A true foodie holidaying in Goa can never ignore the flavourful and spicy Goan food that the state has to offer. With a rich Portuguese influence in their food, Goan cuisine offers preparations of fish, pork and meat, with fish-curry rice being a constant in almost every household. While the most authentic way of trying a local cuisine is at someone’s house, we know that might not always be possible. So, hit up these tried and tested Goan restaurants for the best local food you can find.
14 Restaurants That Do Goan Food Like A Boss
Vinayak is a family restaurant in Assagao that comes recommended by tonnes of Goa regulars and locals. You’ll see a queue here every day, especially during lunch time, and that should give you an idea of just how good the food is here. Golden fried prawns, fried fish, fish xacuti, prawn rawa fry and prawn sorpotel are some of our favourite dishes here. If you’re not sure where to start, order their fish thali. You can also check with them for the daily specials — all of which will include a delicious local Goan curry.
Ritz Classic is a paradise for seafood lovers, and the fish thali is discussed fondly all over the country. Located in the heart of Panjim, this restaurant is always packed. We suggest you try their rice and fish curry, crab masala, fish thali, butter-garlic calamari, and if you want a bit of everything, their fresh seafood thali is one of the best we’ve had. The Signature Ritz Classic Thali includes four different preparations of seafood- along with fish curry rice! They also have an outlet in Porvorim in Mall De Goa that's pretty popular.
If you haven’t guessed already, it’s an obvious favourite because alcohol is always cheap and free-flowing here! Visit to celebrate drunken shenanigans with urak and feni to keep you company. But the Goan fare here is definitely worth trying too. A simple restaurant that serves home-style meals made by recipes passed on by generations, Mafia Cocktail is a popular hangout spot for locals who enjoy their seafood. The pork sorpotel and sannas come recommended, and we suggest you also order the chicken xacuti and prawn curry rice. End the meal with a caramel custard.
Fernando’s Nostalgia is family-run Goan restaurant in Raia and boasts of a menu that includes authentic Goan as well as Portuguese dishes. Fernando’s Nostalgia is Goa’s only boutique restaurant for traditional cuisine, and has a loyal set of patrons who swear by the homely meal here. You’ll find staples like prawn curry rice, beef xacuti , sannas, veg caldinho, shark ambotik and other seafood preparations. What we particularly love about the menu is the inclusion of rarities like Ox Tongue and Pasteis de Bacalhau. They even have some interesting pickles, sausage pulao, dry mackerel salad and mixed meat sizzlers. Pair the food with homemade feni cocktails and you’ll thank us.
This small Goan food restaurant in Dona Paula is located on the roof of a white house, and is a hidden gem known for its authentic Goan food. With day-time views of the sea and friendly service, it makes for a cosy, comfortable and simple meal experience that is light on the pocket too. Visit to relish authentic Goan food served without any frills. The menu is small but the chicken xacuti, Goan prawn curry, chicken cafreal and pork vindaloo are ace. They even do a mean cauliflower cafreal.
Cafe Sussegado Souzaa
Set inside a Goan-Portuguese bungalow, Café Sussegado provides guests a chance to indulge in an authentic Goan meal, with the ambience setting the mood right for the experience. Flavourful and spicy, the food here is definitely worth celebrating. Visit for the veg xacuti, pork vindaloo, beef chilly fry, butter garlic king fish, prawn recheado and the crab curry.
The Fisherman's Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the must-try restaurants in Goa and thankfully has outlets in both North and South Goa. With its rustic charm, warm service and live music, it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most popular restaurants in the state. Get yourself king prawn recheado (they even do a potato version for the vegetarians), pomfret in butter garlic sauce, chicken cafreal, chorizo pao or our all-time favourite- a hot bowl of prawn curry rice.
Edward’s Yard is where locals like to bond with their loved ones over local comfort food. Goan food served at this restaurant makes for the perfect end to the road-trip through sleepy village roads in North Goa. Head here to relish fresh catch of the day, and of course, Goan food. Try their mussels, crabs and fish, and even the chonak. The chonak recheado in fact is one of our favourites here. The prawn dynamix , chicken xacuti and rawa mackerel cannot be missed either. For vegetarians, there is bhindi aamchuri and Sri Lankan curry. Did we tell you it also does the best Chili Cheese Garlic naans?
Kokni Kanteen in Panjim is one of the most popular restaurants in the capital serving authentic Goan food. A vintage, rustic vibe and heart-warming service make this a cosy place to enjoy a local meal. Don’t leave this place without sampling the fish thali, prawn rawa fry, mussels or tisra. We highly recommend ending this meal with the signature serradura, some of the best in the state!
Bhatti Village is another local secret, and a true blue Goan restaurant located in a Goan home in Nerul. Loyalists call this the seafood lover’s cream come true; this family-run restaurant has patrons who swear by the fresh seafood preparations. This is one of the few places in Goa that even serves the ox tongue! We recommend ordering the homemade feni, white bait fry, prawn curry, tisryo masala, chonak recheado, clams masala and beef fry, to name just a few!
This award-winning restaurant has been around in Goa for over two decades now, and is one of the most popular restaurants that serve Goan food. Loyalists swear by the fresh seafood preparations, and the food at this up-market Goan restaurant is enjoyed by locals as well as tourists. The vindaloo, xacuti and recheado masalas make for perfect meals at any time of the day. Try their butter garlic calamari, Goan sausage and raw fried fish too! And don’t forget the king crab preparations- even Sachin Tendulkar is a fan!
Anand Seafood Restaurant
Anand Seafood Restaurant is a humble establishment whose home-style Goan food is a hit. Anand gives you the chance to choose from a wide array of local catch, and you can also devour some of the freshest fish fries in town. Try their fish thali, leppo fish and mackerel recheado. The veg xacuti and chicken cafreal are amongst the bestsellers. We also recommend the prawns rawa fry and the kingfish curry.
Chef Peter's Kitchen
Chef Peter’s Kitchen is a hidden gem in Goa, a restaurant that serves authentic, home-style Goan/Portuguese food. This restaurant is in charge of bringing some traditional, forgotten recipes to life, so if you really want to go local, speak to the chef and try out his suggestions. The chef here has been given the ‘best chef of India’ award by the Department of Tourism in the non-hotel category, so you know you can expect some of the best Goan food to be served! Try their chicken cafreal, prawn curry, pork vindaloo with sannas, potato recheado and veg xacuti with poi. End this lavish spread with caramel custard and serradura.
Mum’s Kitchen has been around for over two decades, and has been home to loyalists who keep flocking the place year after year in search for the perfect plate of sannas and vindaloo. After trying, sampling and collaborating with gifted home chefs all over Goa, Mum’s Kitchen has perfected the food that gives both locals and tourists a chance to experience unique dishes in the Goan cuisine. Chouris chilli fry, Cauliflower Caldeen, Pineapple Sukhem, Lepo Hooman and Pamplet Kodi with poi are some of our favourite dishes here. This is one of the few places in Goa that serves sannas (Goan version of idli) so don’t miss that while you’re here. If you’re around Panjim, you can hit up the older outlet but otherwise, there’s also a new Mum’s Kitchen in Assagao for a more fine-dine experience.