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“Tasty Ukrainian food in a great atmosphere”
Review of Pervak

Ranked #8 of 1,899 Restaurants in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$15
Cuisines: Ukrainian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Pervak, one of the best folk Ukrainian restaurants in Kiev, and is located in the heart of the capital. It serves a wonderful range of freshly cooked dishes of Ukrainian cuisine. Pervak offers a wide range of traditional Ukrainian drinks and food which you can enjoy in either the big hall, or one of the small rooms decorated in Ukrainian style. Take a trip back in time to early 20th century Kyiv in one of restaurants in Kiev with great folk decor. The decor includes the showing of silent movies, and the restaurant itself is on the site of a famous merchant's house. A friendly staff in costumes serves up a variety of hearty Ukrainian dishes with inventive names, many interesting details wait for you here in one of the best Ukrainian restaurants. Pervak has succeeded in creating the perfect restaurant for tourists and locals alike, yet has not sacrificed its Ukrainian identity. The exterior of the building is splendid, and behind the door beckons a restaurant full of surprises, smiling faces and tasty dishes. It consists of seven distinct dining areas decorated in its own unique style. The Pervak restaurant has been tastefully designed to give you the feeling of old Kiev from a bygone era. It is quirky and fun, full of interesting ornaments, pictures and curiosities. And if you need any further distraction then the attractive waitresses dressed in frilly low cut folk costumes may well get you reaching for that extra shot of vodka. The menu is always refreshed and gladdens with its newcomers, you will feel the rich variety of tastes in one of the best restaurants in Kiev. We dearly preserve the best traditions of the Ukrainian hospitality and create a unique atmosphere of comfort and friendliness to be enjoyed by each of our visitors. Ukrainian restaurant "Pervak" is ideal for business meals with spaces available for private hire or with friends and family. We are proud to invite you to Pervak, to one of the eldest restaurants in Kiev.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Tasty Ukrainian food in a great atmosphere”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Experienced a wide selection of typical Ukrainian food as recommended by the waiter.
Lucky we were with some Ukrainian friends who reduced the volume of food by at least 50% as there was so much being recommended!
Everything was delicious - best Ukrainian food I've had

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Rick_Yvanovich
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice place to have a taste of Ukrainian cuisine”
Reviewed 7 December 2013

Were invited for dinner in Pervak by some local biz partners/friends.

A very good local food with friendly service.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank SlatsRetract
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Do not visit this restaurant”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

We visited Pervak recently. The evening was spoiled by the restaurant's refusal to accept payment by credit card despite prior agreement to do so. Unpleasant conversations, bully boy bouncers and intimidation did not work. We held our ground. I would not recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank W00dy2012
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“I cannot recommend this restaurant”
Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

I went with a business delegation of 15 people to Pervak. Sphere is basicly fine and was the main reason to go there. The food was however of poor quality and small portions were served. The service in the restaurant is really of very bad quality, even rude. The waiter even started discussion - in russian - about the tip, which I still had given despite the waisted evening. I really can confirm the bad experiences written in the reviews below. I cannot recommend this place: especially not for business delegations. I will never come back here again.

1 Thank evert jan k
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Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pervak is not good anymore”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

Our company annualy receives delegations from abroad. This year we hosted 14 business people from the Netherlands. Pervak was one of the restaurants we normally book for a collective dinner due to its nice interior and traditional cuisine. And we were never disappointed with the quality and amount of food we get. I say "amount", because for many people it is important to have a decent dinner after a long working day.
This time we ordered 8 salads (to share), 4 starters (to share), 14 soups, 14 main courses (to share) and 10 portions of garnish (to share). According to the experience of previous years the amount of ordered food should have been more than enough. But this time the portions were so tiny that everybody left the table with a feeling of hunger. Moreover white wine was warm and part of the table had empty glassed for a long time since the waiter didn't visit us so frequently.
It is a pity that fame makes some places go worse and obviously Pervak is going in the wrong direction.
We decided not to visit this place anymore.

  • Visited September 2013
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4 Thank Aleksey L
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