Where to Eat in Bodh Gaya: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 26, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Pali: bodhi) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.It is also famous for the famous Vishnupad Mandir .
Things to do in Bodh Gaya

1. Fujia Green

Kalchakra Maidan, Bodh Gaya 824231, India Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Tibetan, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +91 631 220 0048
Excellent
27%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
16%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Fujia Green

Reviewed By koboldmunich - Munich

Cheap and good food - great noodle soup - not a very clean place but what's ok for a tent restaurant. Service reserved but nice snd good

2. Om Restaurant

Bodhgaya Rd, Bodh Gaya, India Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Asian, Indian, Tibetan, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
32%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
13%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Om Restaurant

Reviewed By Velotrip - London, United Kingdom

Been already twice. Nice atmosphere and good food. The menu includes lots of Tibetan dishes including momos, tingmo steamed bread, Tibetan bread, farmer breakfast, instant coffees, teas and fresh juices etc.
the restaurant is vegetarian only, no smoking allowed and no alcohol on premises. There is a small shop inside selling incense and shawls etc.

3. Royal Residency

Bodhgaya Rd, Bodh Gaya, India Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
20%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Royal Residency

Reviewed By wiiiildbill

Great accommodation, great service, great restaurant.
After the poor accommodation in Lumbini and Kushinagar, and the disaster called a hotel in Patna the Royal Residency in Bodh Gaya was a breath of fresh air.
Everything worked well, staff were great, meals great, a wonderful place to stay.

4. Be Happy Cafe

Kalachakra Ground | In Front of Vietnamese Temple, Bodh Gaya 824231, India Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Pizza, Cafe, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +91 631 220 0028
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 191 reviews

Be Happy Cafe

Reviewed By Derry M - County Donegal, Ireland

In November of last year-2017-I spent 3 days in Bodh Gaya and I had all my meals at this cafe/restaurant.I would like to compliment Christa-the Canadian lady -who runs this place along with her Indian husband.The food is excellent-whether one is there for breakfast,lunch,dinner or just a quick bite and the staff friendly and helpful.In this regard I want to pay tribute to Santos,Baizu and Sunni Kumar.....The place is super clean and inviting and is definitely worth a return visit....Excellent food...inexpensive and appetising...definitely worth 10 out of 10....

5. Mohammed's Restaurant

84 Restaurant Row 24 | Kalachakra Ground Area, Bodh Gaya 824231, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Asian, Tibetan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +91 99340 22691
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Mohammed's Restaurant

Reviewed By Travellinggrace92

Consistently good, they actually listen to what the customer wants and deliver it which i find rare in India (I often ask for specifics, porridge with no milk, no butter, less oil,etc - I can sometimes be a picky, read nightmare, customer).Fast service, cheap prices, extensive menu, can't go wrong here.
I like the shashuka.

6. Lotus Restaurant

Near Birla Dharmsala, | Bus Parking, Bodh Gaya, India Seating Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Lotus Restaurant

Reviewed By IndiaLover89 - Bethesda, Maryland

I love Lotus. Subodh and the staff are adorable and very friendly. The food options cover all the bases - from Western breakfast items to really yummy Tibetan thukpa. I also heard real Italian pizza is coming soon. What brings me most to this restaurant though is the incredible atmosphere of the place. It's clean and well furnished and a great place to sit and read or have a meal with friends. Another great thing is the Mexican they serve. I'm amazed no other restaurants have picked up on this. They have a super good burrito and burrito bowl, as well as quesadillas and salsas. This place tops Be Happy Cafe for me. I plan to go back gain and again for as long as I'm visiting Bodh Gaya!

7. Hari Om Cafe

Near Kaalchkra Field | (North) Bodh Gaya, Bodh Gaya 824231, India Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Cafe, International, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$8 +91 72509 56999
Excellent
36%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Hari Om Cafe

The Best cafe for Coffee in Bodh Gaya. You can enjoy delicious food and instagram it too. Did we mention we provide High Speed Wi-Fi for free of cost. From Spaghetti to Noodles. Everything is available.

Reviewed By SivaReviews - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Had our dinner and breakfast here during our stay. The price was reasonable, food quality was decent however had to wait a while for the food to be served. The owner was quite helpful and guided us on what we could do given the time constraints we had.

8. Samim Thai Restaurant

Main Road, Near Canara Bank, Bodh Gaya 824231, India Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$39 +91 88046 23766
Excellent
52%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Samim Thai Restaurant

Our food is delicious and staff's are friendly ... And our restaurant is very close to big temple...

Reviewed By Ananya1983 - Mumbai (Bombay), India

A place serving Thai and Chinese dishes..Tried Ka Pao and Pad Thai which were both on sweeter side.. Nothing is better than something though .. Clean and visited by non indians a lot.

9. Rose Apple Cafe

Temple Road, Near Royal Thai Temple | Arya Complex, Bodh Gaya 824231, India Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Cafe, Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +91 98183 79691
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Rose Apple Cafe

Reviewed By GauriNYC B - New York City, New York

Wonderful! We stopped by twice for excellent food and coffee. There is a great menu.....we loved the tasty veggie burger and the borscht...but the highest stars go to the lemon sugar crepes. They were fantastic.
The New Rose Apple is on the second floor with comfortable Seating and an area to lounge and hang out. Wifi is available, too. The proprietoress was warm and welcoming. We highly recommend The New Rose Apple as a great place to relax, enjoy fabulous food and excellent coffee....a real gem in Bodh Gaya.

10. Magadh Tasty Sweets & Pure Veg Restaurant Bodh Gaya

Opp Thai Temple, Bodh Gaya 824231, India Takeout, Seating Indian, Fast Food, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +91 80830 41498
Excellent
13%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Magadh Tasty Sweets & Pure Veg Restaurant Bodh Gaya

Reviewed By sssdgn - Jaipur, India

In the evening of 19th may 2017 we friends were walking on foot in Bodh Gaya after having dinner and we are looking for a fine sweet shop,we took here Bengali sweets and ice cream,good sweet shop,quality of sweets was nice,no idea about lunch or dinner because we did not take it here---thanks

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