The 8 Best Budget Restaurants in Tartu, Estonia

Aparaat| ©Hannu Makarainen/Flickr
Aparaat| ©Hannu Makarainen/Flickr
Photo of Kasparas Asmonaitis
6 December 2017

Estonian cuisine is full of unique and delicious dishes which you must try while visiting this lovely country. People who travel on a tight budget might not be able to spend a lot of money in fancy restaurants, but there are a lot of spots in Tartu where you can get inexpensive yet heavenly food!

Koogipood Mandel

Cafe, Restaurant, European, $$$
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Koogipood Mandel is more of a cafe than a restaurant, but it just had to make it to the list because of its excellent quality/price ratio. If you think that a slice (or 10) of cake is the best breakfast or lunch, Koogipood Mandel is the place to go! Also, they have the best coffee.


Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, European
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Metro is simply the best place in Tartu if you love sandwiches. For just a couple of euros, you can order a sandwich according to your preferences. This place is also popular among party people who come here to finish their night as Metro practically never closes.


Restaurant, European, $$$
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Aparaat has a unique interior popular among Estonian teenagers and their Instagram feed, so come here if you want to take some cool shots before eating. As for the food, a huge burger costs only around four euros, which is a deal to die for in Estonia. And everything is also delicious.

Lokaal Pirogov

Bar, Pub Grub
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Lokaal Pirogov is the heaven of backpackers who miss some hot and cheap soup, especially during the cold winters in Estonia. Even though there are some other delicious meals in Lokaal Pirogov’s menu, it is best known for the soups. Also, in the evenings, this place gets crowded with the artsy younger generation of Estonia.

Pahad Poisid

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
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Pahad Poisid is the most popular restaurant/pub in Tartu, where you can order delicious food, watch sports with local fans, and get drunk in the evenings. The prices are super reasonable, the staff is always friendly, and the visitors are always up for meeting new people!

Sheriff Saloon

Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, European, American, $$$
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Sheriff Saloon offers the juiciest burgers in Tartu! You can choose from the biggest variety of burgers, which are all tasty. Also, you should always check the deal of the day because it is the easiest way to save some money and stuff your tummy with extraordinary Estonian burgers.

Meat Market Steak & Cocktail

Restaurant, European, Steakhouse, $$$
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Meat Market Steak & Cocktail is obviously not the best place for a vegetarian, but if you want to taste some of the best steaks in Tartu accompanied with delicious cocktails, look no further! During the day Meat Market Steak & Cocktail is your typical restaurant, but in the night it transforms into a cocktail bar with best DJs and a dancing crowd.

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