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“Excellent beer and good atmosphere”

The Strahov Monastic Brewery
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short walk from the 'back' end of Prague castle, this is well worth a visit. The beer is well priced (65) and extremely nice. Ordered their amber ale which was excellent and their Easter ale - not quite so good. Staff were friendly and there is indoor and outdoor seating. If in the area, I would highly recommend.

1  Thank James J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hard review to write. We are big beer fans and really enjoyed our first visit here on a quiet Tuesday afternoon, bar staff great, very friendly and helpful and the food we had (Onion soup) great.

On Friday went back because we had such a good experience,. It was packed so we got a beer in the bar (again great staff and service) while we waited for a table outside to become available. As it was so busy, we thought we'd watch how things were run with the waiting staff rather than stalk people at the tables. We saw that people would approach the waiters, and ask to be seated on the next free table. The waiter would then seat them when tables came up, rather than letting the table go to people standing above people as they finished. Seemed fair enough.

After approaching the waiter, we were seated within a short wait. We were given menus. As it was a 4-seat table that we were seated on, there were two seats left. Shared tables were the norm so we expected to have someone next to us. It wasn't long before we ended up with people next to us, but they were people who saw the empty seats and sat down themselves. This meant they had no menus for the food, so they asked to borrow ours. After a 15 min wait, we flagged down the waiter who reacted aggressively to our comment that we were ready to order. We had menus slammed down on the table, and he stomped off. When he came back, we explained that we'd already had the menu, we knew what we wanted, and could we order - but he reacted angrily again, asking did we want to order or not. We were totally confused.

The couple next to us said that they were ready to order (using the menus we'd been given), and he went to take their order. We tried to explain that they'd had our menus, and that we already knew what we wanted (& had for some time) but again were yelled at. At this point, we decided that whatever was going on, it wasn't our order that they wanted.

Looking at it later, we decided that the waiting staff keep track of people who work with them by asking to be seated, by using menus. As we'd given our "issued" menu to someone else, when he came back to our table, we looked like the ones who'd jumped the line and seated ourselves, and so our requests to order must have looked like further line jumping.

My advice would be if you get a menu, don't give it up!

Overall though, I'd say go and have a beer at this place, but don't bother about the food. It's a long walk up from the center of town, and if you can't get served there you won't easily find something else. Have your food elsewhere in town, and go up here for a beer. It's worth it for that, but not much more.

It felt on the second time that it's on some "to-do lists" someplace and that is why it's so packed (& why the staff don't have to care, as there are always more punters so why care!). The comments I've seen talking about the staff being obsessed about tips isn't all there is to it I think, as we tipped well when we bought our beer at the bar. That counted for nothing when seated. I think this shows that the waiting staff work to a method (the menus) and if you go outside of that bad luck!

Just go and enjoy the beer and forget the food!

2  Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the monastery area after visiting the castle. It was a cold day and we were in need of a warm and a sit down. I was interested in visiting here as I enjoy trying different beers. It did not disappoint. The beer they brew is St Norbert.
But here is the big plus for this place - the food! We wanted a snack to keep us going until the evening meal and we ordered Onion Soup and a Cheese board to share. Delicious. Highly recommend a stop off here and it is short walk from the Castle. The bill came to around £18 for 4 beers, 2 soups, 1 cheese board with divine fig jam. If you don’t go, you’ve only got yourself to blame!

2  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Ended up here by accident and went back 2 days later. Took a Segway tour as a goof and it took us pretty close to the brewery. Was pretty crowded when we go there as it right around 1 but only has to wait 10-15 minutes to get a table. Was able to try different beers while I was there (big ones of course) and a few different dishes. It was a nice enough day so people were eating and drinking outside, was a really good time to sit back and relax and do nothing for a bit. Plus they have a small gift shop, but not an annoying overwhelming touristy one.
And the fun part....you get to walk alllll the way back to your hotel with a bit of a buzz so plan accordingly.

2  Thank hungryguy50
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Loved it here. The food is excellent and so is the environment and service. Definitely make a reservation! It gets packed!

1  Thank aja5183
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