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“Excellent restaurant.. if you are in no rush”
Review of Restaurant O

Restaurant O
Ranked #9 of 1,130 Restaurants in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$141
Cuisines: Scandinavian, Eastern European, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed September 2, 2018

This restaurant is listed as one of the best in the Baltics and after having visited it, we can understand why.

From the moment you enter, you're taken in charge. Coats being hanged, tables being with a good distance from one another and very attentive servers.

The menu is a tasting menu, either short or long form.
We took the long form and were ready to spend about 3 to 4 hours, as mentioned on the restaurant's website.

The first couple of services came at an okay pace, about 20 minutes apart from each other... than, it broke loose. After 2,5 hours, we had eaten 5 of the 11 services listed on the menu. We were heading for a 5,5 hour meal... unacceptable. We could see our server was not able to follow pace. Being a posh restaurant, the level of attention needs to be high, thus slowing the service time. The fact that our server was appointed with three tables that came in at about the same time as us leaves us baffled about the way things are organised, though. It is obvious that having to serve three tables which are about at the same pace is a tough feat in such a restaurant.

While she was struggling, the other servers were casually chatting in the kitchen area, thanks to the windows giving in the dining room. At the 2,5 hours mark, we told our server she needed to speed things up as we had to leave within the next 1,5 hours. We had scheduled a 4-hour meal, as advertised, and we were expected elsewhere. Then things got to a good pace, as her colleagues came to help her out for service.

The fact we waited 30 minutes on average for services is not a problem in itself... but when it takes you 1 minute to eat the very small portions served at the beginning of this food journey, it is a problem.

Despite the slow-as-ever service, the food was actually very good. We weren't so fan of the buckwheat dish, but all the other ones were very good... with the celery and perch pike leading the pack.

This place is a very good fine-dining establishment... and we hope the service issue was a one-off thing, which is easily fixable by management in assigning table times to their staff.

We would recommend.

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Thank Isa-Francis
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Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Hostess very helpfully found us a table for 2 on a Friday night after we accidentally turned up a day early for our reservation - oops. We enjoyed the Taste Journey taster menu thoroughly explained by a very knowledgable waiter. The dishes were simple fresh products used in very technical ways - deconstructed celery epitomised this. A lactose intolerance was no problem with lactose free products used to create identical dishes to the "normal" menu. The drinks pairing worked very well and the atmosphere was chilled. Overall a lovely experience.

Thank Barlotte1987
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Thank you to the whole team. Very attentive staff. Special thanks to the waitress Annabella , who perfectly matched the wine , despite the fact I wanted to drink something different. Her suggestion of the drinks selection for food pairing was 100% perfect.
The food is a true experience of Nordic fine dining !!! A must visit place in Tallinn.

Thank CarlaKiel
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

We went with the hope of finding one of the best restaurants in Latvia and it was not like that. We took the most complete tasting menu and it was not worth it: very normal food, well presented, yes, but nothing more. The service is not good: it is very false (they recite everything from memory). For what you pay, it's not worth going.

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Thank JOSEPESC
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

If you are looking for surprising modern cooking this is the right place for great experience. You can either decide on the TASTE JOURNEY or TASTE EXPLORATION menu - both are fixed with fixed, not cheap, price. Every dish is and art piece that is accompanied with elaborate and interesting descriptions which turns the whole evening into a great adventure. Usually I refrain from celery however I have tried the celery dish and it was really special. Service is at its best. Atmosphere is precisely what is required for perfect evening.

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Thank GilKlemperer
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