The Prague food scene is diverse, from Michelin-starred eateries to traditional dishes served in the Czech capital’s many cosy pubs. Either way, you’re in for a treat you won’t forget with our guide to the best restaurants in Prague.
Ready for a culinary adventure in the City of Spires? If you’d like to try authentic Czech food, you’ll find that some of the best restaurants in Prague are actually pubs. U Vejvodů is an old-school beer hall near picturesque Betlémské Náměstí, a cavernous maze served by bustling staff brandishing plates of svíčková, a Bohemian dish that epitomises the national love of comfort food. Expect a slab of beef sirloin in a caramel-coloured sauce, topped with juniper berries and a squirt of cream, served with knedlík – traditional Czech bread dumplings…..
Local Prague Restaurants
Some Prague restaurants are serving old-school Bohemian cuisine with a fresh contemporary twist. Kolonial in Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, is a buzzing pub with a cycling theme and barstools in the shape of bike saddles. Reasonably priced daily specials like tender wild boar and roast lamb make it a popular lunch spot with locals who love good Prague food. Nota Bene is as close as a restaurant in Prague gets to embracing the gastro-pub concept. A new menu is chalked up each day but expect a top-notch showcase of Bohemian gastronomy featuring dishes like venison goulash, pork belly with mashed sweet potato or rabbit confit in a white wine sauce.
If you’re seeking a more stylish and elegant vibe, Zinc restaurant at Hilton Prague Old Town has all your needs covered. Offering tasty and innovative European cuisine whilst not comprising on traditional methods of cooking, you can expect fresh and seasonal ingredients blended with exotic Asian spices.
Fine dining in Prague
If it’s fine dining you’re after, head to the Michelin-starred La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise, arguably one of the most intriguing restaurants Prague has to offer. On offer? An unforgettable six- or eleven-course feast. Here, creative dishes inspired by a 19th century Czech cookbook have been brought up to date for demanding 21st century palates. Expect creations like trout with sea buckthorn and apple, catfish wrapped in cabbage leaves and braised in wine, or pink slivers of melt-in-the mouth duck.
One of the latest Prague restaurants to receive the Michelin star accolade is Field. Many dishes here seem inspired by the work of rule-breaking chef Heston Blumental: a scoop of Bearnaise ice-cream with steak tartare, for example. And the desserts are to die for: be sure to save space to indulge.
Situated on the slopes near Troja chateau, Salabka is a bit of a hike from the city centre. However, the effort is rewarding: few Prague restaurants offer such an upscale menu, featuring wine made from grapes grown in the adjacent vineyards. Go in summer to enjoy dinner on the terrace and raise a glass of Pinot Blanc to the city’s gorgeous skyline. Salabka is definitely worth a visit and is renowned for it’s impeccable service and great food!
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