Thank you so much to the Vienna chowhounders, particularly Sturmi, for all the wonderful advice. You have created an invaluable and unparalleled resource for Vienna restaurant research! Based on your recommendations, I have compiled the following plan for our trip to Vienna at the beginning of June and was hoping to get a little feedback if possible. My family and I (2 adults and 2 sophisticated teenagers) are planning on spending four nights at the Hotel Konig von Ungarn. A continental breakfast is included in our rate, so I’m looking at lunch and dinner unless there’s a can’t-miss breakfast option. Sturmi had recommended breakfast at Meierei for a special breakfast experience for instance. For dinner, we’d like at least one authentically Viennese experience, but, in general, Sturmi’s recommendations for Viennese cuisine with a modern twist really appeal. The price point of Freyenstein (39€) is very attractive although we are willing to spend a little more if it’s really worth it. I realize that spending the weekend also limits us since many restaurants are closed Sunday and Monday. Here’s what I’m thinking for dinner (when I’m trying to decide between two or more, I’ve listed them in current order of preference):
• Saturday: Haas and Haas Teahouse for a late afternoon tea. (We’re going to the Marriage of Figaro at 7pm, and I know we won’t want to wait until after the opera for dinner. Plus, we’re huge afternoon tea fans).
• Sunday: Weibels Wirtshaus (recommendations on what to order?) or Zum Kaiserlichen Thron
• Monday: Zum Schwarzen Kameel or Gaumenspiel
• Tuesday: Freyenstein, Bauer (how expensive is it? I couldn’t find a website or menu for it), Zum Finsteren Stern, Kutschker 44, Restaurant Martin Stein (am I right that you can do the prix-fixe menus but you don’t have to?), or Grunauer (how expensive is it?) Do you have a first choice among these? Also, do you have any idea about how much the taxi fare would be for a 17 min ride from the Hotel Konig Von Ungarn to Freyenstein?
Since we’re planning on having fairly large dinners, I’m thinking light lunches, perhaps Kaffeehaus per Sturmi’s suggestion or patisseries.
• Sunday: We’ll probably visit the Hofburg (Café Hofburg for lunch?) and, or the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Gerstner Cafe?)
• Monday: We’ll probably visit the Belvedere. Any suggestions for lunch? Sturmi recommended the beisl Gasthaus Sperl to another Chowhounder. Would that suit us, or might it be too heavy given our dinner plans?
• Tuesday: We’re planning on the Schonbrunn. Café Residenz for lunch?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!