Top Choice Modern Estonian in Otepää

Mr Jakob

Otepää's best restaurant is hidden away at the golf club, 4km west of Pühajärv. The menu is as contemporary and playful as the decor, taking Estonian classics such as pork ribs and marinated herring fillets and prod…
Creperie in Tartu


Locals love this place. Its warm, stylish decor belies its bargain-priced crepes (of the sweet or savoury persuasion, with great combos like cherry-choc and almonds). It serves tasty salads too.
Italian in Tartu

La Dolce Vita

Thin-crust pizzas come straight from the wood-burning oven at this cheerful, family-friendly pizzeria. It’s the real deal, with a lengthy menu of bruschetta, pizza, pasta, grills etc and classic casual decor (checke…
Cafe in Tartu

University Cafe

This venerable institution inhabits a labyrinth of elegantly decorated rooms. It's simultaneously grand and cosy, with serves to sate the most ravenous of scholars. In the evening the Tartu Jazz Club takes over the …
European in Tartu


Definitely a place to impress a date, this sexy, black-walled restaurant-cum-vinoteque is a fine place for wining, dining and reclining. It’s tucked away in a courtyard off Ülikooli, with outdoor tables and a well-p…
Cafe in Otepää


The hippy manifesto at the start of the menu informs us that lumi means snow, and among all the talk of good energy, there’s a fairly traditional list of pasta, fish, pork, lamb and chicken dishes. The groovy vibe c…
Estonian in Lake Peipsi

Kivi Kõrts

The most atmospheric place in the region for a cheap, hearty meal, this cosy, dimly lit tavern has taken an antique-shop-meets-junkyard approach to decor (much of what you see is for sale). The menu has patchy Engli…
Russian in Lake Peipsi

Fish & Onion Restaurant

This simple, blue-painted restaurant offers you the chance to try the Old Believer cuisine, largely based around locally caught fish and onions grown in the villagers’ gardens. If you speak Russian, it’s worth calli…
Estonian in Tartu

Hansa Tall

If you want to look at a menu and really know you’re in Estonia, head to this super-rustic, barnlike tavern southeast of the centre. You need not try the smoked pig’s ears or blood sausage to enjoy the diverse, hear…
European in Tartu


Tartu’s most upmarket restaurant is within the romantic, candlelit nooks and crannies of the Antonius Hotel’s vaulted cellar, which predates the 19th-century building above it by several centuries. Expect a concise …