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“Authentic Vienna but flawed” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Salzamt

Restaurant Salzamt
Ranked #134 of 4,071 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $27
Cuisines: German, Austrian, European, Central European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Inner City
Description: You can find the Salzamt in the heart of the ,Bermuda Triangle'. It has been said that the Salzamt was the starting point of the Viennese Nightlife area (Bermuda Dreieck). The architect Herman Czech created this elegant and functional but playful space in 1983. White table cloths stretch throughout the dining area surrounded by wooden benches and Art - Deco chandeliers. The bar tempts with dimed lights and leather sofas to lounge in, creating a feeling of timelessness. On the daily handwritten menu one can find bistrot classics such as Vitello Tonnato or Beef Tatare but Viennese specialities like veal ,Wiener Schnitzel', Tafelspitz, diverse Gulash's as well international and eastern European dishes. There is a wide variety of Austrian and international wines with focus on the Bründlmayer in Kamptal. The beer selection features Viennese pils, Czech beer and white beer. Further fruit juices, fine spirits and local schnaps are on the drinks menu. In summer you can enjoy the outside seating on the calm and charming Ruprechtsplatz next to the oldest church in Vienna overlooking the Danube canal. Until 1824 the Salzamt was located here. The salt office was the salt taxing authority of the Habsburg monarchy. Today Salzamt is known as a meeting point for the arts and media scene and other luminaries, who enjoy this unpretentious place. If you want to dine and drink in a cozy atmosphere the Salzamt will take care of you.
Crookhaven, Cork, Ireland
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Authentic Vienna but flawed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

This place is much less imposing than I'd been led to expect in the reviews. This is not an haute cuisine venue, rather, honest plain Austrian food which tastes good, if not great. You are greeted upon entry by ab cloud of smoke ( Austrian restraints and bars, astonishingly, allow smoking indoors--go figure!). The menu is in German. If you arrive before 8pm you are likely to get attentive service but at around 8 the place filled up and there were still just two waiters. I was under the impression that Austrian service was included in the price but our waiter assured us that this is not the case in Austria. A tip request came up on the little ATM for the first time. I didn't know whether to tip or not--I had not been tipping for the two days I'd been here. This little incident left an unpleasant taste in the mouth. It looked to me that most people were there for the night so tip collection---if natives tip---would be limited.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Leuven, Belgium
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3 restaurant reviews
“Great food and excellent service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Went there twice in 2 weeks and each time I'm amazed by the quality of the service and the food that is served. The waiters are multi-lingual which is very useful when you can't read the menu and they are very polite and helpful! I'll definitely be going there more often.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“High food at a value price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

We were blown away by the food. The menu is hand written every few days and it adds a lot of character. We had beef tartar, schnitzel, and perogies. All were done perfectly and we paid under 50€ for a meal we would have been happy to pay 100€ for. Highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kaizen1982
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Tasty food, friendly staff, small portions, very nice vine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Salzamt provides combination of Austrian and Eastern-European food with very nice selection of vines. I was a little bit disappointed by the size of the portions, but the quality of the food and service is incredible. As well as atmosphere of old Vienna in the evening.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank M K
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Helpful Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

We ate here twice in a one week period. The first time we ate on the outdoor patio and the second time indoors because it was pouring. The food was great both times and the staff speaks English and was very helpful selecting dishes. White asparagus soup was delicious.

Visited June 2012
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