Now called Opanas, We have eaten twice here. First time back in May where we enjoyed good food and pleasant service in this colourful & enjoyable place. January ....... same colourful place, food was good however THE SERVICE WAS TRULY APALLING. It wasnt only us, people were met at the door, shown to a table ...... and waited ... and waited ... and waited for a staff member (of which there were many) to take the order. We were lucky and our wait to order was only 35 minutes - mind you, we did chase down a waiter. Orders were forgotten, disappeared BUT still appeared on the bill at the end (which I had to send back twice - at least I can read cyrillic). Our first visit in May was so enjoyable, and the food on both occasions was beyond reproach - but after the debacle in January (3-Jan-2010) and watching the incompetent/ignorant treatment meted out to patrons, I shall not be returning
This is a fine Ukrainian restaurant (formerly called Taras) located in Shevchenko Park in front of Shevchenko University in Volodymyr Street.
It looks like a big Ukrainian hut and has a model mill inside and a straw roof like in old Ukrainian houses.
The atmosphere is lively and cozy, the waitresses are dressed in national Ukrainian suites.
There are lots of customers at any time of the day.
You can have "business lunch" (around $5-7) at lunch time there and sit at the terrace listening to the orchestra playing there on weekends.
Favorite Dish: dishes of the national Ukrainian cuisine: varenyky, pancakes, etc.
You can have so called 'complex lunch' from 12 till 3 p.m. for 35 UAH.
This restaurant is like a cabin built in Shevchenka park. It has menus in English and staff that can deal with those who stumble in their Russian. The interior is decorated similar to old style Ukrainian and is tasteful.
Pricing was inexpensive for a restaurant in Kiev.
Favorite Dish: I usually end up getting chicken kiev and deruny (potato pancakes) along with a beer. In the summer a cucumber and tomato salad makes an excellent appetizer as well.
The best place to get there is from the tube Plascha Lva Tolstogo. This is the closes tube station, then just a short walk to the park and throught the park.
The place is great all year round.
Originally, about 7 years ago it used to be only an outside place, later on they installed windows and now it has radiators as well. So it can withstand the winter ;-)
Inside is done very much in a real Ukrainian old-style with some writing and drawing on the wall. Before you this anything, no its not a grafity, its a scenes and words from well-known Ukrainian songs.
They have now smoking and non=smoking section both include tables by the windows.
In the evenings there is a live band playing Ukrainian falk music, and in a very nice way, not too loud - actually that was very pleasant.
The word of wisdom - book in advance - its a popular place.
Unlike many placec in Kiev, it is equipt to accomodate disabled people as well.
Favorite Dish: There are many nice dishes.
If you like fish - try the fish starters (sea food) and there is a fish main course - all of them are nice.
Grilled chicken was great, and there are always popatoes and mushrooms to try - actually they are a must from my point of view.
If you drink, they have a nice selection of wines, and of cause anyother drink and vodka you can think of.
Its not the cheapest place, but its a great value for money thats for sure. I always eat there at least 2-3 times a week while in Kiev.
Great central location and very stylish interior depicting Ukrainian traditions and customes.
One of the best for the Ukrainian meals/drinks, simultaneously - quite affordable, appr. 25-35 hrn - day-time, 55-95 hrn, evenings.
Excellent live music every day, 20.00-23.00
Go for it!!! :)
Favorite Dish: Salad "Kozatskiy" and "Rabbit in sour cream sauce" - that's something! :))
Taras is conveniently located in a lovely park near to the Premier Palace Hotel. The food is good but there is better in Kyiv. The main draw for me is the location. There is a wonderful view of the park and it is a very short walk from the hotel. I use this place when I have business visitors who I'm not escorting around town.
Favorite Dish: Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka
If you want to try Ukrainian dishes - Taras caffe. Here you can find not only Ukrainian dishes and beverages, but I strongly advise you to try some dishes (see below)
Favorite Dish: Deruni (made of potatos) with cream. Mlintsi with fillings (more then 10 different fillings, like cheese, mushrooms, fruits, honey, etc.)
If you want to try the ukranian food you are on the right place .This typical ukranian restaurant is situated just in front of the university in the middle of a garden
Affordable prices and good food