Now that it is July and summer have most certainly arrived, it is irresistable to do as much as possible outside - and that includes eating. More and more of Bratislava's restaurants are finding ways to serve people their meals under the sun or stars. The capital's outdoor dining experiences can be broken down roughly into four categories, according to what they offer: scenic view, old town atmosphere, people-watching, or just a seat out of doors. Virtually none of our picks offer more than one of the first three.
1. U konzula- No place in Bratislava has gone further out of its way to emphasize a pleasant outdoor dining experience. U Konzula's wooden tables and benches sit in a pastoral rose garden surrounded on three sides by ivy-covered brick walls. The service is good and the Slovak fish, turkey and palacinky specialties are better, but it is the atmosphere that sets U Konzula above the rest. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Palisády 40. % 533-4301. < 11:00-23:00, M-Su.
2. Korzo- Situated near the bank of the Danube, around the corner from St. Martin's cathedral on the edge of the old town, Korzo offers a rare combination of a historic setting the opportunity to watch passers-by. Venison and steak are recommended from the menu. Korzo is an excellent place for either a comfortable business lunch or dinner before or after the opera. $$$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11. % 334-974. < 9-23:00.
3. Prašná bašta- Sitting on Prašná Bašta's back patio, tucked away in an alley corner of the old town, one feels like a guest at a 19th century townhouse. Stained glass, tables tucked in nooks, and gothic, high-backed chairs give this restaurant an extraordinarily cozy feel. The food is tasty and cheap, mostly the basic Slovak menu with some twists, such as smoked trout and Armenian salad. Be prepared for a long evening - the service is friendly but slow. $$.CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Zámočnícka 11. % 334-957. < 11:00-23:00, M-Su.
4. Spaghetti & Co. - Across from the opera house at the entrance of the revitalized korzo pedestrian strip, the outdoor tables at Spaghetti & Co. are extremely popular. The menu is extensive, offering dozens of choices. With any selection, you can count on quality and freshness. The spinach is out of this world. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Gorkého 1. % 332-303. <
5. Aušpic- You get it all from your seat: the subtle sounds of the Danube rushing by and the romantic sight of the sun setting behind the castle. Its natural setting on the Petržalka bank of the Danube is Aušpic's greatest strength. The service and the food, including shark salad and calamari, are excellent. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Viedenská 24. % 850-916. <11:00-22:00, M-Su.
6. Modrá guľa- A quiet place for a business lunch and a well-stocked bar for a happy hour drink. The penthouse terrace has views of the Castle and Hotel Forum. Try the pork cutlet on dumplings with cheese sauce or the halušky stuffed in ham and cheese. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Suché Mýto 6. % 335-546, ext. 4006. < 11:00-24:30, M-Sa.
7. Jadran Gril- Jadran is benefitting from increased pedestrian traffic on the korzo. Mediterranean-style food, specializing in kebobs and gyros. Friendly service and big portions make it worthwhile. $$. CC: yes Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Rybná brána 5. < 10:00-20:30 M-Su.
8. Červený Rak- When the tables in the courtyard garden are open, they provide a peaceful setting under 14th century Michael's Gate, the foundation of which serves as one of this subterranean restaurant's walls. Venison filet, stagsteak in red wine and mountain goat sauté are followed on the menu by sharksteak and, of course, červený rak or red lobster, one of the city's priciest plates at 895 Sk. The trout is fresh, but other seafood is frozen. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Michalská 26. % 331-375. < 10:00-2:00 M-Su.
9. Corleone pizzeria- Look out on the park at Hviezdoslavovo Square as you fill your stomach with thin, wide pizzas. We highly recommend the loaded vegetarian pizza. The service is quick. $. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Hviezdoslavovo nám. < 10:00-22:00, M-Su.
10. Harmonia- On the pedestrian route in the heart of the old town, Harmonia's seating spills out onto the street out front in the summer. The service is among the most polite and attentive in the city and the Slovak cuisine is a good match. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Ventúrska 9. % 331-683. < 10:00-22:00 M-Su.
11. Prešporská kúria- A complex of outdoor and indoor seating, including a cafeteria-style eatery, a nice restaurant and a pizzeria. Waiters in the restaurant wear traditional costume and serve dishes like an aromatic mushroom soup, pirogi stuffed with sheep's cheese, and carp with butter and walnuts. Load up on appetizers and your main course, because desserts are less inspiring. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Dunajská 21. % 367-981, 367-277. < 11:00-23:00, M-Su.
12. McDonald's- For checking the pulse of the city, sit underneath McDonald's broad red umbrellas on Námestie SNP. The food and service are up to international standards and the possibilities for people-watchingdon't get any better than this in the city. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Nám. SNP. % 367-559 <7:00-24:00, M-Th; 7:00-1:00 F-Sa; 9:00-23:00 Su.
13. Parlamentka- The view from Parlamentka is one of the city's longest, if not necessarily one of the most gorgeous, given the endless housing blocks seen across the river in Petržalka. The restaurant, which sits in between the castle and the Parliament building, serves Slovak fare in a place that has few frills, but is nice and graced with qattentive service. $$. CC: yes Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Mudroňova ul. <11:00-23:00 M-Su.
14. Jasmin- The owners of this Chinese restaurant have taken a successful formula in Vienna and seamlessly applied it to Bratislava's tastes. Attentive and enthusiastic service combine with delicious cooking, a comfortable atmosphere and a great location to make this one of the city's best values. The small front patio looks out on St. Martin's catherdal. $$$. CC: yes Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Židovská 7. % 531-5182. 11:30-23:00 M-Su.
15. Pizzeria Ciao- Located in the vicinity of many of Bratislava's major sports arenas, Ciao is a good place to go following a workout or watching a game. Genuine Italian thin-crust pizza, cooked in a wood-burning oven with real tomato sauce, as well as pasta, a varied salad bar, and hefty desserts that make a nice change from palacinky. Service can be slow but the food is worth the wait. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Trnavská cesta 37. % 212-109. <11:00-24:00.
16. Corleone Restaurant- Enjoy excellent service on the balcony of this restaurant tucked around the corner from the opera house. Owned by the same folks who run the namesake pizzeria, this restaurant caters to a more up-scale, refined clientele. $$$. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Palackého. < 10:00-23:00, M-Su.
17. Music Café Hysteria- This is a little tricky to find - follow the signs in Zimný Štadión. The balcony may not offer the most picturesque view, but it does provide for a breath of fresh air. A Tex-Mex restaurant, the food is tasty but amounts vary with who is in the kitchen. The margaritas are the best ones in town. Two pool tables and a lively crowd, dancing is not unheard of here. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Odbojárov 9. < 11:00-2:00 Su-Th, 11:00-5:00 F-Sa.
18. Tirolská izba- One of the city's best finds. The limited seating out front is quaint, if not beautiful. Start with the fabulously creamy mushroom soup and then go with he Turkey shishkabob with pineapples and peaches. If you have a large grop or are in a hurry, be sure to make a reservation. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Záhradnícka 73. % 526-5903. <11:00-22:00, M-Sa.
19. Café Šeherezáda- This Arab restaurant has good hummus, pita bread, felafel and a good Arab salad. There is also a Slovak menu. Summer offers the option of dining on a smallsheltered patio. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Vysoká 15. % 536-1312. <10:00-22:00, M-F; 15:00-22:00 Sa-Su.
20. U Korvína- Real Italian food at Slovak prices: there's even parmesan on the table. Head for the intimate courtyard patio out back. Some of the pasta must be homemade - try any of the spinach tortellini variations, all around 100 Sk - and all of it is good. The thin-crust pizzas can be disappointing and small. If you get a table, linger over an Italian espresso. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Banskobystrická 18.
20. Divný Janko- A small courtyard with umbrella-covered tables will at least get you outdoors. The specialty here is the mixed meat dish, complete with major garnishings (we're talking slaw and carrots here) and fries to boot - all for under 100 Sk. The only choice when it comes to beer is bottled Pilsner Urquell. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Jozefská ul. 16. % 330-418. < 11-23:00, M-Su.
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