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Ultimate Food Guide Tallinn: 15 of the Most Exciting Restaurants in Estonia’s Capital

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Tallinn, the Foodie City

Tallinn is Estonia’s capital city and is packed with some very impressive restaurants. While on a five day trip through the Baltic city, I discovered some seriously fancy, fine-dining establishments, speakeasy bars hidden inside restaurants, gourmet desserts in former Soviet trains and plenty of casual dining options in places like old factories and villas. Have a look at this map of Tallinn – every star you see is a place mentioned in this food guide.

Foodie hotspots in Tallinn map

Tallinn has an ‘Old Town’ but it’s coolest restaurants are not all centralised. You’ll need public transport, an Uber or your own car to get to some of these – and trust me, the ride will be worth it. Follow me through Tallinn as I show you 15 of the best restaurants. The list is divided into two parts: fine dining and casual dining. Let’s get straight to business and start with my favourite kind of dining.

Fine Dining – 9 Restaurants

1) NOA Restaurant

For an open-plan design with high-end meals.

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 5080589

Address / Ranna tee 3, Tallinn

(This is said to be THE best restaurant in Estonia.)

According to The White Guide Baltic, NOA is the best restaurant in Estonia, rating them at the Global MasterLevel.

2) NOA Chef’s Hall 

For an insatiable food degustation at Estonia’s best restaurant.

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 5080589


Address / Ranna tee 3, Tallinn

NOA Chef’s Hall, which seats 45 people, has been selected as the best Estonian restaurant several times. In 2017, it was also chosen as the best Baltic restaurant. NOA Chef’s Hall is like a restaurant in a restaurant: it is the more private and elegant part of NOA, where head chefs Tõnis Siigur and Orm Oja prepare the OMNIVORE 9 or 11-course tasting menu in an open kitchen.

3) Pegasus

For a cool retro interior with modern dining and delicious cocktails.

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 662 3013


Address / Harju tn 1, Tallinn 10146

Pegasus – Photo by Maailmanaarella  

4) Parrot Minibar

A visual sensation – modern food constructions with a hidden speakeasy bar inside the restaurant.

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 433 1818


ADDRESS / Vana-Posti tn 7, Tallinn

Parrot Minibar

My friend Ellie who joined me on this trip to Tallinn

Photo by Anders Husa

I met the owner a few weeks after she had opened the place. As the kitchen wasn’t cooking when I whizzed past, she invited me inside for a drink and showed me the secret ‘bar’. I can’t reveal here where that is but let’s just say you’ll be surprised. Thank you to Anders Husa for these photos of the food and drinks at Parrot.

Photo by Anders Husa (Fired tuna, mango & pineapple salsa)

That’s me in the reflection

5) Peatus

Want to dine inside a former Soviet train? Peatus lies in the heart of the creative city, Telliskivi 

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 5887 7727


Address / Telliskivi tn 62, Tallinn

Lovers of trains and romantics of a bygone era will love Peatus, one of the most unique places to eat or party in the city. Parked permanently these days in the fashionable, hipster Telliskivi district (a stone’s throw from the main Balti Jaam train station), which used to serve as train depot, Peatus is a vintage railway restaurant car serving top food in the kind of place you don’t get the opportunity to eat every day. Peatus – Visit Tallinn

6) Paju Villa

Natural light filled space inside a renovated villa 

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 507 6242


Address / Vabaduse Puiestee 88

7) Tuljak

Every dish is like a plate of art – presentation plus!

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 53022020


Address / Pirita tee 26e, 10127 Tallinn

8) Umami

A short drive out of the city brings you to this wonderful house with a bustling restaurant inside and an outdoor garden area

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 600 1035


Address / Kadaka tee 141, Tallinn

That was our little table, in the left corner.

9) Pull Restoran

Vegans beware: this place is all about serious meat!

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372)5382 5000

Address / Rotermanni 2 (on the corner of Hobujaama and Ahtri street) Tallinn 10111

10) Harg Restaurant and Bar

Hidden from the street, what a treat!

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 5382 5003


Address / Maakri 21 (Entrance from Tornimäe street) Tallinn 10111

11) Rataskaevu 16

Local, regional and fresh. This place does zero advertising and is usually always full.

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 642 4025


Address / Rataskaevu 16, Tallinn

Photo by Inspired Citizen

Word on the street is that Rataskaevu 16 has opened a second restaurant. I contacted them to try and get some photos and they told me they don’t have any because they don’t do advertising. If you’re interested in stopping by to check it out, it’s called Väike Rataskaevu 16 and the address is: Niguliste 6, Tallinn (+372 601 1311)

Photo by Inspired Citizen

Casual Dining

1) Tai Boh

Quirky interior, vibrant atmosphere and a great take on Asian food

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 6299 218


Address / Mere pst 1, 10111 Tallinn

2) F-Hoone

Right in the heart of Tallinn’s creative hub Telliskivi, lies this former factory restaurant – locals flock here.

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 5322 6855


Address / Telliskivi 60A, 10412

3) Kohvik August

Right in the heart of Tallinn’s old town is this colourful cafe serving colourful food, too.

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 508 6022


Address / Väike-Karja 5, Tallinn

4) Vegan Restoran

‘I’m not even vegan’ and I loved their food. Beyond tasty and opened my mind to the flavours of veganism

CONTACT / Telephone: (+372) 6269 087


Address / Rataskaevu 12

Boutique Shopping in Tallinn

While you’re at it, you might like to try Oma Asi and the Tali Estonian design shop for some very special handmade Estonian designer pieces. I brought a couple of things back home!

Still need some more convincing on Tallinn?

I still don’t know if we got lucky on the weather but to me, this city seemed very colourful with LOADS of fabulous restaurants, bars and photo opportunities. Tallinn is seriously perfect for a long weekend. An additional plus: it’s not as expensive as what I’m used to from living in Frankfurt. I found these fine dining restaurants to be at least 30% cheaper than what I could pay in Frankfurt.

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Thank You

A very big thank you to Visit Estonia who kindly provided me with their car for the weekend, as well as lodging at their media home. I was lucky to receive a voucher to one of the above mentioned restaurants but the rest, including travel there and back was paid by me. It’s because of small cooperations with tourism boards that I’m able to create content which is helpful for your future trips. All opinions are most definitely and always will be my own.

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