We will be in Vienna in early May, and one night (Wednesday) we have tickets for the Staatsoper at 7:30.
If I were in New York, I would eat dinner at 5:30, and lots of places would have pre-theater menus, this would be normal behavior.
If I were in Paris, I would have a snack, then a light meal afterwards because nothing would be open for dinner at 5:30, and Parisians would look at me like I had 2 heads if I tried to make a reservation that early.
I'm guessing that Vienna is more like Paris, is this right? Do people generally dine after the opera?
And can you make suggestions for both options...perhaps a quick snack at a cafe...a glass of wine, a small plate or 2. And then a good place for a light meal afterwards?