Meeting planners considering Vilnius for their next event or as an incentive destination can take comfort in knowing that Lithuania’s capital offers exciting world-class dining options. The city’s culinary scene has been on the rise for some time now, and the recognition it’s receiving is a reflection of the creativity and passion visitors can discover while exploring Lithuanian culture.
Most recently, the prestigious White Guide Nordic awarded two restaurants in Vilnius the Global Master Level Award. Being home to two of the best restaurants in the Baltics promises an exceptional gourmet experience in the city.
The second and third place winners, Nineteen 18 and Sweet Root respectively, both take locally sourced products and authentic Lithuanian cuisine to the next level, one filled with passion and drama. Two other restaurants in Vilnius – Džiaugsmas and Telegrafas – are also among the top 30 restaurants in the Baltics creating a scene that continues to evolve through passion and drama.
“The fact that two of the three best restaurants in the Baltics are here in Vilnius is great news for us, especially since haute cuisine is important when choosing an event or incentive destination. The developing culture of strong creative restaurants in Vilnius is a way to attract more visitors to Lithuania’s capital,” says Inga Romanovskiene, Director of Go Vilnius, the city’s dedicated tourism and development agency.
Professional food critics assessed the restaurants according to transparent evaluation criteria and used a 100-point scale. Up to 40 points were awarded for food, and 20 points awarded for each of the following: service, beverages, and setting/atmosphere. “A conservative gourmet might find the developments in the Baltics somewhat confusing. Far from a smooth road to success, the scene is passionate and dramatic, with great successes and equally public failures, grandiose openings and surprising closings. The golden age certainly continues for adventurous foodies,” states Aivar Hanson, publisher of the guide in the Baltics.