TOP 10 restaurants serving traditional Estonian food

Source: Danel Rinaldo, Visit Estonia

TOP 10 restaurants serving traditional Estonian food

There are plenty of restaurants that offer modern, gourmet interpretations of Estonian cuisine, but for the genuine recipes as they are meant to be enjoyed, check out the following restaurants. They serve traditional dishes like sauerkraut and kama, prepared with time-tested cooking methods, in nostalgic settings year-round.

Olde Hansa

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

The medieval restaurant Olde Hansa is the home of a rich merchant, whose guests enjoy delicious, authentic Hansa-era meals and drinks, authentic period music, and service that is always friendly. All of the dishes on the menu, including the many wild game delicacies, are cooked using 15th-century recipes and methods. Likewise, medieval musicians delight guests every night of the week except Mondays.

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Hansatall tavern

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

The tavern, which was built in true Hanseatic style, offers Estonian cuisine. In addition to different meat dishes, a large selection of different fish (eel, perch, flounder, herring, and pikeperch) is also offered. The menu also includes Estonian forest products such as chanterelles and cowberries. For dessert, you can enjoy our nostalgic snowball soup and sour milk pancakes. Here, you can host receptions, lunches, and dinners for groups. During summers, you can have a good time and enjoy delicious meals in the Hansa Hoov courtyard which has a fountain; various concerts and theatre productions are staged here.

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Restaurant Rondeel

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

Since 2016, the restaurant of Narva Museum is located in the artillery tower or rondel built in the 16th century, at the entrance to Narva Castle West Courtyard, which focuses on local flavours and the menu of which is inspired by the cuisines of the nations that have played an important role in the history of Narva. The most special dish on the menu is lamprey. Rondeel also has Narva’s largest selection of local craft beers – the Gambrinus beer shelf on the first floor of the restaurant has about 100 local beers. Since summer 2019, the head chef of the restaurant is Vladimir Upeniek, who was the Estonian Chef of the Year 2012.

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Restaurant at Maria Farm

Pärnu maakond, Kõpu küla

Maria Farm is a great place for both resting and organising seminars, combining these with activities in nature and different fields. A new party and seminar hall for 80 was built in December 2010. The threshing room of the tourist farm with the original stove is suitable for smaller groups. There is a huge 200 m² shelter for organising outdoor events. The restaurant at the Maria Farm offers traditional Estonian farm food and delicacies from game.

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Restaurant Kubija

Võru maakond, Võru

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach! Our 90-seat restaurant is in national style. In addition to traditional à la carte dishes, you can also enjoy dishes prepared from local produce according to the South-Estonian cooking traditions. On tender summer evenings, you can enjoy your meal on the restaurant's outdoor terrace!   Lunch buffet is open every day from 12 PM to 2:30 PM (8€ / person) Soup Main course Dessert Water Black bread, white bread, buns and flavoured butter A cup of tea or coffee is fee for those that order the daily offer! Bar is open: Mon. - Thu.: 11 AM - 10 PM; Fri.: 11 AM - 11 PM; Sat.: 12 PM - 11 PM; Sun.: 12 PM - 10 PM  

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Palmse manor house pub

Lääne-Viru maakond, Palmse küla

In Palmse manor house complex in Lahemaa national park there is Palmse Pub which offers the dishes of our ancestors, for instance authentic farm hand’s gruel and home made bread. When the weather is nice, the food is served outside so that parents would have a chance to keep an eye on their little ones when they go squeaking the swings on the farm hands’ swing hill. About a hundred people can fit under the roof of this pub which means that it is possible to have bigger get-togethers and proper folksy weddings and parties with a larger crowd of people!

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Talumehe Pub

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu linn

Talumehe Pub is a catering establishment located in the beautiful old town of Haapsalu. The main menu includes delicious dishes made from fresh local produce. Special attention must be paid to the names of our dishes – try our Meh-eh-eh (like a goat bleating), Rabbit's Lip and Bear's Paw. We also offer catering for parties and groups. We welcome families with children, and we have a separate children's playroom. Our menu also includes a children's menu. Talumehe Pub is a genuine Estonian pub in the best sense of the word – you will always find pleasant company and cheerful laughter.

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Restaurant Saaremaa Veski

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

A restaurant of local flavours, located in a unique windmill in Kuressaare (from 1899). The menu has different wild game meat, smoked fish, house drinks made from local berries, house wine made from local apples, and the Veski beer. In summer, you can eat in the garden, on the terrace, or on the balcony. We organise events for both adults and children – performers from Estonia and abroad, special dinners, cooking lessons for children, etc. Order a house tour or a tasting of the island's beers or drinks. If you wish, we can ask folk dancers or musicians to perform here. There are five floors for different events. Veski is selected as one of White Guide's TOP100 Estonian Restaurants!

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Café Tsäimaja in the Seto Farm Museum

Võru maakond, Värska alevik

The Café Tsäimaja (Tea House) offers a selection of traditional food served in the handicraft ceramic dishes; the visitors can listen to Seto songs and music. There are 64 seats in the Tsäimaja; the terrace with 24 seats is open in summer. Dining for groups, organisation of events, using the meeting hall, etc., available by prior arrangement.

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Kolu Inn

Harju maakond, Haabersti linnaosa

Kolu Inn is a small highway tavern with one stable that was constructed in the village of the same name in Kose parish in 1840. It was transported to the museum in 1968 and reconstructed between 1969 and 1973. Since 1993, it has again operated as a tavern, offering delicious national dishes every day! If booked in advance, you can hold seminars, parties and other events here for 20 to 150 people including coffee breaks, lunches and dinners.

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Last updated : 22.04.2021

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