Our History

Restaurant Zviedru vārti has been our family’s dream for years, and that is why we have put all our love into making it what it is now. We ourselves have made each corner of the restaurant, and each of the smallest details, and we are so very lucky and proud to have clients who appreciate the family atmosphere we have made here. As the name of the restaurant suggests, we are found in the very heart of Old Riga, next to the Swedish Gate (Zviedru vārti). The 16th-century building in Aldaru 11 that now houses our restaurant also guards the stories of history. As for the history of our family, Ilga is the soul of the restaurant and in spirit is a true citizen of the Kurzeme region of Latvia.

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The famous winds of Kurzeme have blown her all around the region – from Ventspils to Kandava and Talsi, even making a small stop in Dobele, in the Zemgale region, until finally taking her to capital Riga. And, with the help of her daughters Agneta and Santa,  she opened the restaurant Zviedru vārti. Ilga studied at Kandava Technical School, but most of her experience of food service was gained while working at LIDO for more than 15 years, first at LIDO Express restaurants as a chef, and later as a director at Ķirsons Māja. Together with the LIDO team, she has catered for VIP events including at the Museum of Pushkin for the Embassy of Latvia in Moscow, for the Chancellor of Germany Angel Merkel and numerous other presidents during Green Week in Berlin, and at countless other events at Latvia’s biggest castles and manors for Latvia’s State Forests, Unibanka, the Embassy of Russia,  and many other companies and organisations. Our menu comprises a mix of Latvian and European cuisine, with accents of local dishes from the Kurzeme region.

Our motto is ‘gatavojam kā mājās!’ (‘we are cooking as we would do it at home!’), and this is the attitude we maintain when serving each dish ordered in our restaurant.

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Ilga Niedra


Cozy Interior And Design

Enjoy our super cosy environment studied for your private and warm evenings.

Seat up to 35 guests indoor and 30 outdoor on terrace.

Multiple Locations

Two restaurants – choose the best fit for you! Feel at home and enjoy your meal at our family restaurants, located 70 meters from one another.

Our restaurant at Aldaru iela 11 is perfect for quiet and romantic evenings or celebrations for small companies.

Restaurant on Torņa iela 4-1, on the other hand, is more modern and spacious, yet still cozy and lovely.

Excellent Various Menu

Our “Rules of the Family” are quite simple.

We will provide our guests with food that is tastefully crafted, humanely raised, mindfully sourced, and fairly priced.

Over 50 different meals.