8 Best Places To Eat In Goa
With restrictions slightly eased and travel norms relaxed, more and more people opt for domestic travel and short holidays. And Goa is hands down the top favourite for Indians. Over the years, Goa has witnessed quite a few changes in its culinary choices and offerings. If you’re planning to visit this beach paradise any time soon, here are the best restaurants that you should check out.
1. La Plage
La Plage is possibly one of the best places to eat when in Goa. Located on Ashwem beach and hidden somewhere in thick foliage, this restaurant offers a great tropical atmosphere. Although not the cheapest beach shack in Goa, the La Plage menu is worth every rupee you spend. Pre-booking your table will save you the waiting trouble on some busy days. This one is worth trying as it is one of the best restaurants in Goa for sure.
Address: Aswem Beach, Near Papa Jolly Hotel, Aswem Road, Morjim, Arambol, Goa
This restaurant put Assagao on the tourist map. Gunpowder’s Toddy Shop Meen Curry and Soondal have stood the test of time in the real sense. The place is loved by artists, writers and every hipster for its epic Andhra Prawn Curry and Pandhi Curry with parottas, or their fluffy appams. Their artisanal cocktails should keep coming through the meal. Before you order food though, walk through the People Tree store that shares space inside this old Goan home and adds to Gunpowder’s charm.
Address: House No. 6, Anjuna Mapusa Road, Saunto Vaddo, Assagao, North Goa, Goa
3. Marbella Beach Restaurant
This restaurant re-defines the beach dining experience. The food has top-notch ingredients that reflect the taste and cocktails are cutting-edge mixologies, with a constantly evolving wine list. Fine dining, sunset cocktails, lounge chairs…they have it all and more: You’ll love their special events and live music performances.
Address: 782, Gawdewada, Morjim-Ashvem Road, Arambol, Goa
Thalassa, one of the most famous restaurants in Goa, is now enjoying sunsets at its new location in Siolim. Who would have thought that they’d seamlessly make a move from their legendary Vagator spot without making a dent in their loyal fanbase? The place continues to be synonymous with sundowners and a hit among guests for providing best photo-ops. If you’re there for a leisurely evening with friends, go straight for the wine and souvlakis (both beef and veg are the best!), along with a side of Lamb Meatballs in Red Sauce and Veg Moussaka.
Address: Plot No. 301/1, Near Teso Waterfront, Vaddy Siolim, Goa
5. Pousada By The Beach
You should add this place to your list of best restaurants in Goa for Chai and Biscuit – the restaurant’s adorable resident Labradors. Pousada has stunning beach views, a relaxed vibe and delectable seafood. Fish in Banana Leaf is the star dish here, but you’ll also love their Crusty Prawns, Konkan-flavoured rice and Prawn Balchao.
Address: Holiday Street, Gaura Vaddo, Calangute
6. Fisherman’s Wharf
Situated on the riverside, with lots of sea breeze and live music, this spot is always buzzing with crowds. Their kitchen modifies Goan dishes for the tourist palate, so if it is your first time indulging in Goan flavours, you’ll love their masala fried calamari, fish curry with rice and potato recheado. You must try their Rava fried prawns to die for, especially if you are a real foodie.
Address: Sal Riverside, Mobor Beach, Cavelossim, Salcette, South Goa
7. The Black Sheep Bistro
This modern restaurant in Panaji, prides itself on using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients that differentiate from the rest. With a wide-ranging menu that doesn’t play by the rules, they have one constant thing – the remarkable selection of wine and craft beers. It is hard to pick our favourite dish, but their Ghee Roast Pork Ribs and Goan Pesto Crusted Fish (paneer for vegetarian) and Chakri Churros are delicious.
Address: Swami Vivekanand Road, Next to ICICI Bank, Panjim, Goa, India
Suzie’s is a restaurant that dares to do things differently and excels at it. A quirky take on fancy dining, the chef thoughtfully curates a different menu every six weeks with seasonal ingredients. This is the perfect spot for you if you’re looking for a romantic dinner place for two; garden cafe vibe has a rustic feel to it too. A reservation is highly recommended here.
Address: House no. 531, Suzie’s Lane, Bouta Waddo, Assagao, Near Chari Garage, Assagao