Famous for its beaches and sundowner festivities, Goa boasts of a rich culinary landscape that always manages to impress even the most tough to please foodies. From sophisticated fine dining establishments to specialty restaurants known for their delectable seafood and from casual eateries tucked away in the quaint by lanes to quintessential beach shacks, Goa enjoys a diverse and truly rewarding food scene. Besides its widely adored local classics, Goa has also mastered the art of doling out exquisite spreads of global favorites, which is quite evident from this curation of some of the best restaurants in Goa that should be in every gourmand's bucket list.
Set in the picturesque town of Calangute, this unique restaurant takes you immediately to a portrait of riverside indulgence. Known as one of the best restaurants in Goa, FisherMan's Wharf is popular for its lip-smacking Goan spread along with an extensive selection of well prepared global delicacies. Their seafood preparations are simply exquisite and definitely worth sampling.
Must-haves: Kadhai Jhinga, Lobster Thermidor, Pork Sausage Pulao, Fish Curry, Goan Chicken Cafreal, and ‘Fresh Catch Of The Day’ Preparation.
Cost for two: ₹ 1100
Nestled on the fringe of Goa's scenic coastline, Tomato's is the most gorgeous little beach facing restaurant known for its delectable Italian, Indian & Continental selection of grub. This unpretentious restaurant's menu is quite all-encompassing and features drool-worthy popular delicacies. Tomato’s signature "Classic English Breakfast" is widely famous and rightly so as it tastes simply divine.
Must-haves: Classic English Breakfast, Vegetable Frito Misto, Grilled Prawns Thai Curry, and Caramelized Nutella Pizza.
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
Undoubtedly one of the best Italian restaurants in Goa, Diva is a quaint Portuguese style place set up by the very renowned Ritu Dalmia herself. Featuring a beautiful terrace and outdoor seating by the pool, this establishment checks all the right aesthetic boxes. When it comes to the food, Diva Has an outdoor pizzeria complete with a wood-fired oven that doles to the most exquisite pizzas you have ever tasted. From handmade dough to handpicked herbs, every ingredient is chosen by the chef herself, making every dish special.
Must-haves: Prawn Salad, Handmade Chitarra Pasta, Thin Crust Marinara Pizza, and Panna Cotta.
Cost for two: ₹ 2000
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The all-day dining restaurant at the Marriott featuring a multicuisine global menu is well equipped to cater to all your gastronomic whims. A chic fine dining restaurant in Goa is located right beside Miramar Beach, providing you with a stellar view of the expansive Arabian Sea.
Must-haves: Grilled Tiger Prawns, Risotto, Paneer Butter Masala, Pomfret Recheado, Goan Curry, and Pan Seared Chicken Breast.
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
Mama Mia is Novotel's specialty poolside grill & steakhouse, known for serving exceptional seafood, meats, and greens cooked to appease the palate of their guests. This unique restaurant is frequented by foodies from far and wide to sample their selection of finest cuts that are cooked to perfection by their ace Cuisinier.
Must-haves: Broiled King Fish Steak with Lemon Caper Sauce, Cottage Cheese & Potatoes Steak, Ratatouille Kebabs, Classic Chicken Steak with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, Crème Brulee Du Jour.
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
This gorgeous cafe specializes in global cuisine and serves quite a few bakery and cafe classics. Besides their yummy food selection, this quaint place is replete with numerous Instagram-worthy nooks and houses vintage-style furnishings and crockery making the entire space look like a scene straight out of a fairytale. You are greeted with the sweet aroma of baked goods and coffee wafting through the air as soon as you enter this restaurant, instantly making you hungry.
Must-haves: Smoked Mozzarella Sandwich, Superfood Salad, Pepperonata Pasta, Margherita Pizza, and Panna Cotta.
Cost for two: ₹ 800
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Nestled at the Fern Kadamba on the plateau lies a Cafe Tinto. This restaurant holds the legacy of serving its patrons with a multitude of gastronomic pleasures. From snacking away on Burgers and pizzas to a full coursed Indian menu,‘Tinto’ is definitely a must-try dining destination in Goa.
Must-haves: Crispy Noodle Salad, Shrimp and Butter Bean Bisque, Risotto Con Pollo e Olive, and English Mushroom Pie.
Cost for two: ₹ 800
Artistically modern keeping in check the grandiose old Portuguese structure is what appeals to one as they enter this coastal cuisine serving restaurant. The grills are interesting, as every guest has the liberty to choose their choice of produce and the regional styled preparation they want it to be prepared in. There is an equal weightage given to the vegetarian options that are equally (if not more) yummy!
Must-haves: Hibiscus Kombucha, Pickled Mussels, Red Snapper Ceviche, and Pradhaman Panna Cotta.
Cost for two: ₹ 1300
Ans. People love Fish Curry, Chicken Cafreal the most at The Fisherman's Wharf, Calangute.
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.