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$12 - $47
CUISINES
European, Latvian, Eastern European, Central European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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0.3 km from Old City Riga (Vecriga)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere and service was very welcoming. Our server was very attentive. Food was very delicious. The cold soup with beetroot sorbert was divine. Even two little picky eaters emptied their plates.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Modern take on Latvian food made with love. Good choice on the menu and Great service. I really enjoyed my visit and would happily go again on my next visit to Riga

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 11 April 2024 via mobile

It is located in the city centre. I wanted to try some local foods, and they offer a unique menu. The cold soup was fabulous, and all the main dishes were really great, especially the beef cheeks. The goulash soup was ok, but the meat...was a bit chewy. The waiters are very kind and helpful.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 7 April 2024

Really tasty food and reasonably sized portions. The beef cheek almost melted in my mouth. The desserts were also excellent, with a little show element when a chocolate bubble melted as the waiter poured hot caramel sauce over it. Friendly and prompt service.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024

If you are searching for a culinary odyssey in Riga, look no more and waddle into Melnā Bite, where exceptional service meets futuristic design. The restaurant is conveniently located almost in the heart of Riga and is a beacon of culinary innovation and warm hospitality....From the moment you step through its doors, the exceptional service and cozy atmosphere will make your stay as unforgettable as ours was. We came in for dinner and enjoyed each course. The symphony of flavors crafted with precision and flair makes each dish at Melnā Bite a masterpiece. From the starters, we can recommend the burrata with pickled orange carpaccio, olive oil, and pistachios—a perfect blend of flavors. As the main course go either for the burger or the fish. The farm beef burger with brioche buns, pickled onion, bacon, cheese, and vegetables, fried mushrooms with truffle oil, French fries, and homemade spicy sauce - PERFECTION! We never had a better burger. And then there is the fish - the sea bass fillet with confit potatoes, fried vegetables, and cream sauce. The fish was made to perfection, with the sides as well. It is a light dish that will not disappoint. Then there is, of course, the dessert. We ordered the chocolate sphere with whipped cream, blueberry compote with Riga balsam, and blackcurrant ice cream, which comes with hot caramel syrup. No more words are needed. We also tried their drink OCEAN, and it comes with an exciting story 😉 If there's one small critique to offer, we had to wait a little for the check. However, this minor inconvenience didn’t affect our exceptional dining experience at Melnā Bite. We highly recommend a visit as it will exceed your expectations in every way.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024 via mobile

Melnā Bite was a pleasant surprise! Service was efficient, and the food? It definitely delivered! Portions were hearty, and the prices were reasonable. The atmosphere was inviting, and the locals added to the cozy feel. Overall, a spot worth checking out for a satisfying meal...and relaxed ambiance.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 March 2024

Great ambience very good food at sensible prices. Good range of menu choices potato pancakes were really good. Best salmon I’ve had in Latvia by a long way.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024 via mobile

We were looking for place for dinner and found this located close to our accommodation. We arrived at 8pm. Probably, it’s low season and we were easily got seats. Staff was nicely allowed us to choose seats. Mainly beef and fish were offered in the...main dishes menu. We simply ordered two main dishes (duck confit and seafood spaghetti) and French fries. Food was all delicious. Especially the seafood spaghetti presentation was surprisingly nice. Hope we have chance to come back and try more varieties of food. Strongly recommended if you were in Riga.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

Good food, traditional dishes from both Ladvia and Lithuania. Cozy place. We had the potato pancakes and a traditional oven dish.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2023 via mobile

We visited on a Thursday evening, we had no reservation but as there were very few tables with customers we assumed it would not be a problem. We were seated fairly quickly, however, we waited more than 20 minutes with no visit from the waitstaff,...no water, no drink order, nothing. We waited a few more minutes and departed. Was sorry we could not try the food but with so many great restaurants in Riga there is no need to endure poor service.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023 via mobile

We had walked from the Art Nouveau area and were feeling hungry. We spotted this restaurant and in We went. Both my husband & I are vegetarian, I eat fish but my husband does not. Thr menu was excellent and we ended up eating a...3 course meal with beer, wine and a brandy to finish. The service was efficient and helpful. The food was excellent. We could not have asked for better. The beer was strong and my Sauvignon Blanc was 'spot on'. We highly recommend this restaurant as we cannot remember eating so well for a long time. We are Londoners and eat out regularly at home. Well done Melna Bite for providing a top class meal.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023 via mobile

This restaurant looked nice, and happened to be very close to my hotel, so I gave it a try. I like the choice in the menu, and the excellent waitress was quite prepared to arrange for things to be customized according to my minor allergies....The food came quickly, was delicious and fresh. The desert was likewise good (and rather large - I chose the ice cream that is made locally, on the premises). All in all, I was very pleased with the service, the food, and the prices (which are reasonable, considering this is at the centre of the city). Warmly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023 via mobile

Our first night in Riga led us to Melna Bite, as we were looking for a late dinner option. Initially, we requested a table outside and were accommodated, but unfortunately, that was the only positive aspect of our experience. From the moment we sat down,...we felt neglected and like an afterthought. The starter we ordered was mediocre at best, not leaving a lasting impression. However, it was the main course, which was supposed to be their specialty, that truly disappointed. I personally found the Beef Cheeks with mashed potatoes and sauce to be tasteless and lacking any flavor. Each bite was a letdown, and it did not live up to our expectations. Regrettably, this dining experience was not what we had hoped for. While it is possible that it was just an off night, it was a lowlight in an otherwise amazing experience in Riga.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 August 2023

Welcoming restaurant found me a table early in the evening. had beef cheeks which fell apart having been cooked to perfection. Dessert was to die for. service was a little slow but not too slow. Went back 2 nights later and was welcomed like an...old friend. Had cabbage soup which was fantastic then beef cheeks and again was delicious. The honey cake dessert was divine. Service was the total opposite to last time as my main appeared before i finished my soup ( i put this down to the staff being too eager to please). If i'm ever in Riga again, i will revisit this restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

First of all it took half an hour to get menus. After ordering the foods arrived in half an hour, before aperitives! Food drinks didn't arrive until I got a bottle of water myself from the waiter, even asked twice. The awful service was not...taken into account in the bill at all. The food was ok but nothing special. I would recommend to choose an another restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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MELNA BITE RESTAURANT, Riga - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Melnā Bite Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Melnā Bite Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5