Landtmann

Price guide: Mid-range

Dr.Karl Lueger-Ring 4, Vienna, 1010

Price guide: Mid-range

Landtmann

By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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#7 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, History, People watching, Special occasions

Expert review of Landtmann

Experience a quintessentially Viennese café and enjoy the stately calm.

Landtmann is ideal for lovers of traditional and luxurious surroundings but is not the place for a quick cuppa!

Local politicians, journalists and office workers are among the regulars who use these premises as a second office. Students from the university opposite celebrate graduation with sparkling wine and petit fours. And Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster and Sir Paul McCartney are on the list of famous patrons. Elegant side rooms are often used for press conferences and meetings. Busy owner, Bernd Querfeld – the ambitious coffeehouse magnate who just reopened Café Museum – held a coffee seminar here recently to help amateurs appreciate the fascinating world of the brown bean and what goes into making the best cup of coffee.

Food and drink: 

A hearty breakfast is available from 7.30 – 11.30am and there are a few options: the classic Wiener Frühstück includes tea, coffee or hot chocolate, butter, conserves and a soft boiled egg; the extended version comes with ham, cheese and fresh orange juice. The Franz Landtmann breakfast, named after the first owner, is available until 3pm and includes a serving of fresh fruit, yogurt, ham and cheese.

Soups, salads and classics such as wiener schnitzel are on the enormous menu, besides dishes like pike-perch, duck and grilled shrimp with couscous. All the desserts come from the family bakery, following old, handed-down recipes and all made with fresh ingredients.

Ambience: 

Almost everything about this Ringstrasse café with snug upholstered booths, dark wood panelling, brass chandeliers and starched tablecloths is grand - except the modern glass extension that shocked quite a few of the regulars but certainly added sorely needed space to the often overcrowded interior. As soon as weather permits, the outdoor terrace beckons.

Service: 

The waiters, or Herr Ober as they are known in Vienna, are among the best you'll find anywhere in the city, many of them have been here for decades. A recently-retired staff member, Herr Robert, was given a full-page newspaper write-up in gratitude for over 40 years of dedicated service.

Location: 

Landtmann enjoys a prime position on the Ringstrasse opposite three monumental buildings - Burgtheater, the University and Rathaus.

Price advice: 

I like the fact that you can choose between small or large soup servings at 4.50 euros or 6.90 euros. Breakfasts cost between 8 and 14 euros, main courses 10.50 -19.80 euros and desserts are 4.50 – 9 euros.

More information on Landtmann:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Restaurant
Food:
Traditional
Address:
Dr.Karl Lueger-Ring 4, Vienna, 1010
Telephone:
01 24 100100
Website:
http://www.landtmann.at
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 7.30am-11.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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