Fischer's

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Bronze Award
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Bronze Award

Oh, Vienna: The Wolseley Hospitality Group's grand café has one misty-eyed for the city of cafés and giant schnitzels without ever leaving Marylebone. It’s not so much the food, though that’s a cold-weather dream: neat rye sourdough brötchen lined with beetroot and herring, followed by braised beef tafelspitz or pan-fried duck liver with grapes and redcurrants piled onto crisp rösti. It’s more the cumulative effect of the smart staff, low lights, leather accents, copious taxidermy and gorgeous views. This is a comfortable, well-padded kind of seduction, complete with cake plates brought to the table for you to choose from (go for the classic Sachertorte), and silver coupes filled with nutty ice cream. Mid-European wines are a feature, but so is coffee and a biscuit. We love it, although one disappointed punter thinks that Fischer’s needs to “up its game”, with the Ivy Café now grabbing headlines (and customers) on Marylebone High Street.

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Location

50 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5HN

020 7466 5501 020 7466 5501

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:30-21:30
Tue 07:30-22:00
Wed 07:30-22:00
Thu 07:30-22:00
Fri 07:30-22:00
Sat 08:00-22:00
Sun 08:00-22:00

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14 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Richard S

10 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Joseph G

28 November 2023  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

Perfect for a cosy winter lunch or dinner when the nights start to draw in. Good portions, great flavours, relaxed atmosphere. The food was good, but service during our visit was somewhat lax. We were between lunch and dinner service so the restaurant was not remotely busy, but we had to wait for the waiting staff to catch our attention as they chatted to each other. The waiter did not say a single word to us when he brought each plate to our table. The maitre'd asked if we would like to see the dessert menu, and then forgot to bring it over. Nothing major, but definitely not the polish I expected. I would still go back when I want Austrian comfort food.

Chris W

03 May 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Pleasant and acceptable Austrian special

Very pleasant atmosphere, seating arrangements in this 'quiet' area off the main Euston Road. We vwere pleasantly surprised by the portion size of the inevitable Winer Schnitzel (very tasty and come with a good appetite!). the Austrian 'borsch (beetroot) soup was tasty and well presented. the 'two different bratwuirst' (fopr one combined price) didnt fully meet expectations but was filling enough! Service was acceptable, a good selection of wines and other drinks (buit with the a slightly unacceptable London premium!) made, overall, for a very comfortybale dinner arrangement.

Amir G

25 October 2019  
Dreadful Service

I am not sure what happened to one of London's safest bets.  But after dining there more than a 100 times, i had one of the worst service experiences imaginable.  Slow, insulting, forgetful and cranky.  And yet -- no apology, and insisted on adding service charge when asked not too.  And charged for things we didnt order.  And got our order wrong.  Oh well.  I guess times are tough.

Amir G

25 October 2019  
Food & Drink 2
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 1
Dreadful Service

I am not sure what happened to one of London's safest bets.  But after dining there more than a 100 times, i had one of the worst service experiences imaginable.  Slow, insulting, forgetful and cranky.  And yet -- no apology, and insisted on adding service charge when asked not too.  And charged for things we didnt order.  And got our order wrong.  Oh well.  I guess times are tough.

Werner B

07 May 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Great Austrian Restaurant

This was a birthday dinner for our daughter and since I was born in Austria, we thought it would be a really nice place to try out. We were about 30 minutes early for our reservation, but they didn’t fuss and seated us straight away. The service was spot on with just the right amount of attention. Wiener Schnitzels are normally not served with a jus, but I’ve had that in other restaurants in Germany and since it was served in a little jug, you could just help yourself or not. It was actually very nice. Apple strudel was also quite nice, although I must say, I do a better version of it. 

A very enjoyable evening was had by all.

Bernard S

21 September 2016  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
Average - nowhere near as good as its siblings
We were in Marylebone High St, and are great fans of the Delaunay, so thought we would give its "little sister" a try. We were quite disappointed. We didn't find the food or the service up to nearly the same standards.

Piglet

25 January 2016  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Not as good as before
We had brunch here yesterday (which I have always preferred to the lunch and evening menus), but something was different this time. I had my "usual" - crispy bacon and fried egg roll and my husband had the rosti, black pudding and poached egg (with a side of bacon). Now considering it very clearly states "crispy" bacon, you would expect that but for some reason half of the bacon in the roll was crispy and the rest was barely cooked, same for the side of bacon that my husband ordered. Also, the rosti was so overcooked it was just one large crisp which shattered into pieces upon impact with a fork. Disappointing as I have always loved their breakfasts. Also service was pretty slow and we had to ask 3 times for a jug of tap water, despite the restaurant being half empty. We walked away not convinced that we would return. I think the new Ivy restaurant at the end of the high street has stolen a few customers and for now, I can see why, they need to up their game.

Mr&Mrs B

18 June 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fab place would recommend to everyone.
We are going for the second time taking our good friends. Love the place.

Anthony R

02 May 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
Prussian chic
We stumbled on this restaurant quite by chance. 5 minutes late for breakfast, the haughty welcome girl gave us the cold "you're not really our type of guest" look - water off a duck's back! The waitress was extremely nice and friendly though - east european so fitted in marvellously. The ambience is very Prussian, wood panelling, loads of photos everywhere. Very fin de siecle. The herring was to die for and the bread was fantastic, sausages and sauerkraut was really authentic as was the potato salad and the desserts were really fab. We had hazelnut and chocolate pudding washed down with great beer on tap. Not sure about the big clock there, nor the snooty attitude, but if you want to spend some serious money for an old world Austrian experience, this place will do it for you.
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