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20 of The Best Restaurants In Goa That Make Us Fall In Love With This Beach City

By Nishtha Gandhi

Updated - Oct. 5, 2018 bookmark icon 13 min read

Historically a Portuguese Territory, Goa's dining scene makes the city all the more special. From tantalizing seafood to coconut milk and rice, very cheap alcohol rates and the best of all cuisines, Goa has our hearts. Highlighting the 20 of the Best Restaurants in Goa that specialize in their own cuisines, From the Greek taverna - Thalassa to Asian street food, Goa definitely makes space in our stomachs as well as minds. Let's take you through a food journey like never before in the beach-land of India. 

 

BEST GOAN RESTAURANTS

1. Calamari

Binge on some exquisite meals only at Calamari at Candolim to have a taste of real authentic Goan cuisines. We highly recommend this place and we're sure you won't go home disappointed as they've got a mouth-watering list of dishes on their menu to satiate your hunger pangs. You'll be missing out on the best food in Goa if you skip out on visiting Calamari on your Goa trip.

calamari-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Calamari, Cocktails, Prawn Curry, Mocktails, Sea Food, Pizza, Recheado Masala
Cost for two: Rs. 1100
Cuisine: Goan, Seafood
Address: Dando Beach, Beside Santana Beach Resort, Candolim, Goa 403515
Contact: +91 93717 03536

 

2. Mum’s Kitchen

Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Goa for authentic Goan cuisine. The menu’s vast and enticing.  Most of the regulars here are locals, so the kitchen doesn’t hold back on the spice. The service here is very fast but try booking the table before visiting because there is definitely waiting here to fetch a table. 

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Must haves: Pork Vindaloo, Sea Food, Pomfret Curry, Sol Kadhi, Peri Peri Prawn, Prawn Curry, Fish Curry
Cost for two: Rs. 1700
Cuisine: Goan, Seafood
Address:854, Martins Building, Dayanand Bandodkar Street, Panaji, Goa
Contact: +91 9822175559

 

3. Venite Bar & Restaurant

This bar & restaurant is on the first floor of an old house and you are greeted with seashells at the entrance. This is run by a family and extremely famous for it’s authentic local Goan- Portuguese cuisine. The seafood here is also insane. Breakfast options include choices of eggs and sauces with mashed potatoes and potato chips. They remain closed on Sundays. Check out the markets nearby too. Find the best seafood in Goa at this exquisite restaurant

venite-bar-&-restaurant-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Veg Platter, Stuffed Crab, Pork Vindaloo, Garlic Bread, Pork Chops, Sea Food, Stuffed Steak
Cost for two: Rs. 1000
Cuisine: Goan, Continental, Seafood
Address: 31st January Road, Panaji, Goa
Contact: +91 9850467008

 

BEST RESTAURANTS IN GOA BY THE BEACH

4. Thalassa

Perched on a hilltop, overlooking the magnificent Arabian Sea and picturesque small Vagator beach lies the best Restaurant in Goa serving exquisite greek food - Thalassa. Not just a Greek taverna in Goa, but a place where the warmth and sheer happiness of Greek hospitality amalgamate instinctively with the laid back, free and tranquil atmosphere and vibe of Goa. It boasts of having the best sunset view in all of Goa.

thalassa-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Meat Platter, Mocktails, Pizzas, Vegetable Moussaka, Chocolate Cake, Risotto, Baklava
Cost for two: Rs. 1500 
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Address: Small Vagator, Ozran, Vagator, Goa 403509
Contact: 098500 33537

 

5. Pousada By The Beach

Whatever the time of day, nothing could be more pleasurable than taking in breathtaking views in Goa at a Beach Sea Front Restaurant while savoring a delicious meal. The Pousada Beach Sea Front Restaurant caters to both senses. The Pousada Beach Sea Front Restaurant, this a little slice of Goa and an ideal place on the Arabian Sea to enjoy a coastal meal or snack on their private patio or just right for frolicking and sunbathing on the beach. This is the beach where you leave your troubles behind and get away from the world. Binge on the most famous food of Goa at this beautiul restaurant.

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Must haves: Mojito, Peri Peri Prawn, Sea Food, Chaat, Pork Vindaloo, Pasta, Bbq Chicken
Cost for two: Rs. 2000
Cuisine: Continental, Seafood, Goan, Portuguese, Konkan
Address: Gaura Vaddo, Calangute Beach, Calangute, Goa
Contact: +91 9922279265

 

6. La Plage

La Plage is arguably one of the best places to eat in Goa. Located on Ashwem beach and hidden somewhere amongst the palms and bushes, La Plage offers a relaxed tropical atmosphere. Even though it is not the cheapest beach shack in Goa, by far, the menu at La Plage is one of the highly priced restaurants in Goa but is worth every penny. Getting a table here is not a tough task. However, getting a pre-booking will save you the waiting trouble if it’s caused anyhow. This one might burn a hole in your pocket but it's worth trying as it's one of the best restaurants in Goa.

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Must haves: Sea Food, Chocolate Thali, Chicken Burger, Beef Burger, Fries, Beef Carpaccio, Prawn Lollipop
Cost for two: Rs. 800
Cuisine: Seafood, French
Address: Aswem Beach, Near Papa Jolly Hotel, Aswem Road, Morjim, Arambol, Goa
Contact: +91 9822121712

 

7. Marbella Beach Restaurant 

This restaurant definitely re-defines the beach dining experience.  It’s food that lets the ingredients speak for themselves, it’s service with an unconditional level of care, it’s cocktails cutting-edge mixology and it’s a constantly evolving wine list. Fine dining? Sunset Cocktails? Cabana Beds?  Yep, they have it all and more: You’ll just love their special events and live music performances!

marbela-beach-restaurant-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Pizzas, Pizza, Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, Garlic Naan, Dal Tadka, Paneer Tikka
Cost for two: Rs. 1200
Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
Address:  782, Gawdewada, Morjim-Ashvem Road, Arambol, Goa
Contact: 0832 6450599

 


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8. Antares

Set on the shores of Vagator, the beach club is one of Antares’ prime gathering places. Here one finds lavish day beds, woodfire pizzas, tasty share plates and refreshing cocktails to break up the dips in the ocean all whilst listening to sunset rituals and live music played by internationally renowned artists. The cuisine is quite simple really: fresh ingredients, exotic flavors, and classic cooking techniques with an injection of flavor through a charcoal grill. Situated right next to Thalassa, people are usually confused about where they should go. But if you have enough time, visit both, because Antares and Thalassa are two completely different and good places to chill you mustn’t miss out on. It's classy and sophisticated which definitely makes it one of the best restaurants in Goa.

antares-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Bruschettas, Sangria, Calamari, Risotto, Chocolate Mousse, Mojito, Sea Food
Cost for two: Rs. 2000
Cuisine: Austrailian
Address: Small Vagator Beach, Ozran, Vagator, Goa
Contact: +91 7350011538

 

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BEST CAFES IN GOA

9. Cafe Chocolatti 

This place is 15 years old. Run by a Londoner who’s been living in Goa, Café Chocolatti is a paradise for English treats and other global favorites. This cafe rests as an extension to the owner’s villa. Situated on the Fort Aguada Road, Cafe Chocolatti offers an array of freshly made homemade dishes from cakes, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and desserts. 

cafe-chocolatti-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Coffee, Waffles, Croissant, Veg Panini, Brownie, Cappuccino, Strawberry Shake
Cost for two: Rs. 1000
Cuisine: Continental
Address: 409A, Fort Aguada Rd, Candolim, Bardez, Goa 403515
Contact: 093261 12006

 

10. Cafe Bodega

In the sunny courtyard of the Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Bodega is quiet, peaceful and welcoming open throughout the day. The café has a charming ambiance with a view of the open outdoors, non-intrusive music, free Wi-Fi and pleasant staff. Given the paucity of places in Panaji where you can get wholesome breakfast, Bodega tops the list with its all-day-breakfast menu.

cafe-bodega-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Coffee, Veg Quiche, Cucumber Cooler, Waffles, Pizza, Pasta, Carrot Cake
Cost for two: Rs. 800
Cuisine: Cafe
Address:  63/C-8, Sunaparanta Centre For The Arts, Near Lar De Estudiantes, Altinho, Panjim, Goa 403001
Contact: 0832 242 1315

 

BEST RESTAURANTS IN NORTH GOA 

11. A Reverie

A Reverie is a super pretty and well-lit place surrounded by a lush green garden. It gives a very contemporary feel. The warmth that the couple that owns it adds to it makes you feel at home. Situated on the holiday street in Calangute, the interiors of the place have been done very nicely. Disco balls, chandeliers, intricate lamps add to the charm of the place. Rooted in fusion cuisine, it has an internationally inspired menu and the food here is nothing like you have tasted before. A Reverie is one of the best restaurants in Goa on the north side. 

a-reverie-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust haves: Mushroom Risotto, Pad Thai, Spring Roll, Chicken Wings, Pasta, Noodles, Tiramisu
Cost for two: Rs. 3000
Cuisine: Continental
Address:  Holiday Street, Gauravaddo, Calangute, Goa 403516
Contact: +91 8380095732

 

12. Burger Factory

Anjuna’s very own Burger King, this is a small set up with cozy interiors and provides some of the yummiest burgers in the vicinity. The people at the joint are friendly and always ready to assist others. The place speaks of everything recycled, with inexpensive baskets used as lamps with the menu written on the wall. They serve only burgers and nothing else! Almost all their burgers have beetroot in them, but the taste is unique and addictive. Hands down, the burgers served here makes it one of the best fast food restaurants in Goa, except of course the good-old KFC in Calangute. This open air restaurant in Goa will definitely is perfect for a casual date.

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Must haves: Spinach Burger, Gourmet Burger, Mushroom Burger, Fries, Beef Burger, Watermelon Juice, Chicken Burger
Cost for two: Rs. 1100
Cuisine: Fast food
Address: Soranto Vaddo, Anjuna Mapusa Road, Anjuna, Goa 403509
Contact: +91 8600990220

 

13. Tuscany Gardens

Tuscany Gardens is a family-run restaurant in Candolim, Goa. Avi from Goa and Line from Denmark started this place together in 2007. It is the perfect place to eat if you are tired of curries or just have a craving for a thin crust pizza or al dente pasta. Known for being the best Italian restaurant in Goa, Tuscany Gardens swears to make you stop by and eat at one of the best places to eat in Goa. The vibe of the place is very garden-y as suggested by the name and it gives you a very mesmerizing feel. 

tuscany_imageMust haves: Mocktails, Bruschettas, Tiramisu, Chicken Ceaser Salad, Garlic Bread, Brownie, Panna Cotta
Cost for two: Rs. 1000
Cuisine: Italian
Address: Near Kingfisher Villa, Candolim, Goa
Contact: 0832 6454026

 

BEST RESTAURANTS FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER IN GOA

14. Sakana

This restaurant specializes in a single cuisine – Japanese. And that is exactly what puts this place in a league of its own in Goa. Sakana, the brainchild of Indian-Israeli Eliko and his Japanese wife Mali, boasts a number of USP’s and the best Japanese food in Goa. Not only do they have extremely inviting interiors situated in a well-crowded section of the Anjuna-Vagator beach belt but when you order an alcoholic drink here, their small is 50 CC and large is 100 CC that is significantly more than any other restaurant offers anywhere else. 

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Must haves: Sushi, Beef Curry, Teriyaki Chicken, Beer, Lime Soda, California Roll, Miso Soup
Cost for two: Rs. 1200
Cuisine: Japanese
Address: Chapora Road, Anjuna, Goa
Contact: +91 9890135502

 

15. Go With The Flow

Housed within the premises of an ancient Portuguese mansion this gorgeous restaurant is located towards the end of the Baga Beach. Its ambiance and decor can get anybody drooling. The mansion that it is located in has only been recently revived and utilized which is why it has various touches of royalty. Let this place bring out the prince and princess dreams of you two and let the character play take you both over as the place will make you forget everything. Let this place make the romantic dinner you're on in Goa one of the best you've ever had. 

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Must-have: starters and desserts
Cost for two: Rs. 2,000
Cuisine: Continental
Address: 614, Calangute, Baga, Goa
Contact: +91 7507771556


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16. Waterfront Terrace And Bar – The Marriot

With the most spectacular view, you can get in the Goan territory, stands the Marriot. Gorgeous edge of the seaside seating and a vast ocean and sky open right in front of you it literally gets astoundingly spectacular sitting under the million stars counting the ships and yachts as they pass. This Waterfront Terrace inevitably makes it to our list of romantic restaurants in Goa due to obvious reasons.

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Must-tryAll seafood, crab
Cost for two: Rs. 2,000

Cuisine: North Indian, Continental, Mediterranean
Address: The Marriott, Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa
Contact: 08322463333

 

17. Riverside – The Leela 

Centered in the middle of gorgeous salmon-hued flowers and waters, the restaurant in Goa almost looks like one situated in the midst of clouds with its sheer beauty. The breezy vibe and the wooden furniture with the scents of organic flowers in the surrounding literally make you feel like you’re dining in heaven. A heady combination of asparagus, truffle, mushroom, and Parmesan in their kinds of pasta and organically cooked pizzas makes you lick your fingers like never before. One just can't miss this one out when we talk about top restaurants in Goa.

riverside_imageMust-try: Pasta
Cost for two: Rs. 3,000

Cuisine: Italian
Address: The Leela, Mobor, Cavelossim, Goa
Contact: 0832 6621234

 

BEST RESTAURANTS IN GOA OVERALL IN GOA

18. Pink Chilli

This Bollywood themed cafe has everything you've been looking from. The overall pink themed restaurant will leave you awestruck with their beautiful artsy decor and innovative interiors. You'll be spoilt for choices while addressing their menu. It's high time you ditch the usual cafes and try the famous food in Goa only at Pink Chilli.

pink-chilli-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust-try: Chaat, Beer, Cocktails, Fries, Roti, Chilli Fry, Goan Fish Thali
Cost for two: Rs. 600
Cuisine: Goan, Street Food, Thai, Continental
Address: Sim Waddo, Arpora, Anjuna, Goa
Contact: 9552351136

 

19. The Black Sheep Bistro

A unique and beautiful restaurant in Panaji, missing out on this one should definitely be a crime as it offers scrumptious dishes to binge on. Their well-lit ambiance and artsy decor will make you come back again for sure. Don't forget to give this restaurant a visit when in Panjim. It's one of the best places to eat in Goa whenver in doubt.

black-sheep-bistro-goa-best-restaurants-in-goa_imageMust-try: Cocktails, Sangria, Churros, Stuffed Chicken Breast, Mocktails, Tea, Lasagne
Cost for two: Rs. 1500
Cuisine: Seafood, Continental, European, German
Address: Swami Vivekanand Road, Near ICICI Bank, Panaji, Goa
Contact: +91 9146190901

 

20. Spice Goa

Taste the real authentic Goan food only at Spice Goa. We take pride in mentioning this one on the list of best family restaurants in Goa as it's a heaven for seafood lovers. Classy interiors, value for money, never-ending menu - what else can you ask for?

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Must-try: Sea Food, Beer, Goan Thali, Prawn Curry, Dal Tadka, Fish Curry, Butter Chicken
Cost for two: Rs. 900
Cuisine: Goan, Seafood, North Indian, Chinese
Address: No. 3, Sat-Adhar Complex, Mumbai Goa Highway, Near Karaswada Junction, Mapusa, Goa
Contact: +91 8087621222

 


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FAQ

Q: What are the cheapest places to eat in Goa?

A: Goan street food and the Goan fast food is what you should eat if you want to try great food at unbeatable prices.
Some of the cheap places to eat in Goa:

Tuscany Garden, Restaurant in Candolim.
The Mermaid Restaurant, Restaurant in Candolim.
Nick’s Place, Restaurant in Arpora.
Superb, Restaurant in Calangute.
Wok & Roll, Restaurant in Calangute.
Relish, Restaurant in Baga.
The Garden, Restaurant in Colva.
The Roadhouse Bar And Grill, Restaurant in Agenda

 

Q: What are the best restaurants in North Goa for a dinner date?

A: Thalassa, Antares, Waters, Brittos are definitely one of the best restaurants in Goa

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