Panjim, the capital of Goa, is indeed one of the most happening locations in the state. With the beautiful Mandavi river and ritzy- glitzy restaurants that set the right mood for every sort of celebration and luxury, Panjim is indeed the numero uno to visit in Goa. In this article, we are set to go on a culinary voyage to find out the 10 best restaurants and bars in Panjim for your next Goa trip. So let’s dive right in!
1. Joseph Bar
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
2. Bombil Restaurant
Wondering where to find the best 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
3. The Fisherman’s Wharf
Think about lavish interiors, cane décor, yellow lights, sophistication, romantic feel- all designed inside a 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 compliment 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, Liit Cocktail, Squid Tempura, Pork Spare Ribs, Chorizo Pao and Steak.
Price for two: ₹1300 | Open with Google Maps
4. Viva Panjim
Another Panjim classic that’s built in a old-school Portuguese house, is Viva Panjim. Mind you, its not your regular old house- its over 150 whopping years old! Fascinating, yeah?
Viva Panjim has attained a legendary status with its consistency in quality, all in food that they serve, service and the maintenance of 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 the delectable Chicken Cafreal.
Price for two: ₹900 | Open with Google Maps
5. Ritz Classic
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 he 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
6. Route 66
This restaurant is well-known as a smoke house serving cheese burgers, steaks with fries, and an assortment of American grills. Route 66 is the place for you if you love meats and are fond of grilled and smoked goodies. Located in Rua De Querim, this restaurant is quite popular for delicious food, good music and cosy vibe!
The restaurant is designed in an old-school Portuguese manner to reminisce the roots of Goa. Frames on the walls, old furniture and yellow lights make the place look comfortable and chic with a hint of jazz which makes the restaurant perfect for a dinner.
The food is all about American classics and crowd favourites. Tequila Chicken, Hamburger, Cheese Cakes, Cheese Garlic Bread, Milkshakes and Nachos are among the most popular dishes and beverages at Route 66. The prices are highly affordable and we definitely recommend you Route 66 for a casual dinner, a romantic date or even a solo date.
Price for two: ₹1300 | Open with Google Maps
7. The Black Sheep Bistro
One place you can swear by for all your Thai and Continental food cravings in Panaji is The Black Sheep Bistro. Located in the Villa Braganza Perreira Campal, this restaurant is definitely an icon when it comes to sophisticated food and handcrafted cocktails in Panaji.
The décor runs around minimalism with a hint of romance that makes the place ideal for a romantic dinner with your special someone. If you’re someone who enjoys good drinks and bar food, The Black Sheep Bistro is a must-visit indeed!
The menu is a medley of Continental, European and Asian delicacies with a good selection of finger food and desserts as well. The beverage menu is quite elaborate with a good number of Wine selections and great cocktails and even non-alcoholic beverages which makes room for something for everyone. Our top picks from the menu include Malvani Mushroom Stroganoff, Crab Ravioli, Mushroom Rice, Seafood Paella, Chocolate Salami and Veg Quesadilla.
Price for two: ₹1500 | Open with Google Maps
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
9. Kokni Kanteen
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
10. The Baba Au Rhum Corner
Another restaurant at Panaji that you need to add to your Goa checklist is the very popular Baba Au Rhum. Oh, don't get confused with the name, it's not a dessert place. However, we won't deny that you'll find some of the finest French desserts in all of Goa.
This is a quite old establishment that has quite a lot of fans, both from Goa and even out of Goa. If you're thinking of devouring some wood-fired Pizzas and some amazing desserts and beverages in a relaxing environment, then this could totally be your place. Vintage wooden furniture with potted plants in colourful pots and bamboo trees all around, The Baba Au Rhum Corner displays a very simple setup that has got a feel-good factor and a Bohemian vibe to it, making it worth a visit.
The menu is a mix of Italian, Meditteranean and American cuisines. From all-day breakfasts to freshly baked Pizzas, mouthwatering Pasta, delectable desserts and fresh bakeries, this place ensures quality in everything they serve. Our top picks from the menu include Baguette Sandwich, Supreme Burger, Earth Pizza, Croissant Sandwich, Brewed Beer and Vietnamese Coffee.
Price For Two: ₹1000 | Open With Google Maps