This restaurant's history goes back to 1364, when a wealthy Krakovian merchant named Wierzynek treated a party of European monarchs to a truly royal feast. Following the fame of the only upscale restaurant in Kraków during the gray days of "real socialism"—and leaving behind the period of postcommunist slump—Wierzynek is now a private enterprise where customers (and their dollars) are once again kings. Traditional offerings on the menu include trout with almonds,
roast duck with apples, and saddle of deer in juniper sauce. Dining rooms on upper floors are stylishly furnished and decorated with historical paintings, armor, and clocks. The new addition of a grill garden is rather tacky.