Restaurant Wentzl continues a tradition dating back to 1792 when Jan Wentzl moved his catering facility to Kamienica pod Obrazem at the Main Square, which received in dowry from his wife Marja Hallerówna. For 220 years the halls on the ground floor of the building at Market Square 19 accepted guests, both from Cracow and many visitors to the city. At the end of the nineteenth century it was a meeting place for various painters. Here was born the idea of establishing the National Museum during the meeting of friends with Henry Siemiradzkim at the helm, who decided to give the first exhibit – a monumental painting „Torches of Nero” of his authorship.
During the interwar period this place enjoyed special sympathy of the establishment of that time, both from Krakow and Warsaw. This is evidenced by entries in the guestbook from the 30s of the twentieth century, which can be seen in a restaurant. There are drawings, anecdotes and footnotes, among other things, made by Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński, Vlastimir Hoffman
and Marshal Rydz-Śmigły.
The modern character of the restaurant in the past few years was created by the experts of Polish and French art of gastronomy. Replacing the chronological order they were: excellent Stevo Karapandza, melancholic Michel Cano, unique Olivier Boudon, Grzegorz Zdeb the Great and Anthony Lelievre the Breton.