Though we praise the use of local foodstuff when introducing our restaurants, we can not but admit that the best Estonian restaurants are in cities. Then again, the island of Saaremaa and a few small places are striking exceptions to the rule. As a general trend, high- ranking eating places can be found all over Estonia.

Yet today more than half of Estonia’s best restaurants are still located in Tallinn. This is quality as well as quantity. The TOP 50 includes a large variety of eating places in terms of the cuisine as well the underlying conception.

Tallinn is a city of delicious food. Enjoy the privilege as much as you can while your stay here!

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Ranking

1. Ö
2. Ribe
3. Chedi
4. Tchaikovsky
5. Egoist
6. Bocca
7. Gloria
8. Stenhus
9. Controvento
10. Museum
11. Kadriorg
12. Vertigo
13. Korsaar
14. La Bottega
15. Gianni
16. Tigu
17. Balthasar
18. In Studio Vinum
20. Nero
21. Horisont
22. Monaco
23. Dominic
24. Nevskij
25. Lucca
26. Kolm Õde
27. Troika
29. Kaerajaan
30. St. Michael

Tartu is the second largest city in Estonia. Like in many other countries, the first and second largest cities are so unlike each other that it is hardly believable that they are situated in the same country.

Tartu has a special aura. It is often called the ‘spirit of Tartu’ and it stands for doing things in one's own way, i.e. in Tartu way.

When it comes to food, Tartu is singular for the fact that it has not hosted hordes of tourists before.

Food has been cooked for the locals and eaten in its own local way. In a nutshell: food must be abundant and one must take time to enjoy it.

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Ranking

1. Volga
2. Crepp
3. Truffe
4. Atlantis
5. Noir
6. Püssirohukelder
7. La Dolce Vita
8. Kapriis

Pärnu is the summer capital of Estonia. The fact has a considerable effect on the eating places of the city. In summer, there are hardly enough places for everyone, yet in other seasons, one has to turn all tricks to find enough clients.

Hence, the other seasons are the best time to look for culinary pleasure in Pärnu. The chefs in Pärnu have the skills and willingness to provide it.

The four best restaurants in Pärnu form a cross-section of the good food the city offers - from upscale and pricy restaurants to flexible everyday eating places. If you have been to all the four, you have "the taste of Pärnu" in your mouth!

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Ranking

1. Ammende Villa
2. Si-Si
3. Steffani
4. Postipoiss

In other parts of Estonia, there are interesting and singular eating places, situated far from major centres. It takes a separate trip of some length to visit them, but the trips are definitely worthwhile.

It would be most interesting to visit the eating places in other Estonia one after another. Yet, it would take even more effort as long as the eating places are scattered all over Estonia. But it would be even more gratifying since, as promised, each place has its own inimitable charm.

To create an inimitable charm, an eating place must rather be a life-style, not merely a business project for the owners and staff. These days business still prevails over style. Hence, the list of eating-places that follows is short. Yet, as long as it is not a lucrative business, we can definitely expect new places with style and charm.

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Metsiku Piisoni Saloon
Seto Tsäimaja
Tammuri talurestoran

Saaremaa is a special place in Estonia. In summer every Estonian wants to go there at least once. Why? In Saaremaa everything is different than on the continent. In a Saaremaa way.

Saaremaa has become a trademark. The foodstuffs bearing it are well known and coveted everywhere in Estonia as well as in the neighbouring countries. Yet, in order to get a taste of real homemade Saaremaa food, one has to take the trip to Saaremaa.

One may ask for homemade beer and smoked fish at every homestead providing accommodation or catering in Saaremaa. But bread, sausage, cheese and other local foodstuffs are also made more along the old traditions than elsewhere in Estonia. That makes it almost compulsory for gourmands to visit Saaremaa.

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Ranking

1. Alexander
2. Go Spa
3. Lümanda Söögimaja
4. Pegasus
5. Muhu Kalakohvik

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TOP 50 OF ESTONIAN RESTAURANTS

The chart is prepared in two different parts. The judgement criteria are different for both parts.

First, 50 best restaurants are chosen from among approximately 1300 and the selection is based on the votes of the key workers of the restaurants.Each voter compiles a personal list of 7 restaurants that he or she thinks are the best in Estonia. The voters must have visited these places and the list cannot include the voters’ employers or restaurants related to their personal property. 

The restaurants that have been included in someone’s top 7 are invited to cast their votes as well. Each restaurant can appoint up to three of their most important employees as their voters: one member from the management team, one member from the kitchen staff and one member from the service staff. 

Taking part in the voting is strictly voluntary, not obligatory. The top 50 of Estonian restaurants is made up of restaurants that win the greatest number of votes. 

This is followed by a second round where food media representatives give their judgement. There are 30 of them: 12 from Estonia and 18 from abroad. Each restaurant is judged by 6–8 different judges, half of them from Estonia and half from abroad. 

The judges visit the restaurants anonymously. The judging is conducted by the method developed by the Swedish restaurant guide "White Guide" over a number of years. A total of 40 points can be given for food (17–21 satisfactory cuisine, 22–27 good level cuisine, 32–35 distinguishing cuisine, local top class, 36–40 brilliant cuisine, international top class). 

A total of 20 points can be given for drinks (8–10 satisfactory, 11–13 good, 14–17 distinguishing choice of drinks, local top class, 18–20 international top class). 

A total of 25 points can be given for service (8–12 satisfactory, 13–17 good, 18–22 local top class, 23–25 international top class). 

A total of 15 points can be given for milieu (5–7 neutral, 8–10 equal to the rest of the experience, 11–13 gives additional value to the experience, 14–15 is worth coming for by itself). 

The chart is formed based on the points given for food. If these points are equal, the sum of all scores will be considered. If these sums are also equal, the position in the chart is shared. 

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