Top Czech restaurants named

The new Maurer’s Grand Restaurant Guide lists the nation’s best

The Top 10 restaurants in the 23rd edition of the Pavel Maurer’s Grand Restaurant Guide have been announced. Restaurants are ranked on food, service and interior design, and the numbers are compiled from thousands of reviews submitted by independent evaluators.

The list is not just a repeat of similar rankings. None of the restaurants in the Top 10 have a Michelin star, for example.

Prague leads the country, with eight of the top 10 spots. Brno and Přerov had one each.
Terasa U Zlaté studně has taken the top spot for the third time, following wins in 2012 and 2013.

The success is due in part to its chef Pavel Sapík, whose family has been involved in innkeeping since the 17th century.

Food aficionado Pavel Maurer says that the rankings can be used for comparisons based on what a person values the most. Online, people can explore different categories based on what they are most concerned with.

“This means that an establishment such as the Japanese restaurant Miyabi, which is eighth in absolute rating, is the first in a separate category of food. The operator or lost a few points in the interior category, but the food is perfect,” Maurer said. Miyabi got a 1.0 for food, but 1.8 for interior. The service was good, at 1.2 on a scale of one to five.
Terasa U Zlaté studně had the best interior, while InterContinental hotel’s Zlatá Praha had the best service.

There is also a list evaluated by experts, which ranked Grand Cru as the best, and a list of the best cheap restaurants, with the burger and Tex-mex joint Palanda taking the top honor.

The independent nationwide poll evaluated some 1,008 eateries, with 1,532 evaluators submitting 6,783 reviews. In total, 224 restaurants were ranked. The average price for a meal was Kč 784.

Anyone who registers has the opportunity to give tips for new interesting restaurants and can send grades on the three categories.

“The grades are continuously evaluated, statistically processed and audited. Deliberately manipulative votes are discarded based on precise rules, so as to produce the most objective overview of culinary enterprises across the country,” Maurer added.

Evaluators operate secretly and at their own expense. They do not know each other, and belong to various social and economic groups.

At the same time, there are experts from professions such as doctors, artists, lawyers, and businessmen.

The categories are weighted. An absolute winner is created by doubling the grade for food, because it is the most important item, and adding once each for the service and interior. This is divided by four.

Overall winners:
1. Terasa u Zlaté studně
U Zlaté studně 4, Prague 1
Czech and international cuisine

2. InterContinental hotel, Zlatá Praha
Pařížská 30, Prague 1
Czech and international cuisine

3. Radisson Blu Alcron hotel, Alcron
Štěpánská 40, Prague 1
Seafood, fish and international cuisine

4. Pavillon
Jezuitská 6, Brno-střed
Czech modern, French, game and international cuisine

5. Grand Cru
Lodecká 4, Prague 1
International cuisine

6. V Zátiší
Liliova 1, Prague 1
Czech, Indian and international cuisine

7. Bellevue
Smetanovo nábřeží 18, Prague 1
International cuisine

8. Miyabi
Navrátilova 10, Prague 1
Japanese and seafood

9. Marriott hotel, Midtown Grill
V Celnici 8 8, Prague 1

10. U Labutě
Za Mlýnem 4, Přerov
Czech and international cuisine

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