Seeing beautiful locations is just part of a great vacation.  Finishing off a day with a great meal is the other part.  

Likely the best place in town for restaurants is the Jewish Quarter, specifically on Parizska street.  Try delicious Asian-fusion at a restaurant called Barock.  It is very trendy looking inside, with delicious food and great service.  

Across the street is another great choice called Pravda.  It is also very trendy looking, great service, and most importantly great food with a wide range of choices. Try the Peking Duck crepe, and the seared Tuna. 

If all this international cuisine makes you long for some traditional Czech food, go around the corner to Kolkovna.  Part bar, part restaurant, this casual establishment is great for lunch or dinner.  Try the Pilsner Goulash with bread dumplings and potato pancakes.  And make sure to down it with a Pilsner Urquell. Another great place to try real Czech food is the ’Czech Kitchen’ just a few streets down from foot of Wenseclas Square. This is self service, when you go in you will be handed a blank check, pick up a tray and go round the various serveries and pick what you want  and the staff will addd it to you check (If you are unsure what to pick the staff will help you) then find a table. when you have had your fill go to the exit and hand over your check and they will total yoor bill, you will probibly be shocked at how cheep it is.   

Finally, on the castle side of the river, directly under the Charles Bridge, you will find Kampa Park.  There is great outdoor dining in season, with views of the river.  Steaks and seafood excel, specifically the Sea Bass with risotto and the Pepper Steak with potatoes.   

Waiters and waitresses in all of these restaurants are young, friendly and speak English, so if you need help with the menu or a recommendation, just ask.

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Dining out is very different in Prague than in the rest of the country. The choice of restaurants is more varied, prices are much higher (though still very reasonable by US standards), English is widely spoken and the ambience is more cosmopolitan. To experience something more “authentic” and see what the locals eat, leave the beaten track with tourist crowds and go to the quiet narrow streets in Stare or Nove Mesto, or even further – you might be surprised at how much lower the prices are.

For centuries, Czech cooking has been influenced by its closest neighbors — particularly Austria, but also Germany and Hungary. Historically, heavy and hearty meals have been cooked to keep warm in a cold climate — meat, dough, and potatoes are staples of the traditional Czech cuisine. Many traditional entrees are meant to be served with beer, and indeed, soul Czech food, like a combination of pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut (Veproknedlozelo), will taste quite differently with a glass of cold Pilsner Urquell.

Prague has a growing variety of fine dining establishments, with an increasing emphasis on international cuisine.  Prices are also going up, but are still, generally, less than in Western capitals.

One of the best restaurants in terms of food and services is Kogo in Slovansky Dum, near Namesti Republiky.  This restaurant serves Mediterranean/Italian style cuisine with an emphasis on pasta, grilled meat and seafead, and pizza.  It is particularly nice to sit outside in the open courtyard on a nice day.  The seafood risotto and gnocchi with mushrooms and cream are particularly good.  There is also a Kogo restaurant nearby on Havelska street, below Wenceslas Square.  And the Kogo people just opened a new restaurant called L'Angolo, near Old Town Square.

Another restaurant with good cooking and modern, interesting design is Zahrada v Opere (Garden at the Opera).  It is next to the State Opera at the top of Wenceslas Square.  There are dishes like Nasi Goreng (spiced Indonesian fried rice with seafood and lime leaves).  There are also more tradition dishes like lamb.

For a fun night, book a table at the Cuban restaurant, La Bodeguita del Medio, on Kaprova near Old Town Square.  The restaurant has great food -- Cuban-style steaks are a specialty.  But the seafood, like jumbo shrimps with black pasta are also excellent.  In the evening, there is live music for the diners in the downstairs area of the restaurant, playing and singing Cuban classics.  Just about everyone acts like Hemingway and drinks the big mojitos.

Around the corner from La Bodeguita are two other good places, under the same ownership:  Le Cafe Colonial and Marco Polo IV.  Both have menus that fuse East and West -- and provide a quieter setting for dinner.

For food with something of an American style, there is Ambiente on Manesova, above Wenceslas Square.  Bookings are a must for this popular restaurant.  Try the juicy, meaty ribs and chicken wings with mango chilli sauce.  They also do steaks, lamb chops, fajitas, and salads.  The cooking and service are top-notch.

Other restaurants at the top of the Czech fine dining scene are:

Kampa Park -Top food, with a top location, and top prices. The place all the biggest celebrities eat (you can see their pictures on the wall).

La Perle de Prague - In Frank Gehry inspired "Dancer" building, with a view of Prague castle.

Mlynec - With a view of the Charles Bridge.  Bellvue and V Zatisi are also under the same ownership.

Alchymist - Very good cooking in a setting that is something Louis IV on drugs -- but in a good way.

If you want Czech food and beer, try one of the restaurants in the Kolkovna group.  There is the original Kolkovna, on V Kolovne, near Old Town Square, Olympia on Ujezd in Mala Strana, and Celnice near Namesti Republiky.  All have great Pilsner Urquell beer and Czech specialties.  For the a real Czech experience, try the koleno (pork knee) with mustard and fresh horseradish.  It is better than it sounds.  They do all kinds of meats, including a season-it-yourself steak tartare.

For breakfast, one of the best is Cafe Savoy on Ujezd in Mala Strana.  It is owned by the Ambiente group and has a gorgeous ceiling.  They have a "French breakfast" that is huge and takes up most of the table -- French toast, croissant, boiled egg, sausage, coffee, juice and more.  The ham and cheese omlette is also wonderful -- big and well-priced.  It comes with big chunks of real, smoked Prague ham.  There is also a terrific, though somewhat small lunch and dinner menu. Also a part of the Ambiente group, excellent breakfasts are available at both locations of Tonino Lamborghini, (Vězeňská 1 & Vodičkova 8).  For a decent (although not outstanding or cheap) champagne brunch, try the Hotel Paris. Other wonderful breakfast choices include Cafe Milena (named for Kafka's lover, Staroměstské náměstí 22),  as well as the Kavárna Obecní dům, (Náměstí Republiky 5  - Municipal House) which serves a decent breakfast daily from 7:30 a.m. And if you're missing that bagel, don't despair - American-owned Bohemia Bagel has three locations to satisfy your craving with the real thing ( Újezd 16, Másna 2 and "Express location" - not a restaurant - at  Tylovo Námesti).

To get a little history with your breakfast, lunch, or coffee, you can go to Cafe Louvre, on Narodni Trida, between the National Theater and Wenceslas Square.  Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, and Karel Capek used to hang out here.  The breakfasts are alright, not too special, but it is a nice looking place and a lot of locals come to eat there.  They also have a Czech cuisine menu in the afternoon and evening.  One thing to try is their hot chocolate -- it is extremely thick -- like hot chocolate pudding.  If you like, you can play pool on the nice tables in the back room.

A good beer and Czech food option which is not mega-touristy is Pivovarske Dum at Lipove 15 (off Jecna). This restaurant serves a large Czech menu, accompanied by numerous flavors of the sudsy stuff, which comes as no surprise since it's the home of the national brewery school. Revel in oddities such as banana beer, coffee beer, blueberry beer and others. The cherry beer was recently found to be a little reminiscent of cough syrup, while the blueberry beer was excellent. Of course, "real" or traditional beers brewed on site are available, too!