Philharmonikerstraße 4, Vienna, 1010
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Romance - Expert review of Rote Bar
Don't let the name mislead you, this a small restaurant with two distinct seating areas - one is the black and white floor-tiled glass conservatory facing the Opera House, the other is the carpeted, dark red dining room. Traditional dishes are served in a wonderfully luxurious atmosphere. Foodies may prefer the Anna Sacher restaurant under the same roof but I much prefer the less-formal atmosphere in the Rote Bar; it's more relaxing and intimate and a great place for dining after an operatic evening. My most recent experience here was a Sunday lunch though; it lasted almost three and a half hours. Not because service was slow, oh no! It was simply that the whole meal was a dream that we didn't want to wake up from. Live piano music accompanies diners from 7pm.
Expect to see traditional Viennese cuisine on the menu but some of the options have a slight Mediterranean touch. My favourite here is the Tafelspitz (a traditional dish consisting of a cut of prime beef simmered for hours and served with horseradish and apple sauce). For dessert the Sachertorte might seem a bit unimaginative, so I'd go for the pancakes with chocolate instead.
Huge, original oil paintings adorn the warm red damask-covered walls. Gorgeous crystal chandeliers, comfortable armchairs and long red velvet-upholstered sofas, pure-white linen and silver cutlery give the whole place a touch of decadent, but dignified, luxury without going over the top. The conservatory has foldaway windows that open onto the street and transform the whole place into a large open terrace.
As to be expected, the service is the very best.
Opposite the stage entrance to the Opera House and to right-hand side of the main hotel entrance.
Expect to pay between 35 and 50 euros for a three-course meal here.
More information on Rote Bar:
- Price guide:
- International, Traditional
- Philharmonikerstraße 4, Vienna, 1010
- 01 514 56 841
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily noon-midnight.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times