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where to eat in Wien

Hello -
I am looking for some of the joys of travel is exploring the food...we love to find local, less touristy places featuring local cuisine. We will surge once or twice a trip if truly worth it, but usually look for hidden gems. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance,

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This is another one of the European cities we lived in and visit several times a year. Here are some favorites of ours:

(1) Loving Hut This is vegan and vegetarian food even meat lovers will adore.
(2) Restaurant Schonbrunner Stockl- they serve authentic Austrian and Czech food.
(3) Ribs of Vienna- Ribs and other dishes and nice sides.
(4) Hill Restaurant
(5) Zu ebener Erde und erster Stock

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You can't go to Vienna, in my opinion, without going to at least one heuriger. They are family owned winery/restaurants, located in Vienna-proper, but outside of the city center (very convenient public transportation to get to all of them). We took Rick's advice - went to a neighborhood where there are 2-3 in the area, and picked the one that looked liveliest that evening.

They typically have live music going on, they serve their own wine (at very reasonably costs), and then they serve food (both counter-style and some have sit down menus too). We actually wound up going to two different ones because we liked them so much.

I know we went to Schubel-Auer I can't remember the name of the other one. But I would just recommend following Rick's advice.

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Laura, You might want to try Figlmuller. They have two locations and both are near St Stephen's Platz. We ate at the one at 6 Backerstrasser and had a great meal. HUGH schnitzel!! Another good meal was had at Brezel-Gwolb at 9 Ledererhof. TC

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We liked Zum Finsternen--small and a bit hard to find. It is located behind the Am Hof on Schulhof. Mozart performed there long ago before it became a restaurant. It definitely is not touristy. But for touristy try Sacher Torte at the Sacher Hotel.

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Two places you cannot go wrong: Schnitzel Wirt at Neubaugasse 52, down from Westbahnhof on Mariahilferstraße until it intersects with Neubaugasse. A good, inexpensive place if you like Schnitzel

The second place is in the vicinity of the Staatsoper, ca 3 mins. Restaurant Lubella at Kärntnerstraße 32

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I agree with the a buffet in the the northern Heurige wine area. Taking a bus into this area is pretty easy. If possible find a local less touristic place!

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I'd second the recommendation for Schnitzelwirt. When we went there for lunch, we couldn't find an open table, but a nice German family invited us to sit with them. They had eaten there before, and had some great advice: The portions are too big for a normal person to eat in one sitting, so order the "child's portion". We each ordered a "child's portion" schnitzel -- which was still huge -- and shared a salad, and that was plenty of food for the two of us.

Not exactly "local cuisine", I guess, but Vienna has great, inexpensive Turkish food. Kent Restaurant, Brunnengasse 67, is very good, and popular with the locals. It's near the Josefstadte Strasse subway stop, and there's a wonderful open-air Turkish market nearby also.