Bucharest Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Bucharest

November 29, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Vlad the Impaler stated his claim to Bucharest in 1459. His citadel on the Dambovita was the first of flotillas of palaces, many of which still stand. Four subway lines and a modern bus network transport visitors and commuters. Nicknamed "Little Paris", Bucharest's elegant early 20th-century architecture shows French influences. Don't miss the Village Museum, Romanian Athenaeum and the Peasant Museum. You can't miss the Palace of Parliament, the second-largest building in the world (after the Pentagon).
Things to do in Bucharest

1. Mica Elvetie

Strada Franceza 60, Bucharest 030106, Romania Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Swiss, International, European, Grill, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Drinks, Dinner HK$141 - HK$377 +40 21 224 5017
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 631 reviews

Mica Elvetie

Mica Elvetie Restaurant can be described as a universe enriched continuously with ideas and tastes, flavors and passion for cooking. Chef Jakob Hausmann is the artist who puts together all the pieces of the dynamics of the restaurant. The new location in the historic center, officially opened on September 12, 2012, and here was implemented a new gastronomic concept oriented to young audiences with special menus at affordable prices. The restaurant offers services of lunch and candlelight dinner, corporate or anniversary parties and even gala events. For 19 years, Mica Elvetie Restaurant managed with its Swiss cuisine to position itself in the top 10 restaurants in Bucharest and to distinguish itself in the gastronomy with its particular dishes, like meat served on hot stone (concept brought by Chef Jakob Hausmann in Romania), various types of fondue, raclette and already famous - roesti garnish. Constantly, in all this time the menu was renewed by Chef Hausmann with exquisite dishes cooked in unique combinations, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Jakob Hausmann, chef and manager of Mica Elvetie Restaurant is the image of famous companies such as Selgros, Fuchs and Eisberg in Romania and culinary consultant for other locations. With an impressive history of 19 years and its specific professionalism Mica Elvetie Restaurant promises many culinary successes and guarantees the same high class standards.

Reviewed By Esseily - Cairo, Egypt

it has one of the best beef fillets I have ever tasted, and this restaurant is a beauty.. everything was just perfect, the sauces accompanying the fillet, butter and banana curry and barbecue with tomato and cinnamon.. perfection. I also tried the cheese and truffle...MoreDear Client , We appreciate a lot your message of 5 stars for our service and cuisine. We assure you that every time you pass by, you’ll enjoy the best food, service and atmosphere, here at Mica Elvetie Restaurant. Best regards, Team Mica Elvetie

2. the ARTIST

Calea Victoriei 147, Sector 1 | (Calea Victoriei 147), Bucharest 010072, Romania Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$149 - HK$345 +40 728 318 871
Excellent
82%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 983 reviews

the ARTIST

Modern cuisine. Holiday Closing Dates: 31 July 2017 – 14 August 2017.

Reviewed By permia - Ireland

We were never in any doubt regarding our menu choices – we both chose the superb tasting menu.
Set in an atmosphere of quiet and relaxing background décor, we looked forward with anticipation to the cuisine to come. And we weren't disappointed.
Spoonful servings in turn of each of the offerings of appetisers, mains and desserts were delicious. The spoons arranged in an artistic pattern by the waiter.
Interspersed were a couple of contributions courtesy of the house, including a celery based soup in a test-tube and another where the use of a freezing liquid was to great effect.
A novel accompaniment came with the desserts. A mortar containing herbs and spices had freezing liquid added to it by the Chef, who instructed us to immediately use the pestle to ground the solidified goodies. A scoop of ice cream was added and mixed with the flavourings, to give a most tasty fare.
On a return visit to Bucharest, here will be high on our menu of attractions.

3. Beca's Kitchen - Homemade Food

Strada Eminescu Mihai 80 | Sector 2, Bucharest 020081, Romania Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Healthy, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$243 +40 744 344 700
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 755 reviews

Beca's Kitchen - Homemade Food

Inspired by freshness!

Reviewed By chmfromchas

Dining at Beca’s reminded me of eating at a good friend’s home, a friend who happily happens to be a great cook! In this case, the friend —Beca— is also the owner-chef of this small, cozy restaurant that plays relaxing/jazzy music...one where the main event is Beca’s food. While menu choices are clearly displayed on a chalkboard, Beca engages patrons in explaining the options. Then, she disappears into the kitchen to ensure the dishes presented are as visually appealing as they are exquisite to eat. Don’t miss a chance to unwind and enjoy this gem of a restaurant. And while you’re there, ask Beca how she got started...You’ll walk away enchanted and inspired. Kudos and continued success to this young woman who followed her dream! (Could Beca be Romania’s future “Barefoot Contessa” ???)

4. Hanu' Berarilor Casa Oprea Soare

2 Poenaru Bordea Street, Bucharest, Romania (Formerly Casa Bucur) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Grill, Romanian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +40 21 336 8009
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 800 reviews

Hanu' Berarilor Casa Oprea Soare

Hanu' - a cheerful place of delicious food! A place like few others in Bucharest! A place where being around a table is a habit, not a need! A place where you can taste the best dishes together with this jolly liquor people call beer. If you want to feast or rollick, Hanu' is the place to be! The place is big, 800 people can feast at once, the food is for all tastes and the cellar is always full. We have everything for everybody, all we need to know your wishes. Merry feasts!

Reviewed By Duta V - Bucharest, Romania

Very elegant restaurant.
Duck with cabbage, good taste.
Grilled salmon with rice, also good.
Prices are fair for what you recieve.
Many waiters, so serving is moving very fast. Our waitress was a bit "aggressive", she didn't let us to check very well the menu, she came very fast trying to take the order .
The dishes looks nice.
Parking places are very hard to find near it.

5. Sharkia

Strada Luterana 2-4 | Park Inn by Radisson Bucharest Hotel & Residence, Bucharest 010162, Romania Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards International, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$196 +40 21 311 9000
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 482 reviews

Sharkia

Sharkia is named after an east wind from the Levantine region and brings you the whiff of the original East Mediterranean flavours. Tradition says that, each evening, the wind blows the bells in front of the houses and this is the signal for all family members to join the dinner. Our Sharkia invites you to the same cozy, warm and friendly mood to enjoy our fresh and delicious cuisine made from fresh and authentic ingredients. Eat Healthy. Eat Mediterranean. We pride ourselves in using the most wholesome ingredients therefore the quality, nutritional value and freshness of the food are our main promise towards all Sharkia guests. The authenticity of our ingredients offers a unique culinary experience and we strive to create food that is fuel for your mind and body, as well as for your spirit. Enjoy our menu variety and let the aromas and textures of our culinary delights spoil your senses.

Reviewed By MUNVALE

The best restaurant in town.
The food is heaven.
The service 5 *.
The CHEF and the rest off the team prepare all the food with maximum care.
I will come back for shore. THANK YOU.

6. La Pescaria Dorobantilor

23 Tudor Stefan, Bucharest 011655, Romania Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff Seafood, Mediterranean, Romanian, European, Soups, Eastern European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$157 +40 722 271 157
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 414 reviews

La Pescaria Dorobantilor

Reviewed By Minder99 - Bucharest, Romania

I am not a "fish" person. Despite this, I started to go often to this small and very cozy restaurant (yes, it's very small & very cozy... sometimes people who don't know each other share nice words and find common friends, even if they are from different countries or continents! It happened to me! :)). Although its clientele is international, the fish is local and the recipes are traditional and simple (sometimes interpreted interestingly). So don't expect miracles, but just to enjoy a good and simple taste in your mouth. Coming back to fish, well, it's cooked by a wonderful cook, Mrs. Zina, who prepares it so that you want to lick your fingers (I do, sometimes). The prices are decent for the quality they offer (in the neighborhood there is another fish restaurant billing you 2-3 times more... it's true, the plate arrangements may be there more sophisticated, but I usually pay for taste, not for image - unless it's art...) You may find better prices in other locations, maybe, but you'll not find my review there...
As to the owners... Oana and Gabi are nice hosts, they smile or don't :), we're all people and can have bad days, right??, they always have a good treat for my (still) little boy, who is a very good friend with Zina. Relationships always matter... :)) It's a place I really enjoy on good and bad time, with or without rain, when I want to have a tasty lunch or dinner, in a nice environment... Enjoy!

7. YUKI

Strada Pukul lui Zamfir 5, Bucharest, Romania Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +40 761 341 667
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

YUKI

Reviewed By TheHappyholic - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bucharest is not the best for Asian food, and it's really not a great place if you've got high standards for sushi. However, Yuki is a great place if you are craving Asian food, the one that's properly, traditionally cooked. They have a traditional Japanese menu that goes beyond sushi - a lot of barbecue, fish, noodles and soups which are fantastic. The staff is friendly and the decor takes you on a short journey to Tokio.
Yuki is one of my favourite restaurants in Bucharest, which I've visited many times and am always happy to go back.
Totally recommend!

8. Bistro GUXT

Strada Racovita Dimitrie Nr. 37 | Sector 2, Bucharest 023992, Romania Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards International, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$47 - HK$141 +40 721 490 270
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 362 reviews

Bistro GUXT

Bistro GUXT is a cosy family owned restaurant, offering a delicious Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Asian influences. Every dish is prepared with fresh ingredients while our desserts are made in-house. We offer an excellent selection of Romanian wines and international and Romanian craft beers, designed to be paired with our food. Open every day, except on Sun, Mon starting with 5:00 PM.

Reviewed By John C

Well, what a surprise! We chose this bistro based upon TripAdvisor reviews and it did not disappoint. Even on a bitterly cold and snowy Bucharest evening we received an amazingly warm welcome.
We started with a wonderful foursome of Bruschetta, followed by duck breast and a light vegetable curry. Excellent cooking, service and all punctuated by story-filled visits from the manager. This all continued even though the lights went out for a few minutes. All capped off with a farewell from the chef and pastry chef.
All in all this was a great meal for 190 RON, including beer and wine. I’d highly recommend GUXT and it thoroughly deserves its high rating.

9. Social 1

Uniri 1, Bucharest, Romania Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar Bar, European, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +40 733 222 200
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 453 reviews

Social 1

The space positioned at a historical address, in front of Europe’s largest building, has a capacity of 95 seats and a special two bars set-up targeted for exclusive live-cooking events. The socializing Mission, which we have declared since the naming, continues in the way our menu and design encourage big tables of families and friends. Our Menu follows the preferences of a young hearted public. We succeed in transforming special occasions into precious memories, whether they are personal celebrations or commercial events!

Reviewed By Alina G

The place is nice, the location is really good and the stuff is kind of friendly(okayish), but the food was terrible. The hot chocolate with kinder bueno was nice, but the tiramisu was a real disappointment-it looks delicious in the photos, but it was not fresh at all. My friends got some French fries, schnitzel and carbonara pasta - they were not impressed as well. In 2 hours, another friend and I were sick. Definitely I am not recommending it for the food. And I am not going back there :)

10. Simigeria LUCA

B-Dul Unirii Nr. 27, Bucharest, Romania Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, European, Central European, Romanian Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Simigeria LUCA

Reviewed By Elizabeth C - Belgium

We stopped here and STOCKED up on food on our way up to the Mountains (leaving Bucharest) and then again on our way back through Bucharest on our way to Mamaia. Super affordable and tasty. We just pulled up next to it put our flashers on, bought a ton of food, and took off. Had snacks for days :) Highly recommend for a quick affordable bite.

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