We decided to visit Vienna to visit the newly opened Kunstkammer Wein. Our hotel suggested the nearby Glacis Beisl as a place to go for authentic Austrian food. The Glacis Beisl is not very easy to find, because it is situated at the back of the Museums Quartier. Service is friendly (if a little slow), the atmosphere is great, under a vineyard, it's a real garden, really well located on top of the 300 year old city walls. This eatery is named after the “Glacis”, an open space in front of the historic City Museum. Glacis Beisl has been around since World War II.
The restaurant was relatively full when we arrived, with about 6-10 open tables. The garden setting is a nice cool shady spot to have lunch. The restaurant is down a short flight of stairs from the street but up a huge set of stairs from the Museums Quartier behind the Modern Art Museum. We stood around for about ten minutes trying to flag down a waiter until we finally got a seat, with another long wait until someone came to take our order, they could really use more help.
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Lisa had the schnitzel with a healthy sized serving with a salad. The salad was interesting with beets and potatoes under the lettuce. The schnitzel was good, maybe a little dry. I had the lamb and pork sausage with a sweet and sour sauerkraut. I had always heard about the juicy, succulent sausages in German and Austrian beer gardens and wanted to try them. Unfortunately, these thin little “hotdogs” were dry. The best thing on the plate was the sort of “gray” cabbage. We stopped off here on our way to a museum or I might have ordered something else to further sample the menu. My options would have been boiled prime beef, goulash, fried blood pudding or roasted char/trout on the English menu. The Austrian menu was several pages long and obviously had options unavailable to English speaking tourists. While our waiter was friendly enough, we waited a long time to be served, and several complaints on TripAdvisor have commented on unfriendliness toward English speaking patrons. If this is representative of “typical” Austrian cuisine, we did not particularly like it. The presentation was sloppy, the food was rather tasteless and the service was so-so. Unfortunately this was the same experience we had at the half dozen or so local places we visited while in Vienna. Maybe this actually is one of the better eateries in Vienna.
Glacis Beisl Website: http://www.glacisbeisl.at/