The capital of Estonia has a booming food scene dominated by young chefs focused on local produce and modern cooking techniques. They honor Estonian traditions while also drawing inspiration from abroad. The result is an eclectic mix of mostly Russian and Nordic cuisine, but also with French and Japanese influences.
In this city map, we have gathered all our favorite spots to create the best restaurant guide to Tallinn. You will find coffee shops, wine and cocktail bars, bakeries, fine dining restaurants, and casual eateries. Navigate the map easily either by scrolling through the list on the right or by clicking the points on the map. Places are listed in geographical order.
Restaurant ORE is my favorite eatery in the city center of Tallinn. Head chef Silver Saa has experience from top restaurants in London, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. His international influence is evident in his cooking, where he mixes Japanese, Latin-American, and Nordic flavors and techniques.
Leib Resto ja Aed translates to Black Bread Restaurant & Garden. The traditional black bread is a national tresaure in Estonia and obviously the pride of this restaurant. Co-owned by chef Janno Lepik and sommelier Kristjan Peäske, the casual eatery has a cozy cellar which is pefect for the winter and a big, beautiful garden for the summer season.
Balti Jaama Turg is the relatively new and modern food market in Tallinn (there's also a more traditional one called Tallinn Central Market). Baojaam is my favorite food stall here, serving Taiwanese-inspired gua bao – a soft steamed bun filled with meat and vegetables.The buns are made from scratch in the tiny kitchen, but with wheat flour instead of rice. Head chef Mihkel Rand worked at NOA Chef's Hall and got inspired to start experimenting with baos by a colleague who made them for staff meal there.
F-Hoone (Building F) is an institution and community gathering spot in Telliskivi – the up-and-coming creative area of Tallinn. Owned and operated by the hipster couple Priit Juurmann (aka DJ P.Julm) and Yoko Alender, who also runs Tabac brasserie and the cocktail bar Frank Underground. Located in a former military factory compound that has been renovated, but only with minimal impact to preserve the original look. F-Hoone is open from morning to late evening, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Soon, they open the Black Room next door, a cocktail bar, while also expanding the restaurant kitchen.
Kotzebue Bakery & Charcuterie was founded by one of Estonia's best and most well-known chefs, Peeter Pihel, a former sous chef at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Fäviken Magasinet in the Swedish forests. Specializing in black bread and sourdough bread, as well as house-made charcuteries, the bakery recently opened their doors to the larger public and started selling over the counter.
Hotel St. Petersburg is a small boutique hotel with 27 rooms, sitatued in the North-Western part of the Old Town. It is also the oldest hotel in Tallinn (and Estonia), dating back to 1850, but has been refurbished with a modern interior and all the amenities you expect from a five-star hotel. The staff is particularly friendly and service-minded, always greeting you as you leave or arrive.
Parrot Minibar is a restaurant focused on cocktail pairings with an extravagant parrot-themed interior design. On the main floor, you can order food and drinks, but if you open the wardrobe and walk through it, you'll find that the stairs bring you down one floor to a speakeasy bar. Head chef Margo Paluoja makes creative (sometimes a bit too creative) snack-sized dishes with local ingredients and modern cooking techniques. Ask for the secret Gin Sour cocktail.
Whisper Sister is my favorite cocktail bar in Tallinn. A speakeasy in the true sense, with a completely anonymous entrance area. Hint: Call the telephone number on the door. Whisper Sister has many rooms with various interior design which allow for different atmospheres. Drinks are well-balanced with a minimalist presentation. Unless you ask for a piña colada, in which case they go apeshit on you (pun intended).
Frank Underground is the cellar cocktail bar of restaurant Frank (American-style bistro). Owner Priit Juurmann (aka DJ P.Julm) has ambitions of a place on the World's 50 Best Bars-list with this classic drinks concept. Try the Grumpy Old Man and Munich Mule.
Restaurant Ö is a Nordic-inspired fine dining restaurant. Chefs and co-owners Martin Meikas and Ranno Paukson use local and seasonal ingredients sourced from small-scale producers. With an array of modern and ancient cooking techniques, they create exciting dishes, but the flavor is sometimes lost in flashy presentations. The name means island (in Swedish), which refers to Saaremaa, the biggest island of Estonia, where the owners are from. Consider also their more casual sister restaurant next door – Kaks Kokka.
Røst is the best coffee shop in Tallinn, sourcing coffee from some of the top roasteries in Scandinavia and Northern-Europe. Røst is also a great sourdough bakery that makes traditional Swedish pastries like cardamom and cinnamon buns. Don't miss their delicious lemon-poppy seed buns.
For the best ramen in Tallinn, head on over to Washoku on the outskirts of the Old Town, on the border to the Rotermanni district. Japanese chef Hide Hirakata makes a delicious broth, and, although I doubt the noodles are house-made, they are certainly perfectly cooked.
Restaurant Mantel ja Korsten is the latest eatery of chefs Roman Zaštšerinski and Igor Andrejev, who's also behind the wildly popular restaurant Moon. Located in a green wooden house in the Kadriorg district, you should expect a good 15 minutes walk from the Old Town, through an old neighborhood that is currently being fully renovated. Despite an international touch to the food, the space has a homely Estonian feel. From the menu, you want the duck ravioli with apple-celeriac purée and the butter-roasted cabbage in cheese sauce.
Restaurant Mon Repos is situated in a lovely, blue-painted, wooden villa dating back to 1870, overlooking the Kadriorg Park. The casual eatery, which is part of the Sparkling Group, shares head chef with the Russian fine dining restaurant Tchaikovsky – namely Vladislav Djatsuk. However, the style at Mon Repos is a more internationally-influenced kitchen that relies on modern cooking techniques. Don't miss the seasonal bird liver dish with brioche.
Tuljak is one of the oldest restaurants in Tallin, dating back to 1965, which was completely refurbished and renewed four years ago, by the restaurant group that also owns OKO, NOA, and NOA Chef's Hall, into a modern Estonian restaurant. From the à la carte menu at Tuljak, you want the tartar and the bird's nest dessert. Their black bread serving is one of the best and comes complete with a fatty roasted pork belly, mustard, and crispy onions.
Under the lead of head chef Orm Oja, NOA Chef's Hall has become Tallinn and Estonia's best restaurant. This is my opinion, but also that of the White Guide since 2016. A Nordic-inspired fine dining restaurant situated on the outskirts of the city, roughly 20 minutes by car. Chef Oja uses only the best of Estonian ingredients in an innovative and smart way and truly is the future of Estonian cooking.
Restaurant NOA is the casual sister of the acclaimed NOA Chef's Hall. While chef Orm Oja focuses on Nordic-inspired Estonian fine dining at his flagship, restaurant NOA has a far more international approach to cooking. Highlights on the menu include the unagi eel with sushi rice, cured trout on brioche, and lamb kebab. Skip desserts.
Restaurant OKO is located on the outskirts of Tallinn, a good 30 minutes drive by car, and technically belongs to Haabneeme in Viimsi. Located right on the beach with a stunning view of the Baltic Sea, it is well worth the trip; also because OKO is home to the best pizza in the capital area. Don't miss the dirty truffle, parmesan-drizzled fries with aioli.