The best restaurants in Krakow, Poland...

 

The restaurants in Krakow are largely aimed at tourists, with promotion girls often employed to entice people in of the street, however with a bit of research, like our list below, you can find some fantastic restaurants serving some of the best food in Poland.

 
 
  • All Krakow restaurants accept payment by credit or debit card
  • Staff in most Krakow restaurants speak fluent English
  • Most Krakow restaurants offer free WiFi, even at some of the older establishments
  • Generally, the locals tip by leaving 10%, however, when paying, be careful when saying "Dziękuje", or even "Thank you" in English, as that indicates you do not want any change back


Key: = Michelin Stars (max 3)

20 = Gault Millau Points (max 20)

 

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Copernicus / Photo: copernicus.hotel.com.pl

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Copernicus / Photo: copernicus.hotel.com.pl

1 ~ COPERNICUS

From the same group behind Trzy Rybki (above), this small renaissance inspired restaurant inside the posh Copernicus Hotel, on the historic Kanoniczas street, offers a menu based on Polish royal cuisine.  Chef Marcin Filipkiewicz delivers a menu of traditional Polish recipes interpreted in an innovative manner using the likes of mushrooms, quails, crayfish, asparagus and other precious products.  A five, seven or twelve course Tasting Menu is served in the evening, whilst an a la carte option is available at lunch. Enjoy drinks on the roof terrace upstairs beforehand. Previous diners include Prince Charles and George W Bush, presumably not at the same table.  

3 course lunch: 125zł+ per person    5 course dinner: 180zł+ per person

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Best Krakow Restaurants ~ 3 Rybki / photo: likusrestauracje.pl

Best Krakow Restaurants ~ 3 Rybki / photo: likusrestauracje.pl

2 ~ TRZY RYBKI 

The impressive 3 Rybki restaurant on the ground floor of the plush Hotel Stary boasts a vaulted stone ceiling and dramatic flower arrangements. The historic renaissance rooms with their vaults and ornate Gothic windows contrasts beautifully with the modern dining rooms.  Translated into English as "three fishes", you will not be surprised to learn that Krakow born Masterchef Krzysztof Żurek's traditional seasonal Polish menu is largely seafood based and accompanied by a great Italian wine collection, from where he takes much of his influence.  In the summer, a rooftop terrace overlooking the square offers a great place to dine.

3 course meal: 165zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Pod Nosem / Photo: podnosem.com

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Pod Nosem / Photo: podnosem.com

3 ~ POD NOSEM

Split over two small floors of the Kanonicza 22 hotel and boasting tapestries and a garden, this wonderful restaurant literally translates as "under the nose", as it is directly below Wawel Castle.  Chef Przemyslaw Bilski gained his experience in London Michelin-starred restaurants Zafferano and Locanda Locatelli, as well as Krakow's Copernicus next door (above). His seasonally changing menu is Polish with International influences. 

3 course meal:  80zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Cyrano De Bergerac / Photo: cyranodebergerac.pl

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Cyrano De Bergerac / Photo: cyranodebergerac.pl

4 ~ CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Located in the 500 year old mead cellar of a former tenement-house built within the Northern part of the city’s fortifications. Tapestries and antiques decorate the lovely cellared room and there's a lovely enclosed terrace at the back of the restaurant.  As its name suggests the Polish meat and fish menu is French influenced.

3 course meal: 85zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Wentzl / Photo: restauracjawentzl.com.pl

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Wentzl / Photo: restauracjawentzl.com.pl

5 ~ WENTZL

This grand historic restaurant, with its stunning 15th Century dark wooden ceiling, offers wonderful views of the the market square from its first floor location inside the 4 Star Hotel Wentzl.  Dating back to 1635 and now owned by TV chef Magda Gessler, it offers a more formal approach to Polish dining with its white table cloths, polished parquet floors, coloured pheasant feathers and thick curtains.

3 course meal: 80zł+ per person

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Best Bars Krakow ~ Restauracja Szara / Photo: Facebook RestauracjaSzara

Best Bars Krakow ~ Restauracja Szara / Photo: Facebook RestauracjaSzara

6 ~ RESTAURACJA SZARA

This popular family-run restaurant is located on the main square and offers an outside terrace that is normally packed full of tourists.  If you can grab a table inside though, you will be rewarded with an oranate hand-painted Gothic ceiling and a vibrant atmosphere.  Reflecting the owner's heritage, food is a mixture of Polish and Swedish with some fantastic soups and great steaks to choose from.

3 course meal: 80zł+ per person

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7 ~ ZIELONA KUCHNIA

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3 course meal: ???zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Resto Illuminati / Photo: restoilluminati.pl/

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Resto Illuminati / Photo: restoilluminati.pl/

8 ~ RESTO ILLUMINATI

Situated on a street just off the Main Square in a beautiful brick building dating back to the 17th Century, this smart piano bar and restaurant pays homage to International cuisines, an indication of how Krakow is turning its face outwards and in doing so is slowly shaking the influences of the past.  Ran by a husband and wife team, there is live music each evening.

3 course lunch: 55zł+ per person    3 course dinner: 65zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Bistro 11 / Photo: Facebook Bistro11

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Bistro 11 / Photo: Facebook Bistro11

9 ~ BISTRO 11

This modern restaurant close to the train station, from young local chef Tomasz Binieda, serves up seasonal dishes made with locally sourced products.  It offers a fresh approach to the more traditional dining options in Krakow. 

3 course dinner: 55zł+ per person

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Best Krakow Restaurants ~ Studio Qulinarne / Photo: studioqulinarne.com

Best Krakow Restaurants ~ Studio Qulinarne / Photo: studioqulinarne.com

10 ~ STUDIO QULINARNE

For some fantastic modern food in a completely different environment, you should head to this former bus garage.  Oskar Zasuń's innovative monthly changing international menu is served to the soundtrack of live piano music, whilst the bright sunshine from the folding glass garage doors shines upon the exposed timber roof and black linen tables inside.

3 course meal: 75zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Corse / Photo: corserestaurant.pl

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Corse / Photo: corserestaurant.pl

11 ~ CORSE

Probably the only Corsican restaurant in the whole of Poland, this nautically themed seafood restaurant uses Polish products in its huge menu of dishes inspired by the French Mediterranean island.  Located down a quiet alley not too far from the main square.

3 course meal: 55zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Sasiedzi / Photo: sasiedzi.oberza.pl

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Sasiedzi / Photo: sasiedzi.oberza.pl

12 ~ REstauracja SASIEDZI

Opened in 2010, this stunning restaurant in the basement of a Nineteenth Century building in the Jewish Kazimierz area offers elegant Polish meals in a unique setting. Translated into English as "Neighbourhood", its beautiful patio garden and thematic cellars of different sizes and decoration make it ideal for everything from romantic dates for two to boisterous parties. 

3 course meal: 60zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Jarema / Photo: jarema.pl

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Jarema / Photo: jarema.pl

13 ~ JAREMA

Specialising in typical Polish, Lithuanian and Kresy cuisine, an area of Eastern Poland, this quaint restaurant from Chef Elżbieta Walczyk offers traditional recipes passed down from generations.   Split over three rooms, there's a nice view over Matejko Square, an antique working stove, and a scented fireplace. Live violin and piano music play every night and the hunting trophies on the wall match the excellent wild meat dishes including venison, poultry, mushrooms and garlic.

3 course meal: 45zł+ per person

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14 ~ Wierzynek

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3 course meal: ???zł+ per person

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Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Pod Baranem / Photo: podbaranem.com

Best Restaurants Krakow ~ Pod Baranem / Photo: podbaranem.com

15 ~ POD BARANEM

Chef Jan Baran's restaurant is just 200 metres away from the Wawel Royal Castle and has remained popular for his friendly hospitality and fantastic Polish cuisine with local specialities since opening in 1997. A homely atmosphere, various paintings, two fireplaces and elegant professional waiters add to the experience. 

3 course dinner: 50zł+ per person

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16 ~ SZARA KAZIMIERZ

Located in the vibrant Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, this younger sister to the tourist heavy Szara restaurant in the main square (above) is every bit as good, if not as ornate.  Boasting a French brasserie feel, the menu is largely Polish and Swedish, reflecting the owner's roots.

3 course lunch: 55zł+ per person    3 course dinner: 65zł+ per person

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Last updated: 1 Feb 2016