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Head through the red door at ul. Piwna 52 and savour one of the most delightful atmospheres in Old Gdansk. Owner Monika Zieba has created a labour of love here and the results are a pleasure. It's not always the case in Gdansk but Red Door's interior doesn't jar with the splendour of the burgher's house that it has made its home in. Drop by for a coffee, or settle in for a first class lunch or dinner. The Polish menu changes with the seasons, but you can be sure of excellent options from the nearby Baltic, not to mention great service throughout the year. Book ahead to make sure you get that table!
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Czerwone Drzwi means 'The Red Door' in Polish, and indeed the threshold's bright scarlet paint job is the easiest way to identify this charismatic cafe restaurant as you walk down Piwna Street. Meticulously laid tables and liveried waiters would make this a rather too formal place for my liking, but luckily these are offset by a scattering of comfy couches and some incredibly kitsch landscapes and pop art hanging on the walls. The food is superb and the smoked salmon salad (with a raspberry sauce dressing) was just what I needed to keep my vitamin quotient up during the recent Heineken Open'er Festival. And if the staff minded serving a smelly raver amidst their rather more upmarket clientele they disguised it well, even when a dropped a huge slab of butter on their sofa. I think I got most of it off with a napkin.
Cosy, wonderful atmosfere and nice personel, but unfortunately not so good food. It was ordenary and tasteless and did not feel like restaurant food, more like something you have done yourself in a hurry after work on a tuesday. Come here for a glass of wine or a cooffe, but eat elswhere.
We have been in Gdansk two times before. On earlier visits, we found several very fine restaurants (for example Filharmonia and Fellini), and thought, that those were the best in town. However, this time we found "Yesterday" at ul. Piwna 52 (Red door). As being friends of very high quality, we visited that restaurant several times (5) during our visit, and EVERY time everything was just perfect!
Not a single flaw in high quality service, the food was as tasty (and visually perfect) as it can be, and the atmosphere nice, with live piano music (not every night ofcourse)
When searching fine gourmet experiences, the cost is not an issue, but I must mention, that at least this time this superb experience costed about half of what dining would have costed in Fellini or Filharmonia. (2 persons,starters,mains,deserts,bottle of good wine)
To be honest, we also tested a restaurant that our friends suggested... It was the worst ever!!! The bill was bigger than in some of towns best restaurants, and the food/service was worst than we ever have seen before! That restaurant was named EURO, Dluga 79. Never visit that...
For the rest, if you want to eat something different as Katerina, I recommand to go to Filharmonia, the restaurant of the opera. It's quite the opposite of Cerwone drwi: atmosphere is not extraordinary (but, if you eat on the roof terrace, you will have, I suppose, an extraordinary view), but the food is creative and very good! You will have the possibility to try some elements of molecular cooking for a reasonable price.
FILHARMONIA, the good choice for those, who like food... I don't understand, that there are no reviews here about this restaurant, which is certainly the best in town, without knowing the other restaurants but with my experience of central and east Europe, where I am living since 14 years.
Place is nice. But: I commanded some pierogis with veal and mushroom, as they recommanded me, and they brought me pierogis with meet, but it was not veal and there was no mushrooms. They pretended of course that it was veal and that there were mushrooms. Like if you asked for some lobster or crab, and they served you some tuna in can, pretending you that it's lobster... Don't follow theyr recommandations...
Positives: fantastic atmosphere and location. I really loved the decor: cozy and romantic. Negativies: their food is really NOT that good. I wouldn't call it bad, but it really was nothing special. We've had 4 different dishes (2 starters, 2 main) and none of them was something to remember. They were really simple and tasted like home cooked food. Perhaps someone is into that, but I really expect more when I go out for a meal considering that the place is not cheap, reasonable prices for Gdansk though. I'd definitely recommend Red Door for a nice cup of coffee or a glass of wine, as the atmosphere is really the best from what we have experienced in Gdansk.
Outstanding food and relaxed, friendly staff. Carpaccio with parmesan, rocket and capers was just right, and I had a main course of livers which was the tops. The restaurant is right next to the beautiful Mariacki Church, and has a delightful little verandah at the front where you can eat out. Prices were very reasonable for food of this quality. Full marks!