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“very relaxing place”
Review of Kloostri Ait - CLOSED

Kloostri Ait
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Kloostri Ait Restaurant has been operating in Vene Street, the Old Town of Tallinn, since 1994. Like the mediaeval granary building for which it is named, the establishment has had a colourful history full of changes. Intimate in the evenings, when the warm colours come to life, Kloostri Ait is no less cosy during the day, when it makes a good stop for lunch. The spacious dining area is well-ventilated and there is plenty of room for guests with baby carriages or wheelchairs. At weekends, live ensembles perform. Kloostri Ait welcomes both established and young artists onstage.
Reviewed 30 October 2012

Situated close to the Hotel Telegraaf, this is a relaxing place whetehr you want just a drink, a coffee or a 3-course meal. Rocking chairs by an open fire are a nice touch. Food and wine wer good, but the service was a bit slow, bearing in mind the place wasn't full.

Thank 580anon
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

That's my wife's word, not mine; but yes, it was. This restaurant shares a common wall with a very old monastery (turned museum) into which you can look from the dining room. The entrance is off Vene near Katariina käik (St. Catherine's Passage). We explore new restaurants in Old Town on Thursdays, and being from American farming roots, we eat very early in the evening. On this particular visit we had our pick of tables from those that didn't already have reservation cards on them (about half the tables did). Everything about this restaurant is "really good" ... the menu selection, the wine list, the decor, the staff, the presentation, and the pacing of the courses, seriously, "really good"; absolutely nothing wrong with that. Americans take note, they will serve you a pitcher of tap water with lemon in it (Yes, it's a big deal). If you order the homemade onion rings, tell them you would like them "crispy". The bill was a pleasant surprise, being about 15 EU each for a 3 course meal. On some cold snowy evening in the near future we will once again visit Kloostri Ait for another "really good" dinner.

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Thank N0T-the-Momma
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

As you walk along the street, this restaurant is easy to miss, since from the outside it is quite unimposing and does not have sidewalk tables outside luring you like a few of the others do just down the street - but we stepped inside Kloostri Ait to enjoy great food, and relaxed local atmoshere for a very pleasant lunch for the 4 of us - the staff were very attentive, although a little shy, possibly because of the langauge difference. We each had and enjoyed local dishes.

Even in summer, the firewood was stacked ready for the coming winter and we suspect that the large fireplace is a winter attraction. I wouldn't hesitate to go back again.

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Thank Bryan B
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

We'd walked past this restaurant on our first evening, but luckily found it on the next. We were surprised not to need a reservation, but booked for a second evening just in case. On both occasions we had excellent meals, desserts and drinks for two for around 40 euros in total. The sea trout gratin was SO delicious that I had it twice, almost unheard of! The staff were quietly friendly, maybe a little shy, but efficient.
The atmosphere was relaxed with inobtrusive background music, live at the weekend.
I'd imagine the huge fireplace would be most welcoming in the winter.
If we return to Tallinn, we'll be back.

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Thank bunny19
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

This says it all. Location ok, food ok, wine ok, prices ok, staff is not trained to smile. Shame, it could have been a good restaurant.

Thank vosdiana
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