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“Huge portions in very traditional setting”

Hadjidraganov's Cellars
Ranked #17 of 1,159 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$27
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Oborishte
Description: The Restaurant Hadjidraganovite Izbi that means "Hadjidraganov's Cellars" offers Bulgarian national cuisine on fire, on a hot plate and in an oven. Situated in the center of Sofia restaurant exposes unique atmosphere of an old cellar - all hand-maded. A band of one of the best Bulgarian folklore musicians is playing folklore music in the nights! Legend of Hadjidraganov's Cellars! "In 1866 a century ago Hadji Dragan, a trader of wool and silk lived in Sofia and four great houses built. Each with a style from different region of Bulgaria (Melnik, Koprivshtitza, Zheravna, Bansko). Now it's a famous restaurant "Hadjidraganov's Houses". In his famous cellars there was wine from vineyards all over the country. Only few were people entered into the Hadjidraganov's Cellars. While entering inside, silence, a smell of old barrels and a coolness met the special guests. Barrels ordered in long lines could be seen in twilight of kerosene lamps. Selected bottles lay in straw in wine racks." Now the Restaurant Hadjidraganov's Cellars welcomes you with it's traditional bulgarian food cooked on fire, hot plate and in an oven. You can choose a wine from different regions all over Bulgaria.
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the ambience with waiters in traditional costumes, decor resembles ethnographic museum displays, wooden containers for condiments and pieces of raw garlic which we weren't sure were to be eaten or just for decoration but we bit into a slice anyway, sharp and raw!
Unknowing ordered two portions, one the pork skewers with fries, beans, sliced cabbage and carrot, and a pork stew in an onion-tomato sauce with mushrooms. Decided to eat only the stew and take away the grilled meat which still tasted good after a day in the hotel fridge!
The pork stew tasted more like chicken and was so-so, ordered it only because the barbecued ribs were not available.
Presentation was imaginative, in a metal pot and large wooden board.
Service was pleasant, the young waiter obligingly packed the takeaway, thoughtfully including 2 sets of plastic cutlery and paper napkins. The bill was about 28 levas which we thought reasonable for so much food.
We went at 2pm for lunch so it wasn't that crowded but reservations should be made, I guess, for peak times or for dinner.

3  Thank Bluesphynx
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Worst experience ever in a restaurant; they tell that it takes 45 min for your food to be cooked and when it's served: the food is cold and the meat had evidence that it was recycled because it had pieces of carrots on it and was tough, even though we were told it would take 45 min to be cooked. The best part is that we had to pay for it.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Good food, meat wasn't quite as good as other places we went but still nice. Potatoes were great, as was the cheesy pork knuckle

2  Thank Jan O
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

When you arrive at 20,15 and they warn you that they close the terrace at 22,00 think twice before confirming that you want to eat outside: we waited 45 minutes for 2 (bottled) biers and over 1 hour for the food - brought separatlly, 10 minutes apart ... No appologies for the delay. Moreover, at 22,00 they (almost) through you inside (it is still open and you can easily move inside, without any problems). It's a pitty because the food is really really good: typical bulgarian food served (some of the dishes) in a spectacular presentation. And the place in nicely decorated in a traditional way .. really nice .. twice a pitty.

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1  Thank Doina L
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

We went here for dinner and as from the moment we entered the restaurant, we could feel the traditional bulgarian atmosphere. The food was DELICIOUS, and as a belgian I must say that the french fries were fabulous :-). Thanks to Nikolay we had some great service as well. Highly recommended if you're keen to have some great food with great service.

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2  Thank Stéphanie G
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