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“Honest Latvian food at a good price for the location” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Salve

Salve
Ratslaukums 5, Riga LV-1050, Latvia
+371 67044317
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Ranked #24 of 569 Restaurants in Riga
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: Latvian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Derbyshire
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“Honest Latvian food at a good price for the location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Six of us stopped here for a very late lunch a few hours before we had to make our way to the airport for the trip home. We sat outside initially (until a thunderstorm let loose and even us stoic Brits had to accept a table indoors), and service was OK though the waiting staff seemed a tad disinterested.

We all went for three courses - pork ears with stewed sour cabbage and horseradish was my choice. Perfectly OK but I guess peasant food is just that - you can't make a silk purse ......... (pun intended). The layered potatoes with herring, and the grey peas with bacon had similar responses from around the table. My main of pike-perch with a celery/carrot puree and beetroot sauce elicited a slightly better rating, as did others' rack of lamb and duck fillet. Once inside and away from the driving rain we concluded with puddings, of which the rye-bread 'pastry' with cream and cowberry sauce scored very highly. Beers and wines seemed well priced, as did the tasting menu at 19 Lats which we didn't feel we had time for, but which a couple of us would have tried in other circumstances. The bill of under 150 Lats between six, which included pre-meal drinks and coffees, certainly didn't break the bank

It's possible we had been spoiled by visits to Maja, Vincents and 3 Pavaru, but this 'homely' food did seem a little dowdy in comparison, and although there was nothing below par on our visit, its Tripadvisor ranking of 4th best in the city does seem a mite generous.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Austria
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“excellent latvian food, super central”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This charming restaurant is super-central and serves traditional latvian food. Prices are affordable (we paid 30 Lats for a 3-course meal, 2 people) and the atmosphere is nice. We really enjoyed our dinner there. The menue is in 4 languages and we had friendly waiters.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good to try Latvian Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Location at Town Hall square.
Decor ok
Friendly staffs with average service.
Tried grey beans with bacon and pork knuckle
Decent value for money

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Touristic place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere of the restaurant was extremely touristic, the restaurant was packed with Swedish seniors. The food in Salve was most likely Latvian, unluckily Latvian food is so bad that it is bearly eatable. The wasn't any twist on the menu, and it seems that main chef of the cuisine doesn't have any inspiration to his work.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Boulder, Colorado
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Nice experience and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We started by trying the 'taster of local alcohols' which is a great way to try some of the regional drinks- that you may not like :) Then we had fantastic food, and stayed for several hours. The server was really pleasant and we never felt rushed to leave (there was no one waiting and this place is very popular). The night before we had gone to the 'Blue Cow' (zils ?) which was recommended by our hotel- Salve was so much better- and less expensive, nicer, and with better food.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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