Did you know you can enjoy lunch for two on a boat with the view of Charles Bridge, Lesser Town and the Prague Castle for under 400 CZE? When my tour guide, Helen, suggested lunch on a boat in the middle of Prague, I hesitated. I was certain I would be digging deep in my pocket at the end of our meal. It was a gorgeous Spring day, my conversation with Helen about the history of Prague was splendid, so I figured why not? I work hard, I can play hard too.
Helen and I walked through Old Town Square all the way to the bank of river Vltava and there we found Marina Grosseto Ristorante, a boat that was converted into a restaurant. My first impression was PRICELESS! I loved what I was seeing as it felt like I was standing in a picture of an advertising magazine.
We were greeted by a hostess as soon as we walked in. “Inside or out?”, she asked. We opted for eating out on a deck. The restaurant had a lovely modern design perfectly suitable for the location – wooden tables, wooden chairs, B-B-Q, and a bar in the middle of the deck. Every table on the deck had a amazing view of Prague’s two most iconic historical sites- Charles Bridge and Prague’s Castle. Our waiter approached the table almost immediately. He was smiling, welcoming and asked if we had any questions about the lunch menu. Then he gave us a few minutes to decide. I couldn’t make a decision and when I mentioned to him that I was counting my calories and working hard on eliminating carbs out of my diet, he responded back with a very educated suggestion: “You should have the roasted chicken with vegetables, menu item xy. And don’t eat the bread that’s on the table! Stick with the protein for now and have a salad for dinner.” I was very impressed with not only his patience and caring value, but his delivery and eye contact. He was funny, entertaining, knowledgeable, respectful and he understood and met our needs. Not for nothing, but the customer service industry in Prague and the Czech Republic is not really the best in the world. Sometime you feel like you are actually bothering staff when asking to be waited on in a timely and courteous manner. It’s a shame, but restaurants like Marina Grosseto keep me hopeful that Prague’s customer service industry is on the rise and will continue heading in this positive direction.
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The food was delicious! My chicken had a perfect blend of spice and the veggies were nicely sauteed and seasoned. Helen enjoyed her salmon salad with a tall glass of cold Czech beer. I really wanted to try a desert to go with my double presso, but I felt guilty. I didn’t want to disappoint our waiter after all his time and effort of suggesting a meal that would fit my low carb diet. Splurging on a 500 calorie desert just didn’t seem right. I also wanted to mention that the day we ate at Marina Grosseto Ristorante they were playing a perfect collection from the 90s. Since I am a big fan, eating, chatting, enjoying the amazing view of Prague while listening to Pet Shop Boys and Tina Turner just seemed like a cherry on top of a delicious cake.
I highly recommend Marina Grosseto Ristorante and hope you have a memorable experience as well. And when you do, come back and let us know your story. Until then, Bon Apetite!