Best restaurants in Western Ukraine

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lviv

    Baczewski

    Here's how you compress your Lviv cultural studies into one evening out. Start with Jewish forschmak (herring pate), eased down by Ukrainian nalyvky (digestifs) and followed by Hungarian fish soup. Proceed to Polish pierogi (dumplings) and finish with Viennese Sachertorte with Turkish coffee. An essential Lviv experience. Be sure to reserve a table for dinner at this mega-popular place. It also serves a champagne breakfast for 120uah per person. The only thing that lets Baczewski down a little is the service which can be gruff and disinterested.

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    Ratusha

    For a bit of tranquil, understated elegance amid the tourist bustle of pl Rynok, head to this oh-so-central European cafe within the town hall. Order from the meat or fish menu, or just a coffee, and sit back to admire the classy high ceilings, potted palms and large ceramic stove. The big windows provide elegantly framed views of Lviv's showpiece piazza.

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    Green

    Lviv's best vegetarian eatery has a relaxing, spacious dining room where you can tuck into meat-free, vegan and raw food. In the upstairs chill-out area, kick off your shoes and lounge around on cushions as you enjoy ice cream made on the premises or a late breakfast. Also runs cookery courses and Friday is concert night. Certainly a foreigner favourite.

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    Kupol

    One of the pretourism ‘originals’, this place is designed to feel like stepping back in time – to 1938 in particular, ‘the year before civilisation ended’ (ie before the Soviets rolled in). The old-world interior with its screechy parquet floors, tasselled curtains, old photos and high Austrian double doors is the perfect setting to enjoy the tasty Polish/Austrian/Ukrainian dishes. It's currently closed for renovation.

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    Trapezna Idey

    An unmarked door behind the paper-aeroplane monument leads into the bowels of a Bernardine monastery, where this lovely local-intelligentsia fave is hiding, together with a modern art gallery called the Museum of Ideas. People flock here for the hearty bohrach (a Ukrainian version of goulash) and banosh (Carpathian polenta with salty cottage cheese).

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    Veronika

    This classy barrel cellar restaurant plates up the same menu as Amadeus (with a few additions) in a cool, tranquil atmosphere illuminated by Tiffany-style lamps. In addition there’s a street-level konditorei (Central European cake shop and cafe), with criminally delicious desserts.

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    Kryva Lypa Culinary Studio

    Stylishly unpretentious, with bare brick and dark wood interior (nothing to distract you from the excellent food) this little place serves juicy steaks and other carnivorous food, served with unusual sides like sago. For steak-resistant folk, there is also a pasta menu, with vegetarian options, plus an impressive list of desserts and wines.

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    Tsukor Black

    Come to Kryva Lypa for the best breakfasts in town. This two-storey place serves an array of wonderful toast- and waffle-based concoctions with eggs, avocado and other veggies. There is also a cool little souvenir shop in the premises, with most items featuring its trademark penguin.

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    Dim Lehend

    Dedicated to the city of Lviv, there’s nothing dim about the ‘House of Legends’. The five floors contain a library stuffed with Lviv-themed volumes, a room showing live webcam footage of Lviv’s underground river, rooms dedicated to lions and cobblestones, and another featuring the city in sounds. The menu is limited to Ukrainian staples. Excellent desserts are a bonus. For a drink with a view, head to the top-floor terrace, where a GDR Trabant looks out across the roofs of the old town.

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    Mons Pius

    Well-regimented serving staff dart across the polished brick floors and through the intimate courtyard of this former Armenian bank, a well-established favourite on Lviv's dining scene. Meat dishes anchor the reassuringly brief menu, though there are lots of salads and a few meat-free dishes. Our only criticism are the small portions, so beef up your beef with a couple of side dishes. Drinks include 'live' Mons Pius beer and lemonade like babusya (grandmother) used to make.

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    Masoch Cafe

    One of Lviv's zanier eateries: a deep-pocketed bronze of Masoch himself, the local freak who lent his name to masochism, greets you at the door of this kinky 'eatery'. The menu of aphrodisiacs distracts little from the erotically themed decor and ambience – the waitresses even tie guests up, blindfold and whip them and force-feed them things like lemon slices on request. It's all just a bit of fun, but not a place for the under-18s, that's for sure.

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    Brudershaft

    Austro-Hungary is the theme at this friendly tavern, with Emperor Franz Joseph glowering on diners, a cache of WWI weapons against the bar, and flutters of Habsburg bureaucracy adorning the walls. This is also reflected in the menu, which is decidedly canivore-friendly and features boar and venison among more common members of the fauna world that regularly make it onto Central Europe's platters.

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    Amadeus

    There's no gimmick at one of Lviv's finest dining spots where the refined interior, peaceful music and perfectly placed patio complement food that puts this place ahead of its rivals. Gourmet takes on Ukrainian dishes and international favourites cooked with imagination fill the long menu and the drinks card contains just about every beverage known to man. Very pleasant service.

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    Lvivski Plyatsky

    Sweet and savoury versions of the strudel, three types of sauce and a simple selection of drinks (this being Lviv, we'd plump for the coffee) – that's the basic idea behind this small place tucked beneath leaping Gothic vaulting on pl Rynok. The award-winning, rural-themed interior has cheese graters for lampshades and a definite fixation with the rolling pin.

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    Kumpel

    Centred on two huge copper brewing vats cooking up Krumpel's own beer, this superb round-the-clock microbrewery restaurant has a low-lit art-deco theme. The menu is heavy on international meat-and-two-veg combos, with a few local elements included. Locals love it.

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    Harbuz

    'The Pumpkin' is a fun, cheap, friendly Ukrainian cafe-bar-pub way off the tourist trail offering several types of beer, a simple menu of steaks, banosh, river fish, varenyky and deruny (potato pancakes) amid garish decor.

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    Masonic Restaurant

    Ascend to the 2nd floor and open the door of apartment 8. You'll be accosted by an unshaven bachelor type, who eventually opens the door to reveal a fancy beamed restaurant full of Masonic symbols. Advertised as Galicia's most expensive restaurant, prices are 10 times higher than normal…so make sure you pick up a 90% discount card at Dim Lehend beforehand. The food, by the way, is great and the beer and kvas (gingery, beer-like soft drink) come in crystal vases. The toilet is a candlelit Masonic throne. Ukraine's weirdest restaurant experience? Probably.

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    Celentano

    ‘Oh no!’, cry those who’ve picked their way through Ukraine’s culinary wilderness via too many Celentanos to reach Lviv’s tasty delights, but the main Lviv branch of this popular national chain is a slice above its other stuck-in-the-late-1990s joints. The contemporary interior incorporates chunks of 17th-century architecture and the Apennine fare is delicious and imaginatively presented. You may have to queue for a table at popular times.

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    Krym

    Following the occupation of Crimea, many Tatars moved their cafes to other parts of Ukraine – this bright, simple cafe serves up typically flavour-packed plov, manty (meatballs in a pasta case), samsa (meat pies), mutton and shashlyk to an oriental Crimean soundtrack. The service is pleasant and prices reasonable – the wi-fi password, 'Crimea2014' – says it all, though.

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    Sim Porosyat

    Is it a museum of Ukrainian traditional village life or is it a restaurant plating up imaginatively cooked Ukrainian food? Well, the truth is, it's both and a lot of fun to boot. Take a seat among the rural knick-knacks, carved chairs and embroidered towels to enjoy dishes such as suckling pig, Transcarpathian bohrach soup and fried carp, served by Cossack waiters.