During our TBEX FAM trip, I was fortunate to be sent to Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic. During our time there, we were able to try many of the best Brno restaurants—everything from fine dining to Vietnamese food!
We also hit up several of Brno’s drinking establishments. We enjoyed laid-back rum bars, high-end wine bars, and even a bar with one of the most unique concepts I’ve ever seen!
I want to thank Holiday Moments for showing us their city and helping me with this list. They are experts at putting together tours of not only Brno but all of the South Moravian area. Be sure to check out their site if you need help planning your visit!
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My Picks For The Best Brno Restaurants & Bars
Jean Pauls Bistro
Zelny trh 14 (ground floor) // +420 608 152 221
Our guide showed us his local favorite Brno restaurants for lunch. Apparently, it’s one of his regular spots.
On the menu, you can find mostly Italian fare, including excellent pasta (try the carbonara), risottos, lasagnas, and salads.
The casual feel makes it great for a quick lunch while you’re exploring the city.
Jezuitská 6 // +420 607 005 905
Pavillon is one of the best fine dining Brno restaurants. The restaurant itself is gorgeous—modern without being pretentious. I loved the open kitchen concept. We could watch the team put our meals together during our visit.
The staff was all incredible—ever-present without being overbearing and very knowledgeable about the menu and proper wine pairings.
Their menu changes frequently, but I advise you to try their tasting menu as we did. I loved all of the dishes, but the seafood ones were my favorite. They do fish very well and the plating and accompanying wine were spotted on.
Atelier Cocktail Bar & Bistro
Kobližná 2 // +420 739 401 086
Our guide recommended Atelier as his favorite place in town for both dinner and cocktails. Before landing in Brno, Atelier’s chef cooked in both London and Berlin.
Their seasonal menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients. It brings you dishes such as mussels roasted in coconut milk and served with long beans, chicken in a Mexican molé sauce, and some of the most gorgeous desserts in all of Brno.
But of all this place has to offer, the cocktails may be the star of the show. You can order them from the menu or discuss what you like in a drink with your server—they’ll gladly create an off-menu cocktail for you.
KOISHI Fish & Sushi
Údolní 11 // +420 777 564 744
KOISHI is currently rated as one of the best Brno restaurants, and for good reason. KOISHI employs an actual Japanese sushi master and uses only the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
Other fish dishes on the menu are prepared with as much love and care as the sushi, and the presentation is just as gorgeous.
If you’re not in the mood for seafood, the restaurant also features options like their veal tenderloin or roasted lamb. If you’re a fan of oysters, be sure to give them a try—we all loved ours, especially when paired with a local prosecco!
Běhounská 115/4 // +420 720 021 575
If you’re craving Asian food, check out Go Vietnamese. Our guides told us this place has been popular since the day they opened their doors!
Here you’ll find authentic Vietnamese recipes made with fresh ingredients at more than reasonable prices!
I didn’t get a chance to try the pho (next time!), but the bun bo Nam bo I did order was one of their more popular dishes, and I quickly learned why.
Kapucínské náměstí 5 // +420 603 974 496
Café Pilát is a bit tucked away, but that makes it an even better way place to begin your day with a quiet cup of coffee. The caffeine addicts in our group raved, agreeing it was the best coffee in Brno restaurants we visited. The gorgeous interior makes it a pleasant place to spend a lazy morning as you savor the details of the cafe.
If you’re hungry, their ever-changing menu features authentic Middle Eastern food with options like lamb shawarma and lemon baked potatoes served over red lentils, spiced meatballs served with bulgur, Moroccan lamb soups, and shakshuka for breakfast!
You can also find plenty of vegetarian options, like housemade falafel, hummus and stuffed eggplant.
Mečová 4 // +420 543 210 175
Featuring one of the best wine selections (270+ bottles!) in Brno, they’ve got something here for anyone’s tastes.
Their weekly menu features choices such as a foie gras terrine with apple chutney and bruschetta, seared ahi tuna served over vegetable caponata, and some seriously impressive steaks.
Bonus: Now that I have you sorted for dining options, check out these suggestions for desserts and drinks as well!
Nam. Svobody 21 // +420 732 985 829
What better way to finish your dinner than by sampling some award-winning cupcakes?
The cupcakes, which are as delicious as they are gorgeous, come in a wide variety of flavors, including red velvet, Oreo, marscapone, and even a chocolate chili cupcake!
They even stock vegan and lactose-free options.
Petit Cru Wine Bar
Údolní 11 // +420 774 497 787
Petit Cru has a great selection of wine and is manned by an incredibly knowledgeable shop owner who is happy to take a deep dive into wines with you. What else could you want from a wine bar?
Even better—you’re able to try a sample of wines before you commit to a glass! Situated right next to KOISHI, this is a great place to meet friends for a glass of wine (or two!) before dinner next door.
Zelená Kočka Pivarium
Dvořákova 3 // +420 775 566 602
This place is widely regarded at the best beer bar in town—likely due to their huge selection of craft beers. Here you can find everything from local brews to IPA’s, APAs, summer ales, golden ales and so much more.
They’ll even let you sample drafts to help you choose which you’ll like best.
You can also find a selection of hearty beer snacks to go along with your brews. We tried the pork ribs and homemade chips.
Jezuitská 3 // +420 732 871 995
Cubana is a laid back rum bar that features more than 300 kinds of rum. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will go through the menu with you to help you to decide which drink you’ll like most.
They have all the Cuban classics—mojitos daiquiris, and caipirinhas, but many of their drinks come with great updated twists on the original recipes, such as fresh berries and star anise syrups made in-house.
Super Panda Circus
Shilingrovo namesti 257/3 // +420 734 878 603
This is one of those places where you’ll really just have to take my word for it and go check it out for yourself.
Super Panda Circus has been awarded best-designed bar/best cocktail menu and best cocktail bar in all of the Czech Republic, so you know it’s legit.
The concept is a bit far out and hard to explain, but playing off the circus theme, you’ll roll dice to have your drinks determined, spin the wheel hung on the wall, or have your cards read to see what you should be served.
Whatever drink you end up with, you can’t really go wrong. They craft only super-premium craft cocktails, many made with local liquors. We even tried a Czech liquor infused with butter!
Their tagline is “nothing makes any sense,” and they proclaim “We do not have a regular menu, we have stories.” So, go for yourself and check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
Also, I should note, non-alcoholic drinks are available for those who want to take part in the experience but don’t want to drink.
Which of these Brno restaurants or bars do you most want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Travel writer and owner of the blog. My work has been featured on Fodors, Eater.com, International Living, and Great Escape Publishing, among many others. My story? Nearly six years ago, I left my job at an Oklahoma City law firm and embarked on a journey around the world. At the time, I thought I would only be gone for 6 months, but the more I traveled, the longer my bucket list became. Flashpacker describes how I travel. Rather than traveling as the normal world wise backpacker and staying in hostel dorms, I prefer a more comfortable experience, and typically stay in private rooms, take Ubers instead of taxis, and now use a suitcase instead of a backpack. Foodie, on the other hand, describes one of the key reasons why I travel. I love to pick a central “base camp” and then explore the surrounding area, really immersing myself in the culture and interacting with the people, and enjoying and exploring the food of an area is an essential part of this experience.
Monday 24th of September 2018
Retro Consistorium is a great place, I happened to spend a few evenings there when I was in the Czech Republic. I would gladly come back here again and visited a few more places from your list
Tuesday 11th of September 2018
Everything looks so good. What's that dish with from Koishi? The one with the tangerines, is that Mahi Mahi???
Monday 10th of September 2018
Reading this blog while being very hungry, not a good idea.
Monday 10th of September 2018
hahahaha, thank you-- I'll consider that a compliment!
Friday 7th of September 2018
That looks SO GOOD! I agree the sushi place fish dish was equally as beautiful (if not more!) than the sushi! I want a cupcake now too. Great recommendations!