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“Not to be Missed, Most Memorable Meal of our Trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gourmet Restaurants Freyenstein

Gourmet Restaurants Freyenstein
Thimiggasse 11, Vienna 1180, Austria
+43 664 4390837
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Ranked #83 of 2,878 Restaurants in Vienna
Cuisines: Austrian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Not to be Missed, Most Memorable Meal of our Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

While staying at the Rathaus Wine and Desing Hotel (Recommend Highly), we asked for a suggestion of a restaurant that would be a modern Austrian cuisine and which was frequented mostly by locals. And that's how we wound up at the Freyensteing, arriving there by tram which stops just 3 short blocks form their door.

It was mid-week, and fortunately we had a reservation as there was only our table left un-occupied. As it's one seating only, reservations are a must. We were warmly greeted by Eva who runs the front of the house, but speaks little English. But that was no problem at all as her warmth and eagerness to help overcame whatever language barrier there might have been. We put ourselves into the hands of the chef which turned out to have been absolutely the right thing to do with respect to both the food and the wine.

Simply put, the food is sublime. The chef infuses the plates with intense flavors which are based on herbs and spices. All the sauces are rich, thick and delicious. Most plates are served with either two complimentary items at the same time or one item prepared in two very different ways. A tour de force of cooking originality. By the way the chef has a cook-book, but available only in German..

The bill was far more than fair, in fact a bargain for what we received. And as had been promised by our hotel, I think we may well have been the only non-Austrians there. As we left, we told Eva how delighted we had been by the the total experience and she gave us a 1/2 bottle of wine as a parting gift.

PS..... on this trip we also ate at some 1 and 2-Star Michelin restaurants. The Freyenstein left us with the best memory of them all.

  • Visited August 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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English first
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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“A romantic idyll in Vienna!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Highly recommended by our hotel concierge we took a taxi a little further out from the city center to land in a wonderful romantic garden. A midsummer nights dream... The tables were lovely set up and the very friendly service explained us the menu of the evening. There are only a small selection of dishes offered but what is served are wonderful creations of the freshest, seasonal food. Fantastic wine list and prices which allow to order a second bottle...
We had a fantastic evening and a great experience and highly recommend this gem.

  • Visited August 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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“Lovely atmosphere, great service, excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

It seems that I'm the first of our English speaking community to sample the Freyenstein, perhaps because it is tucked away in the 18th district, far off the tourist route. As I was staying in that area and looking to eat close by, TripAdvisor drew my attention to it and Google Translate helped with our friends’ comments.

While I was very attracted by the food descriptions in the reviews and on the website (www.freyenstein.at), I was somewhat deterred by the comments on smoking. As it turned out, by delaying my visit because of that uncertainty, I went on a lovely summer evening when dinner was served in the garden. As well as being a pleasant, peaceful, cool area with dappled shade, the tables are well spaced and the smoke from the addicted ones didn't bother my sensitive nose. My review needs to be read in this light. Crammed inside with the smokers, my experience (and review) would likely have been quite different. It is important for me to savour the aromas and tastes of the fine food and wine, not other diners' smoke.

In case English readers miss this in the translations, as I initially did, it is important to know that the only menu is a degustation one of 5 courses (E39) – there is no a la carte menu. For a very reasonable additional E15 my waiter helped me choose a (small) glass of wine matched to each course and my own tastes. For each course there is a pair of dishes (three for dessert). Add the “welcome” and “thankyou” tastes from the kitchen, an aperitif and a digestive, and that sounds like a lot of eating and drinking; but spread over 3 hours it doesn’t seem like it and I was always eagerly anticipating the next course and the next taste sensation. For someone appreciating new dining experiences, it is a wonderful opportunity to taste many interesting, creative combinations of traditional and novel flavours.

I’m very glad that I wasn’t deterred by the possibility of overwhelming smoke, and I would highly recommend a visit to anyone (on a carefully chosen night).

  • Visited June 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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