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“Amazing food and service, tiny portions”
Review of Celeste Restaurant

Celeste Restaurant
Ranked #1,152 of 5,470 Restaurants in Prague
Price range: US$0 - US$4
Cuisines: European, Czech
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Nove Mesto (New Town)
Praha
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105 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Amazing food and service, tiny portions”
Reviewed 20 March 2012

The service was perfect, the food lovely (sea food laguna, sea bass, creme brulee), we loved the Moravian wine that was recommended to us by the sommelier BUT the portions of the main courses as well as the starters were considerably smaller than what the standard in posh restaurant is. My fish came with gnochi but the side dish was more like a decoration. I was ok when I was leaving the restaurant but I got hungry about an hour later despite of having all three courses (plus two tiny complimentary ones). It is true that I chose light meals such as sea food and fish but I almost always make such a choice when eating in this type of restaurants and I always feel full and satisfied. I would therefore recommend to have both the sweet dessert and the cheese selection though it is unusual of course. The bottom line is that as much as I enjoyed the dinner, next time I would favour a more generous restaurant. This restaurant is also one of the most expensive ones in Prague.

Visited March 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
““Michelin Star Long Overdue””
Reviewed 8 March 2012

I am sure that restaurant Celeste, at the top floor of the Prague’s Dancing House, would be celebrated even should it be magically transferred to the culinary heaven in the 8th arrondissement of Paris – or, for that matter, to anywhere else. It is completely incomprehensible to me why Celeste is not permanently besieged by seekers of the best in culinary arts from all over Europe. The answer? People probably do not know about it – as the establishment does not seem to be advertising itself, happy to be offering exquisite feasts to a relatively small group of gourmet enthusiasts who are “at the know”.

To start with, Celeste is lucky to offer their patrons “a view to kill for”, literally. Deep under the windows, Vltava River is galloping over a boat-lock, perpetually throwing into the air frilly curtains of white foam; the majestic Prague Castle dominates the horizon to the right, spilling down the row of romantic roofs of the houses of Mala Strana; the green slopes of Strahov, directly against the Dancing House’s windows, is capped by the observation point of Petrin – a scenery of almost unreal beauty.

The restaurant’s service, presided over by the manager of the Celeste Team (by the way, apart from his good English, his perfect French is without a trace of a foreign accent – a most unusual feature in Prague), would be “in place” in the best restaurants anywhere in the world. However, all these features, although certainly important, completely pale when one focuses on the culinary art of the illustrious Chef de cuisine, M. Gwendal Le Ruyet.

M. Ruyet’s creations literally knock one off his shoes – without ever deviating from the deep roots of traditional French cuisine, resembling not only “the handwriting” of M. Ruet’s former teacher and master, the celebrated M. Alain Ducasse of Plaza Athenee, Paris, but at times even approaching the creativity of perhaps the greatest culinary giant of our times. M. Freddy Girardet of Canton Vaud, Switzerland, at whose feet I had been fortunate enough to educate my culinary buds over many years during my frequent visits to Crissier (often, as a courtesy of his kind heart, in his very kingdom – in his kitchen) – until M. Girardet’s deserved retirement some years ago.

It is very difficult to understand why this incredible restaurant has so far not been awarded Michelin star. I am currently bringing this discrepancy to the attention of the team of the Michelin Guide, hoping that this travesty will be corrected soon.

I would recommend Celeste, unconditionally, to any seeker of culinary excellence in Prague – the City of Hundred Towers in the very heart of Europe.

Dr. JDS-S, Geneva

  • Visited March 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“view and service better than food”
Reviewed 6 February 2012

Good view and good service. Food could be better.

Must say I wouldnt go back.

  • Visited February 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great views, interesting food”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

grab a window seat and enjoy views over the city and the river from this modern, top floor restaurant, confusingly linked to a pleasant bar by a not very efficient lift system. the food is fairly typical modern french/european but well presented and tasty, with some interesting wines on the list. a young wait staff handle large numbers (like our party) efficiently and friendly. a great outdoor balcony gives a pleasant between course or post meal area for viewing and fresh air. in a city where much of the food is eastern european heavy, this was a great find.

  • Visited June 2011
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Lisbon, Portugal
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent view, located in an interesting building, good cuisine”
Reviewed 1 November 2011

Celeste Restaurant in Prague is located in the so called "Dancing house" - one of the most modern buildings in the city. The cuisine is French, i had very interesting salmon in absinthe. Good selection of wines, mostly French. Staff is friendly, they were very understanding of our demands (we had a big customer dinner). Nice terrace for the warm days. Place is a bit small though. I had the impression it was bigger from seeing the website.
Excellent view of the castle and the city!

  • Visited October 2011
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