This is a very centrally located pizzeria (it it actually a complex since it's a part of 3 outlets - pizzeria, Italian restaurant called again Boccaccio, but having a separate hall and a cafe Parus) with a nice interior and advertising itself as having more than 50 pizza types (actually I have counted max 20!). We liked the interior of the venue and the fact that it was not crowded though we were there on a Saturday evening, the food quality and portions were also fine (we tried also several desserts), but nothing extraordinary, the prices around average or even higher (we were lucky to get a 20% discount promo on all dishes), we had a strange waiter who was trying to be funny all the time, but not actually succeeding in that. We have been told that they have a new menu with black truffles as well as the option for kids to prepare their own pizza in the kitchen of the pizzeria, but we and our kid haven't given a try to both of these. What we didn't like was the fact that it was really cold inside (we told the waiter and he tried to increase the temperature of the air-conditioning, but nothing changed) and the Hoegaarden beer on tap wasn't fresh though we asked our waiter about this in advance. There are enough parking places in front of the restaurant, you can pay there in cash or by most common debit/credit cards - in general it's a good pizzeria which is worth visiting, but don't expect anything extraordinary.
Favorite Dish: The canned tuna with cherry tomatoes salad under mustard dressing and the four season pizza
Puzata Hata (Пузата Хата) is a cafeteria-style Ukrainian chain restaurant with locations across Ukraine. We visited the one just off vul Khreshchatyk; it’s apparently one of the biggest and the seating area is spread over several large rooms. Say what you want about the quality of the food- and if you read some reviews, some people are pretty harsh on this place- but it’s cheap, filling, and every table was occupied. There’s a restaurant in my city exactly like this and I’m sure there’s one in yours; the food is cheap, sometimes tasty, not gourmet or consistently good by any means, and sometimes you and your friends just can’t resist.
Ordering is done cafeteria style so you get a tray and there’s a combination of self-serve and order at the counter items. Food spans Ukrainian favourites like varenyky and borshch which I thought were decent and lots of other things like steamed fish and vegetables, some of which were pretty bad. As you might expect the fancier and more difficult the item was to prepare, the worse it was. The good news is it’s quick, cheap, easy, and there really is something here for everyone- the bad news is it definitely won’t be the best whatever you’re eating that you’ve ever had.
Favorite Dish: Varenyky and borshch were the best of the variety of things we tried. Not the best versions of these dishes that you can find, but certainly not the worst.
We decided to visit this restaurant for our wedding anniversary after reading some very positive comments online. You don't expect what is waiting for you since the venue is situated on a second floor of a building and the logo with the name of the restaurant is all that is visible from the street. When we started climbing the stairs we saw some lanterns and small statues of Indian gods and elephants, really nice decorations, but again - we weren't prepared for what was waiting us inside. The restaurant turned to be a real pearl - everything is of a really high standard - the delicious food, the high quality service that we received from the very attentive administrator and the Indian waiter (he really helped us in choosing from the long menu), the luxury interior with its marble hand made carved Indian gods, glossy curtains and heavy tables with shiny chairs... Yes, the prices are a little bit higher than average, but absolutely worth the experience! You can pay there with debit/credit card or by cash, there is plenty of space around the building where you can park your car. The restaurant offers discount cards for its regular guests, so if you plan to visit it more often ask for one...
Favorite Dish: The vegetable samosa, the butter chicken, the vegetable pulav, the kadhai vegetables...
This is a relatively big restaurant with a nice summer terrace opened in 2012 in Podol - the historical centre of Kiev. It works 7 days a week from 10:30 am till the last customer and offers not a very long menu with a focus on salads, pasta, fish and sea products, pizza (big in size, prepared in a classical oven from Naples) and desserts. The interior of the venue is quite nice - we really like especially the terrace on the street, the staff was very kind and helpful, the food that we ordered in general were also nice, there is plenty of parking place nearby which generally is a big issue for this part of the city. What I found really strange is that the salads are overpriced while for instance the pizza prices were quite normal (in general the prices of the venue are a little bit above average). One of us ordered a Caesar salad (it wasn't in the menu) and they brought something really strange - see my photo below, but in general I would recommend this place as a venue where you could eat some tasty pizza in Kiev.
Favorite Dish: The Caprese salad, the Margherita pizza and the tasty Paulaner non-filtered Weissbier on tap
This is a centrally located (not far away from Klovska metro station) cigar bar and lounge restaurant in Kiev that belongs to the Carte Blanche chain - it has a really chic and classy interior that I immediately liked once I saw it from the outside as well as when I actually entered it. It is not very big in size venue and this also add to its elegance - they have a small summer terrace for 25 people, main hall for up to 40 guest and a wine boutique on a second floor for 10 people. The focus is on cigars (there is a separate cigar boutique with humidor), wine and cocktails though they offer is a short but not bad food menu. You can park your car nearby, their staff is English speaking and kind in general, the prices are above average for Kiev (you can pay in cash or by most common debit/credit cards) but I really like the atmosphere of this venue and I would have recommended this outlet without any doubts if during my last visit there I haven't witnessed two unpleasant for me things - they served us warm Corona beers and the waiter told me that my Carte Blanche discount card is not working for alcohol drinks (first time it ever happens)...
Favorite Dish: Sliced Mozzarella with herb marinated tomatoes
This nice pub with its own microbrewery is a common project of the biggest restaurant chain in Ukraine and the local Carlsberg subsidiary. It's located on a top location at the main street in Kiev, brews 4 types of their own lager and dark beer and works 24 hours which immediately makes it one of the most favourite places to visit for foreigners and guests of the city. The menu offers a good choice of international cuisine with a focus on meat (what I have tried so far was quite tasty, I would recommend to you the marinated beef tenderloin) in a combination with some typical Ukrainian dishes (I was terrified by some strange meals in the menu like smoked and fried pig ears for instance). I love sitting on their summer terrace especially during the weekends when the Kreshatyk street is closed for cars and turns into a pedestrian area. I like the atmosphere of the venue in general, their staff is English speaking and very kind, but what I didn't like is the slow service when you order meals; the other negative thing that I could say about this venue is the above average for Kiev prices for such a type of a pub/restaurant...One other not very positive comment - I checked there at Foursquare and got a message that I will get 20% discount on all meals and drinks but when I asked the waiter/administrator about it I was told that I will get a small beer for free if I leave a positive comment on the venue there...
Favorite Dish: Marinated Beef Tenderloin and their locally brewed Slavutych Bronze dark beer.
The so-called Le Cosmopolite Belgian beer cafe is actually one very centrally located good restaurant (close to Golden Gate metro station, Hyatt hotel and the Opera) with elegant and cozy relaxed atmosphere and an wooden furniture in Art Nouveau style. It belongs to the Pees Boy Club chain of restaurants (ask for a 10%- discount card if you have a bigger bill to pay) and works from 10 am in the morning till 11 pm in the evenings, only on Friday and Saturday evenings - till 2 a.m. The restaurant has two halls and a summer terrace and offers to its visitors Belgian cuisine as well as some dishes from the European cuisine - according to me they serve the best Viennese schnitzel in Kiev. Since the focus is put on beer (you get some shelled sunflower seeds with each beer you order) you can find there a lot of Belgian beers on tap and in bottles- my favourite Hoegaarden, Chimay, Stella Artois, Leffe, etc. The food is delicious and comes in big portions, staff is very kind and English speaking (there is also an English menu), the prices are average or a little bit above average for Kiev, there is a parking in front, the restaurant offers WI-Fi so I could recommend this venue as one of the very nice restaurants in Kiev.
Favorite Dish: The Viennese schnitzel and the Hoegaarden beer on tap
This is a newly opened Brazilian restaurant in the central part of Kiev with a very interesting concept for such a place - "all you can eat" for 200 UAH (around 18 EUR) per person, the drinks and desserts are paid separately though - there are several beers on tap, good choice of wines from Chile. There is a big buffet table with different salads and cold and hot starters - you grab a big plate and go there to serve yourself before sitting on a table, waiters are always running around with big skewers with different types of grilled meat, vegetables and even pineapple with cinnamon. They cut the meat right on your table and put it in your plate. The venue is on two floors, the one below is with a big hall for parties/celebrations, wardrobe and toilets, the one on the ground floor is with separate tables which is used for smaller companies. They play Brazilian music and the only not so good thing about this new restaurant is the fact that it's getting very noisy and if you are on a big table you can't communicate very well since you don't hear each other. You could pay by cash or most common types of debit/credit cards. There is parking on the street nearby the restaurant (paid one) or you can try to park in the nearby smaller street (the restaurant is actually situated on the corner of the boulevard and a smaller street). The place is working till midnight, since it is new and very crowded so you better make a reservation to be sure that there will be seats waiting for you.
Favorite Dish: The grilled pork, the grilled pineapple with cinnamon, the mandarin mousse
Shynok is an interesting typical Ukrainian as an interior and cuisine restaurant opened in 2007 and situated in the central part of Kiev nearby thePerchersk metro station. The venue works from 11:00 till 00:00, it has several different halls (4 in number - “Khmelnoy”, “Yarmarochniy”, “Svadebniy” and “Svetlitsa” with a total of more than 300 seats) and offers live folk music to its guests in the evening. You are met right at the door with some "nastoyanka" (home-made liquor like vodka) in small glasses, in the same way you are sent home when you are leaving the restaurant. The menu is not very long but you could try most of the famous Ukrainian traditional dishes with a focus on the meat (some of them home-made like the pickles, the pampoushki bread and pastries) plus 18 types of home brewed beer as well as some Ukrainian vodka and local wines (I don't recommend the wines though). The quality of dishes is good, the waiters dressed in folk costumes were kind and patient enough to explain more about the dishes, but one of them didn't hide his disappointment when we left him a tip he probably found not big enough... The prices are more expensive than average but having in mind that the restaurant has its focus mostly on foreigners (I usually visit it only with my foreign colleagues/business partners for instance) and guests of the city is it not surprising to be like that. The payments could be done in cash or most common debit/credit cards, the restaurant belongs to the "Mirovaya karta" set of restaurants so bring your discount card if you have one or ask for one with a 10% before paying your bill. The parking is an issue because of the central location of the restaurant, but you could find some places nearby. The restaurant has also something like a small souvenir shop.
Favorite Dish: Borsch with pampoushka –the trademark of Ukraine, the different home-made types of beer.
This complex is situated in the suburbs of Kiev (nearby the metro station Darnitsya) and consists of a traditional Ukrainian restaurant called Dikanka and a pub/sport bar called Gogol - it works from lunch time till the last guest. Since I have visited only one hall of the restaurant part my review will cover this venue only. The restaurant consists of several different halls - we have been in the so-called banquet hall tavern (there are also VIP hall, Ekaterinskiy Hall - both of them looking more luxurious, but are not so traditional as interior) . The complex has also a very nice summer garden with bungalows and summer houses with different number of seats in each of them. The interior of the tavern or "korchma" is in a traditional Ukrainian village style, but I was really surprised by the great spreading oak in the middle of the restaurant hall. As the name is supposing you could enjoy there a wide selection of meat and fish cooked in traditional Ukrainian recipes. The guest in the evening are entertained by live music - real Ukrainian music played by a violinist and accordionist and even - bandurist! The prices are average for Kiev, but I would consider them a little bit high for this not so central part of the city. There are free parking places on the street in front of the complex, so this is not an issue. The staff is very kind, reservations are accepted, you could pay there in cash or by the most common debit/credit cards.
Favorite Dish: The roasted pork with white mushrooms, the perch fillet with shrimp and white sauce, the pickles in Ukrainian way
Kyivska Perepichka is essentially a small window that opens up onto vul Bohdana Khmelnytskoho. They sell really tasty hotdogs fried and wrapped in dough which I was told are kind of legendary in Kiev. It's popular but the line moves quickly. Grabbing one of these and walking around Khreshchatyk street made for a great and very cheap lunch!
Favorite Dish: The menu only has one thing, and it only needs one thing.
Vernissage has a few different locations; we visited the one at Andriyivskyy Descent for lunch. They offer mostly French food and some Asian fusion type stuff. The menu looked interesting and the omelette, salad and salmon club sandwich we ate were good. This one's in the guidebooks and they know it; the price of meat and entrees is high, service was kind of slow and the server gave me a bit of attitude for not wanting to order more food.
The dining room is pretty small and the tables are very close together, so when the place is full I think it would be pretty loud and crowded. The walls are covered in some really interesting art to look at over your meal. From what we saw I think it's better to try this place earlier in the day because they have a variety of good breakfast and lunch options that are less pricey and it wasn't as crowded as dinnertime must be. On the other hand, we didn't have the same love for this place as was expressed in the mostly high reviews on the Internet, so maybe we did miss out by not splurging for dinner.
Favorite Dish: Lots of good breakfast or lunch options like omelettes and sandwiches. Really good coffee and lattes.
Kult RA, or Культ Ра is really unique compared to other restaurants we visited in Ukraine. They serve all organic food with a wide variety of dishes inspired by pre-Christian Ruthenian times in Ukraine including some great fresh salads, soups, breads made in-house, several kinds of varenyky, many kinds of meat dishes and desserts. They also have lots of vegetable-heavy and vegetarian choices. They have some more adventurous dishes like bull's testicles and salad with beef heart. The food here was so good and interesting that we visited twice, and everything we tried was delicious.
The atmosphere is very different depending on where you sit. The lower floor is a cafe-style area with low tables, a bar, a more laid back mood and an adjoining bookstore. The upstairs part is a more fancy dining room. We liked the lower part better because we're a bit more laid back I guess and there's this great rustic decor with carved wood. The service was very good and friendly; some staff speak English and those who didn't were patient with us. There's an English menu. The dishes tend to run on the expensive side for Kiev but it was worth it and there are lots of great options you could get for less. Overall Kult RA was one of the best and most unique restaurants we visited in our time in Ukraine.
Favorite Dish: They have a dish that's essentially a random mix of all the kinds of varenyky they offer and you get a chance to try them all, all delicious especially the duck & apple, cherry and poppyseed. I had to watch for the liver ones and give them to my partner... liver's not really my thing. It's a deal at only 60 грн.
The salads are delicious and fresh. My partner had the one with beef heart over greens and said it was his favorite thing he ate. My favorite dish called Vyshyvanka is a roll of three pancakes, each one with a different filling of cottage cheese, poppyseed and sour cherry.
Their website shows their full menu in English with prices.
This is not a restaurant review but something very much related to a civic restaurant practice. A long-waited non-smoking ban has finally been passed in Ukraine on dec 16, 2012. So now being a non-smoker you can enjoy your meal in a smoking free environment. Also the best places usually reserved for smokers are also available for non-smokers. A dramatically different eхperience!
We visited Sport & Beer for a lunchtime drink during our visit to Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium in April 2012.
This large sports bar/restaurant is located beneath the stadium's west stand and would make for a great drinking venue on matchdays. I was imagining it full of football fans during the Euro 2012 football championships, even though it was empty on the day that we visited.
The bar contains a mixture of small tables with plastic chairs and larger tables with padded seating areas. There are banks of flat screen TVs all around; some were showing ice hockey and others were showing what looked to be a Ukrainian version of Soccer AM's "Crossbar Challenge" while we were there. For those who would prefer to participate rather than watch, table football tables are provided and there is also a stage where live music acts presumably perform on occasions.
Sport & Beer offers a large menu of food and drinks; everything from soft drinks and coffees to beers, wines, cocktails and spirits. I took particular note of the beer menu, as I suspect that is what many of the visitors to Sport & Beer will be most interested in.
Draught beers include domestic Obolon Premium (the cheapest option on the menu at 18 Hryvnia / 1.45 GBP for 500ml) and a variety of more expensive imported beers such as Guinness, Carling, Carlsberg, Heineken, Warsteiner, Krusovice, Krombacher and Paulaner which cost up to 45 Hryvnia. The bottled beers are all imported and include Corona, Asahi Super Dry, Bavaria, Baltika, Warsteiner and Paulaner Weissbier (30-35 Hryvnia per bottle).
I was going to have a glass of Obolon Premium, but since they had run out and I didn't fancy paying over the odds for an imported beer I just had a bottle of 7-Up.
An impressive sports bar attached to Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium.
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