cost of eating out in Kiev

Hello there,

I am thinking of living in Kiev for the month of October, possibly staying longer depending on how the month goes, and I am trying to figure out what the general prices of restaurants are now in Kiev. I would have an apartment so I would buy a lot of my food needs at the super market, but I am just curious as to restaurant prices as eating out is always a nice alternative. I am more curious of the prices at restaurants where one can sit outside and enjoy some people watching and weather before winter hits....

Thank you!

Also- Does anyone know a better alternative to finding a monthly rental near the center than airbnb? I have found a few decent places on that site for about $450-500, but I am looking to pay less if possible...

restaurants are not really very expensive lots of lovely places i visited last time dont remember the name though ....near the railway station many service appartments or private appartments up for lease 400 $ is an apt price

thank you!

I spend somewhere between $3 and $12 USD every time I eat out.

price all depends on where you eat.   Prices have gotten a little better since the UAH has been free falling.  But still you get what you pay for.

If you want a good steak,  good as in American standard steak at a steak house, well it's going to cost you just the same.   If you eat Mc Donalds, it's going to be something like 2.70 USD for a Big Mac meal. 
Not particularly cheap when you consider how much the average person makes.

Over all the quality in Ukraine is really bad.  Puzata Hata is great if you're 18 and you don't care what you eat.  But in general most of the cheap food is just buckwheat, cheap greasy,  cold meat, some salad, or soup and a glass of watered down drink.    Is it worth 3 bucks US?   Depends on what you've been eating.    Are girls enamored by McD and Puzata Hata?  Helllllll  NO. 

Personally I think the food quality is atrocious.  And those that say beer is cheap should look at the label before calling malt liquor, beer.

BTW, people watching on the outside seat is practically over by end of October.

Seriously Dulake5, have you been out since you arrived in Kiev ? There are real restaurants and pubs here, not only McDonalds and local fast foods.

There are plenty of good restaurants in Kiev but yes, it is gonna cost you a bit more than you're 2 or 3 bucks at McDonalds !

I never go to fast foods and I have no problem finding good and tasty places to eat here in Kiev ! If you don't like Ukrainian beer, there are plenty of German, Belgian and British beer.

To come back to the original subject, I would say that expressed in USD, a meal with meat, a salad and a few drinks will cost between 15 and 25 USD per person.

If you eat a pizza with a salad and a few drinks, it would be more likely between 10 and 15 USD.

So you're assuming I don't go out to eat?

I am going to assume you eat crap, if you think Ukrainian restaurants are good.   Service is even worse.  Amazingly Pyvnaya Duma by the circus has better service than most places around the center.   

If you think Ukrainian service is good, then you 've lived here too long or you come from some socialist nation. LOL

You can spare your sarcasms cause obviously Switzerland ain't a socialist nation !

You certainly never traveled around the world or at least visited Western Europe where you usually have one waiter or two for a full restaurant meaning you will wait an hour to get serve unlike in Ukraine where there's gonna be 10 or 15 people to serve customers.

Well, you're the one who was talking about Mc Donalds and Puzata Hata so I assume you only go to fast food and then complaint about it !

It you're that desperate, you can still find some sushi in Kiev !

By the way, the best Japanese restaurant I have ever been was in Kiev and the cook was Ukrainian. It was a long time ago but the food was better than any Japanese restaurant in Geneva (I am not talking about sushi but real restaurant).

As for you complaint about beer, you can find any beer in Kiev or almost, just go to a Mega Market or Silpo and you will find any kind of beer !

I have been to Kiev several times with my wife and we have found some good restaurants.  It all depends upon what you want.  I cannot complain about the food here for I have enjoyed it.

About service.  The worse service I ever received was in Norway.  Does not matter where you go.

Before you get critical on Ukrainian Restaurants.  Research what you want.  But for cheap restaurants, you get what you pay for.  I tend to spend a little more and get really good quality and good service.  I have no complaints.

If you come to Kharkiv, I will be more than happy to give you advice upon where to eat.  We have excellent restaurants.  I tend to spend more along the line of $30 to $50 when we go out.  Quality comes with a price.  Enjoy your stay and enjoy Kiev.

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