Loads of seafood, meats, Vindaloo, Xacuti, strong aroma of spices, Cafreal, curries- Goan cuisine is nothing short of a spice fair. In this article, we are heading on a culinary voyage to find out restaurants & bars serving some of the best authentic Goan food in Goa. So, shall we get into it?
1. Bombil Restaurant, Panaji
Looking for authentic Goan food in the heart of Goa- Panaji? Then this is your solution! Head over to Bombil Restaurant to experience traditional Goan food! Located near the Military Hospital in Panaji, this restaurant makes you feel like you're sitting in a humble Goan house, all thanks to the décor, the people and of course, the food.
With pale yellow walls and old wooden furniture, the place has got a very homely and grounded vibe. Everything feels laidback and relaxing. The service people are extremely courteous and kind and are always ready to help you out in case you're finding it difficult to decide your order.
The food menu is small yet focuses on the traditional Goan dishes. Pigling Chilli Fry, Roast Beef, Sausage Pulao and the seafood platter are some of the most ordered dishes from the menu. Being extremely pocket-friendly and serving good quantity portions, this restaurant is one of the must-visit places for a good Goan feast, especially if you love meat!
Price For Two: ₹ 300 | Open With Google Maps
2. Soi, Panaji
Another restaurant in Panaji that boasts of serving some of the best traditional Goan food in all of Goa, is Soi. Well, the fact is not far from true. The food, ambience, people, everything is sure to blow you away with excellence.
Talking about the restaurant, it is located in Dona Paula. With a very jazzy and colourful décor with a graffiti-ish accent wall and yellow lighting, the place sets the right mood for a fun family dinner. They also offer live music, making the place even more happening.
The food menu is a fine selection of delicious Goan delicacies. While every dish is a delight, we recommend you the sausage Pulao, stuffed crabs, Pork Vindaloo, Fish Curry and Butter Garlic Poi which feel like a marriage of Goan Poi and our beloved butter garlic Naan.
Price For Two: ₹ 800 | Open With Google Maps
3. Kokni Kanteen, Panaji
Another classic eatery in Panaji that has been serving delicious food and memorable experiences for years is Kokni Kanteen. As the name indicates, the restaurant specialises in cuisine from the Konkan region of India. With that, it also serves authentic Goan food that is hearty, comforting and delicious.
The simple décor with warm-toned walls and simple photo frames make the place look very homely and cosy. The seating is comfortable and the staff is courteous, making sure you always have a good experience at the place.
Talking about the food, you will find beautifully crafted Goan dishes at this restaurant. From individual bites to humongous Thalis, the place has everything and there's no way you won't love it. Our top picks from the menu include Surmai Thali, Prawn Papad, Recheado Masala, Seafood Thali, Mutton Xacuti and Vindaloo. Chase it down with Kokum Soda and you're sure to have a memorable meal.
Price For Two: ₹ 700 | Open With Google Maps
4. Andron, Moira
If you ever want to have good quintessential Goan food, Andron is the place. From here, one will indeed go home as a satisfied customer. One of the finest places for a traditional Goan meal experience, Andron is well-known for its service and rustic homestyle Goan food that you are sure to love.
The place is simple and grounded. The restaurant offers outside seating which has nothing fancy. Simple plastic chairs and the setup might turn out to be a bit off-putting to some but we're so sure that you will be impressed by the food at Andron.
The food menu is a wide selection of typical Goan favourites. Chicken Vindaloo, Pork Chops, Pigling Roast Leitao and Tongue Roast are some of the most loved dishes. Apart from these, you can't miss the Beef Steak, Pork Sorpotel and Pork Vindaloo.
Price For Two: ₹ 700 | Open With Google Maps
5. Martin's Corner, Betalbatim
We don't think Martin's Corner needs an introduction, does it? A popular name in the restaurants scene of Goa, Martin's Corner is a legend that has been serving super delicious food for years. Well-known for its immaculate vibes and high footfall, the restaurant is an icon indeed.
The restaurant reflects the culture of Goa in its décor and the food. Wooden interiors, Goan songs being played in the background and huge paintings on the walls make the place fun yet calm. The small yet jazzy bar counter adds to the beauty of the place, making it even more happening.
A Martin's, you'll find a collection of Goan, Continental and a bit of North Indian cuisines. From steaks to ribs and Goan fish curry- to rice, this place is a meat lover's paradise as there are very less vegetarian options on the menu. Our top picks from the menu include BBQ Pork Ribs, Fish Recheado, Chicken Xacuti, Goan Khatkhate and the Prawn Curry that comes with a bowl of steamed rice.
Price For Two: ₹ 1500 | Open With Google Maps
6. Vinayak Family Restaurant, Bardez
If you're thinking about typical Goan Thalis with delicacies that will make your mouth water just with the aroma, then this is the place you need to head over to! Vinayak Family Restaurant. Serving a piece of Goa in every single dish that they serve, this restaurant is quite popular, especially among the tourists.
The restaurant has a very casual setup, nothing fancy, just like the typical family restaurants. The prices are extremely easy on the pockets and the staff is polite. While the ambience hasn't got anything special, the food is sure to impress you with its flavours, quality and quantity.
The menu is a fine collection of authentic delicacies from Goa. Prawn Masala Fry, Goan Thali, Fish Thali, Fish Fry, Fish Curry and Vindaloo are some of the most ordered dishes from the menu. If you're a seafood lover, you have to check this restaurant out!
Price For Two: ₹ 600 | Open With Google Maps
7. The Fisherman’s Wharf, Panjim
Think about lavish interiors, cane décor, yellow lights, sophistication, romantic feel- all designed inside an old-school Portuguese house, well that’s Fisherman’s Wharf for you! This classic restaurant in Panaji is indeed one of the best- all credits to the beautiful décor, service and food.
A well-crafted mix of modern and old, The Fisherman’s Wharf is a design marvel. The Indo-Portuguese Architectural Style makes the old and the new elements complement each other very well yet create a beautiful harmony that is a treat for your eyes and at the same time ensures a memorable dining experience for the guests.
Talking about the food, the restaurant offers a wide selection of Goan, North Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines with a lot of finger food options as well. Some of the most ordered dishes from the menu include Spaghetti Marinara, Limit Cocktail, Squid Tempura, Pork Spare Ribs, Chorizo Pao and Steak.
Price for two: ₹1300 | Open with Google Maps
8. Viva Panjim, Panjim
Another Panjim classic that’s built-in an old-school Portuguese house, is Viva Panjim. Mind you, it's not your regular old house- it's over 150 whopping years old! Fascinating, yeah?
Viva Panjim has attained legendary status with its consistency in quality, all in food that they serve, service and the maintenance of the dining area. The ambience is all sorts of cosy, warm and comfortable, making it perfect for almost all sorts of outings and meals.
The food is all about Goan and Continental food with a good range of North Indian food as well. There are good numbers of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options as well. While all the dishes are a delight for your palette, we’d recommend you to try their Pork Roast, Caramel Custard, Caramel Pudding, Dragon Chicken, Sizzlers and delectable Chicken Cafreal.
Price for two: ₹900 | Open with Google Maps
9. Ritz Classic, Panjim
Are you wondering where to go for a good family dinner on your next Goa trip? Head straight to Ritz Classic and we bet you’ll love it. Located in Patto Plaza in Panjim, this restaurant boasts of serving some of the most delicious food in all of Panjim and it’s not half wrong!!
Designed in a typical family restaurant fashion, Ritz Classic has simple comfortable sofa seating and white lights that don’t add any drama to the place. The area is spick and span and though the ambience doesn’t have anything eye-catching, the delicious food will impress you like no other place! The food menu is a well-selected medley of Goan, North Indian, Mughlai and Chinese cuisines. The kitchen staff at Ritz surely don’t compromise on the quality of the ingredients and the food reflects it pretty well. Bestselling items from the menu include the authentic Goan Thali and the Caramel Custard.
Price for two: ₹800 | Open with Google Maps
10. Joseph Bar, Panjim
One of the most iconic bars in Goa, Joseph Bar is a name quite popular among the people. Located on the Gomes Pereira road in Altinho, Panaji, this small yet classic bar has been serving great drinks and food for over decades.
The bar is set in an old bungalow. The old walls, vintage furniture and vintage artefacts bring out an old-world charm that will transport you back to the 70s. The old décor makes the place look very aesthetic and the vibes are unmatchable.
Talking about the food, at Joseph Bar you'll find a good range of finger food and traditional Goan delicacies. The Ros Omelette and Chicken Xacuti are to die for and Goan Rava Fried Prawns are a must-have. The prices are very affordable and the food is so good that it'll keep you coming back for more.
Price For Two: ₹ 700 | Open With Google Maps
11. Curlies Beach Shack, Anjuna
A sought after place in North Goa, Curlies is a popular name for its ambience, service and food. Imagine dining while you're facing the sea and watching the sunset on the most beautiful horizon. The crashing waves and the golden sun make everything better and you'll experience the best of it, only at Curlies!
What used to be a humble beach shack, is now a full-fledged restaurant. However, what keeps the place retaining its humbleness is the boho décor that is all about old furniture, rustic lights and wooden roof. Located on Anjuna beach, if you're looking for a blissful getaway to watch the sunset into the sea and unwind - Curlies Goa is for you. That is if they're not having a party - in which case you're in for a ride!
Talking about the food menu, includes Continental, North Indian, Goan and Israeli cuisines. The fast-food section offers some of the most delicious dishes. The prices are highly affordable and they also offer a large variety of alcohol options to choose from. Some of the bestselling dishes include Honey Chilli Potato, Maggi, Beef Roast, Falafel, Kings Beer, Veg Pizza and the amazing Mezze platter. Our favourite Goan selections include stuffed squid, Goan Pork Sausage Chilli, Chicken Peri-peri, Crab Sukha Masala and the Pork Vindaloo.
Price For Two: ₹1700 | Open With Google Maps
12. Goa's Ark, Anjuna
One of the calmest restaurants in Anjuna, Goa's Ark is exactly what you need to spend a relaxing afternoon with your best buddies or even on your own. Serving traditional Goan food with authenticity and humbleness, Goa's Ark has to be on your checklist!
The restaurant is set in a rustic backyard. With greenery all around and fresh air, you are sure to feel rejuvenated. After all, nothing feels better than dining under the shade of a lush tree, right?
The food menu is a mix of traditional Goan food, finger food, Salads and Sandwiches. The menu is quite elaborate ensuring something for everyone. The beverage section is a rich selection of alcoholic beverages, mocktails and a bunch of fresh juices keeping all the fitness enthusiasts in mind. Our top picks from the menu include Beef Skewers, Chicken Curry and Fish Curry.
Price For Two: ₹ 1100 | Open With Google Maps
13. Oh, La La- Boutique Restaurant & Lounge, Siolim
The newly opened place, Oh, La La has instantly gained popularity within months of its opening. All credits to the amazing food, great service, beautiful ambience and the vibes. Curated by the renowned travel blogger Larissa D'sa, this place is all about its Bohemian décor, artistic corners, and rustic elements that make the restaurant one of its kind.
Oh, La La is spread across a huge area that has wooden huts, a river viewpoint and an open-air dining space which gives the feel of Tiki bars. There are instagrammable walls and aesthetic corners for beautiful pictures. The place glorifies the culture and vibes of Goa splendidly and we're in awe of the amazing setup.
Talking about the food, you'll find great Goan and Continental food at Oh, La La. There is also a separate section for all-day breakfast and salads which are nothing but fantastic. The pizza menu is also quite huge and we recommend you to try out the Mushroom Artichoke pizza and the Vegan Pizza with Spinach Base. Fish Curry, Sausage Roll and Prawn Curry wrap are another set of our favourites from the menu.
Price For Two: ₹1500 | Open With Google Maps