7 Foodie Restaurants in Eastern Europe

The former communist bloc hasn’t yet hit Michelin’s radar but it has many star worthy restaurants and stellar chefs. The Iron Curtain has been pulled back, and creativity is all the rage. Chefs just want to have fun. The food is playful and imaginative while delicious. Restaurants rely on as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. The prices will make you rethink where you travel. Goodbye Paris and hello Eastern Europe!

My recommendations are:

Tallin, Estonia


Finding this restaurant is worth the challenge. But once you do, you will feel as if you entered a secret garden party. The restaurant is through a large gate and tucked behind another building. Try to secure an outdoor table during warmer months. The temperature can be cool even in the summer. Blankets are thoughtfully provided by the restaurant and draped on the chair backs. There is even a play area for children.

The restaurant’s name reflects the simple but hearty regional black bread served. It is so delicious that it is easy to fill up and skip the rest of the meal. The menu changes based on seasonal and local ingredients. The food is simple and unfussy like the Estonian diet which tends to rely heavily on meat and cream. Lighter options are available including local farm raised quail. The quail with chimichurri sauce was an unusual combination for about $17 US.