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Bar Smak

#198 of 1,170 Restaurants in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence
Polish, Eastern European, Central European, European
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ul. Karmelicka 10, Krakow, Poland
+48 12 431 21 49
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Launceston, Australia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We wanted a simple Polish feed and quickly found it at Bar Smak. Right in the middle of all the fun but away from the touristy main square is this slap happy diner. The food is simple: fried pork chop, cabbage and mashed potatoes or chicken stuffed with cheese and served with fries. I had a pork steak, bacon and... More 

Thank Claire T
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Great place to get a quick, super tasty traditional polish meal. I've eaten here twice during my 2-day stay because it's the perfect place to visit solo and the food is excellent. I had the zurek staropolski (traditional sour soup with potato) and I had to come back for more before leaving Krakow. The English menu helps a lot since... More 

Thank jessica k
Panama City, Panama
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Despite the many good reviews, I personally found the food quite ordinary and a bit tasteless, not to mention that the pork cutlet I ordered was quite dried and poorly seasoned.

Thank Alberto C
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Huge fillets and a tomato/chicken broth for less than 5 euros. Cabbage, pork,chicken and potatoes are the speciality of this place. If you're super hungry I really recommend this place, because it's super traditional. There's a menu in English so you won't find any problems when ordering.

1 Thank Llarina P
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Soup, main and beer. quick, tasty and cheap. having had some disappointing meals in krakow, this one was, by far, the most tasty meal I had.

Thank Bruno Z
Kiev, Ukraine
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47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a self-service bar. Here you can eat fast, cheap, but not tasty at all. Everything we have tasted was either too spicy or too salty.

1 Thank Neko_Katya
Adelaide, Australia
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67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

I knew Krakow had some great 'cheap' Polish cuisine restaurants, but "Bar Smak" on Karmelicka St is the best ever! If you want authentic, wholesome, freshly made meals at a bargain price, this is the place! There is no wine list here but you can enjoy a selection of beers or other drinks with your delicious lunch or dinner -... More 

Thank Wakacje184
Hong Kong, China
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

If you're looking for a real local restaurant, go there and try it! We were there during the lunch hour and the local people kept coming in for lunch (actually we were the only two tourists there). Their lunch sets allow variety choices in low prices. And you don't need to worry if you can't speak Polish. You can ask... More 

Thank Annie Y
Bonn, Germany
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Very cheap and homemade polish dishes. Good quality and big serving for a small price. We went to this great restaurant three times while our four day trip. Note: In the restaurant is self-service. You can ask for a english menu.

Thank Al J
Lisbon, Portugal
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Great food, genuine and very good price. Menu is in polish but easily you will get info on what you will get for food. Food is freshly made and from fish to meat you can find trout, pork, chicken all very genuinely made. Self service is the way to do it! Prices are very good for this cosy place! Definitely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Polish, Eastern European, Central European, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: ul. Karmelicka 10, Krakow, Poland
  • Location: Europe  >  Poland  >  Southern Poland  >  Lesser Poland Province  >  Krakow
  • Phone Number: +48 12 431 21 49
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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