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“Great Ukrainian Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Shynok

Shynok
Ranked #189 of 1,836 Restaurants in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Eastern European, Ukrainian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Frisco, Colorado
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161 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great Ukrainian Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

I traveled for a month in Russia and Kiev, including Saint Petersburg and Moscow, and the meal I had in this restaurant (as part of a group of 200 people) was the most memorable. From soup to desert, including a main course of chicken Kiev, every dish was delicious, fresh, and timely served. The ambience was not fancy but was Ukrainian and unique. The wait staff was excellent. I will definitely eat here again when I am back in Kiev.

  • Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The food was nice, but served with no smile....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

Being Ukrainian who lives in the UK for the last 10 years it is always interesting to come back and see the growing interest to local cuisine and tradition. The more interesting was to visit such a place with people who can't even speak any Ukrainian or Russian.
The food was really good, lots of traditional alcoholic options and dishes. We did enjoy trying different of them. I had rabbit, that was excellent! The negative is that the girl who served us managed to avoid single smile during couple of hours of our stay! She was very nice, spoke good English and looked after our table, but was very serious all the time....
When will the service in Ukraine move from the Soviet grumpy style?!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank ribeshechka
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116 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
“Ukrainian cuisine and hospitality!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

Shynok is an interesting typical Ukrainian as an interior and cuisine restaurant opened in 2007 and situated in the central part of Kiev nearby thePerchersk metro station. The venue works from 11:00 till 00:00, it has several different halls (4 in number - “Khmelnoy”, “Yarmarochniy”, “Svadebniy” and “Svetlitsa” with a total of more than 300 seats) and offers live folk music to its guests in the evening. You are met right at the door with some "nastoyanka" (home-made liquor like vodka) in small glasses, in the same way you are sent home when you are leaving the restaurant. The menu is not very long but you could try most of the famous Ukrainian traditional dishes with a focus on the meat and borsch with pampoushka –the trademark of Ukraine(some of them home-made like the pickles, the pampoushki bread and pastries) plus 18 types of home brewed beer as well as some Ukrainian vodka and local wines (I don't recommend the wines though). The quality of dishes is good, the waiters dressed in folk costumes were kind and patient enough to explain more about the dishes, but one of them didn't hide his disappointment when we left him a tip he probably found not big enough... The prices are more expensive than average but having in mind that the restaurant has its focus mostly on foreigners (I usually visit it only with my foreign colleagues/business partners for instance) and guests of the city is it not surprising to be like that. The payments could be done in cash or most common debit/credit cards, the restaurant belongs to the "Mirovaya karta" set of restaurants so bring your discount card if you have one or ask for one with a 10% before paying your bill. The parking is an issue because of the central location of the restaurant, but you could find some places nearby. The restaurant has also something like a small souvenir shop.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Wolfchild
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Luhansk, Ukraine
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115 reviews
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“Very wide choice of the Ukrainian dishes, but dishes not so tasty”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

Very picturesque Ukrainian restaurant in the center of Kiev. On an entrance you are met by the headwaiter and treats with strong alcoholic Hrenovuha tincture (tincture on a horse-radish). At restaurant there is folklore musical band which all evening sings the Ukrainian songs. Very wide choice of the Ukrainian dishes. The price of a main course is 10-20 USD. More than 20 types of alcoholic tinctures (on a cranberry, apples, a lemon, etc.). The restaurant is included into the restaurant network "World Card".
Negative - dishes not so tasty. In Kiev there are some other restaurants of a local cuisine at which it is possible to eat and are more tasty and are cheaper.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank pcmaxim
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Halifax, Canada
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150 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Kitchy and Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

Went here with a bunch of associates... the faux country feel and band awesome just know what your in for... Good times... as long as you don't plan on taking yourself to seriously.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Jon_1982
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