A visit to Estonia this winter will give you some great stories, but one of the most important parts, is the food. After all, why would you visit a foreign country if you weren’t going to at least sample the food and see how it differs from your own local cuisine? We’ve taken the liberty of putting together a list of 12 restaurants that you absolutely need to visit while you’re in the country, some of which are highly unique.
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Asian Chef (Tartu)
Estonia is home to some of the most amazing restaurants in the geographical location, and Asian Chef is located right in the center of Tertu. The chefs are natives of India and Nepal, both well versed in the preparation of Asian food. Not only will they be able to provide you with some of the best food in the area, but they will also allow you to dine in an incredible, charming, vibrant atmosphere the likes of which you’ve never seen.
The foods at Asian Chef are carefully chosen and prepared from the freshest ingredients according to their near endless menu. The foods you have to choose from Asian Chef are practically limitless, with the selection containing Indian, Chinese, and even Thai dishes. Additionally, vegetarian dishes are available for those who are interested!
Finally, make sure you check out the extensive wine list while you’re visiting! It’s selected carefully, ensuring that you get only the best, and that your pairing experience is favorable.
Cher Ami (Keila-Joa)
Cher Ami is proud to set itself apart from the typical corporate restaurant style, and can instead be found inside Keila-Joa Manor, which was built in 1833. A walk around the outside will reveal a building constructed in the neo-gothic style, with the manor serving as a museum as well as a restaurant.
Don’t worry, that’s not all. If you look outside you can see the countryside of Estonia, characterized by a roaring waterfall and rushing river rapids. No matter where else you go within the country, you can think back on this experience and remember the grand view of Estonia from within the castle.
GMP Clubhotel Pühajärve (Otepää)
Clubhotel doesn’t just provide great accommodations, they also provide to quality food at their dining establishment.
This beautiful restaurant was designed by Mai Runa in 1960, and remained the hot party venue in South Estonia for many years. Recently it’s been re-opened and is now a completely renovated building, much to the joy of night lifers. It’s a fresh face in Estonia, and it represents itself as one of the most amazing and sophisticated restaurants in Estonia, and quite frankly, it can live up to that advertisement.
GMP Clubhotel is sitting on the shore of Lake Puhajary in Otepää Estonia and serves as a very unique accommodation establishment. You can have a private holiday, all on your own, in luxury apartments, and if you like them enough, you can even buy them.
Padise Manor (Padise Rural Municipality)
Padise Manor operates as an a’la carte restaurant that offers cuisine in the Estonian style along with other dishes that are designed to meet a variety of different tastes. The diverse menu is accompanied by a children’s menu, along with separate menus designed for groups of ten or more.
When it comes to accommodation, Padise Manor is second to none, featuring the main restaurant rooms that bring a beautiful view of the park, the pond, or the monastery. If the area is experiencing nice weather, you could sit outdoors or on the terrace, with an amazing view of the monastery ruin. Outside there are 10 tables with seating for up to 40 guests, all in a highly relaxing environment. It’s a dining experience that you won’t soon forget, and a great way to forget your everyday life for a while.
Hot Pot (Tartu)
In downtown Tartu there are some amazing tasted just waiting for you. Hot Pot is a traditional Chinese restaurant and a dish that dates back more than two thousand years. It’s a slightly boiling stew, combined with raw meat, seafood, and vegetables. All food is cooked on the table, right in front of you.
Eight Legs Restaurant (Kose Rural Municipality)
There is little doubt that most people find Eight Legs to be a beautiful eating establishment, and with good reason. The restaurant is so named for the tentacle shaped chandelier that sits front and center in the restaurant, serving as a light source and an outstanding conversation starter.
In this establishment, fifty guests can be supported in either the main room or on the terrace that gives you a full view of the surrounding area. If you’re in Estonia for the scenery, this is the route you want to take.
If you’re looking for a more intimate dining experience however, you could choose one of the themed rooms! Eight Legs proudly offers up the cigar room which features a functional bar and the ‘old world’ feeling that you’ve been looking for. If the old world isn’t exactly what you need right now however, you could try either the wine cellar, which features wooden racks from wood dating back to the 13th century, or the Absinthe house which has a more upbeat but sophisticated atmosphere.
The private dining options provided by Eight Legs are perfect for dining, but they are also ideal for birthday parties, bachelor parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, and much more. Eight Legs is a great destination if you want a dinner to remember.
Restaurant "Kolhethi" (Pärnu)
In the center of Parnu you’ll find Kolhethi which features a which provides a menu full of Georgian delicacies, all perfect for summer day sampling. Delicious soups and light salads are just the start of the story, and it and it eventually moves on to the flame grilled, skewered meat delicacies. Dessert can consist of traditional pastries and Georgian honey cake, all served in an authentic Caucasian atmosphere. Don’t forget, Kolhethi also features an extensive wine list! It’s never been easier to pair your food with the perfect wine!
Raimond prides itself on using locally grown products, which supports the economy and puts fresh products right on your plate. Aside from the extensive and sophisticated menu, Raimond is quite proud to offer a terrace that opens up to one of the most beautiful county side sceneries. The eatery will cater to all of your food based needs at all times of the day, from baked goods for breakfast, to lunch dishes that will absolutely astound you.
The eatery is accompanied by the hotel bar in the lobby along with the fireplace room that is perfect for business meetings. As always, you can walk off your dinner, or breakfast by heading out to the beach. If you’re ever in the area, visit to Raimond needs to be one of the first things on your list.
Welcome to the new Resort Hotel, which serves a contemporary Estonian cuisine. The menu, prepared by Chef de cuisine Rudolf Visnapuu, is comprised of local seasonal products and seafood.
Antonius is unique in that it is a vaulted cellar restaurant complete with beautiful ceiling paintings, a unique glass atrium, and a light filled atmosphere that you won’t soon forget. Additionally, it’s a 42-seat restaurant, perfect for smaller gatherings, cocktail parties, or even weddings. If you want to take it back a notch however, the space is great for romantic or intimate dinners. Remember, smaller gatherings can take place in the private hall, supporting about eight people, while the Antonius Suite supports up to 14. During the summer, the terrace is open, providing even more dining options.
One of the best parts about Antonius is the diversity of the menu as it caters to individuals with allergies as well as vegetarians. It’s a perfect gastronomical solution, and a perfect dining experience, complete with a fine selection of Old World wines. You’ll absolutely love this dining experience!
Villa Ammende (Pärnu)
Ammende is often considered to be one of the best restaurants in Parnu, and with good reason. It brings a great combination of domestic, fresh flavors along with French-Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant employs seasonal ingredients, and a selection of raw materials provided to them by local farmers. It doesn’t just taste good, it supports the local economy and gives you a chance to really sample all that Estonia has to offer.
Restaurant "Põhjaka Manor" (Paide Rural Municipality)
This eatery in Central Estonia isn’t just a place for you to fill your belly, it’s a place for you to do it at a reasonable price. The atmosphere is incredible, located within an old manor house that was saved by three chefs, turning it into a brilliantly executed and well decorated restaurant. The house itself dates back to 1820 and when first discovered, it was in poor condition with the doors and windows boarded up, and a good portion of the flooring stolen. Through years of hard work and determination, the restaurant began to take shape, finally becoming the beauty that it is today. Finally opened in 2010, the chefs have proven that not only can a house be rebuilt and turned into a fine restaurant, but delicious food can be crafted using local Estonian material.
If you’re going to visit, consider that the restaurant is seasonal, meaning the menu will be in a constant state of flux. In other words, if you visit now, you’ll eat something entirely different if you come back at a different time of year. In winter, more filling meals will be prepared, and the summer sees much lighter food, as a result of the available produce changing as the season progresses. In the cellar you would find preserves which contribute to jams, juices, and much more.
These are some of the most popular restaurants in the area, with each one on our list hand picked for its excellence. Each restaurant is highly detailed, features fresh food, and stands apart from your typical chain restaurant. When you visit Estonia you’ll want to check each and every one of them out, if you can, or perhaps visit the few you have time for. The point is, that you’re going to have access to fresh Estonian produce and a culinary experience like no other.
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