Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Price guide: Expensive

Bognergasse 5, Vienna, 1010

Price guide: Expensive

Zum Schwarzen Kameel

By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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#10 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
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, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, Romance, Special occasions

Best for Romance - Expert review of Zum Schwarzen Kameel

A classy restaurant and a delicious deli all in one.

This is one of my all time favourite places - for a glass of white wine and Vienna-style tapas in the deli or to dine in style in the gorgeous Art Nouveau dining room. It is one of the oldest foodie landmarks in town – Beethoven, a famous patron, loved the wines.

Food and drink: 

In the deli try one or more of the freshly prepared savoury sandwiches: tasty spreads on black or white bread including red cabbage and tuna, black pudding and sauerkraut or herring with apple and onion – best washed down with a classic dry fruity Grüner Veltliner.

In the restaurant it's refined dining in elegant surroundings. Choose between the three- or four-course menu and the a la carte.

Recommended dishes: 

For starters try the hand-sliced ham – the best in town – served with freshly grated horseradish, dark home-baked bread and butter. This is the signature dish of the house and one of the reasons I go there. My favourite sweet is the variation of apricot desserts on one plate: apricot pancake, apricot cream mousse and apricot dumplings with a little vanilla ice cream on the side. With 100s of wines in the cellar you might want some help in choosing the perfect one to go with your meal.

Ambience: 

An informal and convivial atmosphere is what to expect in the deli – it gets very busy at times, being hugely popular with the locals. Whereas in the restaurant you'll find starched napkins, best tableware, sparkling crystal and a relaxed, dignified set-up.

Service: 

Mâitre d Johann Georg Gensbichler is probably the best dressed man around. He sports the most outrageous moustache and wears a different coloured waistcoat and cravat every day. He even has his own website and is well known in Austria. For wine and cheese expertise he's the man to ask.

Location: 

Very central, just around the corner from the main pedestrian thoroughfares Graben and Kohlmarkt.

Price advice: 

In the deli, two small sandwiches and a glass of white wine will set you back about 10 euros.

In the restaurant, starters are 6-11 euros, main courses between 12 euros and 25 euros and desserts are 5-9 euros. Three- and four-course menus including wine cost between 65 and 95 euros.

Tables to book: 

Seating in the deli is limited, most people stand at the bar. Recently a new terrace opened on the pavement giving deli customers somewhere to sit – weather permitting, take a seat outside.

Try for one of the romantic alcoves in the restaurant – booking well in advance helps.

More information on Zum Schwarzen Kameel:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Deli, Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
International, Snacks, Tapas, Traditional
Address:
Bognergasse 5, Vienna, 1010
Telephone:
01 5338125
Website:
http://www.kameel.at
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 8.30-12pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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