12 Of The Best & Tastiest Restaurants In Tallinn

Tallinn’s food scene is just getting started.

Take a look at Lee Restoran’s popularity, it’s evident that Asian-fusion is also on the rise in Estonia’s world of cooking. But one imperative component that we cannot possibly ignore when eating our way through Tallinn is the glorious celebration of bread. Rye, black, sourdough, poppyseeds…each bite is just as splendid as the next. As it’s stated above, we’re just getting started. Here’s a list of delectable restaurants in Tallinn that you should absolutely add to your list.

Rado restoran

Vene 7, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia

Rado Restaurant
Rado Restaurant. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Certainly one of the best meals in Tallinn can be devoured is at Rado, situated in Old Town. Want to feel like you’re eating food made by an Estonian grandmother? The daily changing menu showcases simple and local ingredients made with modern techniques, like: liver hearts, wild garlic risotto, picanha with romano salad and red wine sauce, and grandmother’s herbal tea. Run by Rado and Triinu, the restaurant’s presentation is just as delightful as the taste: lilac and raspberry trifle, or scallops with seabuckthorn, mandarin and pomegranate.

Rado Restaurant
Rado Restaurant. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

 

Rado Restaurant
Rado Restaurant. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Lee Restoran

Vene 7, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia

Lee Restaurant
Lee Restaurant. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

One the oldest words in Estonian language is  “lee” which is an ancient Estonian communal fireplace where meals and stories are shared as the fire crackles and simmers. Right alongside the city’s old walls is Lee, one of Tallinn’s best restaurants where chefs Janno Lepik and Kristjan Peäske have brought their London experiences to highlight the best of Estonian farmers and producers. Lee’s menu is the work of an entire community, presented upon magnificent plates of dishes. Venison tartare comes with green plums, romson capers, seasonal oil, and egg yolk. While the Pähkla arctic char is paired with marinated aubergine, crispy sushi rice, oat milk and tom yum broth. Don’t miss its classic dessert, Kohuke which is accompanied by rhubarb, basil, black peppers and meadowsweet.

 

Lee Restaurant
Lee Restaurant. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Lee Restaurant
Lee Restaurant. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Fotografiska Tallinn

Telliskivi 60a-8, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia

Telliskivi Creative City is a newly artistic center near the Balti Jaama Turg market, and at the former Baltic Railway factory. The entire area covers over 10 buildings and celebrates Tallin’s art world displayed through art galleries, theaters, restaurants as well as more than 30 shops. In addition, Fotografiska Tallinn is a photo art center which highlights the works by local artists. The museum’s restaurant is renowned for its sustainability implementation awarded with a green Michelin star as it’s led by top chef Peeter Pihel.

180 Degrees Restaurant

Staapli 4, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia

He might’ve been born in Berlin, but he’s made Estonia his home. Chef Matthias Diether’s restaurant 180° on Noblessner Harbour is a 4-to-6-course memorable, truly fine-dining experience as well as his efforts to elevate the culinary industry in Estonia. Using the country’s Baltic and Nordic base, supplemented with global tastes. Prime examples include: Yellow tuna / goose Liver / kimchi or smoked eel / pears / mustard ice cream.

NOA Restaurant

Ranna tee 3, 12112 Tallinn, Estonia

Another creative dining experience is at NOA, depending on whether you can catch a reservation at NOA Chef’s Hall (a more gastronomic meal,) or the casual NOA restoran; either choice will be a tasty ride. Both restaurants enhance Nordic influence with an international touch, in addition to a stylish ambiance leaning on the contemporary rustic spectrum. At Chef’s Hall, the 150€ 9-course meal presents a journey from mushroom “air soufflé” to truffle quail. Meanwhile, NOA Restoran’s less formal menu is equally exhilarating via black bread from Kupu Village and duck tacos.

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38 Restaurant/ Restoran 38

Olevimägi 9, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia

Also located in Old Tallinn, also another premium culinary experience; 38 Restaurant/ Restoran 38 takes Estonian fine-dining to new heights. Chef Joonas Koppel prefers to push further, surpassing limits of what traditional cooking should be. His oriental tartare is a prime example of mixing French and Asian flavors. For 75 euros, you can indulge in its 5-course degustation menu.

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Paju Villa

Vabaduse pst 88, 11617 Tallinn, Estonia

Located a bit outside of the city center is Paju Villa where an elegant restaurant is serving food just as alluring as its Art Nouveau structure. Named after Karoline Paju who constructed the house in 1931, Paju Villa is situated in the district of Nõmme, often referred to as “forest city.” Don’t miss the restaurant’s handmade rye bread and Matjes herring served with onion jam and curry, or its sumptuous brunch on every Sunday.

Restaurant Moon

Võrgu 3, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia

Right by Viking Line Harbour, Restaurant Moon pays tribute to Slavic cuisine, expect to see beetroots, blinis, borsch soup on the menu. The name itself means “poppy seeds,” aptly refers to its poppy seed bread which starts a lovely meal. Moon is another fine instance of using raw, local and fresh ingredients. Must-eat dishes on the menu definitely are the dumplings: handmade Siberian or handmade pike fish.

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Tuljak

Pirita tee 26e, 12011 Tallinn, Estonia

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Tuljak’s architectural design is just as magnificent as its food since the building was created by Valve Pormeister – the first female landscape architect to have influenced Estonia’s modern rural architectures. The menu ranges from fresh seafood like the Baltic herring, tiger prawns and Rockefeller oysters, to hearty roast beef. Today, Tuljak has become of the most stylish restaurants in Tallinn.

Restaurant Tchaikovsky

Vene 9, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia

For the best fusion of Russian and French cuisines through Estonian ingredients, head over to Restaurant Tchaikovsky. The influence derived from the end of 18th century, when French chefs traveled to Russia and created recipes that combined both techniques and recipes. There’s also live music at night, depicting famous operas, ballet and symphonies.

Balti Jaama Turg

Kopli 1, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia

Balti Jaam Market is one of the best places to shop in Tallinn as it includes 300 vendors over three floors that cover both interior and exterior spaces. At the entrance, there are several supermarkets, a gym, large halls for fish, meat, vegetables and dining. There’s a wide variety of organic and natural products being sold while the upper floors are various shops featuring Estonian handicrafts, goods, textiles, even vintage shops.

Balti Jaama Turg
Balti Jaama Turg. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Restoran Olde Hansa

Vana turg 1, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia

Old Hanza
Old Hanza. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Restoran Olde Hansa is a throwback to medieval times, and it’s best enjoyed with a group of family or friends. Located in the protected Pakkhoone building for historical purposes, since it consists of three old storerooms of imported products from other countries sold on the market in the 17th century.

Old Hanza
Old Hanza. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

The entire restaurant celebrate Hanseatic L