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“Excellent service, exquisite local food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kalku Varti

Kalku Varti
Kalku iela 11a, Riga 1050, Latvia
+371 67224576
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Ranked #57 of 567 Restaurants in Riga
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Legnago, Italy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Excellent service, exquisite local food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012 via mobile

A chef in Italy recommended to try this special restaurant and I am absolutely satisfied. Extremely professional service, elegant simple furniture , design decoration and friendly staff welcome you in this special place. Try the tasting menu for a 360* palate tour of local food and beautiful dish presentation. Local produces made into innovative dishes match a superb wine list...I will definitely return for the goat cheese soup and birch juice:) !well done KALKU VARTI

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice modern looking classy restaurant.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012 via mobile

The menu show Latvian cuisine. Some modern some classic. There is not very much choice, but it is sufficient. They have the chef's special: almost forgotten Larvian kitchen in a modern way.

Not for family with children, but for couples who like modern classy styl of restautant.


Waitresses with white gloves and veru polite attitude.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Riga
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253 reviews 253 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“fine Latvian dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

if you would like to see, what new and very talented chefs can do with local products - need to visit Kalku Varti! it will be very excellent fine dining experience!!! not very expensive also!

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Barcelona, Spain
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“CLASSY and really in the center of RIGA”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

I had my birthday dinner there and all my guests were realy happy about the place, both as atmosphere and as for the food, typical Latvian food, never tasted before but pretty good.

this was the menu:

Contemporary Latvian Menu offer

Appetizer
Līcīši goat cheese with tomato jelly, arugula cream, 
seasonal vegetables and spring sprouts

Appetizer
Cream of crawfish soup with dill dumplings and nettle oil

Main Course
Butter-fried sturgeon fillet with pearl barley, spinach, 
pak choi and beurre blanc sauce

Main Course
Pork roast with parsnip purée, root vegetables and celery demi-glace sauce

Dessert
Terrine of dark-rye ambrosia with lingonberry sorbet


Coffee, tea
Mineral water San Benedetto
Homemade bread rolls with butter

everything was excellent but the dessert, it was not on the same level of the food, or may be i don't like Latvian sweets...

the overall experience was VERY GOOD

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We listed the Lonely Planet eating recommendations in the centre of Riga and walked past each one. Several had closed or vanished but Kalku Varti remained. We confirm the advice we were given that Kalku Varti operates a smart restaurant - and a more casual bistro. We ate in the bistro - which has a substantially similar menu - and took a table outside - good for "people-watching". The food was excellent ("Latvian cooking in the modern idiom" would be the best description) and the service reasonably attentive.

We liked the food so much we would have returned the following night - but were in the wrong part of the city and found somewhere else to explore!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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