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Old Vienna Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Austrian, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Restaurant with an Austrian Touch - Austrian Chef/Proprietor-Werner Rott and his team are here to look after customers with a smile and mostly locally sourced ingredient in casual surroundings - a small intimate Restaurant with just 22 Covers where the guest is treated like a friend 2015 Taste of the West South Devon Fine Dining Silver Award 2016 Taste of the West South West England Gold Award, and so on, achieving new awards every year recently have been awarded certificate of excellence 5 years running - hall of fame. We do not cater for children under 6 years of age as we are a small restaurant and there is no room for high chairs or pushchairs etc.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Austrian, European, Central European
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited in group of 6 friends for a special birthday. Glass of sparkling wine for the birthday girl when we got there was a nice touch. Friendly, helpful staff. It’s been several years since I visited and as a vegetarian I was slightly uncertain what...choice there would be for me as my memory was of very meat based food. However, I had a lovely main course of stuffed pepper- much nicer than I was expecting and there was a second vegetarian choice on the menu. All people in our party really enjoyed all their food.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went here on a recent short stay in Torquay; it was our wedding anniversary and this restaurant seemed to fit the bill. We were quite right! It feels quite old fashioned, which was all the better, and the greeting and service were very friendly...and personal. In fact when the meal was finished we had a good chat with the two ladies (sisters) who make up the backbone of the front of house (did not take their advice as to what to do and not do the next day - and lived to regret it!) as well as Werner, the chef/proprietor, and it 's great to feel they all have time for you. The restaurant is quite small, but there is no feeling of being crammed in; we felt there was plenty of room to stretch out if we needed to. The ambience is from an earlier, less chaotic era, and this is what gives it its charm. The food was excellent, and although you wouldn't say it was cheap, the fact that the staple and the vegetables are included with the cost of the main course means it is not as expensive as it looks. When we return to Torquay we will certainly eat here again.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked this restaurant after our first choice was cancelled due to covid. For a birthday meal. My main meal was presented to me on a chipped plate, spoke to the waitress about my plate, she said the chef was short of plates.!!! I found this...was unacceptable service, felt I had to ask her for my plate to be changed.!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From start to finish the staff were friendly, attentive and made you feel like you were the only people they were serving, even time for conversation to find out the reasons you have visited. Gave us a complimentary prosecco for our anniversary. The food was...sublime- the starters where mouth watering, the mains where out of this world the lamb was the most tender thing ever. I never have a pudding but after the first 2 courses were to die for, I had no choice but to have one- which did not disappoint. And a free snapps too finish the evening.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was our lucky night, as my partner contacted Werner to see if a table was available and there had been a cancellation. 19.00hrs meant we couldn't watch England beat Germany at the football but as all the pubs were fully booked this didn't matter....We walked the 4 miles from Paignton to work up an appetite and we were rewarded with a fabulous meal. The schnitzel was shear perfection. The service was excellent and the bill didn't break the bank. Werner himself came out of the kitchen for a yodel and to chat with all the patrons (about 20 fills the place). A complimentary schnapps rounded off the evening.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a gem of a restaurant. Very homely and welcoming. Excellent food beautifully presented in an authentic Austrian tradition. The best we have had in the area.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old Vienna is in a residential area near the centre of Torquay. I'll admit that we chose it partly because it's one of only a very few decent restaurants in the town that are open on a Sunday. We had a goo friendly booking experience,...in which the owner asked if it was a special occasion for example. The outside of the restaurant is not so promising but inside it's really nice. The food is a mixture of Austrian specialities and British/European dishes. In a way the best of both worlds for us: we were able to have some dishes that reminded us of skiing and walking holidays in Austria; but at the same time, and in contrast to almost everywhere in Austria, the chef really knows how to cook seafood, including a really good scallop starter. The kitchen seemed to be struggling a little to keep up (long wait fr main course), but service was good (they didn't neglect us during the wait). The apfelstrudel was not quite what I expected but everything else very good. It's really a 4.5 so I have been generous, because it certainly exceeded expectations.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for mid to top range dining, you must come here. Food and service are excellent. Very interesting wine list. Werner, the owner, came yodelling into the dining room to say hello. He seems quite a character. It is a relatively small...restaurant ( I’d guess at 26 covers) so book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were so looking forward to visiting The Old Vienna booking it months ago and wow it didn’t disappoint. The service from start to finish was 5* The food was so tasty and beautifully presented. Their knowledge of gluten free is excellent with lots of...choice. We had a complementary glass of schnapps served by Werner himself who is so funny and gave everyone one of his famous yodels. Just the best experience as an end to our visit to Torquay. We will be back. Thankyou all at The Old Vienna.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful little restaurant where you get a taste of Austrian food elevated with modern twists. Regional beer is also available. The hosts are welcoming and enthusiastic. It’s hard to think how anything could possibly have been any better.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Denise H
14 August 2019|
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Response from jbtqy10 | Reviewed this property |
No childrens menu that I know of, but just phone up and ask situation about children portions ? or whatever actual query on food is ie size, choice ? You can be sure of a responsive answer.
Sally M
26 September 2015|
Response from Werner R | Property representative |
Hi i am too old to open lunch and only open evenings except christmas day lunch perhaps see you one evening best wishes Werner
Ivor A
3 February 2015|
Response from Werner R | Property representative |
three course meal with wine - average is about 35 to 40 a head inclusive of wine my current menu in on line and i usually have some specials as well if there is anything else or special requirements please email me and i do... More
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Yes, Old Vienna Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Old Vienna Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5