Slovak Cuisine in Bratislava

Arkádia- Among Bratislava's most elegant places to take out-of-town guests. The aroma of the food fills the cobblestone street giving a glimpse of the excellent food served. The wait staff promptly greets you with fancy hors d'oeuvres, which you can nibble on from tables overlooking St. Martin Cathedral and SNP Bridge. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Zámocké schody. % 335-650. <10:00-22:00 M-Su.

Biela Pani- One of those restaurants that has you convinced all Slovak chefs read from the same cookbook. The menu's lack of variety is uninspiring. The house specialty (pork and mushrooms wrapped in a potato pancake) is all that is above average here. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Jozefská 11. % 335-034. < 10:00-2:00 M-Sa, 11-2 Su.

Botel Fairway- A romantic way to spend an evening. The restaurant is on a boat that rolls gently from the current of the Danube River. Be prepared to spend some money but the turkey dishes are worth it as well as the palicinky - thin doughy crepes with whipped cream and chocolate. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Nábr. arm. gen. L. Svobodu. % 312-090. < 10:00-22:00 M-Su.

Bystrica- The hovering disc atop SNP bridge - probably the most visible monument from anywhere in the city - is a fancy if not outdated restaurant. A slanted elevator takes you to the top where a unique and memorable view of Bratislava awaits. Food is traditional Slovak fare for the Vienna price. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Most SNP. < 10:00-20:00 M-Su.

Červený Rak- The ultra-modern decor of color and light is in sharp contrast to 14th century Michael's Gate, the foundation of which serves as one of this subterranean restaurant's walls. However during the summer months a wonderful outdoor patio is sunk below the tower provides excellent atmosphere on a cool evening. 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. Prices are steep. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Michalská 26. % 331-375. < 10:00-2:00 M-Su.

Divný Janko- If you don't mind lavender, the specialty here is the mixed meat dish, complete with major garnishings (we're talking cabbage and carrots galore) and French fries to boot - all for under 100 Sk. All portions promise a full stomach. Bottled Pilsner Urquell is the beer of choice here. The rock and roll music can be overbearing during lunch-time. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Jozefská ul. 16. % 330-418. < 11-23:00, M-Su.

Gremium- Above its namesake café, just a few steps from the Opera House. The garlic soup loaded with garlic, croutons, parsley and an egg. Stuff yourself with the "Gremium Plate" of turkey, pork, beef, rice and French fries. $$ CC: yes. Eng. Menu: no. Res.: yes. Gorkého ul 11. % 321-818. < 11:30-24:00 M-Su.

Feďo- In the handsome yellow Cooperativa building, K & L is almost as smooth as its surroundings: it is airy and elegant, if a bit lacking in character. The food is Slovak, but done with a light hand - unlike the prices. The meat plate for two is very tasty, as is the trout. The service may be the star of the show - it's attentive and polite, and you might even find your table set for you. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Štefanovičova 4. % 494-722. < 9:00-22:00 M-F, 10:00-22:00 Sa-Su.

Korzo- Well-known for its downstairs restaurant featuring a salad bar, traditional Slovak fare, and live folk music. For meat-eaters, the venison and steak are recommended. Also plan to visit the café on the street level which opens for breakfast at 9:00 and is an excellent place for a drink after the opera. Open until 23:00. $$$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11. % 334-974. < 8-24:00.

MS Danubius- Located in an attractive area right on the Danube and next to the Museum of Natural History, this place offers a solid selection of steaks, pork and poultry dishes prepared in the tradition of the Danube basin area. Sip a cocktail in their newly-renovated air-conditioned interior. $$. CC: Yes. Eng. menu: Yes. Res: Yes. Fajnorovo nábr. % 366-664. < 10.00-22.00 M-Su.

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. Service is slow. 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.

Modrá Hviezda- A delightful haven just below the castle for creatively cooked Slovak cuisine, served up in hearty portions. Try "Mummie's Specialty" of beef with cream and cranberry sauce and potato croquettes, or the sauerkraut goulash, or the veal in plum sauce. Head for the brick-walled wine cellar with heavy wooden tables. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Beblavého 14. % 332-747 < 11:00-23:00 M-Sa.

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