Riga, the vibrant capital of Latvia, is a city that boasts a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving food scene. This Baltic gem is not just about beautiful sights, it's also a paradise for food lovers. From traditional Latvian cuisine to modern fusion dishes, Riga's restaurant scene is diverse and exciting. Whether you're a fan of hearty meals, prefer vegetarian options, or have a sweet tooth, there's a restaurant in Riga that will satisfy your cravings. In this article, we will guide you through some of the best restaurants in Riga, each offering a unique dining experience that will make your visit to this charming city even more memorable.
We've been here a couple of times and enjoy this nicely hidden restaurant. It is a very quiet place, so you can easily have a conversation without too many people yelling over you. I really enjoyed the saxophone player who plays every day - probably gets a break somewhere, hahaha. Our group ordered pizzas and really enjoyed sharing them between us. The waitress seemed to be covering too many tables, but did a great job working through the orders and bills. We'll be back for sure. Thanks.
5 / 5
Amazing food with friendly staff and an atmosphere to match. We had the duck and the beef steak and they were cooked to perfection. Thank you to the team for serving such a brilliant dinner
5 / 5
Very nice place with excellent food and home-alike service. Thanks a lot! Pretty sure we will return.
5 / 5
We called the restaurant during the day, and a reservation for 17 people was possible, for just one hour before closing time. Thank you very much for that. Also the food (we had pizza and steaks) was really really good! The owner of the restaurant and the chef we‘re open to talk and we had a lot of fun during the evening. Can definitely recommend!
5 / 5
Nice idea, NY memorabilia but turned out to be a bit simple. Food was covered in dill, so if you don't like dill you're in trouble. We had the mushroom soup (dill taste) Prawn Pasta was also covered in dill. Shame really. I had higher expectations. Sorry Good Father
3 / 5
I chose this restaurant specially for my boyfriends birthday and we were not disappointed. Menu has nice selection of seafood options and also meat and other things. Prices are reasonable and atmosphere is cozy and fancy at the same time. Dishes were great - for mains we ordered venison burger and teriyaki salmon which were very nice. I have never had so good salmon before for such reasonable price. I recommend booking the table before - we went on Monday evening and it was still fully booked. Service was bit poor - they were fast but waitresses seemed to be in a rush all the time and no one made sure how we feel or do we like the food or if we wanted anything more to drink. Also she forgot to bring butter with the bread. Overall experience was nice and can totally recommend.
5 / 5
Fantastic 1st lunch in Latvia. Started with a couple of draft beers while trying to choose from the imaginative menu. Everything, from our avocado with berries & camembert starters to my perch with pea puree & walnuts and his melt in your mouth pork dish with sweet potato was 5* excellent. Outstanding flavors perfectly prepared. Bravo!
5 / 5
Best food that i have ever taste in Latvia . Even in many places that i have been to. It is so creative to create this kind of food. Simple, Comfort but yet beautiful and delicious. Well done chef.
5 / 5
Consistently good food and service. We have been coming for years. It’s one reliable place in the Old Town which we know always meets the expectations. The place is relatively small and gets busy at peak times so I’d recommend booking in advance. Last time we went for lunch a couple weeks ago and had the trout salad, the salmon ( or trout?) tartar, the venison burger, the sturgeon fillet, and the confit duck. The food was great, the service was very friendly. We also like the setting and simple yet lovely interior of this restaurant.
5 / 5
We were having dinner outside. We seem to have been at the "forgotten table". Everyone around us, even those arriving later, had finished their dinner before we could even start (food was served roughly an hour after taking our seats). The food was great, when it eventually arrived. The filled avocados were super tasteful and the burger was really nice with the cheese sauce. We're not sure about the salad's combination coming with it (felt like a brainstorming of ingredients).
3 / 5
High-quality delicious food. Had very nice dinner. Wiskey sour is possible with egg white as well, which had very good taste. Would go again. Desert was not my favorite, but other things were worth the 5 stars.
5 / 5
High quality food, very tasty ! I think the artichoke starter was my favourite of all but everything was done with care. Same for the tuna that was perfectly cooked. Thank you for this very good evening !
5 / 5
Thuy An Bien
A nice small and cozy restaurant, great for business or large group dinners. Staff was very polite and helpful. They also offered tasty vegetarian dishes and have menus in English and Latvian.
5 / 5
A perfect dinner experience last night! From the warm welcome of the professional waitress to the cozy interior and the super delicious food, everything in this cute and charming restaurant made our dinner just prefect. We will definitely come back next time in Riga!
5 / 5
This place has become a tourist trap - the ingredients are of the very cheapest quality. For brunch, they serve macaroni cheese and random vegetables covered in mayonnaise. Coffee is €4.5 - and it’s one of the worst coffees I have had in Riga (and I live here!!). A super basic brunch that doesn’t get refilled is €20 each, same as lunch in one of the best restaurants in the city. It’s very sad- La Kanna is an overpriced place with very poor food and disappointing service. I hope people start realizing that the food is awful and start going to the new places appearing that offer at least decent value.
1 / 5
I really enjoyed the visit to this restaurant! The interior was so beautiful and cozy, and I thoroughly enjoyed how friendly the waiters were (they spoke all the languages: Latvian, Russian or English) and I got such great suggestions on food! I feel like service in Latvia can typically be not really friendly, but it was an exception here. I felt so welcomed, and the food of course was really fresh and beautifully presented. Will definitely be going again ❤️
5 / 5
Carolina Kristina Koplimets
Very nice restaurant that is well presented. The food service is slow but it’s great for a relaxed dinner of socializing. The food is well presented, very fresh and well done. The appetizer and cheese plate is a great way to start while awaiting your main course. The wine list is great and the waiter made nice suggestions - we really enjoyed a cremant ours suggested. Desserts are also delicious and well presented. All in all, I would definitely return when I’m back in Riga!
5 / 5
Great food! The place is a bit expensive, but the food quality, portion size and service are totally worth it! ♥️
5 / 5
Good steak, but have had better for 30 euro. Was just a touch over cooked, should have been more red. Also miss a grill taste. But all in all a quite good experience. Service was good, but did mistakes like giving water to my friend, but not to me even if my glass was also nearly empty. They also forgot the wine for my friend that he had ordered. There is potential for becoming better.
4 / 5
Very nice and lovely restaurant 😊👍 We likes everything except dessert card 😔 1-2 years ago they were more tasty. Pavlova don’t recommend to take at all..
4 / 5
We found this place by accident. And what a nice surprise it was. Food was super delicious although somewhat limited vegan options. The chef was able to whip up some vege extras for our kids. Hope they can offer more vegan options in future. The bread starters were yummy. The local beers suggestions were excellent. The decor inside was definitely very unique but we like the busy and tasteful display. Service a bit slow but manageable. Reasonably priced. Recommended!
5 / 5
Easily one of the best places in Riga. Delicious food, wonderful staff, and the cutest decor. I had the fettuccini pasta with zucchini and other veggies, and honestly I had no idea I could get so much joy just from chewing on the zucchini and mini tomatoes alone. Can a single vegetable be cooked to such perfection, to such an ideal point that it alone is mouth-watering? Apparently, yes! Combined into a full dish, I couldn’t get enough. Also, my mom and I are consistently very impressed with the unique, appetizing flavour combinations from the salads on the appetizer menu (first page). We’ve been coming here for the past few years. Highly highly highly recommend!
5 / 5
This place is incredible! We had two absolutely amazing starters; steak tar tar and caramelized goat cheese with pesto grilled veggies. The beef cheeks were so so so delicious… like insane!!!!! Also the butter assortment that cane with all the varying types of bread was top tier! The dish that let us down was the steak with scallops. We were expecting a perfectly cooked medium rare steak but instead received a well done steak stuffed with bland scallops. The staff was so gracious as we sent it back asking for it to be cooked med rare. However, since they cut the steak and stuff it, it does not cook even and when it came back there was rare parts and fully cooked parts. I think this was just done wrong as the flavors were on point! Nonetheless this is an amazing restaurant I recommend highly! They also offered is complimentary chamomile ice cream for the mistake!
5 / 5
My husband and I visited this restaurant twice and, i have to say that the food and the service was amazing. Our waiter, Roman, was absolutely fantastic and professional. We cannot wait to visit Riga and come back to this restaurant. Thank you Roman for the lovely experience! ❤️
5 / 5
No complaints and would definitely further recommend this restaurant. For 3 people we paid 90euros but we ate so much. From the drinks to the salad or the main dishes, we were all very satisfied. Our waiter was suprr friendly and helpful and the interior of the restaurant is really nice with all the rooster decoration.
5 / 5
The atmosphere were chill and cozy. Serving of drinks came fast. The food was good. No extraordinary service from the waitress, it’s what you can expect. The background music could have been lower volume and more variation.
4 / 5
We visited this restaurant in Rjga in Octber 2023. The menu had only a small choice of dishes local to Latvia. It was absolutely lovely food, very simple but extremely tasty and great value for money. The soup.in a bread bowl was very substantial and tasty. The pork and cabbage in the photo was the best thing I ate on our holiday there. Booking is advised.
4 / 5
Small and cosy restaurant. We had the chicken, potato and baked cheese. My wife had the pea soup in the load of bread. Both were fantastic. Our waitress was attentive and polite with good English.
5 / 5
Restaurant "Province" in Riga, Latvia, is an absolute culinary haven that promises a delectable journey through the heart and soul of Latvian cuisine. From the moment you step into the warm and inviting atmosphere of the restaurant, you're transported to a place where traditional flavors and modern sophistication coalesce into an unforgettable dining experience. The menu at Province is a celebration of Latvia's culinary heritage, showcasing a diverse array of dishes that pay homage to the nation's rich history and cultural roots. Each plate is a masterpiece that speaks volumes about the love and dedication put into crafting an authentic and memorable meal. The chefs' commitment to using locally sourced, fresh ingredients shines through in every bite. The selection of traditional Latvian dishes is nothing short of exceptional. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a newcomer to Latvian cuisine, Province offers a delightful introduction to the flavors and textures that define this unique culinary tradition. From the hearty and comforting taste of potato pancakes served with sour cream and smoked salmon, to the soul-soothing richness of grey peas with bacon, the restaurant excels in showcasing the true essence of Latvian comfort food. One cannot help but appreciate the attention to detail that goes into the presentation of each dish. The colors, textures, and arrangement on the plate are a testament to the chefs' dedication to both taste and aesthetics. The result is a visual and gustatory feast that delights the senses and leaves a lasting impression. The knowledgeable and attentive staff at Province add to the overall experience, guiding guests through the menu with genuine enthusiasm and a willingness to share their expertise. Their passion for Latvian cuisine and its cultural significance enhances the dining experience, making it not just a meal, but an educational and immersive journey into the heart of Latvia. In a world where global culinary influences are often prioritized, Province stands out as a proud guardian of Latvian culinary heritage. It offers a space where locals and visitors alike can savor the authentic flavors that have shaped generations. For those seeking more than just a meal, but an exploration of Latvia's culinary soul, Province is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. With its commitment to excellence, devotion to tradition, and a menu that reads like a love letter to Latvian gastronomy, this restaurant is a must-visit for anyone looking to savor the true essence of Latvia's national cuisine.
5 / 5
We had a wonderful dinner here. Lovely local dishes on the menu - I was especially happy with the pea soup served in a bread bowl. The pork roast and the pancakes with salmon tartare were also really nice. And the dessert from rye bread, creme chantilly and fruit preserve brought back childhood memories for me, as my grandmother used to make something similar. The service was very friendly and attentive and my wife and me left happy, feeling we had a good intro to Latvian delights. Recommend this place wholeheartedly.
5 / 5
Last May 2023, my friend and I had the pleasure of dining at the Forest Restaurant in Riga on our first day, and it was an unforgettable experience that surpassed all expectations. From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, we were greeted warmly by the staff, and the ambiance exuded an inviting and cozy atmosphere. We began our culinary journey with the beef fillet carpaccio, and it was a masterpiece on a plate. The presentation was awe-inspiring, with delicate slices of tender beef fillet drizzled in truffle olive oil that lent an earthy richness to each bite. The subtle hint of sea salt perfectly complemented the flavors, while the generous sprinkling of Monte Campo cheese added a delightful creaminess that elevated the dish to a whole new level. Each component was carefully balanced, creating a harmonious symphony of tastes that left us craving for more. Moving on to the main course, we indulged in the pork ribs, and we were blown away. The ribs were flawlessly cooked, tender, and succulent, practically falling off the bone. The marinade infused the meat with a blend of sweet and savory notes that delighted our taste buds. The Forest Restaurant truly deserves Michelin recognition for its culinary artistry. The plating was a visual masterpiece, as if each dish was a canvas skillfully painted with flavors. It's clear that the chefs at Forest Restaurant put tremendous effort into every aspect of the dining experience, from sourcing the finest ingredients to the creative combinations that left us in awe. Throughout our meal, the staff displayed professionalism and attentiveness, making us feel like valued guests. They were knowledgeable about the menu and offered excellent recommendations, enhancing our overall dining experience. They also gave us a welcome appetizer. In conclusion, our visit to Forest Restaurant in Riga last May 2023 was nothing short of extraordinary. The impeccable plating, friendly and attentive staff, and the phenomenal food made it a dining experience to remember. We wholeheartedly believe that Forest Restaurant deserves Michelin recognition for its outstanding culinary artistry. If you find yourself in Riga, do not miss the opportunity to embark on a gastronomic adventure at Forest Restaurant. It's an experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the art of fine dining.
5 / 5
The environment of the restaurant is clean. Otherwise, everything is a big disappointment. We had a 7 course dinner and a wine package. The first thing we asked was if we wanted bread, for which we were billed, which became clear only from the receipt. The bread was thawed in the microwave. The parmesan in the portions is not parmesan. Ravioli was a finished product. They serve frozen meals and ready meals, which they modify a bit themselves. In the wine package, we didn't know what we were drinking. Wine was brought to the table by the glass and the country of origin and grape were told. We never saw the bottles. Avoid this place!
1 / 5
Asked for whisky sour, got something that is in the picture. The dishes were simple and not tasty. Asked for balsamic vinegar to make a dish a little bit more tasty, they could not provide it. So used ketchup and mayonnaise. Possible chef was busy with hockey watching or something else. This was the worst experience in Riga so far.
2 / 5
The food at Restaurant Forest is truly delicious and a highlight of the dining experience. The recommendation to take the 7 course menu is spot on, as it allows diners to fully immerse themselves in the flavors and textures of the cuisine. The matching wines are also a standout, providing a delightful complement to the dishes and adding to the overall enjoyment of the meal. Overall, Restaurant Forest is a fantastic option for those looking to enjoy high-quality cuisine and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
5 / 5
Very according and excellent service. But of course we came for the food. We got 7 course tasting menu which was delicious with large portions. The only minus, streak was a bit tough. We also had wine partying which was extremely well composed. Definitely a must to visit for any food traveler.
4 / 5