Rote Bar

Address: Philharmonikerstraße 4, Vienna, 1010, Austria
Telephone: 01 514 56 841

- Expensive

4.9

Enjoy classic and tempting Viennese cuisine in the 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.

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Food and drink

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

As to be expected, the service is the very best.

Location

Opposite the stage entrance to the Opera House and to right-hand side of the main hotel entrance.

Price advice

Expect to pay between 35 and 50 euros for a three-course meal here.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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