Compared to 2009, the current year has brought along several important changes for the Estonian diners. During the years of economic development, customers blamed the restaurants for trying to be identical – i.e expensive and good.

Now things have changed – the current trend is to be different from others, and this applies to the diners as well.

Therefore, it was the right time to change the evaluation categories for the diners. From now on, the best fine dining restaurants will be chosen separately from others. Another difference is that evaluation will be carried out not on the local level, but nationwide. Each category winner is the best restaurant in the whole country.

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1. Alexander
2. Ö
3. Tchaikovsky
4. Egoist
5. Horisont
6. Bordoo
7. Stenhus
8. Vertigo
9. Ammende villa
10. Antonius

In Tallinn, it is now possible to eat more interesting, diverse and better food than ever before! This has also influenced the charts of the best restaurants. Only two restaurants out of twenty two have the same rankings as in the previous year.

The triumph of simplicity has finally reached the best restaurants of our capital – hopefully, with the purpose to stay. Although local food is appreciated very much, Tallinn can be considered an Italian city – there is an Italian restaurant almost on every corner of the Old Town. 

Tallinn is the only city in Estonia and that is why its diversity is justified. Perhaps next year, it will be possible to enjoy the food of other countries besides Italy.

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1. Moon
2. Ribe
3. La Bottega
4. Chedi
5. Museum
6. Dominic
7. Gloria
8. Kadriorg
9. Bocca
10. Tigu
11. Mekk
12. Platz
13. Rucola
14. Controvento
15. NOP
16. Villa Thai
17. Monaco
18. Nero
19. Spirit
20. Balthasar
21. Korsaar
22. Troika

You can hardly remember the time when the River Emajõgi was so filled with water like this spring. Powerfully flooding water washed away everything on its way. And that also in the last year’s top of Tartu eateries.

Although more than half of last year’s best eateries got into the top this year too, nobody maintained their place. Three risers, two fallers and three newcomers in the top eight shows that it is exciting to visit Tartu eateries. Everything is constantly changing!

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1. Crepp
2. Truffe
3. Dorpat
4. Werner
5. Vilde
6. La Dolce Vita
7. Atlantis
8. Volga

Estonia used to be famous for its qualitative agricultural products. Now it is time to return to the past, because different Estonian diners frequently offer food the only aim of which is to stick to your ribs.  

If the food does not give people the slightest idea of their whereabouts, there is no reason to stop by. And for those, who do not have the local roots and pride, Estonia is small enough to drive to places that are worth visiting without stopping on one's way. 

Fortunately, there are always pleasant exceptions that deserve visiting, no matter where their location is. The best of them are listed below. Travelling around Estonia is definitely worthwhile, even if the sole purpose is to enjoy the food. 

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Altja kõrts
Vanaema Juures
Kolkja kala-sibularestoran
Lümanda Söögimaja
Metsiku Piisoni Saloon
Muhu Kalakohvik
Sangaste rukkimaja
Seto Tsäimaja
Tammuri talurestoran

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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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