Pod Sloncem

Pod Sloncem
84% from 27 reviews
+48 12 422 93 78
+48 12 422 93 78
Pod Sloncem
Rynek Glowny 43

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Editor's review

There's a rather fine stone carving of Mr. Sun beaming down cheerfully over the diners in this popular cellar restaurant on the Main Market Square. The cellar itself is a fine example dating from the middle ages, and has been fitted out with comfortable and cosy eating booths. Friendly staff serve up rather good food to visitors and tourists alike, the most popular dish being the traditional skewered shashlyk, which is available in half a dozen different varieties. Pod Sloncem's cafe is open from 8 in the morning, when it serves up good coffee and reasonably-priced breakfasts. The cellar restaurant itself opens from midday to midnight.

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Monika from Poland Reply Feb 16th, 2015

najlepsza obsługa! :D

rani from Poland Reply Jan 27th, 2015


Guest from Poland Reply Jan 27th, 2015

Super! Mniam mniam

Rafał from Poland Reply Jan 23rd, 2015


Sharon Wilson from United Kingdom Reply Apr 4th, 2013

We've been in Krakow twice and always come here at two or three evenings. Coming back later this year and looking forward to visiting this restaurant again. Its our first choice of place to eat.

Duncan MacDonald from Norway Reply Oct 24th, 2012

Good food, good service, Nice place, friendly helpful staff

justin from United Kingdom Reply Mar 25th, 2012

Went here 3 times on a 3 day break.The staff were great and the food was fantastic!I cannot recommend the mushroom risotto and the pierogi enough!Fabulous!

Martin from Czech Republic Reply Feb 15th, 2012

Our random choice for St. Valentine's dinner. Waitresses are very symphatic, food delicious and priced great-especially for the main square. I suppose it wasn't our last visit ;)

Missylis from United Kingdom Reply Jan 11th, 2011

Nice little find, cosy and homely feel to it. Food wasnt too bad I got what I paid for but the strong greasy kitchen cooking smells put me off it was very strong. Toilet was a bit smelly and was unisex which I thought was weird, but seems to be the norm for a lot of krakow places. I would visit it again though as I like the feel of it inside and I always leave happy. Staff are great also and very friendly.

Nick from United Kingdom Reply Sep 6th, 2010

Delicious food (worth the wait), charming staff and an excellent location. We will return!

JMV from France Reply Aug 18th, 2010

Wonderfull, small prices and great typical Polish food. We went twixe

Louise Roberts from United Kingdom Reply Mar 18th, 2010

Delightful cellar restaurant on the main square which doesn't take you for a ride with silly prices and bland food. The waiters were very attentive (not to mention handsome) and the restaurant itself is full of interesting knick-knacks. The thing that attracted us to the place was that they were advertising mulled wine and beer cocktails....hello! I went for 'hot wine' which was traditional mulled wine, very nice. My boyfriend went for the Admiral Rummer which contained red wine, beer, a laaarge slug of white rum, vanilla sugar and spices-it blew his head off! I couldn't believe it when he could stand up-for 10 PLN you can' get more alcohol, surely! We both had zurek for lunch which came with some big chunky fresh rolls and contained loads of delicious sausage along with the egg and mushrooms. Very good and very reasonable!

John Goodger from United Kingdom Reply Nov 23rd, 2009

Having eaten out the night before at a restaurant just off the square that was superb beyond words, this restaurant had a very hard act to follow. For 3 courses and drinks Zl154 was about right for the food which needed the waitress recommended fries to bulk it up. As I said the score was going to suffer thanks to the previous night. The smell of the the food cooking was a turn off. Missus gave it a 3.5/5. For the money I was not too upset

Coleen from Ireland Reply Oct 27th, 2009

This is a fab little restaurant with great service to match, food was really good, nice relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend.

nick from United Kingdom Reply Mar 30th, 2009

Best restaurant we ate in whilst in Krakow! In fact we went twice as they gave a 10% voucher on our first visit. Food was brilliant, the camembert with mushrooms is superb and at around £7, the Flaming Royal Fillet of Beef is astounding value. 3 courses, wine, beer, coffee and vodka for around £15 a head is excellent. Highly recommended....and I agree, the waitresses are stunning!

Stella from United Kingdom Reply Mar 22nd, 2009

Having really looked forward to eating here, we found the Sloncem a little disappointing. In fairness, they were very busy but the food, though OK, was not outstanding. Equally, considering its position on the Market Square, it was not expensive. Try the cafe upstairs during the day though. Nice view across the Square and the coffee and cakes are great - as [according to my husband] are the waitress's legs!

Dave Ramsay from United Kingdom Reply Nov 1st, 2008

Four old codgers mooching about for something different!! Had a bit of a job getting the wives down the stairs but, boy, was it worth it. Super food in a pleasant atmosphere served by good English-speaking (and very attractive) female waitresses. The bill will also come as a very pleasant surprise. Make a point of finding this one.

Tim Thornby from United States Reply Sep 15th, 2007

They didn't disappoint! We'll be visiting again this summer! Well done, Pod Sloncem!

Dagny from United States Reply Apr 3rd, 2007

very cozy and quiet cellar, at least during the week. we came on a monday evening, there were a couple tables with people inside but not many, but outside it seemed pretty full. the service inside was quite good, we did wait a good 20 minutes for the food but the drinks were so good we didn't even really notice. huge portions that are very well prepared with a good selection of sides. if you can manage it, try the charlotka (apple pie) with ice cream for dessert - yum!

John Oxley from United Kingdom Reply Mar 26th, 2007

i prebooked a meal here for a group of family and friends on 21/03/2007.Although i had given two weeks notice there was only one person waiting our tables.He was unable to cope and the service was very very slow and rather shoddy and disorganised.The food arrived in dribs and drabs and some of it was almost cold.One of our party found an insect in their salad and left the premises.It was a really poor evening made worse by the fact that the owners knew two weeks in advance we had booked but simply didnt roster the staff to cope.It was a real shame as the menu was very varied with lots of variety.Sadly the food served was not very good,average at best.I certainly wouldnt eat here again

baz from United Kingdom Reply Mar 14th, 2007

On our first day in Kracow, we came across this sign saying pub, so we followed the stairs down, it was what we were looking for. A cellar bar/restaurant, with a good atmosphere. The food was good, with large portions and reasonably priced. The service was good and the staff were friendly and efficient. We went back again and will go there again on our return next year.

Mike Webb from United Kingdom Reply Feb 16th, 2007

Have just returned from a visit to Krakow this week . We ate at this restaurant 3 times and found it to be excellent each time . The waitress remembered what drinks we were having from previous visits . The portions are BIG so be ready for a full stomach . I am not a lover of vegetables , but the grated sweet Carrots are superb and should be savoured . As mentioned in a previous review , the Goulash in bread is wonderful . Prices are cheap , ie we had Polish Steak for less than Breakfast in our Hotel. Food arrived quickly and well presented . Only thing to watch out for are the stairs , winding and oddly spaced . We WILL return here .

Tim Thornby from United Kingdom Reply Jan 28th, 2007

I have eaten (and drank!) at this restaurant on two occasions.....and found it to be excellent quality and value. In fact it was so impressive I'm taking a party of 30 students there for a meal this summer!

Vanessa C. from Germany Reply Jun 17th, 2006

We stopped by here in June 2006, and since the weather was so nice, we chose a spot among the outdoor tables looking out onto the main square. As a result, I can’t review the cellar or indoor service. Once we were seated, we were given menus and a server took our order pretty much right away. Everything went downhill from there. Our first drink didn’t arrive until 15 minutes after our order. I understand that there were a lot of people at the terrace that afternoon, so the wait staff had their hands full. However, I would have appreciated some kind of warning that my lunch order would take nearly half an hour – but not a word. There were several times when not a single server was on the terrace. People actually came, sat, and left again to find, and I quote, “a place where we can get some food and service.” Other reviews have also commented on staff shortages – obviously management is doing nothing to improve on this front. When my order did arrive, I was sorely disappointed by my chicken-and-veggie pancake topped with cheese. First, the dish was lukewarm at best. The cheese had started to harden and congeal, so I simply cut it away to get to the heart of the dish. Overboiled broccoli, tough-as-boots cubed chicken, a bland bread wrap. Aside from the view, eating here was truly an underwhelming experience.

Tracey from United Kingdom Reply Feb 6th, 2006

Great atmosphere, waitress was rushed off her feet at the bar but we still got served quickly and the goulash soup in a loaf of bread was hearty as hearty could be. Great portions, 2 people, two courses, beer and vodka at the end all for under £16!

Guest from United Kingdom Reply Oct 20th, 2005

Can't remember if the waitress was beautiful. She was stressed though and told us that the wait for food could be one hour (honest we thought).With nothing else planned for the evening, we ordered some wine and decided to take a chance. We were rewarded! Excellent food, great atmosphere, really recommend - try to book.

daan from Belgium Reply Sep 20th, 2005

nice terace with nice beautifull waitress

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