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Historic Lvi Dvur Restaurant brings the spirit of majestic 16th century Prague alive. It forms part of the Royal Garden at Prague Castle, and is the finest restaurant in the surrounds of the castle.
Lvi Dvur (The Lion's Court) dates from 1581, when an enclosure was built by Emperor Rudolf II to house his menagerie of animals, including his lion.
While the restaurant building has undergone several restorations, its Renaissance aesthetics have been carefully preserved, and today it presents high quality Czech dining spread over two floors.
However, the area you'll most likely want to dine in is an enclosed glass-sided terrace at the rear of the restaurant, which is perfect for dining in at any time of the year.
In the warmer months the terrace is extended outside.
Both the inside and outside terrace look over the castle gardens and offer beautiful views of St. Vitus Cathedral.
The tranquil garden setting of Lvi Dvur and attentive yet informal waiter service present a pleasant, relaxed environment to enjoy a reasonably priced meal in.
Lvi Dvur serves authentic traditional Czech cuisine with modern interpretations. Plus there are a few International dishes to ensure balance of choice.
The typical Bohemian dishes are hearty with plenty of taste, such as goulash with mushrooms and dumplings, roast duck, lamb shank, grilled fillet of beef and deer loin.
The menu also includes Czech river fish and various salads. And the desserts and cheese platter are delicious.
The Lvi Dvur speciality is roasted piglet on a spit (see menu), an idea brought to Prague by Rudolf II from the Portuguese kingdom, and which became very popular at the royal court.
The wine list at Lvi Dvur contains mainly Czech, French and Italian wines, with some fine bottles on offer, although it is traditional to drink beer with Czech food.
Lvi Dvur is located very close to the tram stop for Prague Castle, so is a good choice if you are seeking a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner before or after your visit.
Alternatively, if you fancy a short trip on a tram one evening, Lvi Dvur is an easy excursion from the centre of the city, and you could finish it off with a stroll through the castle, before walking down through the Lesser Town back to your hotel.
Tip: Book your table through Prague Experience and receive a free welcome drink: Glass of Prosecco.