Fairly unspectacular, Wallensteinstrasse in the not-exactly-hip 20th district is hardly the first place that springs to mind when it comes to gourmet cuisine. But number 59 is home to Mraz und Sohn, one of the best restaurants in town! “Well worth the detour,” says the Guide Michelin Main Cities of Europe 2016, awarding it two stars for its creative and innovative cuisine and warm, professional service, as well as the excellent wine recommendations offered by Markus Mraz and his team. Another candidate, Amador’s Wirtshaus und Greißlerei in the 19th district, has yet to enter the restaurant guides. Set up by German chef Juan Amador and top Viennese winemaker Fritz Wieninger, it only opened its doors in March 2016. The fine dining restaurant offers two six-course menus while the adjoining upmarket grocery store is the place for luxury deli goods.
Fans of unusual dishes should take the time for the city’s southern outskirts where Andreas Gugumuck is breathing new life into a long-forgotten Viennese delicacy at his 400-year-old farmstead. He breeds free range snails and serves the specialty at his bistro at the Gugumuck-Hof farm. Also in the tenth district, a short distance from the last stop on the U1 underground line, Meixner’s Gastwirtschaft takes Viennese cuisine to a whole new level. Famous for its various lamb dishes, the restaurant also has an impressive wine and beer list.
The outer stops on the capital’s public transportation routes seem to attract particularly good restaurants. One such example has seen a legendary suburban eatery on the last stop of the number 43 tram in the 17th district rise from the dead, years after the last guests left. Pichlmaiers Zum Herkner’s stock in trade is Austrian classics like Beuschel (lung soup), schnitzel and goulash – all of the very highest quality. At the last stop of the number 40 tram in the neighbouring 18th district, Herbeck offers down-to-earth dishes with a healthy dash of innovation. In summer the large garden glade is perfect for relaxing in the shade of ancient trees. And in the 19th district, near the last stop on the number 38 tram line in Grinzing, winegrower Jutta Kalchbrenner has brought her vision of the ultimate wine tavern to life: Buschenschank in Residence offers top-quality wines from her own vineyards (Weinbau Jutta Ambrositsch) and a buffet with regional delicacies that go beyond standard Heuriger fare.
- Mraz und Sohn, Wallensteinstrasse 59, 1200 Vienna, www.mrazundsohn.at
- Amador's, Grinzinger Strasse 86, 1190 Vienna, www.amadors-wirtshaus.com
- Bistro am Gugumuck-Hof, Rosiwalgasse 44, 1100 Vienna, www.wienerschnecke.at
- Meixner's Gastwirtschaft, Buchengasse 64, 1100 Vienna, www.meixners-gastwirtschaft.at/
- Pichlmaiers Zum Herkner, Dornbacher Strasse 123, 1170 Vienna, www.zumherkner.at
- Herbeck, Scheibenbergstrasse 11, 1180 Vienna, www.herbeck.wien
- Buschenschank in Residence, Himmelstrasse 7, 1190 Vienna, www.jutta-ambrositsch.at