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“Quintessential Riga!”

Restaurant KEY to RIGA
Ranked #73 of 964 Restaurants in Riga
Cuisines: European, Latvian, Eastern European, Central European
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Restaurant KEY to RIGA is situated at the very heart of Riga Old Town right on Dome Square with a wonderful view to Riga Cathedral.The idea and interior of the restaurant came as inspiration from the legendary Latvian film "Devil's Servants", which is a story about Riga City in the 17th century, its brave defendants and the symbolic key to riga. Decorative ironworks, candles, pottery, authentic wall and ceiling paintings, wooden interior decorations and solid wooden furniture - all create ancient atmosphere in modern environment.The restaurant menu stresses the traditional Latvian meals, including snacks, salad, soups, main courses, desserts, and a plate of old Riga meals. The menu offers a wide choice of meals, including meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes. Try the especially traditional local meal - smoked pork shank with mashed potatoes and horse radish and stewed cabbage.You are very welcome to our restaurant KEY to RIGA for breakfast, lunch and dinner..., To celebrate and to feel like a king or queen.
Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
“Quintessential Riga!”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

On entering we (5 of us) didn't have a table booked however they were able to accommodate us. The menu had a great array of varying dishes able to cater for most pallets and appetites! We were very impressed with this, however this is where the positive notions ended. The entrée's didn't come out together but in a sporadic pattern separated by vast minutes! My entrée was sitting on the bar top for at least 7-8 minutes prior to being served. The mains, again mine together with another companions came out even before I received my entrée which when stating so resulted in a perplexed look from the waiter. This unfortunately resulted in the previously mentioned mains coming out cold (they sat on the table next to us whilst they figured out the mystery of food service) when it was their actual time to be served. No apologies! Furthermore my three other acquaintances meals were also lukewarm at best! Given the nature of all of these dishes being MEAT dished in various forms, well this just wasn't good enough! When we complained the waiter disappeared for 5 minutes, upon his return he offered a hefty discount served with a side of total indifference! Surely we would have preferred hot meals however given the state of our hunger, time of the evening and the waiters total lack of empathy we went for the discount.
Dessert, tea or coffee? No way!

  • Visited January 2014
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Milan, Italy
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“Medieval-style”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Good atmosphere, food that mimics medieval times, ancient music (live). However, long waiting time to be seated and the restaurant doesn't take reservations. Some flaws in service.

Visited January 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews
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“As expected.”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Looked like a tourist trap, and I think it is. Food was terrible, but we ate there after midnight new years eve, and were there just because we wanted a bottle of wine and saw a free table. But service was very good, people were happy and we had a very nice time there.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice restaurant”
Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

Very few customers, however the decor was interesting and the place had a good ambiance, particularly when the musicians arrived. We were given prompt service and the food was tasty; if a little fatty. Price was reasonable too and the restaurant is set in the middle if the old town.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent food, friendly service, live band. Top marks.”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

The band is so good that I only realised it was a band (and not a recording) when I had to pop downstairs. They really are very good. The setting is impressive and easy to find in the centre of Old City. The service could not possibly be faulted and the food is exceptional with quite a few adventurous offerings. Highly recommended.

  • Visited October 2013
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