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“City Councils gate.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rates Varti

Rates Varti
Lacplesa iela 1, Valmiera, Latvia
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Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Valmiera
Price range: $7 - $20
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Valmiera, Valmieras, Latvia
1 review
“City Councils gate.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you are looking for nice place to drink daily coffee latte or ask your friend out on romantical date „Rātes Vārti” might be just for you. Located near „Dzirnavu ezeriņš” lake with close view of theare gives admirable atmosphere. What would better than drinking cup of tea in vintage designed resturant?
Once you come in you feel welcome surronded by friendly staff and live piano music. When you are ready waitress takes you to your table and gives menu. With hundred of choises it is almost immpossible to choose your meal not even talking about delicate wine list. Waiters are surprisingly calm and they might scare you a little because of their silent walking. And when comes your freshly prepared order you can feel your moth wattering because of appetising aroma and you can wash it all down with sweet-sour red wine from 2007.
When you are done you can go sightseeing around city. Starting near church, continuing to the old castle ruins, on to the riverside. With your associate on your side this evening could take your relantionship to next level and could come out memorable for both of you.
With sophisticated design, incredibly efficient service there is no wonder why „Rātes Vārti” is the best restaurant in Valmiera. The unforgetable experience makes you can not wait to return. Better reserve a table!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent. Best in Valmiera.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Looking at the menu & wine list, this restaurant is bordering on silver service class.

Standard fare as well as some unique Latvian cuisine. Sensational flavour (a pumpkin risotto does not sound sensational, however my wife repeatedly commented on it). Genuinely friendly & helpful staff.

Prices are low as compared with this level of cuisine & service elsewhere.

Definitely go & indulge your gastronomic senses!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Valmiera, Latvia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best restaurant in area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Absolutely outstanding and a must if you are going from Riga to Tartu. The prices are very decent, the food is outstanding, it is conveniently located and you can wash it all down with tasty Valmiermuiža beer. When done, treat yourself to a little stroll around the city -- starting near the church, continuing to the old castle ruins, on to the riverside. Not any major sights to speak of, but a very pleasant, relaxing experience and a great day break.

Visited September 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of the Bests”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

On our road trip through Latvia and Estonia, this was probably the best restaurant we found in either country. Great food served elegantly and at reasonable prices. No skimping on decoration inside. A locally brewed beer is also recommended and only sold here.
For the record, I had the Sun-dried Tomato Risotto with grilled parmesan as a garnish.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012 via mobile

Was there for second time. Over all I think best place to take dinner in Valmiera. But first time waitress forgot order.... This time in dish pork & mushroom I got lot of carrots TOO MUCH....

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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