Top Ukrainian Restaurants in Kiev


Ukraine’s hospitality and delicious meals are known far beyond its borders. Ukraine’s rich soil and hard-working people created an ancient tradition of healthy food prepared with a rich taste. Traditionally, our cuisine is built around meat and fish dishes served with stewed or baked vegetables. Some dishes are more popular during cold winter months (which help you to keep warm), whereas others, with lighter ingredients, are cooked during spring and summer.

Even if you do not eat pork or meat generally, you will always find fish or vegetarian dishes in each Ukrainian restaurant menu. Come to Kiev hungry! The culinary masterpieces of our restaurants will fill you up, delight your palate and teach you local traditions at the same time.

Don’t miss the opportunity to try:

  • Traditional Ukrainian dishes like Borsch, Varenyky, Golubsti and pancakes with various stuffings
  • Salo (finely sliced fat) – a traditional product served in Ukrainian restaurants
  • Local drinks such as Uzvar, Cherry Nalyvka and Mead (medovukha)
  • Kiev specialties like Kievskaya kotleta (Kiev cutlet made from chicken), Kievskiy tort (Kiev cake) and “Kyivska Perepichka” (a hot dog store located at the start of Bohdana Khmelnitskogo street.)

If you want to taste Ukrainian dishes and learn more about Ukrainian traditions, here are some good places to try the local food in the central Kiev:

Tsarske Selo

Located in a magnificent part of the city just near the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Tsarske Selo was one of the first Ukrainian national cuisine restaurants when it opened in 1998. You will be treated with great Ukrainian hospitality that, together with the cozy interior of a Ukrainian village, creates a unique atmosphere of comfort and friendliness. The dishes preserve their historical names and are cooked according to the ancient recipes.

Aside from the high service quality, the personnel speak foreign languages to guarantee a comfortable visit. In the evening, be ready to feel the energy of live music and get closer to Ukrainian culture.
Bon appetit, and have a truly tsar-like rest!

Khutorets na Dnipri

Khutorets, situated just on the Dnieper River, is a wonderful place for everyone who would like to try modern Ukrainian cuisine and enjoy the beautiful views of the left bank of the river. Here you will enjoy a rich choice of the best Ukrainian dishes, including 7 types of traditional Ukrainian salo, 5 varieties of borsch, and 7 flavors of varenyky.
Even better, there is a unique vodka room with more than 50 types of vodka from different regions of Ukraine. The restaurant constantly organizes different food festivals, trying to surprise the guests with new culinary masterpieces. In March, you are welcome to try the special fasting menu.

Every weekend there is a great entertainment program for children, including different master classes and live music in the evening.
Once you are in this restaurant, tell to waiter that you are a reader of Kiev Check-in, and you will get delicious varenyky with cherries for free!

P.S. The Kievskaya kotleta and Kievskiy tort will wow your taste buds!

Taras Bulba

Korchma Taras Bulba is notable not only for the rich menu translated into 36 languages, but also for the original atmosphere, distinctive decor and a strong love of Ukrainian food that it successfully popularizes far beyond the national borders. Here you can find 18 kinds of authentic and tasty hand-made Ukrainian varenyky; take a photo in Ukrainian traditional costume for free; participate in master classes and ask waiters to conduct the small exhibition along the restaurant-museum with lots of truly authentic things.

After 5 pm, visitors can enjoy the waiters dancing, while on Thursday and Fridays, you will hear live traditional music by the National Folk Chorus named G. Veryovka and other national bands.
Taras Bulba promises to show you that Ukrainian food is soft for the stomach and pleasant for the soul.

  • +38 093 3423868
  • 2-4/7 Pushkinskaya Str. close to Teatralna and Khreshchatyk Metro Stations
  • tarasbulba.kiev.ua

Shynok

Shynok is one of the largest restaurant projects in Kiev, including 6 different conceptual halls performed in modern eco-style with the atmosphere of Ukrainian nature and homes. Cheerful girls and fellows in national clothes bring excellent, modernized traditional dishes that are made only from Ukrainian natural products of local farmers.
You may also be interested in visiting pottery, cooking, weaving, painting and other master classes that are regularly conducted in this restaurant-workshop.

Visiting Shynok, you will surely notice the magic Ukrainian cow “Malva” – the guardian of the hearth and symbol of the restaurant. People say Malva knows how to make wishes come true. Our team believe it is true!

Note that there is a 10% discount for guests who pay with a Visa card.

People say that “We are What We Eat.” If so, maybe that explains the incredible beauty of Ukrainian women, as well as outstanding sports achievements of Ukrainian men! (Just remember Vasyl Virastyuk, who won the title of The Strongest Man in the World, the world-famous boxing champions Klitschko brothers and many others).
A good combination of healthy ingredients and a rich choice of dishes will make you fall in love with Ukrainian cuisine! Find your culinary favorite in Ukraine, and share your impressions with us at kievcheckin@contactukraine.com.