Here are a few tips about restaurants in Prague.
Many of the restaurants in the city are accustomed to tourists and a lot of them have their menus translated in to English and German.
The food at the establishments we mention comes with our highest recommendation, however, if you don't agree please let us know about it.
If you're adventurous and want to explore
non-touristy restaurants there are a few things worth knowing:
1. A common impression among some visitors to the Czech Republic
is that table service seems less friendly or attentive than what they're
used to. Please don't take it to heart, Czechs are very friendly people
but it's considered professional and respectful to be slightly impersonal,
especially for a waiter.
2. You can expect the following at a Czech restaurant:
after being seated a waiter takes your order for drink, then food.
Cutlery and napkins are brought to the table standing in a cup or crossed
on a plate. Bread will also be brought to you in a basket, for which you may be charged
unless you don't touch it. Even then, it may appear on the bill but
the charge is usually small. You may need to ask for
what seem like basic items such as ice in your drink, butter for bread
or ketchup and mustard. The only condiments that are 'standard' are salt, pepper, oil and vinegar.
3. Please be aware: fellow diners may be smoking throughout
your entire meal. It's not considered particularly rude, so if you are
against cigarettes it would be a good idea to mention it when you are
seated. Not many restaurants have designated smoking areas as smoking
is still very common and tolerated. If the restaurant has no outdoor tables
or well-ventilated areas it may not be the place for you.
4. When you have finished your meal don't feel overlooked if you are not given the bill straight away. It's acceptable to spend hours talking
and drinking at the table after the dishes are cleared. So, if you want
to leave, you should ask for the bill. 'Zaplatim' (za-pla-teem) means 'I will pay' and 'ucet prosim" (oo-chet pro-seem) means 'the bill please'. The
bill is typically given to the man at the table because it is customary
that the man always pays.
5. Tipping: basically 10-15% is appreciated but not mandatory.
Leave cash on the table if you think the service was good or say 'dobry'
when paying your waiter, it means 'good'," as in, keep the change. Or,
when handing over the money just say how much cash you would like back or the total amount you would like to give including the tip.
Some restaurants add a 'service fee' charge to the final amount so the tip
is included and it will say this on the bill.