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#182 of 391 European in Riga
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0.1 miles from Riga Town Hall Square
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Russian restaurant Uncle Vanya is a cozy and warm place to enjoy great food and take a drop of vodka. Riga. Latvia.
$7 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
European, Russian, Eastern European
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked a table for dinner based on Tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Really recommend sitting inside as the interior adds a lot to the experience! We shared caviar and pancakes for starters followed by Crimean mussels and beef stroganoff. The caviar was out...of this world (expensive as expected but worth it), mussels were covered in a delicious perfectly balanced garlicky sauce and the stroganoff was probably the best we’ve ever tasted. Great service with a complimentary shot of vodka which we followed with another shot as it was delicious! Most expensive meal of our 2 week holiday in the Baltics but well worth it.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 5, 2020

This is very nice Russian restaurant in the very heart of Riga, close to all main places to see, also Dome cathedral. Food and service are excellent, great atmosphere, a little but too much music

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 23, 2020

One of the best restaurant experiences in Riga for us! We have been returning to Uncle Vanya several times and will do it agaid for sure. The Slavic theme is in every detail, love it! Food is delicious, but our favourite par of the meal...is the horseradish vodka, to be honest. :) The service is top-notch as well. Last time we visited was in the middle of July 2020. We were two couples celebrating a birthday for one of us. During the dinner one of our guys asked our waiter to serve a birthday cake to our birthday-lady. What a show it was! Handwritten greeting with strawberry souce, candles and a birthday song all over the restaurant. Perfectly delivered! To give a reference - a Michelin star restaurant we were at for another birthday recently didn't even bother to give a verbal 'congratulations'. Thank you, Uncle Vanya team, see you again! :)More

Date of visit: July 2020
tevocisv, General Manager at Uncle Vanya, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2020

Dear Aanete! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience and are planning to visit again. Thank you for your review!

Reviewed March 4, 2020 via mobile

What a lovely cozy restaurant! Great traditional Russian food and atmosphere - there was a small band playing and singing Russian songs in the restaurant. The waiter was really nice and gave us good recommendations. The food is rich and tasteful and the whole experience...was excellent. Totally recommended!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
tevocisv, General Manager at Uncle Vanya, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2020

Dear WonderAlix, we are truly delighted to read your kind words about our restaurant. Thank you for choosing us and for your recommendation. We are happy to hear that you have spent a lovely and relaxing time in "Uncle Vanya" and hope that soon we...More

Reviewed March 3, 2020

Perfect antourage of an respectable house in ussr filled with allkind nostalgic elements so the music and the service was as it were made for elite of soviet union. Wery decent, menu was diverse and also had a seasonal extra menu. We took a plate...of entries (zakuska) and a beefstroganof made with white mushrooms sided with traditional potato panncakes , also decided to taste a seasonal dish of rabbit leg in baked pumpkin.. Our visit was mesmerising.More

Date of visit: April 2019
tevocisv, General Manager at Uncle Vanya, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2020

Dear UmamiCorp, please let us thank you for choosing our restaurant as well as for sharing your experience online. We really appreciate all your comments and welcome you at our "Uncle Vanya" again in the future! Best Regards, Restaurant "Uncle Vanya" team

Reviewed November 10, 2019

We had a really good experience. Our food was amazing.The staff speak English, are very friendly and welcoming! We also really enjoyed the live entertainment. Would go again!More

Date of visit: November 2019
tevocisv, Manager at Uncle Vanya, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019

Dear Poppydawn3, Thank you for choosing our restaurant and for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad to hear that it was nice experience for you. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our "Uncle Vanya" in the future....More

Reviewed October 28, 2019

Absolutely fantastic. Had the Pike Croquettes as a main and the Pryanik dessert, and of course horseradish Vodka! The service was great, everybody was welcoming and polite, which is always a benefit as a solo traveller on your first solo break. Would absolutely recommend and...would love to come back one day when I find myself next in Riga!More

Date of visit: October 2019
tevocisv, Manager at Uncle Vanya, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2019

Dear Dale N, Thank you for your review and for the time you have spent leaving it. We are glad that your visit was memorable and we really hope that you will have the occasion to visit us again. Best wishes, Restaurant "Uncle Vanya" tam

Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

A Russian friend told us this is the best Russian restaurant in the old town. He was undoubtedly correct. We both had fish and they were quite good. One of us had sturgeon and the other cod. They gave us complementary shots of horse radish...vodka. It wasn’t as good as the Red Russian we ordered. They have an English menu that we found helpful. Service and ambiance was high quality. Mike & Bev NYCMore

Date of visit: October 2019
tevocisv, Manager at Uncle Vanya, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2019

Dear mcP9243SK, We appreciate your great review which shows us that our main aim is reached and our guests enjoy their experience visiting "Uncle Vanya". Thank you for the time you spent to share your experience and we hope to welcome you back to our...More

Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

Dinner at Uncle Vanya restaurant in Rigs Old Town. Interior is like in old countryside house in Russia 1870. We ate traditional bortch soup and pelmeni meat dumplings. Both good and tasty. We like to drink Georgian red wine like Saperavi but unfortunately they had...only Chilean and French wined. Same with brandy. No exellent Ararat or others from Caucasian area.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 12, 2019

We stumbled upon this restaurant wandering around the back streets of Riga. And omg the food was amazing. The horseradish vodka is worth a try. I also tried a very delicious cocktail - it disappeared all by itself? And the maître d’hôtel is a great...guy speaks fantastic English and is extremely helpful.More

Date of visit: August 2019
tevocisv, Manager at Uncle Vanya, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2019

Dear Pineaplee78! Thank you very much for visiting our restaurant and so high marks (service, food ). Hope to see you again someday. All the best, "Uncle Vanya" Team/

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I can only say that we were there on a Friday and they had live music.
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