Restaurants in Warsaw
Warsaw has become the epicurean epicentre of Poland inrecent years, and the city now offers an assortment of cuisines to suit all budgets, tastes and objectives. And whether the point is just lounging, power-brokering, romancing or delighting in something gastronomically unique, you’ll find it all here.
Note that there is a whole lot more to polish food than just kielbasa (Polish sausage) and sauerkraut! Polish cuisine is rich in meat and game, thick soups and sauces proliferate, and potatoes and dumplings are abundant. Every meal in Poland begins with soup such as barszcz, a red beetroot soup. Be sure to try pierogi - 'Polish ravioli' - stuffed with a whole range of fillings.. They are usually boiled and then served doused in melted butter. Another speciality is gołąbki, cabbage leaves stuffed with beef, onion and rice and baked in tomato sauce.
If you need a quick bite and don't want to sit down, try a zapiekanka, a 'Polish pizza' made up of half a stale baguette split lengthwise and topped with melted cheese, chopped mushrooms and ketchup and best (or only) eaten after a heavy night on the town.
The Warsaw restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over ZL120)
Moderate (ZL40 to ZL120)
Cheap (up to ZL40)
These prices are based on an average three-course meal for one person. Tax is usually included in the price of the food and gratuity should be included at your discretion; 10% is adequate.
Amber RoomCuisine: Polish, European
Voted first in Poland’s Best Restaurants 2016 and awarded 4 forks in the Michelin guide the amber room is located in the historic Sobanski Palace, once used as a hospital in WW1. The dishes found in the Amber Room consist of a combination of ingredients from throughout Europe, accompanied by an award winning wine list.Address: , Aleje Ujazdowskie 13 , Warsaw, 00-567
Telephone: + 48 2 2523 6664
This highly rated Warsaw restaurant is pleasantly placed on the banks of the Vistula River north of the Old Town. Its nautical theme extends not only to the décor but also the menu, where the range of Mediterranean-style dishes leans heavily in the direction of Italian cuisine. In summer there's no better place to be than on the Boathouse's large terrace, with a seafood platter, glass of wine and live jazz in the background.Address: , Wał Miedzeszyński 389a, Warsaw, 03-975
Telephone: +48 22 616 3223.
Gessler Restauracja U KucharzyCuisine: Polish
One of Warsaw’s finest restaurants and dating back to the year before WWII broke out, Gessler Restauracja U Kucharzy serves peerless traditional Polish dishes and international favourites in a delightful restaurant set inside the kitchen of an elegant old hotel. Dress is smart and dining quite formal in the evening. For a more relaxed meal, come at lunch or on Sunday when there is a demonstration of noodle-making.Address: , Bohaterów Monte Cassino 60, Warsaw, 81-759
Telephone: +48 (58) 554 14 76
Grand KredensCuisine: Polish
If it is fine cuisine served amidst stunning retro décor you’re looking for, this is the place for you. The main dining room is done up in over-the-top, art deco – all pink marble, burlwood and campy lamps - which looks for all the world like a Hollywood film set. Overstuffed armchairs have you lingering over a menu of Polish and international cuisine – try the crispy roast duck served on a wooden platter with potato pancakes, beetroot and baked apple.Address: , Ulica Aleje Jerozolimskie 111, Warsaw, 02-017
Telephone: +48 22 629 8008.
Bazyliszek RestauracjaCuisine: Polish
Look out for the wrought iron dragon set above the entrance to this charming traditional restaurant on the Old Town marketplace. Although it's popular with tourists, the food is good and served in hearty portions; the mostly meat-based dishes include schnitzel and steak, and the specialty is duck roasted in oranges and served with beetroots, crispy potatoes and cabbage. In summer, there's an outdoor terrace.Address: , Rynek Starego Miasta 1/3, Warsaw, 00-001
Telephone: +48 22 831 1841.
Elixir by Dom WódkiCuisine: Polish
Set next to the Opera House, this elegant restaurant offers contemporary takes on Polish classics, accompanied by a choice over over 500 vodkas from around the world. Regional and seasonal ingredients dominate the menu, such as duck with roasted celery puree and rowanberry sauce. The adjoining bar is a great place for a drinnk before or after dinner.Address: , Ulica Wierzbowa 9/11, Warsaw, 00-094
Telephone: +48 22 828 2211.
N31 Restaurant & BarCuisine: Polish, International
The N31 Restaurant and Bar’s simplistic menu combines traditional Polish meals with an international touch, perfectly reflected in their meals. Despite the simplicity of the menu there is still plenty of mouthwatering dishes to chose from, including; slow cooked meats, sea food and creamy soups.
Address: , Nowogrodzka 31 , Warsaw, 00-511
Telephone: +48 6 0086 1961.
The Alchemist GastropubCuisine: European
This stylish restaurant is modelled on the kind of gastropub you'd find in New York or London, and offers a classic, all-day international menu: bangers and mash, fish and chips, pizzas, burgers and salads. There's also a novel "beer wall" (which also includes prosecco and cider) - buy a "beer card" with credits and top yourself up as often as you'd like. The dining terrace is delightful when the weather allows.Address: , Plac Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 1-3, Warsaw, 00-078
Telephone: +48 22 628 0023.
Co TuCuisine: Vietnamese
It's been hard going for Asian eateries in Warsaw's dining scene, but Co Tu has been making leaps and bounds in the popularity stakes with the city's young, artistic crowd. The fresh dishes that arrive steaming from the kitchen are the key to this tiny diner's success (of course the price and speedy service help); there's an abundance of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes to choose from, and vegetarians are well catered for. Co Tu is hidden amongst a row of bars just off Ulica Nowy Åwiat.Address: , Ulica Nowy Świat 22/28a, Warsaw, 01-999
Telephone: +48 22 826 8339.
This popular café overlooks Warsaw's circular Plac Zbawiciela, one of the few remnants of Socialist architecture extant in the city. Its coffee is strong, its smoothies creamy and thick, and its light snacks run the gamut from healthy sandwiches to home-made cakes and cookies. Take a seat inside on winter days or grab a table outdoors in the warm summer months.Address: , Mokotowska 17, Warsaw, 00-640
Telephone: +48 22 875 8709.
Pierogi (filled dumplings) are probably Poland's most famous dish, and this is the place to eat them - gluten-free, boiled or fried, filed with cheese, mushroom, spinach, meat or even as dessert with strawberries and blueberries... there's a huge menu offering them just like grandma makes them. There are also other typically Polish main dishes should pierogies not be your thing, along with soups and potato pancakes, all at a very reasonable price.Address: , Nowy Świat 64, Warsaw, 00-999
Telephone: +48 22 692 41 35
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