Warsaw isn’t the first European city that springs to mind when considering great restaurants.
But this eclectic city is packed with ambitious people forging ahead in many creative industries from start-ups to fashion – and food.
Warsaw has a solid list of great restaurants, and cafes for all occasions and budgets, that’s regularly growing.
What is not so surprising is that there are some great bars there too (more on that in a future post soon).
These are some Warsaw restaurants to check out;
Anyone who is anyone who has been to Warsaw’s old town has eaten here, from Claudia Shiffer to . It is Warsaw’s oldest restaurant and the setting is a mix of aristocracy and medieval, and you take a step back in time over lunch or dinner here.
It has an elegant, refined yet historical dining room, with antiques, fresh flowers and chandeliers, and a menu with gourmet modern interpretations of Polish classics.
The fabulous chef Magda Gessler is a Warsaw celebrity having dominated their Master Chef TV Show.
There are some modern steak and fish dishes, and an amazing global wine list. Spectacular and romantic in winter.
If you want some clean, solid Western food, this is the place to go.
Promising “honest food”, this contemporary, modern, bright wine bar and restaurant would be at home in any global city. As the name says, it is all about the grilled meats – and wines.
It has a lively atmosphere. There is an open kitchen, and an amazingly diverse list of steaks as well as wines, and great staff.
This is an elegant, classic French style Bistro with striking marble floors serving upmarket traditional French food with a Polish twist. It opened in 2004.
The menu is elegantly modern and includes dishes like duck in Miso sauce, and monkfish with wild green asparagus.
A sexy setting with a bustling open kitchen colourful artwork, the food is the highlight here, and dishes are presented as works of art.
Think fresh clean, innovative dining.
Located within a glassed atrium, The Orangery sits within the largest park in Poland, the Royal Lazienki park, this restaurant is in a stunning setting.
It is one of the of the most beautiful locations to spend a few hours enjoying Warsaw’s natural beauty.
There is lush greenery as well as growing flowers inside and out, and a contemporary menu. Perfect for lunch or dinner.
About 10 minutes out of Warsaw, this elegant restaurant is stunning for a long lunch or dinner in summer, and celebrates the natural beauty of the area.
Sitting on the edge of the Visula River in a garden, sitting at a table with white tablecloth, it is glorious in summer and the perfect place for a wedding.
The food is modern mediterranean and includes Italian, Spanish and Greek dishes with a regularly changing seasonal menu.
This classically old fashioned restaurant serves classic modernised Polish cuisine. It is located within a traditional Polish pre-war stye villa.
Fresh flowers, antiques and classic furniture fill the space, and as well as traditional dishes, the restaurant specialises in desserts.
Set in an opulent house, this feels more like a wealthy person’s home pre-World War II than a restaurant. This is a place to steel in for a long, slow lunch, and there is a stunning garden with tables to sit at in summer, and a fountain.
On some nights there is live piano, and the food is opulent Polish, including a dessert buffet.
The only one of its kind in Poland, Koszyki is a three storey market hall with international food stalls, bars, grocery stores and shops. It fills up and out throughout the day as locals drop in for lunch, and dinner. Casual, local and full of fun- this is worth checking out.