When at the Bratislava castle you might enjoy Restaurant Hradna Hviezda on the west terrace, featuring traditional Slovak cuisine in a formal setting.
I enjoyed their less formal sister restaurant, just below the castle Modra Hviezda, at Beblaveho 14. It is located in an 18th century home. The upstairs restaurant is very traditional and brighter than the wonderful cellar downstairs. They feature Slovak specialties. I enjoyed a traditional pork dish with mashed pumpkin and roasted chestnuts. There is a patio, across the street for the summer months, with spectacular views of the old city and the SNP Bridge crossing the Danube.
Prasna Basta: At Zamocnicka 399/11, this is a popular local restaurant featuring traditional dishes. It has a very old-world setting in a warmly decorated cellar. I had a good local trout dish with small salad and roasted potatoes.
Right on the main square is Cafe Mayar which is an old-world cafe offering food, desserts and coffee. It is the perfect place to recharge after visiting the castle and exploring the old city. I enjoyed a poppy seed, cherry strudel and a latte.
Fabrika: The Beer Pub in the Loft Hotel is where the hotel’s breakfast is served. I also enjoyed lunch there before my train to Prague. I had to have beef stroganoff while in Slovakia! They have a special daily lunch menu. Their regular menu features starters, salads, burgers and other entrees. They produce two beers in house, a Fabrika F12 Lager and The Fabrika F14 American Pale Ale. I enjoyed a taste of the lager! It attracts a local crowd as it is away from the tourist area.
Gorila Urban Space: Their Gorilla Urban Cafe is recommended as one of the hip, fun spots in town; this is a book store with a comfortable, contemporary cafe for coffee or food. I loved the atmosphere! It is just on the edge of the old town at Namestie SNP 30.