Wierzynek, Krakow

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    Wierzynek Restaurant
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    Wierzynek: According to some, it does not get any better

    by Witch_No1 Updated Sep 19, 2014

    HISTORY: Everything started with the wedding. Elizabeth, a grand-daughter of Casimir the Great was marrying Carol IV. But of course, in 1364, you could not separate weddings from politics. The powerful and influential of the time were meeting not only to congratulate the young couple; they were also meeting to participate in Congress of Cracow and discuss political situation in Europe, and possibly propose anti-Turkish crusade. The guests of Casimir the Great included kings/dukes from Hungary, Austria, Bavaria, Cyprus, Denmark and other places.
    The banquet, organized by City council and hosted in the house of famous merchant named Mikolaj Wierzynek was quite a feast, according to historical sources. Jan Dlugosz, one of the Polish chronicle writers, reported that the banquet was 21 days long, and guests were served the best that Cracow could offer - from meats and breads to wine. "Mikolaj Wierzynek, the host of these guests, has entered the legend as the man who knows that the best politics is conducted at a richly and beautifully laid table." [quote from the 'Wierzynek' pamphlet, available at the restaurant.].
    Today, it is not much different. Wierzynek is probably the most famous restaurant in Poland, and powerful and influential still dine at Wierzynek - guests included Lech Walesa, The Kennedy Family, Vaclav Havel, George Bush and Prince Joahim of Denmark; Robert De Niro, Steven Spielberg, Krzysztof Penderecki and Piotr Skrzynecki; Czeslaw Milosz, Wislawa Szymborska and Jozef Tischner.

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    FOOD: I must say, eating in "Wierzynek" was on my bucket list, so I did have quite high expectations; but seeing menu that offers salad with Oscypek (traditional Polish cheese) and plum dressing or a dessert that includes lavender sherbet, blew my mind. Currently on the menu of Wierzynek restaurant you can find items like 'sauerkraut with juniper sauce', 'stewed chicory' or 'potato, mushroom and sesame' combination.

    So this is what's going to happen in "Wierzynek": you take the menu, you think to yourself "there is no way this combination will work". You decide to give a shot and order this curiously sounding dish (after all, when will be the next time you will have a change to try it, right?) - you try it and you have your senses sent into another stratosphere.

    Think old-royal Polish recipes with a splash of modern cuisine.

    DECOR: Gorgeous

    SERVICE: Unbelievable. In the middle of the dinner I had creepy suspicions that the server was reading my mind. I would THINK about having server around to ask him something, or sometimes just about a dish, and he would appear in front of us. I swear, our server got some body-language-reading training and was able to pick-up on slightest cues, before they even fully formed in my mind. I never experienced this kind of service - before of after for that matter.

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    Wierzynek: Wierzynek

    by mvtouring Written Jan 8, 2011

    If you want traditional Polish food that is excellent in taste, combined with style and glamour then this is the restaurant to visit. Not one of your cheapest, therefore this is a place where you go to treat someone or be treated.

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    Wierzynek: Listed in 1000 places to see before you die

    by pedroswift Updated Sep 13, 2010

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    It's not often that a restaurant gets listed in publications such as "1000 Places to See Before You Die". Good enough reason to enjoy a meal there on the last night of our first visit to Krakow. Reading the history of the restaurant reveals that it dates back to 1364 and has hosted every visiting head of state for the last 500 years and is arguably the oldest operating restaurant in Europe.
    We elected to dine in the ground floor Galician Room which turned out to be elegantly furnished and as expected had an ambiance to match. Waiters were very attentive without being overbearing.
    We chose from the a la carte menue which listed : Starters 9 choices : 22-440 zl
    Mains : 15 choices from all popular food groups 59 -115 zl : Desserts (available but we try to avoid them)
    There are Traditional Polish Set Menus - two choices both four-course with a glass of wine/ glass of Vodka 165zl or 185zl.
    Checked out the other rooms and the cafe at the end of the evening - will try next visit perhaps?

    Favorite Dish: We chose to drink a bottle of French Sparkling blanc de blanc.
    The amuse bouche : fresh mountain cheese with capsicum.
    She chose to start with Lobster Soup (36zl) and he, looking for the local touch had Borsch..
    For Mains - madam enjoyed duck with red cabbage and he rabbit with pasta (68zl).
    Service impeccable. Silver service , of course. We enjoyed the food : rating it eight out of ten. All in all a rewarding evening costing about the same as a better than average restaurant at home.

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    Wierzynek: Oldest Restaurant in Krakow c.1364 !!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    Here on Market Square is the oldest restaurant in Krakow, dating to 1364. That's pretty astounding for someone who makes a big deal out of 1700's architecture in the United States.
    You are greeted by a hostess dressed in period costume, and led to your table in one of several rooms spread amongst three floors. Some of the rooms are used for private parties to dine separately. The food was excellent, the restaurant beautifully appointed and rather formal. This is where we had our VT meeting with Matcrazy1, his wife Ursula, Gosia and myself. We enjoyed touring the building with its grand staircase and unique decorative heaters.
    I had worn some Halloween earrings that were battery operated to light up and blink... which everyone was charmed with. They were pretty silly, but I figured everyone would have a laugh. The waiters were whispering and chuckling. I don't mind being the brunt of their laughter in a case like that. Everyone seemed to have fun. At the end of the evening I made them a gift to Urzula.

    Favorite Dish: I ordered a Roast Pork dish which was served as a pinwheel with their traditional prune sauce running around with the pork. When the main entre arrived...there were three or four waiters with silver covered dishes who arrived at the table and lifted all the covers off our dishes in unison. A very dramatic touch. The presentation of each dish was superb. Garnishes and drizzles in abundance.
    I felt the evening was positively splendid!!

    Matt pictures me entering
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    Wierzynek: Silver Platter Service

    by tashski Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Very upmarket restaurant. Conveniently situated on the main square. we had to book 2 days in advance but it was worth it. Not the cheapest place to eat in krakow, but extremely good value compared to British restaurants. We had a set four course meal each, and every course was nice - the cost being only about £15/$35 per person including wine.

    Favorite Dish: The pierogi was stunning (traditional polish pasta/ravioli style). The service was amazing, the courses were presented on silver platters. The surroundings were very plush. Instead of one large room, there were several rooms over a couple of floors, giving a more intimate ambience. The decor was traditional and opulent and all the staff were dressed to impress, with the waiters in dress (dicky bows) and the waitresses in traditional polish dress.

    Too pretty to eat!!
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    Wierzynek: a true eating experience.

    by bankowskiboy Written Oct 30, 2005

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    this as got to be the finest restaurant i have ever eaten in,nothing could be faulted,the service was excellent,the food excellent,the ambience,truly a night to remember.where you can eat like a king at a very reasonable price.

    Favorite Dish: i had wild mushroom soup as a starter,sirloin in wine sauce as a main course,and chocalate and cherry mousse as a dessert,followed by a glass of polish cognac.

    being recieved at reception. me and my wife. a mouth watering dessert. four beauties.

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    WIERZYNEK Restaurant: The oldest restaurant in Cracow

    by gosiaPL Updated Nov 18, 2003

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    This place goes back to 1364 and is known for serving meals to kings and noblemen from all over Europe throughout the centuries. Even nowadays the most notable foreign guests, politicians and artists, dine at the Wierzynek.

    The restaurant may seem a bit on the formal side but I wore jeans and was still admitted ;-) It is known for excellent old traditional Polish cuisine and I must say the food is really good and served to look as a piece of art. Their desserts look almost like sculptures!

    A major weakness is their rather limited menu... which I found irritating for an old Polish cuisine place. The food and service was excellent but you may feel somewhat confined when going through their list of dishes. And it is definitely at the far out expensive end of Cracow restaurants...

    Well, glad I ticked that one off my list as a definite must, but I don't think I will be coming back... It was excellent for special atmosphere though.

    Wierzynek, dates back to 1364 Wierzynek, dates back to 1364
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    Wierzynek Restaraunt: Ground floor - first dining room

    by Kodi01 Updated Oct 29, 2003

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    I wonder, did Steven Speilburg eat in this dining room?

    I imagine he got some ideas for filming "Shindlers List" in this room, do you think so?

    Many Kings, politicians, and famous people have entertained here for dinner.

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    Restaraunt Wierzynek: Restaraunt Wierynek

    by Kodi01 Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    This restaraunt was established 1364.

    Famous people that ate there were:
    Steven Speilburg
    George Bush
    Bill Clinton

    Favorite Dish: This lady is in the entrance as you walk into the restaraunt.

    She is made of Chocolate and a VERY Sweet lady!

    Chocolate stature
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    Wierzynek: Interior of Cafe

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 22, 2003

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    In real, Wierzynek Restaurant consists of cafe (ground floor), old-Polish restaurant (1st floor) and cellar underground.

    When you pass the first gate you go inside a cafe - quite nice place to drink cafe and try local dessert (cheesecake recommended). You can try Polish beer there as well.

    Favorite Dish: A large cup of cafe au lait (cafe with milk) and Polish cheescake - delitious (both).
    Local beer if you like :-).

    WIERZYNEK  CAFE
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    Wierzynek: A Chocolate Woman - only in Krakow :o)

    by Kodi01 Written Oct 20, 2003

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    Have you ever ate a chocolate woman?

    Ok, please don't answer that question! :o)

    This lady is 100% chocolate, doesn't quit look like the top of the dessert menu, does she?

    She is enclosed in glass, is this a wierd custom or what?

    A Chocolate Woman
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    WIERZYNEK RESTAURANT: Very old and historical restaraunt

    by Kodi01 Updated Oct 20, 2003

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    The resturant Wierzynek in Krakow surely existed in 1364 - his owner Mr
    Wierzynek gave a big dinner for a few kings and princes from all over the Europe
    just in 1364.

    Favorite Dish: I did not eat at this famous restaraunt, but the hostess was nice to give me a tour of the many rooms in this restaraunt.

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    Wierzynek: Visit interiors and don't eat there

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 20, 2003

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    HISTORY
    Wierzynek, is the oldest 3-store restaurant in Krakow named after its 14th century owner who is said to have held lavish feasts here for Polish king Casimir the Great in 1364 - 6 European kings/emperors arrived: of Poland, Germany, Hungary, Danemark, Cyprus and Armenia + a lot of Polish and German princes.

    In real the restaurant located in the building standing probably at the place of famous old inn was established in 1945 and nationalized as the best restaurant in Krakow used by communist authorities to show their famous or unfamous guests how wonderful communist Poland was.


    INTERIORS
    I dined there only once. Recently we (me + my wife + Kathy = Kodi01 from Dallas, Texas) only visited it's amazing interiors - much more in my Must See Activities tips.

    OPINION
    Hmm... over-priced restaurant although very, very famous. They serve old Polish, French and Vege food.

    Pro: views to Main Market Square) if you have a table by window, amazing renovated Renaissance interiors !!!, Boba Jazz Band and dances in the cellar underground in weekend evenings, they open at 8am, close at midnight.

    Con: too slow service!!!, sometimes not very nice (old) waiters, high prices for quite good but not the best food.



    Favorite Dish: Generally Polish food was good there but... there are better places to eat in Krakow.
    I ate there:
    Polish beetroot soup with small meat dumplings (16 zl)
    Saddle of deer with cabbage and mushroom dumplings served with juniper sauce (48 zl)
    Zywiec beer (5 zl)
    Cafe (5 zl)
    $1 = 1 Euro = 4 zl that time.

    Soup was very good, especially dumplings but deer... not the best to be honest.

    RESTAURACJA  WIERZYNEK - ENTRANCE
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    Wierzynek: Wierzynek

    by hughesd Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite Dish: Krakow's oldest restaurant, the setting is gorgeous. On the second floor overlooking hte Market Square it seems to be the place for special ocasions. BUT, the food is only fair and very overpriced. But, if you have the money it's probably worth it for the scenery and tradition.

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    Wierzynek Restaraunt: Inside the Wierzynek restaraunt

    by Kodi01 Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    "signs" of various Polish cities on the walls inside

    Favorite Dish: This was the day that I landed in Krakow and just got off the flight, I was not hungry, so I did not get a chance to eat here.

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