Kolkovna is set in a quaint location in the heart of the Old Town
in Prague. It serves good honest Czech food and fresh Pilsner Urquell beers in a historical pub style restaurant.
Kolkovna is a clean and well maintained traditional Czech restaurant. Its walls are decorated with historical photos and advertisements, and with old tools and artefacts used in beer brewing. These illustrate the history of Pilsner Urquell, the Czech Republic's foremost beer.
The clientele at Kolkovna is a healthy mix of Prague locals and tourists, which generally ensures a high standard of cuisine. Portions are large and dishes are extremely well presented, certainly much better than they would actually have looked back in the historical era the restaurant represents!
The food is reasonably priced, with a large selection of typical Czech fare on offer, ranging from goulash and venison to baked ribs, and a delicious roast duck served in a roasting pan. Main courses are served with traditional side dishes like dumplings and red or white cabbage, as well as the more modern mashed potatoes and French fries.
The menu also includes international dishes such as lamb shank braised in braised with rosemary, served with creamy spinach and mashed potatoes. There are also beef steaks, chicken and salmon dishes, various pasta dishes, and some of the best salads to be found in the city.
Kolkovna is one of only a handful of restaurants in the city to sell tank Pilsner Urquell beer; it is delivered from the brewery unpasteurised in huge temperature controlled airtight tanks, to ensure the freshest beer around. The taste is superb.
There are also kegged beers to choose from, both light and dark, as well as wines, Champagne and cocktails.
In the summer, Kolkovna puts tables out on the pavement alongside the restaurant to allow for Al Fresco dining - an ideal spot for people watching in this Old Town location.
Kolkovna usually has a buzzing atmosphere and gets very busy, so reservations are highly recommended. It may be pub style, but this is definitely a restaurant, and the locals book in advance for this type of place in Prague.
Overall, if would like a taste of Old Prague and traditional Czech fare, but with high modern standards, you won't find better than Kolkovna in the Old Town.