First, I'll admit it's a bit hard to find. With your back to the Schonbrunner Palace gate, walk forward, cross the stream, and aim for the second street (Hadikgasse)....going left. From that point, it's a six minute walk. There's one 'bare' sign over the front, and there's a garden entrance around the side of the building. In spring and summer, the garden is open and the best place to eat (if no rain). The atmosphere? Charming, rustic, neighborhood spot. Few if any tourists go there.....mostly locals. What they do? Mostly normal Austrian dishes. My recommendation however....is the ribs. They are five-star and no matter what any Texan says.....these guys can make ribs better. Looking for an upscale place....skip this. But they aren't going to rip you off like half the restaurants in Vienna. For two, with beer included, the ribs dish will run you forty-two Euro. The negative is that it is in the middle of nowhere. They open around 6PM, it's a great place to eat after touring the Palace. Friendly management which is not the normal thing to expect around Vienna.
On all of the four occasions we have dined at Zum Blauen Esel, the service was extremely friendly, helpful and of a very high standard by all of the staff. All of the staff were willing to help with any translations required from the German menu into English. The authentic Austrian cuisine was excellent, it was always flavoursome, well prepared and well presented. They had a blood-orange cocktail on the menu which was divine and very reasonably priced. You were never left hungry as all of the portions were of a good size. It is an authentic, vintage Austrian restaurant with old world charm - this is not a theme restaurant it is a genuine slice of Austrian heritage. It does still have two halves (smoking and non-smoking), we are non-smokers and the non-smoking area did not smell of smoke. We visited at the start of spring and it was quiet and relaxed. We found this restaurant from a recommendation in the Marc Opolo Vienna City Guide; it is very close to the Schönbrunn Palace/zoo and the Heitzing underground station.
Best schnitzel in Vienna, cosy local and always excellent winter menus. This is my absolute favorite Austrian pub in Vienna!
Schnitzel was very good. IMPORTANT INFO: Cash only
Tolles Essen! Gute Weine und sehr freundlich! Im Sommer Garten mit Grillage! Like!
Gutes Essen, urige Atmosphäre
Spritzer 2.50, sehr gutes essen aber kleine Portionen, unglaublich nette Kellner, absoluter geheimtipp. Cheap White, Great Food, Perfect Walters. Open After 18:00