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Eating in Prague

I have seen a few suggestions for eating in Prague that I will definitely be checking out. Does anyone have a favorite that is not super expensive? ($10-15 per person/meal is ideal) I can get all the American food I want, so I like to eat the local cuisine when traveling abroad - although my husband will eat a hamburger anywhere he goes...

Last time we were in Prague we ate at St Martin. It was so amazing that we went back for dinner that evening after the dinner rush (the reservations for full for dinner already) It's a very small place with only one server, but the atmosphere and food are incredible! The waiter was exceptional and ran around non-stop. The tomato soup is THE BEST I've ever had and cannot wait to go back for more! My husband said the burger was okay, but the duck was so incredible as well as the stew. The cheesecake is unique and I probably won't order again, but I would recommend everyone getting it at least once, but it's not your traditional cheesecake that you would expect. Anyway, we LOVED this place and will be going back (a few times) on our stay in Prague. If you haven't been there, you need to! (but make a reservation - it books up fast as there are only a few tables available)

Aside from promoting St Martin, are there any other restaurants anyone would suggest? I mean, I guess we could eat there for lunch and dinner for four days straight but I'd like to try other local places :-)

Posted by
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We ate at Lokal, twice, during our stay. Local place, not far off the square and inexpensive, good food. It is in rick’s book. Google it.

Posted by
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Awesome! I'll check out Cisty-Stul for sure. My husband is a picky eater as well, although he argues he's not...

And I saw someone suggest Lokal in another forum so it's been on my radar - definitely checking these out!!!

Thank you!

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It may have been me who recommended Lokal. No burgers to be seen, very traditional, hearty, simple Czech food. Think dumplings, sausages, saurkraut, goulash etc

Was the cheesecake a baked one? A lot of European cheesecakes are baked rather than the cream cheese style more popular in the US.

If you're interested in Vietnamese, something a bit light after all the heavy Czech, then I recommend a very good one and very inexpensive.

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We stayed in the castle quarter and found two very convenient places that we really liked. The U Magistra Kelly is a really small place with a somewhat limited menu. My wife had dumplings and a glass of wine I did Goulash and a beer. The food was great, the atmosphere was cozy and the tab translated to $18 (granted we don't do dessert, we save it for a mid-day energy snack). The next night we tried the Tavern by Seven Swabians again good basic local food great atmosphere and more space. You can find either lace on Google Maps. Don't know if burgers are available.

If we ever go back to Prague it will be for at least two nights and I know where we will stay and wwhere we will have dinner.

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We ate at U Modre Kachnicky II several years ago and liked it so much we went back a second time. Wonderful duck!! This is the one in Old Town--there's another on the other side of the river. I'd definitely return if I went back to Prague. Lovely atmosphere and I recall there was live piano music.

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We ate at U Modre Kachnicky II several years ago and liked it so much we went back a second time.

It is very nice but it's certainly not in the $10/$15 range the OP requested.

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That's probably true--it was several years ago, but I'd agree it was more expensive. It was lovely, though, so perhaps if a splurge is appropriate.

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Back in the early '90's $15 would go a long way in Prague. The problem is that in the last decade the city's become accustomed to tourists and priced accordingly. A sausage on a bun or a beer that cost $1 back then is $5 now, and they get it because it's not locals paying. You want an inexpensive meal (and this goes for most everywhere) you have to go where the locals do. I can't give you a specific place, mainly because I didn't care to note them, but some of the best meals I've ever had were on backstreets in Prague. I look for chalkboards, and if the place smells good that helps too.

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https://www.restauracebredovskydvur.cz/en/
this is one of my favourite places in the city for Czech style food, good mid range place and I have actually taken a Rick Steves member there last October.
I tend to eat well away from the main tourist places and if you look at some of my posts you should get some ideas.

here is one I wrote last year.

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/czech/restaurants-for-those-that-might-like-a-little-adventure