11 Best Restaurants in Prague

A topic that cannot be forgotten when planning any trip is where to eat. To help you, I have compiled a small list of the best restaurants where you can try the local gastronomy...

Joaquín Montaño

Joaquín Montaño

10 min read

11 Best Restaurants in Prague

Restaurant in Prague | ©Jorge Franganillo

After long walks to visit all of Prague's must-see attractions, it's time to recharge your batteries. Whether in the old town, in the Jewish quarter or in the castle area, the Czech capital offers a wide range of restaurants where you can taste dishes such as knuckle or goulash, always accompanied by a local beer.

Being such a tourist city, Prague is not free of what is popularly known as "tourist traps". For this reason it is important to know in advance the name of some restaurants and their location so that the moment of the meal does not turn into a disappointment. In this list I have prioritized those places with a good quality-price ratio, but without leaving aside some luxury to celebrate the trip.

1. U Pivrnce, the best value for money in the center of Prague

Restaurant U Pivrnce| ©Sba73
Restaurant U Pivrnce| ©Sba73

Its privileged location, between the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square, specifically in the central Maiselova Street, makes the U Pivrnce one of the best options for lunch or dinner after a day of sightseeing in the area.

In addition, this restaurant is considered one of the best in terms of value for money in the center of Prague. Its menu features traditional dishes that you can eat in Prague, such as goulash or veal stew with spices, without obviously missing the famous Pilsen beer. Their dark beer is also worth a try.

Interesting details

  • Where: Maiselova 60/3
  • Average price per person: between 14 and 20 €
  • Opening hours: from Monday to Friday the opening hours are from 11:30 to 23:00, while Saturday and Sunday they open at 12:00 and close at 23: 00.
  • Recommended dish: among all the appetizing dishes they serve, I would go for the svícková, a beef tenderloin with vegetable and cream sauce seasoned with various spices.
  • Recommended if... you want to dine well in a very pleasant place.

Book a gastronomic tour of Prague

2. Krčma, the best stop after visiting the Jewish cemetery

Krčma, Prague| ©Pablo Nicolás
Krčma, Prague| ©Pablo Nicolás

Krčma, looking like a medieval tavern, is one of the most recommended places to rest a while and eat traditional dishes while strolling through the Jewish quarter.

To refuel, in Krčma you will find a fairly extensive menu at very interesting prices. Of course, as in other restaurants in Prague you should be careful with the quantities, since many of the dishes can be enough for two people without problems. An example is the knuckle of more than a kilo that they serve in this tavern.

Details of interest

  • Where: Kostecna 925/4 .
  • Average price per person: between 8 and 15 €.
  • Opening hours: 11:00 to 23:00 every day of the week.
  • Recommended dish: the combination of knuckle of pork with dark beer leaves no one indifferent.
  • Recommended if... you want to feel like an inhabitant of Prague during the Middle Ages.

Book a medieval dinner with a show in Prague

3. Experience the essence of Czech cuisine at U Matejicku

Schnitzel dish| ©Johannes Zakel
Schnitzel dish| ©Johannes Zakel

Very close to the original Dancing House, the location of the U Matejicku combines the advantages of not being right in the middle of the tourist center but just a few minutes from it. It is, therefore, a perfect place if you don't mind a little detour from the old town to eat very well and at a great price.

In general, the menu consists of several dishes of homemade Czech food, such as schnitzel or their fabulous sausages, all accompanied by craft beer. It also highlights the great treatment of employees, always diligent and willing to help with any questions.

Details of interest

  • Where: Naplavni 2011/5.
  • Average price per person: between 8 and 12 €
  • Opening hours: from 11:00 to 23:00 hours.
  • Recommended dish: the beer sausages are unbeatable.
  • Recommended if... you like to eat traditional dishes in a local atmosphere.

4. Nase Maso, the best place for carnivores

Nase Maso, Prague| ©Bex Walton
Nase Maso, Prague| ©Bex Walton

The Nase Maso is a different place very suitable for lovers of good meat. In fact, it is a butcher's shop that serves its customers dishes prepared with its products in a fast and direct way.

Due to its location, in the heart of the Jewish quarter, very close to the so-called Spanish Synagogue, this place is ideal for those who have chosen one of the tours of the Jewish quarter offered in the city or those who are visiting the area on their own.

The best thing about this place is, without a doubt, the quality of the meat they serve, whether in the form of hamburgers, sausages or even a spectacular steak tartar. In that sense, few restaurants in the city can compete with such quality.

The main problem of this place is the limited space in case you want to eat inside. There are only 4 or 5 small tables to sit at and at peak hours it is usually difficult to find a free table.

Details of interest

  • Where: Dlouha 39.
  • Average price per person: can easily reach 20 €
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, between 08:30 and 22:00 hours. Closed on Sundays.
  • Recommended dish: for my taste, their steak tartar, but any burger will convince you.
  • Recommended if... you are a meat lover and you want to try the best.

5. U Tri jelinku, a restaurant on one of the most beautiful streets in Prague

Tří jelínků, Prague| ©David Seibold
Tří jelínků, Prague| ©David Seibold

U Tri jelinku not only stands out for its good food, but also for the place where it is located. Anyone who has researched what to see in Prague's castle quarter will have discovered the existence of several really striking streets. Among them is Nerudova Street, precisely where this restaurant is located.

A stop at U Tri jelinku will make the tour even more unforgettable. To begin with, the atmosphere is very pleasant and, most importantly, the food is of very good quality.

Their menu highlights the soups they offer, although their goulash, knuckle and duck are not far behind. The service is equally excellent, especially the friendliness of the waiters.

Details of interest

  • Where: Nerudova 206/4.
  • Average price per person: between 10 and 15 € per person.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
  • Recommended dish: Pumpkin soup or onion soup are perfect for a cold day
  • Recommended if... you are touring the castle district and are looking for a restaurant that completes the charm of the place.

6. Havelská Koruna, traditional Czech food by weight

Prague, Goulash Silver| ©Thomas Quine
Prague, Goulash Silver| ©Thomas Quine

If you have taken a tour of the city, you will surely have passed by Wenceslas Square. Nearby, just a few meters from the Havelská Street market you will find this self-service restaurant serving traditional Czech food.

When you enter you will be given a piece of paper with which you must go to the counter to take the tray and choose the food by pointing it to the person who is serving it. In the meantime, they will mark your order on the paper. When you have it, all you have to do is sit down and enjoy it and pay on the way out.

My advice is that, before entering, take a look at the menu in English that is in the window. Generally speaking, you will be able to choose from various types of soup, chicken, fish and breaded meat.

Details of interest

  • Where: Havelska 502/21.
  • Average price per person: between 10 and 15 €.
  • Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 20:00.
  • Recommended dish: the goulash is very tasty, although what you should not miss are the dumplings filled with fruit and yogurt served for dessert.
  • Recommended if... you want to know a type of restaurant typical of the communist era in Eastern Europe.

Book a medieval dinner with a show in Prague

7. Johnny Pizza, the best place to take a break from Czech food for a day (here 9

Pizza in Prague| ©Georgio
Pizza in Prague| ©Georgio

It is possible that if your stay is very long and you are going to be in Prague for 5 days, you may feel like leaving aside the Czech food (tasty but quite heavy for the stomach) and try something different. Luckily, in the capital of the country you will find a small place that serves some of the best pizzas you can find.

Johnny Pizza is located outside the historic center, but it is not complicated to reach on foot. Recognizing it is very simple, as you just have to look for a queue of people waiting to order.

In the restaurant you will be able to choose between two sizes (30 or 50 cm) of a pizza that stands out for its thin dough and for having been cooked at the moment. The only problem is that it only has 3 small tables, so it is very difficult to eat in the restaurant. If your hotel is nearby, you can order it to take away and enjoy it while you rest.

Interesting details

  • Where: Koubkova 685/16.
  • Average price per person: between 5 and 7 €.
  • Opening hours: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Recommended dish: the Four Seasons is perfect, although if you want to customize your pizza you can opt for the Exlusive, which allows you to choose 5 ingredients.
  • Recommended if... you want to take a break from local food and try some great pizzas.

8. Ferdinanda, two different options for great food

Ferdinanda, Prague| ©IgnaCzech
Ferdinanda, Prague| ©IgnaCzech

Either of the two locations that Ferdinanda restaurant has in the city are perfect to try the best food in town. Of course, I recommend that you be careful when ordering, as the portions are very generous and it is easy to not be able to take it all. Another point in their favor is that both of them have a menu in Spanish.

The first one is located in the lively neighborhood of Mala Strana. This location makes it a very good option to eat after a tour of the Prague castle, although the area surrounding the restaurant is worth spending some time in.

The second of the restaurants is located in a strategic place: in the vicinity of the central train station. If you have read my article about the best excursions around Prague you will have seen that the train is usually the best alternative to go on your own, so this place can be very good for you.

Details of interest

  • Where: one is located at Karmelitská 18 and the second at Politických vězňů 19.
  • Average price per person: around 10 €
  • Opening hours: opens its doors at 11:00 in the morning and closes at 23:00.
  • Recommended dish: the most traditional is to order the knuckle, really delicious.
  • Recommended if... you are looking for quality Czech food for lunch or dinner in a great area for your visits

9. An option for vegetarians: Loving Hut Koubkova

Vegetarian Dish| ©Dawn Robinson
Vegetarian Dish| ©Dawn Robinson

Traditional Czech food does not have many options for vegetarians. However, there are a few restaurants in Prague that specialize in vegetarian food. Among them is the Loving Hut Koubkova.

This restaurant is located in one of the most touristic areas of the city, specifically in Londynska Street. Their offer is not limited to lunch and dinner, but they are also open in the morning to serve good buffet breakfasts.

One aspect to take into account is that it is a self-service restaurant. Thus, you choose your food at the counter and pay according to weight. Also remember that they do not allow card payments.

Details of interest

  • Where: Londynska 216/35.
  • Average price per person: around 7 or 8 €.
  • Opening hours: every day from 11:00 to 22:00.
  • Recommended dish: any of the varieties of vegan burgers.
  • Recommended if... you are vegetarian or simply want to stop eating meat for a day.

10. Indulge yourself with dinner at the Mlynec

Mlynec Restaurant at Night| ©Bogdan Migulski
Mlynec Restaurant at Night| ©Bogdan Migulski

Prague, as you can read in this article about the best views of the city, offers several breathtaking panoramas. If you want to enjoy one of them while dining, the Mlynec restaurant is the best choice.

If you manage to book a table in the right area you will be able to enjoy excellent views of the Charles Bridge and, if it is at night, appreciate its illumination under the stars.

On the other hand, the restaurant has a price range well above the Prague average, but it is worth it to indulge yourself during your trip. The service, as befits its category, is great and the menu combines traditional dishes with more creative additions.

Interesting details

  • Where: Novotného lávka 9,.
  • Average price per person: between 30 and 70 €.
  • Opening hours: from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • Recommended dish: according to the restaurant itself, its schnitzel is the best in town.
  • Recommended if... you want to treat yourself to a little luxury during your visit to the city. .

Book a gastronomic tour of Prague

11. Play it safe at the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague

Finally, if you are not too fond of trying new things and prefer to make sure with a hamburger, sandwiches or macaroni menu, make your reservation for the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague. With this menu of two or three delicious dishes of typical American food, you and your children will have lunch or dinner without too many surprises, and surrounded by rock legends!

Book a menu at Hard Rock Cafe Prague