This basement restaurant has
excellent service probably because it is incredibly
overstaffed. Directly across the street is a
beer kiosk for thirsty pedestirans. The salad
bar is a special bargain at only 7-13 hryvna.
This fine dining restaurant
is in light yellow pastels and is tasteful decorarated.
The service is excellent.
Next Victoria and Toursit
Basement restaurant next to
Incredebily inexpensive, good
food. The top floor is outdoors and is usually
shady and quiet. Food preperation times are
Arabskaya Kuhnya has authentic
Arab food and is popular with the small Arab
population. Food is inexpensive and delicious.
Though Ukraine has some of
the best ice cream in the world, if you are
craving American lower fat (and less taste)
ice cream Baskin Robins beckons.
It's fairly expensive ice-cream, but it does
indeed have 31 flavors (though sadly never Chocolate
With the traditional sports
bar interior of televisions, posters, jerseys,
and sports paraphernalia, this is a favorite
ex-pat hang-out. Though fairly expensive, the
menu is also reminiscent of American sports
theme restaurants and includes old favorites
such as nachos, hamburgers, and spicy buffalo
wings. Although the food is good, the true star
is the brownie sundae, which is simply irresistible.
Strictly for the ladies, the women's bathroom,
labeled "Stefi Graff," features a cartoon that
is also worth a glance.
Ch?lentano is a fast food
pizza resutraunt with hip posters and decorating
with bar stools at raised tables. Customers
order at the counter, paying a base price for
the pizza and then paying extra for any toppings.
The salads at Ch?lentano are excellent, and
the pizza is by far better and cheaper than
The theme of
this restaurant is nostalgia for the former
Soviet Union and the movie De Javu. De Javu
was a Soviet era movie about a New York ganster
who travels to Odessa to rub out someone. The
waiters dress in pioneer outfits (a kind of
Soviet boy scout organization). There is an
excellent poster of the USSR victorious and
the statue of liberty holding a sickle and hammer.
At the entrance is a bust of Lenin. The bathroom
is something to see. The right room of the resturaunt
is designed to appear like a 1920's New York
Night Club, complete with a manquien of Marlin
Brando and crates with bootlegged whiskey hiden
in loaves of bread. The resturaunt has a casino.
In the summer a bandstand is set up and jugglers,
comedians, and dancers entertain patrons and
passerbyers on primorsky boulevard (Приморский
Бульвар). The food is good, but overpriced.
You know the atmosphere of
this roadhouse style restaurant will be lively
and unique when first walking into this resturaunt.
Dozens of telephone recievers dangle from the
roof and a large plastic shark greets you. This
funky interior also has motorcycles, old planes
and helicopters. A unique music stage is elevated
and behind the main bar. In addition to Ukrainian
and European food, the resturant has barbequed
If you're looking for good
shashlik (шашлык) or shishkabab, this is the
place to go. Dva Karla is one of the few places
where you can choose chicken, pork, or lamb
for most meat dishes. The portions are huge
and great value, though it is probably not the
best destination for vegetarians. The atmosphere
is cozy and surprisingly bright for a basement.
During the summer the shaded outside seating
is well-placed for people-watching.
from the Potomkin Steps, Estrellita is far and
away the best Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant in
town - if not in the country. Their salads,
soups, burritos, and creative main dishes are
all excellent and the service is great. Soups,
salads, quesadillas, and burritos cost 25-35
hryvna. The owner's nationality is revealed
by an excellent American-style breakfast menu
which is widely known by ex-pats as the best
in Odesa and includes real maple syrup. Enjoy
genuine margaritas, or maybe one of the wide
selection of tequillas, local & imported beers,
Georgian wines, or Cuban cigars from their full
service bar. Estrellita is open 24 hours a day
and there is live music most evenings.
This is a popular resturaunt
with Odessites. Reservations are Recommended,
especially on the weekends. The resturaunt has
many antiques on the wooden walls and a relaxing
atmosphere. Service is usually good. Try the
Chicken sandwich or Greek Salad, both for less
than 20 Hr.
Located next to the unmistakable
McDonald's, Fidel's is known more for its prominent
position in Odesa's night-life, rather than
for its cuisine. It is usually fairly quiet
during the day, but comes alive at night when
there is live music on Fridays and a strip show
on Saturday nights. The theme and atmosphere
is Caribbean, and the music is loud.
This beautiful restaurant
goes to great lenghts to look exaclty like a
wealthy English study, complete with a red English
telephone booth outside
(Although the illusion
of being in England is slightly damaged when
a visitor realizes it is a Ukrainian UTEL phone
Just off of Deribasovskaya
(Дерибасовская), Hong Kong is one of the most
authentic and affordable Chinese restaurants
in the center of Odesa. Surprisingly, their
tofu dishes are superb. The sweet and sour soup
is also very good, though not quite what one
The restaurant is built in
a log cabin style on the foundations of a former
fortress just above Lanzheron Beach. Has a balcony
overlooking the sea and fire place with Ukrainian
decor throughout the resturaunt. Live music
nightly featuring professional jazz, folk &
pop artists. There are several themed private
rooms, including the "Hunter's Room", the "Forge",
or the "Bourgeoisie Room".
newly built glass faГade, the Irish Bar, as
it is locally known, boasts a traditional pub
interior. The dark wood-paneled walls are lined
with Guiness and Obolon advertisements, there's
a wide-screen television viewable from the balcony
and the bar below, a prominently placed billiards
table, a juke-box blaring the latest pop hits
during the day, and a live band jamming under
the staircase during the evenings. Though the
atmosphere appears traditionally Irish, a recent
Irish World Cup match, though broadcast live,
was a disappointingly quiet affair.
As for the food, an encyclopedic menu offers
everything from chicken curry to corn on the
cob to fish 'n chips. While most of the main
dishes are expensive, the hamburgers and sandwiches
are authentic and, at 14-19 hryven, very affordable.
At the Irish Pub, even the domestic beers
are more expensive than usual, but it does
offer the widest selection of beer and beverage
imports. The Irish Bar offers coupons for
free admission to the club Amsterdam on the
night of your meal.
This small, slightly run down
resturaunt attracts a lot of Chinese ex-pats.
Tucked in a corner of Gor-saud
(Горсад), Klarabara offers an interesting European
and nouveau-Ukrainian menu with specials that
change regularly. The soups and desserts are
especially good. During the spring and summer,
terrace seating affords a good view of Gor-saud
and is a pleasant stop for coffee or drinks.
The restaurant also doubles as an art gallery,
usually featuring one or two local artists'
works for sale.
Excellent Japanese food. The
cook prepares the food in front of the guests.
Kumanets is like entering a Ukrainian Disney
World - without the rides and lines. Despite
an effusion of stuffed chickens, the traditional
atmosphere is very friendly and the service
excellent. The food is fantastic, fairly inexpensive,
and comes in mountainous portions. The red and
green borsht come in bowls big enough to swim
in and are probably the best available outside
a Ukrainian kitchen. Soups, vareniky (dumplings),
and diruny (potato pancakes) are all wonderful
and cost around 10- 15 hyrvnia. Reservations
are Recommended for weekend nights.
A colorful cloth fish differentiates
the modest entrance of Kyoto from its more lavish
neighbor, Troitsky Supermarket. This newly opened
sushi bar offers a wide variety of sushi and
some other Japanese dishes. The prices are not
cheap, but not as extreme as most sushi restaurants
Located in the Londonskaya
hotel. This restaurant is advertised as the
only certified delux restaurant in Odessa, which
includes being certified in safety. Beautiful
courtyard. Fine dining.
Just down the street from
Soborna Park, this is a good family Italian
restaurant with good pizza and a limited selection
of pasta dishes. Mario's claim to fame is that
they deliver pizza and soda to locations within
the center. They also make a very good cold
Excellent Seafood in a beatiful
restaurant. It has the same owners as the Kobe
restaurant. The prices are more expensive than
the Kampay sushi kiosk but the atmosphere, of
course, is much better.
Located in the Mozart hotel,
the food usually takes long to cook but is excellent.
Vegetarian meals are available.
of Ukrainian Pizza. Some say you cannot walk
more than five minutes in Odesa without passing
a Pan Pizza. There are at least three on the
pedestrian part of Deribasovskaya alone, as
well as a small fleet in the beach district
of Arkadia. There is also a branch conveniently
near the main train station on the corner of
Rishelevskaya (Ришельевская) and Mala Arnautskaya.
The pizza, much like the service, is very quick,
efficient, and consistent. Like Mcdonald's,
you give up taste for consistency, and unfortunatly
the pizza is consistently tastesless. For better
and cheaper pizza, we recommend Ch?lentano instead.
Panorama is a very apt title
for this restaurant. Located on the upper floor
of Kempinski hotel, every tourist should visit
this resturant at least once (even if only to
buy 15 hryvna coffee) to see breathtaking views
of the entire bay and a birdseye view of the
Primorsky stairs. There is outside seating on
both sides of the restaurant. Recommended not
for the over-priced food, the most expensive
in the city, but for the excellent service,
coffee, and especially the view.
|The tiled dИcor
of this restaurant is refreshingly light and
airy. Though pizza is the specialty, Pulcinella
also boasts a wide variety of pasta dishes,
for around 25 hryven, and main dishes for a
little more. Try the delicious the Margarita-3.
Some passionately argue that Pulcinella pizza
is the best in town, while others are equally
adamant about Zara's pizza. Both are worth a
Beverages are a little more expensive than
other restaurants and are mostly imported.
For an extra hryvna for the box, you can order
pizza to go.
Interesting themed two story
restaurant. A waiter stands outside with lighted
drinks on a serving plate.
This basement restaurant is
a hidden treasure that most tourists never see.
The theme of the restaurant is middle ages.
A large fireplace stands at one side of the
resturaunt. The chairs and tables are similar
to what you would find in a king's castle. There
are two luxuriously decorated private rooms
for private parties and conferences.
The food is excellent though the service
sometimes tends to be "Soviet". We recommend
the Captain Morgan's chicken and mushrooms.
in the center of the center of Odesa, Steakhouse
is a well-known and well-liked establishment.
With English menus and rather expensive prices,
it caters mostly to the expatriate and wealthy
Ukrainian crowd. The main dishes are creative
and tasty and the breakfast menu and buffet
with free "American coffee" are also very good.
The most unique trademark of Steakhouse is the
wooden box, containing four kinds of sugar,
chocolate, and cardamom seeds, that accompanies
all coffee orders. Get a table near the windows
and enjoy an afternoon cocktail or coffee and
people-watch on Odesa's main thoroughfare.
During the summer, the amount
of seating in this tiny cafИ doubles to about
eight tables. Though the selection is not as
wide as it is in Odesa's newest sushi restaurant,
Kyoto, it is certainly the most affordable.
Some say it is the best sushi in town. Have
a seat and watch the sushi chef make your meal,
or watch the teen-agers congregate outside of
the radio station just across the pavement.
Either way, you are in for a treat.
This restaurant has the most
unique feature of all resturants in Odessa.
You can dine above a real crocidile below you,
under a plexiglass floor. The resturant also
is the most private. The restaurant is not set
up like a tradional restaurant. Instead there
are several private rooms off of a long hallway.
Each room has a theme, including a Ukrainian
Walls of mirrors greet you
at the bottom of the gigantic steps down from
the street. However, if you do not mind watching
yourself - and everyone else in the restaurant
- eat, this is a good, inexpensive Indian option.
Though the food and the service can be inconsistent,
the Indian dishes are good, but not too spicy.
This is a good place for a quick, casual meal,
but not for a special occasion.
An excellent middle-eastern
sandwich shop. All three of these resturaunts
are fast, clean, and very inexpensive. The specialty
is chicken shaurma or shashlik and a sandwich
and a beverage costs less than 15 hryvna. Humus
with vegetables and lavash (a thin bread wrap)
is available at either the Priaprazhenskaya
or train station branches, while falafel is
usually available only at the train station
kiosk. The chicken fajita, available at all
three locations is excellent. The sandwiches
tend to be a little different from resturaunt
to resturant. Their freshly squeezed orange
or apple juices are also extremely refreshing.
Top Sandwich does take-out and is an excellent
Built in 1905, Ujnaya Palmeera
(or Southern Palmyra) is the oldest building
in Arcadia. This building has a beautiful luxurant
interior, and the food and service is supberb.
Ukranska Lasunka is richly
decorated with tradtional Ukrainian items. A
large windmill decorates the middle of the restaurant.
The food is good but not great, and the service
leaves a lot to be desired. If you want good
authentic Ukrainian food, we recommend Kumanets.
This vegetarian resutraunt
is ran by the highly visable local Krishnia
community. The food is inexpensive and the service
Voronstov has large glass
windows and can be seen from the webcam www.odessa.net/webcam/index2.phtml
Dinner is by candlelight. The resturant also
often has live music. The resturant has a breakfast
menu, the omlets are good. The service is excellent,
but the food is only average.
A fierce competitor
for the title of "Best Pizza in Odesa," Zara's
is one of Odesa's newest restaurants. The atmosphere
is very modern and chic, and it boasts the only
bathroom with a television in Odesa and probably
Breakfast is served daily beginning at 9AM with
American style coffee or Italian espresso, toast
& eggs plus other special dishes.
The pastas, pizza, and main dishes are all consistently
excellent and creative. While the main dishes
can be relatively expensive, the pizza and pasta
cost around 20-30 hryvna.
If you're feeling particularly self-indulgent,
try the cheesecake. The resturaunt also has
a salad bar. The wine and beer is mostly imported
and expensive, but the table wine is affordable
and definitely worth trying. It is a light red
wine made in an Odesa suburb from local grapes.
It has a cool, fruity, and surprisingly refreshing
Zeloni Pizza has decent, inexpensive
pizza with a lot of toppings. The resturaunt
a large screen television and outdoor seating
next to the ivy in the summer.