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Czech food has vastly improved in recent years, and you'll find many excellent restaurants, some Michelin-starred, in the Prague capital, that go way beyond stews with dumplings. Here are six great ones.

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Zdenek's Oyster Bar

Prague's best seafood bar doesn't just have oysters from all over the world but crab, lobster, mussels and fish, along with globally-accented imaginative dishes such as octopus tempura with pumpkin and coriander and yuzu in soybean-sake sauce. The chef at this Stare Mesto restaurant once worked at a Michelin-star restaurant in Switzerland.

Zdenek's Oyster Bar

Mala Stupartska 5, Prague

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Lokal Dlouhaaa

Traditional Czech specialties with a modern spin, fresh local ingredients and friendly service make this casual eatery in Stare Mesto in a long, narrow industrial-looking space a standout. The daily changing menu may offer beef goulash with red and green bell peppers (or a mushroom version), chicken breast or minced pork schnitzel and boiled beef neck with dill sauce and bread dumplings. A discount card for students and seniors for dinner can be used at all five Lokal locations in Prague.

Lokal Dlouhaaa

Dlouha 33, Prague

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This one-Michelin-star restaurant serves modernist cuisine based on seasonal farm ingredients, with surprising twists on traditional recipes in Stare Mesto, near Josefov. Chef Radek Kasparek has starred on cooking shows on Czech TV. Every detail is carefully thought out, from the ceramic serving dishes, the exquisite presentation, to the international wine list. A 10-course tasting dinner menu, five-course tasting lunch menu and à la carte choices are available.

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U milosrdnych 12, Prague

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Sansho

Refined Asian fusion food pairing local Czech pork, lamb and beef with Vietnamese market produce (a big minority in Prague) is served in a plain interior at long communal tables here in Nove Mesto (New Town). Pricy six-course tasting menus offer your choice of meat, fish or vegetables, but lunch starts at just €7. The pork belly with peppercorn sauce in winter, wins rave reviews for its melt-in-the-mouth goodness. Sansho sets the bar higher for Prague restaurants, and became its first nose-to-tail eatery, when British chef-owner Paul Day, an ex-sous chef at Nobu in London, opened it in 2011. Trained as a butcher, Day also owns the butcher shop across the street, the Real Meat Society.

Sansho

Petrska 4, Prague

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La Degustation

Only an eight-course menu inspired by a 19th century Czech cookbook, featuring exquisite small plates like trout, almonds and radishes, plus pumpkin, ham and whipped cream, is served at this one-Michelin-star restaurant in Stare Mesto. If €135 strains the wallet, you'll be delighted to hear the same restaurant group owns the more casual Lokal chain, Ambiente.

La Degustation

Hastalska 18, Prague

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U Modre kachniky

In a 16th century Baroque house in Mala Strana, a chef who once cooked for the kings of Sweden and Norway specializes in game meats. Besides a duck tasting menu that includes foie gras with grapes and chocolate beetroot cake and roast duck with walnut stuffing and bacon-potato dumplings (or a tasting menu of deer, duck and veal), dishes like roast duck with apples, raisins and honey or deer in rosehip sauce are available a la carte. The ornate candle-lit interior of the "Blue Duckling" features brocaded chairs, fancy draperies and dark wood. Celebrities such as Sean Connery and Tom Cruise, who starred in movies filmed in Prague, have dined here.

U Modre kachniky

Nebovidska 6, Prague

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Last edited: April 2, 2018

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