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“Expensive and weird”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Pirosmani

Pirosmani
Ranked #117 of 141 Restaurants in Karlovy Vary
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Television, Waitstaff
Bonn, Germany
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4 reviews
“Expensive and weird”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

Must agree with the previous reviewers' posts.
Our by-chance encounter with this strange place (living room feeling with loud Russian TV in background) did not leave a particularly good impression. The landlady / waitress spoke 'little English', and the menu was available in Russian, Czech and German (but not English).
'Old menu, new price' turned out to mean that the prices had been increased by around 50Kc per dish (the 'new' Russian menu gives you the real prices), and a hidden 10% service charge is already in the bill (which is probably a con - beware!). The food was bland and the wine poor and expensive (190 Kc per glass!).
The waitress may have meant well, but hanging around our table commenting on the fact that we had not finished our meal put us off further. In the end, we haggled the price down by a few hundred Kc, but still far beyond any price we had paid so far in the city center.
Strange place, expensive and bland - all in all a disappointment.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Chris T
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  • Czech first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
London
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Expensive and terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

Though some of the people in our party enjoyed the food i'm afraid we didn't. Too oily, the meat was of poor quality all in all a great disappointment.

  • Visited June 2013
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4 Thank Erich09
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Budapest, Hungary
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

They served excellent Georgian food! There are only 2 thing with the place: they don't speak any language (except czech and russian) and you have to climbe a small "hill" to get there from the shopping street of Karlovy Vary. Anyway, it worth a walk once you are already there!

  • Visited August 2012
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2 Thank Balint B
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Ploiesti, Romania
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A one time experience, won't come back soon”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2011

My family and I ended up at Pirosmani after my father had convinced us that Georgians have great cheese, and also the restaurantMy family and I ended up at Pirosmani after my father had convinced us that Georgians have great cheese, and also the restaurant was quite close to our accommodation in Karlovy Vary.

We went for it, but felt slightly disappointed to begin with. You can't shake the feeling that you're eating in someone else's house, which for some may be alright but we found it slightly uncomfortable. The national music heard inside won't suit most tastes, nor will the constant wave of the host's dubious acquaintances coming in and out at times.

We did get a menu, but none of us could speak Czech, Russian or German (be prepared with a phrase dictionary), and the ever excited waiter (although annoyingly persistent, he was the only notable upside of the joint) only spoke Russian.

This -as I was lead to believe- may have been part of their sales tactic. We could not choose suitable food, but since he poured the wine already, we couldn't just leave. We ended up trying to eat a plateau of georgian "delights" consisting of cold chicken, bean paste, spinach, fried aubergines and some onion.

Noticing our "let's leave" faces, the sited brought in a cheesecake as a present, as he called it. This was the highlight of the evening, as my father had been right about the cheese. Quite tasty and visibly quality home made.

Total price? An over the top 100 EUR for a medium sized apetizer plateau, water, wine and a cheesecake. Partly because most of everything was imported I guess, but and exaggerated price nonetheless. I feel sorry for the waiter who tried so hard, and maybe we would have left with a hint of a smile if not for the price. That was definitely not the place to spend 100 euros on food on Karlovy Vary. was quite close to our accommodation in Karlovy Vary.

We went for it, but felt slightly disappointed to begin with. You can't shake the feeling that you're eating in someone else's house, which for some may be alright but we found it slightly uncomfortable. The national music heard inside won't suit most tastes, nor will the constant wave of the host's dubious acquaintances coming in and out at times.

We did get a menu, but none of us could speak Czech, Russian or German (be prepared with a phrase dictionary), and the ever excited waiter (although annoyingly persistent, he was the only notable upside of the joint) only spoke Russian.

This -as I was lead to believe- may have been part of their sales tactic. We could not choose suitable food, but since he poured the wine already, we couldn't just leave. We ended up trying to eat a plateau of georgian "delights" consisting of cold chicken, bean paste, spinach, fried aubergines and some onion.

Noticing our "let's leave" faces, the sited brought in a cheesecake as a present, as he called it. This was the highlight of the evening, as my father had been right about the cheese. Quite tasty and visibly quality home made.

Total price? An over the top 100 EUR for a medium sized apetizer plateau, water, wine and a cheesecake. Partly because everything was imported, but a very high price in regard to quality and quantity. Clearly NOT the place to spend that kind of money on food in Karlovy Vary.

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1 Thank DubluVe
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syria
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94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“nice experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2011

we were three friends looking for a restaurant at a cold april night, decided to try this restaurant ,fortunately it was one of very few restaurants still working at 8.30.
small but elegant dining room with charming georgian music.
the best part was how to order our meal from a menu written only in german or in czech.. from a russian waiter who can,t speak a single english word.. he was extremely nice and patient.. we spent truly 25 minutes negotiating with him ..but at the end we got a fantastic meal with the most expensive bottle of wine chosen by him.
very good restaurant ...better if you are czech , russian, ..or german...

  • Visited April 2011
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2 Thank marwan1975
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