Looking for the best places to eat in Tallinn? If you want a really great dining experience, definitely check out the Michelin Guide as well as the suggestions of the White Guide Nordic.
The Michelin Guide
The most recognised restaurant guide in the world, the Michelin Guide, first arrived in Estonia in 2022. The second Michelin guide to Estonian restaurants was published in May 2023 and features 34 restaurants, 24 of which are in Tallinn.
The first restaurants awarded with Michelin stars in the Baltic States are Noa Chef’s Hall and Restaurant 180° by Matthias Diether, the latter of which received its second Michelin star in 2023. In addition, the Michelin Green Star guide specifically highlights restaurants committed to sustainable food preparation, and their Bib Gourmand award recognises restaurants that offer fantastic value for money. For the first time in Estonia, The Michelin Guide also presented the Michelin Young Chef Award to a young and talented chef.
Restaurants with Michelin stars
Two restaurants in Tallinn are the first in the Baltic States to hold Michelin stars for a fantastic culinary experience and service.
Holding two Michelin Stars, restaurant 180° by Matthias Diether is located a few kilometres from the city centre in the Port Noblessner area. The restaurant features ambitious dishes, a characteristic of the experienced German head chef Matthias Diether. Restaurant quests can choose between the four-course tasting menu entitled Flavours of 180 Degrees or the six-course tasting menu Matthias’ Inspiration.
With one Michelin Star, the stylish NOA Chef’s Hall prioritises the best ingredients from around the globe, but local produce has a role to play as well. Chefs Roman Sidorov and Tõnis Siigur have developed a creative seven-course menu that includes exciting and unique dishes full of complementary flavours and textures.
The White Guide Nordic culinary guidebook divides the top Baltic and Nordic restaurants into four categories: Global Masters Level, Masters Level, Very Fine Level, and Fine Level. Also, recommended restaurants deserve an extra mention.
The focus of the evaluation is on food (maximum of 40 points) while drink list (maximum of 20 points), service (maximum of 20 points), and milieu (maximum of 20 points) are also taken into consideration. The maximum score is 100 points. Based on the ranking, the jury then divides the top restaurants into different categories.
You can find more information on the 2023 results for Tallinn on the Flavours of Estonia website. Head isu!
Global Masters Level restaurants
The Global Masters Level restaurants in Tallinn must receive a minimum of 80 points in total and at least 36 points of them for food.