Pod Krzyzykiem

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Pod Krzyzykiem
Rynek Glowny 39/40

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Editor's review

Pod Krzyzykiem is something of a tongue-twister for non-Slavic souls - it means under the little cross. Inside, you'll find a distinctive restaurant with all kinds of eccentric Cracovian flourishes. The owner has woven echoes of Stanislas Wyspianski's designs into the decor, with spiralling chestnut leaf balustrades, which were a hallmark of Cracovian art nouveau. This is an upmarket place offering high standards of service and well-delivered Polish and International cuisine. It's bright and cheerful and could well be a hit in Summer when the tables stretch out onto the square. Prices won't break the bank by Western standards either.

As of 1st January 2011, the restaurant is now CLOSED

Editor & Krakow Local


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United Kingdom

WOW! The sign outside says like stepping into a giant dali painting and that truely sums up the experience. The decor is wonderful,so imaginative. If youre into Dali and Surrealism then you have to visit this place. Had hunters chicken which was very tasty. We recieved a complementary bread basket with cheese spread too. Tried warm raspberry tea with vodka after the meal which came with mini shortbread biscuits. Sounds like a strange choice of drink but it actually works very well and warmed us up on a chilly evening.

Reply Oct 25th, 2009
United Kingdom

Ate here 14/6/08. Found the decor very interesting especially the glass floor with the scale model of Kracow town below. We enjoyed the food and just went for 4 starters of dumplings (very tasty) and we 2 shared beef roulade between 4 with some side dishes of vegetables. We chose the cheapest bottle of white wine and had about 4 lagers - the bill came to £78.00. I would say we enjoyed it and although I would recommend this restaurant, we found a much nicer one the following night down one of the sidestreets. You obviously pay a bit more for eating in a place which fronts onto the square.

Reply Jun 18th, 2008
Peter Lacey
United Kingdom

Beautiful and unusually laid out restaurant.

Glass floor area over model of Stare Miasto!

Judicious use of mirrors

We(my wife and I)were given a complimentary starter of pork lard infused with garlic,onions,croutons and? and? - we could have just eaten more of this it was sooo good!

Because of this we only had starters - 2 each!

Pierogi - brilliant

Goats cheese - brilliant

Creamed herring - brilliant

Fried liver - brilliant

Service attentive and good

A really great place to eat.

Reply Jan 20th, 2008
Julie Gordge
United Kingdom

I visited Pod Krzyzykeim on 12 October with 8 friends. We all had a wonderful meal, delicious food, great professional staff and really stylish interesting decor. Compared with UK restaurants of this quality it was really good value too - quite a bonus!

Reply Oct 16th, 2007
Mark Rennie
United Kingdom

Great waitress. Great meal. Lithuanian chilled beetroot soup is unbelievable! Best meal I had in Krakow. And in my top 10 of all time!

Reply Sep 24th, 2007
Anette Dirdal

Vi var fire par som hadde en flott kveld på denne restauranten. Deilig mat, hyggelig personal, sentral beliggenhet og stilig innredning. Polske priser er heller ikke å forakte.Anbefaler absolutt dette stedet.

Reply Apr 24th, 2007
charlotte ashley-roberts
United Kingdom

We came in here by chance and were thoroughly impressed. The service was excellent and the food delicious. The decor was interesting and provided a good conversation starter, especially the glass floor!

Reply Apr 4th, 2007
United Kingdom

This gothic/artdeco themed restaurant,will take some beating. We all had a superb meal and fantastic friendly service. We visited it on a Monday night, which was quite quiet. We had attempted to book it for the Sunday night but it was fully booked. I would advise anyone thinking of going for a meal here, to email your booking in advance. We look forward to booking this restaurant when visiting next year.(try the wild 'boar' which is an old traditional meal).

Reply Mar 14th, 2007
John Jervis
United Kingdom

Excellent food with superb presentation - and good value too! The decor is really interesting and the service very friendly and of a very professional standard. Highly recommended!

Reply Dec 28th, 2006
gilly drury
United Kingdom

After reading the reviews of this restaurant we went there for dinner and what a super place it is! The food was great and as for the decor, it was fab. We had the liver, boar and the hot choc souffle which was so good, I was made to share it. The liver in particular was excellent. The staff were delightful and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone, in fact, it is a must. So, not only was the food great, service charming, decor brilliant but is was reasonably priced and excellent value. I would love to go again!

Reply Nov 10th, 2006
Sue Ligthart

We had a lovely lucnh ourside while watching a bike race that took place on the main square. Great food, service good. Had a quick look inside and very modern cosy, if that is possible. Would go again.

Reply Aug 14th, 2006
Michael Henman
United Kingdom

Excellent food that was quite a bit cheaper than that offered by the restaurants around it on the Market Square. Of course, the location could not be better. All the restaurants on the Square charge quite a bit more than those elsewhere, but this one seemed to be the best value. Try thr strawberry dessert!

Reply Jul 7th, 2006
United Kingdom

went there on the strength of reviews on this site and was not dissapointed (the liver starter is to die for). there were 16 people in our party and every single one could not find fault, infact most went back the next day. we ordered a starter, main, and some dessert, a couple of beers each, about 4 bottles of red, and 4 white, 2 bottles of champagne, and all for about £25 a head. Oh, did i forget the ecxeptional decor. I cant wait to get back to krakow for many reasons, but this place i will surely return to.

Reply Apr 24th, 2006
Richard and Heather
United Kingdom

The best service by far of the reataurants we visited - friendly and efficient- it was busy even on a Wednseday in late October- food was delicious and affordable. Decor ammusing.

Reply Oct 30th, 2005
United Kingdom

Agree with the positive reviews. Decor is outstanding. Food is excellent. The fly in the ointment was that the restaurant was empty when we sat down - this was in August - and remained so for the entire evening. Hmm! If you are looking for superb food and wonderful surroundings, you will not be disappointed.

Reply Oct 20th, 2005
United Kingdom

Great place and fantastic value.

The waitress was very nice and new all the dishes very well. We had a very romantic evening and great food. The desert was just out of this world, hot chocolate souffle! Need I say more??

Reply May 5th, 2005
United Kingdom

Fantastic restaurant - my friends and I discovered it by accident but were glad we did! The food was superb and very reasonably priced, the service was friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. Overall it was a great experience - I'd certainly go back again.

Reply Apr 13th, 2005

This restaurant is really amazing! The food is wonderful, the service is very good, the atmosphere is great and the decorations are fantastic! Eating in this restaurant, you can't help thinking and saying how suberb it is, every 5 minutes :D.

Reply Apr 11th, 2005
United Kingdom

This restaurant does the rare job of scoring full marks on the four biggies: food, service, atmosphere, and value for money. So good we ate here two nights in a row and will be one of the main reasons for us to go back to Krakow!!

Reply Mar 22nd, 2005
Rod Lipscombe
United Kingdom

Unfortunately, we only had time for a lunch sitting outside at this restaurant. However, the food was excellent. The pierogi were superb.

Reply Nov 1st, 2004
John Goodall
United Kingdom

My wife and I visited this restaurant after reading the reviews. One of the guidebooks likens it to stepping into a Salvador Dali painting - have to agree. The food is superb, cocktails potent and staff very friendly. One not to be missed!!!

Reply Oct 22nd, 2004
Sarah & Mark
United Kingdom

We went to this resturant after reading the reviews. A great place, we do agree, funky decor, staff are extremely friendly and efficient and the food is good.

Reply Jun 3rd, 2004
United States

One of the most mesmerizing restaurants I have ever visited. When you enter the restaurant it seems that you have entered a surreal world. The feeling you experience is comparable to the one in the Wizard of Oz when the film changes from Black and White to Color. It seems that Dali and Gaudi have created this restaurant together. The food and the drinks are very cosmopolitan and delicious (I highly recommend the cream of mushroom soup). This place is definitely a keeper and I cannot await the moment I return to “Pod Krzyzykiem”

Reply Mar 30th, 2004
Henrietta Leatham
United Kingdom

this restaurant is really refreshing (i don't just mean the excellent cosmopolitan cocktails!) because of it's look to the future rather than a relic of the past. Good service and trendy restaurants do not always go together but they have achieved this here. This is definitely somewhere i would go back to on my next visit.

Reply Mar 28th, 2004
United States

I was amazed when I found this place. The food is great (I reccomend herring in an apple and divine chocolate dessert), the staff are very friendly but what really hits you is the interior design. I felt like I was in a Cracow version of Harry Potter with a touch of Gaudi. Not only do you have a dragon, a small Cracow under your feet, church towers all over but also a sofa made in the shape of a dog! Wow.

Reply Mar 24th, 2004

Unique Kracovian experience! A combination of the romantic ambience, a view from above of Krakow and an excellent cuisine accompanied by an interesting winelist. Cannot wait to go back.

Reply Mar 23rd, 2004
Chiara Visconti
United States

A funky restuarant with the decor creating a surreal almost "dali-esque" ambiance. The staff are extremely friendly and efficient and the food is particularly good. It also offers a nice place to get an aperitif with some good background music.

Reply Mar 23rd, 2004
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