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“Execellent local bar/restaurant”
Review of Gasthaus Elsner

Gasthaus Elsner
Ranked #295 of 4,193 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Austrian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Ottakring
London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Execellent local bar/restaurant”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Executive summary

Pros - Top quality homemade food*, friendly host, close-ish to Wien West station, very reasonable price.

Picky con - This is a very down to earth bar/restaurant with a simple interior.

This was, to my surprise, my top two meal in Vienna, judging by food and service alone. I highly recommend this to anyone in Vienna. Go, relax, have a drink and order some food! The local regulars are also friendly.

*The host mentioned the 'game sausage' are actually from his hunting sessions, very impressive!

Top tip - Get the homemade sausage or game sausage, if available, with horseradish (comes in shavings instead of sauce - so much nicer) and the pork schnitzel which comes with a side salad of lightly pickled vegetables (very refreshing and helps cut through the richness of the pork)

1 Thank JonoMichaelL
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Genuinely amazing food, people and experience”
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

This was an amazing lunch and the best meal in Vienna by far. I highly recommend and will absolutely return. The host was brilliant and his recommendations for home made schnitzel and sausages (from meat he freshly hunted) was perfect. The beer was also excellent. The genuine non-touristy low-key aspect of this gasthaus has been a huge highlight. This is authentic, so don't expect the glitz and glamour of a tourist trap. We will be back!

1 Thank Critique-ByCharlie
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Canberra, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Make the time - delicious and authentic”
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

The delicious lunch and beer we enjoyed at Gasthaus Elsner made our trip. We weren't in Vienna for very long, and after experiencing the cultural highlights we were craving an escape from the tourist trap restaurants and cafés. We got much more than that at Gasthaus Elsner. The produce is locally sourced with the best schnitzel and home made sausages (the host hunted the venison himself!). We relaxed, laughed and feasted.

Visited May 2014
Thank imho_478
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Superb find!”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

We found this restaurant by chance as it was close to the apartment we were staying in and we had seen the good reviews on Trip Advisor. From the appearance, it may not have been somewhere we'd have chosen if it hadn't been for the reviews as it is fairly basic inside and mainly filled with locals having drinks. However, our waiter (I think he was the owner/manager) was extremely helpful, explaining about the local beers and food, some of which he prepares himself and we were immediately made to feel welcome. We had the homemade sausage with mustard and horseradish which was delicious and Wiener Schnitzels which were huge and really tasty! The food was amazing and the hospitality second to none. The host explained that very few tourists come here and before the last 6months, there had been none at all...! It is definitely a hidden gem and a chance to dine with the locals and I would highly recommend visiting if you want to escape the usual tourist traps. The cost of our meal was very reasonable, especially in comparison with many other restaurants in Vienna.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Debbie H
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Piraeus, Greece
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53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Austrian cuisine ”
Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

Lovely place, local and not tourist, great ambient atmosphere, well priced and tasty food! Worth definitely a visit!!!

2 Thank Vassilis N
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