Best restaurants and cafes in Romania according to foodies

Romania, the land of beautiful landscapes, fun festivals, friendly people and great food. So, where should you eat when you visit Romania? You already might assume that locals know where the best restaurants and cafes are and these are usually not the ones in city centres or well known, touristy areas.

The best thing to do is ask for locals to recommend you the best of the best, which is exactly what we’ve done.

We’ve asked our followers about the best restaurants and cafes they recommend and here are the results:


Alba Iulia


If you are into international cuisine in a luxurious setting or if you want to book a wedding venue, this is the place for you. The restaurant is part of a spa-pool hotel so you can enjoy a full weekend away to spoil yourself.



Casa azugeana

Located in Azuga, closeby Predeal ski area and Caraiman mountains and monastery, this restaurant offers international food and it is part of the hotel.


La copac

European, Italian and Romanian cuisine are served here.




For delicious vegan foods, our readers recommend Samsara:


Circus Pub

Delicious burgers and fresh beers are served here!



Meat Stuff

Romanian-american food: sandwich place


Bar A1

If you are into brunches, salads, sandwiches and healthy foods in general, this is the place for you.


El Pato

International cuisine: European, Romanian, Italian and vegan options are available at this restaurant.



Italian delicious meals with vegetarian and vegan options.

Golden Kebap (at Iancului area)

For all shaorma, kebab lovers, this is the place for you. The restaurant serves halal food.


For Romanian traditional food in a traditional setting in the heart of Bucharest, our readers highly recommend Vatra.


You love Romanian food but you are a food and enjoy fine dining? Anika restaurant is clearly for you:

Caru’ cu bere

You cannot visit Bucharest without visiting Caru cu Bere. This is one of the most famous and popular places and it earns its reputation. With a tradition of 150 years, set in a historical and absolutely stunning place, people enjoy eating traditional Romanian food and plenty of beer.


Japanese fine dining in a beautiful setting.

Mace by Joseph Hadad

Turkish-middle eastern fine dining for foodies:


Il Peccato 

Italian restaurant serving delicious foods.


Greek micromeals on the go!




Casa Romaneasca

Romanian traditional food like: tripe soup, steaks, potato soup, mamaliga with pork.



Delicious Hungarian food:



Traditional Romanian food with a unique twist, many people have been recommending Sergiana:

Bistro del’ Arte

The chef cooking here gas been declared  „Woman Chef of the Year” by the Gault and Millau guide. If you are into proper fine dining, Michelin guide style, this is the place for you:


Delicious Hungarian food:



Fine dining in Brasov:


Dei Frati

Fancy Italian fine dining:

Roata Norocului

Romanian traditional food, their tripe soup apparently is famous in Brasov. Why not give it a go?


Mediterra Brașov

Love seafood? You will love this Mediterranean style restaurant:


La Ceaun

Self-declared comfort food restaurant serves traditional food:



Miercurea Ciuc

Via Napoli Restaurant

Italian restaurant and bistro with a creative menu.





Albota Trout farm – Alpasu de sus

A real trout farm that serves trout dishes.


Poiana Brasov

Coliba haiducilor

Traditional Romanian food in a traditional setting



Viscri 32

Viscri has become famous since Prince Charles has bought and invested in the area. While you visit the beautiful village of Viscri, you can enjoy a a hearty comfort style meal at Viscri 32 white barn and blue house:



Targu Mures

Petry bistro

Grilled meats and delicious wines are here to be served:



Sighetu Marmației

Bistro Urban La Căruță

International food served outside



Mănăstirea Bârsana

The Barsana monastery also serves food, and provides accommodation besides the usual sightseeing:


Restaurant Centro – Tăuții Măgherauș

Catering for weddings but also serving the public:


International food served at this restaurant that also caters for weddings and corporate events:

Păstrăvăria Alex

This trout farm is worth a visit, not only for the beautiful surroundings but also because of the hosts. You will really have an authentic feel of Maramures here:


Rustic, Baile Felix

International rustic style food served at Felix spa town:



European and Romanian delicious foods served here like soup served in bread.

Dorbob coffee shops

The best place for your breakfast and coffee mornings.

Gura Humorului

Restaurant Atipic 

Creative European recipes with a twist: turkey steak with baked pepper sauce, tomahawk grilled pork, mushroom and pancetta rissotto.

La Hanul Cotul Buhii

This inn provides accommodation and delicious food in a beautiful popular area.


Popas Turistic Bucovina

A great place for accommodation and food if you are visiting the picturesque area of Suceava.




If you love fresh pizza, this is the place for you:

Mangia Mangia

Italian restaurant in the centre of the city serving delicious Italian foods and cakes:



Cafe Bulgakov

Well know Hungarian restaurant with tradition in the centre of Cluj, serving Hungarian foods:

Casa Boema

This is the perfect place for a romantic evening or a brunch with the girls. International delicious foods, brunches and drinks:

Little Hanoi

Vietnamese themed restaurant that has 3 locations: in Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi:


Traditional Transylvanian food cooked 21st century style:

Ciurila, Cluj

Stana lui Aidan

Countryside style food in a countryside setting with live music:


If you are into soups, Souper has around 100 different soups to choose from:



Cârciuma Veche 

Traditional comfort food served here in a vintage style setting:


Cavalerul Medieval

Fancy eating in a castle? This is definitely the place for you:

Coliba Moldovenilor

Traditional Romanian food served here:


Gourmet pub food served here:

Beraria Veche

Romanian and greek food:


European restaurant serving international food:


Moldova Noua

Restaurant Wow

International food served in a relaxed setting:

Frasin, Neamt

Codrii Bucovinei

Lovely traditional food in a traditional setting:



Casa del Sole

Stylish looking restaurant serving European food:

Il Classico

Family restaurant that serves authentic Italian food:


Reinventing the concept of the coffee shop restaurant, this place has received a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence:

August Pasta Bar

European delicious foods, obviously their big focus is on pasta.

La Calul Alb

This restaurant’s reviews highlight that the duck is a definite must if you visit this restaurant. Other foods served here are: pork ribs, dark beer braised pork shank, and tuna steak. If you are fed up with the same old foods that are served in other restaurants, and are a bit more of a foodie, this is the place to go.


You love tapas? Seafood? Greek and Mediterranean foods? This is the place for you:


Sky restaurant

The highest rooftop restaurant in Timisoara offers you the best views

Casa del Sole

This boutique hotel and restaurant is a great place for a party or a smaller wedding:

Drunken Rat

The name is quirky, the food is delicious: cob salad, Italian sandwiches, spicy seafood, pork ribs, duck with grape sauce.


Locanda del Corso

Italian food focused restaurant that also organises wine tastings.

Riviere Brasserie

This restaurant offers fusion food that is healthy:



Podul cu lanturi

This gorgeous bed and breakfast is a great place for a quirky party or a small wedding, or just for a visit for some extra Instagram photos:



Crama Domneasca

Typical Romanian dishes in a really beautiful setting:


Ferma Dacilor

Dinner in a beautiful setting? Check! Love proper Romanian food like tripe soup, pork sausages and mamaliga? Oh yes, this is the place for you:

Restaurant Cascada

A lovely elegant setting for weddings and big events.




Cafe Anglais

Although called an english cafe, it serves delicious romanian food such as sarmale, soups and papanasi.

Union Jack Pub

If you’re into music pubs, burgers and a fairly relaxed, chilled setting this place is for you:

Restaurant Alex

This is a restaurant for foodies: beautiful plated dishes, creative food fusions, it’s a restaurant that will not fail you:

Mon Caprice

For Italian, Spanish and Romanian cuisine our followers recommend Mon Caprice!


Cabana Schiori

Sinaia is quite famous for its skiing slopes, great hiking trails, and amazing landscapes.



Sibiu was European capital of culture in 2017 and it’s no wonder the city received this title. Its architecture is breath taking. If you do visit Sighisoara and Sibiu in one go, our readers recommend that you stop at Hermania for a nice fusion of Saxon and Romanian food.


Hanul cu peste

Fresh fish? Fresh sushi? Check! Grilled meats? Check! Beautiful beaches? Check! This is the place to go when in Mamaia.


Valea celor doisprezece, Dobreni

If you loved Lord of the Rings and the little hobbit houses, you will love this place. The little village includes 12 hobbit style houses, a restaurant, a garden and a terrace. You will feel like you literally went back in time because… there is no electricity and at night you will only have candle light. The rooms are heated via fire so there is a constant of 18-19 degrees.

The idea behind the village is to remind you of simpler times, literally.



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