Restaurant Pod Baranem

Restaurant Pod Baranem
+48 12 429 40 22
Restaurant Pod Baranem
ul. św. Gertrudy 21

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Editor's review

Sometimes it can be difficult trying to recommend a Polish restaurant that serves good food but doesn't feel like a museum. Pod Baranem may have some old-fashioned touches here and there but it still feels fresh and relaxed, and unlike some other restaurants, you will actually find Poles eating here - a sure sign that Pod Baranem has got it right. Start with the excellent herring - served either with cream or 'po krakowsku' (in the Cracovian style). Then move on to Duck cooked in the Old Polish way. Fish devotees will be pleased to know that the family who run this restaurant have their own smokerie, and there's a fine selection of Neptune's catch on offer. You may also find a gentleman tinkling the ivories if you come during the evening.

Editor & Krakow Local


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Karina Eriksdottir

Restauracja cenowo i prezentacja na pierwszy rzut wyglada bardzo dobrze. Byliśmy tam wczoraj 23.02.2023 na obiedzie koło 16:00 1 błąd kelnera kiedy nie skończyliśmy zamawiać pic kiedy kelner z tekstem dobra zamiast ewentualnie dopytać się czy jesteście coś albo 5 sekund odczekać odwrócił się i poszedł robić picia.2. Po przyniesieniu picia dozamowilam wodę z lodem i cytryna i 2 kawe kutra poprosiłam przynieść po ukończeniu posiłku. Ani cytryny nie doczekałam się ani kawy po posiłku. 3. Przy zamówieniu 1 zupy z 3 osób nie było spytano czy zupę podawać na początku czy wszystko razem i 1 osoba kutra zamówiła zupę musiała czekać aż nam przyniosą jedzenie bo nie przestoi tak zaczynać jeść!!! 4. Kelner miał ciagle problem z naszymi zeczami na stole czyli 1 telefon i okulary aby rozłożyć nasze zamówienie na stole. 5. Przy zabieraniu pare talerzy nie miłym głosem usłyszałam tekst „to mogę już podziękować”. Nawet nie rozumiem do czego służył.

Nigdy tam już nie wrócę. Jedzenie jest w miarę dobre ale okropna obsługa która nie zwraca uwagi na klientow i ich prośbę i ta cała reszta co z nami wydarzyła się …. Polecam nie daleko od tego miejsca „Pod Wawelem kompania kuflowa” bardzo dobre jedzenie i prześwietla obsługa klienta. Mniej prestiżowe miejsce ale Pod baranem u nich miała by co pouczyć się !!! Nie polecam restauracji Pod Baranem

Reply Feb 24th, 2023

Probably the best restaurant in Krakow for typical Polish food. Always excellent service as well. A bit on the formal side, but overall a great experience.

Reply Dec 11th, 2022
Mirek Sediwy

Incredible food cooked with love and care. Highly recommended.

Reply Mar 7th, 2019

Kuchnia z klasą, fachowa obsługa, miła atmosfera, i przede wszystkim wyjątkowe dania!

Reply Feb 28th, 2018

Restauracja z klasą i wykwintna kuchnia polska, w dodatku obok Wawelu. Zobowiązująca lokalizacja:)

Reply Aug 1st, 2017

Tosi hyväääää ! Syötin Krakova keito vau , sieni keito leivän sisällä vau , ja tosi suuri herku kaalikääryleet vau vau , käytin kaksi kerta , Krakovan paras ruokapaikka ,

Reply Apr 26th, 2015
United Kingdom

Excellent meals from an exciting menu. Very good gluten free choices. The staff are very welcoming and speak very good english, They also, if asked, go into detail of the dish you have ordered, Very good value for money. I would certainly go back the next time i'm in Krakow. May 2014.

Reply Jun 6th, 2014
Kris N
United States

We ate at Pod Baranem in mid-September 2012 and had a wonderful meal. I have celiac disease, and the reason we went there was because one of my companions spotted the "bezgluten" sign in the window as we passed by on our way back to our hotel after a day of touring. We decided to try it based on that alone, and we were not disappointed. I was thrilled with the extensive gluten-free menu, the attentiveness of our waiter, and the quality of the food. Small side note - they served some of the best gluten-free bread I have had anywhere. The atmosphere was very cozy and welcoming, and everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. We will definitely return next time we visit Krakow.

Reply Sep 26th, 2012
United Kingdom

Rather old-fashioned and without a great deal of atmosphere but good Polish food. They serve an excellent chateaubriand for the cost.

Reply May 17th, 2012
United Kingdom

Well executed Polish cuisine.

Good attention is shown to creating and ensuring soups and sauces pack a great depth of flavour.

The sort of place that positively encourages you to return to ensure you've sampled all the delights available on the comprehensive menu.


Reply Nov 1st, 2010
David M

Everything I read in the reviews online is true, this restaurant is exceptional! I've never even contemplated writing an online review previously, however after my serendipitous experience tonight I've rushed back to my Hotel room to write this. Everything from the superb meal to the first-rate service made for a memorable evening, and the perfectly tempered room with a fireplace and relaxing music worked to create a perfect ambience.

I ordered the creamy Herring with onion for starters....absolutely outstanding with the quality leagues ahead of other restaurants I've dined at over the past week. For mains I settled on the Fillet steak Chateaubriand with a side of potatoes and summer salad. I pleasantly found the meat cooked exactly as ordered (medium), juicy and full of flavour with the sauce - just divine. The vegetables and salad were also delicious without being pretentious.

Topping this off with dessert was a task however I soon discovered the slice of Black Forest cake garnished with fresh cream and blueberries(?) was not the usual 'two bites and I'm full' over-rich cake experience. Instead, the cake was reasonably light however moist and tasty enough to elegantly finish off the meal.

All in all I must say, this is definitely one of the best dining experiences I can recall and Pod Baranem is well deserving of any accolades. I will be back for more. Well done!

Reply Oct 18th, 2010

I have to agree with Kopel. It was because of his review that I chose to eat here. As a coeliac, eating out when travelling can be problematic. To be greeted with a separate gluten-free menu instils immediate confidence in the restaurant's ability to understand your needs.

My husband (who is not a coeliac) and I ate here recently & were very impressed with the food. Our wild boar & venison were cooked to perfection. I was even able to have cheesecake for dessert!

I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone (not just coeliacs) who wish to experience excellent Polish cooking.

Annette (Australia) 8.10.2010

Reply Oct 8th, 2010
United Kingdom

This is an outstanding restaurant offering perhaps the best traditional Polish dishes I have ever tasted. Quality ingredients and a very talented kitchen staff made dishes I'd known from being a child a complete revelation. The friendly and very helpful (bilingual +) waiters were brilliant. Although quite formal, just a bit of Polish will be enough to crack a smile open from them.

The real cherry on the top of the experience was an entire gluten-free menu, offering gluten-free alternatives of many of the main menu items. My wife is a coeliac sufferer, often dreading visits to unknown restaurants. She loved it so much, we went every night for 5 days! The decider for her was when, on our second visit, she was brought gluten-free bread with no prompting from either of us. She is convinced this is the best gluten-free restaurant in Europe, bar none.

None of our 3-course meals, with generous amounts of beer and wine, cost more than GBP40. For that quality and service - that's a bargain! There much the rest of Europe could learn from Krakow restaurants, and Pod Baranem in particular.

Reply Dec 19th, 2009
United Kingdom

I stayed in Krakow for the weekend 13th to 16th November. Visited this restaurant on the saturday. It was the best meal of the whole weekend! Would highly recommend this restaurant. The service was exellent. The food was delicious. Fillet steak barbican style (fillet steak, peppercorn and conyac sauce, with two strips of bacon wrapped around the sides) was brilliant, chicken fillet in herb sauce, delicious! The waiter was great!! Fantastic service to match the food. Also great value for money! Made a great day in Krakow even better.

Would suggest this restaurant to anyone visiting Krakow.

Check out the website!!!

Reply Nov 17th, 2009
United Kingdom

We visited this restaurant based on previous reviews and were not disappointed. In fact, it was wonderful! Great food (wild boar is divine) and great service. You may need to book (we arrived unannounced on a Sunday and were lucky to be accomodated). This place is definately on our list for our next visit.

Reply Sep 23rd, 2009
United Kingdom

What a find. Just go here and have one of the best meals you will ever have.

Reply Aug 9th, 2009
United States

Wow! What a find. I'm going to cancel tomorrow night's reservation (my last night in town) and eat here again. Wonderful selection of wild game (not the farm-raised "wild" game you find in the States), attentive service, comfy country atmosphere and great prices. This was a wonderful find and I highly recommend that you stroll a bit out of the central square area and give this excellent restaurant a try.

Reply Aug 9th, 2009
United Kingdom

Came upon this restaurant by chance and what a great find. We had been recommended an other restaurant which had a Michelin recommended status but it was not a patch on the POD BARANEM. What a fabulous standard of meat , beautifully cooked reasonably priced and great service.

Reply Jul 13th, 2009
James P
United Kingdom

We had an excdellent lunch here, great food, friendly and helpful service and all very reasonably priced.

Reply May 9th, 2009
Peter Lacey
United Kingdom

My wife and I came here for our 35th. wedding anniversary.

We were not disappointed.

Interesting, Polish olde world decor.

Complimentary starter of pork lard infused with onion,garlic, croutons and? and? - brilliant.

Wild mushroom soup in bread - brilliant.

Herring in cream sauce, which turned out to be herring with a creamy coleslaw - very nice.

Veal in mushroom sauce - absolutely brilliant!

Fried pork chop - brilliant.

The above two were served with fried cabbage and sauteed potatoes - excellent!

We had Cava which was reasonable at 79Zl and were asked if we were celebrating something and we told them of our wedding anniversary and received two fabulous gateaux desserts with a candle on each, complimentary - beautiful!!

Service impeccable.

Reply Jan 20th, 2008
Larry Hinge
United Kingdom

A short walk from the centre but well worth it.Good service, excellent wine/drinks list & most of all very good food (Especially the chateau briand!)

Reply Jun 5th, 2007
United Kingdom

Fab restaraunt! Not far from our hotel either so ideally situated. The food was excellent & the waiter was efficient without being overbearing or intrusive and spoke incredible english. One of the best meals we had in Krakow.

Reply May 11th, 2007
United States

After trying several "traditional" Polish restaurants, Pod Baranem was by far the best - the best barscz, amazing fish and great piernik for dessert. In the early evening on a weekday it was nearly empty, and the service was by far the best I've had in Poland.

Reply Nov 20th, 2006
matt parker-young
United Kingdom

WOW I have just returned from Krakow after spending 4 days there.I had visited this site before going and fancied Pod Baranem so I went on my first night in Krakow and ended up going there 3 nights out of 4.The food is just delectable, superb, great, fantastic, wonderful, tasty, gorgeous, appetizing, brilliant have I left any out???? If you are going to Krakow you must visit Ocwiecim, wawel castle and Pod Baranem.The waiters are helpful, charming, smart in appearance, speak some English- just everything you would want and a lot lot more than you would expect. My praise cannot be high enough for this superb place to eat, I will be visiting Krakow again and yes this restaurant will be top of my list of places to visit. Many thanks to all who work there.

Reply Nov 5th, 2005
United States

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Krakow! It's a little upscale, but pretty affordable for Westerners. The sledz appetizer (Krakow style) is the best in town (try with a Zubrowka wodka aperatif). I also really enjoy the duck. I find the service exceptional and the food here great.

Reply Oct 30th, 2005
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