Lithuanian cuisine. What is it?
There are countless Lithuanian tourism websites and tour guide books that will tell you about the traditional Lithuanian cuisine, so will any person you’d meet in Lithuania – they’d tell you to try Cepelinai (otherwise known as heart attack special) and Šaltibarsiai (otherwise known as the pink soup).
But the right question should be, where are the best spots that serve these and other wonderful Lithuanian dishes as recommended by locals?
Yours truly, team and friends have scoured Vilnius to bring the list that your tummy and adventurous spirit will appreciate. The list includes the spots that locals enjoy for their traditional and experimental Lithuanian cuisine.
Be warned, some of these restaurants want to feed you like a Lithuanian grandmother, so the portions might be quite sizeable. We hope great Lithuanian food experience find you well!
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“Ertlio namas” – unique family space where refined historical Lithuanian cuisine gracefully meets modern culture and technology. Lithuanian historical cuisine is characterised by seasonality – people would serve the goods that could be picked in the kitchen-garden, hunted in the woods, caught in the river or lake.
Although you can find a number of traditional dishes from the 19th century, some entries date back all the way to the 16th century.
Address: Šv. Jono str. 7, Vilnius
Phone: +370 637 33300
The restaurant invites to discover the flavors of bourgeoisie cuisine of Vilnius and enjoy exclusive wines and mead. Cozy and intimate atmosphere, relaxing music, amicable and attentive service, the world of sensory delights – it is another great choice to give yourself an unforgettable dining experience, to host your guests, to celebrate a special occasion, or just to spend great time with friends. This is the place you would wish to come back again and to give recommendations to others.
Address: Mykolo str. 4, Vilnius
Phone: +370 688 22210
This family restaurant offer meals that are made according to local traditions, using authentic Lithuanian recipes, using only local/ seasonal products, which are purchased directly from the Lithuanian farmers. After you order it may take some time until the food will come to your table, due to the fact that everything is made freshly and the cooking of your meal starts only after your order has been placed, therefore we kindly ask you to stay patient and then you are going to be able to enjoy our fresh and flavourful dishes.
Without delicious Lithuanian meals of the restaurant we also offer you to try about 10 different sorts of Lithuanian beers made by local brewers all around Lithuania, including 4 sorts of beer made by the owner himself. Also here you are going to find most probably the biggest Lithuanian beer collection, together with other Lithuanian drink specialties.
Address: Stiklių str. 4, Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 2609087
The food here is prepared by our team of experienced cooks. Dishes of the tavern are simple but tasty and accorded to the season. The dishes are mainly inspired by traditional Lithuanian cuisine.
The bar and our main room are decorated with objects coming from local artists’ workshops. Here, brick walls and decoration remind our guests that the building used to serve as a workshop for glassblowers from the 17th to the 19th century.
Address: Gaono str. 7, Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 2644632
Etnobaras is a modern baltic bar, which in the open kitchen creates original dishes from the products that have been growing in Lithuania since ancient times (don’t look for potatoes here!). This place presents old Lithuanian recipes in very delicate way. The dishes here are a big surprise even for me whose mother was a chef and confectioner all her professional life. It will give you a broader understanding about Lithuanian culture, traditions and … taste.
Along with delicious food, discover the long-forgotten or completely new beverages: dandelion wine, mead or craft beer! Nice food is accomplished with the carefully selected Lithuanian music.
Etnobaras team is absolutely sure that Lithuanian traditions can live well in a modern city!
Address: Basanavičiaus str. 1, Vilnius
Phone: +370 655 03262
The Lithuanian food restaurant tries hard to ensure that its guests not only have delicious meals but also spend a most enjoyable time. From the very first moment of arriving at the restaurant, guests feel embraced by a genuine folklore atmosphere from the past. The restaurant is decorated with a unique collection of old utensils, household articles and tools.
Address: Tuskulėnų str. 35, Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 2725087