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“Personable staff and a chef willing to take risks”
Review of at eight

at eight
Ranked #65 of 4,581 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $68
Cuisines: Austrian, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Inner City
Description: Welcome to a culinary adventure! Welcome to the casual-luxurious presentation of the so-called "aroma cuisine". Delicious, unforgettable and twice toque-decorated! The young chef de cuisine Roman Wurzer plays with textures and aromas. . His dishes are made of high quality products, which harmonize perfectly, and of course they are presented in an extraordinary way. This applies also to gluten, lactose, fructose and histamine free dishes. The service is cordial, personal, professional, and absolutely inconspicuous. And always caring for the guest's well-being! With pleasure the wine accompaniment is adjusted for each guest individually. The service team is young, as specific focus lies on the support of young talents. During the day the restaurant radiates freshness and clarity for breakfast und lunch. In the evening a colour world of red and violet creates an entirely different atmosphere: At 3 p.M. The restaurant is getting changed. Subconsequently it welcomes its guests in a top smart evening dress: with covers for chairs, table cloth for the tables, "earrings" for the lighting fittings, curtains for the windows, mirrors for the walls, candles and decoration for the final touch a romantic mood and a perfect atmosphere for a sublime dinner is created.
Reviewed January 11, 2014

We ate here one night based on a recommendation from our Hotel Manager at the Pension Suzanne. Yes, its upscale Euro-wise but very comfortable and not snooty. We arrived a little disheveled since it was December and we had been touring the old town all day in our jeans. This didn't bother bother the staff a bit as they helped us peel off the layers and get to our table. Everyone greeted us with a smile and were English friendly when we had questions. The menu was in German but had English subtitles. After they surprised us with a chef's treat, we had the consomme soup and duck and venison entrees. Both were excellent. The desserts were the most risky but for the most part were fun variations with unusual combinations. If you get tired of the traditional German meals, give it a try. The menu is available for review on their website.

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Jasmin S, Manager at at eight, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Dear Tump01,

thank you very much for sharing your dining experience with us on tripadvisor.
We appreciate your kind words and are happy that you did enjoy your dinner in our restaurant at eight.

Thank you for mention that our Chef is "willing to take a risk". It is true that some of the combinations listed in our menue sound fancy and different and surprising our guest the way you described it in your rating is just what Fabian Philler, our Head Chef, is trying to achieve.

Our restaurant is a part of the hotel "The Ring" wich is a Casual Luxury Botique Hotel - we celebrate the philosophy of casual luxury also in our restaurant without showing off and a strict dress code.

Thank you for being our guest and we are looking forward to your next visit at "at eight".

Best regards from Vienna

Jasmin Schneider
Restaurant and Service Manager

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Following a wonderful New Year's Day concert at the Musikverein, we decided to dine at this restaurant that we passed on previous walks. At the door, we were greeted by Jasmine who offered to hang out coats and place the concert flowers in water while we dined. What a nice start! We decided on the 3-course prix fixe meal and dove into our selections, which others have done a nice job of explaining. We began with treats from the chef and then into our meal. The scallop appetizers seemed a little skimpy, but was accompanied by a flavorful sauce. Both our duck and venison meals were delicious and cooked perfectly as the beautiful presentation only heightened our expectation. The cheese spread seemed to be a selection of French varieties and the apple dessert looked more like edible art. We learned that Jasmine is also a sommelier and helped guide us in selecting Austrian wines that are unavailable at home. A relaxing environment that is upscale without being pretentious. Worth recommending and visiting again.

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Jasmin S, Manager at at eight, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Dear Woodwrk1,

thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice and detailed feedback on tripadvisor.

We appreciate your kind words and are glad that you had a nice lunch after the new years concert. Our Head Chef Fabian Philler is most exicited about what he is doing and a creates dishes with perfection and love to details - just what you have been experienced and described in your rating.

It was a real pleasure hosting you and giving you advise about austrian wines as you seem very much interested in austrians viticulture. The red wine that you liked so much was a Merlot, year 2008 from the winery Johanneshof Reinisch wich is located in the region "Thermenregion" not far away from Vienna.

Thank you for being our guests and we are very much looking forward to your next visit in our restaurant at eight.

Kind regards from Vienna

Jasmin Schneider
Restaurant and Service Manager

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We’d been here more than a year earlier and were eager to return despite some flaws the first time around. We were very happy we did, as this place has all of the elements of a fine dining experience (great service, stunningly presented food, free little treats at the start and end) at a much lower price than you would normally pay in Vienna for this kind of thing.

Four of us came here for lunch on Christmas Day, after booking just the day before. It was only about a third full, although this probably reflects the fact that 25th Dec is a pretty dead time in Vienna, with everyone sleeping in after Christmas Eve celebrations.

The meal started with a selection of breads with flavoured salts (beetroot and curry) with a pungent grapefruit-infused olive oil and two flavoured butters. A light and tasty prawn carpaccio dish with various creamy elements served on black slate made for a visually appealing and surprisingly large prestarter (“greeting from the kitchen”).

We went for a 3-course meal (normally €41, on Xmas day €48, plus cover charge), with the lunch price the same as dinner prices – fair enough for a holiday – otherwise I strongly recommend coming here for a weekday lunch when two courses incl. cover and all the extra bits is just €18.

A starter of duck liver with sweetcorn, beetroot and mushrooms was one of the most visually appealing dishes I have ever seen, although there was an element which tasted like beetroot Styrofoam. The trout with cranberry and parsley was delicious and beautifully presented, but perhaps the best starter was the thinly sliced scallops with passion fruit sauce. This was the least attractive starter as it looked like it had been invaded by maggots, but they were actually grains of popped wild rice which added a great texture.

The mains we tried included salmon with lime, coconut and leeks (elegant and fresh), venison with elderberries and cabbage (with a portion of venison about three times the size you would expect) and duck. The duck dish was not only beautiful, but tasted just like a Christmas dinner with a rich sauce and romanesco florets. Romanesco is a relation of cauliflower, which looks like little Christmas trees and tastes like really well cooked brussel sprouts.

Having been here a year before, it felt like the whole place had matured. The food was more refined with even better presentation and the service was less eager and getting to the stage of being relaxed while attentive (last time my partner was afraid to go to the toilet as he feared three people would stand next to him and ask which paper they should wipe his bum with).

Perhaps the only downside to coming here is that the drinks are expensive, so if you drink wine and are sharing, it may be better to order their cheapest bottle (€28). The wine flight for a 3-course menu was €23, while wines by the (very small) glass approach the €10 mark. The restaurant manager took the time to ask about any wine preferences and then served wines she thought we would like – a really nice touch which is incredibly rare. All of the wines were to my taste and complemented the food perfectly. Don’t order coffee here, it’s truly revolting.

All in all, this lives up to the ethos of The Ring/Grand Hotel, where you can rely on first-class service, delicious food and a good experience every time. Aside from the still-slightly-department-store decor and abysmal coffee, everything else is a high-end dining experience at a fraction of the local prices.

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Jasmin S, Manager at at eight, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2014

Dear turtletoughts,

thank you very much for taking time to give us such a nice and detailed feedback - now and in the past. I am glad to read that you had a decent christmas lunch and that we lift up to your expecations.

Fabian Philler is our Head Chef since January 2013 and many of our guest share your opinion - that the food is more refind and with more love to details in the presentation. He and his crew have a passion for their job and it is great fun and inspiring watching them when they work on a new combination or with how much perfection they put the food on the plate.

Thank you for mention our wine accompaniment wich is a really nice experience for most of our guest. I have a great passion for wine and I am more than happy when I have guests who like to know more details and the stories behind the wine they choose. As a sommeliere I think it is important to give advise and offer the oppurtunity for an indivual and special tasting experience - this is the reason why we don´t list our wines by glas - they change with every customer.
If you love wine I can recommand our event "Weinfreitag" where every month another of one austrian top wineries are hosts in our restaurant. We are serving a five cours menue with the matching wines of the hosting winery while the vintner will sit with you at the table to answer your questions and talk about the most exicting thing - wine.

I do remember your visit very good and I gratefully take your words and notes as an acknowledgment that we gave you just the right impression of what "at eight" stands for - a warm welcome, attentive and personalized service without being intrusive and high quality food served with passion and perfection.

Thank you for being our guest.
We are looking forward to your next visit as it would be a pleasure to welcome you again at "at eight".

Kind Regards

Jasmin Schneider
Restaurant and Service Manager

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Duck cooked perfectly presented on plate very tastefully. The first bite was heavenly and my plate disappeared very fast. Tasty. Goat cheese appetizer was crazy good. Service is sweet. Wine -Pinot noir was good. My friend had a beer but not that crazy about it. Desert was so-so. Had to keep bill as there was a 4 euro cover charge each on it. Not sure what that was. Would go back. Love the taste and preparation. Yummy.

Thank PedroandDixie
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Jasmin S, Manager at at eight, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Dear Pedro and Dixie,

thank you very much for leaving so many kind words here on tripadvisor. I am glad to read that we could lift up to your expectations and that you did enjoy your visit in our restaurant at eight.
Fabian Philler, our young Head Chef and his crew, work with a lot of passion and perfection - just what you have experienced and saw on your plates.

Your were wondering what this "cover charge" is. In Austria and many other countries, you will find this charge mostly in fancy or fine dining restaurants to "cover" the costs of the china ware and silver cuttlery. This is a long tradition and nowadays most restaurants use it to cover the costs for the bread and butter or any other condiments you will get with your food.

I hope with that answer that I could solve the mystery about the cover charge and we are very much looking forward to your next visit!

Thank you for being our guests!
Kind Regards

Jasmin Schneider
Restaurant and Service Manager

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Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

we stopped in for lunch without a reservation, it is a big restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. we enjoyed the food and atmosphere, food was very slow out of the kitchen but good otherwise including friendly server.

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