Many of Bratislava's restaurants offer a lunchtime deal – normally advertised as the 'denné menu' - comprising a soup and a choice of two or three main courses. These are normally tasty and very competitively priced, and restaurants get very busy as a result. Slovaks tend to eat their lunch early – noon is typically the busiest time – so getting a table can be easier later in the afternoon, though the special offer may by then be more limited.
Table service is the rule: a few city-centre eateries operate a lunchtime canteen-style self-service system, but almost none have buffets.
Service is typically professional, but not effusive. The language barrier can sometimes make waiters appear terse. Don't be put off: most restaurants have staff who speak at least some English; at the top ones all of them will. Almost all will at least have a menu translated into (often somewhat idiosyncratic) English.
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