Alexander did it again!

Only three restaurants have won the title of the best Estonian restaurant and the list of places that have received that title does not seem to get any longer. Yet, for the first time, a restaurant that had lost its title, has won it back! Alexander Restaurant’s trump card is their fine meals made of simple local ingredients. Snails from their garden and garfish from the Tallinn bay along with edible plants collected from Alexander’s surroundings, for example, are advantages that virtually no other place uses, yet it is exactly these flavour combinations that have proven to be title-worthy. 

 Chefs de cuisine Peeter Pihel and Yves Le Lay are the ones mostly associated with the success story of Pädaste. Now that Alexander has won the title of the best Estonian restaurant for the fifth time, it would be befitting to recall that the first chef de cuisine of Pädaste kitchen was the lord of the manor, Imre Sooäär, himself. Elina Karmen and Heigo Vitsur have also contributed to the restaurant’s development. Now, for the first year, Maido Maiste is filling the big shoes of the chef de cuisine of Alexander restaurant. 

Many current employees of Estonia’s top restaurants have received their first valuable practical experiences from Alexander. This is why one can always count on the high standards of Pädaste.

Pädaste Manor, Muhu Island 
Phone: +372 4548800 
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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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