Eat Like A Local In Bratislava: The 7 Best Places To Eat

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What exactly is typical Slovakian food, you may be wondering? It tends to rely a lot on certain staples, such as potatoes, onions, meat, and dairy. One word that definitely comes to mind when thinking of Slovakian food, is hearty! If you want to truly experience the culture in Bratislava, one of the best ways to do this is by tasting the traditional food. To help you decide where to go, here is a list of the most delicious places to enjoy Slovakian food, served in nice, atmospheric restaurants.

1. Elegant dining at Zylinder

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It’s not just the incredible food at Zylinder which makes it so popular, it is also the interior which is classically decorated, adding a nice feeling of luxury from the moment you step through the door. They have a pretty extensive menu with a lot of meat dishes, such as goulash, pork ribs, and oxtail (to name just a few options). Don’t worry if these don’t appeal to you, they also have a few vegetarian options on the menu. As well as traditional Slovakian food, the menu is also inspired by Austrian and Hungarian dishes, too. It is easy to find this restaurant, as it’s located on Hviezdoslavovo Square.


Address: Hviezdoslavovo námestie 176/19, 811 02 Staré Mesto, Slovakia

Price: main dishes from 11 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 12pm.

Contact: +4212/20863686

Website: Zylinder

2. Modern Slovakian culinary delights at Modrá Hviezda

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There’s a reason that Modrá Hviezda constantly comes up as one of the top-rated restaurants in the city. The menu offers a lot of choices, meaning that you will be spoilt for choice. It’s made up of local dishes, including many using the Slovakian staple - pork! Adding to the cosy ambience is the friendly staff, who provide great service.

Modrá Hviezda

Address: Beblavého 292/14, 811 01 Bratislava - Staré Mesto-Bratislava, Slovakia

Price: main course from 11 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm.

Contact: +421948703070

Website: Modrá Hviezda - in Slovak)

3. Enjoy your dinner in a 16th century building at Prašná Bašta

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Wander through the narrow cobbled streets and you’ll find Prašná Bašta, serving authentic Slovakian food. Fittingly located in the Old Town of Bratislava, this restaurant is situated in a beautiful 16th Century building - the former bastion. The menu is focused on pork dishes but also a reasonably large vegetarian section, offering four vegetarian dishes. They even have a substantial list of desserts, including a goats cheese and pear dish. This restaurant is the perfect blend of hearty Slovakian food and a relaxed ambience.

Prašná Bašta

Address: Zámočnícka 399/11, 811 03 Bratislava, Slovakia

Price: main courses from 8 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm

Contact: +4212/54434957

Website: Prašná Bašta - in Slovak)

4. Experience an authentic Slovakian pub

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The aptly named Slovak Pub offers a really relaxed atmosphere, as well as tasty Slovakian food. The inside gives off an authentic vibe and feels welcoming and friendly. As well as yummy food they also serve a range of alcohol to accompany your meal, too. It’s the ideal place to come in the evenings, after a busy day spent sightseeing, when you need to replenish your energy.

Slovak Pub

Address: Obchodná 613/62, 811 06 Bratislava - Staré Mesto, Slovakia

Opening Hours: 10am - 12am. Closed on public holidays.

Contact: +4212/52926367

Website: Slovak Pub

5. Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar

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A nice, modern interior and cheap dishes, make this restaurant ideal if you are on a budget, but still want to try some authentic food, whilst in Bratislava. The main courses start from as little as 4 USD and promise to be hearty and filling. The restaurant is quite large and spacious, so it should be easy to find a table and is a perfect for groups.

Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar

Address: Drevená 575/8, 811 06 Bratislava - Staré Mesto-Staré Mesto, Slovakia

Price: mains from 4 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 12am.

Contact: +421944512265

Website: Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar - in Slovak)

6. Opulent dining in a castle

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Located in a castle courtyard, Hradna Hviezda is perfect for those who truly want some luxury, during their time in Bratislava. It really doesn’t get much more luxurious than dining in a castle. The dishes are prepared with keen attention to detail, and it is no surprise that this restaurant is popular with visitors to the city. It might be worth making a reservation on their website, ahead of time, to guarantee that you don’t miss out on a table.

Hradna Hviezda

Address: Námestie Alexandra Dubčeka 4809/1, 811 01 Bratislava, Slovakia

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm.

Contact: +421944142718

Website: Hradna Hviezda

7. Eat centrally at the Bratislava Flag Ship Restaurant

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Right in the city centre, you’ll find the Bratislava Flag Ship Restaurant. The menu here focuses on traditional Slovakian food, with some international dishes, thrown in as well. This place is fantastic value for money and would make an ideal place to stop for lunch in between a busy day of sightseeing in the city. It can get very busy though, in the evening, so maybe best to make a reservation!

Bratislava Flag Ship Restaurant

Address: Námestie SNP 8, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovakia

Price: lunch from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 12pm.

Contact: +421917927673

Website: Bratislava Flag Ship Restaurant

Dive into the culture through its cuisine

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There are so many varied options for those wanting to try some delicious Slovakian food, and what better place to do this than in the capital city. Whether you are looking for a trendier, higher end, fine dining option, or you’d rather eat in a cosy, relaxed pub, there is something to please all.

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