With just over a million people, Odessa is Ukraine’s fourth-largest city. Set in the country’s south along the Black Sea coast, Odessa was founded in the late 18th century as a Russian naval fortress. For many years in the mid-19th century, it was a free port, becoming home to a multinational populace. In 1905, it was the site of a major Russian Revolution uprising by crew members of the Battleship Potemkin. The nice old town area has a beautiful opera house, and the city has many great beaches.
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4.5 based on 590 reviews
The restaurant has a typical Ukrainian atmosphere. The location is very good near the main street. Good variety of local dishes, especially starters. Every thing I ordered was tasty. The only problem i had was with the Sashlik - the meat was not fresh. Prices are acceptable like everywhere in Odessa.
4.5 based on 557 reviews
The only restaurant in Ukraine to achieve six times in a row "Best of Award of Excellence" award from Wine Spectator Magazine. More than 1200 different wine labels from all over the world. Live music - every day (during the dinner). Fresh market products delivered daily are used to cook the perfectly matched dishes for your wine choice. We try to provide the best service in town, listening carefully to your wishes. The philharmonic building itself where our restaurant is situated is one of the most beautiful monuments of architecture in town. The inner yard for our green summer Terrace is a piece of art. You would never believe that you are in Odessa. Italy, Spain?
Almost 2000 wines labels in regular bottles, almost 200 wines labels in half bottles, pieces of art food on the plate. High professional sommelier. Live music: during the first bottle - Debussy, during the second bottle - Chopin. You can't expect more...
4.5 based on 872 reviews
Steakhouse is one of the best restaurants in Odessa so it’s difficult to find some flaws. This time everything was great but filet mignon- it was very hard on top so almost impossible to cut. It was some disappointment. Inside it was ok.
Service is excellent as usual
4.5 based on 647 reviews
A group of 6 of us visited this restaurant for dinner. We tried several different local sourced starters and I had flounder as my main course. We also tried some local red wine and had a bottle of local white sparkling wine. The food was very tasty and the staff very helpful. The atmosphere was warm an the surroundings very interesting. There was a pianist playing background music and a singer with guitar moving around the tables singing local songs. The restaurant had been converted from an actual dacha with the names of original rooms such as bathroom. This room has an actual bath with water contains floating ducks as well as eating tables. The cost was around £25 per head but well worth it for a genuine local food restaurant. We would return to this restaurant.
4.5 based on 242 reviews
This 'Kompot' is close to train station, so if you have an evening train to catch - this is your place to have a decent meal and wait for your train. I personally do not get the hype around Kompot, to me it is an upgraded version of Puzata khata fast food -- more expensive, better quality food and friendly staff. Large servings, decent coffe and good desserts.
4 based on 317 reviews
Took a while for it to turn up but the pizza was thin crust and decent. We had beers too and sat on the Terrace on a decent evening so a nice enough place to eat.
4.5 based on 229 reviews
The elegant Sophie Cafe is located on the ground floor of the Frederic Koklen hotel. With a classical contemporary style and tranquil views over Odessa's old city center, Sophie Cafe provides a vibrant setting to indulge in a wide range of European and local dishes. An extensive wine list offers labels covering a mix of local, New and Old World wines, with numerous selections available by the glass.For those guests staying at the Frederic Koklen, the Sophie Cafe offers a relaxing haven. Here, guests can enjoy complimentary delicious breakfast, coffee, light snacks, desserts, dinner and evening cocktails. Every evening live piano music adds a relaxing atmosphere.Hours: daily, from 7.30 am to 11 pm.
The Chef blends local favorites, Mediterranean classics, and own original creation for an exciting and satisfying menu.
The stand outs were:
Pate combo, seafood salad, Kiev Cutlett, Raviolis, Borscht with the fixings, Pike caviar (for serious sushi lovers), Odessa appetizer combo. All Deserts were superb and home made. Standouts: Napoleon and Shu.
Service is professional, attentive, flawless. Prices are on the expensive side for the locals, but more than reasonable for European and North American tourists.
4.5 based on 176 reviews
Cosy located in the very heart of Old Odessa in the historical building dated 1825, GRAN PRIX has firmly established itself as a favorite neighborhood French restaurant, serving carefully sourced, well cooked seasonal dishes, along with a great wine list and warm attentive service.
Very nice inside, with new decors and updated menu. Shrimp and avocado salad still great (while avocado could be not that cold - straight from the fridge). Service is a bit awkward (some new staff), need better training
4.5 based on 808 reviews
Great atmosphere, well decorated food was excellent. They have Stella Artois on tap. Very responsive service.
4.5 based on 271 reviews
We had the smoked salmon, steak tartar, goat cheese salad, mushroom and Parmesan risotto and seafood pasta. Everything was excellent and the service timely and superb. Situated on a pedestrian mall so sitting outside was even more pleasurable. Also very tastefully decorated.
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