By now, the 50 best restaurants of Estonia is history. The chart is replaced by the Restaurant Guide of the Flavours of Estonia. Thin at first, yet it will certainly grow in content with each year. Restaurants are assessed by using White Guide Nordic’s testing criteria, and in cooperation with this restaurant guide. Therefore, from now on, restaurants are divided into different categories based on the assessment.

The chart of Estonian restaurants includes masterclass restaurants. In 2016, there is one international masterclass restaurant and five local masterclass restaurants in Estonia. 

 The introduction of Estonian masterclass and high-class restaurants (25) can also be found in the edition of White Guide Nordic 2016.


  Total Food
1. Alexander 85 36
2. Noa Peakoka Pool 84 35
3. Ö 83 34
4. Tchaikovsky 81 34
5. OKO 77 33
6. Art Priori 75 32

It was a turbulent year for local restaurants. Several new and very ambitious restaurants were opened. An unexpectedly large number of the most important players in the field changed their place of work. 

 In 2016, there are 19 high-class restaurants in Estonia.

  Total Food
Horisont 77 29
Leib Resto&Aed 77 29
Tuljak 76 30
Cru 75 31
Kolm Sibulat 74 29
Põhjaka 73 31
Fabrik 73 30
NOA 73 30
Tammuri talurestoran 73 28
SALT 73 28
Umami 73 28
Bocca 72 30
Ribe 72 28
Moon 71 31
Gianni 71 28
Fellin 70 30
Kaks Kokka 70 28
MEKK 69 29
Chedi 69 28

In 2016, there are 30 very good restaurants in Estonia. This number is not final. Restaurants are evaluated continuously throughout the year, and if food-places of very good level are found, they will be added to the list.

  Total Food
Gloria Veinikelder 74 27
Ööbiku Gastronoomiatalu 71 27
Meat Market Cocktail 71 27
Aed 70 26
Viru Lyon 68 27
Hapsal Dietrich 67 25
Meat Market 67 24
Enzo 66 24
Farm 65 27
La Bottega 65 26
Sfäär 65 24
GMP Pühajärve 64 24
Korsaar 63 27
Konrad 63 26
Mr Jakob 63 25
Retro 63 25
Ruhe 63 24
Polpo 63 24
Dominic 63 23
Wicca 62 30
Kaheksa Jalga 62 23
D.O.M 61 26
Lime Lounge 61 26
Antonius 61 24
Piparmünt 60 25
Sesoon 60 24
Kalamajaka kohvik 60 24
Mix 60 23
Neikid 60 22
Raimond 60 22

This list includes restaurants that do not qualify as very good yet, but are not far off either. That is why there are no scores behind the names. Nonetheless, the restaurants we recommend are distinguishable and certainly of higher quality than the Estonian average. The list is being updated. Keep an eye on it.

Manna La Roosa
Meistri Lyon
Purtse Castle

UNDEFINED LABEL 'first_notice'


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.


Flavours of Estonia is a programme that was launched in 2008 to support the development of culinary skills and introduce Estonia as a land of good food. 


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