Zhytomyr Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Zhytomyr

January 23, 2018 Toi Mattera

Zhytomyr (Ukrainian: Жито́мир, translit. Žytomyr [ʒɪˈtɔmɪr]; Russian: Жито́мир, translit. Žitomir; Polish: Żytomierz; Yiddish: זשיטאָמיר‎, translit. Žitomir) is a city in the north of the western half of Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Zhytomyr Oblast (province), as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Zhytomyr Raion (district). The city of Zhytomyr is not a part of Zhytomyr Raion: the city itself is designated as its own separate raion within the oblast; moreover Zhytomyr consists of two so-called "raions in a city": Bohunskyi Raion and Koroliovskyi Raion (named in honour of Sergey Korolyov). Zhytomyr occupies an area of 65 square kilometres (25 square miles). Its population is 266 936.
Things to do in Zhytomyr

1. Filvarok

M06/E40 Kiev-Chop motorway, Zhytomyr, Ukraine Eastern European, Ukrainian Dinner
Excellent
32%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
22%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 27 reviews

Filvarok

Reviewed By goukraineexpatinfo - Kiev, Ukraine

Address: Kmytiv village, M06/E40 Kyiv - Chop (western border) motorway, 120 km from Kyiv, Ukraien's capital, next to Zhytomyr, Ukraine
http://filvarok.com.ua/en
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GcH4wRBqpc
Pros: Good interiors, convenient location right next to the renovated European-style Kyiv- Zhitomir motorway, traditional touch, free children’s playground and the zoo.
Cons: restaurant services could be quicker, although it seems that they cook to order.
Conclusion: a good stopover place if you travel from Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, to Central Europe through western Ukraine.
Compound: A modern folk-style spacious restaurant, a hotel, spa, children's playground, mini-zoo on the compound all linked by a paved walkway. A nice area, next to the woods. Timber buildings, Ukrainian village-style exteriors/interiors. Open-air gazebos + wooden huts, lots of green grass, a Fountain, series of pools, an artificial stream.
A small zoo: deer, pigs, fowl, some 20 m from the restaurant, 200m from the hotel; presumably can be a bit smelly depending on the wind’s direction.
A large – a size of a football field – guarded parking lot.
Several woodcraft souvenir shops next to the parking.
Big children’s playground for free.
Restaurant: Menu in English, a bit overpriced, tasty but a bit “fat-rich” Ukrainian food. Looks like the menu is far too large, seemingly misses “signature” courses visitors will “die for” and come again and again.

2. Restaurant Staraya Gubernia

Kyiv Bypass Road, turn to Veresy settlement, Zhytomyr, Ukraine Eastern European, Ukrainian Lunch, Dinner +380 412 409 312
Excellent
56%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
11%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Restaurant Staraya Gubernia

Reviewed By Adele H - Copenhagen, Denmark

We stumbled across this place on a road-trip through Ukraine, and had no idea what to expect as we entered the grounds - hungry for lunch. We don't speak Russian, but they had menus in English and ordering went fine. The place seemed to be a mix of a small hotel/restaurant. There were plenty of seats, and looked to be a typical local place for weddings and parties. The grounds were somewhat fairytale like with small cottages for eating, a stage, and small collections of chairs and tables - very charming. We had only salads, so hard to judge the food, but the salads were big, well put together and tasteful.

3. Pleasantville BBQ PUB

Kyiv'ska St. 13, Zhytomyr 10000, Ukraine Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +380 412 422 269
Excellent
64%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Pleasantville BBQ PUB

Reviewed By Анна З - Groningen, The Netherlands

Pleasantville is the best place for those who enjoy bbq! They make these awesome grilled sausages....you have to try them! And there are also fish dishes on the menu in case you are not a meat lover (such as me).
The atmosphere is very relaxed, perfect place to share a meal with friends or watch some major sport on TV. Great service, really affordable prices and high quality food.
Location in the center of the city makes it impossible to miss this place.

4. Liberty Hall

Kievskaya St., 77 | Global UA Trade Center, Zhytomyr, Ukraine Gastropub +380 412 465 759
Excellent
27%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
4%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 22 reviews

Liberty Hall

Reviewed By Tatsera - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

All the items on the menu from the grill were excellent. Great variety of beers and nice atmosphere. The only issue I had was our waitress: she forgot to bring appetizer, we have to call her to reorder drinks every time and it looked like she was more interested in dancing than waiting tables.

5. Polisyanka Cafe

Pereulok Sennyi, 4, Zhytomyr 10002, Ukraine Eastern European, Ukrainian +380 412 420 653
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Polisyanka Cafe

Meals are fresh, flavorful, spicy, cooked with care and love. Always dominant in "Polisyantsi" home-like atmosphere and comfort, carefully transferred and stored not only in food but also in the interior, creating harmony for the good mood and good "Ukrainian" meal!

Reviewed By laleksandrovych - Zhytomyr, Ukraine

Polisyanka is a small restaurant, decorated in traditions of Ukrainian house holding. Prices are reasonable, dishes are good cooked and tasty, menu has a big choice of meals. The one disadvantage I find there is a live music, which is usually really loud. Usually it is in the evenings, so be aware of that if you decide to have dinner in Polisyanka.

6. Lvivska Majsternya Shokoladu

Peremohy vul. 7, Zhytomyr 10003, Ukraine Seating, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast
Excellent
74%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Lvivska Majsternya Shokoladu

Reviewed By Dommy2013 - Richmond, Virginia

Everything to satisfy your sweet tooth is here. Inviting (though a bit crowded) atmosphere, polite service. Wonderful chocolate specialities, in both food & drinks. Be aware that "hot chocolate" in this part of the world is sometimes (as here) labelled "melted chocolate," & that's exactly what it is - much richer & thicker than the American variety, but SO delicious. Open fairly late, so a good stop-in for coffee, dessert, etc.

7. Restaurant Pan Marzipan

Berdichevskaya St., 55, Zhytomyr, Ukraine European, Central European Lunch, Dinner +380 412 342 433
Excellent
75%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Restaurant Pan Marzipan

Reviewed By laleksandrovych - Zhytomyr, Ukraine

I like this restaurant very much. The food is super tasty, service is excellent, big choice of dishes in menu, nice atmosphere. Nothing to add. Just have a lunch or dinner there.

8. Varenichna Zhitomirski Stravi

Mikhailovska st., 14, Zhytomyr 10000, Ukraine Takeout, Waitstaff, Reservations Ukrainian, European, Central European, Eastern European Brunch, Lunch +380 412 474 764
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Varenichna Zhitomirski Stravi

Reviewed By Alex N - West Sussex, United Kingdom

Modern cafe located in the very city centre on pedestrian Myhailivska street. Authentic Ukrainian menu, prices are very affordable. Also they make their own tasty alcoholic beverages - " nalyvka" with different flavours. Staff are quick and attentive, borsch and varenyki are great.

9. Pizza Mario

Kiyevskaya St., 13, Zhytomyr, Ukraine Reservations, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza, European, Central European 42-25-06
Excellent
39%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Pizza Mario

Reviewed By Danny W - London, United Kingdom

One evening we decided to try Mario's Italian restaurant. We ordered Cesar Salad, a Pizza and Ravioli. The atmosphere is very nice, staff are very friendly and very professional. Like everything in Ukraine, prices are very very cheap, offcourse this is a more upscale restaurant than others around Zhytomyr so the price would be a little bit more expensive but still very cheap compared to other countries. 6 of us dined with a meal each, Deserts, starters and lots of drinks and it worked out around £40
The portions for the pasta are not too big, but presented really well and was worth every penny.
I would recommend Mario's to anyone who is visiting Zhytomyr. It is a great family restaurant.

10. PRIMAVERA Ristorante Italiano

Zamkova vul. 5/8, Zhytomyr 10014, Ukraine Italian, European Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +380 412 558 914
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

PRIMAVERA Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By Alex N - West Sussex, United Kingdom

Cosy place, quiet yet in the very historical city centre, modern clean restaurant. But the food...well, it's not bad, but some were dull and tasteless, and you can find tastier places in the vicinity, and many dishes are not available, although the restaurant is located on ground floor of "Reikarz" hotel. Breakfasts were good though.

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