It’s thin, it’s breaded and it’s pan-fried. It also happens to be the national dish of Austria, with restaurants falling over themselves to proclaim their version the very best. We’ve tried them all to bring you our verdict on the best places to sample the classic veal cutlet Viennese style.
1) Haas Beisl
It may be small, but Haas Beisl has a huge selection of food and wine, and a big warm welcome too. The wines are mainly Austrian and German, and the waiters can recommend ones to go with your food selection. The owners are fluent English speakers.
2) Zum Stöger
Schnitzel, salad and beer – the three Viennese staples, and they’re all done to perfection at Zum Stöger. Look out for the sommelier who uses the dumb waiter to bring you your wines and drinks. The restaurant is slightly off the beaten track, but it’s well worth making the trip.
3) Glacis Beisl
Although Glacis Beisl is slightly hidden away you’ll probably still need to book, as the locals know all about the great tastes and ambience here. If it’s sunny, see if you can bag a space outside – the lush garden is a little oasis in itself.
If you’re eating with friends or family the chances are maybe not all of you want wiener schnitzel. Strandcafe branches out by offering just about anything, as long as it’s meat based. The restaurant is famous for its spare ribs, and you can eat out on a floating barge on the Danube if the weather’s good.
Like many of the wiener schnitzel houses in Vienna, this restaurant has been in the same family for generations. The building originally housed the Masters of the Saddlers’ Guild, and it keeps a period charm and authenticity. There are five different dining rooms to choose from, as well as an outer terrace.
Cheap and cheerful and with delivery options, Schnitzelpalast is kind of the fast food version of wiener schnitzel. There are a few locations across the city, so if you’re ever caught short with a craving for a cutlet, you could be sorted in no time.
The restaurant here has spread out since it first began four generations ago, but there’s stiff competition to get a place in the original cellar. Figlmüller claims to make the thinnest and crispiest schnitzel in Vienna, so if that’s the type of cutlet you’re after, we recommend booking in advance.
8) Schloss Concordia
Why limit yourself to one choice of meat? Although technically speaking a wiener schnitzel has to be made with veal, many restaurants offer other alternatives. At the Concordia you can find goose, pork and even venison on the menu.
To get here, take the tram to Zentralfriedhof Tor 1.
9) Zwölf Apostelkeller
This restaurant adds a certain historical ambience to the meal, with walls dating back to the 12th century. You may well be serenaded by the in-house band of musicians while you eat, but don’t let that put you off!
10) Huth Gastwirtschaft
Still looking for the best wiener schnitzel in Vienna? Here’s an interesting take on the classic dish – a schnitzel with cheese and ham included under the breaded coating. It might be a bit of overkill, but if you’re looking for a meal in one schnitzel, Huth Gastwirtschaft could be right up your street.