Riga might not have any restaurants in the Michelin Guide yet, but I suspect that will soon change. (I was right – the Michelin inspectors came to Riga in 2023!) The city’s chefs continually impress me with their meticulous attention to detail and masterful plating. Latvians take great pride in their work, and it shows. If you are visiting the city and wondering where to eat, this guide to some of the best restaurants in Riga has you covered.
Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order to make them easier to find:
- 3 Chefs
- Le Dome
- Domini Canes
- The Catch
- Uncle Vanya
Meals at 3 Chefs are an immersive experience. To begin, one of the three head chefs turns your table into an art canvas, drizzling various sauces and dips on white paper for you to mop up with artisan bread.
Afterwards you’ll have a tough time deciding among the dishes on the ever-changing menu, though you can’t make a wrong choice. And if you truly can’t decide, there’s a 6-course tasting menu so you can try a bit of everything.
COD was the first restaurant to bring authentic Japanese cuisine to Riga. Plates feature the freshest ingredients prepared to perfection, whether it’s robata grilled fish or a simple sushi roll. I was wowed, quite frankly, and can’t wait to go back.
Hotel dining can be hit or miss, but Le Dome Restaurant never disappoints. The chef – who trained in Michelin-starred kitchens around the world – creates beautiful Baltic dishes with a French twist. The seafood starters are particularly good. In the warmer months, a rooftop terrace offers a lovely view over Old Riga.
Considering Domini Canes is located on a busy street in the old town, you might expect it to be a tourist trap, but that is definitely not the case. The pan-fried pikeperch is my go-to dish, but I’ve never had a bad meal here. Domini Canes also has some of the tastiest desserts in town!
Entresol offers an elegant 5-course tasting menu at an incredibly reasonable price. (€55 as of 2023.) The dishes are changed twice a year, but past winners have included a scallop served elegantly in its shell, creamy potato soup, and foie gras with chorizo. It’s easy to see why head chef Raimonds Zommers is one of the most highly awarded in Latvia.
Any place that has a menu section dedicated to burrata and other fresh cheese starters is a winner in my book. Italissimo came highly recommended by Latvian friends, and I am passing the favor onto you. Expect generous servings of homemade pasta, market fresh salads, and friendly service.
Housed in a historic building between the Freedom Monument and Opera House, Kolonāde seeks to tell the story of a modern-yet-traditional Latvia through food. The talented team in the kitchen transforms the country’s farm-fresh produce into a visual feast. Sometimes they miss the mark, but generally the dishes are successful. My favorite part of dining at Kolonāde, though, is the view.
The décor at Mio is so quirky and charming you’ll think you’ve fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole. The menu is just as whimsical, with its Latvian take on French and American cuisines. (I heartily recommend the mushroom risotto and marzipan cake.) Mio is the perfect choice for a memorable night out.
Another excellent hotel restaurant is Neiburgs. I would describe the food here as Latvian fusion, with traditional Baltic ingredients given a Mediterranean twist. Neiburgs also offers an excellent breakfast buffet and three-course lunch menu.
The stunning Art Nouveau Hotel Neiburgs was originally built in 1903 as the family home of Ludvigs Neiburgs. During the post-WWII Soviet Occupation of Latvia, the home was confiscated and converted into a communal dwelling, with 22 families living in 13 flats. The Neiburgs family regained ownership of the property in 2003 and a few years later opened a charming boutique hotel and restaurant.
One of Riga’s oldest restaurants, Pētergailis has been an old town institution since 1978. The menu, though, is a thoroughly modern take on Latvian cuisine. All of the dishes feature the region’s best seasonal ingredients presented as edible works of art. I was also impressed with the warm and friendly service.
This upscale Italian restaurant is an elegant hideaway in Riga’s Art Nouveau district. My entire meal was excellent, from the black bean dip accompanying the artisan bread to the thoughtfully plated dessert. Even better, the wait staff made me feel welcome the second I entered. Portofino came recommended to me by several blog readers and I am grateful for the tip!
The Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Riviera are as tasty as they are beautiful. The seafood and pasta dishes are especially recommended. If the service here seems slow, order an extra glass of wine from the extensive menu and lean into the Cote d’Azur vibe. Especially if you happen to be enjoying the terrace in nice weather.
Rossini is my one of my favorite restaurants in Riga and I’ve dined here more times than I can count. The porcini mushroom risotto is my dish of choice, and I’m delighted it’s still on the menu after all these years. The goat cheese ravioli is another stellar option, as are most of the seasonal specials. There’s a second location in Milan, so you know Rossini is legit Italian.
For authentic Japanese ramen head to Shōyu. The homemade noodles and flavorful dashi broth are the perfect way to warm up on a chilly Baltic day. Shōyu is located near Viestura Garden Park, the oldest public park in Riga. It’s a bit off the typical tourist trail, but well worth seeking out. The ramen shop is very popular with locals so reservations are essential, even for lunch.
Another great Japanese restaurant in Riga is The Catch. This stylish izakaya serves up some of the tastiest sushi and cocktails in town. There are also plenty of grilled items and rice bowls on the menu should you crave something a bit heartier. And if there are any passionfruit mochi left by the time you are ready for dessert, grab one. They are sensational!
Named after a play by Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya takes diners back to the halcyon days of pre-revolution Russia. The menu features Slavic classics such as blini with caviar, pelmeni dumplings, pickled herring, borscht, and honey cake. Though the beef stroganoff has been given a modern makeover in recent years and I much preferred the original version. Be sure to try one of the flavored vodkas or fruit liqueurs, all distilled in-house.
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