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Starka Restaurant is famed in these parts not only for their sumptuous Polish cuisine, but also for their head-spinning brand of vodkas, such as cranberry or ginger flavour, concocted on these very premises. The restaurant's atmosphere is classic old Kazimierz, with warm red walls covered by Zille paintings setting the perfect tone for pleasant meal. On the menu are treats such as sour rye soup, sauteed wild forest mushrooms on toast, as well as a succulent marinated pork neck. Patrons can round off their meal with traditional Krakow cheesecake or delicious Polish apple pie. Reasonable prices, free WiFi access, air conditoning, and children friendly make Starka a fantastic addition to the Kazimierz gastronomic scene.
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Visited again in June with my wife and in-laws (who were visiting Krakow for the first time) so this was their first taste of Polish cuisine which they absolutely loved, especially the flavoured vodkas!
Booked again for next year and we will definitely be dining here again. Go on, give it a try, well worth making your way down to this area from the main square.
In a city with many great restaurants, Starka tops them all. I've probably tried 2/3rd's of the menu at this point, and I'm always impressed. Make sure to try their Zurek (sour rye soup), which is my favorite Polish soup and the best version I've had yet. As for recommendations on main courses, just order one! You can even close your eyes and randomly choose one with your finger. They're all that damn good! The staff is wonderful, the prices are reasonable, and to top it all off, they have a great selection of homemade infused vodkas. My friend from Seattle who came to visit about a year ago still talks about this place. Need I say more?
Krakow is a wonderful city for walking, particularly in Old Town and Kazimierz with its restored synagogues, churches and numerous coffee shops. Based upon the advice of North American tourists I met wandering in Kazimierz I walked to the Starka Restaurant at 14 Jozefa Street. It was easy to spot with its red awning near the western end of the street on the north side. I was immediately struck by the warm, friendly atmosphere and the welcome of the owners. My main meal was a fabulous pork dish with a cherry sauce, perhaps the best pork dinner I had in Poland. Another highlight was the homemade flavored vodka. I dont drink but I tried the cranberry vodka, served ice cold. It was like a dessert wine and if I wasnt travelling for the next weeks I would have bought a bottle from the restaurant as it is not sold commercially. In a word, I highly recommend the restaurant.
Fantastic food and staff. I cannot recommend this place highly enough - and I have eaten in an awful lot of restaurants in Krakow! Try the salmon with pistacchio or the duck is always excellent. Sernik (cheesecake) is an outstanding dessert. Most importantly, the waiters are genuinely friendly and welcoming. Just go!
In first days of August I was walking around Kazimierz to see the district and find a place where to dink something. I've found Starka restaurant by chance, and I've immediately loved the atmosphere there. It was so nice and relaxing that I went there for all my dinners.
What to say about the home made flauvored vodka? No word it must be tasted :-) Really a nice place and nice staff and I've enjoyed the conversation with the two guys there...unfortunately I don't know their name ( so stupid I've not asled them )but they made more pleasent to spend time in Starka. Hope to return soon in the wonderful Krakow and spend another night at Starka.
We found this restaurant through this site, and decided to visit. It was well worth it! Not only did we have a super meal, with very warm and friendly service, but we also discovered a side of Kazimierz that we had not seen before. The street the restaurant is on has lots of interesting shops and bars to have a look around. Galleries too. We loved Starka and we recommend it to all your readers. Joanna and Keith.
I went there for a pre Christmas Eve dinner and loved it. I had a superb mushroom soup and a fish for a second dish. Both were outstanding. Also the atmosphere was beautiful - relaxed yet the service was very professional and friendly. I also tried some flavoured home made vodka
( nalewka) and that was a killer too:)
Following previous reviews I ate here (on my own) on Friday night and the staff were welcoming enough and were relatively quick in seeing to me and again reasonably attentive. The food was lovely, sausage to start followed by the rabbit and finished with some apple pie, all of which was perfect in my opinion. I tried the raspberry vodak too and that was pretty good as well. I would recommend a visit.
I went to Starka in April, with my wife. I would reccomend this restaurant to anybody who visits Krakow. The food was excellent at a very reasonable price, so much so that we returned a couple of nights later. The vodkas are fantastic, many different flavours. The host, Joanna, greeted and served us, with a friendly smile, nothing was too much trouble. In fact, one of the dishes, chicken with mashed potato was excellent. I have since e-mailed her to find the recipe for the gravy so i can do it myself, and within a day i have had a reply, with the full recipe! Brilliant service and after-service. Thank you
Went as a party of 10 and it was no trouble to them at, service with a smile throughout. I went for the 2 course lunch and although not huge it was certainly enough and absolutely no complaints at 18zloty. We all ordered different things but everything thing came out at once. The home made coconut and almond cake with baileys and coffee filling was beautiful. I have no hesitation in recommending this place and the food.
Good food, worth the wait (not busy but we waited longer than expected for starters). Pork Sirloin was excellent for both of us although they did not have any dumplings? Sampled 4 different vodkas each, 1 of which was on the house, all very good. Very reasonably priced for 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 bottle of good white wine and 6 vodkas all for just under 200 Zloty. Would recommend to anyone to try and we would visit again
Yes, we're reading all co mments! Thank you for visiting STARKA and we invite you again for our home made vodka. If it isn't possible please contact me at email@example.com, and Gabriel(he makes all vodkas) and I will send you a bottle for sure. All the best!
P.S. - thank you for the idea about selling the vodka bottled. I'm sure I can set a more reasonable price for the future :)
Like many other reviews on this page I couldn't really fault anything about Starka. Over two nights we tried 4 different main courses, a starter and a soup - everything cooked perfectly and nothing left - a real credit to the chef. We liked the Honey and Thyme flavour vodka the best, but the others are all good too :) I just couldn't understand how quiet the place was, when it's this good.
Only shame is they only offer the vodka in 1 litre bottles (at 200zlotty each!) to buy to take home. Owners: If you read this, make up a more sensibly priced selection box so we can remember the good times!
It's fancy, but not chique (so do not feel hesitant to enter). The food is well presented and tastes very good. Overall the price is surprisingly low for this quality. You can get a lot worse for this money in Cracow!
The restaurant not hard to find. So it surprised me that we were the only people in the restaurant (Thursday night).
For your main course, I can recommend the pork tenderloin. For desert, the apple pie.
We went to Starka on the last night of our short break in Krakow. We had checked the menu on an earlier stroll through Kazimierz and returned to try the food - the restaurant was convenient for a concert we were attending. The food was excellent - the best of the restaurants we had tried during our holiday. The staff were professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was imaginatively presented, and the price was very reasonable. Only sorry we didn't have time to return for a second meal - or to try that impressive range of vodkas. We will definitely pay a return visit when we next travel to Krakow.
I went to Starka on the last night of my visit to Krakow based on the recommedations found on this website. I wasn't diasappointed. Lovely food, big portions, great staff. The place had a relaxed atmosphere and the staff were really friendly and welcoming. Oh, and the vodka was excellent! Really glad we went, and will definitely go back again if we return to Krakow.
Fell across this gem by accident and returned another night it was so good. Quiet intimate environment with pleasent and engaging staff. The food was lovely, well presented and good portion size at a reasonable price. We were not hurried between courses but attended to at reasonable time intervals. Well worth a visit.
We went in here by chance as it was a Saturday night and we hadn't booked anywhere so a lot of places were quite full. Starka is situated just round the corner from the courtyard where some of Schindler's List was filmed in the Jewish quarter. The restaurant was virtually empty with only one other couple having a meal which was surprising as the decor and atmosphere were great for a couple looking for good food. We had some fantastic vodka cocktails and ordered a selection of starters as we weren't enormously hungry. All in all the food was great though, presented well and sizeable portions, very tasty and left us feeling sad that more people hadn't spotted this as a good place to eat.