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“Entirely dependent on which staff you luck (or don't luck) out on”

Zdenek's Oyster Bar
Ranked #166 of 6,452 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $79
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Description: The concept of our kitchen can be best described as “natural”. We build on natural tastes, the highest quality ingredients, years of proved methods and recipes, which we work with in our own way. We try new techniques and compose new meals. We collect inspiration from all over the world, as well as in nature. Forget time and let yourselves drift away on waves of sea and decadence. It is so easy to get seduced by the highly addictive atmosphere of our restaurant!
Reviewed April 22, 2019

We visited two nights in a row and had wildly different experiences. On the first night, the friendly could-help-enough barman looked after us wonderfully well, serving us our starter oysters and much champagne (my favourite Billecart Salmon Rose). Three of the eight (or so) oysters on the menu were not in stock though, and sadly the Belon which are my favourite were unavaialble. We got hustled by ordering things that took so long to arrive that the restaurant managed to sell us extra (expensive) glasses of champagne in between. But that's the way of the world, and no compiants so far. It was certainly so enjoyable an evening that we decided to return the next evening. What a different experience. The barman and (male) manager were nowhere to be seen; the place was woefully understaffed by two surly, pony-tailed and purse-lipped women, one of whom was presumably managerial. They looked so put out that we had arrived and asked for a table in the half-full restaurant, clicked and clucked and eventually pointed at the worst table in the restaurant, a tiny two-seater right in the entrance. I explanied that we had been there the evening before and had a wonderful evening; the managerial one just shook her head and said she didn't remember us - not that that held any relevance. Both women then ignored us - service wise - for the first five minutes, but had no problem glaring at us throughout. We eventually decided to leave without ordering anything. I told the one lady that we were repeat customers and leaving solely because of their rudeness. Just to be clear in case there was any doubt owing to language differences, I said to her "you are rude". She just shrugged and pointed to the door. Given that we spent CZK 6000 the first night and would have spent at least the same again the second night, one is right I think to expect a superior and warm welcome. We walked specially from the Hilton, about 15 minutes to get there. Bottom line: the food is expensive though good but the staff can make or break the experience. The two pony-tailed women should be avoided - ask for a different waitron if you can - and the restaurant should be avoided if they're the only ones on duty. There is an outstanding Italian restaurant - Ristorante Divinis - a few doors down: rather go there

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

+ We are oyster lovers and always look for places to enjoy high quality sea food. We chose a variety of oysters, a great French wine ( Chaplis) and the royal plate ( OMG) everything was just exceptional, the food, the staff, the atmosphere. A must visit if you are a sea food lover.

- The wine glass portion was little bit small( so better get a bottle from the beginning) and the prices are quite high.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank desyk2018
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Reviewed February 16, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner during our first trip to Prague. Located just minutes off Old Town Square near Tyn Church. The restaurant was beautiful, the service was excellent, our server spoke perfect English and was really helpful with our selections. We had the Royale grilled seafood for two and it was outstanding. We also shared a dessert which was very good as well. The night we went we didn’t make a reservation and it wasn’t crowded, but I imagine during high tourist season you would want to make a reservation. Really enjoyed our dinner here.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank LindaG421
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

Best Oysters .... and champagne... opposite a famous church .... while it is almost in the middle of the old town the tourist traffic is ok with only people viewing the church and the odd "beer bicycle" it is a good place for a "classy" lunch. But seriously good oysters and atmosphere ...with beautiful Prague all around

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed January 29, 2019 via mobile

We went in to grab a Coffee and a dessert. Obviously that was not enough for the waitress working there. After we ordered it felt like they Just wanted us to leave - like it wasnt "expensive enough". It's fair enough that this probably is one of the nicer places in Prague, but concidering the fact that we was alone in the entire restaurant makes it unforgiveable to be treated this way. Either put your mad waitress outside so customers dont have to feel sorry for going inside or it's time to make some changes.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Oysteinhoddo
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