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Zum Basilisken

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Old University Quarter
Austrian, Gastropub
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Schonlaterngasse 3 - 5, Vienna A-1010, Austria
(0) 1 513 31 23
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 65
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
surprisingly good food and a surprising bill

Looking for a traditional Wiener schnitzel, and not finding the restaurant we were looking for, we had dinner at this romantic restaurant. The wooden interior is partly of the former church besides this restaurant. We liked it very much. And also the food. The Wiener schnitzel luckily had... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Herman R
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Looking for a traditional Wiener schnitzel, and not finding the restaurant we were looking for, we had dinner at this romantic restaurant. The wooden interior is partly of the former church besides this restaurant. We liked it very much. And also the food. The Wiener schnitzel luckily had nothing to do with the cultivated one in our home country. It... More 

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Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

On 23 January 2015 we, a party of eight people under guidance of an inhabitant of Vienna, decided to have meal in this restaurant. The interior was nice and gave us the impression that the food would be good. This turned out deceptive. The food is quite plain and some of the dished presented did match the description in the... More 

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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

Because we were hungry we were happy about a sign that stated there was a cheap meal. This was an offer not available anymore though. We still decided to eat inside and ordered pretty expensive food. It turned out to be of good quality but small in quantity. Our greatest concern though was the waiter, who was explicitly unfriendly even... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

we had looked at the menu earlier in the day and as it was near our hotel we decided to try it and am glad we did......service was excellent, food was very good, wine list was extensive and my friend found exactly what he wanted to try. is a little expensive but this was to be our more expensive night.....we... More 

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Vienna, Austria
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The place seemed rather authentic and the first impression was a good one based on the rather unique decoration style. The place was mostly empty, only two other tables were occupied. The typical dishes were roughly 50% more expensive than in other similar restaurants around the area, so we ordered two goulash soups. The waiter asked is the most unsubtle... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We chose this place mainly because it was near where we were staying and also because of the look of the place which is very enticing. Inside we found a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. I had the the Viennese goulash which was excellent and reasonably priced while my companion had the wild boar and was disappointed. In general the... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We liked the look of the menu outside as we wanted something authentic. Inside the décor was very dark wood and lots of ornaments which isn't really our thing but it seemed to suit the place. The waiter was very pleasant and friendly and as soon as he realised we were struggling with the menu he fetched one in English.... More 

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Bad Nauheim, Germany
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The food was good and the portions were quite big. They also have a good choice of Austrian wine. The restaurant is situated in a very narrow road and parking is difficult.

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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82 reviews 82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This restaurant appears enticing -- about six outdoor tables on a quiet street, many inside tables in a 19h century room with leather cushions, heavy wood furniture, and brass sculptures. But the food is simply not very good -- wild boar seems like pork, with lots of gravy and a large & heavy dumpling; goulash OK, with a different kind... More 

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The Road
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266 reviews 266 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

If a locations director were looking for a restaurant that screamed "middle Europe", this would be a good choice. It looks rustic from the outside, and on the inside it has an imposing wooden bar and lots of interesting old knickknacks. Unfortunately, that's really all it has going for it. Our server was pleasant enough, and certainly had her work... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Schonlaterngasse 3 - 5, Vienna A-1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Old University Quarter
  • Neighborhood: Old University Quarter
  • Phone Number: (0) 1 513 31 23

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Austrian, Gastropub
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old University Quarter

Neighborhood Profile
Old University Quarter
North of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna suddenly turns small, winding and medieval, opening up to legendary places such as the Basilisk sculpture at Schönlaterngasse, as well as glamorous baroque façades, courtyards and churches. Take 45 minutes for a casual stroll through Bäckerstrasse, Sonnenfelsgasse, Köllnerhofgasse, Grashofgasse, and Schönlaterngasse. This quarter is packed with stories and legends that will enrich your Vienna experience.