In my experience at Ertlio Namas you can really taste the best the country has to offer. In most places in Vilnius you will either find simple Lithuanian cuisine or more general European style food.
Here they have an historic concept which is different in a very pleasant and tasteful way: a must for anybody who wants to dive a little deeper into the Lithuanian kitchen.
All ingredients are local, season bound and based on Lithuanian history. Hence every course (4 or 6 courses) is accompanied by a story on the specific food and the role it played in the development of Lithuanian food culture. It is passionately explained by the very friendly and competent (perfectly English speaking) staff.
The flavours match very well, especially when placed in the context of an historic dinner. Also there is an option to drink accompanying wines (not local, and perhaps for the better ;) ). We chose the 4 course dinner with wines, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Highly recommended, will definitely visit again when in Vilnius.
If you have time for a culinary adventure, then stop here. Relax, open your mind and your senses. The stories, the food and the wines are matched to perfection. Enjoy!
The restaurant is located in the middle of the old town in a building on the UNESCO protection list. (No air condition allowed, so at each place setting a hand fan was laid out!). The restaurant was recommended to us by our local guide, who assured us it would not be one of the typical historical meals with too much grilled meat, beer and mead. In fact it was quite the opposite. The idea was to serve us courses from various centuries, just using ingredients and spices that were available in Vilnius at that time. The food was very good and interesting. (It is the first time I have tasted beaver!) Our waiter was very good at presenting the dishes and giving us the background. A very stylish eating experience!
Lankėmės Jūsų restorane su svečiais is Amerikos liepos 1d. Išbandėme 6 patiekalų degustacinę vakarienė su priderintais vynais. Visi buvo sužavėti. Viskas buvo nuostabu! Ačiū!
I was first a bit skeptic of this restaurant, because I had read that they serve "traditional Lithuanian food". No worry. The dinner was perfect, all courses we absolutely delicious and the service was perfect. So thanks to the restaurant and its kitchen.
Superb food, I had the smoked beaver starter, followed by beef cheeks with mushroom tart. All local fare, all excellent. Washed down with dark Lithuanian beer, which suited it perfectly. For pud, I had rhubarb (cake, jam, jelly- lots of rhubarb things!) with bread ice cream, accompanied by some mead. Recommend all of it. Service was impeccable, good explanations about the dishes. I intend to go again next time I'm in Vilnius.
Waitress will take you to unforgettable and wonderful journey through Lithuanian cuisine! Amazing, nice atmosphere, professional staff, high quality service, interesting combinations of food ingredients, which let you to feel amazing taste! We definitely recommend this restaurant and will come back!;)
We had lunch here. tried the smoked beaver and a devine paté. The beef cheeks and desert with mead and cucumber made for a memorable meal. The prices are good and we thought the portions were more than enough. Superb bread and butter! we shall eat here again.
We passed the restaurant many times but saw only tasting menus outside and since we eat fish, but not meat, we walked by. Then when we happened upon it again just before a storm, we asked if they had an a la carte menu. They did--it was small, but we had a delicious meal of asparagus soup and catfish.
Great culinary experience in Vilnius: creative and delicious, incorporating best seasonal products. Very attentive and friendly waiter who also explained the origins of each dish. We liked the idea of set menus, where the chef can realise, what he's best at and as a result, everything was very tasty and cooked to perfection. Not cheap but definitely worth it.
We both had the 6 course tasting menu and were not disappointed. Service was excellent and the wines paired the food perfectly. Stories behind the dishes were interesting and service was excellent. Next time I probably would go for 4 course menu as 6 courses is very filling so to say but it is missing the best dish which was the lamb.
We live in NYC so I'll say they deserve at least 1 Michelin star. The place is amazing and very welcoming. The 6 course tasting is amazing. The first course quail its a surprise and you can't stop eating it. My wife and mother in law couldn't stop eating every dish was an experience.
I really like this place. We chose the 4 course taster menu with pairing wines. The amuses, appetizers and courses were very well balanced. With fresh ingredients they revamped the traditional cuisine. We were 3 days into their new autumn menu and I loved it. The only thing I missed were the friandise with the tea and coffee. Portion sizes are rather small, but in the end I was very satisfied. Definitely a place to return!