Old Vienna Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 823 Plata Rd

    Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

    Map & Directions
  • 805-773-4521

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Visited from out of state. Stumbled upon this cool restaurant while out driving through the cute beach town. My friend and I spent an evening enjoying the great beers, pretzles, and german dinner! Just a fun place with interesting atmosphere and good people. Loved it.

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★★★★☆

Visited from out of state. Stumbled upon this cool restaurant while out driving through the cute beach town. My friend and I spent an evening enjoying the great beers, pretzles, and german dinner! Just a fun place with interesting atmosphere and good people. Loved it.

Pros: beer and band!

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We went to Old Vienna to sample some good German food for a special night out. The food was tasty (I am of German origin). The sauerbrated was well done (not just the sauce, but actually marinated). My husband ordered the wurst platter - also tasty. For the amount of food, the price was a bit much for my liking, but the food was good!

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★★★★☆

We went to Old Vienna to sample some good German food for a special night out. The food was tasty (I am of German origin). The sauerbrated was well done (not just the sauce, but actually marinated). My husband ordered the wurst platter - also tasty. For the amount of food, the price was a bit much for my liking, but the food was good!

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I was in the area on a business trip and one of the guys on our team wanted to sample some Austrian fare, so off to Old Vienna we went. The atmosphere is casual and has a strong Teutonic flavor. As I sat there, I thought it would serve well as a movie set for a World War II story...I could imagine a couple of German officers seated nearby, drinking schnapps and sporting uniforms with emblems reminiscent of a time when Germany still had a chance to lay claim to mastery of euroasia. I was almost expecting Christopher Plummer to walk in and start singing "Edelweiss". I always wanted to try weiner schnitzel, so that's what I ordered. The menu advertised it as "flash fried" and "tender and delicious". I'm not a big fan of fried meats, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. It was certainly tender, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The schnitzel was thin, so the ratio of fried surface area compared to the thickness of the meat made it have too "fried" a taste. Coupled with the fact that there was no seasoning, this accentuated the fried texture. Please keep in mind I'm not an expert on German fare, so maybe this is exactly how weiner schnitzel is supposed to taste. Therefore, this place might just be what you're looking for. One of the ladies in our group really liked the red cabbage, though I thought it was average. The beer was rather nondescript and not particularly noteworthy. If you're a guy and go with mixed company, order the large stein - it'll enhance the ambiance and feel of being in a German beer hall and you'll avoid the harassment I took from the ladies when I ordered a small mug. "My, that really is a small mug you have..." they joked. Service was quite good. The girl who served us was very welcoming and friendly. She had an authentic old style German look, dressed in traditional garb, replete with pig tails and blonde hair.

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★★★☆☆

I was in the area on a business trip and one of the guys on our team wanted to sample some Austrian fare, so off to Old Vienna we went. The atmosphere is casual and has a strong Teutonic flavor. As I sat there, I thought it would serve well as a movie set for a World War II story...I could imagine a couple of German officers seated nearby, drinking schnapps and sporting uniforms with emblems reminiscent of a time when Germany still had a chance to lay claim to mastery of euroasia. I was almost expecting Christopher Plummer to walk in and start singing "Edelweiss". I always wanted to try weiner schnitzel, so that's what I ordered. The menu advertised it as "flash fried" and "tender and delicious". I'm not a big fan of fried meats, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. It was certainly tender, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The schnitzel was thin, so the ratio of fried surface area compared to the thickness of the meat made it have too "fried" a taste. Coupled with the fact that there was no seasoning, this accentuated the fried texture. Please keep in mind I'm not an expert on German fare, so maybe this is exactly how weiner schnitzel is supposed to taste. Therefore, this place might just be what you're looking for. One of the ladies in our group really liked the red cabbage, though I thought it was average. The beer was rather nondescript and not particularly noteworthy. If you're a guy and go with mixed company, order the large stein - it'll enhance the ambiance and feel of being in a German beer hall and you'll avoid the harassment I took from the ladies when I ordered a small mug. "My, that really is a small mug you have..." they joked. Service was quite good. The girl who served us was very welcoming and friendly. She had an authentic old style German look, dressed in traditional garb, replete with pig tails and blonde hair.

Pros: Friendly service

Cons: Weiner schnitzel (my personal opinion)

 

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