Restaurants

ASHBURN’S ONLY AUSTRIAN RESTAURANT CLOSING THIS FALL

At Kaiser’s opened in 2012 in the Ashburn Village Shopping Center.

The countdown is on for you to get your final Pork Knuckles, your last Homemade Spätzles and Schnitzel Sandwiches. That’s because At Kaiser’s, the “Austrian Gasthaus” restaurant at the Ashburn Village Shopping Center, has announced it will close this fall. Employees confirm their last day is scheduled for September 30.

Some people complain that Ashburn is filled with cookie-cutter restaurants serving the same dishes and cuisines over and over — wings, pizza, burgers, steaks, Thai, Indian — but At Kaiser’s certainly broke that mold. We don’t know of any other restaurants specializing in Austrian food in the Greater Ashburn Metropolitan Area.

No word on why the restaurant — which opened in 2012 — is closing its doors and no word on what new tenant might eventually take At Kaiser’s place. We would guess it would be another restaurant due to its prime spot on the center’s breezeway, but we could be wrong.

Images: At Kaisers
18 Comments
  1. Anonymous 5 years ago
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  2. Jim A. 5 years ago
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    At Kaiser’s wasn’t bad, but in terms of taste, quality and authenticity, it just couldn’t touch Euro Bistro in Herndon. I live 3 minutes from At Kaiser’s, which I tried twice, but I always made the 15 minute drive to Euro Bistro.

  3. Fred 5 years ago
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    This saddens me. I have been a patron of At Kaiser’s since they first opened. A wonderfully unique dining experience in Ashburn, with terrific, authentic Viennese cuisine. I’ve always felt a bit elevated from the “cookie cutter” dining spots mentioned by The Burn because of it. Sigh. I’m going to miss it. Jaegerschnitzel mit spatzle can’t be found anywhere else!

  4. I am surprised it lasted this long! We tried it two times and were really disappointed in it! I thought it was the worst Austrian food I had ever had. The portions were skimpy and the service slow. Looking forward to a new restaurant in their place!

  5. Wayne 5 years ago
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    Went to Euro Bistro once, it was horrible

    • Jim A. 5 years ago
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      You are the only person I’ve ever heard say that. I’ve heard people say they had a bad experience because of service issues, but they all say the food is great, and it is.
      It is so authentic that the Chef actually closes up for a week or so each year so he can go back to Austria to try new/old foods and exchange ideas with other chefs. Way better than At Kaiser’s.

      • AngryFart 5 years ago
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        Okay. Then I’ll say it too. Euro Bistro was dog shit.

        At Kaiser was far superior, but it was too expensive and too skimpy. The menu was also too limited.

  6. James 5 years ago
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    It was good and I went there often but it was obvious that it would close.

    Large beers were more expensive per ounce than small beers, no substitutions were made because “Austrians wouldn’t eat this with that”, and the general attitude of the staff was somewhat snobby. Don’t get me wrong, they could be very nice at times, but it had a “build it and they will come” mentality and that just doesn’t work among northern Virginia high maintenance clients.

  7. Ralph 5 years ago
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    The food was okay. Euro Bistro is waaay better. But the service was horrible, consistently. I liked the restaurant and the owner, but they just didn’t know what they were doing in regards to running a restaurant.

  8. Donna 5 years ago
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    Jaegerschnitzel, Schnitzel und spaetzle sind Deutsch, danke

  9. kegowhisky 5 years ago
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    I’m also sad to see it go. I’ve eaten there since the week they opened and have always found it good to excellent. The owner is very friendly and I always felt comfortable there. Here’s hoping, but it’s hard to imagine that a better place takes over this location.

  10. Scott A 5 years ago
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    Sad seeing this restaurant leave, but it’s not surprising. Met the owner last year and talked with her a bit about the business. Nice lady, but the only connection with Austria was that she lived there for a few years, and she didn’t cook. Not that this is a bad thing, but minus the servers it was an Indian run and manned restaurant. Think this hurt them a bit.

  11. Sean 5 years ago
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    Hey Donna, Weinerschnitzel MEANS “Vienna Schnitzel”. Vienna is not a German city.

    This isn’t a surprise. It’s a mostly empty restaurant. My wife and I lived in Germany for six years, visited Vienna and Salzburg often and though the food was good and authentic, (though I detected some Dr, Oetker sauces) the prices were crazy for what you got, Stiegl beer on tap was a nice touch, but again, no surprise.

  12. LillieInLoudoun 5 years ago
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    I hate to kick them when they’re down but the time I went, dishes were expensive and I couldn’t even get free bread with my sausage dish. I can’t stand having to pay for a meal that leaves you hungry. Maybe money was tight or business too slow. I wish them the best.

  13. Robert 5 years ago
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    Gee, I thought it already closed. It always looks closed when I drive by.

  14. Anonymous 5 years ago
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    I had out of town guests last month and was so excited for some schnitzel & spätzle. Came in early on a Friday night. They were out of spätzle – ?!?!?!?! – that is like Starbucks being out of COFFEE. Our server told me that they make a bunch early in the week to last the week – ?!?!?!?! – but that the ‘chef’ recommended french fries.

    I suppose, at the end of the day, it was better that they had run out rather than being served spätzle that had been made days before.

    Long story short: I cannot say I am surprised.

    • Donkey_Spice 5 years ago
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      How do you run out of spätzle and not bother to make more? It’s flour, eggs, water, salt and pepper. That’s just a lazy chef right there.

  15. Brenda 5 years ago
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    Too bad for Loudoun, we need more original places to eat.

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