When visiting Kiev, Ukraine, you don’t want to neglect the tasty menus you’ll find in many of the local restaurants. From traditional Ukrainian food, to modern Chinese cuisine, and even their take on American food- Kiev restaurants have something for everyone.
I noticed in the month that I spent in Kiev that restaurants serving traditional Georgian dishes and (surprisingly) Vietnamese food both seem to be very popular.
I’ve put together a list for you of 21 of the best places to eat in Kiev, so you don’t have to spend all your time searching for somewhere to eat. Just pick a restaurant from this list and you won’t be disappointed.
The 21 Best Restaurants in Kiev, Ukraine
Independence Square, near the gate Lyadsky // +38 068 907 1991
Ostannya Barykada (The Last Barricade) is a restaurant inspired by three of the most popular revolutions in the Ukraine: Student Revolution on the Granite in 1990, Orange Revolution in 2004, and the Revolution of Dignity in 2014.
To enter you have to give a password (BORITESYA E POBORYTE), and then you are entered into a storytelling dining adventure like none-other. Affectionately called “the storytelling restaurant”, as you eat local Ukrainian and European dishes you’ll learn about the stories of these revolutions and the people involved.
Because it’s so popular with tourists we didn’t expect a lot from the food. We were pleasantly surprised- we all enjoyed the dishes we ordered and most of the portions were large enough to share.
Not only does The Last Barricade have traditional Ukrainian dishes you can try but they also have an impressive selection of steaks as well.
Vladimirskaya, 4 // +380 68 068 6975
100 років тому вперед offers one of the best gastronomic fine dining environments, and one of the best places to eat Kiev-inspired meals. The chefs combine cultural and traditional Ukrainian dishes with modern culinary methods, seeking to create new traditional favorites.
Experience your favorite Ukrainian dishes in new and delightful ways and enjoy the company of those around you. The staff is also very welcoming and friendly and is happy to serve. A very high-end restaurant that makes for a perfect date place with your favorite person.
Str. Sich Sagittarius, 82 // +380 44 499 14 13
You won’t find a better Italian restaurant anywhere but in Kiev at the Vino e Cucina restaurant. Traditional antipasta, homemade pasta, pizza, and a wide range of Italian meat and seafood dishes just waiting to delight your taste buds.
What makes Vino e Cucina unique is that this restaurant has three floors to it. The first floor is a spacious, main dining area, complete with live music in the evenings. The cellar is home to over 1000 wines and 100 champagnes and a separate cheese rom. And lastly, the ground floor is where the pizza magic can be found, with a real wood-burning pizza oven and stove.
114 Vasylkovska St. // +380 44 390 39 02
Odessa is a very popular gastronomic restaurant and is one of the best Kiev restaurants, made so not only by the innovative interior design (inspired by Odessa City), but by the famous chef at the restaurant’s helm, Yurii Pryyemsky.
Yurii combines the best local produce and ingredients with modern culinary techniques (Sous Vide technology, Big Green Egg ovens, and more). Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their delicious, signature cocktails.
Khmelnytskoho Bohdana St. 42 // +380 99 010 9993
If you’re visiting from America and want a little taste of home one night, True Burger in Kiev offers the best American cuisine options that you’ll never find at home.
Enjoy handmade burgers made from your choice of meat: beef, turkey, chicken, or fish (yes, fish burgers!). For those who don’t like any type of meat, they even offer a vegetarian burger. Order juice or coffee to drink, or try one of their signature cocktails, made by the best bartenders in Ukraine.
This is a great place to party with friends or get the family together for brunch on the weekends.
Lipinskogo St. 15 // +380 97 828 7878
Tin is one of the top restaurants Kiev has for Asian and Vietnamese cuisine, made and served with a European flair. Located right on the Kiev cycle track, they serve healthy and delicious meals for any health-conscious person, even offering vegetarian options.
Have a seat and while you wait for your food, you can watch the Kiev cyclists as they train, or enjoy a cycle polo match as you eat. The décor inside even features bicycle wheels.
And be sure to make room for some Soi Xoai for dessert, which consists of sticky rice, mint infused coconut milk, mango, candied mango, and coconut chips.
Sofiivska vulytsia 16 // +380 50 480 3803
Whisky Corner not only offers the best whisky and spirits in Kiev for whisky connoisseurs but also the best in Scottish cuisine. With over 900 whisky varieties to choose from, the servers will carefully pair spirits and food for you, so you’ll always have a perfect match.
Be sure to check out their impressive case of dry-aged steaks in the back of the restaurant.
In fact, I celebrated my birthday at Whisky Corner. Our server was very knowledgeable and guided us through the menu to make great choices not only related to food but also to Ukrainian craft beers and the perfect whiskeys to finish off the evening.
Str. Andriyivsky Uzviz, 19 A // +380 44 425 45 48
Kanapa provides guests with the best local Ukrainian cuisine with a modern twist. All seasonal ingredients used are locally sourced in Kiev and the surrounding regions, providing you with the freshest of foods that you’ll only find in Kiev. Be sure to get the wildfowl and what they call the “Butter Candle” when you visit.
Enjoy signature Ukrainian dishes served from an open kitchen. The dining room features red upholstered seats and wooden dining surfaces, making this restaurant a one-of-a-kind experience.
10A Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska Str. // +38 067 2091444
In our list of best Kiev restaurants, we would be remiss to not include Khutorets na Dnipri.
This incredible restaurant sits right on the Dnieper River, offering beautiful views of the riverbank while you eat modern versions of traditional Ukrainian dishes. There is also a vodka room that houses over 50 different types of vodka from all over the country, ready for your to try with your meal.
Every weekend they provide entertainment for children, as well as live music for the evening meals.
Yaroslaviv Val St. 23A // +380 68 873 7878
Come to ChiChiko and experience one of the best Georgian restaurants Kiev has. The staff and service are excellent and speak fluent English. The menu even offers an English translation for you, so you know exactly what you’re ordering.
Whether Georgian cuisine is a favorite or you’ve never tried it before, you’ll find something delicious and satisfying at ChiChiko. They have chicken liver salad, Georgian vegetable salad, lamb kebabs, mushroom soup, and more including my favorites khinkali and khachapuri.
Str. Pankovskaya 20 // +38 097 540 90 14
From the moment you enter Lyubimy Dyadya (Favorite Uncle), you’ll feel as though you’ve just been brought into someone’s home for dinner. The interior is well-lit, warm, and welcoming.
Each corner of the room displays something from wherever the owner has visited or plans on visiting. There’s also a library filled with his favorite books, lovely birds in birdcages, a moped, and more.
The food brings you even more comfort with its European and Middle East cuisine. You should try the warm veal salad, pumpkin soup, or some poached eggs with spinach and salmon. Enjoy other favorite dishes from Greece, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco.
16 Shota Rustaveli Street // +38 044 237 09 07
Come to the Milk Bar for the best breakfast, pastries, and shakes you’ll find in Kiev. On Mondays they serve breakfast all day long, so you can have your favorite waffles, cheesecakes, and more from open till close.
For a tasty treat you never thought of before, try their pancake lasagna or their lobster waffles.
But they don’t just serve breakfast foods. For lunch or dinner, you can choose your favorite sandwiches, soups, or salads. Try some lavash with chicken teriyaki, or paste with beef and broccoli.
Rustaveli Shota vul. 19 // +380 44 353 0907
For a unique take on an American favorite, Dogs & Tails offers many different kinds of loaded hot dogs, all coming with a coke to drink and a side of fries or onion rings. They also serve various types of cocktails, blended especially for you to enjoy.
For dessert, you should also try homemade churros or donuts with caramel sauce that is out of this world.
Sagaidachnogo, 41 // +380 99 289 1511
Seafood connoisseurs will love dining at Naprosecco, the best seafood joint in all of Kiev. The seafood they use is fresh and locally caught, and they’re best known for the oysters they serve and their prosecco wine. You can also enjoy langoustine, shrimp, and mussels.
The menu options may be minimal, but the food and wine are delicious you’ll want to come back again and again.
Velyka Vasylkivska Street, 48 // +38 096 758 58 58
Inspired by Asian and Vietnamese cuisine, the creator of Nam, Ector Jimenez-Bravo, decided to take recipes he found there and upgrade them, making them his own. You’ll get a taste of your favorite Asian dishes at Nam (traditional pho, seafood dishes, savory mute, and more), but they’ll be made Ector-style, just for you.
The food served here is both delicious and aesthetically pleasing, like works of art you get to eat. And speaking of art, the walls inside are painted with murals depicting Asian and Vietnamese culture.
Street. Mechnikova 14/1 // +380 (67) 693 98 98
For some delicious modern Chinese cuisine, BAO is one of the best restaurants in Kiev. Dishes are prepared for guests and served from an open kitchen. Enjoy a mix of traditional dim sum, trendy shu mai, and authentic Peking duck.
The long communal table in the center of the room is a tradition borrowed from the Chinese of not just being close to one another while eating, but also of sharing and tasting each other’s food. This tradition is well-loved among the Ukrainians in Kiev, and offers all guests a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Str. Horeb 1a // +38 044 425 20 01
This traditional Georgian restaurant in Kiev is a great place to host informal birthday parties, corporate events, or wedding dinners. With three separate halls to choose from, they can easily accommodate any large party, while also seeing to their regular dining guests.
Enjoy here your favorite Georgian dishes along with original Georgian wines. Choose anything from their barbecue menu, main courses, soups, salads, or pastries. Leave room for authentic Georgian desserts (pancakes with cheese or apples, or maconi) that you can’t refuse.
Pushkinska St, 38 // +38 044 234 13 00
Right in the heart of the Belgian courtyard in Kiev, Ukraine, is Antwerpen, a restaurant that serves authentic Belgian and European dishes (including the Belgian Waffle). The restaurant also features artwork, paintings, and sculptures by the best Flemish, French, and German artists.
Best Kiev Bars
Khreschatyk St, 44 // +380 50 346 1636
Barman Dictat, or Dictator Bar, is hidden away in a basement like a speakeasy and can be difficult to find. But once you do, your senses will be delighted with delicious choices of wine and spirits, steampunk vibes, and live jazz music.
Another well-kept secret in the city of Kiev is Loggerhead Bar, found behind an unmarked door in a dark alley in the middle of the city. You gain entrance you have to be able to guess what the password is by the items on the door. Once you come inside, you’ll be met with a live jazz club and a sensation of flavors you never expected.
19 Velyka Vasylkivska Street // +380 44 235 24 13
Last but not least on our short speakeasy tour is the Paravoz. Barmen who work here have to first graduate from the bar’s school, Parovoz Mixology Course, in order to be allowed to serve drinks to you and your friends. Beyond the bar and tasty cocktails is a kitchen that serves pasta, fish, and your choice of favorite appetizers.
Conclusion on The Best Restaurants in Kiev
If you were ever wondering where to eat in Kiev, wonder no more. This extensive list provides you with both the best restaurants and bars to visit during your visit to Ukraine. Let us know which ones you tried, and how they were!
Which of these Kiev restaurants and bars do you most want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Travel writer and owner of the blog. My work has been featured on Fodors, Eater.com, International Living, and Great Escape Publishing, among many others. My story? Nearly six years ago, I left my job at an Oklahoma City law firm and embarked on a journey around the world. At the time, I thought I would only be gone for 6 months, but the more I traveled, the longer my bucket list became. Flashpacker describes how I travel. Rather than traveling as the normal world wise backpacker and staying in hostel dorms, I prefer a more comfortable experience, and typically stay in private rooms, take Ubers instead of taxis, and now use a suitcase instead of a backpack. Foodie, on the other hand, describes one of the key reasons why I travel. I love to pick a central “base camp” and then explore the surrounding area, really immersing myself in the culture and interacting with the people, and enjoying and exploring the food of an area is an essential part of this experience.