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#57 of 361 European in Riga
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$7 - $43
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European, Wine Bar, Central European, International
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 14 November 2022

Great atmosphere, service and food, nothing bad to say whatsoever! Highly recommend for an intimate dinner experience.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 13 November 2022 via mobile

From the moment we stepped inside the restaurant we were greeted by big smiles and a relaxing atmosphere. Very cool and modern looking, fantastic service and the food was absolutely incredible!! Highly recommend a visit if you are in Riga.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 16 January 2022

at first we thought this place would focuse more on the wine since the food meny was quite short. but the food was indeed in my opinion top 5 in Riga. really cozy atmosphere with dimmed lighting etc. would recommend

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 22 November 2021

Living nearby, we decided this summer to go back to Garage. From this dinner—and confirmed by more than a dozen follow-up visits over more than 4 months—Garage has become one of our favorite (if not our most favorite) restaurant in Riga. The menu is simple,...a set of a dozen tapas that changes every few weeks and three-four main dishes that vary daily. First of all, the tapas are so much more sophisticated than the name implies: they are very creative, innovative small plates that are rather a fusion between cultures than of Spanish trend. The main dishes include normally a succulent Latvian-based cream soup, but with twists, so that the end result is far more complex than a simple cream soup. There is also a fish and a meat-based dish. Both are unique creations, again often a blend of ingredients from different cuisines that always surprise us; there has not been a dish we did not like! Finally, the desserts are always “Chef’s creation”, but they are worth the trip — always. The wine carte is varied, and carries excellent choices; of note is that one can buy the wines one drinks, as Garage is also a wine shop. I would like to finish with three important points: 1) the venue seems to be in an old garage, as the name implies. The ceilings are high, and the main kitchen is up a spiral staircase, with an adjunct open kitchenette on the first floor - the light is often dim, the music soft, and the noise level comfortable - a real pleasure; 2) the prices reflect an excellent value for the sophistication of the dishes, and 3), the waiting staff is smiling and friendly, and, of course, polyglot. To summarize: an innovative fusion cuisine at more than reasonable prices delivered with a smile. No wonder we like Garage so much!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 29 October 2020

Disclaimer: this review is based on my experience during "Riga Restaurant week", which offered a special set 3-course menu. The menu offered by this restaurant was really appetizing. We had: - Appetizer: some fish (sashmi-like style). Very tasty and fresh - Main: there were two...options and we each took a different one: + Game meat : cooked to perfection and melting in the mouth. Accompanied by a very good purée + Mushrooms pasta: Very beautiful hand-made and generously filled pasta. The paired sauce was also very delicious - Dessert: Chocolate cake The service was very good throughout dinner. The wine was poured in good intervals, the pace of the dishes was well spread out and the explanations for each dish were a nice extra, especially done in English. The only concern we had, as soon as we got in, is the fact that this restaurant was extra-packed, with tables being very very close to each other. The socially-safe 2 meters distance was definitely not something this place was following, unfortunately. That public health issue apart, we very much enjoyed our experience there and would very much be interested in returning.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 14 August 2020

I had a curly dark hair on my food. First waiter didn't believe me so he came back from the kitchen and I have to show where the hair is. It was a little bit humiliating. I never heard any apologies or even any thanks...when we left this restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 5 August 2020 via mobile

We had a lovely dinner in this cute wine bar. Our waitress was super nice, chatty and absolutely knew what she was doing. The food was superb as well (tapas & mains). Would recommend!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

It was fantastic Friday evening with delicious Tapas and Champagne, great service. The atmosphere is romantic there. Recommend!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 8 March 2020

Small review for this place: We had a dinner at this place. Service is very good but food is overage. My wife had COD and I had Steak as main course. Taste was normal, nothing special Tuna sashimi as starter was interesting Crab as starter...was not so good. So general: usual place to have nice and quiet dinner or lunch, but do not expect something special of extraordinary.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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rudolfsk, General Manager at Garage Demokratisks Vina Bars, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2020

Dear Sergej, Thank you very much for your time visiting us. Hope to see you back in Riga and give us another try to surprise with food and our specially selected wines. We promise to keep the service at the same level or even better...More

Reviewed 17 February 2020

wonderful interior summer garden; a truly city-ish garden stucked between two restaurants an a hotel, with a charming atmosphere when live bands are playing

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 December 2019 via mobile

We had a wine tasting evening for 50 people. Everything went nice and the wines were good. Garage has a nice atmosphere and friendly staff. They also know their wines

Date of visit: December 2019
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rudolfsk, General Manager at Garage Demokratisks Vina Bars, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2020

Hi! Thank you very much for review and photos. We are importing the wines by our selves from small producers to offer for our guests. We know all the producers personally and the wines they make. Hope to see you back, Garage team

Reviewed 20 November 2019

Cozy place conveniently located at Bergs Bazaar! Good wine selection, decent food, friendly service.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 2 November 2019

Very helpful waiter/barman who was most accommodating as I arrived for this event. Ready-made ''tapas' were there and made to mix with the white and red wines' choices. Very tasty indeed! Cosy surrounding, long tables to seat all of us helps the build conviviality and...warmth.. Their idea of food-on-the-night is to offer what is available that day - thus they lay out a menue for the evening and you pick from there. Excellent location wedged in between Elisabetes street and Dzirnavu in the bars- & -restaurants area, this location next to Hotel Bergs - opposite of A-/K- Suns Brasserie.. Important however you dress well so you feel part of it!:)More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 20 October 2019

The "Garage" wine bar is located in Bergs Bazaar. The building is an old garage (hence the name) and consequently the decor is functional. The main food offering is tapas but there is a reasonable choice of other menu items. Staff are helpful and efficient....It is a popular and trendy place, so booking at the weekend is recommended. This also means that prices are slightly on the high side, but not outrageous.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 October 2019

... but the trout didn't taste of anything / needed seasoning. We went for a business lunch, which in most cases we all know, is very cheap and a single dished menu for all within the timeframe. So not much to point fingers at, per...se. However, the duck terrine was made as a dry paté and it was in fact in the more dry than lively end. The beetroot 'jam' accompanying the paté was however delicious, still lacking some quantity to cover of for the extremely large piece of paté (same goes for the quantity of bread). The trout was missing salt. As in no spices had been used at all on this fish, which was sad to say the least because the fish was beautifully cooked... As such the price was low, the level 'might' have been close to that in quality as well, so who am I to complain - but either you want to be a great restaurateur or not; you can't just skip during the day and perform only at night (which it would seem like they do here). Thanks for lunch - would like to visit you again in the evening some time.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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White wines are starting from 3.60 EUR, red wines from 4.00 EUR
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Garage Demokratisks Vīna Bars is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5