Das Schick: Romantic Eating High Above Vienna

by Jane Wangersky | May 8th, 2015 | Restaurant Destination

romantic restaurant (400x400)Das Schick not only prides itself on being romantic — with candlelit tables and a panoramic, 12th-story view of Old Vienna — it offers what it calls “romance support”. They’ll go so far as to bake an engagement ring into a pastry. If you’re not planning a proposal, you can settle for having the table decorated with your loved one’s favorite flowers — or just making a reservation, and enjoying your dinner and each other’s company.

The restaurant is located on the 12th floor of the Schick Hotel Am Parkring. (There are four other Schick Hotels in the city, each with a different style.)

The food is “sophisticated Viennese cuisine with Spanish influences” according to the online menu. The Spanish influence is very evident in the names of the appetizers and main dishes. You can start off with anything from soup (cream of celery or garlic and chicken) at € 6.50 to an assortment of tapas for € 18.00. For a main course, running from € 26.00 to € 44.00, you can choose from half a dozen dishes including saddle of lamb with a dried fruit crust, fried Ibérico pork, and seabream in banana leaf. Green salads are only € 4.50. Other side dishes are included with the main dish, such as white polenta, quinces, and zucchini with the pork.

This being a Continental meal, the cheese course comes next, and here Austria is represented as much as Spain. You may not be familiar with the cheeses of the two countries, but you can learn by ordering three different kinds for € 10.50 or five kinds for € 12.50. Desserts are also part Spanish, part Austrian — you can get “sweet tapas” or an “Old-Viennese Kaiserschmarren (sugared pancake)” among others. Desserts cost € 10.00 to € 14.50. With your coffee comes one last sweet, a small candy from the traditional confectionery Altmann & Kühne.

There’s also a degustation option if you’d rather sample a little bit of many dishes.

The menu goes into great detail about what each dish contains, in case you have allergies or other dietary restrictions. Reservations are definitely recommended, and reviews suggest arriving on time, as the kitchen closes promptly at 10:00. Though it’s not possible to take home leftovers, if you’re staying in the hotel you can have them sent to your room.

Das Schick is open Monday to Friday from noon to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM, weekends and holidays, and also all of July and August, just from 6:00 to 10:30. The address is Parkring 12.

Editor’s Note: Vienna has some romantic places for couples to visit while on vacation. Click here to read about our top choices.

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