Top 10 restaurants in Chisinau, Moldova

October 13, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Boasting 23 lakes, innumerable parks and varied wildlife, Chisinau has one of the highest proportions of natural spaces of any city in Europe. Moldova's green capital is situated on the Bic River, surrounded by fertile land rife with vineyards, making it a popular destination for wine tours. The city is also renowned for its cognac and especially its award-winning beer, so arrive thirsty!
Things to do in Chisinau

1. La Placinte

Bd. Moscova 9 1, Chisinau 2068, Moldova Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Eastern European, Romanian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +373 22 211 211
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 683 reviews

La Placinte

Reviewed By Diana B - Iasi, Romania

We ate two days in a row at this restaurant, because the food was great, it was very tasty and nicely decorated, and the prices were good (lower than in other places). We recommend the pies, especially the cheese pie "Placinta Domneasca", though everything was very good. Try pancakes with cottage cheese and honey for dessert, they are delicious!

2. Fusion Restaurant Jeraffe

Izmail st., 84, Chisinau 2001, Moldova Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Japanese, Sushi, European, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +373 22 500 757
Excellent
77%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 125 reviews

Fusion Restaurant Jeraffe

Reviewed By CatM211 - San Francisco, California

I had veggie tempura roll which was excellent. Decent veggie iptions (Japanese and some pastas I think). The service was top notch. It's a little expensive compared to other places but a worthwhile splurge.

3. Vatra Neamului

20b Puskin Street, Chisinau 2005, Moldova Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar Eastern European, Romanian, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +373 22 226 839
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Vatra Neamului

Reviewed By Catalin M - Bucharest, Romania

Fantastic food, live music (and they play it realy well), great athmosfere, friendly staff, everything traditional and modern at the same time, good location in the city center (walking distance to the big hotels), good prices, definitely recommend!

4. La Taifas

67, Bucuresti St, Chisinau 2012, Moldova Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Eastern European, Romanian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$141 +373 22 227 692
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 444 reviews

La Taifas

La Taifas means Moldovan traditional experience. Moldovan rustic food, traditional design and good quality service are our greatest prize for you. Grandmother's cheese pie is the dish you will want to eat here along with local meat dishes or vegetarian fresh salads. If it's summer try out our local fruits drink. If it's winter you will want to have our hot wine or balm tea to warm you up. Enjoy your meal!

Reviewed By jadk001 - Auckland, New Zealand

Can’t see how it got so good reviews. Poor service, bad food - bringing additional food we didn’t ask for then charging us for it - and honestly very small portions for high prices - and not a great taste either. 35€ for two domestic beers and two mains and two sides ... Not going to return here, plenty of other cheaper and nicer places in Chisinau.

5. Pani Pit

str. 31 August 1989, 115, Chisinau 2012, Moldova Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +373 22 245 139
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Pani Pit

Reviewed By Elkabelka - Boulder, CO

Friendly service (yes!), a good selection of appetizers, salads, and entrees. Everything was well prepared, and efficiently serve. The place seems super popular with the locals.... enjoyed it and would recommend it. Fish dishes were particularly good...

6. Popasul Dacilor

str. Valea Crucii, 13, Chisinau, Moldova Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Eastern European, Romanian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +373 691 50 543
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Popasul Dacilor

Reviewed By jasonewebb - midlands

We loved this restaurant, the atmosphere and ambience is fantastic, especially as we had our own secluded both on the top floor that made it extra special. I had read this was quite expensive and for Moldova it is expensive, but if you budget for about £25 a head for a two course meal with wine, then you will eat and drink well. The finish of the restaurant is fantastic and looks exactly like the photos with lovely polished wood and animal skins throughout. The menu was huge and took some time to decide what to have, many variants of fish and meat to choose from, I had pork which was simply superb and well worth the cost. Service can be a bit slow, but for us this didn't matter as the restaurant was so lovely and the staff were great and very friendly. The restaurant was about 5 miles from our hotel (shadow) but was 50 Lei (about £2.50) each way and the restaurant got us a hotel back. Yes this is a tourist trap but we loved it and had a lovely romantic meal for less than £50 so would highly recommend.

7. Pegas Restaurant & Terrace

Albisoara 20 1, Chisinau 2001, Moldova Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards European, Eastern European, Romanian, Steakhouse, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +373 22 274 713
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 409 reviews

Pegas Restaurant & Terrace

A long time ago Pegas restaurant (it was called "Las Pegas" then) had only four tables and it looked more like a small grill-bar where the most delicious sausages in the city were cooked. Very quickly that grill-bar grew to a beautiful, two-storey restaurant where now you can enjoy both the tastes of excellent meat and any other dish of the European fusion cuisine. Pegas restaurant is very conveniently located and is easy to find. Here you will always find a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, both for a family meal or a fun gathering of friends or colleagues. A special attention is paid to the comfort of children: the green lawn of the restaurant's summer Terrace hosts a spacious playground for children. No doubt, everything in the restaurant is open and available for its guests. When the large meal is brought, you shouldn't be surprised: once you entered the doors of Pegas restaurant it is clear that you can get here all you want - attention, comfort and delicious food. At your request, each dish can be cooked as you prefer. Also, a pleasant fact is that Pegas works 24 hours a day seven days a week. The restaurant can host different events: whether it's a dinner for a small company or a large event. Here you will find absolutely all the ingredients for a successful party. You will be pleasantly surprised when you will get the bill. According to the manager of the restaurant, Irina Bespaliuc, the pleasure of spending time at Pegas restaurant isn't expensive, but it's worth it. The values of Pegas restaurant are: honesty, responsibility, openness, good organisation and positive spirit.

Reviewed By Natashika - Chisinau, Moldova

One of the best in Chisinau, with good quality food, mostly based on meat products. Good place to spend time at a dinner with family and friends, or to celebrate a birthday, or any other anniversary.
The only disadvantage is the restaurant location, not really central, not the best area.

8. Carpe Diem Wine Shop & Bar

136, 3A Columna str. | MD-2004, Chisinau 2004, Moldova Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Wine Bar Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$196 +373 22 844 846
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 216 reviews

Carpe Diem Wine Shop & Bar

Welcome to Carpe Diem - Wine Shop & Bar! We're a value-oriented boutique wine store and wine bar, offering an exceptional selection of distinctive and eclectic fine wines from Moldova and from all over the world.In our store you can find approximately 160 different wines from both classic and emerging regions, while the wine bar offers 10-15 local wines by the glass.We look forward to seeing you!

Reviewed By Visa S

As a wine lover I went to this place in Chisinau to try some good Moldovan wine. The place itself is small, but very nicely decorated with numerous wine bottles all over the walls. I asked the owner for recommendations to try Moldovan wine and he poured me a glass of white and red. He was very knowledgeable about the wine and its origin and was explaining me the characteristics of each wine. The wine itself was great and served at the right temperature. I also saw a bottle of German ice wine on the wall and asked I could try one. He also got me a glass of this which was again excellent. The total price for this high quality wine and excellent service came a bit short of 10 euros which is really good value. I recommend this place for anyone interested in wine and keen on exploring new varieties.

9. Grill House

Armeneasca St 24, Chisinau 2012, Moldova Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Steakhouse, Barbecue, European, Soups, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +373 790 00 010
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Grill House

Reviewed By ExphilipX - London

Decent steaks and side orders. Probably one of the better places to sample the local full bodied red wined with appropriately matching food. Nice place

10. Propaganda Cafe

Alexei Sciusev, 70, Chisinau 2012, Moldova Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$16 - HK$133 +373 600 96 666
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Propaganda Cafe

Reviewed By Synthia_Jb - Bucharest, Romania

This restaurant is definitely unique and a 'must experience' type. The decor is beautiful and you feel like you stepped back in time in another century. The menu has really interesting options, including vegetarian options. Both my husband and I loved the food and the staff was great. The aesthetic of the place is inspired by the communist era and the menu contains some traditional Russian dishes, too.

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