Ryba U Vohni / Ryba V Ogne
Ryba U Vohni is one of the most famous restaurants opened by the Odesa restauranteur Saveliy Libkin. Nowadays, his restaurants are popular in the capital and stay well-attended in the native Odesa. The restaurant is located in the downtown minutes away from Odesa City Garden and Odesa Opera House.
The menu offers exquisite dishes from the local catch like the Black Sea mussels in tomato, wine or cream sauce, and tagliolini with the Black Sea mussels and fish. All guests are welcome to choose one of the excellent wines from the restaurant's cellars to add finishing touch to the dinner.
Address: 1, Chervonyi Lane
Terrace. Sea View
Terrace is currently one of the most popular seaside restaurants to relax in while staying in Odesa. The interior and the view of the Black Sea make it a popular spot for romantic dates. Chefs at Terrace use the trendy culinary tech like josper and wok to freshen even the simplest recipes.
The restaurant menu includes dishes of Thai and Japanese cuisine, Italian pasta and noodles, diverse meat dishes, and a separate menu for kids. Alcohol menu provides a wide range of Ukrainian and foreign wines, strong drinks and diverse cocktails.
Address: 1B, Langeron beach
This place initially was opened by the Dima Borisov Family restaurant chain popular all over Ukraine. Nowadays, it is owned by Daniel Salem, who is also the owner of Central Bar. Ustrichnaya offers decent-priced fresh seafood with an emphasis on shellfish: oysters, vongole, bulotts, scallops and mussels are all served here.
Fish, prawns, lobsters and crabs in the menu can be ordered as appetizers, main dishes or soups. To accompany seafood, the menu has alcohol drinks such as wine, champagne and prosecco. The oyster and champagne bar has a special menu to find a perfect combo of two.
Address: 10, Prymorskyi Boulevard
As the name suggests, Jardin is located in Odesa City Garden right in the heart of the downtown. Despite the busy tourist flow on Derybasivska Street, entering the restaurant feels like traveling to Provence thanks to the cozy interior, an open-air terrace and French cuisine.
Guests are welcome to relax in gazebos on the terrace and enjoy the fresh air of the city park while kids play on the grass or explore fountains. The green location makes it a good spot to spend quality time with kids without leaving downtown. Visitors have pointed out exquisite oysters beloved even by children. Crêpes with orange or berry flambé sauce is one more popular pick at Jardin.
Address: 10, Havanna Street
Kotelok Mussels Bar
Located in the city center near the city garden, Kotelok Mussel Bar is one of the best seafood restaurants in Odesa especially respected by locals. The menu embraces the classics of local cuisine as well as international dishes prepared from the local catch.
To give an idea, fried mussels moules frites, a national Belgian dish, are among the popular picks. Kotelok offers different sauces to try with moules frites, ranging from the classics to exquisite, including a number of beer-based sauces.
To name but a few more popular picks, cold vegetable stew known locally as 'aubergine caviar' and Odesa forshmak are loved by the visitors as well. The wine list has white, red, rosé, sparkling and homemade wine from various regions. Prosecco Kotelok is by far among the leaders.
Address: 17, Sadova Street
Fish Cafe has a pretty obvious name that suggests the restaurant located away from the downtown hubbub focuses on seafood. The visitors may choose to be seated in the main hall, a VIP area or at the open-air terrace. Fish Cafe is a kid-friendly dining spot - the little ones are entertained in the kid-zone while their parents enjoy the meals.
The menu here is a fusion of Ukrainian and European cuisine with dishes made mostly of the local products. Pike-perch, pike and trout are one of the many ingredients that can be prepared in various ways from grill to soups. Waiters can help with choosing the right bottle of wine from the French and Italian collections to top the seafood.
Address: 1, Karkashadze Lane
Fratelli Ristorante & Enoteca
Fratelli is an Italian cuisine restaurant located in a quiet Odesa patio in the city center. The restaurant's courtyard reminds of Tuscany with its masonry stairs, flowerpots and wooden tables. Fratelli is well-known among Odesa restaurants for using fresh and high-quality products. Visitors often pop here for a fragrant ciabatta, focaccia and pizza made in a wood-fired oven.
Fratelli offers a wide range of traditional Italian meals like risotto, pasta, carpaccio and tartar, as well as Italian soups and desserts. As for the seafood, gentle sea bass with asparagus, shrimp sauce and beans purée is one of the most popular picks. The restaurant has an extensive wine list to top off the seafood. A “cork-fee” special deal works here as well – if clients pay a stated price, they may bring their own bottle of wine. Besides, you can buy fresh Italian bread and cheese and enjoy live music in the evenings.
Address: 17, Grecheska street
R1 seafood restaurant is a part of Odesa M1 Club Hotel located near the sea coast. The menu here combines the authentic Mediterranean and Middle East cuisines along with the local specials. To give an idea, fresh oysters and a bottle of white wine is the most popular duo at R1.
Starters are the largest section of the menu: you will find tuna and salmon tartare, red, black and pike caviar as well as crab meat with mango and mascarpone. The Odesa picks are represented by assorted appetizers, the Black Sea gobies and catch of the day. The menu is available in English.
Address: 1, Lidersovsky Boulevard
The fresh seafood restaurant Di Mare located near Odesa Sea Port lures visitors in with the delicious aroma and the astonishing sea view. The menu here is focused on local Odesa cuisine with Oriental accents like special dishes from Japan.
There are various special offers during the week: for instance, on Sundays guests are treated with the special offering - 4 types of shrimps, rapa whelk, scallops, octopus and squid prepared in different ways. Kids are welcome to enjoy free workshops while adults enjoy the dinner.
Address: 6/3, Prymors'ka Street
The following list is the editor's choice. All restaurants are mentioned in a random order.
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