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Lasite

#105 of 764 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Latvian, Eastern European, Central European
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Anglikanu iela 2 | Entrance from the street Aklā, at the Pils 13, Riga 1050, Latvia
+371 25 505 268
Today
11:00 - 23:45
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:45
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our walking tour of the old town we came across this restaurant …I think the words hot cocktails may be caught our attention. My companion had a hot cocktail with main ingredient being Riga’s local drink …Black Balsam. I had a mug of hot dark ale …both were delicious. We both then had the pumpkin soup …which was so... More 

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Thank AndrewCTFC
Paris, France
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165 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this restaurant is a bit hidden and you may easily miss it. We went after the recommendation of our guide and were not disappointed. While the actual restaurant is not as good as the other one in Riga, the food is highly superior in quality and taste. The restaurant itself is simple, underground with some Middle Ages theme to it.... More 

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Thank Catello L
New Orleans, Louisiana
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

I went down a path and found this interesting place. I see from the previous reviews that people seem to like this place, however this was not my experience. I opened the door to the restaurant and a young girl was behind the bar, the place had just opened so we were the first ones in the place. The girl... More 

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Thank Rayburn C
Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

After a days travelling we found this place, just as it was winding down. The main menu was too late, but they put together a selection of nibbles/starters. The beer was excellent, if not a bit lively. Measured in a glass then decanted into a mug, via a froth remover. We ate there ie full meal, twice. I wanted to... More 

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Thank Andrew R
Riga, Latvia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Surprising medieval environment tucked behind the Anglican church. Feels like a secret passage that leads to the entrance. Reasonably priced drinks and appetizers (we didnt have a meal.). Service was attentive and fairly quick. Live classical guitar in the background added to the ambience. Upon departure the waiter chased down our party after someone lost their pocket contents on the... More 

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Thank ilgab1
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Lasite is tucked away down a side-street and whilst the orange-clad chap (a cross between a Buddhist monk and a medieval knight) attempting to draw in customers might be enough to deter you, don't let it. Inside is rustic and whilst a few of the decorative touches may not ring quite true, everything else feels authentic without seeming contrived. The... More 

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Thank Sezzlelou
Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Absolutely, from far, one of the best places I' ve seen in my travels. The setting is stunning, in the same place since 1300s. They made a big effort to restore but keep the same design and furniture. The house wine was perfect and the simple, medieval foods were served in stone and ceramic dishes. I enjoyed so much the... More 

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Thank Lia1971
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

great theme and atmosphere.we just ordered beer but the staff is very friendly and i would love to taste the food also

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Thank Aphrodite M
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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff, good food and a nice atmosphere. Friendly prices aswell. Varmly recommended, a must visit.

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Thank Forarsveen
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

first the good things: very nice building and interior, live-music, excellent garlic-bread now the rest: music didn't fit the theme of the restaurant. Beer was served warm. 17 € for a steak of mediocre quality at best with "grilled corn" (so it was written on the menu) came with two pickled baby-corn-cobs that have been thrown in a pan -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$26
Cuisine
European, Latvian, Eastern European, Central European
Meals
After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:45
Monday
11:00 - 23:45
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:45
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:45
Thursday
11:00 - 23:45
Friday
11:00 - 23:45
Saturday
11:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Anglikanu iela 2 | Entrance from the street Aklā, at the Pils 13, Riga 1050, Latvia
  • Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga
  • Phone Number: +371 25 505 268
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?