Is Meat Market Cocktail Bar too good?

A rumour in Tartu had it that the restaurants there were too homogenous. The rumours were fast to spread but restaurants with a novel concept were not established. But they were worth the wait. Meat Market Cocktail Bar not only has a confusing name but its location is baffling as well. This is because Meat Market Steak&Cocktail already exists. And it has once won the title of the best restaurant in Tartu. It is located in the same building and is connected with the cocktail bar. 

 The people of Tartu, at least, never mix these two and a cocktail bar like this is nowhere else to be found in Estonia. The bar’s kitchen offers a tasting menu of six meals with a great price-quality ratio. It is also possible to order two or four meals. They are prepared by one of the most talented young chefs in Estonia - Mihkel Manglus. The meals are wonderfully paired with cocktails or wines. 

 The people of Tallinn have started to visit Tartu for this place. The people of Tartu, however, have gotten used to things standing still and tend to have a prejudiced attitude towards new places. But beware, people of Tartu! Two men from Tartu have already started good restaurants in Tallinn. If you keep this attitude up, you will soon lose your excellent cocktail bar.

Küütri 3, Tartu 
Phone: 6533455 
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. 


Flavours of Estonia Today offers new real taste experiences to people who hold good food in high regard. Good food and matching drinks available right here and right now. Prepared in cooperation between the chef and the sommelier (barman, barista). With the best skills and knowledge. With the aim of offering small but carefully selected delicious delights every day. The offers are renewed every day. If you want to keep up with them, visit our website  or our Facebook page.