Hi Vienna Chowhounders,
thank you for all the great recommendations, feedback and informative postings. Lots of great information for anyone interested in finding the best restaurants in Vienna.
I am looking for a great new restaurant in Vienna that challenges such stalwarts as Steirereck on their home turf. The ambience should be a little less staid, but the food must be consistently gorgeous and the service great. It should have a focus on cuisine derived from local specialties (or at least leaning towards it). This is for a larger group of friends that we will take out for dinner in late June. It is part of a regular outing to different locations worldwide - we try to find the best, new place in town in each location. We usually go for a five or six course tasting menu with wine pairing. In the past we have been to such great restaurants as AbAC in Barcelona (already under Jordi Cruz - a must visit !), Ron Blaauw in Amsterdam, Coi and Saison in San Francisco and similar places.
At this time, I have a short list consisting of (in no particular order) Mraz + Sohn, Vestibül, Chef's Table (very little written about that restaurant here), Zum Finsteren Stern, Walter Bauer and Freyenstein. I would love to add Silvio Nickol to the list, but we are not fans of Hotel restaurants. I have heard that Konstantin Filippou is opening a new place shortly and was wondering what the talk on the street about it is.
Do you have any feedback ? Any new restaurants I overlooked that absolutely must be on the list ? Any of the above places that I should take off the list ?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give.