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“An Honest, Excellent Place to Eat in Prague!”

Kalina cuisine & vins
Ranked #262 of 5,424 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $89
Cuisines: French, European, Czech, Central European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Description: Our gourmet restaurant is located in the historical center of Prague, near the Old Town Square. It is a restaurant built on the expertise of recognized personalities of Czech gastronomy. Top Chef Mirek Kalina prepares culinary delights accompanied by wines from traditional European winemakers which are served by recognized sommelier Vit Hepnar. Have you already visited Kalina Restaurant? Please rate us here on TripAdvisor. Thank you.
Geneva, Switzerland
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“An Honest, Excellent Place to Eat in Prague!”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

During one of my visits to Prague more than ten years ago, I had by chance wondered into a small, inconspicuously looking bistro in the Old Town - a bistro then owned by one of the local artistic personalities. The food was outstanding - and I sought the then unknown Chef of the place, Mr Mirek Kalina. After then, I kept returning to the bistro almost daily - until the bistro was closed and Mr Kalina disappeared into the fast-evolving restaurant scene of Prague. On my subsequent visits, I often enquired about this highly talented Chef - but never came across him again.

It has been a common occurrence in post-velvet revolution Prague, that people who come to some money, hurry to open a restaurant - without even the slightest understanding of food or the many aspects of restaurant business.

The result? Failure after failure - to the point that it is virtually impossible to rely on past experience when choosing a place to eat after being some time out of Prague. How many times have I been embarrassed after recommending one or the other restaurants to my friends - only to find out that, since my last visit, the Chef of the place was fired, the staff left because the owner failed to pay their wages - etc. etc.

Well - I was very pleasantly surprised when I returned to Prague about a month ago - and found out that Mirek Kalina opened his own restaurant - and also entered into a association with one of the best sommeliers the country produced over the past two decades, since vine became increasingly important to the palates of local diners.

Needless to say, my wife and I have been frequent visitors to Restaurant Kalina almost on a daily basis. I will not bore the reader with long descriptions of the Chef's philosophy of culinary applications - the best description of all would be to visit Restaurant Kalina and try his various creations on the theme of Czech-French dishes in person. You will love it - and you will return again and again.

jdsepes - Switzerland

  • Visited March 2013
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“Fine Dining at Very Reasonable Prices”
Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Perfect for anyone who enjoys a lovely glass of wine and exquisite food with a perfect atmosphere. Helpful and polite staff, English speaking. Fantastic end to a perfect weekend away! Recommended to anyone who asks.

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Radka J, Manažer komunikace s hosty at Kalina cuisine & vins, responded to this review, November 4, 2015
Thank you for your wonderful review on Kalina Cuisine & Vins. We look forward to seeing you back again very soon.

Kind regards,

Radka
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Basel, Switzerland
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“On the way to become best in town”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

This cozy place just off the Old Town Square offers an absolutely outstanding cuisine. We were seven, ordered five different starters and four different main courses, and all nine dishes were TOP. (N.B. For those who appreciate nouns: the fabulous ris de veau is a must). And the zabaglione served for desert is a true ‘last but not least’.
A great applause to the chef, Mr. Kalina, and his team.

For an expert, the wine list possibly looks impressive; for my taste, it is far too abundant. As a positive point, a good choice of reasonably priced burgundy wines.
The first bottle that the sommelier recommended (a Chardonnay) did not pass the test of the table. The second try (a Meursault) was excellent (though it could have been more chilled before being served). The red (a Fleurie) was impeccable.

The service was great. Still, as four out of seven guests did not talk Czech, they could have assigned the table to a waiter with better language skills. Or, if nothing else, the waiter should at least be able to explain the 'specials of the day' in English.

All in all, a great location, a fantastic cuisine, an impressive wine cellar, attentive staff, and a few minor points, leaving Mr. Kalina space for ‘getting from great to perfect. I am convinced that he gets there very soon.

  • Visited February 2013
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Visited here on our first night and were not disappointed. The service was exemplary and the food superb. It looks really pricey but the food is very reasonable and beautifully cooked and presented. The wine is expensive but good quality. We cannot recommend more highly. The waiting staff spoke perfect English, and were incredibly helpful and polite. We would definitely return.

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“Very good”
Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

Experienced chef, professional staff. I have visited several times, never disappointed. Daily fix menu always very tasty and a great value for money. Daily specials various, from game to line catched turbot. Highly recommended

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Radka J, Manažer komunikace s hosty at Kalina cuisine & vins, responded to this review, November 4, 2015
Thank you for your wonderful review on Kalina Cuisine & Vins. We look forward to seeing you back again very soon.

Kind regards,

Radka
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