Weibel’s Wirtshaus happened to be more or less on my way from the office to my hotel. This was when I was working in Vienna for a few weeks end of last year. It is located in a small side street two minutes’ walk from St. Stephen’s. Hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of the big city. In summer, their small ‘Schanigarten’ or beer garden is popular, we hear.
Michelin Guide Recommendation
The Michelin Guide calls Weibel’s Wirtshaus “the archetypal Viennese restaurant.” It attests to a warm, friendly, rustic and snug atmosphere,” with “good, simple, traditional cooking.” On Tripadvisor it was awarded “Traveller’s Choice 2020.” The eatery is currently ranked a very respectable No. 218 out of over 3,700 restaurants.
Pleasant Atmosphere, Great Service
The warm, bright, friendly atmosphere immediately took me in. The cheerful waiter greeted me at the door. He led me to my table after taking my jacket to hang it at the wardrobe. The menu is short but attractive. I only took a few moments to make a decision. I was going to go for the Rieslingbeuscherl vom Kalb mit Serviettenknoedel for €16.50. In English that means veal heart, lung, and spleen in white wine (Riesling) cream sauce with bread dumpling.
Known for their great wine selection
I had read that Weibel’s Wirtshaus was known to have a great selection of wines. On the other hand, I didn’t feel like having wine both in my dish and in my glass. So I went for a lager. The waiter made me aware that the restaurant owners also operate a wine merchant business and store just across the street.
Others Commit Awful Offal Offences, I’m enamoured of innards
The innards didn’t take long to arrive and I absolutely loved the dish. No innovative tweaks or artsy presentation, just plain good food. Many of my friends tend to look down on food that is mash-shaped or that contains offal, but I never understood the arrogance. Some of my favourite food falls into one of these two categories or both.
I could easily have eaten another helping, not because the dish was smaller than usual, but because it was so delicious.
It’s not dinner without a dessert
On the plus side, this meant that I was able to squeeze in an apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. It turned out to be equally pleasing to the palate. I will definitely dine at Weibel’s Wirtshaus again during my next visit to town, hopefully in March. 4.25 out of 5 in my book.
Looking for more Viennese eateries? Check out my posts about Gasthaus Poeschl, Café Korb, Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer, Gasthaus Puerstner, or Esterhazy Keller. For restaurant reviews from around the world, try Her Name is Han, New York City, Gruvelageret near the North Pole, La Vache et Le Cuisinier, Paris, Uma, Barcelona, and Lafleur, Frankfurt.