Restaurants abound in Lindau, of course. We found the Ratsstuben simply furnished in an unimaginative style only vaguely reminiscent of a Stube. The service was a bit tight-lipped and the food, while acceptable, was not outstanding.
We did, however have our first serving of Felchenfilet (whitefish) from the lake. It's this local speciality. Felchenfilet gedünstet mit Dillsahnesasse, Butter Reis und Salat (whitefish with dill cream sauce, buttered rice and salad) was very good.
Restaurant Ratsstuben, Ludwigstrasse 7, 88131 Lindau-Insel, tel + fax +49/08382-66 26.
Price Category: Inexpensive/Moderate
Rating: Quality 12/20, Value 11/20
Another version of whitefish at the Restaurant-Weinstube Frey near the Altes Rathaus was even better.
This 16th-century wine tavern is on the first (second) floor overlooking the towns main pedestrian shopping street. The three attractive rooms are wood paneled from top to bottom and lined with cushioned benches. There's a ceramic stove in one corner and leaded glass windows are an interesting combination of stained and etched glass.
Very atmospheric. Very friendly. And very good food. But plan on a long and leisurely evening meals here are meant to be savored.
As a starter the Lindauer Fischsuppe mit Knoblauchtoast (fish soup with garlic toast) was tomato based with vegetables, several kinds of fish and a piquant flavor of allspice and pepper. Bodenseefelchenfilet gebacken in Riesling-Weinteig mit bunter salatteller (whitefish cooked in wine with mixed salad plate) was breaded and baked.