Rīga restaurants

Top Choice European in Rīga

Vincents

Rīga's ritziest restaurant has served royalty and rock stars (Emperor Akihito, Prince Charles, Elton John) amid its eye-catching van Gogh–inspired decor. The head chef, Martins Ritins, is a stalwart of the Slow Food…
Top Choice Modern European in Rīga

3 Pavaru

The stellar trio of chefs who run the show have a jazzy approach to cooking, with improvisation at the heart of the compact and ever-changing menu. The emphasis is on experiment (leg of lamb with anchovies, anyone?)…
Top Choice International in Rīga

International

It's well worth a quick tram ride (take tram 11 and get off at Mēness iela) to this wonderful eatery for multiple small plates of yumminess. The name couldn't be more accurate, with a menu containing the likes of 'T…
Top Choice Bagels in Rīga

Big Bad Bagels

US expats aching for lox or bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel can get a fix at this real-deal joint. Fresh bagels come with cream cheese or as a sandwich with a destination theme (Chicken in Thailand, Pro…
Top Choice Modern European in Rīga

Fazenda Bazārs

Although right in the centre, this place feels like you've gone a long way and suddenly found a warm tavern in the middle of nowhere. Complete with a tiled stove, this wooden house oozes megatonnes of charm and the …
Top Choice Cafe in Rīga

Istaba

Owned by local chef and TV personality Mārtiņš Sirmais, ‘The Room’ sits in the rafters above a gallery and occasional performance space. There’s no set menu – you’re subject to the cook’s fancy – but expect lots of …
Top Choice Cafe in Rīga

Miit

Rīga’s hipster students head here to sip espresso and blog about Nietzsche amid comfy couches and discarded bicycle parts. The two-course lunch is a fantastic deal for penny-pinchers – expect a soup and a main cours…
Seafood in Rīga

Siļķītes un Dillītes

Having explored fish stalls at the Rīga Central Market, one might ask: Where do I get it cooked? Well, Herring & Dill, as the name of this grungy kitchen-cum-bar translates, is right here and it'll do the cookin…
Latvian in Rīga

Bibliotēka No1

Creative Latvian gastronomy is showcased in this Vērmanes Park favourite. Expect the likes of home-smoked sturgeon, glazed ox cheeks with blackberries and potato-truffle puree, and condensed milk fondant with carame…
Latvian in Rīga

LIDO Alus Sēta

The pick of the LIDO litter (Rīga’s ubiquitous smorgasbord chain), Alus Sēta feels like an old Latvian brew house. It’s popular with locals as well as tourists – everyone flocks here for cheap but tasty traditional …