Before we dig in
Top Tens are odd things, whether you trust in the wisdom of the crowds (as well as TripAdvisor’s algorithms) to give you an accurate picture of a city’s best places or you seek out a curated list like this. The purpose of this list is to tell you about the places we go, that we take our friends and family to and that we recommend to our hundreds of guests who visit Prague every year. These aren’t the ten best fine-dining restaurants in the city, instead it is a cross-section of styles, price levels and locations. You can’t have a 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings every night, sometimes you just want a burger. Oh and in fact there are 12 – some categories were too close to call!
Best for Fine Dining
A fairly money-no-object kind of place but with the weak crown, surprisingly reasonable by international standards. It’s a mystery to use why Kampa Park is continuously overlooked by the Michelin inspectors when its combination of gorgeous food, great views from the several terraces and great service including a top class sommelier would seem a slam dunk. Order a la carte or take a tasting menu with wine pairings, which would be our recommendation.
Best for Czech food and Pilsner
There are quite a few Lokals now, including one on Dlouha, close to Old Town Square but the nicest of them by far is Lokal U Bile Kuzelky, in Mala Strana just to the side of Charles Bridge. Head straight down to the cellar area (non-smoking) for an atmospheric experience – booking is advised though. The Pilsner Urquell here is perfectly kept and poured, delivered unpasteurized direct from the brewery every few days and stored in a tank. The menu is full of Czech classics all done slow-food style. True to its name, you’ll find it’s also popular with locals. Great value for money so a good way to offset a big spending night at Kampa Park!
Best for views of Charles Bridge
We’ve already tipped its sister restaurant Kampa Park but the more affordable Hergetova Cihelna deserves a mention too. A little less fine dining but still superb food. In summer the terrace’s views of Charles Bridge – just a little further away from it than KP, are postcard perfect. Another place where it’s worth taking the tasting menu – the wine pairings are a must with this.
Best for parties and larger groups
If you’re a group of more than 6, eating out can be a bit fraught, there’s always the issue of coordinating what to order, hoping everything arrives at the same time, then splitting the bill at the end can get messy. For a fun atmosphere and never a problem with the timings of courses, we head to Brasileiro, a churrasco restaurant in the cellar of Slovansky Dum. The choice is simple: salad bar only or salad bar and grilled meat & fish. The salad bar is pretty well stocked, the meat and fish of excellent quality (it helps if you like your beef on the rare side) and drink prices are reasonable too. Splitting the bill at the end is a lot less trouble too.
Best for views of the castle and on a budget too!
The food is average-to-good at this floating Italian restaurant but the big star at Grosseto Marina is the view you’ll have of Prague castle. There aren’t a lot of places with this kind of view and certainly not at such reasonable prices (Cotto Crudo at the Four Seasons or Bellevue spring to mind) so Grossetto Marina’s river-facing tables are worth reserving (in warm weather the top deck is open too).
Best for Pizza
Yes, we know you didn’t come to Prague for pizza but Pepe Nero is an exceptional Neapolitan style pizza joint (no deep dish here!) High quality toppings and expert pizzaiolos, slinging the pies into a combination wood/electric oven that cooks your pizza in 3 minutes, all overseen by a fastidious Italian owner make this Prague’s best pizza place by a mile. Get any pizza with mozzarella di buffala for maximum enjoyment. Reasonably priced house wines are the best deal on the drinks list.
Best for Burgers
Prague’s Best Burger is a close-run contest and picking our favorite wasn’t easy. For ‘traditional’ beef burgers, Dish Fine Burger Bistro just edged it for us and the mouthwatering photos of their burgers look just the same in real life. It’s not a large place so booking is recommended and you’ll have to venture out of the center for this one, as it’s in the Prague 2/Vinohrady neighborhood, close to Namesti Miru. If Dish is full, or you’re feeling like a change, then head to Mozaika Burger, one metro stop further out. Their beef burgers are almost as good as Dish but the standouts here are the pulled pork if you have a sweet tooth as well as other inventive options like the Sous vide beef tongue, or chicken with coriander and jalapeño. Handily offered in both full-size and slider versions so you can sample a few.
Best for Steak
Sticking with American cuisine, George Prime Steakhouse, helmed by Slovak-born chef George Betak who has years of steak experience in the US and located in the Emblem Hotel is a cut above the rest when it comes to grilled perfection. Importing their meat directly from Arkansas, then dry-ageing it in-house, they take their ingredients very seriously. Their 8oz fillet is one of the most expensive steaks in Prague but believe us, it’s worth every penny. Just don’t ask for it well done.
Best for Sunday Brunch
If your stay in Prague includes a Sunday and you really don’t have anything better to do with the day than eat, drink and be merry, then get an early start at Zinc, situated in the Old Town Hilton. No-expense-spared ingredients (unlimited lobster and oysters?!) and free-flowing beer and wine make it easy to overindulge. Not cheap if you are just looking for a light bite but if you go hungry you’ll find it great value. If you prefer a little more moderation, with a close-up of Charles Bridge thrown in, then Mlynec is our top pick for plated brunch, offered Saturday and Sunday.
Best for Breakfast
If you’re staying in an apartment rather than a hotel with breakfast included then you’ll need somewhere to get your day started right and La Gare is the ideal destination. A French brasserie with a solid breakfast menu, killer cakes and baked goods. Can be busy but never full so walking in is just fine. In good weather the tables out front add to the Parisian vibe. Hands down the best Eggs Benedict in the city is to be found here.