Zafferano is located in a picturesque area of Riviera Zoloche not far from Kyiv and belongs to the La Famiglia restaurants chain. The spot is known for its wide spacious terrace and kid-friendly environment with playgrounds and animators. Sure enough, the cuisine is special here as well – every Wednesday guests can enjoy the chef’s special dinner dish from Italian cuisine. Lovers of seafood are welcome on Thursday to taste delicious oysters and lobsters.
Address: Riviera Zoloche, Vyshenky village
Piccolino boasts one of the widest selections of Italian wines in Kyiv. True gourmets will appreciate such wines as Marchesi Antinori, Marchesi de 'Frescobaldi, Allegrini and Angelo Gaja. Scallops with polenta and truffle oil and artichokes imported from Puglia are a popular pick to accompany the wine.
Address: 67, Honchara Street
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The restaurant with a great view of St. Nicholas Cathedral presents dishes from the Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and a notable collection of wines. Bassano sommelier, a winner of the Best Sommelier of Ukraine 2015, carefully picks the best Italian wines to surprise the guests. Chefs here use only natural products for the restaurant’s dishes as well as the confectionery and bakery located on the premises.
Address: 100, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
Kuvshyn, or "Jar" in Russian, is a restaurant of Georgian cuisine located in a shady park in the very heart of the city. Traditional dishes like khinkali, khachapuri, lobio and dolma are prepared by two native Caucasian chefs Tristan Arabuli and Gurgen Sarafyan. The award-winning wine list offers the largest in Kyiv collection of great Georgian wines. Kuvshyn sommelier often organizes wine festivals to help visitors discover the rich wine culture of Georgia.
Address: 10, Fedorova Street
Bao is no stranger to award lists: winner of the prestigious SALT award and Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor, BAO welcomes everyone who wants to explore Pan-Asian cuisine. The famous chef Hector Jimenez-Bravo developed the concept and menu of BAO, offering classics like traditional Dim Sum, Wonton, Beijing Duck and much more.
Address: 14/1, Mechnykova Street
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One more restaurant from the La Famiglia chain, Bigoli was named after the special type of pasta, traditionally produced by Italian men. The name determined the restaurant’s menu focus: fresh pasta, antipasti, ravioli and Italian delicacies made from prime products. All pasta at Bigoli is homemade and topped best with selected wines and tinctures.
Address: 7A, Klovskyi Descent
Lucky Restaurant Vinoteque
Lucky is heavily inspired by impressions and experience of their chef Volodymyr Iaroslavskyi, a graduate of a prestigious Institut Paul Bocuse culinary school. He likes to experiment with traditional dishes from Italian cuisine to bring out more exquisite flavors. As the name suggests, the restaurant is also a vinoteque with the widest in Ukraine choice of wines provided by Good Wine store.
Address: 9, Mechnykova Street
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Vinsanto Wine Bar
This Kyiv spot is all about wine from the name to interior pieces like a chandelier made from 256 wine glasses. The restaurant’s sommelier has carefully selected prime wines from all regions of the world and is happy to help visitors with the choice. On Wednesdays, Vinsanto offers wine tastings of exclusive brands otherwise not available in Kyiv shops.
Address: 20, Pushkinska Street
This restaurant located near Peremohy Avenue is a traditional Italian trattoria with an amicable atmosphere and delicious picks. As in any self-respecting Italian place, guests will find classic and special pizza, pasta, risotto, Italian and Sicilian regional dishes, soups and even gluten-free pasta. Besides, there is a special section of appetizers that taste best with selected wines.
Address: 26/41, Pavlivska Street
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Hutorets na Dnipri
The two-story restaurant located on the Dnipro River has a twenty-year history of experimenting to find the best authentic recipes. The misconception that Ukrainian cuisine is only borshch and varenyky is quickly ruined here: chefs offer to try culinary traditions of every region from the Black Sea seafood and Carpathian bograch to the Hutsul banosh and Lviv syrnyky. The alcohol list includes a selection of top horilkas and traditional Ukrainian homemade liquors nalyvkas.
Address: 10A, Naberezhno-Khreshachatytska Street
This member of the La Famiglia team is a beloved spot of seafood lovers of the capital. Catch offers the widest in Kyiv variety of seafood, more than a hundred types of sparkling wine and two hundred white wines that fit best to fish. Visitors have pointed out exquisite lobsters, Label Rouge salmon and pasta with red king crab.
Address: 12, Volodymyrska Street
Vero Vero is a cozy Italian restaurant located on Podil. The menu includes traditional pasta and risotto, a wide range of pizzas, mozzarella-bar, diverse bruschetta and antipasti, homemade made ice cream and the best Italian desserts. Astonishing wines from Chianti-bar is another attraction of this restaurant.
Address: 18, Illyinska Street
Toscana Grill restaurant is located in Bucha in a 20-minute ride away from Kyiv downtown. The restaurant offers traditional Italian cuisine, served on the spacious outdoor terrace in a pine grove. Kids here are entertained by animators and have fun on a large playground with slides and trampoline. Tuscan specialties, including an extensive wine selection, are the main focus of the place.
Address: 2G, Shevchenko Street, Bucha
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Reporter is located in downtown Dnipro not far from the quay. The fine dining spot has an unusual concept — the restaurant's three stores are styled differently and serve a different purpose. Visitors can choose whether to have a drink in a busy pub, relax in a cozy café or have a dinner in the restaurant hall. The menu includes culinary hits from international cuisine like burgers and steaks as well as more refined classics like oysters and carpaccio. The wine list of more than 50 positions comprises selected picks from Italy, France, Georgia and Ukraine.
Address: 2, Barykadna Street
The restaurant of the new Ukrainian cuisine prides itself with a special concept and dishes prepared by brand chef Daniel Philippard and his team. Myshi Blyahera offers an introduction to the restaurant’s specials via small (one appetizer and four dishes) and large (one appetizer followed by six courses) tasting sets, paired with perfect wines for each. Myshi Blyahera has been getting the Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator for two years in a row.
Address: 46, Dmytra Yavornytskoho Avenue
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Artist is a fine dining spot with history — the owners based the concept around the surviving correspondence between V. Pertsov and a mysterious lady. In the letters, Pertsov described a manor with beautiful interior and terraces that served as a prototype for the modern restaurant. The menu includes picks from international cuisine from trendy hummus to traditional borshch. The wine list has white, red, rosé and sparkling wine from France, Italy, Spain as well as local picks.
Address: 2A, Soborna Square
Coast Restaurant & Lounge located on Dnipro quay is one of the top-notch fine dining spots in the city that has strict dress code and prime specials from the chef. Italian cuisine classics like pasta, ravioli and risotto are marked separately on the menu. Besides, there is a large section of dishes from Japanese cuisine. The restaurant focuses on red wine from Bordeaux, offering Chateau Margaux, Chateau La Fleur, Chateau Haut-Brion and others.
Address: 61, Sicheslavska Naberezhna
Park. Art of Rest
Park restaurant lies among the cozy green territory in a 10-minute drive from downtown Lviv. The place is kid-friendly, providing a large open-air terrace and kids’ menu for the best family experience. The main menu full of international dishes was carefully created by the restaurant’s chef, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, DJF and El Bulli culinary schools. Guests are offered more than twenty types of red, white and sparkling wines from all over the world. Visitors have pointed out the prime rosé selection.
Address: 43A, Dmytra Vitovskoho Street
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The complex is located not far from Lviv on the bank of a crystal-clear lake. An extremely popular wedding location, Edem caters the best for banquets and hosts large companies that often come to relax in the famous resort. De Vine restaurant located on the premises is one of the two Lviv winners of the Wine Spectator list — more than 300 wines from 22 countries of the world are stored in special conditions. The visitors especially note four prime collections from Bordeaux. The menu is created carefully to match wines’ unique flavors.
Address: Edem Resort Medical & SPA, Strilky village, Peremyshl region, Lviv oblast
Finally, the only award-winner from Odesa is one of the most popular venues near the Black Sea. Bernardazzi restaurant, known not only for its delicious food but exquisite Art Nouveau dining room is located on the ground floor of the Philharmonic Hall. Now fifth in a row Award of Excellence awards granted to Bernardazzi make it a perfect place for dinner. The menu includes an array of dishes from European and Ukrainian cuisine.
Address: 15, Bunina Street
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Ukrainian Restaurants in The Wine Spectator Awards 2018 List
Many fine dining spots and chefs from Ukraine have been renowned in local and international competitions. This year is not an exception — prestigious Wine Spectator magazine has released the list of World Best Restaurant Award 2018 winners, which includes more than 15 Ukrainian restaurants in four cities.