The Medininkai House restaurant building (15th-16th century) is next to one of the only surviving former city gates: “The Gate of Dawn” an important road gateway from the capital to the most famous castle in southern Lithuania. It is also one of the main trade routes to the city’s central marketplace in the Town Hall Square. Near the gate, stands the Holy Theresa’s Church, Holy Spirit Church, and Trinity Church. The building was finally refurbished in 1970-74 when the lost pediment of the main facade was actually restored. Since then, the restaurant has been operating where the authentic interior gothic arches can be seen. During the 16th century, it was rebuilt in the Renaissance style, the façade and niches are heavily covered with three layers of the most widespread sgraffito style. The black dye layer was charcoal and white – calcareous paint. The Sgraffito technique surrounds the friezes, window frames, and other architectural features. Towards the end of the 17th century, the house was rented by the Vilnius magistrate Michael Moroz and merchant Juozas Steponavičius. After a great fire in 1749 the house was taken by the Ukmergës District Land Court judge, Lithuanian Supreme Tribunal Marshal Rapolas Jelenska (1712-80). In the autumn of 1770, Jelenskis signed a contract with the architect Carlo Spampani (1740-83), to combine both of houses into one, in a years’ time. He was tasked with building a new facade to the street, dwelling, brewery, stables, carriage house and brick yard with a well. After the reconstruction of the building gained early classical forms, was plastered with sgraffito technique, received a repealed pediment. During the large reconstruction years of 1865 in 1887, the building facades were decomposed of horizontal bars, angles were emphasized with Rustin and on the first floor the shop windows were cut out. The centuries-old history of the building was hidden under the veil of eclecticism. In 1970, the PKI specialists began to explore the facades were they uncovered several architectural styles of masonry and decor items. The restored house facades show various surviving styles of the heritage of the first and second floor of the Gothic masonry, the main façade and round-arched niches, angled brick bricked storey bar and ornate Gothic frieze above the circular niches. Renaissance sgraffito was restored not only the street, but the courtyard facades (architect. E. Purlys, Elimyras Mateiča, J., Paul Pilipavičius Kuodis). Restaurant interior was greeted positively. Its author, architect. Kestutis Gibavičius chose the stylized “ancient” interior solution. The remaining refurbished brick walls were complemented by ceramic tile flooring. Medininkai House restaurant interior has long been like a good taste in an old building standard.
The White Hall – old antique furniture and buffets, decorated with 18th-century Italian ceramics. The authentic arched windows give off a fresh, cozy effect.
TheBig Hall Saloon
The Big Hall ‘Saloon’ – This elegant hall‘s interior is decorated with frescoes painted windows, antique silver, bronze, and crystal works. Fresh flowers add the finishing touches to create a perfect atmosphere to dine at.
The Wine Cellar – When enjoying a glass of wine, you will feel the centuries of history, as it is one of the oldest cellars in the Capital. A small hall is available, for private events.
Summer Patio – is the only place in Vilnius, where you can enjoy the 18th century graffiti decorated wall.
Situated away from any main street, the courtyard is loved by the visitors who value quite Summers evenings, great food accompanied with an excellent service.
“Best in Vilnius”
Located in the heart of old city, Medininkai offers a great Lithuanian/European menu and service for the fair price. The dishes are very tasty. The design of the interior is perfect, calm and cozy. Highly recommended!
Was planning to have the Kiev, but unfortunately, they had run out so I had the beef tongue instead (which isn't something I'd normally go for) and it was succulent & delicious. The pearl barley risotto worked surprisingly well and the whole meal was great value too. The staff was very friendly and attentive, without being intrusive.
“Pleasant courtyard setting and great food!”
Four of us ate here on our first evening in Lithuania. It was a great choice: lovely courtyard setting in Old Town, friendly servers, and great food. The cepelinai were delicious and so was the kepta duona, which we shared. Highly recommend.
“This is my favorite restaurant in Vilnius”
First time I was in Medininkai in 1977. Since then I've come where every time I've been in Vilnius. Last time I visited in Vilnius in June 2012 after 21 years of lack. Everything was great! One of my goals was to show my wife the place of my favorite restaurant and she was also enjoying where. It is a good example of food, service, and style.
Make sure that this restaurant placed near one of the most famous objects in Vilnius Saint Gates
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