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Zum Basilisken

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Old University Quarter
German, Austrian, European, Central European, Gastropub
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Schoenlaterngasse 3 -/5, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 5133123
12:00 - 02:00
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch a couple of day ago and had soup, which was fine. We discovered, however, that we had been charged 4 Euros for 4 slices of bread and .9 Euros for each glass of tap water -- these nearly exceeded the price of on bowel of soup! Buyer beware -- neither the bread nor the water was that... More 

Thank jarussel
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a real shame, because it's such a cute place in a prime position in the old town. But, the food isn't great, you get charged for a rather lame starter dish (a scrap of salad and some bread) and basically it's a let-down. The vaulted ceilings and the leather banquettes in the corner tables are wonderful, though! Someone... More 

Thank Ellie523
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

As the subject says, This restaurant has the biggest scam of whole vienna. We only had a main course and each a drink: €60!!! For what? A waiter talking during the entire diner, €10 for what he says was a "big" wine ( read: just a normal glass). €10 for " couverts" which meant ur table-wear such as napkins and... More 

Thank Stefan B
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106 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

A cold winter's day and we had been walking for a few hours and really wanted a small traditional restaurant tucked away down a side street. We found it, although it did take a little longer strolling to do so. Great food, large portions, good service and the sort of place you "settle in" for a long lunch. Lots of... More 

Thank Dominic M
Ghent, Belgium
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

A true tourist trap. Overpriced food that wasn't too bad but definitely nothing special. Waiter was a bit aggressive about us adding a tip to our charge at the end when we paid by credit card. Plus, the cover charge per person is five Euros - waaaay too much! I've never been charged such a high cover and it was... More 

Thank dflo
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this little restaurant for a coffee and then was tempted to return for dinner by the very friendly waiter who sold the 4 hour slow roasted duck. The meal was as good as it sounds and the journey along the windy alleyway to get there was just as fun and exciting. Highly recommended

Thank kerinelsum
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived there at Christmas night. Outside it looked nice. Once inside, before getting seated, I asked if they had any vegan option for me. The lady nodded gently. Long story made short. I ordered an onion soup: it tasted like it had meaty stock. I asked and the lady did not recognize I was right. Then I ordered a... More 

Thank alessiavic
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

I have been here a few times over the years, usually on the first night when I am tired, haven't booked anywhere and don't want to muck about. You can always get a table (which is perhaps a worrying sign!). The decor is very attractive. They only seem to have one music-disc (The Three Tenors) so you need to like... More 

Thank CrazyInglesi
Newcastle upon Tyne
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Mixed. Charming location near in a seventeenth-century back street near the old university. Decor is a little twee but typical old fashioned take on old Vienna. Service was friendly enough and quite quick. Goulash was tasty but lukewarm. Proprietors might want to rethink the 'cover' - 5 Euros for a few olives and a few pieces of bread is a... More 

Thank Donau
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Very expensive for very ordinary food very slow service loud and awful music in short better go anywhere but not in this place

Thank Christophe H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
German, Austrian, European, Central European, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Schoenlaterngasse 3 -/5, Vienna 1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Old University Quarter
  • Neighbourhood: Old University Quarter
  • Phone Number: +43 1 5133123

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old University Quarter

Neighbourhood Profile
Old University Quarter
North of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna suddenly turns small, winding and medieval, opening up to legendary places such as the Basilisk sculpture at Schönlaterngasse, as well as glamorous baroque façades, courtyards and churches. Take 45 minutes for a casual stroll through Bäckerstrasse, Sonnenfelsgasse, Köllnerhofgasse, Grashofgasse, and Schönlaterngasse. This quarter is packed with stories and legends that will enrich your Vienna experience.
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