Goa is not just a destination, but a collection of tactile experiences. You will remember the wind in your hair, the soft crunch of white sand underneath your feet and your first bite of the freshest seafood you’ve ever had – long after you’ve returned home. Yes, your Goan holiday would be sorely lacking without the food in Goa.
The food here is a fusion of Portuguese and local flavours that have been married into a harmonious recipe that is uniquely Goan. Locals make a liberal use of the spices grown here to turn out some delectable dishes with complex flavours. This marriage of flavours has also given birth to a vibrant street food culture where you can get some of the best food in Goa.
While most of the food is non-vegetarian, you will get some interesting vegetarian fare like the bondas and missal pav. The Chorizo Pao and the meat croquettes and samosas are the mainstay in street food. Indulge our sweet tooth with Bebinca, Dos, Perad and the famous Gadbad ice cream. For an evolved culinary experience, here are our recommendations of some of the best restaurants in Goa.
This family restaurant enjoys an idyllic setting surrounded by the serenity of nature. You will find this restaurant in Salcette near the Paos Ward Ferry. This is one of the calmest places to eat in Goa. Though they have a multicuisine menu, they also have some quintessential Goan dishes on offer. Start with their Stuffed Mushrooms and Chicken Chilli Fry along with Prawns and Butter Garlic Squid. For the main course, enjoy the Masala Fried Kingfish. It is some of the best food in Goa.
Well known for using the freshest local produce and quality ingredients, Britto’s has earned their reputation over the past 50 years. Their Chicken Vindaloo and the Crab Curry are in a different league altogether. This is one of the best restaurants in Goa for a hearty seafood platter which includes crabs, mussels, shrimps and squid. You can also enjoy live entertainment and Karaoke nights along with the delectable food served here. Located right on Baga beach, you can head out partying after enjoying your meal.
Antique Portuguese furniture and vintage mirrors greet you as you enter this cute eatery on 31st January Road in Fontainhas. It even has a terrace where you can take your meal. You are served some delicious preparations with a side of nostalgia. Here you can enjoy some of the most popular food of Goa. The prawn curry and rice is specially recommended. Savour your meals here after a long day of shopping.
The name says it all. When hunger gnaws at your stomach, Nostalgia greets you like an old friend. This is one of the best restaurants in Goa where you can enjoy some hard-to-find dishes like Apa-de-Camaro and Rissois. Some of the other favourites include Alle-Belle, Sans Rival and Ambadeanchem. They have a well-stocked wine list that complements the food well. Enjoy the musical evenings here from Thursday to Saturday and we assure you that it will be an experience like no other.
Are you looking for a fine dining experience in South Goa? Well, look no further than Casa Sarita. Located inside the Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, the restaurant’s interior instantly takes you back to a bygone era when opulent chandeliers and mosaic flooring were the norm. This is one of the best fine-dine restaurants in Goa. Their specialty is traditional Goan flavours with a contemporary touch and elegant presentation. Enjoy a Merlot with rawa-fried prawns and round up a fine meal with Lamb Xacuti and Goan rice. Their signature dishes include Chorizo Pao, prawns curry and Goan Fish curry.
This 30-year-old institution has garnered an enviable reputation of serving some of the best food in Goa. Martin’s Corner give you the best of a rustic eating experience in Goa. Their secret masalas are ground in-house. The crowds here are a testament to the quality of the food they serve. You can enjoy traditional Goan cuisine along with some tasteful continental dishes. Head here with a group of friends for a boisterous evening of togetherness and camaraderie.
Do you fancy eating a meal in an old Portuguese mansion built in the 1880s? If yes, then head over to The Verandah on 31st January Road in the old Latin Quarter in Panjim. Replete with old-world charm, this is one of the cosiest restaurants in Goa. You can enjoy traditional Goan flavours on marble-topped tables surrounded by quaint antiques. You cannot go wrong with their pork vindaloo and prawn curry. Make it a special meal for two and let the conversation flow amidst the beautiful decor.
This is where you enjoy some fresh food from the Goan kitchen. Tucked away in an unassuming bungalow near the Times of India office in Panjim, the food at this restaurant will remind you of a Goan grandmother’s cooking. They serve some of the most authentic traditional food in Goa. The menu is a compilation of recipes submitted by mothers of different communities from different parts of Goa. Can’t get more authentic than that!
Souza Lobo has been satiating appetites since 1932! The traditional recipes here have remained virtually unchanged as they have been handed down generations. It manages to stand out of the crowd with its rich heritage and tasty helpings of prawn curry rice, masala fish fry and crab xacuti. Enjoy a meal with your family to the accompaniment of live music, in a cosy ambience that’s almost reminiscent of your favourite grandmother’s home.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of places to eat in Goa. If you’re already looking forward to some mouth-watering Goan meals, all you need to do is select a Goa tour package from SOTC. Goa tourism and its culinary odyssey awaits!