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Review of Pod Wawelem

Pod Wawelem
Ranked #112 of 1,502 Restaurants in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Polish, European, Eastern European, Central European
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Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Stare Miasto
Bath, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Love love love it!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

We've been 4 times during 2 trips to Krakow and each time was wonderful. Great staff, great setting, great beer, great food, great vodka, great atmosphere. Just absolutely awesome. HUGE portions of food and beer. I would definitely recommend the bread filled with meat stew, divine! We would return to Krakow just for dinner here and then come back home!

  • Visited December 2012
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Freising, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Food a litttle bit disappointing regarding the EXCELLENT SERVICE, LOCATION, ATMOSPHERE”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

We went to Pod Wawelem to enjoy the probably best of this "bohemian" atmosphere of the former Austrian-Hungarian provinces, the "GALICIAN FEELING".
We were not disapointed.
GENERAL SETTING - The restaurant is set in the style of these bavarian or austrian Bierhaus, where the food is good, in big portions, rustical. And indeed, this is the only place in Krakow (as for my knowledge) where you can get the "Mass", the 1 Liter beer glass. Being set at the foot of the Royal Castle, Wawel, and in the parc circiling hte old town, Planty, the restaurant is at one of the best locations in town.
FOOD RATING - one of my big Polish favorite is the "Golonka", a pickled knuckle of pork. I tried a fair few of them when I lived in Krakow for 5 years, or at many other occasions. Pod Wawelem's roasted golonka is from far the best I ever had. Crunchy crust, tender inside. A delice..
BUT.... as read in many other review here or other sites, the Golonka seems to be the only really good thing there. My wife got a traditional sausage which we did not really enjoy, being used to much higher "sausage standards" in Poland. The French fries were soft, the vegatables absolutely nothing special. So, the general rating of the food is average.
EXCELLENT SERVICE of quick, efficient, friendly, proactive staff.
AVERAGE VALUE - the price level is diffficult to rate, as the golonka is excellent, the beers good, the portions huge. But what is the use of such portions if you won't really enjoy them?
We paid just around 110 zloty for all, including the 1000g golonka, what is just above 25 EUR (!!)
LEGENDARY TOILETS - don't miss a walk through the toilets to check out the funny signs over each pissoir, including the "vomiting bucket" - pictures attached :)
DOGGY BAG - as the portions are so huge, the staff is happy to pack remainders for you. We packed only half of the golonka, and enjoyed a nice "picknick" at home the next day, after we heated it in the oven and aused the sweet mustard packed by the restaurant staff

  • Visited March 2013
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Craigavon, United Kingdom
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“Depends what you want”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

If you are looking large portions and cheap food then this is the place for you, if you are looking quality food then maybe try somewhere else, its not that the food is really bad but most of our meals where cold, glad we tried here just wouldnt hurry back..

  • Visited March 2013
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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“So much fun, food and vodka”
Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

We went here twice whilst we were in krakow, it was our favourite place to go, we would have gone back a third time if we weren't so full from the night before! Whilst we were there we sampled the skewers which were nice and absolutely huge, the cabbage salads and potatoes that came with it were delicious too, neither of us finished it though as it was so big! We also had dumplings and the pork knuckle the second time and that was amazing, we shared both dishes and only just managed to finish it! All washed down with litres of beer and the most amazing home made lemon vodka, whilst live music was played inside, and waitresses were all really attentive and friendly! Would recommend this place to anyone, amazing food and service at really low prices!

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“Loved it!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I ate here on a busy Friday evening around 5pm. After a short wait, we were seated in the conservatory with its lovely view of Wawel Castle. Loved that there was a cloakroom to check the heavy coats and winter woolies into. All the staff were friendly and efficient. English in the menu was a helpful bonus. I had half a roast chicken which was cooked to perfection and lightly herbed. My husband had steak, which was cooked beautifully. The only downer was only two choices of desert, tiramisu and cheesecake, neither of which I like. But it was made up for by the home made lemon vodka. Just as our meal was ending a trio of musicians began to play, Classical, jazz, blues, a little Cole Porter. We could have happily stayed all night, only leaving because the queue at the door was getting longer by the minute. Would recommend booking for weekends.

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