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Restaurants in Vilnius have come a long way in recent years. For a capital full of people who love bland spice-less food, Vilnius has an incredible range of ethnic restaurants: Chinese, Greek, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Lebanese. Be warned that many Lithuanian restaurants tend to serve extra-large portions fit for a small army. In addition to standard restaurants, Vilnius also abounds with cheap cafeterias, or valgy klas. These sometimes suspect meat and potato places are frequented by students, pensioners and others in financial straits.

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Argentinean

El Gaucho Sano: (H-3) Pilies 10, tel. 210-7773. Open:12-02. Traditional Argentinean sausage, cajun rice, gazpacho and your choice of chicken, beef or fish with various sauces including chimichurri. Residents are grateful someone brought these exotic tastes to Lithuania, but the beef from Lithuania and local sauces are hardly the real deal. Expensive but fun.

Caucasian

Achtamar: (D-3) Konarskio 1, tel. 233-1344. Open:11-23. The shoddy state of this odd little restaurant is eclipsed only by its reputation as one of the best places for Georgian and other Caucasian dishes in the country. They really know how to cook meat, and not knowing nouvelle cuisine from Pirosmani’s elbow, the portions are always terrifyingly large. 

Sorena: (C-4) Islandijos 4, tel. 262-7560 Open:11-23, Fri, Sat, Sun 11-24. Wonderful Azerbaijani cuisine in a laid back, slightly tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. Once again, the meat is cooked to perfection, coming in so many pungent combinations that you’ll need to visit a few times to get the best from their menu.

Chinese

Auksinis Feniksas: (B-3) Gedimino 64, tel. 249-6909. Open:11:30-23; Sun. 12-23. This tiny hole serves the most expensive Chinese in town, and among the best. Frequented by businessmen and politicians as it’s across the street from the parliament. It’s a good idea to reserve one of the four upper tables for some privacy as the lower tables running along the wall are tiny. Hot favorites include spicy white mushroom soup, the Chinese salad and the pork, bamboo and Xianggu mushrooms.

Čili Kinija: Žirmūnų 68a, tel. 277-4111. Open:11-24. Fast, democratic and very good Chinese food. Also at Ozo 25 (inside Akropolis), tel. 238-7938. Open:10-24.  

French

Les Amis: (J-3) Savičiaus 9-1, tel. 212-3738. Open:10-23. By all accounts a much welcome addition to Vilnius French restaurant scene, this humble-looking bistro is full of culinary surprises all exquisitely stage-managed by an extremely hands-on French owner. The current favorite among the capital’s French expat community, dip into anything on the menu and feast with friends for the price of a poisson in Paree. Recommended. 

Le Paysage: 20 km from Vilnius on the A2, tel. 273-9600. Open:07-24. Off the Vilnius-Riga highway in the Le Meridien Villon hotel, a 20-minute drive from the city. Even if you are not staying at the hotel, this fine restaurant is worth a trip. French cuisine, a beautiful view of a lake and a birch forest, and waiters and waitresses who know how to take care of you.

Greek

S. Metaxa: (H-3) Pilies 5, tel. 652-00330. Open:09-03; Mon. 11-03. Notable not just for the authentic provisions on demand but also for the kind of location you’d sell your mother for, Vilnius’ only central Greek taverna turns out to be better as a bar than a place to eat, but is still worth ordering some small tasty side dishes to go with your drinks. The small salon to the right offers the best views but you can end up being forgotten by the staff. You choose.

Indian

Sue’s Indian Raja: (H-3) Šv. Mykolo 4, tel. 260-9592. Open:12-23. Sat, Sun 12-24. Superb dining courtesy of one of Vilnius’ more colorful characters, Wing Commander Rajinder Chaudhary (Indian Air Force, retired), who uses only the best, hand-picked Indian cooks to provide a range of delicious dishes to suit all tastes. Excellent value and mouth-wateringly good. 

International

Brasserie Astorija: (J-3) Didžioji 35/2, tel. 236-0840. Open:12-24. A better than average hotel restaurant that should be applauded for continually playing with the menu, Brasserie Astorija is best known and loved for its legendary Sunday Brunch, which as well as offering good value for money also attracts a fair proportion of Vilnius’ expat elite.

Čingischanas: (C-3) Basanavičiaus 8, tel. 212-1178. Open:11-24; Sat., Sun. 12-24. A multitude of variations on the so-called Middle Asian theme, this slightly clinical two-floor restaurant has enough pertinent paraphernalia scattered around to keep you more than amused when tucking into your Turp Gazak (a delicious radish salad with brynza cheese) and plate of steaming mutant ravioliesque manty in carrot sauce. The service isn’t great, especially if they’re entertaining the local housing estate royalty who seem to like it here, and although rich Slavic types do patronize the place from time to time, the only bubbly hookahs here are the green ones used for smoking by the bar.

Cozy: (I-2) Dominikonų 2, tel. 261-1137. Where the smart advertising executives and better class of embassy hooligans go for its utterly western look and feel and some good and extremely affordable food. This is just what G-Lounge should be but isn’t, and, accordingly, booking a table in the evening is a wise precaution. It’s also a nice place for daytime coffee and a good book. 

Freskos: (J-3) Didžioji 31, tel. 261-8133. Open:11-24. At this fine, thespian-themed restaurant, you savor painstakingly-prepared dishes in a delightful interior, which something of a cross between a Hungarian beer hall and backstage at a small Parisian theater. A cobalt-blue fresco in the middle room has been carefully restored and ornate, bejeweled costumes and colorful sketches donated by the National Opera grace the walls Main dishes ride out of the kitchen on a pair of Brobdingnagian plates, with meat and veggies separated.  

Gras’as: (J-2) Vokiečių 2, tel. 212-2031. Open:10-02, Fri, Sat 10-06. Ignore the daft-looking gnomes in the window and follow the steps down into one of the best-looking locations in Vilnius, where an extensive menu of local and international dishes entice. Truly a masterpiece of old meets new, Gras’as is highly recommended at least for the atmosphere, and can be treated as a bar as well as a restaurant by the way. Booking a table in the evening is a wise precaution. 

Hazienda: (I-4) Maironio 13 (inside the Mabre Residence hotel), tel. 212-2087. Open:12-24. This German-run steakhouse is set in a simple but cozy vaulted room. Good atmosphere and tasty food, though a little pricey.

La Provence: (D-5) Vokiečių 22, 261-6573. Open:11-24. Exquisite Mediterranean cuisine served in an atmosphere that combines elegance and rusticity to resemble the French countryside. Start with delicately seasoned salads, Gazpacho, or escargot. The sophisticated meat and fish entrees include rabbit balls in a mustard sauce, venison with spinach ravioli, Roebuck filet with cherry sauce and game pate, or Monkfish with ratatouille. The lime sorbet, served in a frozen lemon shell, might be the best desert in town. 

Markus ir Ko: (I-2) Antokolskio 11, tel. 262-3185. Open:12-24. Has the feel of an upmarket college pub and has been the favored haunt of many visitors and residents for years. Essentially a better than average steak house, the menu does offer other international dishes as well. 

Medininkai: (D-5) Aušros Vartų 8, next to Europa Imperial hotel; tel. 266-0771. Open:12-23. Having made the successful transition from traditional Lithuanian to something more international without losing too much of its Lithuanian-ness, this die-hard favorite cellar restaurant of the first order attracts a mixed crowd of diners from the older generation locals who’ve been eating here since Soviet times to romantic youngsters looking to impress. Ask for one of their big steaks and a bottle of red wine, but don’t forget to leave some space for one of their special desserts. 

Skonis ir Kvapas: (C-4) Trakų 8, tel. 212-2803. Open:08:30-23; Sat., Sun. 09:30-23. Head under the arch and enter the threshold marked with Roman numerals. Inside, there are lovely tapestries, faded wall paintings and dainty Elizabethan furniture. The extravagantly framed classical paintings, while hardly Caravaggio, do add to the scene. The music here is easy listening, the choice of tasty coffee is extensive, and there are also 30 types of tea. Portions of food are small but good. the beef with plums is just as good as every irresistible dessert here. Needless to say, the place is packed to the rafters with women.

Tores: (C-5) Užupio 40, tel. 262-9309. Open:11-24. It’s a wine cellar, gallery and restaurant with a view. This is the place to take a break if you are touring around Vilnius’ Bohemian neighborhood, Užupis. It’s also one of hottest places to convene for after work drinks and new-style Lithuanian food. The underground cellar feels like a mazey cave but is brightened with tropical fish tanks and surreal, Dali-like art. Alternatively hang out in the large bar at the back overlooking Old Town. The choice is yours.

Italian

Da Antonio I: (C-4) Vilniaus 23, tel. 262-0109. Open:11-23. There are over 30 varieties of pizza to choose from here. Service here is quick and friendly, but it’s the overall ambience of the place that should keep Da Antonio in the money. Two artistically decapitated Corinthian columns mark the doorway, and the high, off-white walls are modestly decorated with Roman trimmings. The plush booths are also cozy without seeming conspiratorial.

Da Antonio Trattoria: (C-5) Pilies 20, tel. 261-8341. Open:09-24. A proletariat- friendly bistro with an earthy atmosphere complete with the prerequisite checkered table cloths and Chianti bottles. It works well, even though the menu is limited.

Rossini: (G-2) L. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 3, tel. 210-7466. Open:11-24. A good Italian restaurant inside the Citypark hotel. Perfect location with a splendid view of the Cathedral. www.citypark.lt 

Sorrento: (C-4) Pylimo 21, tel. 264-4737. Open:07-23; Sun. 12-23. A bit of an anomaly when it arrived, this place has surpassed all expectations, and despite being located next to a busy bus stop remains calm and collected. Very popular with groups and Italians. 

St. Valentino: (I-1) Trakų 18, tel. 231-4198. Open:07:30-23. Relaxed atmosphere, with a TV over the bar and further seating down a corridor. Pizza and some other Italian dishes. Banquet rooms. 

Japanese

Kabuki: (I-3) Didžioji 28, tel. 260-9020. Open:12-24. A good Japanese restaurant that’s kept up its standards and much favored by the local BMW-driving Bling When You’re Winning set and their lady friends, not least because, for Vilnius at least, the place is damned expensive. One of the best sushi options in the city, meaning booking ahead is more than advisable. A good choice if you don’t want to stuff yourself silly before visiting the equally bling club in the same building. 

Tokyo: (B-4) Vienuolio 4, tel. (700) 55-599. Open:12-24; Fri., Sat. 12-01. The only Japanese chefs in Vilnius don’t disappoint in this brilliant restaurant, and if you can’t stomach Maki Sushi then the noodle dishes are some of the best outside the city the place was named after. Try the excellent Tempura Udon or if you’re not feeling so flush go for the business lunch. For 6 Lt extra you can have it brought to your door too.  

Lithuanian

Čili Kaimas: (J-2) Vokiečių 8, tel. 231-2536. Open:10-24. Fri, Sat 10-02. The extremely successful Lithuanian restaurant chain’s latest spin-off focuses on traditional dishes in a fun atmosphere for good prices. Too Disney for some, but recommended all the same. Also at (B-5) Žirmunų 2 (inside IKI Minskas), tel. 273-5473; and Ukmergės 282 (inside Maxima), tel. 238-8384. Open:10-24.  

Stikliai Aludė: (I-2) Gaono 7, tel. 262-4501. Open:11-24. The food is expensive but very tasty, from jacket potatoes to a great goulash. There is frequently live Lithuanian folk music in the beer hall, and, be warned, the performers sometimes ask customers to join in. The wine cellar downstairs is quaint and quieter. 

Žemaičių Smuklė: (J-2) Vokiečių 24, tel. 261-6573. Open:11-24. A superb selection of Samogitian and other Lithuanian specialties. People in the know say it is the place to try cepelinai for the first time. A half portion will probably do though. Diners can choose from one of the myriad of traditionally decorated cellar rooms or sit upstairs in the bar. Local beer is served in clay jugs and there is an extensive and well considered wine list. The game menu is excellent.

Russian

Čagino: (C-3) Basanavičiaus 11, tel. 261-5555. Open:12-24. Authentic Russian cuisine amidst photos of historic Vilnius. The old-world cellar atmosphere clashes nicely with the posh decor. Named after a 19th-century Russian architect who moved to Vilnius and built various city monuments.

St. Peterburgas: (A-6) Antakalnio 39, tel. 234-6650. Open:11-21, Sat., Sun. 12-21. Don’t let the absence of an English menu put you off, make sure you come on a Friday or Saturday evening (booking a table is recommended) and you’ll be more than happy you did. What most of us only do at weddings many Russians do whenever they can, which in this case comprises of eating lots, drinking even more, and then dancing the night away, preferably in pairs, to the sound of a live cabaret act. A refreshing break from the pretensions of Old Town, St. Peterburgas offers plenty of cheese and an enormous amount of fun. Highly recommended, especially for a group looking to celebrate in a unique and unforgettable environment. 

Steaks

Helios Steakhouse: (J-3) Didžioji 28, tel. 260-9009. Open:08-24. Sat, Sun 12-24. Damn fine steaks and other quality international dishes in a professional setting, popular with locals and expats alike, Helios offers daytime and evening menus to suit all tastes and tastebuds. The food really is very good indeed, and includes some fine fish dishes as well. Book a table in the evening to avoid disappointment. www.steakhouse.lt 

Ukrainian

Ukrainos Vakarai: (C-4) Algirdo 5, tel. 265-0302. Open:11-22; Sat.-Sun. 11-24. Ukrainian food that consists of various stews, roasts and other combinations of heavy meats and potatoes. This traditional restaurant offers Ukrainian borsch (with garlic and cabbage, tasty dumplings and a delicious Ukrainian vodka called Nemiroff, which is made from peppers and honey). They play Ukrainian music. 

Vegetarian

Balti Drambliai: (C-4) Vilniaus 41, tel. 262-0875, edge of the Old Town. Open:11-24; Sat., Sun. 12-24. White Elephants, as you’d expect, is decorated with elephant parts; a trunk and tusks hang above the bar. This place is endeavoring to be fashionable but not quite hitting the nail on the head; it has a bit of a musty, cellar feel to it. The food is above average, though, and it’s also relatively cheap, hence its popularity with area students. Fill up on potato pancakes with your choice of curd, cranberry and horseradish sauces. 

Fast Food/Delivery
Čili Pica: Lithuania’s hugely successful pizza chain sells good pizza and other dishes at good prices in a number of locations throughout the city. (C-4) Gedimino 23, tel. 261-9071; (D-4) Mindaugo 11, tel. 213-3388; (A-6) Žirmūnų 64, tel. 278-8628; Ozo 25 (Akropolis), tel. 238-7927; (D-4) Šopeno 1/17, tel. 210-5237; (C-3) Jasinskio 16, tel. 278-6228; (I-3) Didžioji 5, tel. 231-2462. Delivery: tel. 233-3555. www.cili.lt 
Čili Kinija: tel. 277-8899. Chinese food.
Fortas: tel. 212-2000. Good pizza.
Rytu Perlas: tel. 212-1473. Excellent and reasonably priced Chinese food.

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