Many consider Sweet Root to be the best restaurant in the city, earning praise for its “seven courses plus seven one-bite stories” vegetable-focused tasting menu, creatively created from local seasonal ingredients, many grown on the restaurant's farm just outside the city. Newcomer 14 Horses Brasserie’s menu also focuses on local and seasonal ingredients for its dishes inspired by Lithuanian and Baltic traditions.
Saint Germain is a local favorite for European bistro food (predominantly French and Italian) in a casual, rustic setting, with a great wine list but no cocktails. For barrel-aged negronis, Manhattans, oddly good spicy (pepper) margaritas and the like, head to Apoteka bar, but be sure to reserve a table in this intimate space in advance. If booked, the Hotel Pacai’s Sofija bar, named for the countess who once hosted parties in this very spot three centuries ago, is more spacious and comfortable, with generous, upholstered bar stools, tufted sofas, and cocktails served in beautiful barware.