Slovak Pub was recommended by the woman at the tourist office, it was a bit out of the way from the old town but worth the trek to eat with the locals and not a bunch of tourists.
The interior was great, huge rooms with mismatched wooden tables of all shapes and sizes, antlers hanging on the walls. There seemed to be a lot of students here and there were all kinds of student priced specials on the menu. Service was fast and while not overly friendly, our server was pleasant enough.
Favorite Dish: David ordered beef goulash for the umpteenth time on this trip, I'm pretty sure that's the only dish he ordered besides pizza! He said it was good. We split a side order of bryndzove halusky, small dumplings made of potato dough with sheep cheese and topped with chunks of bacon, a very traditional dish and one you really should try if you visit Slovakia. That was very good. I ordered the pirohy filled with meat in a cheese and bacon sauce, they were more like a croquette (fried breading with filling) than what I consider a pierogi (either fried or boiled with a thinner layer of dough and more filling), too much breading for my taste. Total with 1 drink each was 315sk (about $16US).
Today my colleagues took me to this little restaurant smelling by all possible spicies and delicious dishes. It is pretty small but the best should be to take daily menu. If you take the normal size and still not satisfied, you can freely add meal to your plate.
And sweets... I'm speechless how great they are and what is great, everything is healthy.
Menu costs around 98 Sk but you can also share it with a friend or take smaller plate that cost only 70 Sk.
Favorite Dish: great thing is Apatula (or something like that) it is special additional thing like something roll on with fill, definitely simpl with nuts and something I suppose it is called sabji - meal consists of potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Really delicious.
The Restaurant Lyra is a local Slovak restaurant which is popular among locals and travellers. The rooms are simply furnished, but the food is tasty and reasonably priced.
On tap is the local beer Zlaty Bazant. Restaurant Lyra has a pleasant outside seating area in the historic Old Town.
Quite new cellar restaurant will unbeatable atmosphere and quality. This was my first time to see a soup server inside a bread! Open until midnight. Soup, main dísh and bottle of wine around 20€ for two persons.
This is a great place where to take your friends if you are mixed. I mean if some of you are vegetarians and some not. Here you all should eat together. Almost everything we tried was great and I would highly recommend this place. Don't come about 1 pm there is always full. At week ends and afternoons it's better because all officials and workers are at offices or at home. Here in this restaurant you can easily find workers, officials or businessmen eating their lunch. :)
Favorite Dish: First, order some drinks .. they are mostly non-alcoholic but you can drink alcohol as well. I love the mix drink Pink Panther what is a mixture of ice, grenadine, orange*ananas*grapefruit juicies. Really delicious. Then You can order hummus or roasted potatoes and gorgonzola or spinach dumplings in niva sauce (cheese like rockfort). I am sure whatever you choose you will be satisfied.
I walked so much in Bratislava that sitting down for a meal just wasn't possible. At lunchtime I ate from the market stalls on Hlavne Namestie, and apart from problems with dripping mustard , considered it a thoroughly gourmet experience. Main course was an enormous sausage of some sort, served with a bun and copiously dripping mustard. Yum! delicious. Desert was a chocolate crepe and the whole thing was washed down by some hot spicy punch .
Favorite Dish: I have a sweet tooth and the chocolate crepe really did it for me. The chocolate was generously applied and dripped as messily as the mustard. Obviously I'm no gourmet but if you want tasty and you want quick, this is a perfect menu.
This restaurant is located underground in a wine cellar. They have a good menu loaded with Slovak food and everything is more than reasonably priced. Portions are big, food is good, and the atmosphere is good.
Trafena HUS presents the excellent concept of cool restaurant and bar with pleasant and unconventional atmosphere. Great czech and belgian beers make it one of the best beer house in town. It also offers breakfasts menu from 7 am, grill specialities, unique goulashes and a lot of Slovak specialities.
Okay if chocolate is your thing then this is the place! far too many chocolates to feast upon.. The menu is impressive...... Great coffees and teas also.
The staff are english speakers on the whole, and polite. I had like a kind of chocolate soup with hazelnut.. hmmm. Plus a lovely frappe...
Favorite Dish: Chocolate...
Cafe Lyra is one of the best values in historic Bratislava. For dinner we had a huge schnitzel (250 SKK) and beef goulash (150 SKK)...many of their main courses come in student portions for almost half the price as other places in town. I also had 3 Zlaty Bazant beers for just 20 SKK each and Laura had 3 Coke Lights for 35 SKK apiece. Our total bill was 565 SKK or 18 USD...for large portions of good food; not bad at all for the center of town.
Inside is nothing special, kind of dark...but it does seem to have a good crowd of locals.
If you want to have a nice and not expensive lunch in a cozy atmosphere in the center of Bratislava, you can try Verne. Is located on Hviezdoslavovo square, it is furnished with old fasioned furniture and books from Verne. You feel like you are having a lunch at your grandmother´s. The staff is nice, and the variety of meals is also satisfying. You can find here young people and tourist.
Favorite Dish: Chicken salad with mango and avocado and Tiramisu is one of the best in the town!!!
Archa is a good place for lunch or dinner. They have a big menu with salads, pasta, vegetarian, meat dishes and some traditional Slovak cuisine. Service is good and the food is fresh. Portions are very filling. You can sit indoors or outside.
Favorite Dish: I had a Greek salad and pork sauteed with vegetables. The pork dish was a little spicy but it tasted great.
My friend and brother had a steak with blueberry sauce and whipped cream. Interesting combination, but i tried it and it was good.
For dessert, try the Hot Love. It is ice cream with some hot fudge and other toppings. I had to try it just because of the name and it was really good.
When you don´t want to go to a restaurant, just want to quickly grab something, i definitely recommend this tiny place on Zelena street - one little narrow street leading from the Main square. It is a little bit hidden in the courtyard but they have a sign outside so you shouldn´t miss it. They bake their own fresh baguettes (you can choose white or wholegrain) and except of usual ingredients you can also choose from the original selection of various spreads - olive, salmon, cheese, crab fingers, spicy vegetable and so on. They have also some typical slovak pastry. The staff is always very nice. The place is small but there are 4 tables where you can sit and eat. Small baguette is 40 crowns and big one 60, which is really great value for money.I´ve been going to this place for already 6 years, and I have never had a bad experience.
Favorite Dish: Baguette with niva (slovak blues cheese) spread and crab fingers spread.
I was wandering through the streets of Bratislava when I noticed a Restaurant sign 'Pig Kill'.. This drew my attention to the Staroslovenska krema restaurant in Michalska Street. The restaurant is located in a basement and has been given a celtic theme. Service was very good, and food was enjoyable.
Favorite Dish: To start with I had the local garlic soup served in an emptied out loaf of bread, and for my main course i settled for Somova Rolada, which is tender loin of pork filled with smoked pork, cheese, mushrooms and dill sauce then served with local dumplings.. This was then washed down with a beer or two...
While walking around Old City centre i noticed quiet a few restaurants that looked great, fancy modern decoration and ambiance. It's also so easy to find other kind of food such as Italian restaurants.
If you are in a hurry or would like to try local food or beverage i'd suggest Christmas Market in Main Square, although you won't sit at a table, ….
Fast food lovers relax! McDonald's is just off Main Square, after Cumil when you walk to Opera House.