Where to Eat in Ulan-Ude: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 31, 2017 Viva Honore

Ulan-Ude (Russian: Улан-Удэ, IPA: [ʊˈlan ʊˈdɛ]; Russian Buryat: Улаан Үдэ, Ulaan Üde) is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. According to the 2010 Census, 404,426 people lived in Ulan-Ude; up from 359,391 recorded in the 2002 Census, making the city the third largest in eastern Siberia by population.
Things to do in Ulan-Ude

1. Modern Nomads

Ranzhurova St., 1, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Mongolian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +7 301 221-45-09
Excellent
29%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

Modern Nomads

Reviewed By FTMDave - Adria, Italy

Neither great nor terrible. The location is excellent, a few metres from the main square. The food is fine, all Mongolian, with a wide range, and caters for international travellers with an English menu. The restaurant is spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. A bit pricy for Russia though, and can get hot in summer.

2. Marco Polo

Kommunisticheskaya Street, 46, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Cafe, European, Russian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch +7 983 420-17-00
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Marco Polo

Reviewed By אור מ

My friends and I had great dinner the other day and it was lovely.
The food was nice and the taste was good, there were various dishes on the menu includes vegetarian and traditional food.
The service was good and the staff were kind and good.

3. Tengis Restaurant

Yerbanova St., 12, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Asian, Soups, Eastern European Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +7 301 221-89-84
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

Tengis Restaurant

Reviewed By ruby98103 - Seattle

We ate there for lunch today (15/1/10). All was excellent. Unfortunately we were abit early so things were a little slow to start but I don't fault them for that. The menu is in English. We had the Baikalskai salad (R400), Tengis soup (R290 for...MoreDear Guest! Thank you for choosing Tengis restaurant! We appreciate your positive comments very much! We are happy to know you' ve enjoyed tne national dishes ! We will be glad to welcome you again in the future!

4. Bochka

Pochtamtskaya, 1, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Dinner, Drinks
Excellent
18%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 44 reviews

Bochka

Reviewed By Daniel K - Magdeburg

I visited Bochka twice, during summer 2013 and winter 2014. In the summer, there is a really nice two-floor beer garden area. Nevertheless, the indoor Seating is similarly nice, with one more quiet room for conversations and another room with music. Dishes are both Russian and Western. While pizzas are very decent, the shashlik is excellent. There are a few draft beers; unfortunately, bottled beers are nearly all imported/international brands.

5. Buuza

Kommunisticheskaya, 41A, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Dinner
Excellent
54%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Buuza

Reviewed By Sobkowiak - Bern

Buuza is a real discovery if you are interested in Buryatian traditional food or simply would like to eat local, nutritious and cheap. First of all buuzas (Buryatian dumplings) here are perfect. They are offered to your choice with chopped or minced lamb just 40 rubbles per one buuza. They are always freshly made, perfect size - not very big and not very small, with ideal proportions of dough and meat. What you also can try here are traditional Russian soups like Borsch (beetroot soup) or Uha (fish soup). They are 125 rubbles per portion. Starters - cold or hot- are equally not bad at all. Cooked beef tongue is 150 rubble per portion, Caesar salad with chicken is 320 rubbles, plate of fresh vegetables is 110 rubbles, but is not very rich - not worth ordering.
In general this place should be recommended for its buuzas and beer which is cheap but of very good quality. Tap beer is 110 rubbles per 0.5 l.
When you find the restaurant, enter the building and immediately turn left and go downstairs! The restaurant is in the cellar. On the ground floor you can only buy cooked food, but this is not the same as Buuza!
Prepare yourself for waiting - service is not very quick! But the food is worth waiting. Just come, relax, enjoy the ambiance and interior of the place. Bon appetit!

6. Mongol

Smolina, 79, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia +7 301 240-88-90
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Mongol

Reviewed By FAU_vstk - Moscow, Russia

Снова приехав в Улан-Удэ я отправился в ресторан Монгол и он ничуть не испортился. Большие и очень вкусные буузы, суп из монгольского чая с пельмешками и бараньими ребрышками - все супер! Морс правда наливают в небольшие стаканчики, но это не такой уж недостаток. Зато на 14 февраля всем гостям дарили бокальчики глинтвейна))
Рекомендую это место.

7. Samurai

Bau Yampilova, 14, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Dinner +7 301 261-46-15
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Samurai

Reviewed By Ellen P

We got advice from a local to eat here and the food was really nice. The location is a little bit behind other buildings so you have to know that it's there. Nice atmosphere and good food!

8. Chaikhana

Baltakhinova, 13, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Lunch, Dinner +7 301 222-29-99
Excellent
42%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Chaikhana

Reviewed By feckerdoc - Wolverhampton

The views from the Terrace restaurant are the big draw here.
Staff are young, welcoming and friendly and work their socks off.
Reasonable choice of Uzbek, Tartar and Georgian food and I am probably a bit harsh to describe it as disappointing above, but my impression wasn't helped by everything being served at the same time [not an uncommon occurrence in Russia].
Went there once but went to Shaslikoff--see my review--twice as the quality of the food, ambience etc was so much better in Shaslikoff.
Disappointing range and quality of cocktails.

9. Chingiskhan

Karla Marksa blvd, 25A, Ulan-Ude 670031, Russia Reservations Lunch, Dinner +7 301 241-50-50
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Chingiskhan

Reviewed By 924DavideT - Manaus, AM

The restaurant is at the bottom of a new building but recreates the atmosphere and the colours of ancient Mongol era. The place is spacious and with many round tables to easily share the plates as in the tradition of Central Asia. Here it's possible to find all the tastes of the region: the typical buuzy in different tastes, meat with red berries, the pine jam and of course soups. The atmosphere is charming and elegant with live traditional music (but I ve seen a poster of an Italian karaoke night!) and the prices are cheap considering the variety of menu and the level of the place. There isn't an english menu and don't expect much help from waiters but it's the chance to try something blindly!

10. Mergen

Borsoyeva st., 19B, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia Reservations European Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +7 301 220-03-00
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Mergen

Reviewed By HarisThes - Thessaloniki

although our waiter was very kind and with good knowledge of English the menu its self was limited and even the local dishes were not very interesting .

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