The MICHELIN Guide arrives to Estonia for the first time!

13th December 2022

The Michelin Inspectors have been following Estonia’s culinary scene for the last few years and are delighted to reveal that this latest selection brings the total number of destinations covered by the MICHELIN Guide to 37.

Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides said: “Since its first publication over 120 years ago, the MICHELIN Guide’s mission has remained unchanged: to share with gourmets and travellers the best places to dine. Estonia’s gastronomic scene – which is still somewhat unknown to most – is blessed with strong culinary traditions inspired by many different influences, but a new breed of forward-thinking chefs are now also applying a more modern approach to honouring their country’s culinary heritage. Estonia has been on our watch list for a long time, and our inspectors have been busy researching the best restaurants and scrutinizing its gastronomic scene. We are now eager to share our first MICHELIN Guide restaurant selection to Estonia with food-lovers everywhere.”

31 restaurants in Estonia receive MICHELIN recognition in the country’s first guide:

2 restaurants awarded 1 MICHELIN Star

5 restaurants receive a Bib Gourmand

2 restaurants highlighted with a MICHELIN Green Star for their commitment to sustainable gastronomy.

On 25 May 2022, at a ceremony in Tallinn, MICHELIN announced the first guide to Estonia making it the first country in the Baltics to receive this recognition. 31 restaurants were recommended by the guide, with two receiving a MICHELIN star.

The restaurants recognised with one star are NOA Chef’s Hall and 180° by Matthias Diether.

NOA Chef’s Hall uses a blend of the world’s best luxury ingredients alongside locally foraged and preserved produce. The creative seven-course menu, designed by chefs Roman Sidorov and Tõnis Siigur, keeps customers engaged from start to finish, with complex, highly original dishes full of complementary flavours and texture layers.

180° by Matthias Diether is situated in Tallinn’s modern harbour development, Noblessner, on the edge of the city centre. The restaurant is named after the 180° view from its u-shaped open kitchen. Head chef Matthias Diether’s hallmark is his modern creations, offering an array of both flavour and texture contrasts, as well as paying great attention to detail.

Two restaurants were awarded a MICHELIN green star for their sustainable commitment to gastronomy: Põhjaka Manor in Mäeküla and Fotografiska in Tallinn. Whether through their locavore approach, efforts to reduce the restaurant’s ecological footprint, initiatives to recycle food waste, grow their own vegetables and herbs, or educate their guests about a more ecoresponsible vision of gastronomy, these restaurants are a true source of inspiration for gourmets and restaurateurs alike.

The Estonian restaurant selection is compiled by the professional, independent and open-minded inspectors of The MICHELIN Guide, who make their recommendations based on anonymous lunches and dinners. This first selection of restaurants in Estonia will reflect the quality of the local food scene and may include MICHELIN Star, Bib Gourmand or MICHELIN Green Star restaurants.

See the full list here: estonia — MICHELIN Guide – the official website