Restaurants

Top Choice Food Hall in Odesa

City Food Market

Once an itinerant tribe, congregating here and there for irregular jamborees, Odesa foodies now have a rather palatial indoors base. The two-storey building is divided between shops, each with its own kitchen dedica…
Top Choice European in Odesa

Bernardazzi

Few Ukrainian restaurants have truly authentic settings, but the art nouveau dining room of this Italianesque palazzo (once a stock exchange, now the Philharmonic Hall) is the real deal. In addition to well-crafted …
Moldovan in Odesa

Dva Karla

This envoy from nearby Moldova occupies a super-quaint courtyard covered with a vine canopy in summer and pleasant cellar premises in winter. Come here to try mamalyga (a version of polenta with brynza goat cheese o…
Russian in Odesa

Dacha

Dacha (family summer cottage) is a dreamworld of happy childhood memories for locals. This Odesa institution, perched on a plateau above Arkadia inside Chkalov sanatorium, masterfully re-creates the atmosphere – on …
Italian in Odesa

Tavernetta

You'd need to hire an army of culinary detectives to find better pasta between here and Italy, but your chances would still be low. The restaurant occupies a large wooden terrace with an open kitchen, which churns o…
Seafood in Odesa

Kotelok Mussels Bar

This may not be obvious, but mussels are as much a part of Odesa food culture as aubergine 'caviar' (cold vegetable stew). Furnished like a bar, with a row of seats facing an open kitchen, Kotelok is all about Black…
International in Odesa

Klarabara

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the City Garden, this classy, cosy, ivy-covered place is awash with antique furniture and fine art. The menu is inspired by the food people make at home in the broader Black Sea regi…
Ukrainian in Odesa

Tyulka

A clever take on Soviet nostalgia (no Lenins or red banners in sight), this cafe recreates the ambience of a 1970s working-class eatery, complete with authentic tablecloths, beer mugs and salads served in tall glass…
Eastern European in Odesa

Kompot

Odesa's most celebrated restaurateur, Savely Libkin, conjured this place from his childhood memories, setting a trend for what is becoming known as Odesa cuisine. The simplest dishes are the best – try cutlets with …
Jewish in Odesa

Rozmarin

A lovingly re-created early 20th-century flat, with oak closets and rugs on the wall, this place is all about Jewish food as they made it in a shtetl during the same era. Definitely try gefilte fish (cold fish cutle…