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#149 of 4,236 Restaurants in Prague
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Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
0.1 miles from Lesser Town
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Upon entering the restaurant, visitors will be enchanted by the historical atmosphere and magic of old times. The restaurant was established in 1543 and, amongst its "barflies", was Emperor Rudolph II who came to dine there on recommendation from his royal staff, who were sent to find the most hospitable restaurant in the area. The remarkable menu is accompanied by unique design of the restaurant decorated with magnificent murals by R. Adámek and R Jindřich from 1936-37. The building was adjoined to the rampart of the Maltese church and monastery, and was thus obliged to follow so-called lateral law and books of the church. In 1543 the painter Šic bought the house for 40 loads of groschen from
PRICE RANGE
$0 - $2
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Czech, French
FEATURES
Seating, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went as a family, for a dinner during our holiday in prague. Waiters were quite clear from the beginning (and I mean at the door) that they had a different concept from other places in mala strana: French/Czech gourmet cuisine, with prices to match....And that's fine... might as well avoid any misconception/embarassment. We had the bohemian degustation menu, with Four courses. A bit uninspired to my taste, but perfectly acceptable. The meat was good, perfectly cooked. Service was great. All ingredients were great. Just... Bland and lacking any personality. For dessert we had a potato gnocchi that tasted like a potato... with sugar. For 100 EUR/each, I would expect more. But it wouldn't have felt like a tourist trap if it hadn't been for this: we ordered a bottle of red wine (their recommendation) and after first serving, they put it on a serving table by the door. Although they were quite pretentious with the plating and serving, they rarely topped our glasses. To the point that after almost 1h30, we paid the check and when leaving, noticed that the bottle was still half full. That's not something you would expect from a gourmet experience. My final verdict: if you can afford it, if you're looking for a simple but classic menu ( not the usual schnitzle) and your feet are killing you, go for it. Try the food. Enjoy the ambience and the meal. Be Nice to the staff. But ask to keep the bottle on the table.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 8, 2024 via mobile

We chance upon this quaint little restaurant. We didn’t know that this establishment is the oldest restaurant in Czech Republic. Shoutout to Michel who welcomed us warmly and patiently introduced us to the selection of food. I went walking around the restaurant, that I initially...thought “just old painting”, Michel showed me the wall paintings and briefly explained the origin of the restaurant and the paintings. So darn cool! Food… we ordered Duo Duck, and it’s great; love the sweet potato puree, love the croquette, love the sauce. Crab tartare, yummy and fresh! We ate up everything on our plates! We weren’t hungry to begin with, we’re just curious but Michel and team blew our minds. We ended with mango cream and it’s lovely! What a nice note to end our evening. Michel is a very sweet man! He went ahead of us to lit the way to the washroom and he was attentive to our requests. Thank you Michel and the chefs. Thank you for such warm hospitality.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed February 29, 2024

We went here on our first night and it was wonderful, great atmosphere and a great table position. We loved the vaulted and painted ceilings and was explained the history of them. Great food, wines and aperitif of red vermouth. I had salmon tartare followed...by octopus - it was superb!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 18, 2024

It was the best fine dining experience in Prague. We visited the restaurant on Valentine's day and the menu was an absolute delight. The restaurant has rich history and even better wine selection. The service was excellent and the food exquisit.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed June 28, 2023

Wonderful diner Attentive service, nice menu selection and artistic presentation. Lovely ambience. Our diner was delicious. We’re very accommodating for gluten free dining. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 9, 2022 via mobile

My partner and I had a lovely, romantic dinner. We chose the Menu Bohemia which was a four course tasting menu. My partner also had a beef carpaccio starter. Each course was exquisite and beautifully paired with five different Czech wines. Service was old-world elegance...at its best. We felt the overall experience and beautifully prepared and served food was a real bargain. We are already thinking about returning.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 21, 2022

During our four days stay in Prague we have been looking for high quality Czech cuisine and, on our last day, we finally found it at U Maliru. We chose the 3 courses launch menu with a bottle of fine Moravian white wine. Everything was...excellent and the price, considering the quality of ingredients, preparation and service, was totally reasonable. We particularly appreciated the quality of the ingredients, in particular the fresh herbs (dill and other local herbs) that made every dish special. It is highly refined food that deserves to be appreciated slowly so, if you are looking for a quick launch, maybe this is not the most appropriate choice. But if you can dedicate a couple of hours to a memorable sensory experience then... this is the place! Even the espresso would not pale compared to the best Italian standards (we are Italian).More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed December 31, 2021

Exceptional service,gourmant food.Selection of caviars top rate. Waiter knows all about food and wines. Cozy atmosphere. Just few tables, so better make a booking. A place to come back. Medeaval building with a lot of character and fireplace. Exceptional selection of wines. Best restaurant in...Prague.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed September 28, 2020

U Maliru , was founded in 1543 and is notorious as one of the most expensive restaurants in town. But the food is spectacular and the dining room is exquisite. It is indeed a treat! The artful restoration that took place couple of years ago,...and made us miss our traditional dinner that year, has made the restaurant even more beautiful, hopefully for centuries to come. My husband and I like to sit at a corner table near the original stained glass window, in the dining room to the right as you enter. That gives us a full view of the dining room and the fireplace. We were warmly welcomed on arrival and were delighted that our table was set and waiting for us. There is something to be said about coming back to a beautiful place. Keeping up the tradition. There is always bread and butter to start and amuse bouche. My husband likes his Gin and Tonic here, glass of Proseco for me. I had the Steak Tartare , while my husband enjoyed the delicious Duck breast with croquets. Few other bites were brought out , I think there was a pate, that my husband asked for, not on the menu. We drank Czech wine. On one of our visits couple of years ago, we ordered the Chateaubriand Flambeed for Two . Flambeed at the table, of course. It was quite a dramatic show, the flames shooting up high. Hard to beat ! While our dinner was excellent, fine dining at its best, we wanted to have a new experience to remember. However, next time around I will go for the flambeed Beef Tenderloin again. You can never have enough drama. The restaurant is located on the quiet Maltezske namesti , which is in great contrast to the Charles Bridge area that is just around the corner. I love that somehow it is still possible to find a place, that has escaped the hordes of tourists with their selfie sticks. We stayed in hotel Mandarin for part of our trip, U Maliru was a perfect choice for dinner . Till Next Time, Dekuji a NashledanouMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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umaliru1543, Manažer at U Maliru 1543, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2020

Dear guest, We thank you for visiting and for your review and your business it was a pleasure having you and serving you in our restaurant. We hope to see you again next time you are in Prague. Sincerely, Team of restaurant U Malířů 1543

Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

Our expectations were high based on the reviews. However, our experience was sadly disappointing. The service was slow and missed a personal touch. Extremely small portions. Even stayed hungry after a three-course dinner. Alcoholic bewerages like wine etc. were exorbitantly expensive.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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umaliru1543, Generální ředitel at U Maliru 1543, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2020

Dear GoGo5858, Thanks for taking the time to pass on your feedback about your experience with us. We're disappointed that your experience with us did not meet you expectations. We take great pride in the food we prepare in the kitchen as well as in...More

Reviewed February 6, 2020

Last year the 3 of us (2 friends and myself “touring” the Restaurant festival) were very satisfied at U Malířů 1543. The food was excellent and the service personal and attentive, taking our wishes about speed etc. into consideration and leaving us with an impression...that they were happy to have us. So our expectations were high when returning this year. We had a warm welcome and were shown to a table described by the waiter as their best table – and we agreed. A perfect spot in a corner with good views to the rest of the restaurant. The table was set for 3 people, so they didn’t have to remove or add plates, glasses and cutlery (which is often the case) – and to make us feel even more welcome, the menu was placed on the table in English. They had prepared the tables for each individual group, and we loved that. During the evening the personal approach disappeared, unfortunately. Every table was served each course at the same time, no matter how fast or slow they ate, and in one instance this meant that food was being put on our table and presented while one of us was away. I can see how the assembly line approach makes it easier for the kitchen when every guest has the same menu. But it doesn’t create a good atmosphere, especially because they weren’t really in sync when pouring wine, so sometimes people would be sitting with their food in front of them waiting for somebody to pour the wine to accompany it. And it kind of places convenience in the kitchen as the centre of attention instead of pleasing the guests. The whole assembly line feeling became almost embarrassing during the serving of our dessert, Crêpes Suzette, which was finished and flambéed table side. This would have been a nice touch, if it would be at different times, whenever each group was ready. Now it became like a joke watching the poor waiter walking from table to table, giving the same speech, serving the pancakes and then rushing to the next table. But the food – let’s move on to the most important part! We were served two different bread rolls each, a light one and a dark one with potatoes. We were also given butter with a pinch of salt. We all liked it, I preferred the white bread, my friends liked the dark one better, but all in all the bread and butter was good. We were given a complimentary amuse bouche: goat’s cheese with pickled beet root and chocolate powder. The cheese was creamy, and I didn’t think it was too “goaty”, but one of my friends did. The combination was a bit strange, but even though I wouldn’t ask for a larger portion, I really liked how it sort of opened my senses to what would follow. That’s also what an amuse bouche is about in my opinion. The starter was beef tartar with quinoa, homemade mayonnaise and grated duck foie gras. The beef had a mild and delicate taste, the foie gras had been frozen before being freshly grated at the table. It was fatty and good, and when we put in our mouths it melted and released a fine flavour. The mayonnaise was good, well balanced with some sweet and tart notes. But still, larger elements of sweet and sour was what we all missed to compliment the fattiness of the other components. As we also found the beef to be under seasoned, the dish as a whole didn’t reach the high notes, we were hoping for. It was a bit flat and one dimensional, but still acceptable. We could choose between 2 wines: Viognier IGP Pays d'Oc 2018, Domaine Gayda, Languedoc, France or Rosé d'Anjou Couronne et Lions 2018, Domaine Roc De Chateauvieux, Loire, France. Our waiter described the white wine as dry and the rosé as semi sweet. That made two of us choose the white, which was OK, but lacked a bit of muscle to carry the tartar. The rosé was a much better choice. The main dish was grilled duck breast sous-vide, a croquette of duck confit, sweet potato puree with a demi glace, and chard. The croquette with duck meat reminded me of Dutch bitterballen, which I love – and this rendition was crunchy, delicious and nice, albeit a bit on the dry side. My piece of duck breast was large and well seasoned, but it was almost cold and really dry. The skin was more tough than crispy. I often cook duck breast sous-vide at home, and keeping the meat moist while crisping the skin is not rocket science. The sweet potato purée was soft and delicate, and the few drops of sauce went well with it. I would have liked a tablespoon more of the sauce. The chard was perfect – in fact it was the part of the dish we all liked the best. The dish as a whole didn’t really come together. We missed something to make the elements elevate each other. Instead we felt we ate different parts which didn’t really communicate. The wine was a Blauburgunder Pinot Nero DOC 2016 FESTIVAL, Merano, Alto Adige, Italy. It was full bodied and had nice tannins. It went well with duck. The dessert was Crêpes Suzette pancakes flambéed in Grand Marnier. Like I mentioned, they were finished table side, heating them up in a sauce of sugar, lemon and orange before being set on fire. We were disappointed. The sauce was much too sweet, I could almost hear my teeth screaming, and the little folded pancake looked quite sad on the plate. It could have been enhanced in so many ways. My suggestion would have been topping it with a small handful of coarsely chopped roasted hazel nuts. The dessert was boring; I can’t find a better word. It was served with a complimentary glass of sweet Chateau Dauphine Rondillon 2013, Loupiac, Bordeaux, France. That was the best part Most restaurants will ask you if you’d like an aperitif before your meal and some coffee after the meal. Very often you’ll have to ask for the price or just take a chance – and once I had a glass of Prosecco at Cotto Crudo for the far too high price of Czk. 250,-. U Malířů 1543 deserves praise for doing quite the opposite. They’ve made a small menu of aperitifs, wine and coffee at reduced prices – so you can choose a glass of prosecco for just Czk. 60,- or a glass of champagne for only Czk. 160,-. We chose the latter and liked it. If you’d like an extra glass of wine with your food, it is a reasonable Czk. 60,- for 0,1 l. We went with high expectations. Although nothing was horrible or even close, our expectations weren’t met, unfortunately.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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umaliru1543, Generální ředitel at U Maliru 1543, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2020

Dear Laus, Thanks for taking the time to pass on your feedback about your experience with us. We are sorry to hear your visit was not as expected and apologise for not being able to meet your expectations. All comments we receive are taken serious,...More

Reviewed January 12, 2020

Recommended by our hotel concierge and just a couple of minutes from the Charles Bridge, this restaurant is in an historic building. The dining room and bar areas are classically re-created and have the feel of a private club in London. Service was excellent from...courteous reception to departure. The wine list offered a good selection of good Czech wines and the usual European choice.The food was well prepared and while I usually keep the printout so that I can remember what we ate, it has disappeared. I would recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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umaliru1543, Manažer at U Maliru 1543, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2020

Dear guest, thank you very much for your feedback. We are happy about your words and especially your great rating for our gastronomy offer. We hope to see you again next time you are in Prague. Sincerely, Team of restaurant U Malířů 1543

Reviewed January 9, 2020

We ate a fixed menu dinner at Maliru for New Year’s Eve and were extremely please with the food, the décor and the service. We were very impressed with all aspects of the dinner and were happy to be here for NYE. The classic interior...and history behind the building is really something that made the evening even more enjoyable. We sat next to the fireplace and were lucky to have a beautiful setting. The only bad part was the final bill. They charged an outrageous amount for water, which we thought was included. They also tried to charge us for Champagne we did not take and added the service charge, all of which we did not know of in advance. All was taken care of to a mutually agreed manner in the end, but it was sad the magical evening had to end on a sour note. I highly recommend this place, despite the ending.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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umaliru1543, Manažer at U Maliru 1543, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2020

Dear guest, first of all thank you for taking your time to share your feedback with us. We apologize for the inconvenience during the evening and we hope that this short-term circumstance will not discourage you from further stay. Anyway we are happy that you...More

Reviewed December 9, 2019 via mobile

U Malírū was an excellent recommendation from our Hotel. We wanted something that was fine dining with a lovely warm atmosphere, but did not want to commit several hours of our evening to a long service. What a perfect choice!!! We appreciated the sprinkling of...French influence and the fantastic wine pairings that really complimented the food. Foie excellent. Escargot excellent. Bread excellent. Little surprises from the kitchen, excellent. Duck Breast excellent. Gin “Martini” excellent. Service was friendly and the atmosphere was amazingly cozy and aesthetically beautiful.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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umaliru1543, Manažer at U Maliru 1543, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2019

Dear Challenger007, first of all let us thank you for your time to write about your experience. We are happy about your feedback and especially your great rating for our staff. We take great pride in the food we prepare in the kitchen and we...More

Reviewed December 5, 2019

Fine service but with a little too big arm movements compared to what the dinner brought. It took an incredibly long time for the waiter to bring the menu and wine card and after ordering it took 1 hour and 20 minutes before we got...the entree. My husband got foie gras which was excellent, then halibut - completely dry, I got lobster bisque, which was solid as a gravy, then I was served a dish with pork and the meat was close to inedible, it tasted bad of old fried meat, I had to leave the dish without almost touching it, and the waiter even asked why. After that we did not want to order additional dishes, but here the otherwise slow waiters came with the cheese trolley to our table. We had not asked for anything, but the arrogant waiter said that we should have cheese before the sweet dessert. We asked for the bill, which we had to wait 20 minutes to be allowed to pay. Really bad experience - from a restaurant with big ambitions.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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umaliru1543, Manažer at U Maliru 1543, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2019

Dear Ulla T, First of all let us thanks for taking the time to pass on your feedback about your experience with us. We are sorry to hear your visit was not as expected and apologise for not being able to meet your expectations. Every...More

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