Where to Eat Lithuanian Food in London

Zepelins (Cepelinai)
Zepelins (Cepelinai) | © Tobin/Flickr
Christina Dean

Though it’s quite a simple cuisine – lots of potatoes, barley, meat and dairy used in hearty dishes to suit the Baltic climate – Lithuanian food is not particularly common in London. Whilst there are some specialist supermarkets, finding a Lithuanian restaurant takes a bit of work. Luckily, we’ve done that for you.

Berneliu Uzeiga Shepherds Inn

Restaurant, European

Berneliu Uzeiga started life in Kaunas in 1989 before growing into a 10-strong chain of restaurants and cafés across Lithuania. The Shepherds Inn site is their first in the UK and is a hit with expats, which is always a good sign. The cepelinai (stuffed potato dumplings) and deep fried rye bread with cheese, which go very well with beer, are real winners here. Not only does the restaurant feel homely, the friendly service just adds to the experience of eating here.


Restaurant, European

This restaurant on Walthamstow High Street looks relatively simple from the outside but inside you’ll find proper home cooking. From goulash to baked sea pike to pork stew, there are plenty of warming dishes as well as Lithuanian beers like Svyturys and Utenos on offer. The portions are generous, especially for the price, so make sure you go hungry.


Restaurant, European

If you’re after a real Lithuanian evening then Smilte is the place to go. Not only does the restaurant serve a wide range of authentic dishes, from fried bread to beetroot soup to potato pancakes, it also plays host to lots of live music. There’s even a terrace for al fresco dining in the summer, though if you’re hardy enough to brave it in the cold, the staff are happy to supply you with some blankets.

Baltic Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Hungarian, Polish

There may not be any specifically Lithuanian dishes on the menu here but as Baltic Restaurant & Bar (as you can probably guess from the name) showcases flavours and ingredients from across the Baltics – beetroot soup, herring, dumplings, pork neck – so you’ll still be able to get a general feel about what the region’s food is all about. They also have over 60 types of vodka, which get served straight from the deep freeze, should you want to explore the area’s liquid products.
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