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Bar Smak

#222 of 900 Restaurants in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence
Polish
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ul. Karmelicka 10, Krakow, Poland
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Description: This is really a restaurant worth mentioning and I'd like to give it a...
This is really a restaurant worth mentioning and I'd like to give it a short T/A review. We were in Krakow for three days and we ate there twice. It's just off where one of the entrances to the main square is and next to tram stops. It's where locals eat, very unpretentious, and the food is genuine Polish and very inexpensive—and delicious! There is an English menu so it's easy to choose what you want and to order it. The two times we were there, it wasn't crowded and there was no waiting. It was very peaceful and quiet and well ventilated. Well worth knowing about. There was a blog about it on your website.
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Truly polish food 👏👏

Skip the tourists traps. Here u can taste the homemade polish food. Ask for the menu in english. With a honesty prices.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Miguel S
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new york
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783 reviews 783 reviews
466 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Same menu we have seen everywhere. Someone is grating a lot of carrots for the ubiquitous carrot salad. Prices as low as anywhere. Portions as big as everywhere.

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Skip the tourists traps. Here u can taste the homemade polish food. Ask for the menu in english. With a honesty prices.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Local restaurant, nice menu, great service and prices. Food was very good and plentiful. Right outside of old town near the tram stop.

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London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Was taken here by friends from Krakow and went back on my own another day, really nice selection of authentic dishes at bargain prices, nice atmosphere a well. Keep in mind that they don't do a waiter service, you have to order and pay at counter (where English menus are available on request).

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Small place. Very quick service. Close to the Main Square with the expensive and famous (Wierzynek, Havelka) restaurants. You get there all basic and standard Polish foods: pierogies, nalesniki (crepes), gołąbki (stuffed cabbage), kotlet schabowy (pork schnitzel), wide range of Polish soups (barszcz (borscht), rosół (chicken soup), żurek and many more; potato pancakes (most American-Jewish latkies (even from Zabars on... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Yes, it is a self-service restaurant but that is quite common in Krakow, don't let it discourage anyone because the food there is excellent. It is Polish food, portions are big, you can chose between around 15 different dishes. The atmosphere is also nice and cozy. We went as a couple, payed around 60pln altogether (two 0,5 beers included). Oh,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

An excellent place for quick real Polish food. Food is fresh, portions huge and very reasonably priced.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

What a great find this place was. 2 course meal for around £5 proper polish food and generous portions. You need to order at the bar and the staff speak very little English. If you want to sample the local cuisine free of tourists try this little gem you won't be disappointed

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Genoa, Italy
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Nice restaurant. I think the value is ok, even if it's not that impressive. It's a "self-order" restaurant, so you will never see a waither coming to you and take your order. I really mean, never. Funny thing: the Coke is priced 2.99 zl on the label, but thry sell it for 5 zl... Never mind.

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This restaurant is self service and as a inn polish speaker a bit daunting but staff are helpful. Quality is nit quite as good as I remember from my first visit a few years ago. The sour soup (zurek) seems to have suffered a bit but you can't really foul a place where for approx 12 PLN you can get... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: ul. Karmelicka 10, Krakow, Poland
  • Location: Europe  >  Poland  >  Southern Poland  >  Lesser Poland Province  >  Krakow

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Polish

Description

This is really a restaurant worth mentioning and I'd like to give it a short T/A review. We were in Krakow for three days and we ate there twice. It's just off where one of the entrances to the main square is and next to tram stops. It's where locals eat, very unpretentious, and the food is genuine Polish and very inexpensive—and delicious! There is an English menu so it's easy to choose what you want and to order it. The two times we were there, it wasn't crowded and there was no waiting. It was very peaceful and quiet and well ventilated. Well worth knowing about. There was a blog about it on your website.

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