Restaurants

Modern European in Tartu

Cafe Truffe

Truffe calls itself a cafe, although it feels more like an upmarket bar and the food is absolutely restaurant quality. One thing's for certain, it's the best eatery on Town Hall Sq and one of Tartu's finest. In summ…
Modern European in Tartu

Polpo

Despite being slightly below street level, Polpo's vaulted space beneath the London Hotell is surprisingly bright and modern. And despite the name, the menu isn't particularly Italian. Expect hearty mains such as be…
European in Tartu

Antonius

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 …
Buffet in Tartu

Dorpat

The elegant restaurant at the Dorpat also has a reputable a la carte menu, but it’s the weekday lunch buffet that we’re particularly keen on. For €4 you’ll get a bottomless bowl of your choice of soup and salad, whi…
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

Noir

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…
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…
Steak in Tartu

Meat Market

The name says it all, with dishes ranging from elk carpaccio to nose-to-tail Livonian beef, to smoky Azeri-style shashlik (skewered meat, delivered flaming to the table). The vegie accompaniments are excellent too. …
Cafe in Tartu

Pierre

Tallinn’s favourite chocmeister has set up on Tartu’s main square, offering a refined atmosphere, old-world decor and all-important truffles. This is a prime spot for coffee and a sugar fix at any time of day, and t…
Cafe in Tartu

Werner

Upstairs there's a proper restaurant serving pasta and meaty mains, but we prefer the buzzy cafe downstairs. The counter positively groans under a hefty array of quiches and tempting cakes, plus there's a sweet litt…