Restaurants in Tallinn
The twisting streets of the Old Town hold many culinary delights, from fashionable fringe restaurants to traditional Estonian experiences and world cuisines. Even if you are looking for a quick and simple fix you will be glad to know Tallinn offers excellent and infinitely healthier alternatives to McDonald's, often at a lower cost.
Visitors commonly converge on the Town Hall Square after finishing their activities and fan out to the surrounding restaurants. Although a popular tourist area with some beautiful surroundings and a few great eateries, do not expect to be getting the best value for money in this area. Instead, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, it is advised to dig a little deeper to get to the real gems
But luckily, you will not need to go far, since rewards are for those who seek them, and Tallinn's size makes seeking shamefully easy. Nothing is ever too far in this small city, so do not be afraid to push to and beyond the old walls in search of that perfect meal.
Some local favourites in Tallin include a traditional and exquisite beef stroganoff, zavarka (Russian black tea), ikra krasnaya (red caviar) and eye-watering vodka.
This cosy little restaurant serves some of Tallinn's finest local fare and it does it in style. Featuring some of the city's finest Italian pizzas, other favourites on the menu include the Norwegian salmon with potato puree and tomato sauce, pepper steak with cheesy potato bake and vegetables and the baked apple with ice cream and vanilla sauce. Buffets are also available. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Bookings recommended.
Address: Raekoja Plats 8
Telephone: +372 6314 227
Decked out in dark wooden panels and brown leather booths, the Goodwin Steak House has got the ambience of classic steak house and the meat to match. This popular and very cosy eatery is known as one of the best, and only, steak houses in Tallinn. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: Viru 22
Telephone: +372 618 1808
This enchanting French eatery is decked out in some seriously elaborate décor. The candle-lit dining room with heavy wooden furniture evokes a feeling of dining in the 17th century among French nobility. The menu has an equally good reputation, with mouth-watering French delicacies served daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: Lai 19
Telephone: +372 665 0928
Serving some of the finest Asian cuisine in Tallinn, Chedi is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. The minimalist black and red stylish décor sets the perfect mood for an Asian experience. The roast duck with szechuan pepper sauce is delightful, while the stir-fry Mongolian style venison is an interesting and delicious choice. Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: Sulevimägi 1
Telephone: +372 646 1676
This stylish Italian eatery is somewhere one might expect to bump into a local celebrity - and you just might! With clean lines, minimalist décor and a fresh and trendy feel, Bocca delivers when it comes to ambience and food. The merlot-grilled fillet of tuna with cherry tomatoes marinated in merlot wine vinegar is to-die-for, while the decadent foie gras with apple and melon in cranberry sauce is not to be missed. Open daily for dinner. Reservations essential.
Address: Olevimägi 9
Telephone: + 372 611 7290
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