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Restaurants in Riga

Latvia may not be renowned for its culinary achievements, but restaurants serve seasonal produce, meat, as well as fish, thanks to Latvia's location on the east coast of the Baltic Sea. Dairy products such as Biezpiens (cottage cheese), skābais krējums (sour cream) and rūgušpiens (soured milk) are readily available. Rupjmaize, a dark rye bread, is considered a national staple.

Lunch is the main meal of the day.

The Riga restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:

Expensive (over €100)
Moderate (€35 to €100)
Cheap (up to €35)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one and include drinks, tax and service.

Expensive

Le Dome

Cuisine: Seafood

Perhaps the city's best seafood restaurant, Le Dome offers trout, eel and lobster straight from the pond (literally, as it is in the restaurant). This freshness is backed up by creative cooking and knowledgeable service, making this a great venue for a culinary splurge. Off the main room are a trio of more private spaces, ideal for those entertaining or looking to tie up business deals. Not cheap, but well worth it.

Address: Old Riga, Miesnieku 4, Riga,
Telephone: +371 6755 9884.
Website: http://www.ledome.lv

Sushi LV: Kabu

Cuisine: Japanese

Sushi is all the rage in Riga, and this restaurant might have something to do with that. Either order off the menu or grab anything and everything that tempts you from the conveyor belt of Japanese cuisine. If you get weary of the strong, heavy local brews, then the light and crisp Japanese beers for sale here make for a pleasant change.

Address: , Terbatas 46, Riga,
Telephone: +371 6784 2728
Website: http://www.sushi.lv

Vincents

Cuisine: International

With one of Latvia's most famous chefs, Martins Ritins, at the helm, this is still one of the best places to enjoy creative fine dining in Riga. Local business people and political movers and shakers have been joined over the years by visiting celebrities such as Elton John and Prince Charles. Service at Vincents is as satisfying as the food, though some recent reports suggest tourists are not always treated as well as locals.

Address: , Elizabetes 19, Riga, 1010
Telephone: +371 6733 2830
Website: http://www.restorans.lv

Moderate

Austrumu Robeža

Cuisine: Latvian

For a dining experience that’s a bit different, try Austrumu Robeža. This communist-style restaurant is festooned with Soviet paraphernalia and little seems to have changed here since Stalin shuffled off his mortal coil. The food is as traditional as the décor, although it is perfectly palatable – especially after a few cheap vodkas. Doubling up as a theatre on the weekend, the restaurant hosts some lively performances that are worth checking out.

Address: , Vāgnera 8, Riga, 1050
Telephone: +371 2949 1943.
Website: http://www.austrumurobeza.lv

Rozengrāls

Cuisine: Baltic

This is a popular themed restaurant in old town Riga that carries off a medieval ambience better than most. Dine on old Baltic favourites served by costumed staff in an experience that is much more enjoyable than it sounds. Cheesy sometimes, but always enjoyable and great for first-time visitors.

Address: Centra rajons, Rozena 1, Riga,
Telephone: +371 6722 0356
Website: http://www.rozengrals.lv/en/

Cheap

Amber Way Tavern

Cuisine: Latvian

This fun and friendly medieval cellar bar is a great place to pick up some truly traditional Latvian food – and not a sprinkling of dill in sight. The antiquated menu features hearty delights such as smoked piglets’ ears, dried elk sausages and cannabis butter, all of which can be enjoyed by candlelight. Situated adjacent to the Powder Tower, the location is great and, luckily, they haven’t increased prices because of it.

Address: , Torna 4-2C, Riga, 1050
Telephone: +371 6732 1260.
Website: http://www.latvianfood.lv

Pelmeni XL Dumplings

Cuisine: Russian

Pelmeni is a doughy Russian dumpling that works very well with the variety of delicious fillings on offer at this unassuming old town eatery. Open until 0400, making it particularly popular with the local club scene, this joint is handy for anyone in a hurry or on a rock bottom budget.

Address: Centra rajons, Kalku 7, Riga, 1050
Telephone: +371 6722 2728
Website: http://www.xlpelmeni.lv/

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Dodo Hotel

Latvia’s answer to the Premier Inn, Dodo is the flagship property for a new chain of budget hotels. What the 100+ spacious rooms lack in individuality they more than make up for in comfort and value for money, making this a good choice for budget travellers. The breakfast buffet costs extra, and the hotel is about a 15-minute walk into town. Even so, this is one of the better value hotels in Riga.

KB Hotel

Located in a beautiful art nouveau building, the KB is a no-frills hotel ideal for budget travellers. The décor is a bit tired, but the room rates are cheap. Regular trams to the city centre stop right outside the hotel, although the walk is no more than 15 minutes. Situated in the UNESCO-listed art nouveau district, there’s just one catch – the hotel is on the top floor and the lift doesn’t work.

Hestia Hotel Jugend

The latest offering from this rapidly growing hotel chain offers state-of-the-art rooms with high-speed internet access, albeit a lack of soul. The location is handy, just on the edge of Old Town and within walking distance of most of the main points of interest.

Grand Palace

Regarded by many as the finest hotel in Riga, the Grand Palace is a supremely enjoyable place to stay. It manages to conjure up an old world feeling of luxury and decadence while also staying ahead of the game with Wi-Fi now available in all guest rooms. Slick service, a sauna and gym help complete the impressive picture of perhaps the best hotel in the country. First class.

Hotel Bergs

When it first opened it was ranked by Condé Nast as one of the world's best boutique hotels. This slick operation in the new town is indeed impressive, both in terms of the designer décor and the seamlessly smooth service. It’s easy to see why this Riga hotel has won so many awards. Still one of the most fashionable places to stay in the Latvian capital, Hotel Bergs also has an excellent restaurant on site.

Radisson SAS Daugava

The free airport transfer helps make up for the location on the opposite bank of the River Daugava from almost everything you will want to see and do. The views of the Old Town are superb across the water. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for all guests.