This is a very typical Soviet style restaurant, but the food is a bit better than average. The decor is an attempt at simple elegance, though it is quite faded. There is often live music, usually featuring a middle-aged man on a synthesizer and a young woman singing Soviet pop hits from the 1960's. There is no smoking allowed inside, so the whole place feels somewhat cleaner than the average Melitopol restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I especially enjoy the liver dishes here, although all of their food is well made, traditional Ukrainian cuisine.
Svetlana is a pleasant and very typical Ukrainian restaurant. The decor inside is quite Soviet, and the service can be a bit surly and slow. But there's a very pleasant outdoor seating area covered in ivy, and the clientele in the evening is usually fairly friendly. During the day there's usually nobody here, so it's a quiet and pleasant place to sit and have a drink. The menu is sort of like a neighborhood babushka's kitchen. The food is all hearty Ukrainian fare, but the selection is often quite limited. Don't be surprised if the first thing you ask for isn't available.
Favorite Dish: Nothing here is outstanding, but I've been very pleased with the borsht (hearty and flavorful) and the hot buterbrod (open faced sandwiches).