The 10 Best Restaurants in Poltava, Ukraine

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23 May 2018

Lviv is not the only food capital in Ukraine. Poltava is also a gastronomical paradise with a large choice of high-end restaurants and exquisite cuisine. The amazing interiors are also worth paying attention to, too. Check out the 10 best venues for fine dining here, popular in with both Ukranians and tourists.

Shade Meat&Wine

Restaurant, European, American, $$$

Shade Meat&Wine is a pearl of Poltava. It specializes in meat dishes from Italian, French and American cuisines, as well as a variety of exquisite wines. The signature dish is, of course, steak, which is served almost without any seasoning in order to put the true flavour of the meat front and centre. Sometimes, Shade Meat&Wine holds themed events and live music concerts, which only serve to add to the chic atmosphere of the restaurant. If you want further proof of its credentials, another venue from the chain called Shade Burger was recognized as one of the top restaurants at the 2017 Restaurant and Design Awards in London.

Concrete Bar

Bar, Restaurant, European, American, $$$

Concrete Bar is a rooftop spot in the very heart of the city. It plays light jazz music and woos guests with its romantic ambience. In warm seasons, diners can chill on the cosy outdoor terrace, overlooking the bustling streets. The menu features European dishes and has a large choice of beverages and alcoholic drinks. Concrete Bar is perfect not just for dinner or late night drinks but also for business meetings in the VIP room.


Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European, Japanese, $$$

The name of this restaurant highlights its refined interior. Palazzo is a hotel restaurant that offers incredibly delicious breakfast and brunch dishes, hearty lunch and dinner options, and an amazing choice of desserts. The wine menu includes exclusive wines that match the European and Japanese cuisine perfectly. Palazzo is definitely the best spot to try sushi and other Asian culinary delicacies in Poltava.


Restaurant, European, Seafood, Fusion, Italian, $$$

A food lover’s heaven, Fish&Fusion is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. The menu centres on fresh fish and seafood and unbelievably tasty Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. A peculiar feature of the restaurant is a large aquarium with live fish that can be cooked by the chef according to the guest’s choice. Moreover, Fish&Fusion’s chef has participated in the creation of the restaurant in the Relax Park Verholy— the hotel perfect for a weekend getaway in Ukraine.


Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European, $$$

Located in the historical part of Poltava, Lileya is an elite restaurant for fine food connoisseurs. It has panoramic windows, so guests can marvel at the city’s unique architectural vista and the Vorskla River. There are a couple of halls that can be booked for events or celebrations. In terms of food, Lileya offers traditional Ukrainian cuisine, such as borscht; however, the menu mainly consists of European cuisine.


Restaurant, Asian, $$$

The best Pan Asian cuisine in Poltava is served in Tau. The restaurant has Japanese cuisine such as sushi and rolls, as well as yummy wok dishes on its abundant grill and curry menu. Be warned that the dishes can be spicy, but are always delicious. In addition, the restaurant has a partly open kitchen, so visitors can see their orders being prepared.

Meat Wood

Restaurant, American, European, $$$

Meat Wood has a more everyday but no less delicious menu. There are American dishes, including good steaks and burgers, cooked from fresh and natural ingredients with exciting twists, such as their burgers in classic, black, or even pink buns. In the mornings, head here for late breakfast and brunch, offered from 11am. Meat Wood has also a cosy summer terrace.


Restaurant, European, $$$

In order to discover the rich flavours of Ukrainian food, head to Kozachka. The traditional venue serves all the local specialities, from salo (fatty pork) dishes to the beloved syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes) with smetana (sour cream). But most importantly, in Kozachka you can try the delicacy Poltava is known for. Halushka or galushka is a kind of dumpling that is cooked as a main course.


Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, European, Georgian, $$$

Mimino is a restaurant located in the hotel complex of the same name. It is a great Georgian food venue, located not far from the city centre of Poltava. The friendly staff will help you navigate the menu, but be sure to try shashlyk (skewered and grilled meat) and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). With its large space and outdoor terrace, Mimino is a family-friendly restaurant with a homely atmosphere. In the evenings, there is often live music.


Restaurant, Italian, European, $$$

Pasteria is a family restaurant with authentic Italian cuisine. They have a wide choice of main dishes and desserts, as well as a large wine list. Risotto, consommé, bruschetta and pizza — all these and more are available here. The signature dish is homemade pasta made from hard varieties of Italian flour. Pasteria is also an amazing spot to celebrate a birthday and participate in a cooking workshop, presided over by the chef.

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