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Let's start a non-smoking restaurant list for Prague!

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zinfanatic Sep 5, 2013 03:05 PM

As far as I can tell Prague is my only destination (Berlin, Dresden Prague and Vienna) that I will have try to find either nonsmoking restaurants or pubs. Non smoking sections are second best. It is a health issue. I have a few already identified. Please help with more.

  1. alliegator Sep 5, 2013 08:55 PM

    Am happy to help. But tomorrow. The evening wind down has started with some drinks in my home...
    I lived there for a year in 2003, and am a frequent visitor. My husband is asthmatic, and though you can smoke away in my face without issue, I am sympathetic to your situation. I'll poll some of my friends on Facebook, dig into my own base of knowledge, and see what comes up.
    Prague is such a beautiful city, and I'm sure it can be easily enjoyed by those who need to avoid thick blue air.
    Nice topic, zinfanatic!

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      zinfanatic Sep 6, 2013 07:44 AM

      Sansho is nonsmoking and added to our list- It is not traditional by any means, but it will be a different meal on our 24 day trip! I am already heading to several brewpubs on our trip.

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        bcc Apr 4, 2014 05:02 PM

        My wife and I had a terrific meal at Sansho last week. The owner heard my wife telling the waiter that she was allergic to chiles, and he replied, "Don't worry, we'll take care of you." And they did. I asked him what wine goes well with hi food, which he identified as "fusion" (and which I had up to that point always identified as "confusion"), and he said the the excellent Czech beer was the best. But he steered us to a white wine that he had discovered at a wedding in Italy. It was from Le Marche, and was called Pecorino, because the sheep love the grape. We liked it, too.
        We had five small plates, followed by one larger one. The first was a dish of salmon sashimi dressed in sesame oil. The second was a beef tartar with ginger and bottarga, although we didn't really taste the bottarga. This was followed by pork and chive gyozas. The filling was a bit dry, but the gyoza dough was the thinnest and most elegant that I have ever tasted. Next came their famous soft-shelled crab sliders. The crabs are fried, and they are served on the type of bun that Momofuku Ssam has made famous. Delicious. Next came a piece of pork belly, browned and braised. The large course was a 12-hour beef rendang with perfume rice and braised bok choy. A wonderful meal.

    2. alliegator Sep 6, 2013 08:30 AM

      I was told by a friend that U Bulínů (a few blocks behind the National Museum) is quite a good place for traditional Czech pub grub and is completely non smoking. Their menu looks great.
      Here is a link:
      http://www.ubulinu.cz/en/
      Metro stop Náměstí Míru is closest to this.

      Thanks for that info on Sansho. I plan to do the tasting menu there on my trip.

      1. Dr. John Sep 6, 2013 09:38 AM

        U modre kachnicky II is non-smoking http://www.umodrekachnicky.cz/en/retr... and I'm pretty sure the original one in Mala Strana is also non-smoking. Pricier than pub food, but also a step up in sophistication.

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          alliegator Sep 8, 2013 07:49 AM

          I didn't realize there was now a second location. Zinfanatic, this is an excellent restaurant!

        2. Chinon00 Sep 7, 2013 07:55 AM

          U Tri Ruzi brewpub and the detached restaurant portion of Plzeňský Anděl were both non-smoking. Enjoyed the food and beer at U Tri Ruzi; while Plzeňský Anděl's beer (Pilsner Urquell Tank) was great what we had to eat there was average.

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            zinfanatic Sep 24, 2013 12:32 PM

            Just had dinner at U Tri Uzi tonight. I had made a reservation several weeks ago. We were greeted by the manager with two glasses of Sparkling Monrovian wine. What a nice surprise. We had four different beer and the pork ribs cooked in beer. They were following off the bone tender and very favorable. The dinner was very well priced and the service very friendly. the best NON SMOKING!

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            masha Sep 7, 2013 08:28 AM

            Zin, both of the Prague restaurants that I mentioned in my post earlier this summer on a separate thread, on which you commented -- Tri Stoleti and The Red Pif -- are as I recall completely non smoking. My husband has a smoke allergy so we certainly would have noticed if there were smoke.

            (Btw, you may need to be attuned to the smoking issue in Vienna too. We ate at a restaurant in the Nachtsmarket one evening where we absolutely choked on the smoke. Food was mediocre so I've not written it up on CH.)

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              zinfanatic Sep 7, 2013 03:47 PM

              Masha,
              Thank you, I did not know that those two places were non-smoking. I had then down on my list of places I wanted to go! I did not know that we had to worry about this in Vienna. Thank you . I have made a couple of reservations in Vienna. Perhaps I should explore whether those places are non-smoking. I have been spoiled for many years as we have all non-smoking everywhere in California.

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                vanderb Sep 16, 2013 08:15 AM

                Zin, I'm late this thread and have to 2nd Masha, Vienna is still a smoking city and you will want/need to ask when reserving.

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              masha Sep 8, 2013 07:46 AM

              Zin, if you are just looking for a bite near the Castle, Cafe Gourmet is a hole in the wall uphill from the Castle (near the Strahova Monastery) that is nonsmoking. It has at most 5 tables. We stumbled upon it and were delighted both because of the lack of smoking and surprisingly good food, especially the homemade soup.

              1. hblnk Sep 19, 2013 11:55 AM

                Vienna, non-smoking restaurants and pubs, honestly? I like your sense of humor.

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                  Asomaniac Sep 24, 2013 07:16 PM

                  Pretty much all of the top end restaurants are non-smoking these days (e.g., La Degustation, all of the Zatisi group places, etc.). It is more difficult with pubs, though at least many have non-smoking sections (not perfect, but better than nothing), including Kolkovna and Lokal, which are pretty good.

                  If anyone can think of a great pub that is fully non-smoking, please post here. Prague is my hometown so I visit several times a year even though i live in Japan. I could do with some tips on non-smoking restaurants.

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                    vanderb Sep 25, 2013 02:02 AM

                    Let me know if you are coming to Brno, we are starting to see quite a few non-smoking pubs but I havne't found one in Prague during my regular trips in the past 3 years.

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                      Asomaniac Sep 26, 2013 06:47 PM

                      That is good to know that Brno seems to be taking a sensible approach.. We are not quite there yet in Prague.

                  2. alliegator Sep 25, 2013 09:49 AM

                    I just found out that a restaurant in Prague I've enjoyed in the past is nonsmoking:
                    http://www.peklo.com/
                    Beyond the castle, right next to the Strahov Monastery.
                    Very nice atmosphere, and upscale, hearty meals.
                    Glad you are enjoying the trip so far.

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                      zinfanatic Sep 26, 2013 08:34 AM

                      Ate at a cute restaurant today for lunch today recommended by our local guide we had this morning. the Little Whale in Czech U Male velryby. lovely interior, fresh seasonal food. we ordered 5 "tapas" for 360K. it is non-smoking and located in Mala Strana.

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                        masha Sep 26, 2013 08:50 AM

                        Zin, we ate there when we were in Prague earlier this year. I had the paella, which was just so-so, so I omitted it from the list of restos that I recommended in Prague in response to your earlier posts. My husband had enjoyed his fish. Glad it worked for you.

                    2. sasicka Apr 5, 2014 09:39 AM

                      Cestr, lokated on top of Wenceslas square and focused on a Czech cow breed, is non-smoking. All Lokal restaurants have non-smoking sections and lunch is totally non-smoking. Almost all food focused restaurants are NS, but if you go low budget or beer focused, you might have a problem.

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