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#110 of 200 Latvian in Riga
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0.1 miles from Old City Riga (Vecriga)
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Reviewed 12 July 2019 via mobile

Had to wait for food more than 1,5 h, although it was promised to be fast. Staff not professional. Not recomnended!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

we wend to Desiderada restaurant on 25/08/2018 for dinner. We ordered 1 bottle of water, 2 small beers, steak, hamburger and pasta with chicken. And our troubles come to us as a snow ball: we noticed by waiter that credit card is not acceptable claiming...the problems with terminal, our order was served in more than 30 minutes after order placed. Steak was solid and rubbery as the sole of an English boot - suppose that steak was de-frozed a several times before cooked. Hamburger was made from the over-salted de-frozen cutlet (suppose purchased from Liddle or from Indian black cows), french fries was crispy as a chips obtained from bottoms of frozen potatoes bags. Finally we paid Eur 50.70 bill leaving dinner on the table. This was dishonor of Riga and I trust there are many nice restaurants in Riga except this one!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

We had already passed earlier in the evening and decided against it, but as the evening wore on we were getting desperate to find a place and decided to give it a go. Service was pretty terrible as it was hard to attract the waitresses...attention even when they looked our way by mistake. However at one point, with full glasses, cutlery on the table and waiting for our food (which took a while) we were bizarrely asked if we wanted to order anything? When the food came it was disappointing and mostly cold. Oh, and you can only pay by cash, despite the restaurant being part of what looked like an expensive hotel. Don't go there, go somewhere else.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Having wandered around for a while we decided to walk in for some lunch... Slight rain and the only available seats outdoors were under the clear skies. Folded roof? Ups... Broken. Ok. Let's get inside. Found a table there. Got the menu and after a...longer while a waitress noticed us willing to take the order... Having done so she casually mentioned that: btw only cash payments. Really?! In the heart of Riga old town? Main waking street? REALLY? Apparently a decent money laundry service with no respect for customers. You wanna find some decent service? Go round the corner. Colonel or Blue Cow are waiting. Never again here!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

U can find better food somewhere else. Service was not so good. Waitress forgot some of our order. Food was average. Funny that u cant pay with creditcard even the visa sign is on the door.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

The service stops to the door! They forgot our starters and we had to wait our food almost an hour. They har happy to welcome us in but everything stops there. Food was belowe average and over priced.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

We have been in this place only for a drink after dinner. We have ordered 2 Margaritas and I asked in one of them to add instead of a full portion of tequila , a bit of Ardbeg whisky , to give to the cocktail...a smoky taste, since they didn't have Mezcal. At half cocktail I noticed that in the bottom of the glass was full of salt ( and it was not the rimmed salt on the glass). When I told them they refused to make better, plus they asked full price of a glass of whisky even if I didn't take a full portion and I had to pay a very bad cocktail, the worst I have ever had. Completely not professional staff and bartender. Definetly I will never came back or suggest this place to other people.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Ok service, the food came out quickly. The food tasted as it was "fresh frozen", the potatoes were swimming in oil, dry meat, cold food. Would not recommend eating here.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Went and had a nice snack at lunch time....so decided to go back for dinner....very quick to take your order and dinner arrived relatively quickly.... Meal was dissapointing...had lamb which was a very small portion....which we mentioned to staff on leaving... No attention from waiting...staff who were either looking at their mobile phones or eating behind the bar...left hungry was not even offered desert....ok to go for a snack with no fuss but for dinnernot recommended as it was very dissapointing.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Overall good hot but served on cold plates. Service poor and slow. Main courses brought before starters and waitress tried to get us to have meal served this way. When main course served it had obviously been kept warm in an oven. One member of...staff brushing her hair behind bar. Staff eating meals behind bar. Another group had meals served at different times. Another diner had to send meal back as it was cold. Staff seemed unperturbed by this and more interested in lighting candles and themselves. Worst service I have had not only in Latvia but other countries and would not recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Stopped in here for lunch on a misty day in late October. Clean and spacious dining are, with a bar towards the front. Part of a hotel, but with separate entrance. A very large menu of food and drink both. There seem to be a...lot of local specialties. She enjoyed her fish and I had a potato pancake dish that was very good. The beer selection was decent, with some brews outside the local regulars. They also had very tasty pots of tea to order. Service was decent, although you sometimes had to flag down the waitress from the bar for a refill. In her defense, I was drinking the delicious beer down pretty fast. Overall, a pretty good place for a meal and some drinks on a downcast day in Riga.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Visited here for a quick lunch and not disappointed. Very reasonably priced. Had fairly simple food with the sauerkraut and smoked ham soup but delicious nonetheless. Really quick and pleasant service.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful dining area and excellent food which was reasonably priced. Deserts were huge! Staff very friendly and polite.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The food was excellent, the waiters were nice and lovely. The portions were huge and we obviously overestimated our abilities.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Disappointed with the calamari - straight from a catering frozen pack and very doughy. How sad when this city has an excellent fresh fish market. They forgot our drinks and main course until we called the waitress over . AVOID

Date of visit: September 2017
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  • Food: 4.5
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