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El Centro

#482 of 4,559 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
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Maltezske namesti 293/9 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
+420 257 533 343
12:00 - 23:00
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Prague, Czech Republic
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An absolutely wonderful find in the heart of Prague. This jewel is 2 min away from Charles Bridge, in Mala Strana. Each and every meal I've had at El Centro has always been as if I am eating a homemade meal -- as the owners take care to deliver their best to each customer as if they were guests at... More 

Thank raineyprague
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We first saw El Centro listed on TripAdvisor and took note of it because we LOVE paella and thought this would be perfect half way through our trip. We even printed a walking map for ourselves so we could easily find it when we crossed the Charles Bridge. IT WAS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY! From the colorful door entry to... More 

Thank ManhattanZelda
El Centro R, Owner at El Centro, responded to this review

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I been working around the corner for a while, I am glad I tried this place. I have gone here 4 times in a row now to eat their daily menu. Very Very good!

Thank alex w
El Centro R, Owner at El Centro, responded to this review

Hi Alex thank you for the review More 

Bologna, Italy
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

According to EU law, when restaurants serve frozen food they have to write it on the menu. This seems to be a very unimportant detail for the manager of El Centro. The paella (which was descibed as their masterpiece) was really unpleasant: the frozen fish was too hard and dry; the rice was plain, sticky, and with no vegetables at all.... More 

1 Thank margheritadicicco23
El Centro R, Owner at El Centro, responded to this review

Hello Margharita, despite our disagreement I thank you for your review. We take our customers feedback very seriously. We are sorry that you didnť like our paella. Unfortunately you left only rice with one prawn so we were unable to establish if your claim was correct. The problem with the seafood in czech republic which is centre of europe and... More 

Daegu, South Korea
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102 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Saw this place a while ago and thought the decor looked interesting so I decided to try it out. We tried a house red wine that they had which was nice, and also not expensive at all. I thought they actually had a good selection of wine for being such a small place. I had the chicken nachos as a... More 

Thank Jen S
El Centro R, Owner at El Centro, responded to this review

Hola Jen We are spanish with just few guatemalan dishes. Therefor that shortage of guacamole. The 10ppl party was just the last one enjoying guacamole on that day. Nevertheless my apologies, I have underestimated the demand, but we are trying to maintain everything fresh and that way from time to time we run out of something. Sorry about your dish.... More 

Wirral, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Had a really good paella, best we have had for a long time. Really big portion for two people. Very friendly staff, highly recommended if you like Spanish food.

Thank Graham B
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Nice quiet place, with an option of sitting outside. Food is good, but a bit expensive. Sangria is a must try!

Thank Lenka L
Flores, Indonesia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We stumbled across this place when looking for snack in the evening. Decor looks a bit brash from the outside, but inside very very clean and pleasant restaurant. We had a selection of tapas which we all enjoyed,. Staff are great, could not have been nicer.

Thank Claire M
Bergen, Norway
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We just wanted to get out. A chinese group had taken over the whole place. Unattentive staff, probably because of the large crowds of chinese people. Underwhelming food (Warm tapas), bland taste, food served lukewarm (and not together, we had 4 different tapas), and the presentation was poor.

1 Thank smnstd
elcentro133, Owner at El Centro, responded to this review

Hi smnstd, yes we were booked out and we did our best to cutter you in that overhelming moment. in spain the tapas are for sharing in restaurants, which is what made them so popular and they are not served in the same time, but one or two in time. Should the food be cold we apologise for that, but... More 

Houston, Texas
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Very impressed with the quality and quantity of the paella. I'm a paella lover and I can assure you this one will not disappoint you...it has it all! Very generous amount with all fish stock possible! And the crunchy rice was superb. Will go back when I return to Prague in the future. They say they have the best paella... More 

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El Centro R, Owner at El Centro, responded to this review

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Maltezske namesti 293/9 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
  • Location: Europe  >  Czech Republic  >  Bohemia  >  Prague>  > Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
  • Neighbourhood: Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
  • Phone Number: +420 257 533 343
Typical family spanish restaurant, where spanish cooks prepare for you the best of spanish specialities. There is a great variety of tasty tapas for a snack. If you fancy proper lunch or dinner we offer you variety of meat, fish and seafood dishes. You can try our paella which is famous for delisious taste or marinated pork "Cabezada". Our spanish waitter will help you to choose the best wine to acompany your meal. If you want to experience real spanish ambiente in Prague El Centro is place to go.

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Staying in Mala Strana (Little Quarter)

Neighbourhood Profile
Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city. Nestled underneath Prague Castle it was once a part of the Kings route taken by future kings on their way to coronation - originating in the Old Town, crossing Charles Bridge and leading to Saint Vitus Cathedral. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque medieval houses, remarkable palaces, churches, kitsch shops and restaurants. Do not hesitate to turn a corner into any narrow street. You will suddenly find yourself in a calm and charming neighbourhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighbourhood is a home to Czech Parliament and many ministries, you can also run into well-dressed officials. If you are thirsty or hungry, it is the right place to be. Restaurants offer delicious traditional food and of course, the best Czech beers.
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