We had set out on a beautiful Friday evening to the Spittelberg Quarter and had decided we could safely leave raincoats and umbrellas back at the hotel. Hah! The skies opened and we ran for this place, which Rick Steves had described as "a big, sprawling, impersonal brewpub". It was certainly the biggest restaurant we ate at in Vienna, so thankfully there was no danger of us not getting a table and being sent back into the rain, which on a busy Friday was a real possibility elsewhere. We were seated at a side-by-side table for two right next to a servers' station, despite there being lots of empty tables in the place, and got the only waiter in Vienna who didn't speak any English (frankly, he didn't have the manner of a waiter at all, he was more like an off-duty stevedore who had agreed to cover while the real waiter stepped out for a while).
The beer was good. They brew two kinds, plus you can order - as I did - a glass of the two mixed together ("Plutzer G'mischtes"). The menus were pretty worn, and it was only when we compared them that we realized one was missing a page. Because we chose to eat Viennese food while in Vienna, we stayed away from the sorts of things we could get at any burger or ribs joint in North America, but with hindsight I'm not sure that was the best decision. The quality of the food wasn't as good as what we had elsewhere, so maybe we'd have done better to play to their strength and just gone for the "pub grub".
When we tried to order coffee after dinner, our waiter seemed unfamiliar with any of the names of the various sorts of coffees one can order in Vienna, but we did end up getting some basic coffee.
I think this place would be a good choice for a big, noisy group. For us, it was only so-so. And when we left, it was still pouring outside, so we were drenched by the time we got back to the hotel.
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