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“Really Good Fun”
Review of Olde Hansa

Olde Hansa
Ranked #36 of 982 Restaurants in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$86
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The medieval restaurant Olde Hansa is the home of a rich merchant, whose guests enjoy delicious, authentic Hansa-era meals and drinks, true period music and always friendly service. All of the dishes on the menu, including many wild game delicacies, are cooked using 15th century recipes and methods. Medieval musicians delight the guests every night of the week except Mondays. Tallinn Card holders receive a sweet treat with every meal purchased - a bag of freshly roasted almonds, on the house!
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Of course, the waiters in medieval gear and the medieval decoration is a bit 'touristy', but this place is extremely good fun and very well done indeed. As with so much in the old town, it was a mixture of entertainment and serious historical authenticity. The building itself is old, like so many others in this beautiful city, so my partner and I were prepared to overlook the marketing gimmick. We ordered the 'gamekeeper's feast' and were really taken aback by the quality and the quantity of food! The starter plate was as delicious as it was generous, and then the mains included different dishes of wild boar, reindeer and boar ragu, salmon, rabbit, baked sauerkraut and sweet turnip. Every single dish was brilliant, especially the ragu, and all were beautifully and clearly explained beforehand. Personally, I was thankful not to have the musicians playing right in front of me, and I loved the candlelit interior. Staff were excellent. While so many places around the world are just made for tourists and are a real rip off, this place (and Old Tallinn in general) seem to have got the balance right. It was value for money and I would certainly go back.

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Thank Kunimasa
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

The Old Hansa is an experience, with staff dressed in medieval gear in a banqueting hall from many yore ago lit only by candles (this makes reading the menu a bit difficult). Seating is on wooden trestles (a bit hard on the bottom for those less padded), walls are decorated with medieval murals and the toilets are worth the visit just for interesting arrangements.
We had the Medieval Feast at 37 Euros per head which is a bit on the steep side but the food was good with a different mix of filling plates. Our waitress Laura, who seemed to be looking after the whole room, was very personable as she managed the breaking the bread procedure prior to surving the meal. We visited this restaurant several years ago in Winter when the band played up on the stage in the banqueting hall and the atmosphere was much better than this time. In the Summer the band plays outdoors for the outside patrons. For this reason I would recommend the outside seating and as an added bonus you will also be able to read the menu.

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Thank Michael N
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Eating at this place is like stepping back in time! The whole atmosphere is very nice, and the place is decorated in style all the way through. Even up to the toilets!
Also, the meals are good and the staff is very friendly!

Definitely worth a visit if you're in Tallin!

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Thank Roel B
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

I've had my fair share of medieval food in the historical societies of which I've been a member, and can vouch for the quality of the cooking at Olde Hansa. Sure, it is a bit pricey, but the atmosphere is great, and both the girl at the door and my waiter were friendly and personal without being obsequious. If you have an interest in the Middle Ages, or is a fan of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, you will certainly enjoy a meal (or two) here!

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

If you love medieval atmosphere go here! The staff is dressed in medieval clothes, the restaurant is lit by candles. The beer is amazing! There was also live medieval music. Love love love<3

Thank Marisa19902014
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