Morrison >Food & Dining > Cafe Prague
209 Bear Creek Ave, Morrison, CO | Directions 8046539.653631 -105.190637
Neighborhoods: Starbuck Heights And Morrison Area
nice room, boring overpriced food – I love Eastern European food- schnitzels, cured meats, sausages, smoked fish, red cabbage, sauerkraut. Yum. So we ventured to Cafe Prague in Morrison.
Great location, and a charming room.
But the food? I have to admit, I'd never encountered coconut shrimp or sesame crusted ahi in a german/czech restaurant. But Cafe Prague offers them. Hmmm. A bit incongruous? Or just a really good Sysco rep?
We decided to skip the unappetizing appetizers, and go straight to the main courses.
We sampled a few dishes- the sausage plate was fine. Kassler Ripchen (smoked pork chop) was tasty, but tough. Served with whipped (hotel style) mashed potatoes, red cabbage and sauerkraut. Very pedestrian. Roast pork dinner reminded me of school lunches- the gravy just didn't taste homemade. And my "bread dumplings"? Slices of bread. Mmmm, exotic.
The prices are outrageous. We asked to substitute a potato pancake for the mash, and were informed it would set us back $5. Yes, five dollars. Potatoes and cabbage are the backbone of eastern european cooking, and last time I shopped, they were fairly inexpensive. Maybe Cafe Prague imports them? The beef stroganoff is priced at $27. Whoa.
At the end of the meal we had dessert- soggy tough strudel, and salty coffee. Really. The kitchen had cleaned the coffee maker with baking soda, but hadn't rinsed it properly. Thus salty coffee. If that kind of thing slips by, what else is going on back there?
The whole enterprise just feels like a money grubbing operation. Now, there's no shame in wanting your restuarant to be successful and make money, but the use of short cuts in the kitchen is obvious. And what the heck is tiramisu doing on the menu? Bizarre.
This cuisine should be comforting and satisfying, but the food at Cafe Prague is obviously not made with that in mind. It's all about the margins.
Cafe Prague?the food is very good but eat fast and leave – The food was very good.
My wife and I were treated to Cafe Prague by a coworker to celebrate my retirement. It was an enjoyable evening with good company and good conversation. But apparently we exceeded the table time limit, slightly more than two hours. That was when the owner asked us to leave so he could ?turn over the table?. We were not amused.
But the food was very good.
I was compelled to order the Bohemian style duck, something grandma used to make. It was wonderful. The skin was crispy, the meat moist and ?falling? off the bone and the flavor brought back memories. Bohemian soul food. Grandma would have been pleased.
A ?taste? of the other dinners is also worthy of high marks. My wife?s Weiner Schnitzel was tender and not heavily breaded. She mentioned that it may have been a tad dry but otherwise very flavorful. The couple that invited us had the Chicken Cordon Bleu and the Tornados Oscar. Both were equally tasteful and well prepared. The Cordon Bleu was expertly assembled, lightly breaded and cooked to perfection. And the ?Oscar? was worthy of a prime nomination.
But back to the rush job. In retrospect, there were signs that time was running out. Our cocktails were only half done when the Goulash soup (also very good with lean, tender beef chunks and a wonderful paprika broth) arrived. The main course arrived immediately after we finished the soup and and we apparently delayed in ordering dessert , getting some gentle reminders.
We also misinterpreted the waitstaff?s attention..not to our needs but to paying the check and leaving. We never did get that second cup of coffee
This is a pricey, up-scale restaurant. There is no excuse for the owner?s behavior. We were not ?nursing? water and asking for more bread. The couple that invited us has been there before. Cafe Prague owes them.
My wife and I probably won?t be back.
But if they ever put in a drive-up window, I may go back for the duck.
Recommended – I am surprised at the negative reviews here. I have been to this restaurant several times with groups of 8 to 10 people and have always enjoyed it. The times I have been there the service was good and the food was excellent! Plus it has a very sophisticated, pleasant atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed it. The restaurant was originally recommended to us by a friend who had lived in Germany and particularly enjoys German food.
Disappointed and still hungry – My husband and I went to Cafe Prague for our anniversary. I was hesitant to go in the first place, but my husband, being German, was in the mood for some "home" cooking. As usual, I was right. For $14.00 you get a shrimp cocktail that has 3 pieces of shrimp and not enough cocktail sauce for two pieces. The bread was ok. I had a tasteless ceasar salad that was taken away half finished when I turned my head. My husband had a goulash that could have easily come out of a Dinty Moore can. I ordered my standby German fare - a weinerschnitzel with sauerkraut in place of the offered red cabbage. After waiting more than 15 minutes for our main course, we were informed that they had run out of sauerkraut. How does a restaurant that serves German food run out of sauerkraut? Against my better judgment, I went ahead with the weinerschnitzel, sans sauerkraut. Well, my dog enjoyed it, but she'll eat anything. I won't. It was tasteless, bland and totally without any character or imagination in preparation - it was basically a breaded frisbee, which explains why my dog liked it. The potato was dry and caky - I've had Potato Buds with more flavor. So, all in all.... an $80.00 lesson learned (with tip)
The promise of traditional taste and culture blends that have yet to work out .. – Prague ? the medieval central European city with rich food traditions and variety of tastes ? not so here ? the bland prevails through the courses of goulash and pork. Perhaps the pancake might have fallen into this category had it not been for the fruit jam!
Beautiful decor of Prague landscapes though .. blasted with eclectic selection of rock music.. Change the chef and personalize the service ( i.e. hear what is being ordered ) ? else a gallery may be more in the line of this business, though that may need a change in surround sound content..
great place, atmosphere, sincere – the other negative review prompted me to join. This place is a true gem. True it is not a haven for vegetarians, but the food was EXCELLENT.. and the service fantastic.
I am planning to go here again with out of town guests- charming, but not hectic..
I strongly recommend it for those who like continental cuisine
A faux postmodern nightmare of culinary bs. – I suppose Denverites want to have a "cultural experience"; however, the wait staff noticed that I had a German accent, and brought me a doggy bag after I failed to drink my obligatory apple liquer. Is this a case of misplaced compensation over mediocre schnitzel? Bland salmon, ceaser salad with no taste, and schnitzel that could have come out of a box is the best you will get. Bauhaus should be synomynous with cutting edge, and the owners have diced up just enough bland traditons with canons of old food that will make you just feel bored.
Another yuppification of a culinary experience that will lead to to nowhere, certainly not Prague.
Oh yes, the wait staff remind me of the song from Morrissey- "Ordinary Boys who think its very clever to be cold to you."
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