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“At least it's big and brews its own beer”
Review of Plutzer Brau

Plutzer Brau
Ranked #3,329 of 4,234 Restaurants in Vienna
Cuisines: Austrian, German
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Neubau
The Road
Level 6 Contributor
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“At least it's big and brews its own beer”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

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.

  • Visited May 2014
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Vienna, Austria
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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“Good choice for a beery lunch”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Great outside seating, extremely competent service and some of my favourite beer in Vienna. The lunch menu for EUR 7.90 is a bargain, not just because the food is pretty good and in very generous portions, but also because if you don't fancy what’s on offer, you can have pork chops/schnitzel/chicken wings/cevapcici at the same price.

They also have a handful of special dishes chalked up on the board based on what’s in season – typical for Vienna is a focus on asparagus, wild garlic or pumpkin, depending on the time of year. There are smoking and non-smoking areas and a room with a huge screen for watching sports. The brunch seems horribly overpriced, so we have never tried it.

For well-priced, typical Austrian food with reliable service, come here for lunch or order a classic such as Schnitzel or ribs with their homemade beer.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank turtlethoughts
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2014

This restaurant has plenty of room - so even if its a busy Friday night there's a table waiting for you! We had the burgers which were excellent.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Julie F
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Los Angeles
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18 reviews
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“Shady restaurant”
Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

Just left this restaurant after a nice meal but very out off by the shady service. Waiter refused to take our credit card making my husband walk to 3 different ATMs in the freezing cold to get cash.... After a half hour of waiting while my husband was running all over Vienna the server "miraculously" says I can use my card and " how much would I like to tip?" Shame on you Plutzer Brau. That's just shady and bad business.

Thank LosAngelesAmy
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Rethymnon Prefecture, Greece
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

This was one of the more disappointing experiences in Vienna. Food and Service were below average, we were 5 people and not one Meal was above average. Prices are in no relation to quality either.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Ira S
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