Here's Our Pick Of 8 Iconic Restaurants To Eat At On Your Next Goa Trip

Goa is a foodie paradise, especially with the an overwhelming number of cafes, restaurants, home chefs and even food pop-ups that open every day here. But some of these places have stood the test of time, so we'd suggest beginning your Goa culinary adventure at these restaurants. 

Cantare

Tucked in the interiors of Saligao, Cantare has been a favourite amongst locals and tourists for years now. This family run restaurant has a lovely old world vintage charm that lends a unique identity to this place. Great Goan and Thai cuisine make this restaurant a hot favorite. If you visit, don’t forget to order the Thai red curry, beef steak, seafood noodles and pork chops. For those who love music, Cantare comes highly recommended for the live acts. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are reserved for jazz nights, while Thursday and Sundays are for rock and roll. Wednesdays are dedicated to quiz nights.

Note: It's open from 6:30pm to 1am.

The Black Sheep Bistro

This casual dining restaurant in Panjim has been famous for its farm to fork dining concept, and has been dishing mouth-watering dishes that are enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike. A restaurant whose sole purpose is to serve great food, The Black Sheep Bistro is famous for its chorizo pav, ceviche and ghee roasted pork ribs among other equally outstanding dishes. Lunch is served from 12pm-4pm, while dinner time is between 7pm-1am. You can totally hop over between 4pm-7pm to enjoy their handcrafted cocktails and happy hours.

P.S. Their newest baby, Black Market, is soon becoming the dinner spot everyone keeps talking about. It does innovative cuisine like a baos and the cocktails are ace! 

Lounges

The Black Sheep Bistro

Near ICICI Bank, Swami Vivekanand Road, Panjim, Goa

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The Lazy Goose

Nestled by the riverside in Nerul, The Lazy Goose is a lovely restaurant to enjoy a meal at, especially during sunset. The views are totally worth your Instagram feed, and the local cuisine completes this picture perfect scene. Old-timers will remember this as Amigos, a restaurant that was popular for its home cooked meals. Good news is that the local style of cooking has been maintained. The menu might be limited, but definitely has some of the best seafood in Goa. The pepper crab, butter garlic prawns and red snapper studded with racheado masala come highly recommended. On some days, they host live music gigs and we think that's a great time to plan your meal around. 

Casual Dining

The Lazy Goose

Below Nerul Bridge, Nerul Candolim Road, Candolim, Goa

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The Fisherman's Wharf

An expansive space that is gorgeous, The Fisherman’s Wharf has been a legendary restaurant for years now, attracting crowds to its Panjim, Salcette and Calangute outlets, from all over. The ship-deck like décor, great service and delectable local cuisine make this hotspot for foodies. The view of the backwaters at Salcette and lovely breeze all throughout the year make a meal here, memorable in every sense and it's no surprise that it's packed even during Goa's lean season. The tandoori pomfret, fish ambotik, masala fried prawns and fish curry rice come highly recommended. They also have live music performances every night, so if you’re planning a romantic dinner, The Fisherman’s Wharf is a great idea.

On Sundays, live music is performed by artists at lunch as well as dinner.

Casual Dining

The Fisherman's Wharf

13/139, Near Vivanta By Taj, 18th June Road, Campal, Panjim, Goa

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Amavi

Amavi by Chef Sumera is a legendary restaurant that both locals and tourists like to dine at. If you’re searching for good global cuisine in Goa, Amavi is the place to visit. Choose from a wide range of salads, soups, pastas, meat and seafood. The red snapper risotto, Danish blue cheese cloud, bacon wrapped medallions and pork chops are our favourites. They’re open from 1pm-3pm for lunch, and dinner is served between 7:30pm- 10:30 pm (6:30pm-10:30pm during season time)

Tip : Watch out for their live music performances that are more frequent during season time.

Fine Dining

Amavi

Cottage 88, Behind The Art Chamber, Guaravaddo, Calangute, Goa

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Vinayak

This unassuming restaurant tucked into a tiny lane in Assagao is definitely a must-visit for all the foodies in Goa. Frequented by locals and a few tourists, this restaurant comes with a simple, no-added frills ambience, quick service and some of the best seafood preparations of the local cuisine in Goa. Order a plate of golden fried prawns and fish fry to get started, everything on the menu here is a hit. They also serve alcohol.

P.S. Since they're always packed during lunch hours, you'll have to be persistent in looking for servers who'll take your food order. 

Fast Food Restaurants

Vinayak Family Restaurant

House 278, Sacol Waddo, Assagao, Goa

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Ritz Classic

Known for serving epic fish thalis, Café Ritz Bar and Restaurant sees guests pouring in from all the corners of the state. It's a great respite that they have multiple outlets across Porvorim, Panjim that are open from 11am till 11pm. This restaurant boasts of a menu that has mouth-watering local preparations of fish, prawns, shark, mussels, oyesters, chicken, mutton and egg. There is a limited menu for vegetarians too but rest assured that everything that makes it to the table is drool worthy. The best part about Ritz? It's budget-friendly (especially their thalis). 

Casual Dining

Ritz Classic

Wagle Vision Building, 1st Floor, 18th June Road, Panjim, Goa

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Gunpowder

This restaurant housed in an old bungalow in Assagao is a cosy space, complete with rustic vibes, a dense green cover, a comforting ambience and heart-warming service, making this a timeless favourite. Beef, pork, chicken, mutton and fish, they’ve got it all covered! The beef fry, mutton fry, appams, masala prawns, fish curry and Malabar parotta are to die for. Gunpowder is usually too busy on most evenings but get yourself a seat on the bar as you wait, and their cocktails will keep you in good spirits. 

Casual Dining

Gunpowder

6, Anjuna Mapusa Road, Saunto Vaddo, Assagao, Goa

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