Restaurants are assessed by 30 representatives of the food media, from whom 12 are from Estonia and 18 from abroad. Every place is judged several times with half of the judges being local and half of them from abroad. Judges visit the restaurants anonymously, decide by themselves what to order, and also pay the bill on spot. Focus of the evaluation is on food (maximum of 40 points) while drink list (maximum of 20 points), service (maximum of 25 points) and milieu (maximum of 15 points) are also taken under consideration. Maximum points that a restaurant can receive is 100. Based on the assessment the restaurants are divided into categories.
Global Masters Level restaurants
There are two global masters level restaurants in Estonia. Such restaurants must receive minimum 85 points in total and at least 35 points of them for food.
Masters Level restaurants
There are two masters level restaurants in Tallinn. These restaurants must receive minimum 75 points in total and at least 32 points of them for food.
Very Fine Level restaurants
In 2018 there are 16 high class restaurants in Tallinn. Restaurants receiving minimum 67 points in total and at least 28 points for food qualify in the high class restaurants’ category.
Fine Level restaurants
There are all together 18 fine level restaurants in Tallinn and in the city’s surroundings. A fine level restaurant has received at least 60 points in total during the evaluation with minimum 22 points for food.