Pod Aniolami

Pod Aniolami
+48 12 421 39 99
Pod Aniolami
ul. Grodzka 35

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Editor's review

Without doubt one of the top restaurants in Cracow, and with a whole raft of awards to prove it, Pod Aniolami (Under the Angels) is famous for its marinated meats, cooked on an elm wood-fired grill, as well as other traditional specialities. The restaurant can be found along the "Royal Way" leading from Wawel Castle to the Rynek (Market Square), in a splendid 13th Century building. It's genuine Old Cracow, with its own medieval courtyard with a mosaic-encrusted fountain to prove it.

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This place provides a very poor service and food.

1) Restaurant staff registered our reservation by handwriting in their book, but did not manage to find it just on the next day when we arrived to the restaurant in time. So they made us wait until they find a free table.

2) Their so called “Traditional Polish red borscht” is a lie: they provide a plate with beetroot water heavily, I mean HEAVILY, peppered. Where is all the staffing? The soup is supposed to be served with “French pasty finger”, but as you may have guessed, there was none.

3) Guess what, “Rib eye steak (marbly) from seasoned meat, marinated in rosemary,” is made of pork. Seriously, a pork rib eye?!

The price for the food they provide is way too high. The food quality is equal to one in a café in a small town somewhere nowhere.

Reply Oct 28th, 2018
James G
United Kingdom

Always a good option and an ideal introduction to Polish food

Reply Feb 3rd, 2018
United Kingdom

Been to this restaurant three times and enjoyed it every time. Look forward to a further visit.

Reply Oct 23rd, 2016

I was born in Poland and grew up in Canada. I am well versed in Polish cuisine and have tasted a many of other cuisines in numerous countries. I had a lovely meal at this restaurant last night and have to say it was absolutely delicious. The service was also wonderful and our waitress provided many great recommendations for food and wine. This is as authentic as you can get. My mother and I split the foie gras and the duck breast. As a lover of liver pate, foie gras and game meats, I have to say the foie gras was amazing and one of the best I have had; same goes for the duck breast. I spent a considerable time in France and will say the duck breast was much more authentic and interesting in taste than anywhere else I've had. The game meats at Pod Aniaolami are authentic wild-caught and not farmed and you can taste the difference. I highly recommend this restaurant to any native Pole and visitor interested in more than just your typical pork schnitzel.

Reply Sep 5th, 2016

That was really special night in Cracow in Under The Angels Restaurant. very historical site, convivial atmosphere, fine inner lives.

We had grilled trout , pierogi and duck fillet ! yum-yum!

Thank's for the best service.

Reply Apr 15th, 2014
United Kingdom

The building was fantastic and the food and service ok but this place charges twice the price of other quality Cracow restaurants hence the low mark.

Reply Nov 13th, 2011
United Kingdom

This place is wonderful. Have been visiting for years and it really never fails to impress. Excellent service and food to die for! Definitely worth a visit!

Reply Oct 28th, 2011
United Kingdom

We spent two nights in Krakow and the first night ate at Pod Aniolami, downstairs in their beautiful cellar. The meal and service were both very good and we would definitely go back there. The second evening we had a meal in Resto Illuminati on Golebia Street, just off the main square. We all thought it was fantastic! The food was amazing (and not expensive!) and the restaurant is lovely and has a great atmosphere. I think it's new to Krakow. Definitely worth a visit!

Reply Apr 2nd, 2010
United Kingdom

Romantic cellar, and pretty covered courtyard. Shashlyk was delicious. Service not amazing, but memorable place

Reply Mar 26th, 2010
dref ( in english : )

Simply hideous...

I had the impression of food to the canteen of my primary school...

No flavour

ridiculous Quantity

Presentation... hmmm... no one !

Server demanding his tips handwritng it friendly !! More than a restaurant, a joke !

Reply Dec 5th, 2009

Tout simplement affreux...

J'ai eu l'impression de manger à la cantine de mon école primaire...

Aucune saveur

Quantité ridicule

Presentation ... euh... aucune

Serveur réclamant son tips en vous l'écrivant gentiment sur la note ... au stylo bille !

Plus qu'un restaurant, une blague !

Reply Dec 5th, 2009

We have been there twice during our stay in Krakow. Great interior, very historical. Best pierogi in town for sure! Staff is very frindly, great choice of wine. Lovely atmosphare! recomended!

Reply Nov 12th, 2009
Paul Dillon

Loved the food here. Look forward to sampling it again this weekend (2 October - 4 October). Hope to see many people there.

Reply Oct 2nd, 2009
United Kingdom

Lovely courtyard, and tasty grilled meats. Lucky there was a glass roof as it was tipping down!

Reply Jun 25th, 2009
John Loraine Irene Alan
United Kingdom

Great dumplings for starters but traditional Polish Pork was huge disappointment.

Reply Nov 22nd, 2008
Angela Adam
United Kingdom

What a huge disappointment and bill to match! Food was mediocre at best and everything that wasn't barbequed was microwaved, worse still, in front of us. Service was OK, but we had to call the waitress over to ask for more drinks and the bill. We went to this place at Christmas and last month and had better meals, but I think they are now living off their reputation. For the price, they really do have to raise their game. Try Cyrano de Bergerac- brilliant in every way, but watch the price of the wine!

Reply Aug 23rd, 2008

Well my meal was ok. The place is interesting. To be honnest i was not really impressed but its worth checking it yourself.

NB. about the service, the girl was nice and smilling but she didn't know how to open a bottle of wine, personally i don't care but well it was amusing sort off.

Reply Aug 18th, 2008
United Kingdom

Best pierogi in town! Could eat them all day! Not the cheapest prices though, so better as a nice treat every once and a while!

Reply Mar 11th, 2008
Tony & Linda Wright
United Kingdom

After reading reviews on here, think we must have hit a bad night because we were not impressed. Food was nothing special and the spinach side-dish was only lukewarm. Worse, we were sitting upstairs by part of the cooking area and I could see a staff member spooning the pre-prepared spinach into dishes and putting in a microwave to warm up. And more expensive than Miod Malina where we had a much better meal.

Reply Mar 8th, 2008
Shannon Stowe
United States

We wanted a special evening for my birthday when we were there this past June, the food was wonderful, they made my evening very special, the service impeccable. Found this site as I am still dreaming of their Pierogi. If ever in Crakow, we will be visiting this restaurant again.

Reply Dec 11th, 2007
brian peters
United Kingdom

Turned up at 9.45pm on a Friday night - told that they stopped serving at 10pm-bit disappointing. Went back next day (as it had been recommended to us before travelling). Booked a table for 5pm (at 2pm) and when we went back at 5pm - they had no record of our booking. Thankfully the staff member whom we spoke with was still working and she remembered us. Thankfully because it was such a pleasant meal - prices not the cheapest in Krakow, but the service was great, smiling-Uk workers take note- food excellent and plentiful. Would highly recommend.

Reply Oct 18th, 2007
United Kingdom

We had a wonderful time here, the food was excellent, it isn't the cheapest place to eat in Cracow, but definatley one of the best, and in comparison to what we pay in the UK it was truley excellent. quality of service and the wine we brilliant

Reply Sep 11th, 2007
Peter Crampton
United Kingdom

Booked a table for 8.00 on a Saturday evening and the place was about a third full.The cellar restaurant is very atmospheric with an abundance of waiting staff and very good service.

The food was nice but not outstanding.

I had the knuckle of pork which was very tasty but somewhat spoilt by the large garnish of lettuce which added nothing to the dish.

Service and ambeiance aside, the food did not justify the fairly high prices.

In Krakow you can eat much better food for less money.

Reply Aug 16th, 2007
United Kingdom

Pod Aniolami lives up to it's reputation. Make reservations the day ahead or you will not get in. The prices are no more expensive than other nice restaurants in Krakow. The cabbage and mushroom dumplings are divine .... those alone are worth going for. Service was great. Overall a very pleasurable experience. Pod Aniolami should not be missed on your trip in Krakow.

Reply Aug 15th, 2007
Alicja Lisnow
United States

Excellent Restaurant. We really enjoyed a great meal in unusual surroundings. My 2 sons thought it was the best meal in Krakow!

Reply Aug 7th, 2007
Tara Gregory
United Kingdom

Amazing!! I booked well in advance via email and although the reservation had been "lost" somewhere along the way we were seated and were treated to a fabulous meal. Staff were polite & spoke good English. Highly reccomend the yummy dumplings, they truly deserve the title they own for the best in Krakow!

Reply May 7th, 2007
charlotte ashley-roberts
United Kingdom

Absolutely fantastic restaurant, try the pierogi and the pork kebabs....delicious. They also have a little deli - again, fabulous food

Reply Apr 4th, 2007
United Kingdom

Superb cellar restaurant serving fantastic food!

Reply Mar 3rd, 2007
United Kingdom

Listen ... there are many good eateries in Krakow and this is not the best. However out of peak tourist times, this is a really nice relaxed place to eat. Many traditional polish dishes to chose from, the meat in Poland is still way better than you could find in most places in the UK (although I can't help feeling that quality is slowly decreasing as Poland is forced to compete is a price-first euro market place, but you can't blame Pod Aniolami for that!) and a lot of the preparation work is done up front which I like. The waitresses are just wonderful, can be slightly aloof, but still pretty as walking pictures! So there you have it, good food in nice surroundings and still maintaining reasonable standards despite being slap in the centre of the tourist mill. Recommended for sure.

Reply Feb 17th, 2007
United Kingdom

Excellent food, fantastic space but we did have to wait quite a while between our main course and our starter and although the waiters were very friendly it was difficult to get their attention. Worth going though for the great food and decor.

Reply Feb 5th, 2007
United Kingdom

Beautiful cellar restaurant and wonderful food and sevice. Highly recommended!

Reply Dec 10th, 2006
Richard, Lou and Jennie
United Kingdom

Great location and very nice surroundings, well laid out and good service. Extensive menu and good quality food. You would pay for a really great meal and dining experience for a so-so pub meal in the U.K.

Reply Nov 26th, 2006

amazing ! The decor is great, the service is splendid and their bfood is excellent. WE were there last week and I'm now waiting for an menu offer for january. I want to take my whole family, we'll be 13 for my birthday.


Reply Nov 16th, 2006
Anna Newman
United Kingdom

My boyfriend and I reserved a table here for my 22nd birthday based on the excellent reviews I had read about pod aniolami on this website. We weren't dissapointed! The food was amazing, I've never tasted meat like this anywhere in england! The atmosphere was fantastic and the service was great. The waiter spoke excellent english too and made an extra fuss of us because it was my birthday, bringing us flaming vodka shots! Would definitely eat here again! Its probably one of the best restaurants in Krakow and for an amazing dining experience we paid approximately average UK prices for an ok meal out.

Make a reservation the night before you go.

Reply Aug 30th, 2006
Lee Dobbin
United Kingdom

We visited Pod Aniolami on the 24th August'2006 for our Wedding Aniversary. We had an excellent meal, the food and service was superb. I recommend you make a reservation though as we did earlier that day, as people turning up ad hoc were asked if they had a reservation and were turned away if they did'nt. A truly excellent experience that made our anniversary all the more special.

Reply Aug 30th, 2006
Kristina Merolli

I ate here twice this week and had to post a review again. The food as usual was wonderful. Definately try the pirogy with meat and cranberry sauce. My first visit this week wait staff could have been more friendlier and last night it was over the top, great service, smiles, our waitress was great. This is the best Polish restaurant in Krakow.

Reply Aug 1st, 2006
Kristina Merolli

Totally delicious food, the pierogi are amazing!! Friendly staff and great atmosphere. Will definately go again.

Reply Jul 2nd, 2006
Gerry Murray
United Kingdom

Pork..! like you've never had it before. Superb. XXX Certificate. The waitress sugested what was good on the night. Polish food at its finest !

Reply Jun 22nd, 2006
United Kingdom

nothing special. was least favourite of half a dozen restaurants we went to and while not the most expensive, we went to much cheaper. Booking is bizarre. We saw they turned people away when many tables empty. This is tourist factory feeding style at its worst. So many wonderful other places to try.

Reply Apr 14th, 2006
dotothy gamble
United Kingdom

was rcommended this restaurant by acolleague thank goodness itwas supreb my husband and I visited it twice while we were in krakow and will rcommend it to anyone who goes there .Infact I am just about to book it now for avisit in June .Make sure you book it or you will not get a table.

Reply Apr 5th, 2006
ellen ni clerigh

Yummy food! We arrived in frozen from much walking that day and the staff immeidately made us feel welcome. We had a lovely table in a quiet corner. I had lamb steaks that were divine and my OH had veal which he thought wonderful too. The veg and garnishes were lovely and desert excellent too. Service were excellent - efficient and polite. All in all probably our favourite restaurant of all we tried.

Reply Mar 16th, 2006
Margaret Nolan

Went to this restaurant based on reviews from this site. I couldn't shake the feeling that i was in some Disney themed restaurant. The food was good, the Lard starter definitely worth trying. Good value for money. Staff were a little all over the joint and couldn't muster much enthusiasm when asked about their recommendations. All in all a little disapointing.

Reply Jan 5th, 2006
rod reese
United States

we ate here dec 26, 2005. we say it is "OK"

the interior is fine but krakow has so many fine barrel vaulted eating and drinking establishments that this one is ordinary.

it is completely unpretentious. paer napkins and inexpensive flatware, trestle tables, and benches against the wall.

the chefs"special" mushroom soup was good but a thin broth. other venues have served a better mushroom soup. my wife had lamb which was very well done. we normally eat lamb medium rare. i had the king's shaslik. the pork was quite tender but absolutely rare. most americans would not eat pork this lightly cooked. however, having traveled to europe many times pork here is generally less well done than in the states. a german man eating raw ground pork on rye bread for breakfast one morning." so trichinosis is not a worry.

our waiter spoke excellent english and was friendlier than some of the staff who did not seem to want to move out of the way to allow us through the narrow doorways.

we went based on reviews but krakow has so many restaurants to choose from i don't think we would visit here again

Reply Dec 27th, 2005
United Kingdom

I first dined in this reastraunt in 2004 and had an incredible time, the food was outstanding, and the people were so friendly. I am planning another trip in 2006 and i will certainly go back.

Reply Nov 27th, 2005
Malcolm Woolf
United Kingdom

I first visted Pod Aniolami in August 1999. This year, (2005), I spent 5 days in Krakow and was determined to re-visit. I arranged a booking via email for a Thursday night and was delighted to find that I was given a choice of two tables. The service, the staff, the atmosphere and the food were superb. It's just 2 mins walk from one corner of the main square - If you look on the websites for the best places to eat in Krakow, Pod Aniolami will rate amongst the best, they get that rating for good reason - I've tried most of the resteraunts in the 'Old Town' and Pod Aniolami stands Head & Shoulders above then ALL. The menu cannot be beaten, for both food and wime..


Reply Oct 14th, 2005

It was only by chance that we popped into this restaurant. And we also didn't have a table reservation. But luckily there were space for us because the food was really excellent. A bit expensive but definately good value for the money. Can warmly recommend.

Reply Mar 22nd, 2005
United Kingdom

I can't say enough about this excellent Polish restaurant. Imagine eating the best food you can imagine in a forest clearing. Massive wooden pillars, high ceiling, singing birds, bubbling water feature reflecting the light, trees seemingly growing up the walls, massive candle chandeliers, huge ovens roasting interesing-looking foodstuffs (although nothing we ordered actually came out of them), and an incredibly helpful waiter. The pierogi and the szarlotka were out of this world. Certainly the best meal we had: as lavish as we could get with loads of courses, wine and vodka, and still unbelievably great value. If this is Polish food, then I want more!

Reply Mar 2nd, 2005

Well,theyalways told me to mistrust in main street restaurants! Ul.Grodzkait's main street in Stare miasto...and they were right!I've waited for 10 min. to have a table(it was nearly empty!)..they said "ask downstairs", and down said "ask upstairs"!CRAZY!..then sitted,i ordered a dish and saw they warmed it up in microwave!INCREDIBLE!I'd give -5/5 as vote,but it's not possible!

Reply Jan 4th, 2005
Angela & Grahame
United Kingdom

Pod Aniolami came highly recommended, however, the sight of depressed birds in tiny, dirty cages made our cold, over salted meals even less enjoyable...

Reply Oct 8th, 2004
Sarah & Mark
United Kingdom

What a great find. Excellent food, service and decor. Best thing you get all of this for such a great price. You need to book.

Reply Jun 3rd, 2004
United Kingdom

It's definitely worth visiting Pod Aniolami - a lovely restaurant. However, I couldn't help being troubled by one or two things. For a start the birds. Its difficult not to feel a little sorry for those birds in the courtyard, despite the fact that the ambiance is so charming, and even though the bird house itself is rather stunningly beautiful. Perhaps this sounds ridiculous in the light of the wild boar that was being consuming on my plate (delicious and highly recommended), but all the same, I couldn't help feeling that those birds wanted to be swooping around Cracow with their friends, and not stuck in that tiny little house. It would be great to see some more dishes added to the menu too. However, all in all, this is still a highly agreeable restaurant with a Zurek that that is second to none.

Reply Apr 23rd, 2004
United Kingdom

This place was brilliant, and its sister ship (quite literally) on the river was a great place to watch the sun go down. Service was excellent, ambience was relaxed and the food was better than we anticipated. Our only complaint was the chairs, but it paled to insignificance after everything else.

Reply Nov 7th, 2003
South Africa

Food was nice, but the service.... Waiters who forget what you ordered were the worst. We had to remind the waitress three times that we 1) want a glass of water 2) and two times for two drinks of this polish style krupnik liquor. Also they give your bread but no plate (maybe this is customary?) Anyway the service spoiled the evening it is hard to get their attention, and it seems that there was too little of them to service all the customers and on Friday evening! If that restaurant is the best in Cracow that these people have a lot to learn :(

Reply Oct 31st, 2003

jest bardzo dobrze, oby tak pozostalo......

Reply Sep 26th, 2003

This is not just a beautiful place, it serves great food too.

Reply Sep 3rd, 2003
Michael Cuerden
United Kingdom

We had a really great meal here. The waiters were friendly, and the food good. We'll be back!

Reply Aug 28th, 2003
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