heurigen are also nice places to dine, but the first-year wines and the atmosphere are the main draw there. If you just want a quick snack, head to the nearest wurstlstand for a sausage or to a fleischwaren or wurstwaren store for butcher-shop sandwiches.

    While major credit cards are frequently accepted in larger establishments, it's a good idea to check first if you plan to pay with your card. This is a city where advance reservations are also a good idea, especially at better restaurants.

    Below is a sampling of restaurants in town. Expect to pay within the following guidelines, based on the cost of a single dinner, not including tip or drinks: $ = less than 150 AS; $$ = 150 AS-300 AS; $$$ = 301 AS-700 AS and $$$$ = more than 700 AS.

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    Altwienerhof—Some rank this as the city's best restaurant. It is certainly an excellent source of haute Austrian fare. Consider kernfleisch (stewed pork with horseradish), zwiebelrostbraten (beef roasted with onions) or one of the varieties of goulash. Sample their Viennese desserts: perhaps apfelstrudel or palatschinken (dessert crepes). Monday-Friday noon-2 pm and 6-11 pm, Saturday 6-11 pm. $$$. Herklotzgasse 6 (15th), Vienna. Phone 892-6000.

    Cafe im Kunsthaus—A restaurant-cafe located in KunstHausWien, a museum devoted to the eccentric Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The psychedelic cafe is an extension of the wacky decor of the museum, and the crowd that dines there is a melange of wealthy artsy types, tourists and earringed bohemians. It provides a fresh take on typical Viennese dishes. Daily 10 am-midnight. $-$$. Most major credit cards. Weissgerberlande 14 (3rd). Phone 712-0497.

    Cantinetta Antinori—Very popular with the Austrian upper crust (and with demanding Italians), this is a classic Tuscan restaurant in the very heart of the city, not far from the main entrance to the cathedral. It's housed in an old building with curved ceilings and archways, embellished with beautiful furnishings and fine paintings. The superb cuisine is a match for the elegant setting. Daily noon-2 pm and 6-11 pm. $$$. Most major credit cards. Jasomirgottstrasse 3-5, Vienna. Phone 533-7722. Fax 533-77221.

    Do & Company—Overlooking the cathedral from one of Vienna's most strikingly modern buildings, Do & Company has the city's best view and the affection of Austrians and visitors alike. Excellent international cuisine as well as a bar. Daily noon-3:30 pm and 6 pm-midnight. Reservations required. $$$. Visa accepted. Stephansplatz 12 (on top of the Haas-Haus), Vienna. Phone 535-3969-419.

    Drei Husaren—Hailed by critics as one of the best traditional Viennese restaurants. Elegant and exclusive, with an extensive wine list. In the evening there's piano dinner music. Daily noon-3 pm and 6 pm-1 am. Reservations recommended. $$$$. Most major credit cards. Weihburggasse 4 (in the city center), Vienna. Phone 512-1092.

    Korso bei der Oper—Located across from the Opera in the elegant Hotel Bristol. Chef Reinhard Gerer serves an elegant balance of haute and Viennese cuisine. Supported by an excellent waitstaff and sommelier. Daily noon-3 pm and 6 pm-midnight. $$$$. Most major credit cards. Mahlerstrasse 1, Vienna. Phone 515-1654.

    Kupferdachl—An excellent choice for traditional Viennese cuisine, served up by a splendid kitchen. Specialties: tafelspitz (boiled beef), lungenbraten (beef tenderloin stuffed with goose liver, served with cream sauce and dumplings), rahmschnitzel (creamed veal cutlet) and, of course, Wiener schnitzel. Very friendly and attentive service. Daily 11 am-midnight. $$$. Most major credit cards. Schottengasse 7 (1st), Vienna. Phone 533-9381.

    Palmenhaus—A stylish brasserie located in the lovely turn-of-the-last-century glass and cast-iron imperial greenhouse. The setting is so stunning that you might not notice the imaginative cuisine. Daily 10 am-2 am. $$$. Burggarten, Vienna. Phone 533-1033.

    Restaurant Anna Sacher—This restaurant is woth visiting for its atmosphere and history—its food comes in a definite third. The traditional meal is tafelspitz (boiled beef—the national dish of Austria) and the world-renowned Sacher torte for dessert. Daily noon-3 pm and 6-11:30 pm. Reservations advised. $$$. Most major credit cards. Philharmonikerstrasse 4, Vienna. Phone 5145-6840.

    Schubertstuberl—Located on a winding street behind the Burgtheater, one of the best spots in Vienna. Stylish inside with pleasant garden outside for summer dining. Expect old-style Viennese dishes, as well as some entrees reflecting international cuisine. Monday-Saturday 11:30 am-3 pm and 6-11 pm. $$$. Most major credit cards. Schreyvogelgasse 4-6, Vienna. Phone 533-7187.

    Steirereck—Perennially rated as Vienna's top restaurant (although sometimes it comes in No. 2 just to give other restaurants a chance). The only restaurant in town to be awarded two Michelin stars. Try the lamb with olive-paprika sauce, or saddle of rabbit with caper sauce or the fried pigeon. Monday-Friday noon-2 pm and 7 pm-midnight. $$$$. Visa and MasterCard accepted evenings only. Rasumofskygasse 2 (3rd), Vienna. Phone 713-3168.

    Terrassenrestaurant—This restaurant, well known throughout Vienna for its excellent kitchen, is located in a beautiful privately owned palace (the Schwarzenberg) with its own 18 acres/7 hectares. In summer, you can dine on the edge of the park. $$$$. Most major credit cards. Schwarzenbergplatz 9 (3rd), Vienna. Phone 798-4515.

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    Brezlg'wolb—Typical Viennese dishes in a rustic, romantic setting. Nice garden in the back. Daily 11:30 am-1 am. $$$. Most major credit cards. Ledererhof 9 (1st), Vienna. Phone 533-8811.

    Figlmuller—This restaurant is famous for its schnitzel. Very popular (and somewhat touristy). Daily 11 am-10 pm. $$$. No credit cards. Wollzeile 5, Vienna. Phone 512-6177.

    Griechenbeisl—Delicious Viennese and international dishes served at a site over 500 years old—formerly part of the city walls. Sidewalk garden in summer. Daily 11:30 am-11 pm. $$. Most major credit cards. Fleischmarkt 11, Vienna. Phone 533-1941.

    Ofenloch—Cozy, small rooms in an ancient building, which was once a Roman bathhouse and taken over by a Jewish brotherhood in AD 1398. Viennese specialties, from schnitzel and zwiebelrostbraten (roast beef with onions) to palatschinken (dessert crepes). Monday-Saturday 10 am-midnight, Sunday 12:30-10:45 pm. $$$. Kurrentgasse 8, Vienna. Phone 533-8844.

    Siebensternbrau—The specialty is home-brewed, "full-moon beer," and you can drink it in a lovely, chestnut-shaded Biedermeier-style garden. Plenty of local specialties and excellent spare ribs. Daily 11 am-midnight. $. Most major credit cards. Siebensterngasse 19 (7th), Vienna. Phone 523-8697.

    Stadtbeisl—A trip to this small restaurant is like discovering a remnant of the much-fabled "Old Vienna." Traditional Austrian food in a cozy atmosphere. Outside seating in summer. Daily 10 am-midnight. $$. Visa only. Naglergasse 21, Vienna. Phone 533-3507.

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    The Naschmarkt area is a haven for sushi lovers. There are about 10 different sushi bars there, the largest being Akakiko, a chain with locations throughout the city. Tee und Sushi has the best sushi in town.

    China Restaurant Tsing Tao—Fine Chinese cuisine, with a dim sum that we think is the best in Vienna. Daily 11:30 am-2:30 pm and 6-11 pm. Reservations a must for Sunday brunch. $$. No credit cards. Gerstnerstrasse 5 (15th). Phone 892-3227.

    Mandarin—The best Sichuan cuisine in town, served in an elegant setting. Daily 11:30 am-3 pm and 5:30 pm-midnight. $$$. No credit cards. Singerstrasse 11. Phone 512-2804.

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    When in Vienna, be sure to visit a coffeehouse. Many students and artists in the city practically take up residence in their favorites. In addition to coffee, most coffeehouses serve snacks and complete meals, as well as wine, beer and a lot of other beverages, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. They used to remain open late (to 4 or 5 am), but only a few stay open so late these days.

    For a great ending to an afternoon spent in a museum or walking around the city, relax with coffee (adding anything from whipped cream to cognac), accompanied by a fine pastry and a newspaper. Various coffees cost 20 AS-40 AS, pastries around 30 AS. Don't worry about being rushed off: You can stay forever and no one will bother you.

    Blaustern—A chic cafe-restaurant with a light nouvelle menu. The owner's parents used to own a coffee roastery outside of the city. She continues that tradition by roasting her own coffee in house. The evening crowd is young and trendy. Daily 9 am-2 am. $$. No credit cards. Doblinger Gurtel 2. Phone 369-6564.

    Central—Located in the lovely Palais Ferstel building and formerly patronized by literary, scientific and political figures—it's now a popular tourist stop. Monday-Saturday 8 am-10 pm. Piano music every evening 4-7 pm. Herrengasse 14 (1st). Phone 533-3763.

    Demel—Famous for delectable candies, pastries and large crowds, Demel is not a traditional coffeehouse where patrons are expected to linger while reading newspapers (though you'd not be rushed). In fact, it's a konditorei (pastry shop) that also serves excellent lunches. Beautiful, atmospheric interior, outdoor seating in summer. Daily 10 am-7 pm. Kohlmarkt 14 (1st). Phone 535-1717.

    Diglas—The city's best all-round coffeehouse, and almost always full. Traditional atmosphere, excellent coffee and some of the city's best pastries (served in large portions). Tasty three-course menus are 100 AS-150 AS. Sunday-Wednesday 7 am-11 pm and Thursday-Saturday 7 am-1 am. Wollzeile 10. Phone 512-5765.

    Eiles—Welcoming traditional atmosphere and a big selection of newspapers. Monday-Friday 7 am-10:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am-10 pm. Josefstadterstrasse 2 (8th). Phone 405-3410.

    Hawelka—A famously bohemian coffeehouse with a crumbling atmosphere and an excellent art collection. The owners Leopold and Josefine Hawelka are themselves a Viennese institution. Daily 8 am-2 am. Dorotheergasse 6. Phone 512-8230.

    Landtmann—This lavish cafe was a favorite of Sigmund Freud; today it's a favorite of Austria's political establishment. Substantial outdoor seating with umbrellas in the summer. Pricier than most. Daily 8 am-midnight. Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 4 (1st). Phone 5320-6210.

    Schwarzenberg—A good choice for refreshments after a concert in the nearby Konzerthaus or Musikverein. Sunday-Friday 7 am-midnight, Saturday 9 am-midnight. Karntner Ring 17 (1st). Phone 512-8998.

    Sperl—With its brass hanging lamps, dark wood and little alcoves, this may be the most traditional coffeehouse in Vienna. Off the tourist track, yet easy to reach and a delight to visit. Limited menu. Daily 7 am-11 pm. Gumpendorfer Strasse 11. Phone 586-4158.

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    The traditional Austrian version of fast food can be found at a wurstlstand (sausage stand) or in butcher shops or delis called fleischwaren or wurstwaren. Typical sausages include frankfurter (long and thin), debreziner (thin and somewhat spicy), bratwurst (thick) and kasekrainer (thick, with meat and cheese). Anything on a bun is called a "hot dog." Condiments include suss senf (sweet mustard), scharf senf (hot mustard) or ketchup. At a butcher shop, you can choose among such cold cuts as ham or salami or warm meats, such as kummelbraten (roast pork with caraway), schnitzel or fleischlaibchen (a breaded and fried meat patty), all served on a semmel (bread roll). The more adventurous may want to try leberkase, which is like a loaf of baked hot dog meat.

    Pizzeria da Bizi—Good pizza and Italian food for a good price, and in a surprisingly stylish setting. Pizza is also available to go. Daily 11 am-1 am. $. No credit cards. Rotenturmstrasse 4. Phone 513-3705.

    Restaurant Gutenberg—Tastefully decorated, serving traditional Austrian food. Peruse the inexpensive set breakfast and lunch menu. Outdoor seating in warm weather. Daily 7 am-midnight. $-$$. Most major credit cards. Lugeck 7 (1st). Phone 512-7365.

    Rosenberger—Tourists flock to this cafeteria, conveniently located in the city center, for its large selection of inexpensive, satisfying food that can be ordered and eaten quickly. If you can't speak the language, you can always point to what you want. Salad buffet. Daily 5:30 am-11 pm. $-$$. Most major credit cards. Maysedergasse 2. Phone 512-3458.

    Trzesniewski—A famous stand-up eatery that serves little open-faced sandwiches (about 10 AS each) topped with egg, salmon, salami and other delicious tidbits. Wash them down with a beer in a minimug called a piff. Monday-Friday 8:30 am-7:30 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm. $. No credit cards. Dorotheergasse 1. Phone 512-3291.

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    La Creperie—An offbeat, elaborately decorated downtown restaurant that serves equally decorative (and delicious) crepes. We're not sure which we like more, the food or the decor. Daily 11:30 am-midnight. $$. Most major credit cards. Gruenangergasse 10 (at Nikolaigasse). Phone 512-5687.

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    Da Conte—Dishes from various parts of Italy. The small garden is an inviting place to eat during warmer months. The food? Not outstanding, but good enough. Monday-Saturday noon-3 pm and 6:30 pm-1 am. $$$. Most major credit cards. Kurrentgasse 12. Phone 533-6464.

    Ma Pitom—This Italian restaurant has a pleasant backyard open for dining in summer. It's located in the part of town called the Bermuda Triangle (the center of nightlife and the city's oldest quarter). Sunday-Thursday 5 pm-1 am, Friday and Saturday to 2 am. $$. No credit cards. Seitenstettengasse 5. Phone 535-4313.

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    Few coffeehouses remain open after midnight these days. A stroll through the Bermuda Triangle, however, in the city center, is likely to turn up a few late-night havens.

    Cafe Alt Wien—You can satisfy after-midnight cravings for goulash at this cafe. Open Sunday-Friday till 2 am and Saturday till 4 am. Backerstrasse 9. Phone 512-5222.

    Cafe Drechsler—For years, this coffeehouse has been providing steaming cups of caffeine to the fruit and vegetable vendors in the market across the road. More recently, its early opening hours have attracted the late-night crowd. The food is very good and well priced. Selections include cabbage strudel, paprika crepes, goulash and fried cheese. If you insist on having breakfast, try ham and eggs or the traditional Viennese rolls. Monday-Saturday 3:30 am-8 pm. $$. Linke Wienzeile 22. Phone 587-8580.

    Santo Spirito—A cozy cellar bar/restaurant open until 2 am. Fischerstiege 9.

    Wolke—Open daily to 5 am. Karntner Ring 10 (1st).

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    Siddhartha—Ironically, this vegetarian restaurant is located on a street called Fleishmarkt (Meat Market). The extensive menu includes raw vegetables, Waldorf salad, an avocado cocktail, polenta with mozzarella and basil, and a variety of soy steaks. Monday-Sunday 11:30 am-10:30 pm. $. Fleischmarkt 16 (1st). Phone 513-1197.

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    Fischer Brau—This bar-restaurant offers a wonderful Sunday brunch, complete with a jazz band. The Fischer Brau also makes its own beer, which is worth the trip there (20 minutes from the city center). Monday-Saturday 4 pm-1 am and Sunday 11 am-1 am. $$. Billrothstrasse 17 (19th). Phone 369-5949.

    Flanagan's Irish Pub—Probably the most authentic Irish pub in the city, boasting 150-year-old stone floors from an Irish chapel and a counter that's already seen a century's service in Ireland. Sunday-Thursday 11 am-2 am, Friday and Saturday to 4 am. $. Most major credit cards. Schwarzenbergplatz 1-3 (1st). Phone 513-7378.

    Gulaschmuseum—A must for lovers of rich, spicy goulash—the only restaurant in Vienna with more than 15 varieties! It also has a large selection of newspapers. Daily 9 am-midnight. $$. Most major credit cards. Schulerstrasse 20. Phone 512-1017.

    Ilona Stuberl—This small family-run Hungarian restaurant serves up heaping servings of stuffed peppers, fish soup and spicy goulash. Daily noon-10 pm. $. Braunerstrasse 2. Phone 533-9029.

    Lustig Essen—A great introduction to the local Viennese cuisine: It offers traditional dishes in appetizer portions, so you can sample a number of dishes in one meal. Daily noon-11:30 pm. Salvatorgasse 4 (1st). Phone 533-3037.

    Salm Brau—An excellent brew pub with a good selection of house beers and well-priced food. The stuffed peppers are especially good. Daily 11 am-midnight. Rennweg 8 (3rd district, near Schloss Belvedere). Phone 799-5992.

    Schweizerhaus—Vienna's most famous beer garden, smack in the heart of the Prater amusement park. Locals feast on crispy pork knuckles, potato pancakes and roast chicken under the shade of a large tree in the courtyard. Real Budweiser beer (from the Czech Republic) on tap. 15 March-31 October Monday-Sunday 10 am-11 pm. Prater Strasse des 1 Mai 116 (2nd).

    Universitatsbrauhaus—A recent success, located in the spacious inner courtyard of the former city hospital, now used by Vienna University. Traditional Austrian specialties and excellent house-brewed beer. Daily 9 am-2 am. Campus Altes AKH, Hof 1. Alser Strasse 4 (9th). Phone 409-1815.

    Zanoni & Zanoni—Italian ice cream made from scratch. Daily 7 am-midnight. At the corner of Lugeck and Rotenturmstrasse. Phone 5127-9790.

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    Information prepared by Weissmann Travel Reports
    Copyright © 2000 by Reed Travel Group. All rights reserved.





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