Estonia's MICHELIN Bib Gourmand restaurants

Source: Restaurant Härg, Visit Estonia

Estonia's MICHELIN Bib Gourmand restaurants

The MICHELIN Guide visited Estonia for the first time in early 2022. Estonia is the first Baltic country to be featured in this prestigious guidebook. Of the 31 restaurants to earn a mention, two received a MICHELIN Star, and five have been awarded a MICHELIN Bib Gourmand.

High-quality food does not have to break the bank.

Photo by: Lore Bistroo, Visit Estonia

What exactly is the MICHELIN Bib Gourmand?

Everyone knows that a MICHELIN Star is one of the most sought-after awards in the culinary business. Still, not everyone is as familiar with the "Bibs" — short for Bibendum, the actual name of the iconic MICHELIN Man. The Bib Gourmand designation started in 1997 as a way to recognize restaurants offering high-quality cooking at a great price.

As the inspectors set out to find restaurants worthy of a star, they are also on the lookout for delicious food offered at a reasonable price. While each Bib Gourmand restaurant is unique, they tend to share a more straightforward style of cooking, featuring recognizable dishes that you could perhaps replicate at home.

Good food doesn't have to come at a high price, and these five restaurants in Estonia are proof of that. Let's take a closer look at Estonia's Bib Gourmand recipients.

Härg, Tallinn

This sleek brasserie has an industrial feel thanks to the exposed stone walls, copper chandeliers, and semi-open kitchen. The menu features a variety of well-priced modern dishes with a focus on chargrill. Härg means bull in Estonian, so meat takes center stage. The burger is a lunchtime favorite, but their specialty is the Dirty Steak, a rib-eye cooked directly on the charcoal. Service is friendly and efficient as they are used to being busy, and the summertime terrace is reason enough to visit during warmer months.


Photo by: Härg, Visit Estonia

Lore Bistroo, Tallinn

Noblessner is the place in Tallinn for foodies. Not only is it home to the MICHELIN-starred 180° by Matthias Diether, but it is also where you'll find the family-friendly Lore Bistroo. This modern bistro occupies a corner of a warehouse that was once part of a submarine shipyard. The original steel girders, hoists, and concrete pillars blend well with the tiled floor and open kitchen. The dishes have a global feel inspired by the owners' travels. Each plate is different, but all are tasty and satisfying. Families with kids of all ages can eat well here; there's a children's menu with homemade purées for the very tiniest diners. Their family-style option, the Lore Experience, adds to the lively atmosphere.

Lore Bistroo

Photo by: Lore Bistroo, Visit Estonia

Mantel ja Korsten, Tallinn

Kadriorg, one of the greenest neighborhoods in Tallinn, is where you'll find Mantel ja Korsten. The traditional green clapboard house contrasts the stylish, colorful interior. Diners will delight in modern Mediterranean-inspired dishes that deliver an appealing clarity of flavor. The expertly-curated wine list features smaller boutique wineries with many organic and biodynamic options.

Mantel ja Korsten

Photo by: Mantel ja Korsten, Visit Estonia

NOA, Tallinn

With floor-to-ceiling windows, lobster tanks, and a waterside terrace, NOA makes the most of its privileged seaside location 10 kilometers northeast of Tallinn. Set in the same futuristic-looking building as the MICHELIN-starred NOA Chef's Hall, this restaurant features modern cooking with seasonal ingredients and some of the freshest seafood in Tallinn. Enjoy a meal while taking in stunning views of the Gulf of Finland. If you're lucky, you just might catch the sunset.


Photo by: NOA, Visit Estonia

Fellin, Viljandi

The historic town of Viljandi once played an important role in the medieval Hanseatic trade route. Nowadays, it's better known for its yearly folk music festival amidst the old castle ruins. This quaint town deep within South Estonia's green forests is home to Fellin, a charming café-cum-bistro. Located on the edge of Viljandi's Old Town, diners can sit back and enjoy cakes, sandwiches, or traditional European-influenced dishes in a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere. Make sure to save room for the tarte Tatin!


Photo by: Näljane Nelik

Last updated : 28.08.2022

In category: Tallinn, South Estonia, Food & Drink & Nightlife