|Subject: Prague Restaurants|
Here are the restaurants I found with hellp of my guide, to be great food at
very reasonable prices. Sandy, same disclaimer as before.
TIPPING: Tips are not included in the bill. The general rule is leave money up to the next number that is a 5 or 0, if bill is 450 crowns or more leave from 5% to 10%.
You will notice before each item on a menu they give the weight of the selection in grams, i.e. 100 gm, etc. I found 100 to 150 gm. A nice size filling portion. Anything under 100 gm can be considered a first course, and 200 gm or over was too much food unless you weigh over 200 lbs.
Petrinske Terasy, Seminarske Zahrada 13, Praha 1, phone: 900-00457. Reservations recommended. A small intimate restaurant with a large terrace outside to enjoy a drink, overlooking all of Prague. During the summer they will have music concerts on Friday and Saturday nights. Menu is written in a humorous manner and in English. Try Petrin's gardener's medallions. Two juicy chicken breasts, each covered with a slice of apple topped with sour cream. Dinner portions are very generous. Their dessert specialty is a half banana floating in a vanilla sauce smothered in whipped cream with chocolate dribbled on it, a perfect ending to a perfect dinner. A meal for two including wine and dessert about $19, with the check being delivered in a silver, antique, covered souffle dish, into which you put your money (no cards) and replace the cover. It's the Ujezd (pronounced oo-yezd) stop on tram lines 12, 22 and 23. Follow signs up the stairs to the funicula, which you take to the first stop. Restaurant off to the right. It's a nice walk down the hillside after dinner or lunch. Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm. Rybarsky Club, U Sovovych Mlyou 1, phone 530223, but you don't need reservations. It is private club for fisherman right on the Vltava River. The public is welcome to enjoy the restaurant. Nicest to eat on the little terrace in back overlooking the river. Food is very good and entrees are around $3.50 to $5. Their grilled sword fish was particularly flavorful. Ujezd tram stop on lines 12, 22, 23, then walk towards the river down Ricni street. At the end (the river) turn right into the park and restaurant is yellow building on your right about 10 feet or so into park.
Restaurant Canto, on Besedni Square. From Ujezd stop (trams 12, 22, 23) walk down Ricni, sign points to restaurant in corner of Square. Another small, romantic restaurant with candlelight and good food. Two people can enjoy a meal for about $10.
Yoco's, Belohorska 49. Tiny restaurant with about 6 tables, friendly service, great food with two people eating well for about $13. The owner, Peter, Stania's husband, suggested I try one of their specialties: Mira Chicken, ham, cheese, red peppers and spinach rolled up in a chicken breast. They only use the freshest products and indeed I enjoyed the meal very much. Trams 8 (from Republic Sq. heading across the river, or 22 from Malostranska Sq., about 15 minutes out from city center. Off at Marijanka (pronounced mariyanka), the stop after you see large Pyramid Hotel on right. Restaurant on the left side of street about a block up (walking same way as tram going). Or you can get off at Drinopol (next stop) and walk back a block. (A good place to eat before or after visiting Brevnov Monastery).
U Karpu, Zatecki 7, In the heart of the old Jewish quarter just off the Old Town Square. Candlelight on plaid table cloths, a charming patio for summer dining and the perfect place to eat before going to either the puppet theater or the Black Image theater. Food very good and most of the entrees are around $4.50. Try their potato pancake with mixed meat covered with melted cheese.
Pod Kridlem, corner of Narodni trida on Vorsilska St. next to British consulate. Phone 2491-2377. A friend and I fell into this place as we needed to have dinner before seeing an opera at the National Theater, a block away. It turned out to be a first class place with formal waiters. In contrast the wording of the menu makes for very funny reading, but the service, presentation and taste of the food all elegant, top-notch and in English. The boar meat was especially tender and delectable. Open every day 11:30 to midnight. Entrees from $4.50 to $7.00. (Trams 22 or 23 or B-line subway, stop: Narodni trida).
Sostinec II Rozcesti, K Lochkovu 377, Prague 5-Slivenec. Reservations a must, 581-7379. A wonderful, all Czech restaurant (no tourists) with interesting, ancient puppets hanging from the walls and music accompanying your delicious dinner. Their chicken with ham and melted cheese and steak with whipped cream and a strawberry on top particularly delightful. They have an English menu, but they don't speak English. Dinner for four including wine and hors d'oeuvres $24. It's about 10 minutes from city center. Need to take a taxi. Call AAA at 1080.
Bohemia Bagel, Ujezd 16. Familiar and not so familiar bagels (and muffins, cookies and salads). Sandwiches served on bagels. A fast food place where many young Americans meet. Opens at 7 am, so good place for a quick breakfast or any cheap meal. Can eat well for under $3. Ujezd stop on streetcars 12, 22 and 23Restaurant outside Prague: Pod Draci Skalou, Karlstejn 130, PSC 267 11; phone/fax (420)311-681-177. Right below Karlstejn Castle. Very much a hunting lodge atmosphere with antlers and animal skins on the wall, set in the woods. Wonderful food at very reasonable prices. In winter they feature wild animal meat such as boar and deer. Try their beef steak (we call it minute steak) in a delicious mushroom sauce or the beef with a blue-cheese topping. A$11.50 for two including wine and tip. They also offer one double room and two triple rooms with TV, satellite, and bathrooms. 400 crowns (about $12) per person. Czech music entertains the guests in the evenings and in nice weather they have dueling contests and jousting on horseback. Closed the first week in June and not available July and August. Getting there: About 17 miles from Prague. By car you take the D5 south from Prague. You must go through Morina to get there. If you are planning on staying overnight, you can also make arrangements for them to pick you up at either the Karlstejn bus or train station.