Although they’ve been voted the best restaurant in Lithuania for the past two years, Džiaugsmas does not claim to be a fine dining establishment. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – Džiaugsmas’ chef and owner, Martynas Praškevičius, invites people to relax while really tasting and sharing their meals, some of which are even meant to be eaten with your hands. Quality is the recipe for success at this place – all of the main ingredients on the menu are Lithuanian and of the highest class, purchased directly from local farmers.
Location: Vilniaus 28
Would you like to travel back in time? A restaurant Ertlio namas can offer a gastronomic journey where you will discover what Lithuanian nobility ate from 13th to 19th centuries. Tasting menus which combine modern culinary techniques and authentic recipes are created together with historians, so the meals and the stories around it should be taken seriously.
Location: Šv. Jono 7
This quaint little house in the middle of the city looks like it’s straight out of the olden days, but it hides a delicious secret. Senoji Trobelė is a restaurant that stays true to Lithuania’s culinary roots. The authentic eatery invites guests to savour Lithuania’s oldest heritage recipes and the dishes that were most popular among its nobility. Served on clay plates at wooden tables, the meat, game, and potatoes dishes are prepared according to old Lithuanian traditions. Plus, there are many vegetarian options and the bread is baked daily according to ancient Lithuanian customs, which call for natural leaven, flaxseeds, bran, and sunflower seeds. To balance the selection of comfort food, get a glass of kvass, traditional Lithuanian beer or mead.
Location: Naugarduko 36
This family restaurant maintains an allegiance to Vilnius’ 19th century bourgeoisie culinary traditions. The restaurant is housed in a historic building and the recipes it uses are collected from old cookbooks and notebooks belonging to the Vilnius bourgeoisie, though they are adjusted to suit French contemporary high gastronomy. Guests are served simple homey meals for lunch, while evenings are for feasting and making everyone feel like they’re at a party thrown by ancient Lithuanian nobility. Stuffed quail, deer with carrot puree and parsnip, lamb leg and exceptional wines and mead make every day special.
Location: Šv. Mykolo 4
One of the oldest restaurants in Vilnius Old Town, Lokys is famous for game dishes that even Grand Duke Gediminas would have loved. The dishes are prepared according to medieval traditions and the menu notes the century each dish is based on. Once you dine in the Gothic or Baroque halls of this 15th-century merchant house you will feel like a medieval noble enjoying your catch.
Location: Stiklių g. 8