Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol Guidebook
Best and worst restaurants:
Worst: Zanoni & Zanoni (Vienna)
Why: We went to the second location mentioned in Rick's book -- behind the Kunsthistoriches Museum. Extremely rude sales guy behind the counter, and very artificial tasting flavors. There is better gelato in Vienna. Try Eis Greissler - organic and interesting flavors. Others recommended to us but that we didn't have a chance to try were Eissalon tuchlauben (tuchlauben street) and Tichy.
Tara in New York, NY USA 10/31/2013
Worst: Heuriger Kierlinger
Why: Just a dump on an alley, really, with rickety picnic tables with pealing paint for seating, a miniscule, overpriced buffet, terrible, rterrible slow and surly service for drinks and terrible atmosphere - very disappointing and not worth the long tram journey
Mark D Conner in Kirkland, Wa USA 08/20/2013
Best: The Jodelwirt in Munich (from Rick's Munich book)
Why: It's a very small, but seemingly authentic German establishment, complete with a "band" consisting of a man on the accordion and his synthesizer. The locals knew the words to all the songs and were singing and clapping all night.
Worst: An Italian restaurant on the west side of Munich (this one was actually from Rick's Germany book)
Why: The waiter "upsold" us an enormous antipasta dish that was almost as expensive as the rest of our meals combined.
Laura Kuechenmeister in Savage, MN USA 07/07/2013
Best: Cafe Palmenhaus, Vienna
Why: Great setting; excellent cuisine with everything cooked to perfection. Ate there twice!!
Why: Tried 4 recommendations; all were good!!
Ron Pipe in Holliston, MA USA 05/17/2013
Best: Spicy Spices-Salzburg
Why: My friend whom I traveled with and myself are both vegetarian. This restaurant has absolutely delicious food, with great service and really cheap prices. We felt we had eaten enough traditional Austrian food to give ourselves a taste that's a bit unique. I highly recommend it, even if it is somewhat non-traditional.
Worst: Rosenberger Markt Restaurant-Vienna
Why: The description in the book is good, so I don't think we were expecting much more than a refuel to keep sight seeing. But it was ridiculously overpriced for what we received. The best part was the clean, free washrooms!! Those were not easy to come by in Vienna.
Lauren Wallis in Stouffville, ON Canada 04/16/2013
Best: Zun den Drei Hacken and Cantinetta La Norma in Vienna
Why: I had eaten at both of the recommended restaurants on prior trips to Vienna and they did not disappoint this time. The pizza at Caninetta was thin and excellent. After eating lots of heavy Austrian food this was a good break. The prices were very reasonable. On Friday night we went to Drei Hacken and they only had a table for us if we could eat in one hour. It was obviously popular with locals. I had the roasted pork with kraut and it was excellent. They have a huge wine list and I asked the waiter for help on a dry red wine. He brought us two samples that he said were his favorites and both 24 euros. After tasting them we selected one. The service was very friendly and they spoke excellent English.
Jim Perschbacher in Mableton, GA USA 09/30/2012
Why: There's a tiny bakery & coffee shop on the south end of Hallstatt. She makes the BEST doughnuts, but not everyday. Worth the trip from the US to eat them! Anyone know the name of that shop.
Pat Martin in Seattle, Wa USA 08/18/2012
Worst: Saran Essbar
Why: Food was mediocre at best. Our group tried 4 dishes and none were above average.
Diane McDaniel in Pressath, Germany 07/16/2012
Best: Schnitzelwirt Vienna Austria
Why: A good, filling and relatively inexpensive meal and wonderful locals who took us under their wings!
Worst: Goldene Rose
Why: Not really recommended by Rick, but I can tell you STAY AWAY. There are so many better meals for less in Reutte.
Tracy Baker in San Leandro, Ca USA 07/05/2012
Worst: Saran Essbar/Salzburg
Why: The food and service were good, but we were not told until the meal was over that it was cash only. Fortunately we had the money, but would have preferred to know this cash policy before we ordered
Joanne in San Rafael, CA USA 06/09/2012
Best: Triangel; Stiftskeller St. Peter; Afro Cafe
Why: In Salzburg: We had very good dinners at Triangel (not in the guide) and Stiftskeller St. Peter (a little pricy, but worth it). Triangel is popular with the locals and university crowd, so you need to reserve a table a day ahead. The Afro Cafe is good and inexpensive. Cafe Tomaselli is fun for lunch.
In Vienna, Schnitzelwirt is as described in the guide: a local place, smoky, huge portions, inexpensive. The cafe under the rotunda in the Kuntshistorischesmuseum is good for lunch or late afternoon tea or coffee. We had an excellent lunch and superb pastries at Demel, which appeared to be full of locals the day we visited (out doing their holiday shopping). For a break from schnitzel and wurst, there's a Vapiano just off the Marialhilferstrasse; it's written up in the Scandinavia guide (see places to eat in Stockholm), and is a good place of pizza, pasta, or a salad. Finally, I highly recommend Cafe Sperl for the ambience, if not the food.
Steve Macfarlane in Carmichael, CA USA 01/16/2012
Why: Tasty food, good service, quiet, pleasant dining experience.
R. Kanazawa in Saratoga, CA USA 10/27/2011
Why: Exactly as described -- good food, good service, good variety in the menu.
John Warner in Lambrecht, Germany 09/25/2011
Best: Palmenhaus, Cafe Demel
Why: P - fantastic setting Demel - the most decadent and delicious of all the cafes we tried as we ate our way through Vienna
Philip Braverman in New York, NY USA 09/05/2011
R. Hawkins in Seattle, WA USA 07/28/2011
Why: Friendly welcome, great service, fine food and wine...and not too touristy or pricey.
Bill Gordon & Nancy Weiss in Miami, FL USA 07/17/2011
Best: Stern Brau in Salzburg
Why: We heartily disagree with Rick's assessment of this restaurant. We found the food to be tasty and priced reasonably and the service was very good.
Karen Lee in Calgary, AB Canada 06/10/2011