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“A restaurant to avoid when visiting Prague”
Review of Caupona Michalska

Caupona Michalska
Ranked #4,254 of 5,470 Restaurants in Prague
Cuisines: Czech
Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Vancouver
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“A restaurant to avoid when visiting Prague”
Reviewed June 29, 2010

On a recent visit to Prague where we spent a week, we generally enjoyed the people and found restaurants and bars quite reasonable for us. One day we were looking for someplace to have a beer and something light for lunch, we came across this restaurant which had little racks from which large pretzels hung on all the outside tables. We decided to eat there even though the food seemed a bit expensive in comparison. We each ordered a pint of Pilsner and Kobasa which came with salad. We asked for bread and received a piece of brown bread with a bit of ham salad. We found the Kobasa very fatty and not very good. The only other people there were an American mother and daughter and we should have realized something was wrong when they received their bill they seemed upset. About 5-10 minutes before we were going to leave this large Russian looking guy sat at the table in front of us looking out on the street. We thought it strange that the wait staff didn't acknowledge him and he just sat and smoked and didn't order or speak to anyone. We were quite taken aback when we received our bill as the beer we were used to paying about $2 each for cost about $4.50 each, we were charged $1.50 each for bread. The Kobasa was $10 each. We were charged a cover charge of $5 each (I don't mind paying a cover charge in Europe when cloth table cloths and napkins are involved but we weren't charged a cover in other restaurants that were much nicer) and then a 20% tip was added (with the provisor on the bill that a gratuity had not been added crossed out) We were going to start to complain when all of a sudden we wondered what this big Russian guy was doing there and decided that we really didn't find out (and still didn't know if he had anything to do with anything) The bill was 850 Kr (about $42.50) and then the waitress and restaurant of course didn't have more than 100 Kr change for my 1000 Kr bill. We felt decidedly uncomfortable and realized that nothing illegal had been done so we left. In other words discretion was the better part of valor. We spent more on that middday meal than any evening meal with good food and wine that we had in Prague.

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“Do NOT come here under ANY circumstances!”
Reviewed May 8, 2010

My girlfriend and I came here after we had taken a long walk in search of a special sort of soup served in bread. We had found it in this place so we went in. The first thing we noticed was that the restaurant was almost empty, and later on we knew why. The waitor, instead of waiting tables, was sitting near the bar and was eating himself! Then we received the menu's, and we saw that there was no price whatsoever on them! There was 1 menu in the entire restaurant which had prices on it. We ordered the special soup and two simple main dishes. The soup itself was delicious to be honest! But when we finished our last spoon of soup, 1 second later our main dishes had arrived: the waitor didn't even organize anything to give us a few minutes after our soup. The main dishes were not so good. The entire time the waitor was sitting, eating and talking to a woman that was sitting ith him. When we asked for the bill, he printed something out which included a certain price for 280 CK which we had never ordered! When we asked him about it he maintained that this was standard procedure in all Czech restaurants and that it meant the price for us sitting at the table. On top of that, HE CROSSED OUT THE TOTAL PRICE AND ADDED 200 CK HIMSELF FOR HIS 'SERVICE'!!! I know a tip of 10 % is normally paid in Czech restaurants, but first of all, this was a 15-20% tip that he had added, and normally the tip you leave is your own choice: if you're not happy with the service, you don't leave a tip! I had never before in my life seen this and I probably never will. I would advise every tourist to Prague to not even go for a drink in this place, as you will surely get ripped off in one way or another! Only sunny side: the soup was delicious.

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“Avoid at All Costs”
Reviewed March 29, 2010

We visted this restaurant after a long day walking around Prague. All we wanted was a couple of beers and 2 plates of food. However, 4 beers and 2 paltry portions of goulash later, we were presented with a bill for 1216 CZK!! We should have been suspicious as there were no prices on the menus!

Bad Tom Jones cover version music. False advertising for Goulash and beers at 199 CZK on boards outside.

Avoid at all costs!

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“Biggest Ripoff in Prague”
Reviewed September 22, 2009

We were a party of six adults who were inticed into this restaurant by two very nice pretty girls who spoke excellent english. We ordered 4 Paninis, 1 trout, and 1 kebab for lunch, plus wine and beers. The Paninis were served after about 30 minutes but the other dishes were over an hour coming. In total we had 6 wines and 6 beers and our bill came to 3760CZK, which is a disgrace, that was approximately €156.00. We had some lovely meals during our stay in Prague at a fraction of this price. Always make sure prices are on menus before you order food or drinks. Don't get caught out like us.

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