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The 18 best restaurants in Prague

From Czech-Vietnamese pho bars to high-end tasting-menu spots, these are the best restaurants in Prague right now

By Lani Seelinger and Auburn Scallon |
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Photograph: Filip Vido, courtesy Terasa U Zlaté studně

Think Czech food, think meat and potatoes? There’s so much more to eating out in Prague than just stodge. Three decades after the Velvet Revolution opened the country’s borders to the world, international influences can be detected everywhere, and traditional Czech recipes have been twisted into an infinity of delish fusion plates. Whether it’s the gaggle of pho bars run by the long-standing Czech-Vietnamese community, or the growing band of veggie and vegan addresses that draw inspiration from across the globe, surprises are plentiful around here.

Looking for somewhere to chill out (and stock up) after a long day exploring this city’s array of brilliant things to do? Our pick of the very best restaurants in Prague has you covered. Just remember to book in advance – they’re an oddly proactive bunch in these parts.

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Best restaurants in Prague

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La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise
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Restaurants, Czech

La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise

Recipes based on a 19th-century Czech cookbook, but refined to impress any of today’s gourmands – that’s what La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise has achieved, and so it’s no wonder the folk at Michelin have come a-lauding (and awarding). The chef changes the menu daily, so come here ready to just relax and let the artfully prepared small plates arrive at your table.

Price: High-end

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Field
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Eric J.
Restaurants, Czech

Field

Prague’s second 2019 Michelin star belongs to Field, which attempts to source locally while creating an exciting, Scandinavian-inspired menu. You have the option of ordering their ten-course tasting menu or eating à la carte, and both give you choices like kohlrabi and quark or various fish creations you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the landlocked Czech Republic. In addition to wine pairings with the taster menu, Field also features non-alcoholic drink pairings – mostly vegetable juices.

Price: Mid-range/high-end

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Kantýna

Treat your taste buds to a wide selection of meats, freshly butchered and cooked to your tastes (which you specify on a hand-written order form). Seats fill up fast in this elegant former bank building, so you might need to eat on your feet at a long communal standing table in the lobby. If you’re up for an adventurous, waste-no-part-of-the-animal approach, reserve a spot for dinner with the butcher every Monday through Wednesday.

Price: Bargain

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Naše Maso
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Restaurants, Czech

Naše Maso

It’s a bit of a stretch to refer to Naše Maso (which translates as ‘Our Meat’) as a restaurant – really, it’s a butcher’s shop with a few coveted tables. You can always count on the meat being fresh, locally sourced and treated with loving care from the team of butchers in the back. Although this is a physically tiny member of Prague’s Ambiente restaurant group, it still thrills crowds daily.

Price: Bargain/mid-range

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The interior of Lehká Hlava restaurant in Prague
Photograph: Lehká Hlava

Lehká Hlava

The painted starry sky, meat-free menu and peaceful vibe of Lehká Hlava (meaning ‘clear head’) has kept Prague’s vegetarian community smiling for more than a decade. As vegan and vegetarianism continue to grow in popularity among younger generations, reservations have become more and more essential at this small neighbourhood favourite near the river side of the Old Town. A glossary of meat alternatives at the back of the menu helps to clarify the latest additions to staple ingredients like tofu, tempeh and quinoa.

Price: Mid-range

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Eska

Many of Prague’s best restaurants focus on meats and butchery, but for moreish carby treats, an array of killer Czech bakeries can also deliver. An aroma of fresh baked bread tempts passers-by into Eska’s warehouse space decorated in light, Scandinavian-inspired design in the Karlín area. Chlebičky (open sandwiches) and speciality coffee make for an ideal snack, but the seasonal tasting menu using farmers’ market finds is a feast worth booking for.

Price: Mid-range

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U Modré Kachničky
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Restaurants, Czech

U Modré Kachničky

At first glance, the medieval decoration at U Modré kachničky – think armour, lush maroon velvet, lots of mahogany – might strike you as kitsch. But once you’re treated to the welcoming service and creative dégustation menus filled with duck and wild game, it all becomes rather more endearing. Pairing each course with wine will teach you a thing or two about Czech vino. Make sure you save room for dessert.

Price: Mid-range/high-end

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Terasa U Zlaté studně
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/MinJung J.
Restaurants, Czech

Terasa U Zlaté Studně

For a multi-sensory gastronomic experience, you can’t beat perennial favourite Terasa U Zlaté Studně. This small, elegant restaurant in the Golden Well Hotel, just below Prague Castle, serves a selection of Czech and European classics. It also comes with a view like no other. Come here on a warm evening, indulge in the tasting menu, enjoy a bottle of wine or two, and watch the sun set over the city.

Price: High-end

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Hillbilly Burger
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Restaurants, Burgers

Hillbilly Burger

A burger place ranking as one of the top restaurants in a Central European capital? Before you scoff, have a look at Hillbilly Burger’s short but oh-so-sweet menu of burgers and a few other pub favourites. How about a goat’s cheese burger with honey and rocket, for example? Rather than cornering vegetarians into just one or two choices, Hillbilly will also happily slap replace any meat burger with a veggie patty.

Price: Mid-range

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Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan
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Restaurants, Vietnamese

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

Vietnamese food should really be one of Prague’s top attractions. Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan provides the city’s most basic – and outright delish – versions of Vietnamese classics, whether it’s pho to warm up after a day of sightseeing or a couple of spring rolls to enjoy on the square across the street. You’ve got two seating options at this joint – either come prepared to stand at one of the counters, or take the food elsewhere.

Price: Bargain

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La Bottega Linka
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Restaurants, Italian

La Bottega Linka

You’ll notice La Bottega Linka’s sleek lighting and design from the street when you walk by, but the quality of the Italian meal is what you’ll remember as you leave. They use a special charcoal fired ‘X-Oven’ that cooks the meat, fish and veg to perfection and leaves them with a particularly woody flavour. The space was home to one of the city’s most beloved delis during the Interwar period.

Price: Mid-range/high-end

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Restaurant Zvonice
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Kara P.
Restaurants, Czech

Restaurant Zvonice

Prague is a city known for its skyline of spires and towers, so why not try dining inside one? At Restaurant Zvonice, you literally sit around the bells at wooden tables inside Jindřišská Tower, just down the street from Wenceslas Square. They do traditional Bohemian Czech food just right – trust us and try the sauerkraut soup – and the atmosphere is intimate and homely.

Price: High-end

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Engawa Barbecue & Sushi

Engawa’s sushi rolls, ranging from classic to creative, are impossibly fresh and beautifully presented against a backdrop of muralled walls, peacock feathers and dim lighting. Hot pots and grilled meats are there to placate any friends who wrinkle their noses at the thought of ‘raw fish’.

Price: Mid-range/high-end

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Mlýnec
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Morgan A.
Restaurants

Mlýnec

We know what you’re thinking. A restaurant next to Prague’s famed (and heavily trafficked) Charles Bridge couldn’t possibly focus much on taste, right? Mlýnec, however, emphatically breaks that pattern with a modern, seasonal Czech menu (we’re talking veal tartare, duck confit) mixed with more international flavours (vegan tempeh, seared scallops). The sommelier can help you pair with the best that Moravia – the Czech wine region – has to offer.

Price: Mid-range/high-end

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Cafefin
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Marketa V.
Restaurants, Cafés

Cafefin

Cafefin fast made a name for itself on Instagram with its colourful, shabby-chic interior, avocado toast and tasty bánh mì sandwiches. They’ll also set you up with a quality midday coffee fix, but far more interesting – if less caffeinated – is their passion fruit lemonade.

Price: Bargain

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Kavárna co Hledá Jméno

Snagging a seat at this popular brunch spot requires good timing and luck, but their fluffy eggs benedict and Florentine soufflés are absolutely worth waiting for. Pair yours with a palate-pleasing espresso or fresh homemade lemonade. Eclectic wood furniture softened with retro cushions make this café a favourite of freelancers and hip young parents in no hurry to give up their seats.

Price: Bargain

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Bibimbap Korea
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Vojtech K.
Restaurants, Korean

Bibimbap Korea

Run by a sweet Korean couple who warmly greet regulars and first-timers alike, Bibimbap Korea will give you an unforgettable culinary tour of its namesake country. You’d be remiss not to at least try the bibimbap, a traditional rich dish topped with sliced meat and veg. Their Korean fried chicken is also memorable, but your best bet is to order family-style and try as much as possible.

Price: Bargain/mid-range

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Fresh & Fat Bistro
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Nela S.
Restaurants, Bistros

Fresh & Fat Bistro

Bright, minimalist décor welcomes visitors to Fresh & Fat Bistro when you walk in, though the menu is anything but minimalist. Seasonal risottos? Beetroot and goat’s cheese salads? Fresh poké bowls? They’re all here, and more. This bistro in the Anděl neighbourhood is busiest at lunch, while dinners are relatively quiet.

Price: Mid-range

And if it’s tip-top mixology you’re after?

Bars and pubs

The 15 best bars in Prague

Whatever neighbourhood you’re in, for a truly traditional experience in Prague, pivo (beer) is the drink of choice. But if small-producer wines are more your thing, several more intimate venues will deliver the goods. The crux is, you’re in for an excellent time whatever’s your tipple. Na zdraví!

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