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“Enjoy the food and forget everything else” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zum heiligen Josef

Zum heiligen Josef
Osterwitzgasse 7, Klagenfurt 9020 , Austria
(0)463 500 807
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Ranked #5 of 112 restaurants in Klagenfurt
Cuisines: Austrian
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Steiermark
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Enjoy the food and forget everything else”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

In view of the favorable reviews of “Gasthaus zum Heiligen Josef” we were deceived when we entered this restaurant. The rustic furniture and decoration of the non-smokers' area are inharmonious and rather unappealing. Evidently the bare wooden tables without table-cloths shall create the atmosphere of an Austrian or Bavarian pub. This would be alright if the chairs were not extremely uncomfortable. Furthermore, the restaurant was noisy and we found the waves of kitchen smell sweeping through the dining area from time to time as well as the frequent ring tone originating from the kitchen quite disturbing.

The restaurant was full when we arrived there on a Saturday for a late lunch. After having been allocated a table it took painstakingly long for the waiter to bring us the menus and to ask us what we would like to drink. While service was thus far from speedy, the waiter did his job with very personal note and in a particularly friendly manner.

The permanent menu, though not brilliantly styled, convinced by its content. It was comprehensive and comprised several creatively devised dishes as well as the ribs for which this restaurant is renowned. The focus of the dishes of the day was on asparagus dishes. About a quarter of an hour after we had ordered the main courses the waiter asked us for our understanding that due to the heavy workload of the kitchen we would have to be prepared to wait for quite a while. Indeed, only after an extended waiting period our dishes were served.

It turned out that it had been worth waiting. Both main courses we had were delicious. The meat was tender and the asparagus neither stringy or too hard nor mushy. Although our portions were large, “Gasthaus zum Heiligen Josef” is certainty more expensive than similar restaurants located a little farther away from the city center. While this restaurant excels as far as the food is concerned, everything else leaves room for improvement.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carlisle
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46 reviews 46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Not bad but lacks atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Had lunch here today on 2 January as a change from the Augustiner. The food here was good. We had the ribs and wings and our son had the Kaiserschmarren. However, the place completely lacked atmosphere. I cannot put my finger on why this was. The waitress was friendly enough . Comared with Augustiner it was complety lacking character and I have to say that I did not really enjoy it. Not recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We asked the desk clerk at our pension where we could get good local food, and he sent us to Zum Heiligen Josef. It was a great choice. The restaurant has a cozy, Old World feel that makes you want to linger. Wish we'd read the other reviews and ordered the ribs, but on the other hand, we can get those in the States anytime. The Carinthian specialties like the Kaesenudeln were delicious, and we'll never get them at home.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Our Favourite Restaurant in Klagenfurt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Christian is a great chef, and the food is always tasty. Our favorites are the wing & rib combo, and the fish platter!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bucharest, Romania
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“best spare ribs in austria.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

One night in Klagenfurt, one restaurant at the recommendation of our hotel clerk, gods bless him!

Please, please do take the ribs. It comes with some chicken wings and two sauces.

never tried somthing better.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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