In search of the best schnitzel in Vienna
No visit to Vienna is complete without trying a Wiener Schnitzel. It is not hard to find a nice place to try it. Almost every restaurant I visited was serving a decent schnitzel. You just have to avoid the main streets and tourist places. Take a turn onto any small street while walking in the city center. In this way you won’t only avoid the horde of tourists, but you will also find a calm place to enjoy a perfect schnitzel. Continue reading to find out where you can find the best schnitzel in Vienna.
But first, some theory. The schnitzel is a fried meat coated with flour, eggs and bread crumbs. The original Viennese schnitzel is made from veal and served along with Austrian potato salad and Kopfsalat. The latter is a lettuce with a sweetened vinaigrette dressing. You can often find on the menu a pork, chicken or turkey schnitzel. They are popular variations of the original Viennese schnitzel. The side dish also can vary from French fries to roasted potatoes.
Restaurant Pürstner (Gastwirtschaft Pürstner)
The first place for the best schnitzel in Vienna goes to Restaurant Pürstner (Gastwirtschaft Pürstner). It is a family run restaurant, which serves traditional Viennese food. The atmosphere is rustic: cellar looking halls with massive wooden tables. Although it is huge, you’d better book ahead if you are planning to have a dinner around 8 PM.
I tried two types of schnitzels: the pork schnitzel and the original Viennese schnitzel. Both were crispy from the outside and tasty. The original Viennese schnitzel was served with potatoes, while the pork schnitzel (Schweinsschnitzel) – with Austrian potato salad.
Opening hours: Every day: from 10:00 AM to 00:00
Web site: http://www.puerstner.com/welcome-to-puerstner/
Address: Riemergasse 10, 1010 Wien
If you want really huge, tasty portions and low prices go to the Centimeter. They offer a turkey schnitzel (Putenschnitzel) and a pork Schnitzel (Schweinsschnitzel). The latter is served over an enormous pile of French fries, which is impossible to eat even for a man. After I finished my dinner, it was hard to tell that someone ate from the potatoes at all! The pile was still big although I tried my best to eat at least one third of them. There are few restaurants all over the city, two of them in the city center.
From Sunday to Thursday: 08:30 AM – 00:00
Friday and Saturday: 08:30 AM – 01:00 AM
Web site: http://www.centimeter.at/
Centimeter I beim Rathaus
Address: Lenaugasse 11, 1080 Wien
Centimeter II am Spittelberg
Address: Stiftgasse 4/Ecke Siebensterngasse, 1070 Wien
Salm Bräu Klosterbrauerei
If you want to try typical Viennese beer along with your sSchnitzel, go to Salm Bräu Klosterbrauerei. The beer is brewed on the site and it’s definitely worth to try it. I had the chicken schnitzel (Hähnchenschnitzel) which came along with a potato salad. Both of them tasty. The brewery is located next to Belvedere palace. You would better book ahead even for an early dinner.
Opening hours: Every day: from 11:00 AM to 00:00
Web site: http://www.salmbraeu.com
Address: Rennweg 8, 1030 Wien
Gasthaus Pöschl is a tiny restaurant in the heart of the city. A reservation is a must. You will understand why when you try their Viennese schnitzel with a potato salad.
Opening hours: Every day: from 12:00 PM to 00:00
Web site: info
Address: Weihburggasse 17, 1010 Wien
If you searching for a place to try a nice schnitzel around Schönbrunn Palace, visit Brandauers Schlossbräu. They offer the original Viennese schnitzel from veal. As I already was sick of trying all these schnitzels the previous days, I decided to go with something a little bit different this time – Cordon Bleu. And I wasn’t disappointed at all, although the restaurant is famous for their pork ribs.
Opening hours: Every day: from 10:00 AM to 01:00 AM
Web site: http://www.bierig.at/
Address: Am Platz 5, 1130 Wien
I can’t finish this post without mentioning the Figlmüller restaurant. They are known to serve the biggest, the thinnest and the crispiest schnitzel in Vienna. I didn’t have the chance to try it, but place seems too touristic for my taste. Although there are two restaurants in the city center, the waiting lines for both of them were huge! And there were only tourists, which is a sign for me to avoid the place.
Where to find the best schnitzel in Vienna
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Have you tried a Viennese Schnitzel? Which place serves the best schnitzel in Vienna according to your taste?