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Dinner Before Estates Theater/Don Giovanni?

I need help trying to figure out dinner on our last night in Prague. We have tickets to the Estates Theater to see Don Giovanni which starts at 7:00 p.m. I was originally thinking of finding a place right around the theater to eat at before, but since it's so close to the main square, I'm mostly finding what look like tourist traps. I've noticed that most restaurants don't stay open very late (it's a 3 hour opera).. so I'm unsure of what to do or how long to plan for dinner beforehand?

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http://www.potrefena-husa.eu/en
this place is only a few minutes walk from the Estates theatre part of a chain of restaurants owned by the Staroprammen brewery. More bistro style than fancy eating but good food at decent prices. I have not actually been in this particular one but have been in several others in the city.Their prices are very good and I think they may be open later in the evening but you can try and book online and see what happens.

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Btw I went to see Don Giovanni in the Estates in 2002, my very first full opera ,we had box no11 and it was a wonderful evening. This is the place that Mozart premiered the opera and also the place that was used for many of the interior scenes of the film Amadeus. Hope you really enjoy it.

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Restaurace u Provaznice (address Provavaznicka 3) is one of the first listings in Rick's Prague book (p. 219), very close to your destination, and open 11:00-24:00, but it would be possible for the late-night menu to be more limited than earlier.

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Restaurace u Provaznice looks like a great place and the prices seem really good.the beer price is under 45Kc which is a great price for the area, if you don't try it I will when I am next in the city.

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Thank you for your help! I will definitely check into the two restaurants.

Unclegus - we booked the same box! Was the view pretty good? We booked the first row of seats (seats 4&5).

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I just attended a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at The Estates, had box 6, I believe, which faced the stage straight-on, first level of boxes. Excellent view from any of them at that level, very cozy theatre. The boxes seat 5, 3 seats at the railing and 2 higher chairs behind them--it's a tight fit and can get warm. It was a delightful production, very glad I decided to attend--I mean, Mozart himself conducted in that very theatre, how could I not?

As an opera fan who regularly attends the San Francisco opera I must say I found one couple of my box-mates to be either utterly unaware of opera etiquette or entirely too self-absorbed to be quiet; they babbled away in German throughout the performance, pausing when I and my box-mates turned and gave them a withering look, only stopping completely when we said "SHHHHHHHH" in unison. At home if you so much as rustle a paper your neighbors will turn on you like a pack of dogs. So, you may get a mixed bag of curious tourists, opera newbies, and opera fans--I saw a variety of clothing, everything from dressy jeans/pants outfits to sparkly cocktail dresses and men in jeans to tuxedos and suits.

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yes the view was great you can angle the chairs slightly to get a better direct on view.it is quite a small but lovely theatre

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I was just thinking when I was in Box 11 there was only 2 of us in it though it did have 3 chairs in the box. It was during the great floods of 2002 and the city was very quiet and I think that is why we got the seats so cheap