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“Food was amazing, but the service was not”
Review of Lasite

Lasite
Ranked #102 of 1,018 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$30
Cuisines: Eastern European, Latvian
Description: LASITE is running its 43st season! LASITE is a legendary place since 1975 ... In older – Soviet period this wasn’t only a very popular Old Town cafe, but also, as common for those times, one of the most inaccessible places in Riga... Looking back even further in history, everything started in 1454, when at the same time with the ancient fortifications of Riga, here appears Blind street (Akla iela), where on the ground floor, beneath the ancient cross vaults, LASITE is located. Architect Silvija Petersone, in 1975, designing the cafe, tried to keep the old building and its medieval spirit as much as possible. Restored stained-glass appeared in the windows, the wolf and peccary skin were attached to the walls, massive medieval-style furniture placed in hall. And yet ... people say, that in Soviet times LASITE has been the place where the Latvian SSR senior management, with Augusts Voss (Latvian communist leader in 70th/80th years XX century) himself forefront after freezing in the Komsomol Quay podium, has come "to warm up" with cognac and continued to celebrate the October holidays and other communist celebrations. Stepping by in to LASITE, anyone enters a peculiar mix of atmosphere, where the old Livonian atmosphere mingles with the nostalgic seventies and eighties of the last century. For many centuries, these facilities have experienced a variety of events; there have been both luxurious feasts, both bloody and dramatic love drama, witnessed by a ghost (or ghosts) seen by many LASITE employees. In addition to the traditional range of a modern restaurant, we offer LASITE visitors Livonia (XV-XVI century) time dishes, which are served in the authentic clay dishes. Visitors are able to get nostalgic Soviet-era cocktails. Every night is live music. Often in LASITE performs Girts Pavenis (guitar, piano, mandolin) with popular music and early music performer Einars Kvilis (banjo, flute, mandolin, lute, guitar), as well as other artists. Especially welcome are all those to whom LASITE at different times has been a welcoming and lovely place.
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Description: LASITE is running its 43st season! LASITE is a legendary place since 1975 ... In older – Soviet period this wasn’t only a very popular Old Town cafe, but also, as common for those times, one of the most inaccessible places in Riga... Looking back even further in history, everything started in 1454, when at the same time with the ancient fortifications of Riga, here appears Blind street (Akla iela), where on the ground floor, beneath the ancient cross vaults, LASITE is located. Architect Silvija Petersone, in 1975, designing the cafe, tried to keep the old building and its medieval spirit as much as possible. Restored stained-glass appeared in the windows, the wolf and peccary skin were attached to the walls, massive medieval-style furniture placed in hall. And yet ... people say, that in Soviet times LASITE has been the place where the Latvian SSR senior management, with Augusts Voss (Latvian communist leader in 70th/80th years XX century) himself forefront after freezing in the Komsomol Quay podium, has come "to warm up" with cognac and continued to celebrate the October holidays and other communist celebrations. Stepping by in to LASITE, anyone enters a peculiar mix of atmosphere, where the old Livonian atmosphere mingles with the nostalgic seventies and eighties of the last century. For many centuries, these facilities have experienced a variety of events; there have been both luxurious feasts, both bloody and dramatic love drama, witnessed by a ghost (or ghosts) seen by many LASITE employees. In addition to the traditional range of a modern restaurant, we offer LASITE visitors Livonia (XV-XVI century) time dishes, which are served in the authentic clay dishes. Visitors are able to get nostalgic Soviet-era cocktails. Every night is live music. Often in LASITE performs Girts Pavenis (guitar, piano, mandolin) with popular music and early music performer Einars Kvilis (banjo, flute, mandolin, lute, guitar), as well as other artists. Especially welcome are all those to whom LASITE at different times has been a welcoming and lovely place.
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I came here for lunch with my son because it looked a little unusual. When the food actually arrived it was excellent, but not only were we left waiting for an hour, my food arrived and my son's dish arrived 10 minutes later when I'd practically finished.
Shame - I would have given 5 stars for the food.

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We have entered the place one hour ago, made an order. Prices are higher than average but we were attracted by the atmosphere and history of the place.unfortunately, after one hour of waiting, we haven't got even salads.the meat dishes weren't even started.not to mention the smoke inside. 10 promised mins salads turned into 20 mins and still waiting.... Draw your own conclusions, but I would expect much better service in the very centre of such a beautiful city.

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Thank Masha S
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

This pub is in the old city and close to the presidential palace. They serve some medieval food. Thee a full armour in the pub

Thank Ellacious
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

The staff here were so helpful and made sure we were looked after. The menu was great with so much to choose from and it felt that we were courtiers in a castle and the staff were dressed up in medieval costume which added to the ambience. We didn't have a meal here but we enjoyed a few drinks and the rye garlic bread which was so delicious. It is a shame we ran out of time in Riga as we would have loved to have come back here for dinner.

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Thank Biffro
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

This was the first time i ate in this place! I had game meat there. Deer to be exact.
It was delicius and kept me feeling full for a while. Thats because it is real meat with no additives..
They also had meals on the menu that were advised to be ate with bare hands like back in a day!
Interior was nice, candles lit everywhere!
Will eat there again.

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1  Thank Toms B
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