After some walk it old town I decided to take a dinner in one of the restaurants. Actually I didn't know this place is quite popular by locals in evening times, as here is a special place for beer drinking (probably they produce their own beer), also it is a jazz place.
Anyway, I ordered a spaghetti with a meat, also a tea (as I needed to drive car later). It was quite delicious, service was fast enough. It cost me around 5 euros.
This restaurant and brewery, in operation since 1871, harkens back to the Prussian days, which of course includes tasty beer and German-influenced food. The interior has a classic beer-hall feel, while the relaxing terrace is a lovely place to enjoy a meal and/or beverage on a warm, sunny day. Good quality food and beer is served by staff who clearly wish they were doing something else. Prices are not outrageous but fairly high by local standards.
Favorite Dish: Food is simple, well-prepared and tasty. I especially liked the spare ribs, and the homemade "Memelio" sausage. Beer is home-brewed and very good. My favorite was the black beer, though it was not always available.
This restaurant in the old town of Klaipeda is not very known, so when I went there to celebrate my birthday, I was really surprised that we have such a nice restaurant! I mean the best part is food and drinks. As I know owners are Ukrainians, so you can try very nice Ukrainian and also Russian dishes there. Portions are big, food is rich and delicious.
I was also surprised with guest have visited the restaurant - I will keep it as intrique, but you will know for sure some of these singers, polititians and other famous people when you see a photo galery there!
Favorite Dish: I love love love their special vodka - Horse radish vodka. Even wine lovers stoped whine and continued the party with the speciality :-)
I love to have lunch in this restaurant. It is in the main squere of the old town of Klaipeda, small place, but food is very healthy and portions are not too big. Everything is presented nicely. Lunch menu costs only 13 -14 Litas (4 euro), it includes perfect soup and hot meal, bagette with butter and water.
Open: Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday: 11:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 22:00
Favorite Dish: Day menu...
Kinu Restoranas is a Chinese restaurant in Klaipeda.
The menu is rich with different Chinese dishes which can be combined with each other. I opted for pork, vegetables and rice with a sweet and sour sauce.
One of the reasons why we had dinner in this branch of Kinu restoranas was its location in a nice quiet longish courtyard with a few other cafes and shops.
The little outdoor terrace of Kinu is a perfect place for a relaxing dinner and people watching in the evening sun.
From VT member spe I got the information that Kinu Restoranas can't be found in the described location anymore. It has moved to another place which I don't know yet. As soon as I have got new info I will publish it here.
This is a small yard with few restaurants and caffe. If I go there in the morning on Saturday, I will go to "Gurmanas" place, they have a bakery there and a big choise of tea and coffe. If I go for dinner, then I choose mideteranian food restaurant with nice service and tasty food. Lithuanian food restaurant is called Smukle, here you can eat Cepelinai, Balandeliai and Saltibarsciai :-) There is Pizzeria and steakhouse as well. And for nice chat you can choose a wine corner with a big choice of wines and not so big choice of snacks...
On Sunday they have family day with children music.
On weekends you can hear live music outside in the yard or in cold season inside of Smukle.
Favorite Dish: My favourite coffe is just a black coffe with vanile icecream melting inside of coffe in Gurmanas.
For dinner I like Santa Peter fish in mediteranian restaurant.
For lunch I eat Balandeliai in Smukle...
Just a quick note to combine with a review already listed. Anikes teatro on Teatro square near the statue of Dash's Anike is no longer closed. Had lunch there today. Neat place, wonderful atmosphere that relates to a 19th century theater and pretty good food. Nice place to relax.
We have been in Klaipeda for 4 months and find Stora Antes to be the best restaurant we have found. It is located one block off of Tiltu Gatve in Old Town, one block south of the Dane bridge. It is located in an old cellar and the ambiance is wonderful. The food tends to favor Russian, Georgian or Belarussian cuisine and is both wonderful and wonderfully presented. Have taken guests there, both local and from the US, and all have been impressed. Prices are very reasonable by any standard other than the local one with a good meal for two with a drink and dessert coming in at $50 US or less. If you have only one meal in the city, this is a place you need ot find.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is a squid dish and we have also had pork and salmon dishes as well. All were worth bragging about. It is served in a white sauce that is to die for. Beautiful plate.
The new thing started only this season 2010 - Memel brown beer. This beer is avialable only in Klaipeda, I did try it only once, so I didn't understand yet if I like it or not, I will go maybe today to take few more beers to have a better tips ;-)
If you are in Klaipeda, you should try Svyturys EXTRA beer. It is local beer wich was winning best awards in world competitions. Most popular beer is Svyturys Extra. It was created ten years ago by WOMAN !! But last two years this beer is getting worse, so maybe you can try also Utenos, or Kalnapilis beer. Maybe it will be nice for you to try Svyturys BALTIJOS beer, it is a dark beer. You can also taste Svyturys BALTAS, that is a weat beer served with a piece of lemon inside.
Svyturys means "Light house", and the factory is in the center of Klaipeda.
There are other places where they make own beer - retaurant "memelis" (you can order beer by meters, not liters). You can find there not filtered beer, dark beer and light beer.
restaurant "Livonija" near Klaipeda hotel has own beer two, but I don't like it, so I can recomend anything there. But if you want to taste - you are welcome ;-)
In http://www.svyturys.lt/en you can find information about all Svyturys beers and also e-shop for suvenirs.
Favorite Dish: You can take a tour in Svyturys bear factory in Klaipeda, information you will find in information center of Klaipeda. http://www.klaipedainfo.lt/en/?page=1
RECREATIONAL AND SIGHTSEEING BEER TOUR
IN THE "ŠVYTURYS" BREWERY*
Forget daily works, and leave all cares behind. Many have tasted "ŠVYTURYS" beer, but do you know why it is famous worldwide? Lets go together on the recreational sightseeing BEER TOUR where you will learn about brewing traditions and get an opportunity to watch brewing process. The first part of the tour includes acquaintance with the brewing technology. If you are lucky, you may come across the "magic tap" from which you will be able to taste the brand fresh beer coming straight from the brewery! And the second part of the tour is the funniest - tasting of three brands of beer! Curious and merry stories and jokes, a glass of cold "ŠVYTURYS" beer and, foremost, a company of friends and colleagues is the best formula for a relaxing and memorable time.
Duration: 2 hour duration BEER TOUR should be booked in Klaipeda Tourism and Culture Information Centre.
Groups: 5 to 30 persons received.
Tour starts: Monday-Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 16.00 p.m.; Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to 15.00 p.m.
Price per person: 30.00 Litas.
I understand that this is THE place for the local food. Maybe some Klaipeda citizen will correct me, but I enjoyed the experience and the food.
The publication 'Klaipeda in your Pocket' states that the menu is not in English and that this gives you more opportunity to chat with the waitresses as they explain what is on the menu. I can only guess that the restaurant has lost too many staff to visitors, as the menu now has sufficient English explanations to help a tourist to avoid ordering pig's ears.
It may be 'Touristy' but it is a lovely restaurant in a nice setting.
Big windows permit diners to watch the girls go by while sampling the wonderful food on offer.
Favorite Dish: I only had one meal here.
Saurkraut soup followed by a pork dish which I cannot remember the name of.
I would not hesitate to eat here again.
One of the relics wich are survived from Soviet time, a bit polished to meet demands of the modern life but in principle not changed much. Once established as a dedicated place for selling the "chebureks" ( caucasian meat pasty fried in oil) it still the same. Located in the building of "Debreceno" trade complex (now grocery store "Rimi") on the second floor. Place offers variety of chebureks with various stuffings - meat, curd, cheese, ham, cabbage etc. Also more common dishes are served. Dinner menu present. Orders are taken on bar counter, payment is immediate ( no credit cards accepted so far, so have cash), and then after you seated bartender will bring you your order. Be awre that chebureks are served without forks, you supposed to eat with your own hands ( and the chebureks are hot, so take care), so if you need one, ask the bartender. The other thing wich can cause a bit of a problem is that, that the menu is solely in lithuanian ( at least I've not seen any other menus) and I don't really know if bartender will understand something except lithuanian and russian. Prices are moderate one cheburek last time when I've been there cost only about 4 litas (EUR 1.15 or USD 1.9)
This one is truly off the beaten path, because of not much tourist will be able to find, or even dare to do so, this little bar in somewhat warehouse and auto service district. Nairi specializes on Armenian cuisine with a hint of some other Caucasian, Asia and Russian cuisine. Menu is not so long and consist of 4 soups (including soup of the day), starters (salads from eggplants and other vegetables), some main cources primarely the barbecue meat armenian style and armenian vegetable dishes, some Armenian pastry. Armenian wines are present on the wine list, not only the grape but pomegranate wine and other fruit wines, armenian brandies also is a good option, and inevitable beer :) lithuanian, surely.
Interior maybe not so trendy and cosy ( one big dark hall with massive wooden tables and bar), and a bit kitcsh ;) especially wall paintings reproducting some armenian landscapes, but the food makes it all unnecessary. Don't know how there with the any languages except of Lithuanian and Russian, but suppose it'll not be a problem to communicate ;). Takeaway, at least for the pastry is possible.
PS not aware if they accept cards for payment so better have cash with you if you are going there
Favorite Dish: Kharcho soup -rich soup of mutton and other meats with rice and garlic. Very good on the cold day ;) with the fried meat pies. And not so expensive, for the moment you'll pay 10 litas (EUR 2,90 or USD 4,6) for a soup and 2 pies stuffed with minced meat.
Small bar on the basement floor of the local Hunter's and Fishermen' Club. Quite hard to find if you don't know where to search. Thus it is decorated with various hunter's trophies, the name of the bar is came after the one of it's accents - fireplace, when bar was founded such things were not so common. The food is simple but tasty, generally cuisine could be called european, but with the hint of local specialities like "Ragane" (dish of fried meat, potatoes, rice and sourcream sauce, all in plies on the plate - quite big one ;)) and some Middle Asia and Caucasus;) which materilaze itself in "manty" ( big steam boiled dumplings with meat) "chanakhi" (stew of the mutton or other meat with potatoes and herbs) in ceramic pot. Drink as in common in Klaipeda draught local beer.
One warning, if you want to get some beef broth you better ask the waiter if it made of concentrate or natural, because sometimes they could serve you one or another but for the same price.
Small cafe on the edge of historical part (not Old Town) of the Klaipeda nearby the DFDS ( former LISCO) main office, as for my opinion this one is a bit aside from the standard tourist routes, and nearby Skandalas resaurant attracting most of the tourists. The food there is somewhat mix of European cuisine with inevitable local dishes. Dinner menu is applicable each working day for the price upto 10 USD (even now when the dollar exchange rate is low), usually it consist of 2 or 3 soups , 3 or 4 main courses ( usually cheapest is sold out ;) fast) and some desserts to select. So lunchtime is busy there and maybe hard to find place to seat, because people from offices nearby come here for the lunch. Beside of that main menu is quite nice and not so expensive as well. nice fish and meat dishes. Vegetarian dishes are on the menu. Beer as usual in Klaipeda, draught local "Svyturys" and some of bottled ones, imported as well.
Interior quite cosy with naval motives - due to "kurėnas" means the tipe of boat used by Lithuanian fishermen in the past.
So if you want not so expensive but yet tasty food and a place to lunch, I recommend this place. Service maybe sometime slow - especially on rush hours of the lunchtime (if you ordered something not from the dinner menu), but not so bad at all.
You may pass by whithout seeing it, because it is located downstairs from the street level.
But it is really worth to go there more than once! The food is rather varied, English menu list available. And prices, in contrast to other places in town, fairly low.
It is clean and the ambience is like in other nice Lithuanian kavines, seats and tables of thick wood and so on.
A good combination if you are on a low budget and staying at THE hostel (stay at hotels if you want to feed the mafia).
Favorite Dish: pikeperch filet whith salad and fries
charciu (lamb soup)