The Best Restaurants in Chernihiv

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Maria Sibirtseva

Chernihiv, as one of the largest Ukrainian cities, is a great place to try local cuisine. Those who miss classic European dishes, American steaks or Georgian bread will also find a venue to their taste. Just check out our list of the best restaurants in the city and book a table.

1. Velurov

Restaurant, European

The charming restaurant Velurov is located in the ancient part of Chernihiv’s city centre. Its interior recreates the atmosphere of European restaurants of the last century. The menu contains a variety of European and Ukrainian dishes, cooked according to their home recipes. So, if you still have not tried traditional borscht with fritters or vareniki (filled dumplings) with smetana (sour cream), Velurov is the perfect place for it. In the summertime, the restaurant opens a spacious terrace for romantic dates or fine diners.

2. Hryak

Restaurant, European, American

Hryak restaurant is a house of beer and meat with a special atmosphere and unique decor. Occupying an old wooden mansion, it resembles a Ukrainian dacha (summer cottage). However, the cuisine served here is mainly American and European. The emphasis is on meat dishes, prepared on the grill or in the Josper oven (a combination of a grill and an oven). In addition, Hryak serves draft beer from its own brewery called Bierwelle’s. As the restaurant is quite large, guests can choose where to have a sit: the main room, the bar counter or the outdoor area.

3. Sushi-Studio

Restaurant, Asian, Japanese, Sushi

On one of Chernihiv’s central streets, you can find this Japenese restaurant Sushi-Studio. Here they serve all kinds of popular Asian dishes like sushi rolls, sashimi, tempura and spicy soups. To complement the gourmet dinner, order signature sake (Japanese rice wine) or choose something from the abundant collection of green tea drinks. This is a good venue to have a business lunch, read a book or work with your laptop in the calm atmosphere. The interior of Sushi-Studio is minimalist, stylish and modern.

4. Kolyba

Restaurant, European

Kolyba is a restaurant in the Hutsul (the Carpathian) style, where you can try regional Ukrainian food. There’s also a rich choice of dishes on the grill and oven, which you can enjoy while sitting on the summer terrace by the river. The interior is decorated with everyday life exhibits of late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century Ukraine. Moreover, the restaurant offers a range of drinks you can try only in Ukraine: uzvar (boiled dried fruit and berries) and horilka (a solution of water and purified alcohol).

5. RiverSide

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European

RiverSide is an entire hotel and restaurant complex with a large terrace and an outdoor swimming pool. On its rooftop, you can enjoy the incredible panorama over the river and forest. It is an ideal place for large celebrations and banquets, as well as for casual business meetings and gatherings. Here, you can escape the bustling city without actually leaving it. Come here in the morning for Sunday brunch, relax in the cool shade during the day and have a delicious dinner on the VIP-terrace in the evening.

6. Senator

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European

Senator is a restaurant and a pub that serves traditional European and Ukrainian dishes. All the signature dishes of the venue like shashlik (skewered and grilled meat) and steaks are cooked on the grill. Its interior is decorated in the classic style with solid furniture, made of dark wood. The spacious room accommodates up to 200 people. Whether having lunch or dinner, you’ll be satisfied by the large and hearty dishes, served at Chernihiv’s Senator.

7. Biblioteka

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European

Biblioteka is an exquisite chain of restaurants, located in Chernihiv and Kharkov. Here the dishes are made according to the chef’s signature recipes; food in Biblioteka has rich flavours along with mouthwatering appearance. Every Monday and Thursday, the restaurant has oyster days, which means you can enjoy the delicacy with a 50% discount. The bar menu has a comprehensive list of wines, which are often matched to the dishes by the venue’s sommelier.

8. Georgia (GA)

Restaurant, Georgian

To feel a real Georgian atmosphere, you should go to Georgia (GA) in Chernihiv. Khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and khinkali (dumplings) have the same taste here as in the Caucasus. The restaurant is a family-friendly place, so everyone will find a dish they like. Most importantly, Georgia (GA) is known for its excellent service, kind staff and nourishing food. Those, who are not acquainted with Georgian cuisine, will be introduced to the basic rules of the perfect degustation. In terms of drinks, whether drinking wine, cocktails, beer or coffee, you’ll appreciate the quality.

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