We will be in Prague mid-May and would be grateful for suggestions of great places to eat. Generally, we prefer good food and drink over fancy atmosphere; we are allergic to touristy places. Suggest something we might not find on our own. Thanks so much! Cathy & Alex
Watch you final ticket very closely. They tend to have problems in adding up the total charges. First time, it happen the young waiter apologized for misadding -- in a hurry, mistake in one of the numbers. -- and corrected the bill. The second time, older waiter was very gruff and said, "Service charge !!! " OK -- no tip.
I had very good wild boar goulash at restaurant U Palivce (pub keeper from Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek). Good and cheap svichkova at U marianskeho obrazu. You can check U kalicha but that's a little touristy. Famous because of Good Soldier Schweik. You can find many more non touristy or little touristy restaurants and pubs on www.lexikonhospod.cz then click on lexikon. U kalicha is not there because it is in different neighborhood. You can google it. Also ask receptionist at your hotel for recommendation. Check newspaper Prague Post (published by American expats) for recommendations. You can discover some non touristy gems just by walking through residential neighborhoods.
This was our favorite http://www.pasticka.cz/en/jidelni-listek.php Neil
Because you didn't specify that it had to be traditional Czech cuisine... ...for Italian we loved - LOVED - Kmotra in Old Town: http://www.kmotra.cz/en ...for Mexican - yes, Mexican - we had a great meal at Cantina (on the castle side, but along the river). You might want a reservation here, as it seemed to be very popular. http://www.restauracecantina.cz/ ...and for more traditional cuisine, we also enjoyed the Kolkovna mini-chain of restaurants. http://www.kolkovna.cz/index.php?flash=1
They´re not really restaurants, but for some reason, the Czech´s have a thing for Turkish-themed tea rooms. You can´t get a full meal in these places, but they´ll serve small pastries. Even though there´s a few right in the middle of the tourist zones (the one I went to was near the St. Miklaus cathedral, below the castle), few foreign tourists seem to visit them. EDIT: Some old travel photos were flashing on my screen saver, and I saw a picture of myself eating at an Icelandic restaurant in Prague. I couldn´t guarantee it won´t set off your touristy allergy, but really where will you find that cuisine outside of Iceland? On the whole, I remember basically enjoying the meal, although it was a bit challenging. And it made Czech food look like Lean Cuisine in comparison.
BREAKFAST OR LUNCH For simple and inexpensive food, we really LOVED "Bake Shop" which is a bakery that sells fresh breads and pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, etc. to go or eat in their small cafe. We stumbled across it while wandering around one morning and noticed they have a lot of local people there, despite being a block off Old Town Square. They had the best croissants I've had in my life (and I've been to Paris multiple times), plus decent coffee. We ended up eating there most mornings and got lunch a few times to go on picnics (there is a wonderful park across the river right at the base of Castle Hill and also you can go over to the square for people watching). LUNCH OR DINNER
Pizzeria Coloseum in Praha 5 by the movie theater and mall was the best pizza I've had in Europe outside of Italy (shocking, I know) and cheap. They have Italian food, not just pizza. You can eat here at lunch or dinner and its right by a metro and tram stop. There are almost no tourists in the area.
We asked our B&B owner where he likes to go out to eat. He recommended Josefina, a tram ride away from the old town. The food was so good and reasonable that we ate there twice. Nothing special decor-wise. 147 00 Praha 4, Na Dolinach 5 I still have there business card as a bookmark.
Pizzeria Rugantino - great cheap little place. pizza, salad, wine very very good and very very cheap. http://dusni.rugantino.cz/en/home/ Chez Marcel - little French Bistro, excellent food and atmosphere. Enjoyed it immensely http://www.chezmarcel.cz/chezmarcel-french-restaurant.html
Great Info thank you all
Grand Hotel Europa, Wenceslas Square I found this restaurant by walking by on the street. I was very satisfied with the service, food and price. The dining room is strikingly elegant with dark wood panelling and high ceilings. A large dinner with appetizer and drink cost me about 750 Crown, ($50US). Great regional cuisine.