Cary >Food & Dining > Klara's Restaurant
200 South Academy Street Suite 100, Cary, NC | Directions 2751135.786434 -78.781442
Czech food at its best! – My wife, who is from the Czech Republic, and I just recently moved to the Raleigh area and were in search of a Czech restaurant for some good food and beer. We came across Klara's Restaurant and as we entered, we knew the food and service was going to be great. We were attended and seated quickly. There menu is full of typical and classic Czech dishes which we were interested in. I order the garlic soup to start with. It was pungent (the way it should be) with a hint of minced garlic, cheese and egg. The soup was excellent and the portion was just right considering I was going to order my favorite dish called Svickova. The slices of roast beef were well cooked along with flour dumplings, covered with a delicious cream based sauce, which really made this dish POP. This food reminded me of how it tasted back in the Czech Republic. Be sure to pair up your food with the decent selection of Czech and Slovak beer. The chefs are from the Czech Republic, as well as most of the waitress staff. That is what makes this restaurant a place which I would definitely recommend to my friends and family to eat at.
Not sure about Czech food? Go for it!! It's great! – This place is awesome! I've always loved this beautiful building, and I'm happy now to see this fine restaurant in it. Delicious food, great service and wonderful atmosphere!
Everything is super, prepared fresh and tasty! Reminds me of so many wonderful village restaurants in Europe. The kind you wander into at the end of a day of sightseeing and settle down to a relaxing glass of wine or beer and a thoroughly delicious meal to restore both your energy and soul.
They have a kids' menu and a wonderful wine and beer selection so the whole family will be happy!
I've been with the family, on a date with my hubby and for a girl's night out. This place suits everyone just fine.
I love this little bit of Europe right here in Cary!
A nice change of pace – Great food, my favorites are the Urquell beer on draft, the garlic soup, the chicken schnitzel, and the beef stroganoff.
Wonderful in all respects – We had excellent food, excellent service, and the decor was lovely. We lived in Europe for 11 years so know what European food should be --and this is it. The soup, salad, entree, and dessert were all excellent. We will be regulars now that we have tried it, and recommend it highly.
Great Food, Great Service! – We absolutely love Klara's! The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. The service is wonderful and the food is very good and will not break the bank. I love the pork tenderloin, chicken sunrise...it's all good! And the kids' menu is so inexpensive.
We only dine out about 2 x /week and Klara's is definitely in the rotation. Be sure to try Klara's Sundae with raspberries for dessert--what a way to end a great meal!
Excellent! – Wonderful food. Excellent service .... will be returning often
Delicious earthy food – I enjoy the food of the best restaurants in the area, and am a good cook myself. I'm amazed that Klara's doesn't have a hour long line out the door. This is one of the best restaurants in the area (aka as good or better than Second Empire)... with a lower cost, bigger portions, better service, and very earthy delicious food. My wife and I wanted to go out on Friday evening, and had no trouble getting in. Want a special place to go without breaking the bank... Klara's is it. Don't let the fact that it's Czech restaurant fool you. The flavor palatte is something Americans will love.
Not quite Prague – We have eaten at Klara's three times and the best meal was the Oktoberfest buffet. The pork was excellent and my husband loved the head cheese. I was pleasantly surprised to see strawberry dumplings for dessert.
But the bread umplings(knedliky) are not the same as we've had from my mother in law, the Czech restaurants in New York and those in the Czech Republic. These are more like just white bread. The bread cubes are missing and the texture just doesn't make the grade.
However we will be back and try other things on the menu. We haven't tried the strudle yet, but the palacinky(crepes) are wonderful.
Nice surprise! Best in Cary in my opinion! – We visited for the first time last night and were pleasantly surprised. The interior is upmarket but not stuffy, there is plenty outside seating and the place is spotlessly clean.
The menu has Czech traditional dishes and some that appear to cross into German territory. For those that are unadventurous, one of the specials was a boring old steak (that actually looked really good).
Bread is served quite quickly. Two large slices of home made bread that was delicious plus some bread sticks that tasted home made but were not as crispy as the commercial version. Real butter (of course).
There is a nice selection of Czech and Slovakian beers. Czech beer is good, especially the Budweiser Budvar which has a rich, hoppy flavor that beats the watery USA version hands down.
My wife had two appetizers: garlic soup and the "cutting board" which is assorted salami, ham, cheeses. The garlic soup made her evening - "best I ever tasted" was the quote. The "cutting board" is large, that is all she would say about that one.
I ordered the roast duck. Yes, it does arrive swimming in red cabbage that is quite soft and sweet and sour in taste. The dumplings are made from bread with herbs. The gravy is a bit salty and a bit oily but used sparingly is excellent with the dumplings. But it tastes like home made. The duck - my quote "best I've had". It was slow roasted and, I believe, basted with salted water. The fat layer under the skin was almost entirely absent and the meat was succulent and tender. The skin was better than the so-called Peking Duck at most local Chinese eateries.
By the way, Czech food is supposed to be quite heavy, as with food from other ex eastern bloc countries with cold cloudy winters. If you want lighter fare, go with the schnitzel - you can have pork or chicken and it is served with potato salad. Update - the fish dishes are fantastic too.
Dessert - we shared the apple strudel. It was quite good - different to the German version in that it had walnuts in place of raisins and it was not particularly sweet. The apples could have been cooked a bit longer. However, the pastry was the real deal, flaky and browned nicely. Of course, as it typical in this area, it was totally messed up by being "decorated" with that darn chocolate sauce that every chef around here seems to think enhances their presentation. Come on!! Leave this off!
In summary - great foreign food in a pleasant unhurried atmosphere in the heart of Cary NC. What more could you ask for if you live in Cary? Perhaps the chef could work with someone on "Americanizing" the presentation or the side dishes to please those who hated the food in earlier reviews, but we noticed plenty happy customers. This was our first experience with Czech food and we enjoyed it. Some of the other reviewers need to realize that this is NOT an American restaurant (thankfully). We will go back !
And in fact we did - went back on 08/15/10 and received excellent service and fantastic food. I added a star and this is now our favorite.
BEST FRIENDLY RESTAURANT – I go to Klara's a few times per week because the food is excellent. I absolutely love everything on the menu, so when i think of a restaurant, Klara's is always my first choice, and not just because of the tasty food, but the place is very friendly and i feel great there. I am very happy for the first Czech cuisine in the Triangle area. Thank you, Klara!!! :-)))
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