Tartu restaurants

International in Tartu

Aparaat

Set in the courtyard of Aparaaditehas, Tartu's hipster outpost, Aparaat serves simple and well-executed international fare. Dishes aren't nearly as creative as the artsy types that frequent the place, but diners sho…
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…
Cafe in Tartu

Krempel

Packed to the gills with hip young things, this cosy cafe is the place to be in Old Town Tartu. Service is slow but made up for by chill atmosphere and quality food – and you won't find a latte of this calibre close…
Steak in Tartu

Meat Market

The name says it all, with dishes ranging from standards like sirloin with truffle butter or black-garlic lamb chops, to bull testicles or wild goose with duck heart sauce. The veggie accompaniments (think buckthorn…
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 à la carte menu, but it’s the weekday lunch buffet that we’re particularly keen on. For €5 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…