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Raekoja plats 11, Tallinn 10146, Estonia
+372 627 6400
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“garlic beef” (20 reviews)
“ice cream” (32 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Raekoja plats 11, Tallinn 10146, Estonia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was like stepping back in time entering the "Garlic Restaurant" as its known. Dark wood everywhere everything old and reminiscent of a diningroom 100years ago. The food and service were first class and yes garlicky but not over done. Garlic ice cream should not...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here are good snippets from other reviews: "Balthasar is literally hidden from the street." - Yes, you can see the large sign outside the building, but you might walk past the stairs which are just inside the tunnel. (There are a lot of stairs.) "..this...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner in this exceptional restaurant... The food was delicious, the portions big enough and the prices reasonable! It is a modern twist of local cuisine. It is very romantic to dine in such a historic building... I recommend that you should make a...More

Thank anti_gr_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Old fashioned restaurant up a spiral staircase, slightly olde world and slightly dark but a really appealing atmosphere with live classical musicians. Very nice varied menu, my wife had the duck and I had the tuna steak both beautifully cooked with a very nice selection...More

Thank William T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walking through Tallin, came across this little gem. Beautiful restaurant looking over the market place. Great menu, food was outstanding. Was only on a day stop over with cruise

Thank Pauline B
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We were blown away by this restaurant! The view onto old square is amazing. The food incredible! The service good too! Highly recommend the steak on the sizzling stone!

Thank Beth001
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Very nice place with good service. Food was very good. The Balthasar recommended sizzling beefsteak was good but nothing extra.

Thank Gunilla N
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We chose it because of the the nice atmosphere and the courtyard. We had the garlicky side dish and the grilled fish that were excellent. I got the pork sank but arrived almost cold. I was expecting something more. A bit disappointed considering the price...

Thank Alice D
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

This palace was recommended for their garlic steak served on a sizzling platter. All 5 of us ordered this. Presentation and sides were all great. For a steak, it was just good. But that’s comparing the steak to top end US steak houses... It was...More

Thank pawpower
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

Again in Balthasar. Frank S. was singing background: ”regrets, I had a few”.... but you do not have to regret of dining in Balthasar, no way. The lobster-shrimp soupe will make you swallow you tongue with the restaurant’s bread. Then the main course, This time...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Raekoja plats 11, Tallinn 10146, Estonia
  • Location: Europe  >  Estonia  >  Harju County  >  Tallinn
  • Phone Number: +372 627 6400
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In 1999, Estonia's first garlic restaurant, Balthasar, was open in the very heart of the Old Town of Tallinn, Town Hall Square, in the building of Town Hall Drugstore. Balthasar immediately won numerous fans due its unique menu and interior. Wooden interior, characteristic of a medieval building and excellent renovation contribute to the aristocratic atmosphere of the building. An excellent view of the Town Hall Square opens from t he windows of the restaurant.
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