Tallinn's best restaurants

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Tallinn's best restaurants

Enticing, seasonal dishes prepared by internationally recognized chefs might be what draw you into Tallinn's best restaurants, but the stunning views and carefully styled interiors create a dining experience to remember. These are the top restaurants in Tallinn according to the first-ever MICHELIN Guide Estonia.

Restaurant 180° by Matthias Diether

180° was created by the Michelin star chef Matthias Diether and his dedicated crew. ‘The food we make must speak for itself. This means that the real stars of our dishes are the raw ingredients – without any excessive additions,’ Matthias said about his principles. The fine-dining restaurant is located in the historic Noblessner Harbour. It boasts a wonderful view of the sea, has an open kitchen, an elegant menu, and offers aesthetic pleasure in addition to an unforgettable gastronomic experience. A 6-course menu is served to a 10-person table. Guests can see how the chefs prepare the food up close. Individual tables can choose between 4–6-course menus. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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NOA Chef's Hall

When you arrive at the NOA Chef's Hall, you will forget the daily worries and start your journey into the mysterious yet exciting world. An evening with world-renowned food experience, unique wine selection and very attentive service. This experience is worth every second! NOA Chef's Hall offers you multi-course tasting menu, please reserve approximately 3 hours for the visit. Bookings only.NOA Chef's Hall has been declared the best restaurant in the Baltics in  2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant NOA

NOA is the first Estonian restaurant to bring the latest food trends to Tallinn locals. Our dishes are made with seasonal and fresh ingredients, and we always make sure they look impressive. In addition, we are the only restaurant in Tallinn that has an aquarium, which we use for our own seafood. NOA also offers some competition for the best cocktail bars in Estonia. The list of signature cocktails is long here and several of them have already won an international award. Large windows with sea views and a cozy terrace await you so you can enjoy both the sunset and the wonderful view of the Tallinn skyline. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant Härg

Restaurant Härg wants to offer steaks of the best quality, meat cooked at a low temperature, delicious grilled dishes, and healthy salads and fresh juices/smoothies. We find good wines are equally as important and our wine list is especially large – we use the Coravin method for most of them. We only use high-quality raw ingredients from the world’s finest farms. We also appreciate live fire – the dishes are grilled directly on and in coals and we are known for the signature dish of Enn Tobreluts – the dirty steak. In addition to the best food, we offer a cosy atmosphere, good music, stylish interior, and a courtyard. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Lore Bistro

This meeting place in Kalamaja has become a focal point for spending quality time with friends and family. At the Lore Bistro, we offer a temptingly eclectic menu consisting of good old-fashioned classics with a nice modern vibe. Our food selection offers the joy of discovery in the form of sharing dishes inspired by our travels. Find us at Noblessner Marina. We have established ourselves in the historic shipyard building where the Kai Art Centre is located. Here, you can combine taste experiences with art and enjoy both good food and each other. Read more about the MICHELIN inspector review!

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Mantel ja Korsten restaurant

You might not even notice this little green building at first glance, but if you do visit us, you will see what a lovely restaurant it is. The restaurant has a unique mantle chimney, the only one in the Kadriorg district, where guests can enjoy a private dining hall! In the restaurant’s menu, you can find both swordfish and mackarel, but also local beetroot and fresh cabbage. Why not even sweetbread? The head chefs take great pride in the picanha meat which is cooked on the Green Egg Grill at about 350 °C. In a nutshell, we offer the thoughts of the Mediterranean and exciting wines to go with them. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Fotografiska Restaurant & Rooftop Garden

Restaurant Fotografiska works on a zero-waste basis. We use inventive ways in cooking – we don't waste ingredients or create waste. Everything from the flower to the root or from the nose to the tail can be used – both in the kitchen and bar. The little amount that's left over is used in compost, which makes its way back to the fields and garden boxes. The soul of our food is Peeter Pihel, a sustainable restaurant advocate, who has had a versatile career (Pädaste, Fäviken Magasinet, Fulgurance), and who has shaped the flavours of modern Estonia. Kristjan Kiho is responsible for the seasonal and unique wine list. Read more about the MICHELIN Inspectors' rating!

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Restaurant 38

The kitchen of restaurant 38 strives towards shifting the limits of traditional flavours. The chef is inspired by the diversity of raw materials, different cuisines, travelling and people around him. Combining new and classic flavours with playful presentations, he leaves a memorable impression even to the biggest of foodies.  The atmosphere of the restaurant is cosy, but exhilarating. The rooms are decorated with colourful pieces of art and cosy light solutions. You will find us in the historic Tallinn Old Town within the reach of many sights and theatres. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant Cru

Inspired by the historical atmosphere of the amazing Old Town of Tallinn, Restaurant Cru aims to strike a balance between classic and modern cuisine, making any culinary experience truly timeless. Its two main halls have been renovated on the basis of the original plans of the 15th century building, creating an authentic feel of the late Middle Ages. The head chef of the restaurant Dmitri Haljukov has represented Estonia in the finals of the competition Bocuse d'Or (also called the culinary olympics).  In the summer time, guests can sit on the outdoor terrace or in the courtyard on the main street of the Old Town, as well as in a quiet side-yard. The restaraunt also has a wine cellar with an excellent selection of wines. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant and café Gianni

The elegant restaurant and cosy café Gianni are a little piece of Italy right here in the city centre of Tallinn. We offer the delight of the best flavours of traditional Italian cuisine, carefully selected wines, and excellent service. The restaurant is open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cafe offers a nice breakfast on weekdays as early as from 8 a.m. (from 9 a.m. during summer months). Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant & Bar Horisont

Elegant and stylish Restaurant & Bar Horisont is located at the top floor of Swissôtel Tallinn. This is an ideal place for relaxing and enjoying a five star cuisine. Visitors can enjoy the enchanting panoramic view of the Old Town of Tallinn and the sea. Restaurant Horisont offers a modern take on food, using seasonal, local and international ingredients. The Restaurant also offers a possibility to hold private dinners in a special purpose room. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Lee Restaurant

Lee is the word for the ancestral hearth full of life and good food shared by the people around the fire. Lee Restaurant, located in the Old Town of Tallinn, offers local ingredients combined with international skills and playful curiosity to create a fine dining experience. Our focus is always on local produce from small producers and friends in Estonian farms and forests. The menu also has options for vegans and children. The drink menu includes a wide and international selection of wines. We invite you to enjoy good food and share stories to recreate the feeling of Lee! Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Head Chef’s Hall and Restaurant Mon Repos

The French name Mon Repos (‘my rest’) allows taking a genuine break with delicious delights. The menu, that was born in the kitchen of the villa with an enchanting interior and inspired by the golden era of fabulous Kadriorg district, was created by an extremely talented team; the origins of some recipes date back centuries. The main hall of the restaurant is a great place for relaxation in the middle of a busy working day. The first floor – the Head Chef’s hall (open from Thursday to Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) – offers more refined flavours and a more intimate atmosphere where guests can enjoy our 4–6 course meals or a menu designed especially for them. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Paju Villa restaurant

Paju Villa is a marvellous and luxurious villa in the residential district of Nõmme in Tallinn. It is a combination of beautiful interiors, heavenly food, and friendly staff. The city villa is cosy yet elegant, and the key to its success lies in the ability to focus on the smallest of details. There are several different dining rooms on the two floors of the restaurant and in the summer, it is also possible to eat in the garden. The villa is a great place to celebrate small events, as you can hold your events in total privacy. Our happy staff will make your dining experience even more perfect. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant Pull

Steaks of the highest quality, meat cooked at a low heat, delicious grilled dishes with healthy salads, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, the best wines, a cosy atmosphere, good music, and a stylish modern design in a historic building. The restaurant uses only the highest-quality raw material from the best farms in the world and it focuses on real fire – most of the dishes are grilled over coals or in a grill.  Restaurant PULL was created by its owners, the internationally known grill-masters Enn Tobreluts, Hanno Kuul, and Andres Tuule, who also offer luxurious grill and barbeque catering, trainings, and shows. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!  

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Restaurant Puri

Puri is an exclusive restaurant for real food gourmands. As characteristic for a harbour restaurant, the menu of Puri is full of seafood. Service is friendly, food and beverage offers fun twists, as if mischievous teenagers have been allowed to a royal reception. The Nordic design of the restaurant and its detailing as well as breath-taking views from the windows to the Haven Kakumäe marina create an excellent atmosphere for enjoying food. The name Puri (Sail in Estonian) has been inspired by the sails of a ship, raised to bring us to new waters. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Wine restaurant R14

Wine restaurant R14 offers high-quality wine and great authentic food. The food and drink combinations are in perfect harmony thanks to the head chef and sommelier. The menu of R14 is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant has partnered with Rein Kasela's Wine Room to select the wines to perfect the dishes. Additionally, wine trainings and tastings are held, and you can, of course, buy your favourite wine to go as well. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant Rado

Rado is a small restaurant created with the help of our friends. We use raw ingredients that your grandmother uses and those brought from Tallinn Central Market. Our menu is seasonal and changes daily, but we always offer fish and meat dishes.We want to welcome you in a cosy atmosphere that makes you feel at home. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant Smak

In many different languages, Smak means especially good taste. Our chef is not afraid to push the boundaries between the traditions of various national cuisines as well as old and new when preparing his dishes. In the timeless cafe-like interior you can enjoy our modernly served dishes. Besides seafood, another highlight of the menu is our strudels. In addition to the classic apple strudel, you will find our menu sauerkraut and duck strudels! Our summer its are cold soup made of sour cream and Borjomi mineral water, beetroot sorbet with radish, cucumber and dill accompanied by garlic bread with egg salad and green onions. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant Tchaikovsky

At the end of the 18th century, the best French chefs found their way to Russia. The result was an unprecedented fusion of Russian and French cuisine. Our passion is to reproduce the recipes created by these masters and infuse them with our own experience and vision. In the evenings, you can enjoy live music, musical medleys and fantasies from operas, operettas, ballets, and arrangements of symphonic pieces. The winner of many awards, Tchaikovsky, is a genuine and high quality restaurant for real gourmets, where even the tiniest details are important. The wonderful emotion is worth the price. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant Tuljak

Restaurant Tuljak is once again open after a 50-year hiatus! This is the first time that the best Soviet architecture, designed and built in the 1960's, has been renovated so extensively, creating a very stylish restaurant. Its large terrace, the greenery surrounding it, its pool and ice cream stand have been restored close to the original as well. The menu of the restaurant features some more familiar dishes such as herring with bonfire potatos or curd pancakes, but also newer flavours such as Oriental noodle soup. Each dish is a flavour experience and a combination of the classics and modern. The dining room and terrace accommodate up to 300 people. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Restaurant MOON

MOON is a tricky word. In English, it means the Moon; however, when pronounced the Estonian way [mɔːn], it stands for a beautiful red flower (poppy). A few years ago, Roman and Igor decided to toss their tall white chef's hats in the corner and go back to their roots, and thus, restaurant Moon was born. Quoting a good friend of the owners and a wonderful person who said after visiting Moon for the first time: “You have to go back to move forward!” Simplicity, independence, local raw ingredients, integrity and respect, Nordic coolness. An unusual name. Unusual location. But a very usual place otherwise. Restaurant MOON has been selected to the Top 50 of the best restaurants in Estonia for several years running. Read more about MICHELIN Inspector review!

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Last updated : 23.11.2022

In category: Tallinn, Food & Drink & Nightlife