Czech Restaurants in Prague
Restaurants serving traditional Czech food are plentiful in Prague, but finding those that combine quality food with pleasant service and a good value for money can be a bit tricky. Below are some of our suggestions for Czech restaurants we have enjoyed ourselves and where we take friends and family when they visit Prague.
Traditional meals of Czech culinary art from the
end of the 19th century
The menus unite flavors and tastes of contemporary
molecular cuisine, classical French and Italian foods,
and refined dishes from non-traditional Czech culinary
art as it was practiced at the end of the 19th century.
Address: Haštalská 18, Praha 1 – Old Town (Staré Město)
Lokál was opened in 2009 to expand the Ambiente group of restaurants by a modern incarnation of an old-style Czech pub. Simple Czech specialties are carefully cooked from fresh, local ingredients to offer honest, home-made Czech food. Lokál is one of the best places in Prague to experience traditional Czech cuisine from starters to top notch fried cheese and other classic Czech staples, to comforting, old-fashioned desserts. All that to be washed down by fresh local beer, wine or liquor, or by home-made soda. Prices are very reasonable. There are now several locations and each restaurant has a separate smoking and non-smoking section.
Address: Dlouhá 33, Prague 1
Getting there: Tram 5, 8, 24, 26 to Dlouhá třída or metro B to Náměstí Republiky
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sat 12 noon - 1 a.m., Sun 12 noon - 10 p.m.
Lokál U Bílé kuželky
Address: Míšeňská 12, Prague 1
Getting there: Tram 12, 20, 22 to Malostranské náměstí or metro A or tram 12, 18, 20, 22 to Malostranská
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. - midnight, Sat 12 noon - midnight, Sun 12 noon - 10 p.m.
U Bulínů is a pleasant Czech restaurant in Prague's Vinohrady district. If you are staying in the area or find yourself nearby, we highly recommend stopping by for lunch or dinner to enjoy some good Czech food in a warm, casual and fully non-smoking environment. Service is attentive, sometimes smiley, and always polite. A good number of daily lunch specials are on offer on week days and they are usually brought out at a seemingly lightning speed, so you can be in and out in half an hour. The restaurant also has a garden with a kids' play area, which is enjoyable from spring to early fall.
Address: Budečská 2, Prague 2
Getting there: Tram 4, 22 to Jana Masaryka or metro A to Náměstí Míru (from the metro, walk three blocks up following the tram line, or take tram 4 or 22 one stop to Jana Masaryka)
Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Daily specials are not a part of Nota Bene's menu. They ARE the menu. You'll need about 15 seconds to mull over the handful of lunch menu items that usually consist of soup, two or three meat dishes and a vegetarian option. The dinner menu is slightly expanded. Nota Bene is not your typical Czech restaurant.
Contemporary Czech cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients meets six select microbrews and is served in a modern, clean interior of wood and brick, completely free of cigarette smoke. The menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. Nota Bene gives you a distinct feeling that food (and beer, and wine) is what it's all about, and that freshness, originality and food preparation really matters.
Address: Mikovcova 4, Prague 2
Getting there: Metro C or tram 4, 10, 11, 16, 22 to I. P. Pavlova
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sat 12 noon - 11 p.m., closed on Sundays
is a large brew pub and restaurant, completely renovated in 2001
and beautifully located across from the Strahov Monastery near
the Prague Castle. The brew pub and St. Norbert Restaurant are
divided into separate buildings with a pleasant outdoor area
in between. The historic brewery dates back to the 17th century
and brews the very tasty St. Norbert beer (amber and dark). Good
food, good service, reservations are accepted and recommended.
The beer is a bit pricey, but the experience is worth it.
nádvoří 301, Prague 1
Getting there: Tram 22
Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
A Pilsner Urquell
original restaurant housed in former postal-stamp producing
premises in Prague's Jewish Quarter. Two levels - street level
and downstairs. Serves soups, pub grub, pasta, traditional
Czech dishes, and great beer. Try the dark Velkopopovický Kozel! Another location is at V Celnici near Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square).
Kolkovně 8, Prague 1; V Celnici 4, Prague 1
there: Metro A to Staroměstská; Metro B to Náměstí Republiky
Hours: 11 a.m. - midnight
between a traditional, smoky, table-sharing Czech pub and
far from typical
Czech pub grub. As a matter of fact, the excellent cooking will
make you forget all about the cigarette smoke that fills the
air (the restaurant is non-smoking from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and is well worth the trip to Prague 7. As you flip through
the large menu at a table lit by the headlight of a motorcycle
hanging over your head, you'll have a hard time choosing from
meals of all kinds. The place can get crowded
but takes reservations.
Quick, down-to-earth service, Gambrinus,
Pilsner Urquell and dark Kozel beer served.
17, Prague 7
Getting there: Tram 1, 8, 15,
25, 26 to Kamenická
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.
- 1 a.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
unique brew pub near the Wenceslas Square, specializing in traditional Czech
cuisine but also offering poultry, fish, steak, salads, beer snacks, etc. The
extensive complex is divided into interconnected cellars and halls such as the
the Cave, the Barn, or the Gothic Halls. Great food and light & dark
beer, good service. Breakfast served from 8 a.m., live accordion music
The place can be busy and getting there at an off hour will enable you to find
a few seats
in any of the interesting rooms. Note:
20, Prague 1
Getting there: Metro
A or B to Můstek (exit towards Václavské nám./Vodičkova)
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.
(Sat 11:30 a.m.) - 11:30, Sun 12 noon - 10 p.m.
A popular Czech brew pub opened in 1998, frequented by locals on their lunch
break and tourists on their quest for good Czech cooking in a smoke-free environment. If
you feel adventurous, you can order flavored beer from banana
to coffee to blueberry, or specialty champagne
beer that comes in a bottle and with a champagne flute. The restaurant also serves light
and dark Czech lager and good unfiltered wheat beer.
15, Prague 2
there: Tram 4, 6, 10,
16, 22 to Štěpánská or
Metro C to I. P. Pavlova or B to Karlovo náměstí
Hours: 11 a.m. -
Authentic Czech beer pub near the Prague Castle,
serving typical pub food and the Velkopopovický kozel beer.
Friendly atmosphere, popular with tourists and locals alike.
The place is a little small, so it can get full. Reservations
are not accepted.
náměstí 1, Prague 1
Getting there: Tram 22
Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.